I hope 2014 let you breathe long enough to see your blessings and that you carry your lessons (no matter how heavy) into this other year so they can bear fruit. Maybe or help you deal with the new batch of lessons. Life is often a game of 'if its not this, its that' - you win the lotto, someone you know dies, a baby is born, you lose something ... nothing to do with being born under an unlucky star just being born on this planet is sufficient cause to live a human life.
Happy holidays and in particular Happy New Year to you and yours! May all your desired things find you (if they are good and meant for you)