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The Start of Something New.

by Hannah Elich on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

That title is a super relevant High School Musical reference.

Oh my goodness, you guys. It’s Christmas. Wait a second, no it’s not. Christmas has already come and gone. I thought through my fall the other day, trying to figure out how it happened so quickly, and then I remembered. I’m getting older, and as such, things happen

A report on my feelings toward Christmas. I love Christmas. I love the season, the spirit, the commercialization, the fighting, the parties, avoiding the parties, the concerts, and most of all, the end of another year. I love the New Year’s. Just to clarify There is little more gratifying than a fresh start. A new and empty Day Planner. Resolutions to health, creativity, and relationships. On Gossip Girl – which I just finished watching – they’re constantly looking for a fresh start. For them, this is due to the dramatic and socially damaging situations in which they constantly find themselves, as well as   the money at their disposal to ensure the freshest of fresh. For the rest of us, it serves an opportunity to look forward; to make plans; to think of the ways we would do things differently.

I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for the end of a calendar year. 2015 was a little mean to me. I did a lot of things, made a lot of friends, and saw a bunch of famous people sing on stages. I moved, got a cat, learned to change a tire, changed my tires, ran my fourth half-marathon, realized that muscular intelligence is a whole thing, chose a signature lip color, and took a sizeable road trip by myself. This year was productive, and big, and awful. Maybe there’s something to said for the finite nature of the calendar year, in giving us an opportunity to call upon the ability to change, to seek difference, to recognize those differences in ourselves.


This is me, seeking difference, as a millenial Wednesday Addams.


Christine! One of the friends I made this year. We met while working this year’s federal election. She is the best. The. Best.


My cat. Being my cat. She can furrow her brow with the best of bitches.

Either way, 2015 is defso in the past. It’s over, and I don’t have to dwell on it. What I can dwell on is this coming year. Here are my plans!

  • In May, I’ll take my yearly trip to Ottawa. With dear Justin in office, and Sophie kickin around being the coolest, Kailee and I will be stalking Parliament Hill with only the largest fervor ever. We will also attend her spin class, get lost trying to go somewhere we are not allowed anyway, and eat too much food at The Works.
  • In September I will not run the Queen City Marathon. It’s weird to plan to not do something, but this is for real. I am not. running. the Queen. City. Marathon. I cannot spend another summer to half-training and then slogging through thirteen miles because I was too lazy to strength train and have no muscular intelligence. The shirt is not worth it. It’s funny that I had to do it four times to realize, I just need to not.
  • Also in September, I will (hopefully, pray for me) start Grad School! I’ll be applying to two programs, one of which I almost for sure won’t do, but I’m going to start my application process on January 1. Eek! I’m actually so excited about this. I’ve been out of school for a solid eighteen months, and I am over it. Over. It. I’ve conned several people into letting me help with their academic projects thus far, and plan to continue.
  • In 2015 I went to several concerts and each changed my life. I saw Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Jenny Lewis, and Blue Rodeo. I can’t express to you, how meaningful each was, and I’m so grateful that these people are willing to do what they do on such a massive scale, so that I can partake in such a personal way. In 2016, there are several concert opportunities in which I would like to partake.
    • Justin Bieber is coming to Saskatoon right around my birthday. Sigh. I am proudly a part of the Biebaissance (Bieber Renaissance) that is surrounding us, and love Purpose (his new album) so much more than I thought was possible. So. I doubt I’ll get to go, but I’ll probs shed many tears if I do.
    • Selena Gomez is also coming to my province this year and I. Am. Pumped. I can’t figure out how hard it will be to get tickets to that show. I’ve been a supporter of the Selens for a while, but as a result of her recent health issues, this tour is the first in a long time and subsequently more meaningful. I love the turn her sound has take and she’s damn good live. Fingers crossed.
    • Death Cab for Cutie is coming to Regina in March and I just, like just as I’m writing this, bought my ticket. I can’t even tell you how meaningful this concert is going to be. That’s why I’m going alone. I’m going to tersely scold anyone around me who talks during the sets because this is guaranteed to be a very spiritual experience. And let me tell you, I need that.   
    • Walk Off The Earth! They’ll be in Regina two days before Death Cab. This one might not actually happen, and TBH, I’m pretty impartial to it. BUT I do so love them and they’re opening for Marianas Trench, who I hate to love but really do love. If you haven’t seen their recent covers of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face“, or One Direction’s “Drag Me Down”, get your life together and watch them.  
    • ADELE! Just kidding. Even if I could get tickets, and afford to fly the distance to see her, I couldn’t handle the emotional impact.

And that’s all folks. That’s all I’m going to do. The rest of it will just be me staring at a wall. Just kidding. But I don’t really know what’s going to happen this year. I might move across the world. I might gain international recognition for changing the world in so many ways, it’s unbelievable. In any case, I’ll see you here weekly in video. And maybe also in writing. And maybe also on the rest of my excessive social medias. If you’re into that kind of thing. Okay byyyeeee.