“Thirty, Flirty & Thriving”
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!
In 2019, I resolve to…
- Travel to NYC, Germany & Ireland
- Achieve my career goals
- Finish my reading challenge goal of 19 books in 2019
- Get back into music
- Get back into dance (Harbour Dance Centre)
- Try a new fitness activity
- Learn a new language (Spanish?)
- Write a book
Memories of 2019.
Happy New Year! As “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” fever swept the world, I lived out this first month of 2019 by sparking joy each day. January marked the start of my thirties, which I celebrated with freebies and food on the day of my birthday and a triple birthday party with my birthday buds on that birthday weekend. The Baes celebrated the upcoming birth of a new bae-bae girl with a baby shower. I began street dancing again at Harbour Dance Centre. TV season started up with You, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Broad City, and Victoria. I saw some great movies, including 13 Going On 30, A Dog’s Way Home, If Beale Street Could Talk, On The Basis Of Sex, Roma, The Lego Movie 2, and Miss Bala. New music releases from Tyler Hilton, Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa, Florence + The Machine, Tori Kelly, Jenny Lewis, Maren Morris, Sam Smith & Normani were added to my playlists. Awards season began with the Golden Globes, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, in which Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book won big. I tuned into Rent Live as I booked my trip to NYC in March. All in all, January was FYRE.
February kicked off with the most boring Super Bowl in Super Bowl history, but who really cares when you have the Puppy Bowl, the Kitten Bowl, and Adam Levine wearing your godmother’s curtains? In contrast, the Grammy Awards were the best yet. Hosted by Alicia Keys, the show was alive with big female energy from the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, Dua Lipa, Dolly Parton, Diana RossH.E.R, Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Chloe x Halle, and the one and only Michelle Obama. I listened to new music from Adam Lambert, Haley Reinhart, Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ellie Goulding, Solange, Maddie Poppe, John Legend, Bruno Mars & Cardi B, Sara Bareilles, John Mayer, Kree Harrison, and Zealyn. I watched Pretty Woman (I know, finally!), Josh Groban Live at MSG on the Bridges Tour (in theatres), How to Train Your Dragon 3, and Isn’t It Romantic. I read books by Cleo Wade, Amanda Lovelace, and Marianne Power. I worked at working out to keep up with Fitness February. I celebrated Galentines with the girls and Valentines with the dogs. I met Angie Thomas on her On The Come Up book tour. I laughed out loud to a couple comedy shows as part of Just for Laughs Fest. I saw Brasstracks at the Imperial. It snowed, a lot.
March in NYC!
Live Shows in 2019.
- Brasstracks in Vancouver on February 27th.
- Elton John in New York City’s Madison Square Garden on March 5th.
- Jeremy Jordan in New York City on March 11th.
- Tori Kelly in Vancouver on March 16th.
- Michelle Obama in Vancouver on March 21st.
- Carrie Underwood in Vancouver on May 25th.
- Queen + Adam Lambert in Vancouver on July 10th.
Music in 2019.
- Tyler Hilton – City On Fire
- Janelle Arthur – Runnin’ From My Roots
- Sam Smith & Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
- Lana Del Rey – hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it
- Billie Eilish – When I Was Older
- Tori Kelly – Change Your Mind
- Dua Lipa – Swan Song
- Florence + The Machine – Moderation
- Jenny Lewis – Red Bull & Hennessy
- Ariana Grande – thank u next
- Ariana Grande – break up with your boyfriend, i’m bored
- Billie Eilish – bury a friend
- Chloe x Halle – Down
- H.E.R – Hard Place
- Brandi Carlile – The Joke
- Haley Reinhart – Lo-Fi Soul
- Cardi B & Bruno Mars – Please Me
- John Legend – Preach
- Alicia Keys – Raise A Man
- Adam Lambert – Feel Something
- John Mayer – I Guess I Just Feel Like
- Zealyn – Faster Now
- Kree Harrison – I Love The Lie
- Maren Morris – GIRL
- Ellie Goulding – Flux
- Carly Rae Jepsen – Now That I Found You
- Carly Rae Jepsen – No Drug Like Me
Television in 2019.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- The Good Place
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
- Broad City
- The Flash
- Arrested Development
Films in 2019.
- Runnin’ From My Roots (2018)
- If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
- Bird Box (2018)
- A Quiet Place (2018)
- Vice (2018)
- 13 Going On 30 (2004)
- A Dog’s Way Home (2019)
- Fyre Fraud (2019)
- Fyre (2019)
- On The Basis of Sex (2018)
- Roma (2018)
- The Lego Movie: The Second Part (2019)
- Miss Bala (2019)
- Pretty Woman (1990)
- How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
- Isn’t It Romantic (2019)
- Vox Lux (2018)
- Captain Marvel (2019)
- Beyond the Lights (2014)
Books in 2019.
- Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
- Cleo Wade, Heart Talk
- Amanda Lovelace, The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One
- Marianne Power, Help Me
- Angie Thomas, On The Come Up
- Tahereh Mafi, Shadow Me
- Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six
2019: The Year of Living with Unbridled Enthusiasm