Happy Lunar New Year!
I will admit, the past year of the Hare was pretty rough for me: I experienced quite a few downers – career disappointments, sad family news and the bittersweet end to a long relationship. Additionally, I entered 2012 with a wicked cold, lazy attitude and little motivation. Well, I’m done moping around and feeling sorry for myself; it’s time to bounce back and embrace MY year! THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON!
This marks a very special year for me (and many of my friends as well). This will be our 3rd cycle year (the number 3 is associated with birth and good health in Chinese culture) and our first dragon year as adults. Additionally, we were all born in ’88; the Chinese word for the number “eight” (八 Pinyin: bā) is considered lucky because it sounds similar to the Chinese word for “prosper” or “wealth” (發 – short for “發財”, Pinyin: fā).
According to the chinese zodiac, those born in the year of the dragon are characterized as strong, independent, ambitious and, above all else, passionate individuals that prefer leading rather than being led. They love to take risks and live life in the moment but are often quick to temper. Dragons are said to be compatible with the Monkey and the Rat (my grandparents) and incompatible with the Goat and the Ox (my younger brother, haha).
Anyways, seeing as I skipped out on my resolutions for the Gregorian new year, here are my lunar new year resolutions (8 of them, for good luck!):
- GET IN TO MEDICAL SCHOOL
- Have a solid plan B if number 1 does not turn out as hoped
- Update and post in bananalife at least once a week.
- Call my grandparents at least once a month and up my Mandarin game.
- Lose 10 pounds and maintain it (cliché, I know)! The need to rid myself of the second chin that appears when smiling for pictures is all too serious, my friends (I blame my recently discovered passion for grilled cheese << best recipe ever, btw). This will be achieved by the following 3 resolutions:
- Lace up and start running again with a goal of sub 45 min at the 2012 Cincinnati Thanksgiving day 10k race (check 2004 results for my PR).
- Stop cooking with butter (sorry Paula Deen)
- DANCE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE! Time to train for what looks to be my last Show Me Stylez with my crew Arch Enemies.
p.s. If you’re in the STL area, you should come check out the 2012 LNYF show at Edison Theater this coming Friday and Saturday! I actually choreographed a dance for this show in 2009, definitely a fun time!