Today is the first new moon of the decade. A new moon is kind of an opposite of a full moon, so sometimes it may appear as though there is no moon on the evening of a new moon. It is considered the first lunar phase, and is the point in which the moon and the sun are closest in ecliptic longitude, but not so close that it causes a solar eclipse. In astrology, which of course is not scientific but can be fun anyways, this new moon rises in the sign of Aquarius – a zodiac sign and constellation that represents (amongst other things) rebellion. New moons typically represent fresh starts, and due to the unique position astrologically of this new moon maybe it will inspire you to unleash your inner rebel and take up an awesome cause. As we can all see from the headlines, perhaps the world is in need of some collective, rebellious and revolutionary energy.
Have you noticed that you might be feeling a bit down this week? Well, don’t worry, that’s actually totally normal due to the lack of sunlight due to shorter days, longer nights and generally grey weather that blocks out the sun. Although “Blue Monday” was a clever marketing scheme, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real condition that effects many people during this time of year. It’s ok to feel lethargic and irritable – your body just might be craving more serotonin that your brain isn’t producing as much due to the lack of sun. If you do feel down, and notice that you typically feel down this time of year, take comfort in the fact you are not alone. Mental health professionals can help you cope with the winter through light therapy, talk therapy and other treatments. I find it helps to stay productive and try to get some movement in everyday.
I am really happy and excited to share some wonderful news! Our friends at The Haven Zoo have completed construction of the new goat barn! The herd is now safe and sound and happy to be living in their lovely new abode. Another huge thank you to anyone who donated or sponsored a member of the Haven’s menagerie.
Three weeks into the new year – hope that it’s been wonderful so far.
Practice compassion – real, radical compassion every day at every opportunity. It will feed your soul and make the world around you a better place.
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
You never know what is around the corner. Will tomorrow be just another Monday or the start of something wonderful?
I would like to extend a huge thank you to JohnieSue, the owner and head of The Haven Zoo for letting me participate in her latest fundraiser to build a new goat barn. I especially appreciate her sending me photographs of our pals there, like Jim peeking out from behind a tree.
Today, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. First, it is Friday and that is always fantastic. Second, fundraising efforts to rebuild the shelter for the motley herd at The Haven Zoo has so-far been very successful! We are nearly to our goal of raising $700 USD. Today, wood has been delivered to the Haven that will be used to make the new shelter.
So, as it is a fantastic Friday for a fantastic fundraiser, I am asking on behalf of The Haven Zoo for donations of just five dollars (USD). Just a fiver for Friday will go a long way to making sure our pals at the Haven have a shelter to protect from the elements. Who else is feeling fantastic? Why the lovely Brownie of course, who is so happy, grateful and looking forward to her new shelter. Every donation is greatly appreciated, and you can still sponsor members of the herd like Brownie to help maintain their new shelter and make sure that they have regular veterinarian check-ups and delicious, nutritious foods. Have a wonderful Friday, and a massive thank you once again to the generous sponsors and donors to The Haven Zoo!
I am very happy to report that The Haven Zoo has raised half the money to replace the shelter for the goats and llamas, including a number of generous sponsorships. A massive thank you and well-done if you have donated or sponsored an animal. If you have yet to make a donation to help, don’t worry, there is still time! With the generous funds, The Haven has purchased recycled tin for the roof of the new shelter.
Have you ever noticed those who have that certain swagger? Individuals who are so confident, they seem to glide through life? Check out Freddie and Hutton, two fantastic llamas from the Haven Zoo. Confidence is key, Hutton has classic symmetrical banana-shaped llama ears while Freddie, well who could say no to that grin? Embrace who you are and own it, live your truth and take on the world.
Sometimes things go upside down. You have days (perhaps weeks, months) where everything that could possibly go wrong seems to go wrong, and then all of a sudden it all kind of makes sense. Find comfort in the chaos. For example, you might think to yourself, “I can count on this blog to feature a picture of a goat every single day” and then lo and behold, there’s a donkey.
Not just any donkey, but Rocky from The Haven Zoo. Rocky is extra lucky because he has not one but two sponsors whose generous support helps to provide veterinarian visits, food and shelter. If you are interested in sponsoring an animal, like Rocky, Hutton the llama or any of the goats at The Haven, check out their sponsorship page.
Our pals at The Haven Zoo need your help!
They have started an EMERGENCY FUNDRAISER
Their covered area for goats, llamas, and donkey was heavily damaged during a storm and they need a new roof structure as soon as possible. A generous supporter has offered to cover half of the expenses for the structure; however, they still need 700 USD.
Please consider sponsoring the donkey ($20), goats ($30) or llamas ($35) for 2020. All funds will go towards the new structure. If you are keen to sponsor these special animals and support their new shelter please click here.
If you can’t sponsor an animal, that is totally ok, any donation of $5 or $10 is a great step towards building via PayPal here. They have a contractor ready to go, so act fast!
So, for today, in addition to featuring Annie from The Haven, here is a photograph of Hutton, the llama, who got a bit wet during the rain!