Livin’ on the Edge of 2017
It’s the return of my lucky number 7 in 2017. Looking back, 2007 was a monumental year because it was the year I graduated from high school and entered a new phase of my life. Now, ten years later, it’s time to make some more transformative changes. 2017 will be a year for wearing my heart on my sleeve, living on the edge, embracing the unknown, and speaking my mind. And while the grass may always appear greener(y) on the other side, it’s time to count my lucky stars and cherish the good things that I’ve got.
In 2017, I resolve to…
- Speak up and speak out
- Solo travel to Italy
- Learn a new language at a conversational level
- Get involved with initiatives I care about through volunteering
- Stake out a new career path in communications
- Meet and exceed my reading challenge goal of 17 books in 2017
- Get back into music through singing and guitar-playing
- Try out a new fitness activity
- Move to downtown Vancouver
Memories of 2017.
January was a month of transition… the likes of which I had never experienced before. I celebrated my 28th birthday and officially entered my late-20s. Obama transitioned out of the White House and Trump was ushered in as the new POTUS… and unleashed havoc immediately. I participated in my first protest by demonstrating during the Vancouver chapter of the worldwide Women’s March on Washington movement. Near the end of the month, I was suddenly laid off from my job of three years and thrust into re-evaluating my career and life path for the upcoming year. Nobody said change was easy to navigate, but as I’ve learned this January, you’ve gotta march on. In lighter news, I spoiled myself with entertainment. I listened to long-awaited new music from Lauren Alaina, Jax, Ed Sheeran, and John Mayer. I finished binge-watching 30 Rock and started new seasons of The Flash, Supergirl, Jane the Virgin, New Girl, and Riverdale, then finished the season finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I watched a record-breaking number of films – Hidden Figures, A Monster Calls, A Fences, Moonlight, Split, A Dog’s Purpose, Manchester by the Sea, Arrival, Hell or High Water, Hacksaw Ridge, Lion, and Raintree County. I read the bittersweet poetry of Lang Leav and felt my fragile heart break and mend all at once.
February was a month for freewheeling and freelancing funemployment. For the first time in years, I had no agenda to follow. I was a free agent! I spent my free time catching up with friends along the coffee shop hop, meeting new people and expanding my network at meetups and other events, getting involved with volunteer opportunities related to professional development and community engagement, and re-evaluating my values and goals for the next chapter of my story. Among the many valuable life lessons I learned were to know and believe in my worth, to say my piece to make peace, and to lean on friends when the going gets rough. Oh, and a little bit of music therapy (in the form of karaoke, piano bars, and great tunes) can do wonders for the soul. In theatres, I watched The Lego Batman Movie, I Am Not Your Negro, and the musical Newsies. On the boob tube, I tuned into three major entertainment events: the Super Bowl (Lady Gaga’s half-time performance FTW), the Grammys (Adele, Beyonce, Chance the Rapper, and Bruno Mars rule all), and the Oscars (who can ever forget the moment when Moonlight stole the spotlight from La La Land?)
Live Shows in 2017.
Music in 2017.
Lauren Alaina – Road Less Traveled
Jax – Funny EP
Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
Postmodern Jukebox – Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked (feat. Joey Cook)
Daniel Caesar – Japanese Denim
John Mayer – Moving On and Getting Over
Lauren Alaina – Doin’ Fine
Jax – Stars
Tyler Hilton – The Way That She Loves
Postmodern Jukebox – What is Love (feat. Casey Abrams)
Postmodern Jukebox – Side to Side (feat. DeAndre Brackensick)
Pia Toscano – Say You Won’t Let Go
Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
Chance the Rapper – No Problem
Maren Morris – Once
John Legend & Cynthia Erivo – God Only Knows
Lana Del Rey – Love
John Mayer – Still Feel Like Your Man
Kelly Clarkson & Aloe Blacc – Love Goes On
John Legend – City of Stars & Audition Medley (from La La Land)
Jeremy Jordan – Santa Fe (from Newsies)
Ed Sheeran – Divide
Colton Dixon – Identity
La’Porsha Renae – Already All Ready
Ed Sheeran – Dive
Ed Sheeran – Perfect
Colton Dixon – All That Matters
La’Porsha Renae – What Is Love
Lea Michele – Anything’s Possible
Lorde – Green Light
Josh Groban – Evermore
Beauty and the Beast – Be Our Guest
Television in 2017.
Jane the Virgin
The Mindy Project
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Films in 2017.
Hidden Figures (2017)
A Monster Calls (2017)
A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Hell Or High Water (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Raintree County (1957)
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Newsies Live! (2017)
I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
Get Out (2017)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
The Mask You Live In (2015)
A United Kingdom (2017)
Books in 2017.
Lang Leav – Love & Misadventure
Lang Leav – Lullabies
Lang Leav – Memories
Lang Leav – The Universe of Us
Sophie Kinsella – My Not So Perfect Life
Chris Colfer – Stranger Than Fanfiction
Dan Lyons – Disrupted
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – We Should All Be Feminists
Margot Lee Shetterly – Hidden Figures
Love yourself. Love somebody. Love each other.
2017: the year I woke up.