Hope everyone is having a good 2014 so far! I know, perhaps, I am a little late to say Happy New Year, but not in China. We like to stretch out the New Year festivities over a period of 6 weeks between the traditional new year and the lunar new year commonly known as Chinese New Year! So far, I love being a part of the New Year celebration in China. We welcomed the “first” new year here with a celebration including traditional Chinese dancing and lively music.
Now, we are preparing for the lunar new year next week! The streets are full of vendors selling bright red decorations. Tomorrow, one of my students is taking me to shop for these traditional decorations for my house. I like the way the Chinese spread joy and happiness to others as they start the New Year!
So, I wish I could say I had a long list of resolutions for you this year. I would love to promise I will blog more, but the unreliability and lack of availability of the Chinese internet doesn’t allow that. Just during the last two weeks during exams, for example, the school actually used a machine to block all wireless internet and phone signals during the day. Cheating is not an option here! Actually, I believe they are about to start their last day of exams so I had better wrap this up. Last year, I lost about 25 pounds, but I was still 15 pounds shy of my goal. It is too hard to find the same foods in China I was using in America to diet (or any sugar substitutes or low-fat options in general). So, I am not resolving to lose weight either although I am continuing to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I will surely start running again, when it warms up. I have decided my only resolutions this year are to fear less, trust more, pray more, and love more! Cheers to a happy life this year. Let us live well!