Education, Greetings, New Year, Tip of the Week

Happy Lunar New Year, Did you know?

A lunar calendar is based on monthly cycles of the moon’s phases. In contrast with a solar calendar which is based only on the solar year. An example of the most commonly used calendar is the Gregorian calendar. This is a solar calendar that evolved from the lunar calendar system and was developed to correct the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar was proposed by Julius Caesar and was designed with the help of Greek mathematicians and Greek astronomers.

Moon’s influences throughout history is very interesting, check it out!

Our moon has many influences throughout history. There are lunar influences on climate, which probably led to the lunar calendar for farming. Another influence from our moon involves the redistribution of heat on earth by the movement of tides within the water masses of oceans  (Camuffo & Uniti, 2001).

The release of neurohormones may be triggered by the electromagnetic radiation and/or the gravitational pull of the moon according to Zemecki (2006) who reported that human and animal physiology are subject to seasonal, lunar, and circadian rhythms.

BBC News Online science editor Dr David Whitehouse in France, reported his visit to the oldest lunar calendar seen on the walls of the famous, prehistoric caves at Lascaux in France (2000). However, this finding remains controversial which means the oldest at this time is still the one found at Warren Field in Scotland and has been dated approximately 10 thousands years ago during the Mesolithic period.

Hope this is the start for you to learn something new!

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Camuffo, D., & Uniti, C. S. (2001). Lunar Influences on Climate. Retrieved from

Whitehouse, D. (October, 2000). Oldest lunar calendar identified. Retrieved from

Zimecki, M. (2006). The lunar cycle: effects on human and animal behavior and physiology. Retrieved from

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Happy 2020! What are your goals?

I’ve been told I’m a professional student. Instead of taking that with a negative connotation, I took that comment as something positive to offer others about my journey.

Here’s 5 tips to getting yourself engaged in learning as well as great goals for the year!

  1. Learn something new – don’t wait get started
  2. Participate more during class – don’t sit in the back, if online, reply to discussions
  3. Get more involved outside of lectures – listen to a podcast that covers broad topics
  4. Expand your expertise in your area of study – take up a ukulele course at the local library or learn Hands-Only CPR or First Aid
  5. Stress management is the key – Incorporate a healthy lifestyle

Here’s a few examples:

Positive Self-Talk – “I can do this” or “everything will be OK”

Stress Management Basics – Identify your triggers such as anger, financial concerns, or relationship worries. Think about strategies for dealing with them and identifying what you can control. Seek help and support from family and friends first then to a professional if needed. Don’t let worries become a problem!

Make it a lifestyle to practice deep breathing, Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, walking outdoors, participating in sports or just being in nature. For me, it helps just to do daily activities like stretching, gardening or taking the stairs. They are excellent for your heart, lengthen life, and keep you mobile. My absolute favorite first thing in the morning is Tai Chi. I started with Tai Chi for beginners from You Tube and just gradually clicked on different modules if I wanted to do more. The best part was being able to find a Tai Chi course at my local community college and actually go through the techniques with a group of people, just like the movies.

Do something new to improve yourself – Take a course (see what our partners can offer you) in Leadership training or Management techniques (links below). I have been taking a mobile course from Duolingo’s app to learn a new language. I started with French and have moved onto Italian. I even infected my family and they are now taking Spanish and French for fun! We started challenging each by saying something new daily and we must respond appropriately or not!

Motivate yourself – Make your activities fun (such as learning a new language via an app that looks like a video game!). Get rewarded  Research shows that rewards are the reason for 75% of why you do things.

Lastly, break a bad habit and replace it with a good one – Surround yourself with people who live the way you want to live is a great start. It takes approximately 90 days for the brain to reset itself and shake off the immediate influence of a drug, so it is about 90 days to break an addiction or a bad habit.

Another research reported that it generally takes over two months of daily repetitions before a behavior becomes a habit.

Love Yourself, you are worth it!