Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Still Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions?



If the answer to this question is “no,” then I have good news to share with you. A life coach recently reminded me that it takes super human strength to make a lifestyle change immediately following the holidays. After all, many of us have just come off several weeks of eating too much, not getting enough sleep and overspending. Trying to reverse all that on the first of January is exhausting. Instead, why not aim for the Chinese New Year?

This time around, the Chinese New Year falls on January 31st, so there's plenty of time to brush off the dust from the January First resolutions, or form some new ones. One of the ways the Chinese celebrate that I find especially interesting is by giving the house a thorough scrub down, sweeping away any ill-fortune to make way for better luck. After all the hustle of the holidays, most houses could use a good
scouring anyway, so it's kind of a win-win scenario.

Red is the color most often associated with the Chinese New Year. I like that because it's nice to put a splash of color back into the house to replace the decorations from Christmas. The Chinese often include lanterns in their décor, which I think is a great reminder to add light to what can be the darkest part of the year.

Among the many legends surrounding the Chinese New Year is one that says Buddha asked all the animals to meet him for the celebration. Twelve came and Buddha named a year after each one of them. I was born in the Year of the Rabbit. I was happy to learn that those under this sign like to communicate with others in a humorous manner because I write satire for a living! For those about to bring little ones into the world, 2014 is the Year of the Horse.

January 31st, the Chinese New Year, is a chance for us all to make a fresh start. Here's wishing you and your family a great Year of the Horse!

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