The New Year Feels Different Already

Signs that 2013 will be a different kind of year than 2012:
1. On January 1st Northwestern University won its first bowl game in 64 years.
2. On January 1st I watched a whole football game on television since the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl in 1985.
3. I learned more about probiotics and restoring the good bacteria in your gut than I ever wanted to learn while watching said football game.
4. An anonymous friend sent me a five-day pleasure challenge to start the new year, and I’m taking it.
5. In a few minutes I will drive to my new full-time job and first corporate job in five years. I didn’t sleep well last night and my stomach hurts now. Some things never change.


  1. Good luck with the new job. Cheers to 2013!

    • Julie (Author)

      Thanks Lisa. I survived the first day – it was short and no one was on the highway so the commute flowed. So far 2013 has been a breeze!

  2. Karen

    Yes, some things never change. And that’s good for so many reasons….wonderful friends, humor, being especially able to laugh at yourself, the ever rising human spirit, healthy gyno exams that are now over for another year, being able to produce almost any good piece of work from 5-8 am, hearing someone tell you you are worth it!, cats to hug, and the need to exercise more than you always do. Julie, whatever you write is inspiring! anonymous friend

    • Julie (Author)

      I’m not sure I know how to produce anything good between 5-7AM except another dream but there’s a challenge for me. Thanks for reading, Karen!

  3. Good Luck on the job and the knowledge about probiotics!

    • Julie (Author)

      Thanks Harlee. So far so good. I haven’t melted or gone up in flames!

  4. Jung

    Congrats!! I like the part, “some things never change”. 🙂 And happy belated New Year!!

    • Julie (Author)

      Thanks Jung!

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