Happy Year of the Snake!

Year of the Snake
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Chinese New Year officially started last Sunday, February 10. Happy Chinese New Year! You can learn more about how Chinese New Year is celebrated in our previous blog post here. 2013 is the Year of the Snake, predicted to bring steady progress and attention to detail. In ancient Chinese wisdom, snakes are a symbol of good fortune, believed that if you find a snake in your home it means your family will not starve. Chinese astrology is more than just animal symbols—it also includes elements and duality (yin and yang). There are five elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal. These elements work in a cycle, essential for the existence of the others (water creates wood because water is necessary for plants to grow). This year in particular is the year of the water snake. Water is a symbol of wisdom, so 2013 is predicted to be a year of wise choices—especially if you were born in the year of the snake!

Here are the different animals of the Chinese Zodiac:

Chinese Zodiac
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Rats are usually smart and wealthy and work for their success. They are also very sociable and can easily interact with people from different backgrounds—just like Julie, our account representative in Customer Service who was born under this year!

The ox is a person who is honest, industrious and cautious. They have a strong devotion to work and were born to lead. This is perfect way to describe both our fulfillment and shipping manager Colin, and our customer service representative September—both oxen.

Tigers are courageous and noble. These people can leap into situations and face big challenges head on, like our amazing product launch coordinator Sherri.

The peace-loving rabbit is considered to be a lucky person. They would never hurt anyone and know how to keep a peaceful environment—the perfect description for our vice president Cortney.

Dragons are considered talented and artistic, and can easily influence those around them. They are determined, successful and enthusiastic—much like our CFO Michael.

The snake is a highly intelligent person and has an alluring personality. Their natural physical attraction makes them perfect entertainers. Artbeads co-owner and chief jewelry designer Cynthia is the perfect representation of the talented snake!

Horses are hardworking and confident individuals. Their confidence gives them the strength to handle even the most difficult task without complaint and they love the company of others. This is the best way to describe our awesome graphic designer/photo editor Pat.

The goat is agile and kind hearted. They hold a special sensitivity to art and are a gentle soul. This sensitive spirit and appreciation for art means a person born in the year of the goat will have symmetrical figures and features.

If you were born in the year of the monkey, you tend to be clever and witty. The monkey is always the life of the party and senses trends before anyone else.

Roosters are confident and dream big. They are deep thinkers and are also considered honest and ambitious.

The faithful dog is always there for family and friends. They are faithful, courageous and warm-hearted—like our marketing manager Yvette.

Pigs are honorable and are easy to get along with. They have a calm appearance and strong heart, and are also optimistic. This is a perfect way to describe Learning Center manager Cheri and Learning Center jewelry designer Teri!

Find out what Chinese zodiac animal you are. Do you think it describes you well?

LC-Year of the Tiger Bracelet

Be inspired to embrace your animal and recreate our Year of the Tiger bracelet idea with different Chinese symbol charms!


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