This week, it’s first things first.
It’s the first newsletter of the new year and I am predicting another year of positive change in Hong Kong and beyond. Thanks to Michelle Harris, we are reminded that 2017 is the first year of a new cycle and Acusha shares her beautiful insights for your year ahead.
It’s our first event of the season and we’re all set for for A Fresh Start.
It’s the first newsletter of the month, so you get all of January in this week’s events — or at least the ones received so far … and the latest one came in just a few minutes ago so you can be sure there are more to come.
It’s the first week of our new HK heartbeat Community Membership program with private access to member content.
I am grateful for your patience as I process the new memberships.
Given my growing workload, I know the community is growing and now the numbers provide the evidence, showing a 48% increase in website traffic with 97,000 visits and just over 1 million page views in 2016. While it was a challenging year for me personally, it was a wonderful year for natural life in the fast lane.
With the abundance of choices available, my goal is to make it easier for you to connect and share your suggestions and ideas with each other directly. The newsletter is one way and if you’re a Facebook user, you are welcome to join our Natural Hong Kong group and post your questions any time. I also tend to share a lot of local news on the HK heartbeat page that isn’t included in the newsletter but regularly updates on the social feed down the right side of every page of the website. I am also active on a few other social media tools so feel free to choose your favorites.
I am constantly reminding myself that just because I was first, I don’t always need to be first. There are lots of new people showing up to promote natural options in Hong Kong so I can take a breath. Therefore, my only intention for 2017 is to relax.
There is plenty of advice around to kick start your new year with resolutions and goals and budgets, plans to lose weight, quit smoking, drink less, join the gym, exercise more, find a new job, pay off debts, save money, find love, eat less of this and more of that, stay in touch, get organized, help others, learn something new, make lists, plan more and cut down digital drivel.
Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy spirit, healthy family, healthy community, healthy environment – everything is connected.
This year, I wish you less negative thinking and less plastic and less waste and plenty of everything else.
As we embark upon on a new year filled with new beginnings, let’s choose happy.
How will you choose?
Founder & Publisher
natural life in the fast lane
Everything is connected.
Listen to your own heartbeat.
“The first wealth is health.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Events in our community this week
8 (11am) Yoga & Coffee | Gabrielle Ng | details
24 (6-8pm) Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone | Design Trust | details
Jan 22 Harbourfront Bike Ride for IEC Cycleway
Feb 23-25 LOHAS Expo & Vegetarian Food Asia
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Say hello to our new members
Fresh directory updates
Here are some of our new and updated listings on the directory …
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