The Chinese New Year!

Anyone want to join in the fun and festivities to celebrate the Year of the Rat and not sure where to start?

No worries, as it just began last week and has a for a few more to go know that there are subtle ways to celebrate the New Year which may improve the energy in your home, wardrobe, and wallet as well! Here are a few simple tips to boost the energy in one’s home, finances, and overall health. Who doesn’t want that?

Now is the perfect time to clear the energy in your home by tidying up, Sage is customarily used but not necessary as sandalwood is just as helpful to clear out the old and welcome the new! These tiny wood sticks are very inexpensive and smell nice. Walk around each room of your home and give it a special wish!

Regarding finances; It is suggested to pay off any debts you owe during the Chinese New Year for a fresh start.

If that feels overwhelming start with the little bills first and then create a game plan for the larger more looming ones by writing them down and crossing them off as you move forward. Add red to your wardrobe and/or accessories each day to shepherd in good fortune for the new year.

For one’s overall health, adding a bowl of orange fruit is a perfect way to encourage prosperity into your homes!

Two of the most common food symbols of the Chinese New Year are tangerines and oranges. Whereas tangerines represent wealth, oranges are a popular symbol of good luck. The associations come from a similarity between the Chinese words for tangerine and gold, as well as the resemblance between the words orange and good luck. Oranges and tangerines are also a bright, vibrant orange, a happy color that's associated with good fortune. Perfect for your kitchen counter and healthy snack to boot! And if you are not into the orange citrus go for Pomegranates as they are a natural for Chinese New Year. They're filled with colorful seeds for fertility and are a bright vibrant red, which represents happiness and repels evil spirits. They're also good for you, with an abundance of antioxidants and vitamin C.

The year of the Rat could not be better for the debut of a new children’s book, ‘Meadow Vole’ written by moi and illustrated by Eliza Renz.

The main characters are Meadow Vole and Swamp Muskrat, both happy members of the rat family. These two characters peacefully coexist on Block Island, Rhode Island on a special slice of land near Fresh Pond and Seneca Swamp. We were inspired to write this as two real families raised their children on these waterways and played the game of “ferry” as part of the plot in the book. Plus, we are very enamored of little creatures that have big roles to play in mother nature's cycle of life. This is a great way to introduce young ones to the concept of decomposition and the interconnectedness of living things in our universe.

Another source of inspiration for Meadow Vole came from the Pulitzer Prize novel, ‘The Overstory’ by Richard Powers. It is a deep rich novel about trees and so much more. Here is a glimpse of the vole including in a discussion about the importance of trees being left to their natural devices to ensure the forward momentum and continuous life span of a forest and the little critters that support that rejuvenation within forestry.

Click here for the book link!

“Everything depends on everything else. There’s a kind of Vole that needs old forest. It eats mushrooms that grow on rotting logs and excretes spores somewhere else. No rotting logs, no mushrooms, no vole, no spreading fungus, no new trees.” (p. 282)

So please take what you want from this blog, add a little color to your wardrobe, palate, wood smell in your home or buy a book to welcome in the Year of the Rat for 2020!