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Happy Lunar New Year!

Today (January 23) is Lunar New Year. While the Chinese New Year (this year is the Year of the Dragon) or Spring Festival is best known, Lunar New Year is celebrated as Seollal in Korea and Tet in Vietnam.

I joked with my Indian family and friends that there are so many different New Years in India that we can renew our New Year resolutions again and again.  One friend responded, “Very Happy New Year. Well, still we have some long stretches between May and September, when we do not get any excuse to celebrate and re-re-resolve new resolutions.”

I’m using Lunar New Year as an opportunity (or excuse) to renew the resolutions I made on January 1 and have already broken.  My next opportunity: Nowruz (March 20).

Happy Lunar New Year to our friends in Asia and other friends who celebrate Lunar New Year! 🙂

New Year 2012 resolutions

Happy New Year 2012

Here are my 2012 New Year resolutions, in no particular order:

  • Find more rewarding work.  Einstein said that insanity was doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.  I recognize that millions of Americans would simply like to find work to support themselves and their families.
  • Deepen my spiritual life.
  • Get out of debt.
  • Replace my wardrobe.
  • Blast the belly fat:  I lost 30 pounds, but still have a roll of belly fat.  I’d like to get out of the major masher Miraclesuit power panties – Spanx doesn’t hold a candle to these! 🙂

What are your five New Year resolutions?

Happy New Year

I will be leaving for India tomorrow. I’ll be logging in only sporadically for the next three weeks – maybe to update my Facebook status, but likely not to blog.

Visiting my in-laws is the purpose of the trip – it’s been two years since I last saw them (my mother was doing poorly last year, and I didn’t want to go overseas in those circumstances). I also plan to shop for textiles while I’m in India: talk about serendipity – I found an issue of Departures devoted to India at the seniors’ home where my mother lives, and found out all the great places to go shopping.

Here’s to a Happy, Prosperous, and Successful New Year for all!

An idea: Use January 6 (Epiphany) as an opportunity to share gifts (post-Christmas sales, perhaps re-gifting). Epiphany marks the arrival of The Three Kings with their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Learn more about Epiphany on Wikipedia.