Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, 2013!

Well, I guess that’s it. Isn’t it? This year is finally behind us. I’ve never looked forward for a year to end so much as I have this year. This year was the worst year out of all the years of life. And yet a lot of wonderful things happened1; I guess it just goes to show that there is always good that will come out of a bad situation. I just wish there had been more good this year than bad.

The things I wish to never forget about 2013:

1. That time I was in the pilot episode of a reality TV show called, Come Date With Me on the W Network.

Still from Come Date With Me Canada

2. Being auctioned off at Love a Heart2. Photo credit: Chris Luckhardt.

Facebook Events | Love a Heart

3. Stage Managing for Canadian Music Week and meeting #LeBeau, Garret3.

Canadian Music Week Stage Manager

4. Stage Managing for North By North East and meeting Sloan. Sorry no pictures.
5. Getting a brand new family member, Drogo.

Drogo Sy!

6. Having a custom vine made just for me by Cyrstal Light Canada.

Facebook | Crystal Light Canada | Weird & Wonderful You

7. Assistant Stage Managing for Pride and getting to meet and work with En Vogue.

En Vogue at Pride 2013

8. Going to Cunt Cottage and having an amazing weekend away from the city.

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9. Working for TIFF and getting to see some stars up-close-and-personal-like. No pictures, because I want to be able to work there again in 2014.
10. Going on a boat cruise with Shannon & the gang courtesy of Crazy Uncle. No pictures because I have no idea what I did with the pictures from that cruise. Oops.
11. Volunteering for TEDxToronto4.

TEDxToronto 2013

12. Being in a feature film that won an award at TOIndieFF2013, was part of the official selection at DIFF2013 and reviewed here.

Unhappy Happy Still
13. Working on the 48 hour film project where our team won Best Ensemble Cast.

Hashtag Bougie Productions

13. Meeting and falling in love with #LeBeau’s two daughters5. No pictures, of course. They’re too wittle.
14. Celebrating Christmas with our families and getting 2nd Christmas with the girls. Also no pictures, because I’m a spoil sport like that.
15. Being able to celeberate my birthday & the holidays with some really awesome friends. Again; no pictures, because we didn’t take a group photo and there are too many great ones to choose from.
16. Getting to keep in touch with my wifey, Christine Estima even though she’s a gazillion miles away.

Skyping with the Wifey

Last but not least…
17. Getting to do this fun photoshoot for Ford Canada with the ever-sexy, Ford Fiesta, Marie & Brock.

Date Night with the Ford Fiesta

Shopping fun with Marie & the Ford Fiesta

I’m not at all interested in re-living the past that was this horrible year, so I won’t go into any details about it. I would rather look forward with hope and excitement for what 2014 might have to bring. I can only hope that it’ll be a good year because if my own personal history has taught me anything 2015 is set to be another doozy. You see, there’s something about years that end in zeros and fives – they don’t like me very much. I had a terrible 1995, I can’t say 2000 was any better, 2005 was horrible, 2010 was another nightmare year… mind you, they were all bad for heartbreak but not much else.

Anyway, that’s a whole 365 days away. For now, here’s hoping that in 2014, I…:

  • …no longer have to worry about how I’m going to pay for groceries or laundry.
  • …can actually afford to meet up with friends at least once a week.
  • …find the energy to get off my ass and start exercising again.
  • …will visit my parents and cook for them more often.
  • …will stop worrying about things that I really have no control over.
  • …can reconnect with some old friends who I miss but have drifted away from, for no good reason. And stay connected.
  • …get to go camping twice – once with the family, and once with the man and/or friends.
  • …get to visit somewhere I have never been.
  • …write more for this blog.
  • …learn how to make a Filipino dish I have never made before, but love to eat.

And that’s about it. I had a longer list but I’ve cut it down some in an attempt to be a little more realistic with my resolutions. I didn’t make any resolutions for 2013 because at this age, I’m kind of over them. Since 2013 was such a bad year though, I needed some things to look forward to. And these are some of the more important things I’m looking forward to for this New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What are you looking forward to in 2014?

Footnotes:
  1. I met Garret this year after all[]
  2. an annual favourite[]
  3. Nope. Not his real name[]
  4. another annual favourite[]
  5. and finally having children in my life. wee![]

Movember wants you to rock your ‘stache on November 29th

Adam Garone brought Movember to North America in 2007 but it didn’t take off until 2010. It may have taken us 3 years to catch on to this great cause, but that’s all in the past. I’ve heard many people knock Movember because of how awful some men/boys look with their Mos; but really, we really just need to get over that part. After watching Adam talk at TEDxToronto last year, it was hard not to fall in love with the MOvement1.

It’s not just about prostate cancer, though it is immensely important to focus obviously; it’s about cancer. period. That’s why it warms my heart to see people like Caron Court and all her hard work to raise money for Movember. It’s also been great to see so many fundraisers pop up (and raise so much money already), I’m particularly looking forward to Rockin’ Stache because it’s centered around something that I never could say no to: Awesome, Canadian-grown music. Four fantastic bands will be playing on November 29th:

Brad Fillatre, who I met at Canadian Music Week earlier this year, will be starting the night off at 8pm. Followed by Cai.ro, at 8:45pm, Papermaps at 9:45pm and last but not least Graydon James & The Young Novelists at 10:45pm. Tickets are $13 in advance and $20 at the door; price points that should inspire you to buy tickets in advance but then again all proceeds go to Movember2 so it doesn’t matter in that sense.

You could also enter their weekly contest to win tickets! There are two ways to enter:

1. Facebook: Like the Rockin’ Stache Facebook Page and post a photo of you with your mo to the page.

2. Twitter: Follow @RockinStache, tweet them with a photo of you with your mo using the hashtag #streetstache.

One winner will be chosen every Wednesday. So enter as often as you like!

With a venue like the Great Hall where the atmosphere is cozy, the sound system is awesome and these bands playing their sweet sounds for us all night; you really don’t want to miss this!

Will I see you there?

Footnotes:
  1. I may or may not have been spending too much time on imgur[]
  2. i.e. Cancer research[]