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Live from New York, the Greatest City in the World

During the decade after I left my heart in New York City (back in 2007), I continued to dream many different variations of a dream of my inevitable return. Flash forward to last January, when a steal of a flight deal from YVR to NYC finally led me to start spreading the news that I was leaving on a (commercial) jet plane to the Empire State for Round 2!

Here’s a summary (with snapshots) of my adventures in New York during the first two weeks of March 2019.

Check out my Instagram posts and Instagram stories for more highlights from my trip.

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Interview: Actress Annette Reilly Casts Her Spell on ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

Premiering last Halloween on Netflix, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina follows the bewitching escapades of Sabrina Spellman, the teenage witch of Archie Comics fame. As half-witch and half-mortal, Sabrina must deal with the competing forces of the occult world and the mortal world. Though deceased in the comics, leading to Sabrina being under the guardianship of her aunts Hilda and Zelda Spellman, her mortal mother Diana Spellman, played by Canadian actress, Annette Reilly, is present as a spirit and is prominent in Sabrina’s journey.

In an exclusive interview with The Hudsucker, the multi-talented actor, director, and producer talks to us about her bewitching experience on the Netflix original series and her upcoming film projects.

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2019 Going on 30

2019 marks my 13 Going on 30 year, or more like 2019 Going on 30.

There’s something about the whimsy and wonder that the character of Jenna Rink represents that I wish to embody in my 30th year and beyond. I want to get out of my head and start leading more with my heart. I want to have confidence in the ability to feel every emotion. I want to continue to work hard towards my ambitions, but also play hard. I want to live my life in living colour, or in other words, to live with unbridled enthusiasm.

It’s fitting that 2019’s Pantone Color of the Year just so happens to be living coral. This lively shade of pinkish-orange is described as an animating and life-affirming hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge. Coming from the offline world of under the sea, coral, a source of sustenance and shelter, provides an antidote of comfort, optimism, and joy to balance out the prevalence of the online world of digital technology and social media in our daily lives.

I’m looking forward to carrying this thirty, flirty, and thriving energy into all of my pursuits in 2019!

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2018: A Year in Review

In 2018, I intended to embark on a new path of optimism, confidence, growth, advancement, and reinvention. I vowed to let the good times and good vibes reign free throughout the year.

In many ways, those sentiments rang true as I navigated through 2018 and began writing out this new chapter of my life story.  From the start, I knew this year was going to be a significant one, as it marked the last year of my twenties. With that brought up expectations to check off a multitude of accomplishments and milestones, from “go on a road trip with friends” (check!) to “start writing a book” (check!). To me, there was no time to waste, and thus, 2018 really lit a fire within me to do all of the things.

When things didn’t go according to plans or hopes, I would later find that things always ended up working out for the best. The trials, with its subsequent triumphs and errors, of embarking on new experiences led me closer to discovering more about who I am and what I want, which I think is the key to unlocking my sense of happiness. With each hard lesson learnt, I was determined to rise back up every time, which I did with varying ease and difficulty, and prevailed in becoming stronger and better than who I was yesterday.

What have I learned in 2018 that I will carry on to 2019? I’ve learned to have confidence in my self worth, to be bold in standing up for what I deserve, and to have patience with timing, with opportunities, and with people. Because whatever will be, will be (que sera sera). All I need now is some faith and some trust (and a little pixie dust). With that in mind, I’m more ready than ever to go forth and reign my thirties.

As we get ready to say “thank u next” to 2018, I’d like to share some of the moments that made this year a transformative one…

Throughout the year, I’ve been compiling a page of memories from 2018 — including notable experiences I had, concerts I attended, music I listened to, movies I watched, television shows I  followed, and books I read — and now the time capsule is complete! Check it out here at Scrapbook 2018.

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Must-See Movies for Christmas 2018

During the holidays, we all look forward to a break from our everyday lives. As appealing as staying indoors for Netflix marathons all chilly weather season long may be, there’s something unique and special about venturing out to the movie theatre to catch a newly released motion picture. In those two hours, you are connected to a community of fellow movie lovers in the shared human experience of seeing action unfold, justice served, heroes triumph, magic drawn, families reunited, and people falling in love.

Here are eight new feature films arriving in theaters throughout the week of Christmas 2018 that were made to be seen in cinema.

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