New…March? Resolutions

March 25, 2012

I recently realized that I’ll be turning 27 in three months (to the day today, in fact), so I sat down the other night to compile a list of 27 Things To Do Before I Turn 27. This is something I try to do every year to motivate myself to do things that bring me joy, and maybe strike a few off of my Life List (which is the same as a Bucket List).

Long story short, this goal setting session got me thinking, and I realized I still haven’t set my New Year’s Resolutions, so I’m going to do so now.

– Since I didn’t get around to this last year, but it’s still one that I really like, I’m putting ‘Sing in public 12 times or more’ back on the list (I’ve done it once so far, which is already better than last year, when I think the first time was in August).
– Along a similar vein: Interview 12 people off of my List of People to Interview (I’ve already interviewed one, and I’m interviewing another today, so I’m well on my way.
– And then there’s the one that I had already resolved as of New Year’s Day: Eat vegetables whenever they are offered to me. I would also like to add to that that I will eat vegetables more often of my own accord.
– Drink at least 4 glasses of water a day.
– Ride my bike at least twice a week.

I think these are all achievable, and I’m excited to tuck into them, even if my resolve is three months late. They are things I’ve sort of been working on already, I just hadn’t formally recognized them before today.


As promised, here is what I wrote for this week’s edition of The Voice. It was shortened for publication, but here is the full version for you.

Failure is not only a part of life, but also a part of success. That was the message George Stroumboulopoulos left graduating UBC arts students with last Friday night.

Stroumboulopoulos was the special guest at the sold-out UBC Arts Undergraduate Society’s Last Lecture in the 525-seat Old Auditorium on campus.

Typically, the last lecture is a speech given by a keynote speaker to graduates on the precipice of entering the working world. Instead, Stroumboulopoulos reimagined the night as more of a conversation.

“If 10 years from now you’re not doing what you want but you’re alive, you’ve won. And that’s how I approach every day at work,” he told the crowd. Stroumboulopoulos noted that no one is qualified to predict where they or the world will be in five or ten years, and advised not to place so much weight on cliché five and ten year plans.

After being rejected by an arts school, Stroumboulopoulos more or less stumbled into journalism when he saw an ad for Humber College, realizing he could make a career out of being on the radio.

Stroumboulopoulos shared some of his moments of challenge with the audience, including failing high school chemistry and his short-lived stint hosting the ill-fated reality series The One. At the time, the show was considered to be the biggest failure in US network history.

“You have to not care if people like you,” Stroumboulopoulos told the crowd. “You have to like you.”

Engineering graduate Marianne Black, 23, said she was really impressed with the talk. She said she took away the message that, “Failures are okay.”

That sentiment was echoed by Meghan Anderson, 21, a graduating international relations student who said, “It’s not the end of the world. You’re going to have failures.”

Andrew Lavers, who coordinated the event, said the audience response was “really positive. In fact, people said they wish it could have gone on longer.”

Stroumboulopoulos will be bringing his popular late-night television show to Vancouver to film at CBC the first week of April. Tickets to the tapings are already sold out.

On Friday night I went to the UBC Arts Undergraduate Society’s ‘Last Lecture’ featuring CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos.

The event normally centres on a speech by the guest speaker to graduating students as they approach release into the ‘real world,’ but George opted for something a little different.

Instead, the night took the form of a question and answer session, led by three UBC students who had won the chance to interview the Canadian journalist. There were also some questions from the audience, and Stroumboulopoulos stuck around until midnight taking photos, telling stories, and shooting the breeze with event attendees.

I’ll be writing my story for The Voice this week on the event, so I’ll post that here once I have it written.

In the meanwhile, here are a couple of photos from Friday night.

George pondering how to respond to an audience question about how to move forward in getting a campus radio show back on the air.

George poses with graduating students Alivia Prattas and Meghan Anderson at the wine and cheese after reception.

p.s. – I was excited to hear George confirm that he is now a vegan, though he said he prefers to say he eats a whole foods plant-based diet. He also was telling someone that he still has leather riding gear for when he’s on his motorcycle, and that his shoes are leather. I asked him if it’s more for health than ethical reasons that he’s vegan then, and he said it is for health, but there is some ethical to it. Granted, I’m not stoked to hear someone say they still wear leather, but there’s still hope!

Face of the Festival

March 10, 2012

Hey! So last night I entered a video to win the Face of the Festival competition to report on all the happenings at the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival for next month.

The festival runs from April 13-22 in Whistler, and includes some awesome (FREE!) outdoor concerts, including The Dudes, Michael Franti (who I saw at the festival a few years ago, also on April 20), The Cat Empire, The Sheepdogs, and more.

If I win the Face of the Festival, I’ll get hooked up with a hotel stay for the duration of the festival, full access to everything that’s happening, and $1000.

The girl who won in 2009 was offered a job with after her stint, so clearly this opportunity would help with my burgeoning journalism career.

Round one of the competition started at 12am today, and goes until 9am March 15, when the five videos with the most views will be posted on the TWSSF’s Facebook Page to be voted on.

So if you would be so kind, please watch the video below (and feel free to share it far and wide, or watch it multiple times) to help me win! Many thanks!