I Need a Facelift … But It’s PlanetBarbados That Got One

I Need a Facelift … But It’s PlanetBarbados That Got One

You remember when you first became an adult and started accumulating adult papers: deed to your car, bank statements, tax forms …. that sort of thing? Well, when you first start gathering these things you don’t really need a filing system because you have so few items. Just stashing them all in one place sufficed.

Flash forward a decade or three and you have so many papers — the detritus of living life — that you need a system to locate any given item.

That’s what happened with my PlanetBarbados blog. At first, with a few entries – even a couple dozen entries – it was easy to see everything I’d written about. But now, with nearly 200 entries, I discovered that I couldn’t find a darned thing; I needed a filing system.

PlanetBarbados blog author Jane Shattuck

Happy travels to all! (My sister took this photo of me when we were in Colorado together in 2006.)

It’s taken a couple of months to put together the new, improved, organized PlanetBarbados – and it will undoubtedly have a few kinks I need to work out before it’s completed.  But at least it’s a start.

You want to read about restaurants? Click on “Restaurants.” How about Crop Over? Click on “Culture & Holidays,” and beneath that, “Crop Over.” Obviously, I have a lots of filling-in to do … one of the joys of creating something is to see where I have yet to go.

In addition to my picks of the island’s best beaches, culture, arts, and restaurants, if you care to read about a middle-aged American woman’s progress toward finding work and a personal life in a new culture, please be by guest and read the postings in “My Life in Barbados.”

“My Life” consists of fear of wrinkles, missing my Stateside daughters, trying to understand a Bajan accent, and managing a culture that sometimes makes me want to scream.

Also in “My Life,” are my trials of being unable to legally work in Barbados and finding a way to earn a living … which ended up being a little holiday rental business. Of course, there are things I wish I’d known before moving here.  Finally, and most sustaining to me on a day-to-day basis, I’ve found two elements of life that give it meaning: love with a wonderful Barbadian man … and healing from incomprehensible loss.

I thank you for reading. I’m so glad you also love Barbados — and life.  I adore hearing what you have to say.

Warm wishes,

Jane Shattuck Hoyos

P.P. S. If you received a long e-mail from PlanetBarbados (that is, from me) with numerous old blog postings in it, I apologize. I don’t know how I managed to send that; I’m just learning to drive this new site.

P.P.P.S. The woman in the bikini on the new header of my blog is not me (alas).

3 Responses to “I Need a Facelift … But It’s PlanetBarbados That Got One”

  1. Sue says:

    The new look is great, but even better – it loads so much faster! Keep up the great work Jane. 🙂

  2. Greg says:

    …and you do NOT need a face-lift!

  3. Kyle says:

    WOW!!!… I LOVE the new look.

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