What a New Year Can Mean to You

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Katt drinks the water for my art board. She’s a wild thang.

What a New Year Can Mean to You 

January 1 is my favorite day every year. I like it better than my birthday. I’m blessed to have married a guy who feels the same way. One of our first texts to each other was to wish a Happy New Year. We don’t stay up til midnight, but we gather our thoughts and hearts for weeks in advance…. then Boom! it’s a fresh start. I thought you might like to share in some of my thoughts of what a New Year can mean to you.

What a New Year Can Mean to You

Emotional Freedom: Sometimes the holidays bring bunches of expectations. The weight of the year, or of many years may find you choking back how you really feel about stuff. You might be trying to keep the peace and make nice with someone that has hurt you. Now it’s a New Year. Speak your truth about your feelings. Try to choose an appropriate time and place – but you can open up, let ‘er rip, and move on.

Do-Overs: I like wipe off boards. The small one next to my desk is filled with ideas, hopes, and quotes. Sometimes it’s a list of things I want to try. Other times, it’s a list of things I’m letting go of. I have been known to write cuss words on there or draw pictures of how I feel. This year the boys got me a Buddha board. I use water and a paint brush to create. As it dries – the words and images slowly fade. I like that idea. Happy New Year. Wipe the slate clean. Let the old stuff fade.

Right Now: This is the good stuff. We’re talking brand spanking new. If the past is behind, and tomorrow is a dream….. today is all we have. Practice letting go of the pain, tragedies, and mishaps. That was then. This is now. Sure, 2017 has the potential to be your best year yet. But this minute and this second……. you’re breathing and thinking, and learning, and reading this blog. Right now… you’re doing fine.

Put the Needle on the Record: Back in the day of LP’s on vinyl, if there was a scratch, the needle got stuck. The same lyrics played over and over until someone gently moved the needle. Some of you may still be clinging to an out dated version of your life. Is an old inner script is being rehearsed over and over? If so, you need to get unstuck and create something new this year.

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My brother always threatened me not to skip a song…

Spread the News: What if you decided to have emotional freedom, take advantage of do-overs, live right now, and put the needle on the record? Would others think you’ve gone overboard in some kind of new self improvement program? Maybe they would decide that brain fog from liver disease has finally got to you. Here’s your chance to set them straight.

Tell everyone you’re living this moment without a script from the past and that you have emotional freedom because you have finally accessed life’s do-overs. Start spreading the news that we can let go of regrets, mistakes, and might have beens. I hope this is what a new year can mean to you too … and that yours is starting with buckets of blessings and love. xoxo Karen

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About Karen Hoyt

Karen Hoyt offers a no nonsense approach to living with Cirrhosis. A Hepatitis C treatment survivor, she created a liver loving diet and lifestyle that allows her to create awareness and advocate for her Best Friends at http://www.ihelpc.com

8 thoughts on “What a New Year Can Mean to You

  1. Great post Karen. And I can share that the new year is very special to me too for it was in the first days, Jan 2nd as I recall in 2014 that I started my treatment for Hep C. It was then that Sovaldi was first approved for genotype 1a which I had and during that first wave of Sovaldi we had to take interferon and Ribovirin with it.

    Harvoni and other drugs were about a year out still so I thought I would go for it. It was a little tough but me determination was steeled when that potent regimen I was on brought my viral load from 2 million to 0 in 14 days.

    Afterwards they asked me to continue in a study to check the progress post treatment. So each year at this time I get a note from Scripps to set up my appointment. They will take blood and do an ultrasound and also a fibroscan. Last year 2 years post treatment my fibroscan was down to around 3 which is a normal liver. It had been 11 level 3 fibrosis before treatment.

    So, lots to be grateful for. In 2015 my wife and I bought a small condo on Maui to go to when I retire which is only a couple years off. And next month will mark 30 years of a 100% drug free life – you could say I’ve been blessed…… Dave

    1. I LOVE this post. You’ve taken all that life offered and live in the present moment! What an amazing comeback after the HCV treatment. I’m so thankful that you are getting to enjoy this. I believe that your determination is what kept your spirits up during all of this… but to finish and get the good news that your liver is healing… Wonderful..

      Call me when you and your bride get to Maui…. 🙂 Karen

  2. You are truly a blessing. Thank you my friend for helping others. Today has been exactly one month of having my new liver. All your blogs have been so encouraging for me. I thank God that he gave you the talent to take what you have been through to encourage others spiritually and physically. This is a great blog to start the new year. YES with a clean slate trusting also that God will see us through when we know him, repent and go forward with our lives. We may not always get what WE want but God gives us what we need if we trust in him and I know he has placed people in my life for a reason and you are one of them. Happy New Year my friend!

    1. I’m telling you what Tammy, your New Year is rolling in like sunshine after years of storms. I’m so very happy for you. I know that your medical team, family, friends, and God have all worked together to bring you to this place. You deserve some credit for keeping the faith. You worked hard to save your own life and I’m so blessed to have been able to watch you.

      There were times when I wondered if it would all work out. It made me pray even harder. You’re an encouragement to me sweet girlfriend. I’m looking forward to the day when we can finally meet. I found contacts for the Transplant Games of America and will fb message to you. They’re in SLC in 2018. Woohoo! xoxo Karen

  3. New Year’s Blessing to you and yours Karen…Keep up the GREAT things you are doing for SO many!


  4. Karen,
    What an outstanding post and I could totally envision you writing it with a big smile while it took transformation with ease. – I’ll be one of the first to buy your book. 😉

    I have to tell you that my daughter Skylar said that this was the best Christmas ever and it wasn’t because of the gifts, although I’m sure they helped, but more about togetherness. We cooked, had a very nice dinner and watched movies while enjoying out time together. 4 months ago, I was told that I may only have 3-4 weeks to live and a miracle occurred. Now I’m getting healthier every day, back to work and running 2-3 miles a day. Havent felt this good in a long time.

    As for New Years, I stayed up for the first time in a long while to see 2016 go and to welcome a Happy and Healthy New Year. We are all blessed and although we receive curve balls occasionally, it’s all about the mindset and how we deal with them. – Stay positive, focused and have fun while chasing the goal and good things are bound to occur.

    1. Chip,

      I read This ceomment with a huge smile. It was surely a miraculous New Year for you. Being together with your family and sharing memories is a treasure. Having the health to build a future with and for them is what makes all of life worthwhile.
      As I write this, my husband and his brother are taking their dad’s car out for a spin. He passed away at the age of 91 and the family is gathered to celebrate his life. You and I know what if feels like to come back from the grip of death. We’re the fortunate ones.
      Enjoy this new year, new life dear friend.
      xo Karen

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