“More than ever before – my future is an open book.”
In 2018, I intend to embark on a new path of optimism, confidence, growth, advancement, reinvention, and connections. May the good times, good vibes, and good people reign free throughout the year and beyond! #FindHappy
In 2018, I resolve to…
- Travel to Iceland, Europe, and the UK – DONE
- Finish my reading challenge goal of 18 books in 2018 – DONE
- Get back into music – DOING #SingItSaturday
- Get back into dance – DOING – Thanks, RSVP33 and Steve Nash!
- Try a new fitness activity – DID – Kickboxing! Kicked my ass!
- Learn a new language (Spanish?)
- Be an active activist – DOING THE WORK…
Memories of 2018.
January marked the start of 2018, beginning with a birthday signalling the last year of my twenties, which was celebrated with free stuff, desserts, and lots of tea. #TIMESUP took over the 75th Annual Golden Globes in Hollywood for a socially-charged awards ceremony with a moving speech by Oprah. White roses were in bloom at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City, where Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, and Alessia Cara took the top honours, but Kesha stole the show with “Praying”. I listened to new music from Camila Cabello, Phillip Phillips, Carrie Underwood, Rayvon Owen, and Kendrick Lamar. I discovered a new comedy to enjoy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I watched Ferdinand, The Shape of Water, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Call Me By Your Name, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, and Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. I read Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Audrey in Rome and Audrey at Home, Lang Leav’s Sea of Strangers, Sophie Kinsella’s Surprise Me, and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. After a two-year hiatus, I got back into the dancing groove with RSVP33!
February kicked in high gear with the two biggest sporting events of 2018 – the Super Bowl and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Or, of relevant interests to me, Pink and Leslie Odom, Jr. singing the American National Anthems and all of the figure skating competitions, especially the ice dancing of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. In honour of Black History Month, I saw a Broadway Across Canada production of Motown: The Musical at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and watched Black Panther. I read a biography of Queen Victoria by Julia Baird. I listened to new music from David Cook, David Archuleta, Trent Harmon, Tim Halperin, and Kendrick Lamar (and crew). I watched Phantom Thread, Peter Rabbit, Black Panther, Annihilation, Fruitvale Station, Creed, and 42. I tuned into the second half of The Flash and Jane the Virgin, the season finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the new Strike series, Career of Evil. I tried my boxing glove hands at kickboxing. My friends and I booked our flights for our trip to Iceland, Barcelona, Edinburgh, and London – Eurotrip is on!
There was much celebration to be had throughout March Madness month, with a bunch of birthday parties and Rise’s move to a new and improved office. I wrote my first book ever – an ebook for Rise on Artificial Intelligence and HR. YWiB hosted its first event of 2018 – a panel and workshop on personal branding. Awards Season 2018 concluded with the 90th Annual Academy Awards, with the Oscar for Best Picture going to The Shape of Water. Best Actress winner Frances McDormand stole the show with her acceptance speech advocating for the enforcement of inclusion riders. The students of Parkland led gun control activists for the massively-attended March For Our Lives. I went to my first few concerts of 2018 – I saw Lorde and Run the Jewels live at Rogers Arena, and Phillip Phillips live at Vogue Theatre. I listened to new music from Halo Circus, Casey Abrams, Kacey Musgraves, Tori Kelly, and Daughtry. I watched Love Simon, A Wrinkle in Time, and Girls’ Trip, and attended a fun double-bill screening of The Disaster Artist and The Room for a fundraising to #SaveTheRio Theatre. I read Tahereh Mafi’s latest Shatter Me series novel, Restore Me. Continuing onwards with my goal of getting fit, I took Beyonce dance classes with RSVP 33 and a bunch of badass street dance classes at Steve Nash Fitness World. I did a few photoshoots and finally got a selection of professional headshots to choose from for my LinkedIn and online profiles. I met Instagram celebrity Christopher the Pig during his travels to Vancouver (and confused many friends). I started the second season of Atlanta: Robbin’ Season. American Idol returned back to television
to hijack my life once again…
April 1st was both Easter Sunday AND April Fools… fitting as Jesus Christ was the ultimate prankster. I KID, I KID! To celebrate the holiday, I watched Jesus Christ Superstar Live! starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles. I saw Jaden Smith live in concert at The Imperial and Beyonce live at Coachella via digital means. I listened to new music from John Legend, Janelle Monae, Carrie Underwood, Jessica Sanchez, Avalon Young, She & Him, and Jason Mraz, and got into the music of Dua Lipa and Maren Morris. I watched Ready Player One and Avengers: Infinity War in theatres. I went to a Corgi Beach Party at Kitsilano and was practically in puppy heaven on earth. At the end of April and the beginning of May, I formed a travel troupe with three friends (#VodkaJoyride) and travelled to Iceland, Barcelona, Edinburgh, and London – and we had some incredible adventures during a very action-packed two weeks together.
In May, I started writing A LOT and working on a new writing project, which you’ll be hearing more about in the coming months… I rediscovered a love for journalism and poetry and started volunteering with Megaphone Magazine. I joined the rest of the world in falling in love with the love between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as shown by their romantic Royal Wedding. I listened to new music from Tim Halperin, Clark Beckham, Trent Harmon, DeAndre, John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne, Shawn Mendes, and the new American Idol winner, Maddie Poppe. I tuned into the new seasons of Arrested Development and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, the season finales of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, Atlanta, and SNL, and the series finale of New Girl. I watched Solo: A Star Wars Story in theatres. I read Maybe In Another Life and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I faced one of my fears right in the face by embarking on a white water rafting adventure at Chilliwack River – and it was INCREDIBLE.
June marked the 6th anniversary of The Hudsucker along with my 10th anniversary on Twitter! It blows my mind how much these two platforms have opened up windows of opportunity in my life in such a short period of time. On World Oceans Day, I volunteered at CPAWS BC’s shoreline cleanup at English Bay with my work team. I attended A Better Life Foundation’s Greasy Spoon charity dinner. YWiB hosted great events on mentorship, coaching, and networking. I did an online course on the History of Hollywood Musicals with TCM. I saw Janelle Monae live at Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Carly Rae Jepsen with the VSO at the Orpheum. I listened to new music from Florence + The Machine, Drake, Haley Reinhart, Jessica Sanchez, Candice Glover, DeAndre, Kris Allen, Demi Lovato, and Tyler Hilton. I tuned into the Tony Awards hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, and tuned into new seasons of The Bold Type, GLOW, and surprisingly enough, The Bachelorette. I watched Ocean’s 8, The Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Ant-Man and the Wasp in theatres. I read a stack of poetry books by Atticus, Nikita Gill, Amanda Lovelace, Michael Faudet, Rudy Francisco, Trista Mateer, and Beau Taplin, in research for a new project that’s a current work in progress. I went to Ace Comic Con in Seattle and saw/met Camila Mendes from Riverdale, Hayley Atwell from Agent Carter, and the cast of the Avengers, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Mackie – it was a MARVELous weekend!
July was all about World Cup fever, but it was no match for the local charity event Kickoff Canada at BC Place. Summer festivals and celebration sprang up around the city, from Thai Fest and Food Truck Fest to RYU’s Respect The Shore Fitness Popup to the Annual Pride Celebration at Robson Square. There was even a Brooklyn 99 Trivial Night that my team won 2nd place at! I went to RSVP 33’s rooftop dance sessions to get my groove on to Drake and Dua Lipa. I continued to read poetry books, this time from Caroline Kaufman and Alicia Cook. I also read When Life Gives You Lululemons and Into The Water, and ended up finishing my reading challenge of 18 books for 2018 by the month’s end.I listened to new music from DeAndre, Daughtry, Childish Gambino, Billie Eilish, and Kelsea Ballerini. My love for ABBA was re-ignited again with the release of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. I have a dream, a song to sing…
August kicked off with a BC Day Weekend trip to BC’s beautiful capital of Victoria – my first time to the harbour in 10+ years! We had our fair share of history and culture at the Parliament Buildings, the Government House, Craigdarroch Castle, and Butchart Gardens, ate a lot of great brunch food, and watched the most stunning sunset at Clover Point. I went to Mural Fest with the Vodka Joyride travel crew. I saw the corgi races at Hastings Racecourse. I watched Christopher Robin, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, On Chesil Beach… I listened to new music from Jason Mraz and Nicki Minaj… It’s been four years since MJ…
September – Sam Smith and Tyler Hilton!
Live Shows in 2018.
Motown: The Musical at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, February 10th.
Lorde’s Melodrama Tour at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, March 8th.
Phillip Phillips’ Magnetic Tour at Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, March 17th.
Jaden Smith’s Vision Tour at The Imperial in Vancouver, April 10th.
Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre in London, May 5th.
Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer Tour (with St. Beauty) at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, June 12th.
Carly Rae Jepsen & the VSO at The Orpheum in Vancouver, June 25th.
Harry Styles & Kacey Musgraves at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, July 6th.
Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All Tour at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, September 10th.
Amy Shark & Tyler Hilton at The Imperial in Vancouver, September 25th.
Music in 2018.
Camila Cabello – Camila
Phillip Phillips – Collateral
Tyler Hilton – Live in the Garden EP
Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same
Phillip Phillips – Magnetic
Tyler Hilton – The Way That She Loves
Kendrick Lamar – Loyalty (feat. Rihanna)
Bruno Mars – Finesse (feat. Cardi B)
Childish Gambino – Terrified
SZA – Broken Clocks
Logic – 1-800-273-8255 (feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
BORNS – God Save Our Young Blood (feat. Lana Del Rey)
Scott Bradlee & Casey Abrams – You Got A Friend In Me
Lauren Alaina – Wings Of An Angel
Carrie Underwood – The Champion (feat. Ludacris)
Rayvon Owen – Gold
Charlie Puth – Attention
Tinie Temple – Girls Like (feat. Zara Larsson)
Camila Cabello – Havana
David Cook – Chromance
David Cook – Ghost Magnetic
David Archuleta & Nathan Pacheco – Perfect Symphony
Kendrick Lamar – King’s Dead (feat. Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)
Kendrick Lamar – All The Stars (feat. SZA)
Kendrick Lamar & The Weeknd – Pray For Me
The Dames – Belle Meade Gal
Ellie Goulding – Vincent
Casey Abrams – Put A Spell On You
Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus – Robots & Wranglers
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Casey Abrams – Put A Spell On You
Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus – Commander
Kacey Musgraves – Space Cowboy
Kacey Musgraves – Butterflies
Beyonce – Love On Top
Beyonce – Blow
Beyonce – Freakum Dress
Billie Eilish – Bellyache
Tamia – So Into You
Lady Gaga – Do What U Want
Run the Jewels – Legend Has It
Lorde – The Louvre
Tori Kelly – Help Us To Love
Jesus Christ Superstar Live!
Elton John & Bernie Taupin’s Revamp & Restoration
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
Sara Bareilles – I Don’t Know How To Love Him
Lady Gaga – Your Song
Maren Morris – Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters
Janelle Monae – Make Me Feel
John Legend – A Good Night
David Cook – Soul Of A Man
Carrie Underwood – Cry Pretty
Jessica Sanchez – Caught Up
Avalon Young – Sweet Talk
She & Him – He Gives His Love To Me
She & Him – She Gives Her Love To Me
Dua Lipa – New Rules / IDGAF
Zedd – The Middle (feat. Maren Morris)
Tim Halperin – Chances
Clark Beckham – Year One
Trent Harmon – You Got ‘Em All
Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
Tim Halperin – Work For It
Clark Beckham – I Need
Trent Harmon – You Got ‘Em All
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
John Mayer – New Light
Years & Years – If You’re Over Me
Ray LaMontagne – Such A Simple Thing
Christina Aguilera & Demi Lovato – Fall In Line
Postmodern Jukebox – Baby (feat. Melinda Doolittle)
Maddie Poppe – Going Going Gone
Drake – Scorpion
Florence + The Machine – High As Hope
Florence + The Machine – Sky Full of Song
Haley Reinhart – Last Kiss Goodbye
Jessica Sanchez – Millionaire
Candice Glover – Break Me
Tyler Hilton – City On Fire
Demi Lovato – Sober
Kris Allen – When All The Stars Have Died
Drake – Nice For What
DeAndre – Black Denim
Daughtry – Cage to Rattle
DeAndre – Catch
Daughtry – Deep End
Childish Gambino – Summertime Magic
billie eilish – you should see me in a crown
Kelsea Ballerini – Peter Pan
Lily James – Mamma Mia
Cher – Fernando
Jason Mraz – Know.
Nicki Minaj – Queen
Jason Mraz – Have It All
Jason Mraz – Sleeping To Dream
MacKenzie Bourg – Playlove
Nicki Minaj – Barbie Dreams
Awkwafina – Ghost
Josh Groban – Bridges
Television in 2018.
Strike: Career of Evil
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Jane the Virgin
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The Bold Type
Films in 2018.
The Shape of Water (2017)
The Post (2018)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)
Phantom Thread (2017)
Peter Rabbit (2018)
Black Panther (2018)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Love, Simon (2018)
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
The Disaster Artist (2017)
The Room (2003)
Girls’ Trip (2017)
Ready Player One (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Ingrid Goes West (2017)
Home Again (2017)
Fahrenheit 451 (2018)
Show Dogs (2018)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Tomb Raider (2018)
Ocean’s 8 (2018)
The Incredibles (2004)
The Incredibles 2 (2018)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
An American in Paris (1951)
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
Christopher Robin (2018)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
On Chesil Beach (2017)
Books in 2018.
Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Lang Leav, Sea of Strangers
Luca Dotti, Audrey in Rome
Luca Dotti, Audrey at Home
Sophie Kinsella, Surprise Me
Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale
Tahereh Mafi, Restore Me
Julia Baird, Victoria: The Queen
Sally Bedell Smith, Elizabeth the Queen
Taylor Jenkins Reid, Maybe In Another Life
Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Atticus, Love Her Wild
Nikita Gill, Wild Embers
Amanda Lovelace, the princess saves herself in this one
Amanda Lovelace, the witch doesn’t burn in this one
Michael Faudet, Dirty Pretty Things
Michael Faudet, Bitter Sweet Love
Michael Faudet, Smoke & Mirrors
Rudy Francisco, Helium
Trista Mateer, Honeybee
Beau Taplin, Bloom
Beau Taplin, Worlds of You
Caroline Kaufman, Light Filters In
Florence Welch – Useless Magic
Lauren Weisberger, When Life Gives You Lululemons
Paula Hawkins, Into The Water
Kate Quinn, The Alice Network
Kevin Kwan – Crazy Rich Asians
Val Emmich et al., Dear Evan Hansen
2018: The Year…