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Chinese New YearJoin me in celebrating the beginning of the Chinese (or Lunar) New Year.  2014 is the Year of the Horse!  As Asian Fortune magazine explains, this is “a 15-day event that starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year, which falls on Jan. 31, and ends on the full moon 15 days later.”  Which means there is plenty of time to celebrate and follow through on all of those promises you made to yourself at the end of calendar year 2013. 🙂

In that spirit I wanted to re-share with you some of my top tips for creating a fresh start for a new year, no matter when it happens.  If you followed all of my advice a month ago, then you are fine but if you did not, here is your chance to make up for it!  Below is one thing you can do throughout the Lunar New Year period to keep the wonderful energy flowing and one thing to definitely avoid:

To do: Play beautiful music.  Whenever possible, at work, on the metro or subway, at the gym, in the car, or even in the shower, listen to beautiful music.  It will work your brain and bring good feelings to you.  Even when I am not at home, I just let the music play.  I usually like to leave Schubert, Chopin, or Bach on throughout the day and I know my chubby chihuahua Nini loves it!

Not to do: Spend time with anyone negative or depressing. Whether it’s through FaceTime, instant messaging, phone calls, emails, text messaging, lunch, breakfast, coffee, or dinner. Negative energy is like a weed, it spreads very quickly and will drain your soul.  So make sure to avoid those negative people and surroundings.  If they happen to be your family, then make sure you are upfront with them to not talk about negative and depressing things around you for the next 15 days.  Wow, maybe your will transform their life for the better because of that. 🙂

Finally, I wanted to remind you that in 2014, my mantra is love.  I will put LOVE in everything I do…and you should, too!  At the end of the day, the only driver that is behind all my intentions and actions, what I live for and stand for is LOVE. This is the core of my being and what I am made of.  I will continue to do what I love and be great at it and only surround myself with those whom I love.  For I believe that love makes the world go round and if we inspire love in everyone, we would not have war, but instead eternal peace and harmony.  For 2014, I want you to love your life, love your work, love your family, love who you are with, love all living things…love everything that you have and love everything that you are!  HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Much love to you…tu-anh


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