Year of the Fire Rooster

Year of the Fire Rooster : In Chinese culture, Rooster represents fidelity and punctuality, for it wakes people up on time. It is important in this Year of the Fire Rooster to stay focused on one task at a time. The year will be good but chaotic.

Year of the Fire Rooster : In Chinese culture, Rooster represents fidelity and punctuality, for it wakes people up on time. It is important in this Year of the Fire Rooster to stay focused on one task at a time. The year will be good but chaotic.

After six months of focusing on finishing my PhD, I have been able to publish a number of new papers and to build my expertise in coastal restoration and climate adaptation. It was a great year, though difficult, last year. If you would like to see more of what I have been up to, a good place to start following my public scientific work is on Researchgate where I keep my publications and projects fairly well updated.  I also continue to post about my personal journey as a scientist on my blog, Soul of a Scientist.  As always, I aim to write more, and hopefully as the PhD wraps up, I will again make more regular posts.

As we can see, this year is off to a cracking start!  So much energy and activity in the world. I always read the Chinese zodiac in my New Year planning and personal work.  Whether you 'believe' in it or not, it gives some focus to meditations. So, as BTND eases into accepting new clients and we eventually reach out to build the company again this fall, wit helps to think about and plan where we are going this year. In this current political environment, scientists and artists/designers clearly face some global challenges in our environmental work (aside from abrupt climate disruption), but we hold firm to our roots, that is, in the belief that happiness for all beings begins with a stable, healthy and functioning environment. 

A lot of our project work is focused on larger regional projects, which we feel we can make a larger impact in our communities, however, we value all our clients tremendously. This year, if you also feel your energy bubbling over and need some insight or guidance on managing your land/property by restoring natural ecosystem function or advancing more sustainable urban landscape solutions, do not hesitate to reach out to us.  We are always happy to chat, and offer some free advice or to connect you to other professionals who may be able to help. 

I think we are in for a very full year on all fronts- and I just want to leave you with a philosophical focus of mine: Kindness. Be kind - to one another and to the earth. Kindness is key. Kindness is contagious.  Kindness is courteous. Kindness is free.