While I can only speak from my experience, this has been one of the best years of my life. I became debt free (until I bought a new car in the second-half of the year), left the apartment my sister and I lived in for a couple of years, moved in with my grandma, worked at my parent’s house, my friend Kassidi’s house, and occasional days in the office, and advanced my career. I went on some incredible trips and made wonderful memories. I’m so grateful for my family and friends that made this year an unforgettable one. I FINALLY started a pop culture podcast as well with my friends Kallie and Kylie called The Pop Addicts and I spent way too much money on Taylor Swift and other celebrity merch. And yes… I have a Katy Perry and Lady Gaga face mask.
Books I read: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hood Feminism: Notes from The Women That A Movement Forgot, me and white supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad, Naturally Tan by Tan France, Range by David Epstein
Movies I watched: My most watched movies of the year – Dante’s Peak (4), Armageddon (3), Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (3), The Parent Trap (3), Bridesmaids (2), Freaky Friday (2), Mean Girls (2), Step Brothers (2). I watched 75 other movies throughout the year too!
Television shows I watched: 7 award shows, binged 20 shows, watched 12 documentaries, finished 5 series, kept up on 13 shows, watched 5 concerts/sing-a-longs, 7 political events, 28 reality/competition/game shows, had 31 side shows I watched one-off or watched in my free time, the Superbowl, football, and basketball games, and started 6 shows. My favorite shows of the year were: 13 Reasons Why, 9-1-1, 9-1-1 Lonestar, A Million Little Things, Big Brother, Big Sky, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, City of Lover concert with Taylor Swift, Fear The Walking Dead, Fuller House, Hollywood, Hunters, Love, Victor, Lovecraft Country, Miss Americana, Never Have I Ever, Orange is the New Black, PEN15, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Schitt’s Creek, See, Selling Sunset, Survivor, Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour concert, The Amazing Race, The Bachelorette, The Genetic Detective, The Oprah Conversation, The Politician, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, This Is Us, Waco, and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Keep in mind, I’m highlighting the highs of this year. I’ve had my heart broken, felt extremely stressed and anxious, and had days where I wanted to give up. Some quotes that have kept me going this year are:
Just Do It
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
So, what am I afraid of?
I can. I will. Watch me.
Pay attention to the whisper.
You are here.
Attitude of gratitude.
At the moment of commitment, the entire universe conspires to assist you.
Whatever has happened to you in life has happened for you.
Release and forgive.
What will you do with this wild and precious life?
Stop waiting until things are perfect.
Feel free to click each month to read and see more pictures. Here are some highlights of my 2020:
Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Carnival Conquest with Chase, Marissa, Taylor, Kaitlyn, Rick, and Michele. We went to Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Dominican Republic, and spent a day in Miami. Met Andrea’s baby, Elias, for the first time! Sarah Tuttle and I went outside of the Eccles theater in Park City where Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana was premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Fellow Swifties sang her songs while we waited for her to arrive. She went down the line of fans and I made it into a picture with her! Sarah and I spent the night with Jessica, Brooke, and Danielle in Park City. First time axe throwing with Ciara, Nathan, and friends! Silicon Slopes Tech Summit with Jacob and Brittany. Kilo Kish and King Princess concert at The Union with Amanda and Bre.
Said: “Seeya later” to Chase, Marissa, and the kids. Kylie and I went to the Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile concert. Brittany, Camille, Kenzie, and I went to UVU to see Tan France speak.
Went to Denver with my friend Shawna. We explored and went to Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour with special guest: Gayle King. I went to New York City with Natasha from March 8-13. We stayed at her friend Emily’s place. We went on Good Morning America, Stephen Colbert, we saw Beetlejuice, and Six, and explored the city. We went on Good Morning America, Stephen Colbert, we saw Beetlejuice, and Six, and explored the city. I made my way to Ontario, Oregon, the place Chase and Marissa recently moved to. Earthquake in Utah. Felt my 1st earthquake that happened 4 hours away in Idaho.
Lindsay Lohan put out a new song, Back to Me. Received a stimulus check. Received a stimulus check. Spent the entire month at Chase and Marissa’s. Rick, Kaitlyn, and Taylor were through throughout the month as well.
Went back home. Celebrated Danielle graduating with her Masters. Camped with Amanda, Bre, and her family. The Living Room hike with Shinah and Alex. BBQ at Ciara and Nathan’s. Went up to Strawberry with family. Ciara’s birthday party.
Moved in to my grandma’s. Dan’s (Kassidi’s dad) Wedding. Escape room fun with Jessica, Mick, and Danielle. Surprise birthday party for Danielle. Lagoon. Got my nipples pierced.
Lindsay Lohan’s birthday. I watched The Parent Trap, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Herbie: Fully Loaded, and Freaky Friday. 4th of July at a park outside with family. Tried being Vegan for a week. Red Lake trail and Silver Lake hikes with Mitzi and Shinah. 22nd Anniversary of The Parent Trap. Katie Couric did an Instagram reunion. Watched the movie and had Oreos with peanut butter at Kristine’s house. Taylor Swift dropped folklore. Taylor Swift themed party at Ciara’s and hung out with Sarah and Kenzie. Marissa in town.
Tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantined at Amanda and Bre’s apartment while they were out of town. Pool party at Kaylee’s grandma’s house with Kaylee, Jen, her kids, Andrea, Dan, Shinah, Byron, and Ahnika. Byron, Ahnika, Shinah and I hiked the Y. Escape Room with Jessica, Mick, and Danielle. Got a new car.
Was part of The Kelly Clarkson Show’s first virtual audience. Participated in a virtual concert with Usher, Swae Lee, and Khalid for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Sleepover at Kassidi’s with Kaylee. Top Golf with Amanda, Bre, Cassidy, Alex, and Shinah. Jessica and Mick’s wedding. Mine cave and hike with Shinah. Game night at Jacqueline’s with Kathryn, Eric, and Kallie. Hiked Timp. Posted the trailer for The Pop Addicts podcast.
Posted the first episode of The Pop Addicts. Cornbelly’s with Mick, Danielle, Jessica, Brooke, and Nate. Sawyer’s Toy Story birthday party. Dropped off my ballot. Shrek themed party at Alex’s. Halloween Haunted Ski Lift with Shinah, Amanda, and Bre. Decades theme work Halloween costume. Jessica’s party. Amie’s party.
The election…! Mean Girls at Kaylee’s parent’s house. Oregon with Kylie and Shinah, Chase and Marissa’s. Turned 30! My friend Jenna visited from Texas. Thanksgiving & Cousinsgiving!
Sub 4 Santa shopping with Vivint. Spotify Wrapped. Taylor surprise dropped another album: evermore. Digital Marketing Virtual Ugly Sweater Holiday party. Seeing Chase, Marissa, and the kids! I tried cryotherapy for the first time! I went to The Metro in SLC for a Diva! Drag Show. Christmas! Hanging out with the Gammon’s. Luminaria with family. New Year’s Eve at Justin and Melanie’s.