“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 (yes!), 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 (Yoga & Pilates #findyourzen)
- 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. Oh, and it snowed. A lot.
For the first two weeks of March, I returned back to the city where I left my heart – NYC! I hardly got a wink of slumber in the city that never sleeps due to the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. During my New York minute in the city that never sleeps, I took in as much of the sights, parks, photo ops, art, culture, shops, food, Broadway shows (Hamilton, Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, Waitress, and Pretty Woman), live music experiences (Elton John and Jeremy Jordan), and live television experiences as I could. It’s safe to say that I’ll continue to be in a New York state of mind for quite some time. Back in Vancouver, I saw Tori Kelly for her acoustic show at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and saw Michelle Obama for her Becoming book tour at Rogers Arena. I watched a number of films, including Isn’t It Romantic, Vox Lux, Beyond the Lights, Captain Marvel, Five Feet Apart, Us, and Dumbo. I listened to new music albums from Maren Morris, Jenny Lewis, Haley Reinhart, Ben Platt, and Billie Eilish. I read Daisy Jones & The Six, Shadow Me, Defy Me, On The Come Up, and The Hating Game. I saw the series finales of Broad City and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and began the final season of Jane the Virgin. In order to keep up with the fit-ness I gained from walking the endless streets of New York, I tried a handful of new fitness activities, including cycling, heels dancing, yoga, and pilates.
In April, I went to Seattle during the Easter weekend… I saw Michael Buble. I watched Shazam, Missing Link, and Unicorn Store. I listened to new music from Sara Bareilles and Khalid. I read Girl Stop Apologizing and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, Amber Tamblyn’s Era of Ignition, and The Huntress. I started watching the new season of The Bold Type.
Live Shows in 2019.
- Brasstracks in Vancouver on February 27th.
- Elton John in New York City’s Madison Square Garden on March 5th.
- Hamilton in New York City on March 6th.
- Waitress in New York City on March 7th.
- Harry Potter & The Cursed Child in New York City on March 10th.
- Jeremy Jordan in New York City on March 11th.
- Pretty Woman in New York City on March 12th.
- Tori Kelly in Vancouver on March 16th.
- Michelle Obama in Vancouver on March 21st.
- Michael Buble in Vancouver on April 12th.
- Haley Reinhart in Seattle on April 22nd.
- Carrie Underwood in Vancouver on May 25th.
- Paul McCartney in Vancouver on July 6th.
- 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
- Ariana Grande – thank u next
- Ariana Grande – break up with your boyfriend, i’m bored
- Chloe x Halle – Down
- H.E.R – Hard Place
- Brandi Carlile – The Joke
- 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
- Ellie Goulding – Flux
- Carly Rae Jepsen – Now That I Found You
- Carly Rae Jepsen – No Drug Like Me
- Maren Morris – GIRL
- Jenny Lewis – On The Line
- Jenny Lewis – Red Bull & Hennessy
- Haley Reinhart – Lo-Fi Soul
- Haley Reinhart – Honey, There’s The Door
- Brooke White – Livin’ On A Prayer
- Bryan Greenberg – Troubled Mind
- Ben Platt – Sing To Me Instead
- Ben Platt – Ease My Mind
- Billie Eilish – when we all fall asleep, where do we go?
- Billie Eilish – bury a friend
- Kelly Clarkson – Broken & Beautiful
- Maddie Poppe – Made You Miss
- Kevin McHale – Help Me Now
- Sara Bareilles – Amidst the Chaos
- Sara Bareilles – Armor
- Khalid – Free Spirit
- Khalid – Talk
- Elise Testone – This Is Love
- Elise Testone – Flying High
- Ellie Goulding – In This Together
- Ellie Goulding – Sixteen
- Maren Morris – Kingdom of One
- Lauren Alaina – Breathe Again
- Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road
Television in 2019.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Broad City
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
- Arrested Development
- The Good Place
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- The Flash
- Jane the Virgin
- The Bold Type
- Saturday Night Live
- Game of Thrones
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)
- Five Feet Apart (2019)
- Us (2019)
- Dumbo (2019)
- Shazam! (2019)
- Missing Link (2019)
- Unicorn Store (2019)
- Kong: Skull Island (2017)
- Guava Island (2019)
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
- Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six
- Tahereh Mafi, Shadow Me
- Tahereh Mafi, Defy Me
- Angie Thomas, On The Come Up
- Blythe Roberson, How to Date Men When You Hate Men
- Rachel Hollis, Girl, Wash Your Face
- Rachel Hollis, Girl, Stop Apologizing
- Amber Tamblyn, Era of Ignition
- Sally Thorne, The Hating Game
- Kate Quinn, The Huntress
- Robert Matzen, Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn & World War II
- Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
2019: The Year of Living with Unbridled Enthusiasm