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?



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Events in our community this week

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1 (3-5pm) Meatfree Gathering at Saravana Bhavan | Meat Free Hong Kong | details

2 (11am-6pm) Stanley Plaza Eco Pledge Festival | Hong Kong Cycling Alliance | details

7 (2-6:30pm) Nature Art Food | Herbal Bliss | details

8 (11am) Yoga & Coffee | Gabrielle Ng | details

8 (1:30-3:30pm) Buddhas Monastery Vegetarian Gathering | Meat Free Hong Kong | details

10 (6-10pm) The Man Who Knew Infinity | Asia Society HK | details

10 (7pm) Meditation for Beginners | Hersha Yoga | details

10 (7:30-9:50pm) Karma | HK Philosophy Café | details

10 (7:30-10:30pm) Films for Change – That Sugar Film | DB Green | details

12 (7-9pm) A Fresh Start | Connections Unlimited | details

14 (9am-8:30pm) One Love Concert and Pot Luck Dinner | Red Doors Studio | details

14 (10-11am) Talk about Dharma | Luxe Nova Lifestyle Studio | details

18 (6:30-8:30pm) Healthy Holiday Desserts | SpiceBox Organics | details

18 (6:30-8:30pm) Dreaming Against the World | Asia Society HK | details

21 (11am-5pm) Kindness Mats Charity Event | ImpactHK | details

21 (11am-12:30pm) Renew and Rejuvenate through Cleansing and Detox | SpiceBox Organics | details

20-23 (9am-7pm) Awakening the Illuminated Heart | Red Doors Studio | details

22 (11am-2pm) Harbourfront Bike Ride for IEC Cycleway | Hong Kong Cycling Alliance | details

24 (6-8pm) Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone | Design Trust | details

Coming up

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

dragonfly – A platform for your transformation, synthesizing spirituality with social awareness > details

AcquaVibe – Water filtration system using natural pressure without electricity > details

Wendy Lam – Integrative manual therapist, craniosacral therapist and physiotherapist > details

Dr Tommy Chan – Clinical & Consulting Psychologist with a non-drug approach to psychological health > details

Tian Yan Nei Gong Centre – Classes and private sessions to integrate body and mind; free trial class. > details

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Fresh directory updates

Here are some of our new and updated listings on the directory …

Integrated Medicine Institute – Integrated medicine, natural and herbal dispensary and holistic therapies > details

The Vitality Center – Holistic healthcare center offering Traditional Chinese Medicine and natural treatments > details

Child Welfare Scheme – Caring for children’s lives and calling for improvement through education > details

Global Handicrafts – Products are purchased on fair trade principles from around the world > details

Hancock & Graham House – An organic agent for holistic professionals with visiting and local practitioners > details

Hersha Chellaram – Yoga and meditation classes for beginners to advanced including special needs students > details

Vegware – Compostable packaging made from low-carbon, plastic-free, recycled or renewable plant-based materials > details

A Day With Fé – A versatile clothing line that blends day wear and yoga wear with everyday comfort and elegant style > details

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