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Happy New Year, My Friends

As the calendar changes from 2013 to 2014 I’m filled with such a wide range of emotions. Hope, happiness, melancholy… A whole handful of emotions, some I don’t even have names for.

2013 was a seriously tough year for me. My dad died, I got divorced, and I moved something like 87 times. My sweet little Cooper underwent a traumatizing and expensive surgery that I wasn’t convinced he’d survive, (Total Ear Canal Ablation, in case any of you are familiar), and I had two very costly car accidents (both of which were my fault, and the second of which I had to pay for out-of-pocket for fear my insurance company would drop me). When you add in the very end of 2012 (My darling Betty died and I had to sell my house twice!), I think we can all agree I had a pretty rough stretch. There were times where I felt like my mind was literally breaking into pieces as my life fell apart around me. There were many days when I wasn’t sure how I’d get through, but I did. I had my family and friends to lean on, and I owe thanks to so many people.


The good news is that things are looking up for me now. I was able to plan the most amazing trip to SE Asia with my new boyfriend, and even more important than that I have the basics covered: a roof over the head of me and my pups, a new (not crashed!) car, food to eat, and a secure job. I’m happy and I feel safe.

And now, my wish for all of you is that the new year brings much love, joy and opportunity! Happy New Year!

Now go eat some Hoppin’ John.

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  • Jamie December 31, 2013, 10:04 am

    Well, first off, you’re in trouble for making me cry! Today, as we bring on a new year (for both of us), I celebrate you. You’ve added the kind of love and friendship I needed in my life, as has your fabulous, caring, strong new boyfriend. 2013 was both a tough and wonderful year: We hiked to dinosaur tracks, ate at freakin-amazing restaurants, cooked together, explored Gray’s Peak, had the most beautiful vegan ThanksLiving, and held each other’s hands through some tough shit. At the end of every day, I know I have 2 people to call when life feels upside-down and scary. 🙂 And, 2 people to share life’s joys!

    So, cheers to us! I’ll always see New Years as even more special because of you 🙂 I’m celebrating with you from afar!!

    Happy New Year’s!!!!
    Love you!!

  • Annie January 1, 2014, 12:11 pm

    Wow, Barb. And I thought I’d had a rough couple of years! What a lot of UGH to put behind you, and it sounds as if you are doing that in style. You are obviously a strong and determined woman. Wishing you a peaceful 2014!

  • Sophie January 1, 2014, 12:29 pm

    I am sorry to hear about your bad year but I am happy to hear about the new good things in your life right now, so A Happy 2014!!!

  • pavithra (eat,live,burp) January 8, 2014, 12:58 pm

    Hi there!

    Sorry to hear about your rough year. I hope 2014 has better things in store for you. And here’s a nomination for the Sunshine award (something small to cheer to you up):)

  • Angie January 11, 2014, 8:36 pm

    I am so sorry, you went through so much! It sounds like your perspective is in positive place.

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