I’m sitting at my kitchen table on a very un-LA rainy morning drinking my second cup of coffee. I love rainy weather. Probably because of it’s rarity here, it feels like a special treat, instead of a gloomy punishment. It’s also the perfect backdrop for reading, writing and cooking. Three of my favorite things.
So I pop a tray of baby red potatoes slathered in olive oil and rosemary into the oven to roast. Getting a jump start on meal prepping for the week. Then sit down to read up on the traits of the Year of the Pig.
The new year always brings up a lot of emotions for people. Some make resolutions, others find that word triggering. Some people think of the new year as a fresh start or a reset. Others feel that candy-coated optimism will fade within weeks. I on the other hand love change. (check out my new platinum hair!) I embrace change. It feels good and different. Now not all change turns out for the best. But at least it’s never boring. So I’m constantly making resolutions all year long about how and why I want to change or revamp my life.
So what’s in store for 2019? Let’s see what the pig says.
The Pig’s Personality: Diligent, Compassionate…
Pigs are diligent, compassionate, and generous. They have great concentration: once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it. Though Pigs rarely seek help from others, they will not refuse to give others a hand. Pigs never suspect trickery, so they are easily fooled.
General speaking, Pigs are relatively calm when facing trouble. No matter how difficult the problems are Pigs encounter, they can handle things properly and carefully. They have a great sense of responsibility to finish what they are engaged in.
Sounds good to me!
- Being more compassionate and generous is an ideal we can all strive for in the new year. Donate your time and energy to causes that you’re passionate about. For me that’s finding a new rescue group for which to volunteer. For years I worked with Life 4 Paws. The rescue organization closed its doors when owner Lisa, after spending decades saving and rehabilitating thousands of animals is now enjoying a much deserved retirement. I also want to complete my Pomeranian Finn’s therapy dog training so together we can volunteer at Children’s Hospital LA. Finn loves kids and I know my tiny fluff ball would bring them many smiles. You can follow him on Instagram @pomfinnegan
- Diligence, concentration and goal setting. Oh you lucky pigs. Although I’m goal-oriented and enjoy setting a task list and checking off each item, I sometimes lack concentration. I get distracted easily and find myself often attempting to complete multiple projects at once instead of concentrating on a single task at a time. Maybe the pig spirit will help keep me grounded this year.
- Seeking help and giving help. I am a giver. I love to help others and also see the value in asking for help from others when needed. There shouldn’t be a stigma on asking for help. In LA I feel like we women want to be independent, do everything go-getters. Which is bad-ass. But often in trying to be wonder woman, we wind up drowning in our efforts. Let’s all be a little less shy in asking for help and a little more aware of those around us who may need assistance. That said, don’t be foolish in your giving nature. Giving in to the trickery of others who would take advantage of your bigheartedness.
- Staying calm in the presence of difficulty and trouble. Full disclosure I am a hot-head. Blame it on my Italian heritage, or my inner fire-y Pitta nature. But either way, calm is not a word I would use to describe myself. I love and live passionately and energetically. Which is exciting and fulfilling. I take pride in living and reacting in the moment. But that can backfire on me when times are at their most difficult. I love yoga because it forces a kinetic free-spirit like myself to be still and calm even when holding challenging postures. I will try to practice this sense of calm in my daily challenges as well.
Overall I think the Year of the Pig has some great qualities we can all aspire to add to our daily lives in 2019. I feel a renewed sense of responsibility to flesh out and finish some projects I started or half started last year. Taking to each with diligent concentration. While still satiating my spontaneous explorer temperament seeking out fun new adventures in my own city.
Or maybe it’s the year I finally convince my husband to add a teacup pig to our growing pack of rescue animals.