The long, often sunny, days of Seattle are upon us! The Summer Solstice is Friday, June 21, a day that features 17 hours of sunlight, with the sun rising at 5:11 am and setting at 9:11 pm, leaving only seven hours (less than 30% of the day) of nighttime. As a long stretch of summertime is similar, with lots of light and less darkness, it's important to remember that getting a good night's sleep in the summer months in Seattle often takes some planning, good window shades, and possibly an eye pillow.
February 5 marked the start of the Lunar New Year of the Pig. Traditionally the Lunar New Year is celebrated for the first two weeks of the Chinese calendar new year, which initiates with a new moon. As the moon builds over the first two weeks of the new year, we can take the time to set the stage in preparation for what we intend to manifest over the coming year.