Happy New Year all! If you are resoluting, stay resolute. If not, it doesn't mean you can't challenge yourself towards betterment. My approach this year is continued learning. I have spent countless hours sharpening my skill set on the lyrical front and yet yearn for more experimentation. I have tossed and turned at night, staring at the ceiling with a restless mind as how to improve the site, only to open more avenues of creativity. My mind is hungry and I haven't felt this propensity for accumulation in ages. This excites me. I have vowed to not to stick to what I know, but to take what I have learned, unlearn it, and learn it again in a completely different way.
With a very rewarding 2015 behind me, I aim to keep pushing forward. Honoured to perform at The City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence, humbled by speaking at TedX Vancouver, and always touched by being an Ambassador for Music Heals, I have realized that life is a constant cycle of energy that demands continuos flux. As we look ahead, my family here at the zine is on the same page. Different content, a lá Startenders and Our City Tonight, keep us thinking dynamically. I am going to also take on a new column called Tried, Tested, and True: A monthly piece devoted to some of my hardest working pieces of clothing, footwear, and travel gear that have stood the test of time.
One of my favourite stories of last year came near the middle of December, when my dear friend Steph Johnson, photographer extrodinaire, was awarded the Nellie McLung Foundation Arts Legacy Award, a Manitoba-based grant that will ultimately allow Steph to spend more time behind the lens creating magical images. I had written a letter of reccomendation for her, so I was overjoyed when she texted me saying she had received the funding. (Congratulations my friend!)
Hence, the energy that life demands keeps on rotating, and hopefully it churns out positive effect. But, when it doesn't, double-guessing yourself isn't always a bad thing. Throwing out preconceived notions allows for new ideologies, and reshaping approaches can usher in fresh opportunities and isn't that the true reward of risk? On that note, thank you, our valued and much appreciated readers, for sticking with us, and sometimes sticking it to us. Opinions are always valid, voices should always be heard, and actions should always be respected. A famous song once said, "People make the world go round!" So, as we rotate through another cycle, be curious, be true, but be open to the unforseen combination of possibilities that life can hold. After all, we owe it to each other, and to ourselves.