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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Chinese ZodiacYesterday, 1.3 BILLION people in China celebrated Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Rabbit.  This wahine is a quarter Chinese, so I feel it is my duty to acknowledge Chinese New Year, but it’s also a great reason to look at the year ahead and see what the Chinese perspective is on the Year of the Rabbit.  According to Suzanne White’s website, it’s a “convalescent”  year for all of us.  “In Rabbit years, life slows down. After the tumultuous and difficult Tiger year we lived through (or didn’t) in 2010, we all need to decelerate.”   So perhaps, as the Year of the Rabbit gets into full swing, we’ll see Egypt, the Congo, and Afghanistan calm down.  That would be nice, and definitely something for all of us to look forward to.

I love the idea that the Year of the Rabbit seems to be largely about getting along, art, and connection.  What a great year to be involved in the Social Wahine!  This year, as we all take a deep, cleansing breath, perhaps we can see how this connection leads to all the positive traits the Rabbit stands for: “family, higher education and improvement of the world picture and the environment.”  The more we connect to each other, the more these things grow, right?

This wahine could say quite a bit more about her personally tumultuous Tiger year, but I’m just so darn grateful to be entering into the peace of the Rabbit that I want to try to maintain that peace as much as possible.   The wahine wish everyone Kung Hei Fat Choi – may your year of the Rabbit bring you peace and connection.

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About Gwen Woltz

Gwen Woltz is co-founder of Wahine Media, a local social media agency specializing in strategically building thriving and engaged online communities for businesses. Gwen is past President of Social Media Club Hawaii, was a finalist for Pacific Edge Magazine's Young Professional of the Year, and is an instructor of social media at Pacific New Media Outreach College at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.