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Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Greetings:

Sunday February 18th is the Chinese New Year. What a great chance to have a second chance to renew your resolutions, make some or simply recommit to the ones you already have. Who says there are no second chances?

I wanted to share with you a copy of Kathryn Weber’s newsletter, The Red Lotus Letter, which provides information and fun ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

My favorite idea of Kathryn’s is rolling the oranges through you door to symbolize the money rolling into your home. Hey why not, if nothing else your neighbors will get a laugh out of watching you.

Celebrate Chinese New Year
for Good Feng Shui All Year Long
by Kathryn Weber
Publisher, The Red Lotus Letter http://clicks.aweber.com/z/ct/?Wf9jCPn7omwbWuYt7LPuWA

The Chinese New Year is the annual celebration that coincides with the first New Moon of the year. For the Chinese, this is a very auspicious time — a birthday, actually, of the New Year. This birthday, when observed correctly, is believed to usher in good luck and abundance all year long.

The Chinese calendar is based on a lunar and solar calendar. Under this system, a calendar month usually lasts 29.5 days, so over a period of years, there is a lag. Thus, the Chinese insert an extra month every few years, and which also explains why the New Year is on a different date each year, unlike the solar calendar, that is a fixed date each year.

There are many, many traditions associated with the Chinese New Year. One delightful belief is that if one of your plants blooms on New Year’s Day, you will have prosperity in the coming year. Look around your yard. It’s possible you have something blooming right now. Of course, here in the northern hemisphere it is winter, and most of our yards are looking pretty drab.

The Chinese New Year is Symbolic

The Chinese New Year is full of symbolism for ushering out the old and ushering in the new. Among the traditions is a ban on cooking in the kitchen on the first day of the Lunar New Year. This is because it’s considered back luck to have sharp objects such as knives and scissors out. Cooking – and having to cut things – could possibly cut off the good fortune for the rest of the year. So, why not give the kitchen a rest and take your family out for your meals this Chinese New Year?

However, the Lunar New Year isn’t just about the cultural aspects of the year. In feng shui, it also represents a change in time feng shui, known as flying star feng shui. In the days following the New Year, the directions take on new meanings as they relate to time feng shui. This means that some sectors will have difficult energy, others beneficial energy.

The Chinese typically celebrate for the first 15 days of the New Year. Although you may not have time to celebrate that long, simply preparing in advance for the New Year will help you to usher in prosperity and abundance at the time of the New Moon — a time believed by astrologers around the world to have special power to make whatever you want to happen come true.

In the meantime, here are some ideas, and a schedule, to help you observe – and make the most of — the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Two days beforehand:

Finish final cleaning. Sweeping and cleaning on the first day of the New Year is considered bad luck because it can sweep all the good luck out the door. The god of luck is said to avoid dirty houses. So keep your house clean all year long!

Purchase flowers. Bulbs, such as daffodils or hyacinths, are especially auspicious. Display these bulbs or other flowers such as azalea, pussy willow, lotus, or peony.
Write wishes for the New Year. Write wishes on ribbons or paper and affix to a tree to let them blow in the wind, much like a Tibetan prayer flag.

On the day of the New Year:

Go out to eat for your meals. For breakfast, have a big glass of orange juice (oranges represent gold). And if you just have to eat at home, make it finger foods.

Wear new clothes today. New clothes represent the new that you want to be bringing into your life. Put on something red for an extra boost!

Have a good day. The Chinese believe it’s bad to start the New Year by swearing, yelling at the kids, or getting angry or upset. So, take the day off from worry and anxiety. It might not be a bad idea to avoid the newspaper or the TV news! Rent some funny movies to invite fun and enjoyment into your house for the New Year!

More articles and resources:
Check out the 2007 Feng Shui Diagram and full explanation
Annual Afflictions — A complete explanation

Happy Chinese New Year

Live the Day

Rachelle

The Big Birthday Party

Greetings:

Here are a few pics from the Big Birthday Party. We had so much fun and I loved meeting up with subscribers of 365 DOC, current and past clients and friends. A very fun event. Everyone should celebrate their birthday, it is just so much fun!

My good friend Alyson Stanfield (http://www.artbizcoach.com/) joined in for the festivities.

The music was supplied by Monica Smith http://www.coloradoharp.com/and her beautiful harp. It was such a wonderful addition to the party. Really set the mood.

The chocolate fountain was supplied by Sir Chocolate http://www.sirchocolate.com/ and really added a sweet touch to the party. My fave was the macaroons, yummy.

The 365 DOC Team, starting left to right, Coach Lee, VA Ralena Dauber, Technical Support Adrian Lee.

The party was a blast, can’t wait to have another one next year!
Live the Day,
Rachelle

Valentine Gift ideas

Greetings:
Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Although the young teenager I encountered in the Hallmark Store believes that Valentine’s Day is just another holiday made up by the card store company to get people to send cards, that actually isn’t true. Some historians speculate that Valentine’s Day originated from St. Valentine, a Roman Priest, who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted by the Romans to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter who had become his friend and signed it “From Your Valentine.”In the 1800′s, commercial valentines were introduced. So although Hallmark does takes full advantage of the situation, they didn’t make the holiday up.
So what to do on Valentine’s Day? There are many ways to celebrate, here are just a few of my favorites.
Wearing red is a must on Valentine’s Day, even just a little. And what about distributing those cute little kid Valentine’s out to your co-workers along with a chocolate kiss. Pack the kids lunches with a special note and treat, and maybe even hide a few treats around the house as special little surprises. Just doing fun little thoughtful things can make the day a special one.
Hey don’t forget your furry friends, they like treats too. Chocolate isn’t good for dogs, but you can pick something up at the Three Dog Bakery http://http://www.threedog.com/dogalog/index.shtml or at your local pet store that will by yummy and fun.

Flowers are a nice touch. One of my favorite places to order from is Flowerbud.com http://www.flowerbud.com/. They provide beautiful flowers fresh from the grower. The presentation is wonderful well.

If you want to give a small gift to a friend, co-worker or someone that has helped you out, a Starbucks coffee card is the way to go. Everyone can use one even if they don’t drink coffee, they can have another type of drink such as tea or even buy a sweet. It is an easy and thoughtful gift.

Nothing says “I Love You” like Godiva chocolate http://www.godiva.com/. Yummy good. You can buy a box with just two pieces in it or something more elaborate. Whatever you buy, trust me you can’t go wrong with Godiva. And hey while you are at it, buy yourself a few pieces as well.

Two of my favorite foods on the Planet are chocolate and strawberries. No one does this combo like Shari’s Berries http://www.berries.com/. You might still have time to order if you hurry. My local Whole Foods has strawberries dipped in chocolate, or you could do your own. A very yummy treat and somewhat good for you.

Gifts are nice, but don’t forget to tell the people in your life that you love them and appreciate them. More than anything else, that will have the most meaning to the people you care about.
Happy Valentine’s Day

Rachelle