About Me

Maybe you’ve stumbled across my blog and we have a particular thing in common, or perhaps not. Either way, welcome! I’m Ruth.

After my marriage unexpectedly broke down in 2012, I resigned from my job and undertook a career change (because of course it’s best to undertake several major life changes at once!). My experiences of separation, divorce and career change are some of the main topics I write on, in amongst other reflections on life, and my recently published book, Surviving Separation and Divorce, seeks to help others through that traumatic time.

I decided the best way to tell the world about my life changes was through writing in my first major post Out of Control. It was terrifying (read here) and exhilarating to share my writing and my story, in equal measure. This step rekindled my long-forgotten love of writing and I haven’t look back.

My favourite way to write…this one was overlooking Trafalgar Square from a bookshop. Click on the photo to read the blog post I was writing.

I was previously a classroom teacher and now I’m a heritage education officer. I’m a baker, a Christian, a grammar pedant, a little bit off-the-wall at times, and regularly give astounding musical performances while driving my car. I love to watch sport, but my gym attendance is reluctant.

I have contributed to threadsuk, Rhythms and LICC. Most recently, my first book – Surviving Separation and Divorce – has been published by Lion Hudson.

Here at the entirety of life I hope that you’ll be able to find a voice for what you might be feeling. I hope you’ll find a friend in those times you might feel most alone.

I’d love to hear what you think: do get in touch with me on theentiretyoflife@gmail.com

Or follow the entirety of life on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theentiretyoflifeblog

For Threads…

Divorce wasn’t part of my daydream

Letting God down

Are you beach body ready? 

How Dispatches burst my bubble

So you’ve voted, now what? 

Divorce and Danish Living

Divorced and Dating

For Rhythms…

Out with the old and in with…the old

Assuming the best 

If you want to be an activist, you’ve got to be active

Black Friday…at what cost?

Water waste in the face of drought

29 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Hi,
      Thanks for getting in touch – I’m glad you’re enjoying it!
      Sorry to hear you want to leave teaching too – what is teaching like in Australia? I can’t say I’ve missed it at all – but I’m very fortunate in landing on my feet in an amazing job like this! I hope you find something you love just as much!


  1. Ok cool! Jo is great, didn’t realise you knew her! Only say as that’s another good spot for blogs (as you probably know!) – both for reading and contributing to.


      1. I did one for them ages ago (one of their ‘Thursday Threads’, which is their weekly email). I’m finalising one for them now which should be on the site in the next week or so.

        Wow, near enough lifelong friends! I know her through a mutual friend. Saw her a couple of months ago; good to catch-up.


  2. Hi Ruth. Just wanted to say thankyou for sharing your experiences so honestly and helpfully on your blog. I ‘stumbled’ here from elsewhere and have now read a number of your posts, and found them all of interest and help. Your encouragement to trust in the Lord throughout life’s various experiences comes clearly through. Anyway, thanks once again, and I wish you well for the future. Bernard.

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    1. Hi Bernard,
      Thank you for your comment – it is so encouraging to hear how my writing has helped others, and I’m very glad it was able to help you.
      Life is incredibly tough at times, but reminding myself that God is so good has kept me going..even when it hasn’t felt like it.
      Very best wishes to you, Ruth


      1. Hi Ruth. Your writing ability is definitely a gift. Keep on sharing, even through the toughness, and keep on reminding yourself that God is so good to us, despite appearances at times. Best wishes. Bernard.

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      2. Thank you Bernard – my divorce was finalised some time ago now, but there are always new things to trust God on! Do please follow on WordPress or Facebook to see further posts.
        Thank you for your encouragement! I am writing a book and it is easy to be distracted or demoralised, so I appreciate you taking the time to comment.


  3. So true, Ruth! Always new things to trust God on! Thanks also for the invitation to follow . . . I’ll do that now. And all the best for your book writing. Bernard.


      1. I was looking for new blogs to add to my Reader. Yours came up under ‘Recommended’ based on my interests and other blogs that I already follow. So I clicked on the link and Voila! you have a new follower! 🙂

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  4. Ruth – I read your blog post on Hope this morning and found it so very helpful. I am not divorced (& pray/hope I am never in that place!) but I read it because a friend shared it and stated “And it is this moment, when you realise that hope has once again grown through the crevice of a broken heart” I knew where she was coming from and that comment alone made me want to read more. I am glad I did. I have also read Out of Control and “about me”
    So, hello…I am great friends with your housemate (although I hadn’t connected when I read Hope), I am a fledgling writer and long to write more (maybe even a book one day)
    Sorry if this is the wrong place for a general comment, forgive me, I used to be completely terrified to comment on websites!!

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    1. Hi Judith,
      This is absolutely the right place!
      I pray you’re never there too – but I’m so glad it was helpful and a good read. It is always so good to know that one is not alone in thoughts and experiences.
      I thought I recognised the name – hello! I’m sure I’ll meet you in person before too long – and I look forward to reading your book! I’m in the writing process…it’s taking me some time!
      Thanks for taking the time to get in touch, it is so encouraging and means a lot! Ruth x


  5. You seem like fun! We’re both in Suzie’s Facebook group, so I wandered over for a peek and also followed you on Twitter. If you ever want to chat about life after divorce, blogging, etc, just let me know. 🙂


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