2016 in Review

As the year came to a close I noticed an interesting phenomenon. Everyone on social media was posting memes, videos, posts etc., about how awful, depressing and difficult 2016 has been. I am someone reluctant to take this at face value. What I mean is, was 2016 really a worse year than any other year my friends have ever experienced as a group? Or is this a yearly recurrence, where everyone needs to look to a brighter future?

My immediate, untested hypothesis would be the latter. Every year has it’s ups and downs but at the end of it we all need to tell ourselves that the next one will be better. True, 2016 was filled with awful political decisions that I don’t particularly want to venture into, but on a personal level I think I had some successes.

I’ll start by creating a list of positives and negatives.

Positives:

  • I became engaged to a person whom I love and believe that we’ll have a very bright future together.
  • I got through an entire year of full-time work. Yay!
  • I grew my conflict resolution and business professional skills.
  • I got back into climbing regularly.
  • I brought my parents out to B.C. to meet my fiancee’s family.
  • I started interning at a Vancouver wedding DJ services company.
  • Opened up an RRSP account.

Negatives:

  • Didn’t feel fulfilled or engaged at my full-time position.
  • Failed to actively start looking for a new full-time position.
  • Procrastinated lots because I felt like I needed to blow off steam from a boring day at work.
  • Didn’t save much money.

What do I need to do to start working on the negatives I listed? First, I need to set clear goals for 2017 and what I would like to achieve for this year. Second, I have to tie those goals to clear tasks and set-up a calendar with due dates for those tasks. In this way, I’ll clearly know what I want to get done and when I need to get it done by.

For example, my full-year goal is to get a new job where I’ll feel more engaged. In order to get this new job, I need to work on attaining more skills so my first couple of tasks will be to complete a couple of professional development courses. After that I’ll move onto my next task, which will be to look for open positions through postings and my personal network. And so on…

I won’t say that I hope 2017 is a year of success because I will make 2017 be a year of success for me. If I’ve learned anything from this past year is that if you don’t ask, you won’t receive. So I will demand, of myself and of others, in a strategic and thoughtful way, to produce results.

Boom!

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Into the Depths of Tech House

Do you remember your first show? Man, was it exciting. I was fourteen when I went to my first concert at the Opera House in Toronto and I saw Lars Fredriksen and the Bastards. I waited in line to for more than half an hour in -15 with only a leather jacket (because I was that cool.) Some guy took pity on me and gave me his coat. I also told my parents I was staying at a friend’s house, whose mom they called later on and confirmed I wasn’t there.

The Opera House, Toronto.
The Opera House, Toronto. Courtesy of Youtube.com

That night was one of the best nights of my life. I moshed with guys, girls, crowdsurfed, headbanged and screamed my face off to punk for the first time. It was glorious.

Twelve Years Later

Twelve years later I am still going to shows. Even though Vancouver’s nightlife and music scene doesn’t compare to that of Toronto’s, there are plenty of international acts that come through. This past weekend I saw Guy Gerber, an international house and techno legend = hence tech house.

He’s always playing 2-3 tracks, DJ-ing from his laptop and using the mixer for effects. Perhaps not the most technical DJ but his track selection and knowledge of the music he’s playing creates a musical journey through time and space.

Everyone was dancing, grooving and having the time of their lives. The music was so good he played well past his set time into the wee hours of the night. The white lights went on but about 30 people were still dancing, enough to fill the tiny, dark club so he just kept playing music. It kept getting more and more experimental with more exotic vocals and strange beats. Mmm.. so good.

Alas the night had to end so we left before the last track. Hot and sweaty, we didn’t feel the cold from the light snow covering the ground when we left.

Guy Gerber, cheers to one more good night of music.

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Florida Georgia Line – November 12th.

I am SO excited to go and see Florida Georgia Line! Don’t know who that is you say? Shame on you…just kidding. If you are a Vancouverite, I understand that Country Music really isn’t your forte.

Let me enlighten you. Breaking into the spotlight back in 2010, Florida Georgia Line

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Howdy!

photo credits - bcplace.com
photo credits – bcplace.com

While I am not Jennifer Nettles, nor do I have any affiliation with her, I am definitely a fan! Living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, I get to attend a lot of music shows! So, I decided to create this blog so that I can rant, rave and review all of the different shows that I attend!

Sit back, relax and get ready for a whole lot of music!

-Elizabeth

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