How on earth did we get here again so fast? Twenty fifteen feels like a beautiful, life-bending blur. So many new places, new people and experiences to fuel a lifetime of tall tales to share.
Leaving Vancouver for Los Angeles in the spring was bittersweet, and at times the task of building a new life has been taxing and emotional, despite all the pretty pictures I try to upload to Instagram. But Venice has embraced us and we’ve dug right in. I can’t think of a more weird and wonderful place to call home, even though my heart will always be in Canada.
I can only describe 2015 as a year of intense stimulation and observation. I haven’t found myself holed up hammering away on my laptop as much because I’m so preoccupied with this place. California, you are a welcome distraction.
I did manage to pump out a few pieces, if you’re in the blog reading mood this New Years Eve.
Taking the dodgiest boat trip of my life to discover Nicaragua’s Corn Islands and living to write about it.
Calling out Playboy for their shit editorial, only to see the mag overhaul it’s content completely a few months later, including nude pictorials, although I think that was rather hasty.
Maria Bello’s amazing memoir Whatever…Love Is Love inspired me to explore labels and why we cling to them. A few weeks later the United States showed up for love and ended the nationwide ban on same-sex marriage.
The editors at Huff Post Canada approached me to write a story challenging the Ashley Madison hackers. Naturally I accepted…and the discussion in the comments is just the best, you guys!
I ventured into the middle of the desert for a sound bath in an acoustically perfect sound chamber to rejuvenate my cells and my soul.
Like everybody else, hate broke my heart this year. If you don’t have anyone to kiss at midnight tonight, go out there and hug a stranger. High five your bartender. Tell your Uber driver you love them.
TIFF shone a light on a whole new set of talent this year, including the performance of the year from Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back.
Finally (if you’re still with me) I started a new writing project this year to capture all the SoCal goodness I’m so grateful to soak up every day called The LA Sessions. Check it, if you’re coming to town and looking for some offbeat recos: thelasessions.com
That’s a wrap, lovelies. I hope you toast the new year with the ones you love most tonight, with sequins between your teeth and glitter in your hair. Happy New Year! xx