2015

“When you’re through with life and all hope is lost
Hold out your hand ’cause friends will be friends right ’til the end.

Queen, Friends Will Be Friends

FLOW-RIOUS 2015.

“With the help of others, I’m streamlining my life for the future.”

Everything that transpired in 2015 ties back to my mission of being more focused on and involved in shaping who I want to be and steering myself closer towards where I want to go.

By challenging myself to Make it Happen – to lean in, live in the here and now, and bypass my fears by taking progressive risks – I strengthened my confidence, initiative, productivity, and overall well-being. Nothing is a better example of the positive benefits of daring greatly than my solo trip to London in April. It was audaciously outside of my comfort zone, but man, was it ever worth it! Make it happen? I made it happen in 2015!

Many of my actions this year were inspired by Brené Brown and her ideas on how being courageously vulnerable and authentic can transform your life. I whole-heartedly embraced being an imperfect human by sharing the Real and Honest Truth, and as a result, I became more deeply connected with others throughout the following months. By tapping into the full spectrum of my emotions (thank you, Inside Out), getting personal, and showing my true self to others, I’ve gained a stronger sense of humanity.

“With the help of others” is a key phrase – I wouldn’t have gotten through 2015 without the presence of the incredible people in my life. I’m used to getting by on my own, but this year, more than ever before, I sought out the company of and connection with others. I trusted myself to trust in others and develop stronger, One on One relationships with new and old friends alike. As a result, I learned that I am not alone. WE are not alone.

There are a lot more life lessons gathered up in my blog post entitled Just for Now, but that’s enough from me right here. I don’t know how 2016 is going to top the wild, transformative journey that was 2015, but I’m sure as hell excited to see it try!

2015 was the year that I finally got into The Office (the Steve Carrell version), and I think that this quotation from the series finale (delivered by Pam Halpert) best encapsulates my current mindset:

Be strong, trust yourself, love yourself, conquer your fears, just go after what you want.
And act fast, because life just isn’t that long
.”

In 2015, I resolve to…

  • Cleanse out the material clutter around me.
    (An ongoing project I’ve made a significant dent on. My hoarding days are over!)
  • Travel to London in the spring.
    (DONE during the last week of April. I foresee Round 2 in the future…)
  • Bring lunch to work instead of buying food.
    (I’ve limited myself to eating out for lunch once a week and have made very good on that promise!)
  • Find the funny in the everyday, because laughter is the best medicine.
    (With friends like mine, this was easy as 1…2…SPAGETT!)
  • Meet new friends and meet up with old friends more often.
    (I’ve met and become closer with so many amazing people this year! Small talk is still challenging at times, but I can now call myself an outgoing introvert. THAT’S progress!)
  • Tell people they’re awesome.
    (Hey you, reading this right now, YOU’RE AWESOME!)

MEMORIES OF 2015.

In January, I had brunch with a good friend from Alberta who’s home for the holidays and my oldest childhood friend. Starting the year off right with good company and good conversations. I continued to meet up with old friends and new friends over coffee and lunch (and karaoke) throughout the month. Nothing better! I celebrated my 26th year with a double birthday surprise from the Quietly Qrew, a movie screening of Selma, and multiple birthday outings on my birthday weekend. I watched too much television – Jane The Virgin, Agent Carter, The Flash, Parks & Recreation, The Mindy Project, American Idol, and Glee – and all of the Academy Award Best Picture nominees. In a spontaneous move, I booked a trip to London at the end of April. My longtime dream is finally coming true! Ah, Kelly Clarkson (tweeted me!)

February was a perfectly aligned month, and, in many ways, the days reflected that. I celebrated my one year anniversary with Quietly and was given a permanent role within the team. Our Qrew went on an art-themed, team-building field trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery and to the BLIM art studio for t-shirt screen-printing. As Leslie Knope once said, “What makes work worth doing is getting to do it with people that you love.” Speaking of Leslie, this month marked the series finale of my favourite show, Parks & Recreation. It was the sunshine of my television schedule and I will miss the stories and the characters dearly. Agent Carter also wrapped up its inaugural season – here’s hoping for more Peggy Carter in the future! Glee hosted a double wedding for two of its couples, Santana/Brittany and Kurt/Blaine, and it was super sweet. American Idol Season 14’s Top 24 is fill of promising talents. Awards Season 2015 wrapped up with the Grammys and the Oscars (reviews are hyperlinked). I had a bloody good Valentine’s Day with Kingsman: The Secret Service. I celebrated Galentine’s Day with some good gal pals and grew a new appreciation for friendship in February, meeting new friends at events and reconnecting with old friends whenever I can. I’ve taken a vow of implementing my mantra to stop waiting around, set myself free, and Make It Happen in 2015 – it being turning everything I envision into reality by taking action and moving forward, because it’s better to say ‘I can’t believe I did that!’ than ask ‘What if I had done that?’. Letdowns are lessons learned and clarity earned and triumphs are causes for celebration! “The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have.” – Goodbye, Leonard Nimoy.

The theme for this month was March-ing onwards and upwards towards a more confident and action-driven me. It all started with fully embracing vulnerability as the key to wholehearted living (thanks, Brene Brown) by putting it into practice. I took on this social media challenge of telling the Real and Honest Truth about myself, writing about my personal experience with beauty, family, and death. Divulging such raw and personal details about my life for all of the world to read was difficult to do, but immensely cathartic. The most rewarding part was the responses I got from people who could relate to these stories, thereby opening up a floodgate of new and renewed connections. I’ve come to realize that people are so inspiring. They’ve motivated me to go on solo adventures, to try out new, creative, and unconventional things and stumble upon the unknown, and to create the communities I wish to see and be a part of. What I’ve discovered from all this is that being yourself and being open about who you are and what you want to do really does open doors. You get out of your head and discover how like-minded you really are with others, and then you can really begin to foster deep connections with friends and find good luck in unexpected places. I’m taking this whole mindset of Making it Happen to heart and to practice, and I’m proud of myself for being less filtered and more free… and it sure feels good! Throughout the month, I embarked on a few art attacks to various galleries, including the Andy Warhol “A Different Idea of Love” pop-up, pop art exhibit in Yaletown (SO INCREDIBLE). I organized a group meet-up for the TED2015 Vancouver conference live stream at the Vancouver Public Library, and attended the more unconventional BIL conference the following weekend – lots of enlightening and invigorating talks on diverse topics from the various speakers! I had a close call with misplacing and damaging my iPhone, and was reminded of the kindness of strangers. I watched two movies in theatres: Cinderella and Insurgent. Glee sang its swan song once and for all with their series finale, which celebrated the act of finding the courage to open up your heart, raise your voice, and sing about love, life, and the world not just as it is, but as it should be, The Mindy Project had a satisfying season finale, and Community came back for their sixth season. American Idol Season 14 selected its Top 12 – my favourites are Joey Cook, Quentin Alexander, Jax, and Clark Beckham (and Sarina-Joi Crowe, but oh wait, she was the first to get eliminated – BOO!). Kelly Clarkson released her latest pop album, Piece By Piece, and it is phenomenal. On the last day of March, I did the Urban Grind at Harbour Centre – 40 flights of stairs, 600 steps, and an incredible view of Vancouver. Cheers!

In April, I started the #The100DayProject, committing myself to posting #100DaysOfLoveSongs, as selected and sung by yours truly. I attended SMN’s #InstaPanel event on Instagram. I went to my first Creative Mornings – in this session, Danielle Krysa (The Jealous Curator) gave a talk on humility (Humble Pie: the Sweet Stuff and the Soggy Crust). I saw Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me at the Vancouver South African Film Festival. I watched a Royal Musical Theatre production of one of my favourite musicals, My Fair Lady. I marathoned the heck out of New Girl (finally). Mad Men is back for the last half of their final season. My Idol favourites, Joey Cook and Quentin Alexander, both got eliminated before the Top 5, which SUCKED. Adam Lambert released a new single, “Ghost Town”. I finally traveled to London! You can read my recap here -> London: A Day Fit For Queen E.

In May, I had to readjust back to regular life after a taking a week off to embark on a life-long dream – not an easy feat. The Royal Baby was born (of course, after I had already come home) – her name is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. At Quietly, we are recruiting freelance writers to help power our content for clients. I attended GradusTalk’s Non-Profit Sector panel event. I surprised my mom big time for Mother’s Day – by winning her free pho for a year from Pho Hoa! I went a little overboard with spring shopping in London and Vancouver – time to go through my closet and get rid of all my old clothes and shoes and accessories (soon). I splurged at the Chapters Robson closing sale – 50% off everything! This month, all of my shows wrapped up, either for the season  (The Mindy Project, New Girl, American Idol, Jane the Virgin, The Flash) or for the series finale (Mad Men), or undecided (Community). Nick Fradiani won American Idol Season 14, beating out runner-up, Clark Beckham, and third-placer, Jax. It’s a “Beautiful Life” for Nick! It was also announced that next year’s Season 15 will be the final season of American Idol – bittersweet news. I listened to new music from Adam Lambert, discovered Tori Kelly, grooved to Haley Reinhart’s vintage Postmodern Jukebox covers, and loved Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video. I watched Pitch Perfect 2, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Tomorrowland, The Age of Adaline, Jupiter Ascending, Shaun the Sheep, and Mad Max: Fury Road. I saw the Project Limelight kids’ original production of “East Side Story”. On Victoria Day, I went hiking with friends around Killarney Lake at the beautiful Bowen Island.

In June, the Quietly Qrew challenged each other to Games Night at the office – cue in the Nintendo nostalgia and a few riotous rounds of Cards Against Humanity. A former Communication instructor who made a great impression on me passed away – RIP Roman. I celebrated the first day of Summer 2015 at the rose garden in Coquitlam and strolling along Commercial and Main for Car Free Day in Vancouver. Thanks to Virgin Radio, I met and saw Tori Kelly at Vogue Theatre. Her album “Unbreakable Smile” is unbelievably good. I also saw Ed Sheeran for the second time at Rogers Arena. There were a lot of good album releases this month – I listened to Florence + The Machine’s “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”, Adam Lambert’s “The Original High”, and Kacey Musgraves’ “Pageant Material” I watched the possible series finale of Community. Six seasons down, and a movie to go… I began my series marathon of The Office (US version).  I watched Love & Mercy, Jurassic World, Inside Out, and Max. I read Aziz Ansari’s “Modern Romance”, Sophie Kinsella’s YA novel, “Finding Audrey” and re-read “Paper Towns” by John Green (for my first book club). In happy news for our neighbours south of the border, Marriage Equality was finally enforced in all 50 states by the US Supreme Court. Love wins!

In July, I celebrated Canada Day with a rooftop party with the Quietly Qrew (and others), and then with Mom in Coquitlam for the annual fair + fireworks at Town Centre Park/Lafarge Lake. I spent a lot of time in the great outdoors – setting sail on a boat cruise party in English Bay, hiking on Burnaby Mountain, watching a fashion show on Granville Island, following the Gastown Grand Prix races, catching an outdoor movie (Indiana Jones) in Stanley Park, ziplining in Queen Elizabeth Park, and viewing the annual Celebration of Lights fireworks display over English Bay. I got the Q’dos of the Month from the Quietly Qrew. I wrapped up my 100 Days of Love Songs as part of the 100 Day Project. This artistic challenge helped to raise my voice and confidence up. I saw and met Nick Fradiani on the Fourth of July in the Vancouver Fan Zone for the final weekend of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – an American Idol on USA Day in Canada! My video of his current single/World Cup anthem “Beautiful Life” was featured on Billboard.com. I cheered as Team USA won the Cup. To play like a girl means to play like a boss! I met Nick Offerman at a book signing for his new book, “Gumption” at Chapters Metrotown. I read BJ Novak’s collection of short stories, “One More Thing”. I listened to Skylar Laine’s “Dirt Covered Lace”, Tove Lo’s “Queen of the Clouds”, and Kiesza’s “Sound of a Woman”. I watched Minions, Far From The Madding Crowd, Paper Towns, and Trainwreck.

In August, I remembered Michael Johns on the anniversary of his passing. I went to Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour (with special guests Shawn Mendes, Vance Joy, and Nico & Vinz) at BC Place – AMAZING SHOW. At the PNE, I saw Daughtry, Christina Perri, and Colbie Caillat at the PNE Summer Night Concert series, and watched a musical production of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. Also at the PNE this year, I checked out the Beatles Magical History Tour memorabilia exhibit. I saw a Theatre Under the Stars performance of Hairspray at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. I listened to Tim Halperin’s “Searching for the Same Thing” EP, Jordin Sparks’ “Right Here, Right Now” album, Grace Potter’s “Midnight” album, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “EMOTION” album, The Weeknd’s duets with Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey, Haley Reinhart’s “Seven Nation Army” cover with Postmodern Jukebox, Joey Cook’s “Hey There Delilah” cover with Postmodern Jukebox, Lana Del Rey’s new single “High By The Beach”, and Carrie Underwood’s new single “Smoke Break”. I watched Top Gun (as part of the Movie in Stanley Park summer event), Ant-Man, and Ricki & The Flash. I read David Levithan’s “Every Day”, Chris Colfer’s “The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms”, Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman”, Nuala O’Connor’s “Miss Emily”, and all of the September issues of the top fashion magazines. Uggie the Artist passed away this month and I was gutted. 😦 I did the Grouse Grind and enjoyed the view from atop Grouse Mountain. I enjoyed some end of the summer beach hangs and BBQ days with friends. I did some volunteering with Fraser Riverkeeper (and the Quietly Qrew) to clean up the beach and Say Hi to a Stranger to warm up the city! During the last weekend of August, a wild windstorm knocked out power all across Greater Vancouver, but we survived. Overall, this August kicks last August’s ass all the way to Pluto.

September was a month for celebrations. Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning British monarch – all hail the Queen! Queen Elizabeth Park celebrated its 75th anniversary – and I celebrated 20 years of friendship with my oldest friend. SFU celebrated its 50th anniversary.  I went on a “hike” (okay, more like a walk in the park) with Olympian Clara Hughes around Stanley Park as part of her book tour for her memoir. I got a picture with Minnie Mouse at the Disney Store opening celebration at Pacific Centre. I attended this month’s Creative Mornings talk with Samantha Reynolds (of Echo Stories) on the theme of Empathy, YWiB Vancouver’s Women and Innovation panel, and GradusOne’s GradusTalks panel on the Tourism industry. I scored some amazing deals at the annual Aritzia Warehouse Sale, including a white leather jacket from Mackage for $60 (from $650!) and premium denim from Citizens of Humanity, FRAME, J Brand, and Rag & Bone. Nordstrom had its grand opening in Vancouver – window shopping for hours! I went to the Etsy Vancouver market and was amazed by the local creative talents. I listened to David Cook’s “Digital Vein” and Lana Del Rey’s “Honeymoon”, along with new songs from Lauren Alaina, Elise Testone, Ellie Goulding, Sara Bareilles, Disclosure + Lorde, Rudimental + Ed Sheeran, and Sam Smith (who did the 007 theme song for Spectre). I watched The Intern, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. I read David Levithan’s “Another Day”, Cherie Priest’s “I Am Princess X” (for Book Club), Mindy Kaling’s “Why Not Me”, and Clara Hughes’ “Open Heart, Open Mind”. I completed my series marathon of “The Office” and it is now one of my Top 5 favourite television shows (that’s what she said!). I marathoned Ellie Kemper’s show, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which is super quirky and hilarious – “Females are strong as hell!” The Mindy Project is back on Hulu – thank @God! The Emmy Awards finally recognized Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and then presented Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder) with an award, which she followed up with a rousing speech on equality in the entertainment industry. We unveiled a new website for Quietly – tightening and maturing up! On the last day of the month, I joined Hayo Magazine in celebrating the launch of their first issue (No.1: South) – long live print!

October was full-on pandemonium. Kicking this eventful month of events off was the Vancouver International Film Festival, during which I got to see screenings of It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong and Into The Forest. Other non-film festival movies I watched this month were The Martian and Freeheld. I volunteered at We Day Vancouver, where guest performers and speakers such as Colbie Caillat, Marlee Matlin, Chris Hadfield, Henry Winkler, Trevor Linden, Becca Tobin, Hedley, and more were present to inspire students to change the world. I also volunteered at the Vancouver Writer’s Festival, ushering at events with authors such as Lawrence Hill, Paula Hawkins, Roxane Gay, and Heather O’Neill on the line-ups. I embarked on architectural/backstage tours of Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Orpheum Theatre during Doors Open Vancouver. GradusOne hosted a Gradus Talks on Career Myths and Realities, and it was their best panel yet. The Flash and Jane the Virgin returned back to the boob tube, with Supergirl joining in the TV mix (#girlpower). I read Lea Michele’s “You First”, Sara Bareilles’ “Sounds Like Me”, Brene Brown’s “Rising Strong” and Sophie Kinsella’s “Shopaholic to the Rescue”. I listened to new albums from Carrie Underwood and Demi Lovato, and Adele’s first new song in forever, “Hello”. Over the Thanksgiving long weekend, I took a trip to Seattle to meet up with the concert crew for a brunch bonanza, shopping sprees, and of course, a show by the one and only David Cook (the guy who started it all) at Tractor Tavern. Following that, I had another reunion with the Vancouver-based Idol crew. Seven years strong with all of these amazing friends! Here in Vancouver, I saw Tove Lo at Vogue Theatre, Florence + the Machine at Rogers Arena, and Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party at The Peak’s Halloween show at Vogue Theatre. For Halloween this year, I dressed up as Agent Carter. The Quietly Qrew hosted an open house, and throughout the month, bonded over trivia, rooftops, and overall fun timez. Oh yeah, and Canada had a Federal Election and finally successfully overthrew our old Prime Minister for a new PM, Justin Trudeau. Oui oui!

In November, I cheered on my friend Chi as she competed in the 2015 Vancouver Cup Karate Championship, and went to my first Vancouver Giants game (#sports). I went on a spontaneous adventure to see Glen Hansard (of Once fame) at the Orpheum Theatre and was blown away by his live performance. For Black Friday, I finally bought a (faux) leather jacket (from Hollister). Am I a cool kid yet? I read Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl On The Train”, Robert Galbraith’s “Career of Evil”, Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One”, and Chris Colfer’s “Adventures from the Land of Stories”. I watched Pal Joey, Maze Runner: The Scorch TrialsRoomTestament of Youth, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, Brooklyn, and The Good Dinosaur. I listened to new albums from Little Mix, Ellie Goulding, Sara Bareilles, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Janelle Arthur, Jack and White, and the record-smashing Adele. 25 is the soundtrack of my quarter-life crisis. And, inspired by this year’s TEDxSFU conference’s focuses on connecting the dots and placing importance on emotional authority, and also with the wave of devastating events occurring at home and around the world this month, I reflected a lot on the importance of spreading kindness and love in our day to day lives. Love is Louder than the thoughts of hatred that plague your mind and the feelings of hopelessness that drag you down. ❤

In December, Quietly moved to a new office! We started from the bottom (on the 2nd floor), now we’re here (on the 8th floor). It was sad to say goodbye to the space where everything began, but this is a mega milestone for the #QuietlyQrew after much hard work and hustle this year. The sky’s the limit for us! In terms of my entertainment-related activities, the end of the year is typically slow. I watched NBC’s live production of The Wiz, The Peanuts Movie, Carol, Legend, Joy, The Danish Girl, The Little Prince, Trumbo, Suffragette, and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. I listened to songs by Frank Sinatra (in honour of what would have been his 100th birthday celebration this year) along with various covers, Tyler Hilton and Kate Voegele’s live album from London, and Christmas songs by Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Buble, Jessica Sanchez, David Archuleta, Tori Kelly, and Clark Beckham.The holiday season rushed by so quickly this year. I covered all of the Christmas-y bases, including writing cards, decorating, baking, shopping, gifting, walking downtown (with Mom), going to gatherings and celebrations, carolling, listening to music, seeing Christmas performances, watching Christmas specials, eating, drinking… everything! but it seemed to all be in a blur. Still, I managed to find peace and calm among the chaos and learned to appreciate stillness and silence. On New Year’s Eve, I bid a fond farewell to 2015 and rang in 2016 with a BANG by watching the fireworks display over the waterfront on the rooftop of Quietly HQ with some good friends and some new friends.

With all this time for reflection, I gained lots of valuable insights to cap off 2015. “Home isn’t where you live, it’s where you love” (credit goes to The Wiz for that one). Time is precious, so spend it with people as much as you can. Don’t race yourself, pace yourself. You are exactly where you need to be. When you lose something, you’ve made room for something great to be gained. You have to get lost to find clarity. You have to feel anger to find what’s important to you. You have to feel sadness to find your strength. What you make of your experience defines who you are. There’s no shame in hard work. There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping lift someone up. And finally… love makes the world go ’round. ❤

Goodbye, 2015, and see you all on the other side (in 2016!)

CONCERTS/SHOWS OF 2015.

My Fair Lady (Royal City Musical Theatre, New Westminster)
Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre, West End London)
Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre, West End London)
Tori Kelly (Vogue Theatre, Vancouver)
Ed Sheeran (Rogers Arena, Vancouver)
Nick Fradiani (FIFA Fan Zone on the Fourth of July, Vancouver)
Taylor Swift (BC Place, Vancouver)
Hairspray (Malkin Bowl, Vancouver)
Daughtry (PNE, Vancouver)
Colbie Caillat & Christina Perri (PNE, Vancouver)
Tove Lo (Vogue Theatre, Vancouver)
David Cook (Tractor Tavern, Seattle)
Florence + The Machine (Rogers Arena, Vancouver)
Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party (Vogue Theatre, Vancouver)
Glen Hansard (Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver)

MUSIC OF 2015. (Spotify Playlist)

…January…
Queen – Friends Will Be Friends
Bran Van 3000 – Drinking in LA
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song
Carrie Underwood – Little Toy Guns
Caro Emerald – That Man
Postmodern Jukebox – Habits (Stay High) [feat. Haley Reinhart]
Katelyn Epperly – Take Me Home
NEEDTOBREATHE – Brother (feat. Gavin DeGraw)
Glee Cast – Home (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes Cover)
Glee Cast – You Learn / You’ve Got A Friend

…February…
Katy Perry – Dark Horse
Missy Elliott – Lose Control
Sam Smith – Lay Me Down
Glee Cast – At Last
Glee Cast – Our Day Will Come
Stevie Wonder – If It’s Magic
Ed Sheeran – I Was Made To Love Her
Annie Lennox – I Put A Spell On You
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man
Elise Testone – Help Me
Joshua Ledet – Trust Me I Lie
Chadd Black – Love No Fear (feat. Candice Glover)
Jenaux – Renegades (feat. Pia Toscano)
Lady Gaga – The Sound of Music Tribute
Common & John Legend – Glory

…March…
Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece
Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece
Kelly Clarkson – Invincible
Elise Testone – Time
Joey Cook – Fancy
Postmodern Jukebox – All About That Bass
Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits
Lily James – A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)
Glee Cast – Listen To Your Heart
Glee Cast – Popular
Glee Cast – This Time
Glee Cast – I Lived

…April…
Josh Groban – Stages
Josh Groban & Kelly Clarkson – All I Ask Of You
Brian Wilson – On The Island (feat. She & Him)
Brian Wilson – Guess You Had To Be There (feat. Kacey Musgraves)
Kelly Clarkson – At Last
Joey Cook – Miss Independent
Postmodern Jukebox – Creep (feat. Haley Reinhart)
Hollie Cavanagh – Come Away With Me Tonight
Adam Lambert – Ghost Town
My Fair Lady – Overture

…May…
Ed Sheeran ‘5’
Bryan Greenberg ‘Everything Changes’
Bryan Greenberg – Everything Changes
Tori Kelly – Nobody Love
Nick Fradiani – Beautiful Life
Jax – Forcefield
The Weeknd – Earned It
Jessie J – Flashlight
Taylor Swift – Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

…June…
Florence + The Machine ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’
Adam Lambert ‘The Original High’
Kacey Musgraves ‘Pageant Material’
Tori Kelly ‘Unbreakable Smile’
Florence + The Machine – Delilah
Adam Lambert – Evil In The Night
Adam Lambert – Rumors (feat. Tove Lo)
Adam Lambert – Lucy (feat. Brian May)
Kacey Musgraves – High Time
Tori Kelly – Expensive
Tori Kelly – I Was Made For Loving You (feat. Ed Sheeran)
Ed Sheeran – Photograph
Us The Duo – Better Together
Meghan Trainor – Like I’m Gonna Lose You (feat. John Legend)
Who Is Fancy – Goodbye

…July…
Skylar Laine ‘Dirt Covered Lace’
Tove Lo ‘Queen of the Clouds’
Skylar Laine – Night On Fire
Beach Avenue – Coming Your Way
Rachel Platten – Fight Song
Tove Lo – Not On Drugs
Kiesza – Sound of a Woman
Kelly Clarkson – Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
Disclosure – Omen (feat. Sam Smith)

…August…
Tim Halperin ‘Searching For The Same Thing’
Grace Potter ‘Midnight’
Jordin Sparks ‘Right Here Right Now’
Carly Rae Jepsen ‘Emotion’
David Cook – Criminals
Tim Halperin – Love That Lasts
Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (1989 World Tour Version)
Ashley Monroe – The Blade
Lana Del Rey – High By The Beach
Grace Potter – Look What We’ve Become
Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
The Weeknd – Dark Times (feat. Ed Sheeran)
The Weeknd – Prisoner (feat. Lana Del Rey)
Daughtry – Battleships
Colbie Caillat – Hold On
Christina Perri – The Words
Carrie Underwood – Smoke Break

…September…
David Cook ‘Digital Vein’
Lana Del Rey ‘Honeymoon’

Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams
Lauren Alaina – History
Lauren Alaina – Next Boyfriend
Kacey Musgraves – Are You Sure (feat. Willie Nelson)
Elise Testone – Now
Joshua Ledet – Love Can Do
David Cook – Heartbeat
Lana Del Rey – Music To Watch Boys To
Ellie Goulding – On My Mind
Queen + Adam Lambert – Ghost Town
Elvis Presley – Fever (feat. Michael Bublé)
Rayvon Owen – Air (feat. Candice Glover)
Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine
Disclosure – Magnets (feat. Lorde)
Rudimental – Lay It All On Me (feat. Ed Sheeran)
Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall

…October…
Carrie Underwood ‘Storyteller’
Demi Lovato ‘Confident’

Carrie Underwood – Heartbeat
Demi Lovato – Confident
David Cook – From Here To Zero
Little Mix – Love Me Like You
Charlie Puth – Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor)
Haley Reinhart – Can’t Help Falling In Love
Postmodern Jukebox – Umbrella (feat. Casey Abrams)
Drake – Hotline Bling
Tove Lo – Moments
Florence + The Machine – Queen of Peace
Adele – Hello
Elvis Presley – If I Can Dream (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

…November…
Jack and White ‘Lost’
Janelle Arthur – EP

Ellie Goulding ‘Delirium’
Little Mix ‘Get Weird’

Sara Bareilles ‘Waitress’
Sam Smith ‘In The Lonely Hour’ (Drowning Shadows Edition)
Ed Sheeran ‘Live at Wembley Stadium’

Adele ’25’
Jack and White – Lost
Janelle Arthur – This Ole Six String
Ellie Goulding – Army
Little Mix – Grown
Sara Bareilles – Door Number Three
Sam Smith – Drowning Shadows
Ed Sheeran – Touch and Go
Adele – All I Ask
Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away
Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey
Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová – Falling Slowly
Postmodern Jukebox – Say My Name (feat. Joey Cook)
Postmodern Jukebox – Ignition (Remix) [feat. Rayvon Owen]

…December…
Tyler Hilton & Kate Voegele – Live in London
Tyler Hilton & Kate Voegele – Long Ride Home
Frank Sinatra – My Way
Carly Rae Jepsen – Last Christmas
Pentatonix – Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy (feat. Tori Kelly)
Michael Bublé – The More You Give (The More You’ll Have)
Jessica Sanchez – Ave Maria
David Archuleta – The Prayer
Tori Kelly – Silent Night
Clark Beckham – Silent Night

TELEVISION IN 2015.

American Idol Season 14
Agent Carter
The Flash
Supergirl
Jane the Virgin
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The Mindy Project
New Girl
The Office
30 Rock
Glee (Series Finale)
Mad Men (Series Finale)
Parks & Recreation (Series Finale)
Community (Series Finale)

FILMS IN 2015.

Whiplash (2014)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
Selma (2015)
Paddington (2015)
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
BUtterfield 8 (1960)
Birdman (2014)
Boyhood (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The Imitation Game (2014)
American Sniper (2014)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
The Last Five Years (2014)
Cinderella (2015)
Insurgent (2015)
Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me (2014)
Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
Monkey Kingdom (2015)
101 Dalmatians (1961)
The Jungle Book (1967)
The Maze Runner (2014)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
Tomorrowland (2015)
The Age of Adaline (2015)
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Shaun the Sheep (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Love & Mercy (2015)
Jurassic World (2015)
Inside Out (2015)
Max (2015)
Minions (2015)
Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Paper Towns (2015)
Trainwreck (2015)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Top Gun (1986)
Ant-Man (2015)
Ricki & The Flash (2015)
The Intern (2015)
It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015)
Into The Forest (2015)
The Martian (2015)
Freeheld (2015)
Pal Joey (1957)
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
Room (2015)
Testament of Youth (2015)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015)
Once (2006)
Brooklyn (2015)
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Sleeping With Other People (2015)
The Wiz Live! (2015)
My One Christmas Wish (2015)
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Carol (2015)
Legend (2015)
Joy (2015)
The Danish Girl (2015)
The Little Prince (2015)
Trumbo (2015)
Suffragette (2015)
Daddy’s Home (2015)
Spy (2015)
Sisters (2015)

BOOKS IN 2015.
Elizabeth Taylor – My Love Affair With Jewelry
Marilyn Monroe – My Story
George Orwell – Animal Farm
George Orwell – 1984
Miriam Toews – All My Puny Sorrows
Nick Hornby – Funny Girl
Brené Brown – I Thought It Was Just Me
Brené Brown – The Gifts of Imperfection
Brené Brown – Daring Greatly
Brené Brown – Rising Strong
Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In
Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America
Bobbi Brown Beauty Manual
Sophie Kinsella – Finding Audrey
Lauren Weisberger – Revenge Wears Prada
Aziz Ansari – Modern Romance
B.J. Novak – One More Thing
Nick Offerman – Gumption
Maria Dahvana Headley – Magonia
David Levithan – Every Day
David Levithan – Another Day
Chris Colfer – The Land of Stories 4: Beyond the Kingdoms
Chris Colfer – The Curvy Tree
Chris Colfer – The Mother Goose Diaries
Chris Colfer – Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty
Harper Lee – Go Set A Watchman
Nuala O’Connor – Miss Emily
Mindy Kaling – Why Not Me?
Cherie Priest – I Am Princess X
Clara Hughes – Open Heart, Open Mind
Lea Michele – You First
Kate Rorick & Rachel Kiley – The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet
Sophie Kinsella – Shopaholic To The Rescue
Liz Climo – Laughter Is The Best Medicine
Paula Hawkins – The Girl On The Train
Robert Galbraith – Career of Evil
Ernest Cline – Ready Player One
Helene Hanff – 84, Charing Cross Road

Aim high.” – Mom

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