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We don't want to get too cheesy over here, but what better time to reflect than around the holidays? As the year winds down and we get ready to ring in another, don't forget to take stock of this year's milestones and set some goals for 2022. And if New Year's Resolutions just aren't really your thing (fair), maybe start by signing up for a new class or letting your friends know how grateful you are to have them.

We asked a few of our favourite creators– Lauren, Isaac, and Adrienne– for reflections on their year and some of their goals for 2022.

Name: Lauren Sundstrom
Pronouns: SHE/HER
Occupation or field: MARKETING
Location: VANCOUVER

The year in review:

Greatest memory? Finally settling on a new date for my wedding after we had to postpone in 2020.

Biggest Challenge? Navigating work, family, my relationship, eating well, and maintaining good mental health all while getting through a global pandemic and discovering that the neurodivergence that runs in my family has been in me undiagnosed for my entire life. It’s been a year.

What is the one gift you wish to give or get this holiday season? Kindness. Existing on the internet as a trans woman with a not huge but not small following has made me realize the world seriously lacks kindness and empathy. We need to acknowledge people’s struggles, even if they’re different from our own - or perhaps especially if they’re different from our own.

Looking forward to 2022:

How will you ring in the new year? With my fiancé in our living room with a good glass of sparkling wine.

Who is inspiring you going into the new year? My friend Mardi. She’s a trans woman who lives in Vancouver Island. She’s a warrior - she transitioned at the age of 15 in 1977 and is one of the wonderful trans women who survived to tell her tale. The woman is an absolute warrior. I strive to be half the woman she is.

Any lessons/resolutions you’re taking into 2022? Don’t entertain trolls. Knowing you who are helps you not give a care about the problematic people.

How are you going to change the world in 2022? “Change the world” is lofty - I won’t be changing the world. But what I hope I can do is offer space, safety and kindness for people who are struggling.


Name: Canoopsy (Isaac)
Pronouns: He/Him
Occupation or field: Creator
Location: Toronto, Canada

The year in review:

Greatest memory? Dropping everything and deciding to bleach my hair blonde and change my haircut that I've had for 5 years.

Biggest Challenge? Finding new ways to take my projects to the next level and break barriers. It's easy to stay stagnant after succeeding with one or two projects. The key is to keep moving forward, innovating, and trying new things. The next big thing is just around the corner.

What is the one gift you wish to get this holiday season? Time to think. It's been a busy year with work and personal challenges. I hope to give myself some time off from the daily grind to think and reflect.

Looking forward to 2022:

How will you ring in the new year? Finally get some sleep hopefully! It's been a crazy crazy busy year.

Who is inspiring you going into the new year? This might sound like a weird answer.... but me! I've been through a lot, moved forward, have built a brand I'm really proud of, and I constantly inspire and push myself to do bigger things and be a better person.

Any lessons/resolutions you’re taking into 2022? Think less, do more.

How are you going to change the world in 2022? I'm gonna make beautiful things that inspire other people to make beautiful things. The world needs more beautiful things.

Name: Adrienne Neufeld
Pronouns: She/her
Occupation: Stay at home mom, dabbles on the 'gram
Location: Greater Vancouver Area

The year in review:

Greatest memory? Giving birth to my 3rd child, it was a horrible experience but it was all worth it once we got to meet her.

Biggest Challenge? Raising 3 small humans... all at once.

What is the one gift you wish to give or get this holiday season? Slippers!

Looking forward to 2022:

How will you ring in the new year? With good friends but also more realistically I won’t be able to stay up till midnight and it’s hard to find a babysitter who wants to spend new years with someone else’s children. So I’ll probably be in bed.

Who is inspiring you going into the new year? Celeste Barber– she’s so funny!

Any lessons/resolutions you’re taking into 2022? Don’t be afraid to try new things and fail at them.

How are you going to change the world in 2022? I’ll hopefully make more people laugh!