2015 was a pretty big year for me. Every December 31st, I sit down and reflect on how the last 12 months went and whether I was able to live up to the mantra I set for myself on January 1st. I’m glad it’s something I remind myself to do, because looking back on it all, I’m really happy about how it’s all turned out.
2015’s mantra was Motion; to move past monotony and a stagnant life, to do things. 2014 was a funky year for me, and while I’m still working hard on breaking out of the strange shell I built for myself, I did do a lot this year.
2015 was the year that…
I travelled to both Los Angeles and New York with Jen on an unforgettable 10-day trip. We ate amazing food, took cheesy jump-shot photos in front of the Hollywood sign, drank one too many bellinis with two babely bartenders at Chateau Marmont who we nicknamed Wonder Woman and Victory Roll, spent a day in lovely Santa Monica, laid out under the sun in Griffith Park, went to Easter mass, held an Oscar, sat on the Friends couch, walked the Brooklyn Bridge, sat in the audience for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, ate at Shake Shack twice, saw a Broadway musical, admired art at The Met and MoMA, walked through Central Park, stayed in 3 hotels in total, and, honestly, ate so much food.
I chopped off 12 inches of my hair and didn’t cry about it after (in fact, I’m thinking about doing it again).
I made probably one of the best decisions I’ll ever make in my career; I took a position at BBDO, the agency I’ve always thought of as home, and have had the chance to work on some major brands with some incredibly fun work and some incredibly fun people.
Dave welcomed our massive family into his beautiful cottage in Haliburton and we had a glorious weekend of nature, food, and naps.
I flew to Chicago for my annual trip to see Erin, (finally) ate deep dish pizza for the first time, ate an incredible Chick-fil-A breakfast biscuit for the first time, stuffed my face with mini burgers from White Castle for the first time, went hiking at Starved Rock, got brain freeze from a frozen margarita, adventured around the city by myself for a day, drank a lot, hung out with Lucas and his wonderful family, and made myself at home in Erin and Lucas’ new home together.
After an eventful Chicago weekend, I brought Erin home to Toronto with me for a week, where we proceeded to eat and drink and eat and drink, frolic around a castle for a day, take a zillion photos, visit a Niagara winery to drink some more, lie around on a beach, dress up all fancy to eat some more, dress up as Hogwarts students, meet some of our all-time favourite actors at Fan Expo, and sing karoake at the top of our lungs after an eye-opening night of festivities with Michelle & Michael (#bestnightever).
I travelled to Boston with Amanda on our first-ever trip together. We walked all over the adorable city, ate so many fresh oysters and clams and lobster, wore bathrobes and drank beer and ate chips in our hotel bed, tried our own terrible versions of a Boston accent, shopped ’til we dropped at Primark (twice), strolled the streets of Beacon Hill in daylight and twilight, and visited the hallowed grounds of Harvard University.
I got my first actor’s headshot (now, to do something with it…)
Michelle, Michael, Dave and I started the tradition of going for dinner together every month and trying a new restaurant each time. We’ve eaten so much good food, drank so many good drinks, and had more octopus dishes than we can count.
I had an incredible Christmas with my family.
And of course, it was the year that…
- I danced my face off at more work parties than I can count.
- It finally became cool to be obsessed with Justin Bieber. I mean, I’m literally blasting Sorry as I’m writing this (and I’m not sorry about it… Yes, I’m hilarious.)
- I saw some of my favourite artists live (shout-out to Taylor Swift, for one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to)
2015 was an incredible year and I’m so grateful that I got the chance to travel with my best friends, eat such good food, choose an amazing job, and spend quality time with my family and friends. I’m so, so, so lucky. A big thank you to everyone who made it so awesome. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for me!