Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!
If you ask the world how 2016 was for them, then the answer would be that it was pretty awful, and I first want to say that I hope to no longer see innocent lives being taken away and I hope for peace and love between all people. It was tough, at times, to see all the terrible news that has happened this year, but it motivated me to continue pursuing my passion for helping people.
My year was actually amazing. It was a fun-filled, packed year of opportunities and growth from the previous year and I couldn't be more satisfied and happy with all the experiences I've received. Being the last day of 2016, I just wanted to share a few of these memories with you all.
#4 Performing at Sarah McLachlan's House
This IS as cool as it sounds. I'll never get over this opportunity I had in March with the vocal ensemble I was a part of at Sarah's music school here in Vancouver. We were all in awe to see her so casual, barefoot 'n' all, and we even got to witness her play a few songs in her living room. The reason why we performed at her house this evening was for a donor event. As we waited while her guests first enjoyed their dinner, we watched "The Voice", ate some of the best tasting sandwiches I've ever tasted and cookies provided by Bel Cafe (an expensive cafe in downtown), observed chefs making the wealthy peoples dinner during rehearsal, and overall, it was a dream come true for all of us and an amazing night.
#3 I graduated high school AND commenced University!!!
This statement itself makes 2016 a year to remember. THAT TRANSITION THOUGH. I was going to write about high school right after I graduated, but got caught up in the hustle (which is also a huge accomplishment of this year!). It was a pretty great 4 years of my life and man, that feeling of walking across the stage at my graduation ceremony felt so accomplishing. That aside, I'm one of those people who couldn't wait to get out by the end of the year. My view is somewhat the same... though I kind of miss it because of the structure and routine, since it was basically the only structured part of my life (*awkwardly laughs*). My first term of University didn't go well (and it normally doesn't), but I'm positive it'll just get better from here. It's different, but I like it!
#2 Road Trip to Alberta
This was probably the only time I got to relax in 2016. Some time in August, my family drove to Alberta and we hit a ton of beautiful Canadian landscapes like the Columbia Icefields in the Rockies, Lake Louise in Banff, and big cities, Calgary and Edmonton. It was great time with the whole family and the scenery that we encountered was gorgeous. I wasn't expecting a lot from driving to Alberta, but it blew all of us away. My favourite part of the trip was camping in Jasper National Park for two nights. It was so nice to get away from the city for a bit and spend time with the family!
#1 Opportunities on Opportunities
AHH. If you've seen my latest post, you know that I had the opportunity to interview the CEO of a local organization. That was pretty amazing of me to have landed, but I'm just glad that I came across their Instagram post to have caught that opportunity. I remember arriving 20 minutes early to that interview, since I came right after work and really didn't want to be late for my first interview where I'm the one asking questions. Near the end of the year, I also got the opportunity to be part of the media at We Day (which I thought I wouldn't get), but unfortunately, I missed it because of school and poor time management. Nevertheless, it's still pretty cool to know that I was good enough to be chosen!
This post doesn't do enough justice of how great 2016 was for me. It's much more than all I've said, plus hustling, discovering Hamilton, adventuring with friends, the transition from high school to University, etc. It was a year of growth, figuring out what works and what doesn't, and further discovering what I'm really capable of accomplishing. I surprised myself this year with my ability to overcome obstacles I never thought I would encounter, like handling three jobs and school at once and launching a Youtube channel (which I'll talk about in another post).
With that being said, looking back at my post at the beginning of the year, "Hello 2016!", I can say that I've managed to always keep in mind to choose happiness and to stop being so hard on myself. Ironically, for 2017, I don't think I'm going to talk about my goals aloud, because there have been countless times where I'd make statements I couldn't keep and that's probably the biggest disappointment of the year for me. I always strive to #BESHAMELESS and keep on doing me and while I acknowledge what 2016 has given me, I'm always striving to improve and 2017 will thus be even better!
In the words of Alexander Hamilton from possibly the best musical EVER, "I am not throwing away my shot!" Not this year and not years after that. I'm ready to make even more dreams and goals come true.
P.S. To YOU, thank you for being with me thus far, and if you're new to my blog, hello and welcome to the world of Livin'Lin! <3 Happy New Year and I'm wishing you all the very best! Love always.