“Hear Me Roar, 2020!”

The forecast is calling for nothing but Classic Blue skies on the horizon…

2020 marks the beginning of a brand new decade! As we swing (with jazz hands!) into the new twenties, there’s a new hope for change, growth, and prosperity on the horizon.

As we saw at the end of the 2010s, people are turning away from a society and culture driven by mass consumerism and turning towards alternative lifestyles led by social consciousness and authentic communities. In this sense, the rebellion of the Prohibition era is back!

It’s fitting that Classic Blue is the Pantone colour of the year for 2020. Invoking an infinite evening sky and classic blue jeans, the calm, elegant, and timeless blue hue represents our desire for a dependable and stable foundation and inspires us to be reflective and thought-provoking as we enter into a new era.

As such, the intention I am setting for myself for 2020 is one of endurance. To try, try, and try again, and maintain an optimistic outlook and hopeful vision no matter what I encounter.

Here we go, 2020! Hear me roar! 🦁

In 2020, I resolve to…

  • Declutter my space to make more room!
  • Travel to a new continent!
  • Cook!
  • More TBA!

Memories of 2020.

I rang in the first on January and the start of the new decade with my Vodka Joyride ladies at a ‘20s themed party at Fox Cabaret. Throughout the month, I celebrated my birthday with the annual traditions of Red Robin, Denny’s, Starbucks, Sephora… you get the picture. I enjoyed many food and drink events, including a whisky tasting, the gluten-free expo, Dine Out Vancouver, the Hot Chocolate Festival, and Science of Cocktails. I won an employee award during Rise’s annual kickoff event. And I won a free trip to Taiwan, to be taken this year! The Good Place finished its series on a good finale note. The Golden Globes, the Grammys, and The Oscars presented big accolades to entertainment and entertainers I like, including Fleabag, 1917, Parasite, Awkwafina for The Farewell, Taron Egerton for Rocketman, Lizzo, and Billie Eilish. In world news, the headlines were dominated by the Australia bushfires, Harry & Meghan leaving the Royal Family, and the coronavirus outbreak. In Vancouver, we had what I believe was the biggest snowfall in years and Uber/Lyft finally arrived in the city after MANY years of back and forth!

February was short and sweet, with Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and Family Day giving me warmth and love when appreciating all of the great people in my life. But enough of the mush! This month, my shows went back on the air (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Bold Type, and The Flash) and I tuned into new ones (Awkwafina is Nora from Queens and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist). I saw a few live shows in the city, including JFL Northwest comedy fest, Tove Lo at the Vogue Theatre, and a Brooklyn Nine-Nine creator talk with Dan Goor. I made progress on my 2020 goal of reading 20 books this year. And I spent a considerable amount of time working on my professional development, including attending workshops, having coffee chats, and upgrading my wardrobe (to balance out my jeans to dress pants ratio!)

March Madness lives up to its name once again. Somehow, I went from starting off the month on a high note by attending THE BIGGEST DOG MEETUP IN VANCOUVER to ending up in the tragedy of not being able to see or pet any dogs in the foreseeable future. And why? Because on March 11, that coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) from January was declared a global pandemic. And over the course of that week, everything in our world had changed and our entire way of life was completely disrupted. Cancel culture took on a whole new meaning. Events cancelled. Businesses and nearly all non-essential establishments and services shut down. Borders closed off. People either shifted to work from home or lost their jobs.  And concepts like “social distancing”, “self isolation”, and “flatten the curve” became not just our new normal, but our collective civic responsibility. The three weeks in March that were impacted by COVID-19 felt like three years, and heading into April, we still don’t know what’s going to happen next and how long it’ll take for life to resume again. But all we know is that, like 9/11 two decades before, things will never be the same again.

Right before everything with Coronavirus went down, another more positive life change happened: after two and a half years on Rise’s marketing team, I made a career change by taking on a new role at Vancouver Is Awesome as their Content Manager for branded/sponsored content! Starting a new job in the midst of a global pandemic presented me with a bigger learning curve and more challenges and curveballs than I had initially anticipated, but it has all been so worth it.

Music in 2020.

(Spotify Playlist)

  • Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
  • Haley Reinhart – Change
  • Alicia Keys – Underdog
  • John Legend – Conversations in the Dark
  • Tove Lo – Bikini Porn
  • Demi Lovato – Anyone
  • Demi Lovato – I Love Me
  • Taylor Swift – Only The Young
  • Billie Eilish – No Time To Die
  • Sam Smith – To Die For
  • Janelle Arthur – White Horse
  • Kree Harrison – Make It Easy
  • Lauren Alaina – Getting Good
  • Mandy Moore – Silver Landings
  • Niall Horan – Nice To Meet Ya
  • Kelly Clarkson – Born To Die
  • John Legend – Actions
  • Kelsea Ballerini – Club
  • Adam Lambert – Roses
  • Tove Lo – I’m Coming
  • Brooke White – Dreams
  • David Archuleta – OK, All Right

Television in 2020.

  • The Good Place
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • The Bold Type
  • The Flash
  • Awkwafina is Nora from Queens
  • Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
  • Tiger King
  • Breaking Bad
  • Saturday Night Live

Films in 2020.

(Letterboxd: Watch List)

  • National Treasure
  • The World is Burning (Ilana Glazer)
  • Bombshell
  • Marriage Story
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Ford V Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Parasite
  • 1917
  • Miss Americana (Taylor Swift)
  • The Traitor
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Emma
  • Birds of Prey
  • Contagion
  • Hooking Up
  • Homecoming (Beyonce)
  • Onward
  • The Crimson Wing
  • Oceans
  • Wings Of Life
  • Dolphin Reef
  • Elephant

Books in 2020.

(Goodreads: Year in Books)

  • Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Amanda Lovelace, The Princess Saves Herself in This One
  • Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey
  • Georgie Crawley, Henry the Queen’s Corgi
  • Jenny Han, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You
  • Jenny Han, Always And Forever Lara Jean
  • Abigail Hing Wen, Loveboat Taipei
  • Carrie Underwood, Find Your Path
  • Marie Kondo, Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life
  • Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game
  • Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey – She Said
  • Tahereh Mafi, Imagine Me
  • Caroline Criado-Perez, Invisible Women
  • Alicia Keys, More Myself