A New Era

Guess who has a new ride! And no, Frankie hasn’t gotten a brother. It’s the kind with four wheels and a steering wheel.

Introducing new red car! And no worries – I still have the best plates. Photo cred to WBH for the dramatic angle.

I’m so beyond excited to have this new-to-me car. But while it’s newly mine, it isn’t completely unfamiliar to me.

Rewind a few years. Before I bought Frankie, I had this tidy little savings account (because I was super boring and never did anything besides pay rent and buy groceries) and was planning to use it to buy a car. I did tons of research, asked tons of questions, and talked to my very wise father about it extensively.

Of course we all know this ended by me blowing my savings on a big bay behemoth instead of a vehicle.

But right around the same time, my dad called me to share the exciting news that he had just gotten a new car. Hooray! And he started describing it. When he finished, I asked why he had picked that car.

“Well, I did some research and talked to people and thought this was a good choice for what I need.”

UM NO FATHER ‘TWAS I THAT PLANTED THAT IDEA because he literally bought the exact car I described. Even in the color that I liked.

Naturally, I spent the next several years trying to convince him to sell me the car. I was not discouraged by failure, because my father also taught me tenacity. See, this whole thing is really his own fault.

Things kinda reached a head this past year when my beloved Jeep started needing more and more attention that I was pretty unwilling to invest in. I knew the inspection would be up in January (and that it would fail), and that I would need to get a new ride by mid-February.

Lo and behold, my parents decided that their car was actually a little too big for their needs, and they were going to be getting a different model.

We negotiated a price, we picked a day, and Nicholas took a one-way flight up to RI to drive it down to VA the same day. Yes, he does win Husband of the Year. And so we have a new big red Subaru.

That same day, the mechanic who saw the Jeep for the inspection (and failed it, obviously) made an offer. I accepted immediately and signed over the title. And yes, there were tears as I let go of my car of 10 years.

So while I spent 4 days and roughly 8 hours at the DMV trying to get all the paperwork sorted last week, it’s at least because I’m now driving a car with solid brakes and windshield wipers that work. I’m in love and really enjoying the Bluetooth connection to talk to my family and listen to podcasts.

But for all its quirks and constant need for repairs, that little Jeep carried me through everything. From the day he arrived in the driveway for my 17th birthday, he carried me to high school, college, boyfriends, breakups, road trips, moving to VA, 6 apartments down here, interviews, my first job, my second job, buying a horse, countless lessons, so many amazing shows, my first date with my now-husband in a blizzard, his proposal, our mini-honeymoon for my 27th birthday. As silly as it may seem, that car was a constant fixture in so many important moments of my life and occupies a large space in my memories. I’ve made countless phone calls to family members from that car, I’ve laughed with friends on our way to adventures, I’ve cried on my way home from bad days, I’ve napped in the backseat, I’ve sang along to the radio as loud as I could,

Cheers to Benjamin, the little red Jeep that helped me grow up. And cheers to the new big red car that will see me through the next exciting chapters!


20 thoughts on “A New Era

  1. Emily 02/11/2019 / 2:33 pm

    Oh I had a subaru before my Jeep and my dad has a subaru now. They are just WONDERFUL. (Don’t have one now because the Husband didn’t fit comfortably in it… the Ascent might end up being my mom-mobile though hahaha)


  2. Nicole C 02/11/2019 / 2:40 pm

    I have a Subaru too and love it. I had no qualms letting go of my first car, it was starting to die slowly and I was starting to resent constantly dealing with the crap lol. Happy travels with the new car!


    • hellomylivia 02/12/2019 / 8:03 am

      There were definitely days I threatened to leave that car on the side of the road hahaha


  3. Centered in the Saddle 02/11/2019 / 2:55 pm

    I’ve considered trading in my Jeep for a littler Subaru. I love my Jeep, just wouldn’t hate something with better gas mileage…
    Congrats on your new ride!


    • hellomylivia 02/12/2019 / 8:04 am

      Honestly I’m like one week in and already feeling great about the better mileage, it’s gonna be a big money-saver

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  4. eventerinprogress 02/11/2019 / 8:00 pm


    I had similar feelings letting my old car go but it’s nice to have headlights and be able to drive after dark now.


    • hellomylivia 02/12/2019 / 8:04 am

      It’s the little luxuries like windshield wipers and brakes that really make a new car feel so special

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  5. Liz 02/12/2019 / 7:16 am

    Welcome to team Subaru! I hope you have just as many incredible memories with your new car.


    • hellomylivia 02/12/2019 / 8:05 am

      Woohoo Team Subaru!! Can’t wait for all the new adventures!


  6. Genny - A Gift Horse Blog 02/12/2019 / 10:15 am

    I was kind of heartbroken when I sold my first car! I had it for 10 years and honestly it was the best little thing 🙂


  7. Rachel - For Want of a Horse 02/12/2019 / 10:39 am

    She is so pretty!!!! I was heartbroken when my Jeep Compass died too! I LOVED that thing! All I wanted to do was get a new Compass but my mom talked me into getting a Cherokee. Don’t get me wrong I do love this car but I really wish I had gotten another Compass. So excited for you!


      • hellomylivia 02/13/2019 / 8:26 am

        Oh man I have a whole spreadsheet of ones to try. I don’t have any favorites yet though, I’m still “auditioning” them. Always taking recommendations too!


  8. Stacie Seidman 02/12/2019 / 10:47 am

    I love this! I love that your dad basically bought your dream car and you bugged him long enough that he sold it to you. And I love how many special moments you shared with your Jeep. I get weirdly attached to my vehicles too, so I can totally relate to the bittersweet feeling of trading up. I wrote an ode to my truck when I traded him in too.


    • hellomylivia 02/12/2019 / 2:50 pm

      I feel like a good vehicle totally deserves that ode! Despite my grumblings and complaining, that car served me well for such a long time.


  9. Karley 02/14/2019 / 3:08 am

    Bluetooth is seriously the best… yahoo Subaru


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