2017 Recap—Year of Risk

Happy New Year!! We made it through another rollercoaster of a year! 🥂

I promised myself that 2017 was the Year of Risk and I sure as hell took a few. I am sure many of you will nod in agreement with me when I say that this was one weird year. However it’s truly put a lot of things into perspective for me.

For my third annual recap this year, I will be highlighting experiences that impacted my life, along with some life lessons which will hopefully carry into the new year and life overall. Cheers!

HIGHLIGHTS

The Ellen Show

Finally, after two years of attempting to book tickets to see The Ellen Show live, I received an email from The Ellen Show in March of 2017 while I was sitting shotgun in my Lyft from Playa Vista to Koreatown in Los Angeles. I was squealing with excitement to my driver. Seeing her live was pretty unreal, she radiates kindness and her production team is on fucking point!

Me and my friends @ The Ellen Show!

To my surprise I received another email to be a part of the audience for Ellen’s new show “Ellen’s Game of Games” which premieres early 2018. I am also guaranteed tickets to see her live again for the next season. The universe spoils me sometimes.

Be careful what you wish for!

Concerts, duh

If I could replace oxygen with music, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Any opportunity to see an artist that I respect perform live, I will take it. There is something euphoric about being immersed in a sea of people who appreciate the same music as you.

As a Canadian, I finally got to experience OVO Fest for the first time and it did not fucking disappoint. I saw Drake, The Weeknd, Cardi B, Migos, PartyNextDoor, DVSN, Majid Jordan, Rae Sremmurd, French Montana, Travis Scott, and even Nelly!

Nelly @ The Budweiser Stage

I even managed to see these artists live for the first time too such as Janet Jackson, Kid Cudi, Aminé, Nas, and Lauryn Hill. And for tradition’s sake, Major Lazer for the (I’ve really lost count but I can never get sick of these dudes)th time.

Janet Jackson @ The Air Canada Centre

To make things even better, 99% of these concerts were either comped or guestlisted—if my plugs are reading this, thank you so much. Yes, I’ve got some solid friends and they’re likely cooler than yours.

My Support System

San Diego, California

I am not a materialistic person at all. Although if there is something that I want, I will work hard to acquire it myself. Beyond that, I never ask for anything unless I am in pure desperation and exhaustion, which is seldom.

This year I made the transition from 9-5 to freelancing. On my last day at work, I was surprised by my co-workers with an incredible goodbye gift. It turns out that everyone pitched in for an annual subscription of Adobe Creative Cloud as a thank you for working so hard and taking such a huge leap of faith. I was beyond emotional as I did not expect that at all. We still keep in touch, which is really great.

Montreal, Quebec
Los Angeles, California
Toronto, Ontario

Not only was leaving my job extremely difficult but I decided to take another leap of faith this year by travelling for a while. Even though I tried to quietly tiptoe out, my friends somehow planned this elaborate surprise party for me. It’s something that I will remember for the rest of my life. Having people in your life who support you no matter what is absolutely the greatest feeling in the whole wide world. It truly is my main source of motivation. No amount of dollar bills can provide me with that sort of happiness 🧀—well unless we’re adding several zeros behind it, then I could be swayed 😏.

Work hard and be kind. Put out that good energy into the universe because it’ll always come back at the most unexpected times in your life.

Although I went through a minor setback—which is all I will disclose—as one of my friends puts it this year, I am just so thankful that I have an incredible group of people who I can count on when shit hits the fan.

LIFE LESSONS

Be Patient & Enjoy the Journey

I need to feel less discouraged when I am not meeting my goals as quickly as I would have liked. I have learned to appreciate myself because I am still constantly learning. In retrospect, I learned and did a lot this year. As long as I see improvements every day, then that is good enough for me because I believe everyone works at their own pace. I feel more than ready to work thrice as hard while living in the moment—and failing, but failing fast.

Wearing Multiple Hats is Fun

Earlier this year, I wanted to learn everything I could about film, from the techniques to the terminology. Formally, I am a graphic designer, but I wanted to switch from design to film. However, after meeting such incredible directors and creatives, I realized that I don’t need to ditch design for film. I can utilize both to my advantage.

I took a short break from graphic design this year to really accelerate my growth and understanding of the film industry. Now that I feel somewhat competent (there’s still a lot for me to learn, but that’s what keeps me on my toes), going back into design is refreshing. Truthfully, I think I am becoming a better designer now that I have a new additional skill. I will be balancing both design and film projects this year.

Intuition Never Lies

One of my biggest strengths is my intuition, especially with people and opportunities. I want to really follow my gut feeling more and more because somehow, the universe works in very mysterious ways. I can’t really explain this one just yet.

People Still Suck, But Hidden Gems Exist

I used to romanticize that happiness would one day arrive in this extravagant form and my life will change for the better overnight. However, I realized that I will never find this ultimate source of happiness because I was not involved in the present and appreciating what I have right in front of me. It turns out the people I surround myself with play a huge role in my mood. I am fortunate to have a set core of people that reciprocate back similar energy levels as me. (Thank goodness I snapped back to reality)

As stated by the Law of Attraction, like attracts like. The people I want to surround myself with this year and onwards are the ones who are positive, hardworking, and passionate. There is nothing more uplifting than surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Luckily, I’ve been uncovering more hidden gems and most of them have wonderful personality traits that I aspire towards.

But in order to surround myself with wonderful people, I must also strive to be a hidden gem. I may not be ballin’ out of control but I have a voice. If I see someone picking on another person, I am going to speak up. We have one life and with such a weird year, it seems that the world needs more of us to voice our opinions when we witness something ethically incorrect. It’s the least we can do and I truly aspire to be a better person. Wish me luck.

Keep It Meaningful

I enjoy maintaining a private lifestyle. As previously mentioned, I am going to live in the moment much more. I am taking a light social media detox this year and will be kept more to myself because time is money! And let’s be real, money helps pay the damn bills. Which brings me to this year’s theme… Drumroll please…

2018 — Year of Realness

My friend and I believe that this is the time for us to be selfish with ourselves and our time. If you don’t want to do something, don’t force yourself to. The reality is that I will be working on myself a lot more this year because I am honestly ready to embrace change. I want to fuck shit up and be silly again. Life is too short to be stressed and serious.

CONCLUSION

2017 has been one memorable year and I have a lot of people to thank so if you’re reading this, you are likely one of those people. But still, a meh year.

I truly believe that 2018 is going to be positively historical and my intuition never fails me. It is going to be a very spontaneous year! I’m going to be doing whatever the fuck I want, whenever the fuck I want.

So let’s stay positive, work our asses off, and live in the present moment as much as possible. Relax when needed and always love life.

My biggest takeaway from 2017 is that it is not about things going your way, but how you handle things when shit hits the fan that makes you a stronger person. If you’ve made it this far in the post, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours. Sending positive vibes, always.

Catch y’all later! 🤘

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