5th Annual Local Wishlist – Thank You!

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The holidays have come and gone, and with it, the 5th annual Local Wishlist. Since 2012, this has been the project I’ve looked forward to most all year. It’s no small undertaking. The Local Wishlist is made possible thanks to a lot of help, and the support of some truly great people and local businesses.

I have a lot of people to thank for making the 5th Annual Local Wishlist possible. Our Presenting Partner, Select Nova Scotia, tops that list. This is the second year that Select Nova Scotia has joined us as Presenting Partner. Their work helping Nova Scotians commit to local is inspiring, and I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to collaborate with them.

Select Nova Scotia is a fantastic resource that can help you commit to local year-round. Visit their website www.selectnovascotia.ca to discover local products in your community, seasonal recipes, and more. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for even more buy-local inspiration.

Thank you to our Category Partners. I am so pleased that The Local Wishlist not only celebrates the work of great local businesses, but that it is also small local businesses who work with us to make it possible.

I was so happy to have Take it Outside,  Made in the MaritimesWhite Point Beach Resort, DogRunnin, and Bedazzled join us this year. These are truly amazing local businesses, not only for the unique products, services, and opportunities they offer, but for their passion for their local community. I hope you’ve had a chance to visit some of them leading up to the holidays, and that you support them throughout the year.

Thank you as well to our Friends of the Local Wishlist this year, Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia, Halifax Seaport, and Halifax Seaport Farmers Market.

The Local Wishlist takes a lot of time and work to put together every year, and there are two amazing human beings who work alongside me each year to make it possible. Thank you, thank you to my colleagues and friends, Kate and Michael. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – you are the best kind of people and I feel so lucky to have you in my life.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply to this year’s project. We had more than 650 applications this year. I was delighted to learn about so many cool local businesses from across our province. The talent and passion from small business owners, farmers, producers and makers here in Nova Scotia continues to amaze me, and I’m proud to be able to showcase a selection of what is available here in our province.

I’m happy to say I ended up with a number of the local items from The Local Wishlist under my tree, and I proudly gave items from the Wishlist to those on my own list.

Thank you to my family for your love and support. I won’t say more on that here, other than that I’m so thankful to have you all in my life.

Finally, thank you to you, our readers for your support, input, and encouragement. Thank you for helping to spread the buy-local love with your tweets, shares, and comments. Thank you to those who took a moment to send a small note or tweet, and to those who shared new connections made through the Wishlist. You’ve made me laugh, you’ve made me cry, you’ve made me work harder.

Usually this time of year we’d be gearing up to launch our Local LOVE List, a round-up of local Valentine’s Day gifts and events. I wanted to let you know that I won’t be putting together a Local LOVE List this year. This was a difficult decision to make, however after a non-stop 2016 balancing the blog and contract work, and some new projects (in my non-blog life) on the horizon in 2017, I have decided to take a step back.

I hope that your holidays were fun, relaxing, and filled with people that you love, and that your 2017 is off to a great start.  I hope that your year is filled with love, happiness and new adventures.

– Gillian

The Local Wishlist is made possible by our Presenting Partner: 

 

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And a fantastic group of local partners:

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And Our Friends of the Wishlist:

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About the author

Gillian Wesley

Since getting together six years ago, we have given away our television, begun weekly DIY nights, experimented with urban homesteading, challenged ourselves to drive less (100 days car-free in 2013), and have learned more about food security. We have experimented with a range of budgeting strategies, all of which involve consuming less stuff. We buy food with reducing packaging in mind. We got a dog. We have been doing these things for a variety of reasons: financial, social, environmental, to achieve a better work-life balance. It has resulted in us enjoying an increasingly simple and satisfying lifestyle. We’ve been influenced by a lot of people we’ve encountered and things we’ve read about along the way, notably the Transition Movement, the Antigonish Movement, and, more recently, traditional Acadien living. And we’ve learned that we are by no means alone. There are many, many people who are taking steps to downshift their lives. Sign up for our eNewsletter, and we’ll send you a round-up of our new and upcoming projects once a month.

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