52 New Experiences in 2020

2020, the year that changed the way we live, travel and love! I’m not one to dwell on things that couldn’t happen due to the COVID 19 outbreak. To the contrary: I’m the one who kept on living to her best possibilities and opportunities available.

Once again, it’s wasn’t the big stuff that made (daily) life worth living. As always, it was the small, conscious decision to say YES to something I/we haven’t been before, created, ate, drank, watched, read, done before.

Here’s to a new list of small, but delicious, exciting new experiences that made 2020 even more memorable:

OUTINGS- before it all started and other one-of-a-kind experiences:

-A private Rob Burns Event / Took the new Rapid Bus to Coquitlam / Gave impromptu speech during a Celebration of Life / (Nearly) fall for a telephone credit card scam / Snowed in for a week / 1x at The Legion & hosted a Trivia Fundraiser (yeah) / Visited a Floatation Tank (never again!) / New Hair Cut from Wilde Cuts (cool name!) / Saw “Whose Line is it Anyway”, live at River Rock Casino / Was a Tourism Ambassador during a groundbreaking ceremony / Kayaked on Stave Lake / 24 hour trip to Edmonton / Cycled along Poco Trail (great!) / Became a prolific hair stylist for our boys (!!!!) / Cycled along Minnekhada Trail / Hiked along Hoover Trail in Mission / Bowen Island / visited Campbell River on Vancouver island / Cycled along Matsqui Trail / distributed goodies inside homeless shelter / Faced a bear, head on (OMG!) / three in one go massage at Chateau Ridge / Hot Stone Massage / Deleted FB Biz account (Yeah!) / Cycled along Colony Farm (Coquitlam) / Walked along Pitt Lake Trail / Received personal fitness training from middle son / Cycled along Derby Reach Trail (Langley) / Kayaked to first narrows on Alouette Lake / Kayaked in Deep Cove / Kayaked Hayward Lake / Walked along Seawall in West Vancouver / picked an never ending supply of blueberries / Cycled along Glen Valley / Bought Dry Shine & cleaned glass doors / Visited Quadra Island / Hiked Elk Park Trail (Campbell River ) / Personal Photoshoot with Pam at Whonnock Lake & Osprey Village / Started learning French with Mango, online / visited Coombs (Vancouver Island) / Whole family completed the whole Wild Play course (Yeah!) / Visited Retina Eye Surgeons / had twice a bear in backyard / started new skin care routine / Hiked to Mike Lake / Hiked along Spirea Trail (Golden Ears) / Homemade lip balm / Attended Artisan X-mas Market via Zoom (not my thing) /


Baked Cookie-Toffee-Choco bites / vegetarian haggis / Beer fondue & pretzel balls / chocolate cheese / Rice Barley soup from market pack / homemade falafels / Take-out from Zajika Restaurant (delish) / Become a prolific lemon ice-cream maker / Take-out from Woking Dragon / homemade Spanakopita / homemade tartare sauce / homemade sourdough crackers / homemade black bean burgers / spaghetti-seafood dish / homemade cabbage-veggie rolls / Beef Teriyaki / Discovered Thomas Haas goodies (OMG!) / Pancakes from DeDutch / baked German Joghurt muffins / had donuts from Honey Donuts / “Orto” restaurant / baked blueberry cake / ate at Blackberry Kitchen / baked banana cake without milk (!) / homemade spaghetti carbonara / Fish (steaks from Haida Gwai) and Chips / coconut donut / Asian inspired Brussel sprouts / cheesy tomato soup at Cheesecrafters / homemade Hawaiian Poke Bowl / made no-bake cheesecake squares /

Movies / Series:

The Two Popes / Molly’s Game ? Russel Peter’s: Departed / Bombshell / Troop Zero / Honey in your Head / Documentary: Spielberg / Jumanji II / JoJo Rabbit / Koffee & Karim / I give it a Year / Becoming, / Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga / The wrong Mimi / The old Guard / Humour Me / Corrupted / Deliverance / Quicksand / Charlie’s Angels / NY Murder Mystery / Jason Bourne Movies / Safe House / Stage Mother / Official Secrets / Blades of Glory / Escape from Pretoria / At War with Grandpa / Tinker, Taylor, Soldier / Borat, The Subsequent Movie / Trial of the Chicago 7


Marvelous Mrs. Meisel / Hunters / Goliath / Babylon Berlin / American Playboy / Hollywood / Shitt’s Creek / The Spy / Capital of 21th Century / The Queens Gambit / Alex Raider / The Crown


The Latte Effect / Waiting for Tom Hanks / Super Attractor / Everything is Figureoutable / Deep Blue / The Santangelios / The Associate / Rules of Civility / Tommy & Hawk / How to fly a Horse / Gone / 5 Books in the Agent Zero series / Make your Bed / Create a Story Brand / I’m Judging you / Dream Teams

Screenplays I read: Love Actually / Pretty Woman / Unconceivable / Notting Hill


Subscribed to the whole Adobe Suite / Bought a 24-70 mm Tamron Lens / created 15 sec promo with stock footage / worked with teleprompter and hired actors / filmed with gimbal / bought microphone extension cord (just fabulous) / filmed music band in studio / Posted new videos for Motherpreneur TV in 2 years (!) / Did photo shoot along dike with Susan / Took Grad shots / appeared as spotlight business person on Alice Zhou’s Social Butterfly email shout out / Filmed private Grad Party / Filmed the Perishable Food Recovery Program / created 2 music videos for Lynelle / filmed whole -rainy- event with action camera / created Canva Posters for annual Christmas Haven event / shot behind-the-scenes-photos of livestream event! / Filmed at The ACT / Filmed at Restaurant Kingfishers / Filmed at Italian Culture Centro

Despite everything, it has been quite an eventful year. Wishing you the courage to say YES more often- especially to things in your life you’ve never experienced before! Give it a shot, you’ll like it!

Here’s to a healthy, creative 2021!

About The Author

christina Waschko

Life hacks to create more fun and adventure in our private and business life! It all starts with a Kiss of our Excuses Goodbye! I raise my glass to the rise of Yes Girls- the creators of a category of one!