It’s been a wild year. We’ve all been miserable and the world is shit. Donald Trump is president of the USA. Tom Petty died. Ed Sheeran’s “Galway Girl” exists. It’s bleak af. I can’t be all Taylor Swift about it and say, “Well, I had a good year!” because, well, I didn’t. But here’s some things that helped:
A New Online Community
Online communities have been important to me for awhile. I spent the better part of the late 90s/early-mid 2000s involved in a chat room, then a message board dedicated to a certain 90s band. In the mid-2000s/early ‘10s, a Toronto-centric message board that was aimed at indie kids. In the last part of 2016, I joined a Facebook group based off my favorite celebrity gossip podcast and it’s been rewarding. I’ve made some pals I might not have otherwise and there’s always someone to chat with about the silliest little thing on my mind about some obscure celebrity. Shout-out to my Wholigans! – y’all have no idea how crucial you are to my mental health.
PS – Stay tuned for information about a project I’m working to related to this!
Pop Culture as Art
I’d heard about the THNK1994 Museum a few years ago and thought it was a cool idea – I was prime age for the Tonya Harding vs. Nancy Kerrigan debacle of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. In May of this year, my husband and I were planning to visit friends in New York City and while browsing events, I discovered that the THNK1994 Museum would be having a Britney Spears Panel Discussion. I had to go! It was part of their Yama Kippi Yay Bo exhibit of art dedicated to Kim Cattrall. I absolutely loved it! I made a point to visit again in August for the Nicole Richie’s 2007 BBQ exhibit in partnership with @popculturediedin2009. Matt and Viviana are visionaries in terms of taking pop culture of the past couple of decades and lovingly showcasing art inspired from it. In turn, they inspired me to undertake my own projects of pop culture-saturated short stories and poetry. I’m hoping I have the opportunity to share more of this work of mine in 2018. Thanks Matt & Viviana, and check out the THNK1994 Museum next time you’re in NYC!
I’ve always had a soft spot for Celine – her music, her goofy personality, her je-ne-sais-quoi. But when she embraced taking her already-iconic fashions to new heights with stylist Law Roach this year, it was a revelation. Some said this was her new passion in the wake of the passing of her beloved husband Rene Angelil. Each new outfit she wore in 2017 was more daring, fun and chic than the last. She said, “I’ve always been interested in fashion. Now, fashion is interested in me.” 2017 was my year of taking the things I’ve always been interested in to the next level; writing, embracing my queerness, deeper pop culture analysis, being open about my mental illness and sobriety. I can’t afford to dress like Celine, but she inspired me to express myself in a bigger way.
Thanks to everyone who clicked on my blog, liked my Facebook page or helped me with my writing in one way or another this year. I’m feeling positive about 2018. I’ll wrap this up with a few of my favorite things in 2017. See you next year!
Favorite song of 2017: Demi Lovato – “Daddy Issues”
Favorite movie of 2017: Lady Bird
Favorite new TV show of 2017: Claws
Favorite comeback of 2017: Spencer Pratt
Favorite book of 2017: Cat Marnell's How To Murder Your Life
Favorite concert of 2017: Janet Jackson's State of the World
Life-changing moment of 2017: LaCroix coming to Ontario