Share Your Maritime Love: Wes Booth

Feeling frustrated with the situation in his province and the lack of support available for youth, Wes Booth and a friend took matters into their own hands last summer and founded the group We Are NS. Wes immediately hit the road for a hitchhiking tour of the province to meet Nova Scotians and share stories of positivity.  You may have seen him on the side of the highway, or had him paint your nose blue as part of his grassroots social media campaign, #bluenoserbychoice.

His passion project, while at times overwhelming, has garnered him lots of attention and social media followers.  He understands the challenges facing youth in our region and he’s committed to helping to create solutions and that’s why he is the perfect person to launch our Share Your Maritime Love project.

Do you live in the Maritimes?  If so, where do you call home?

Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

What do you love most about life in the Maritimes?

The people.  We have a safe and beautiful environment but our people make the biggest difference and they are our greatest asset.

What do you find most challenging about living/doing business here?

The conservative nature and narrow-minded thinking.  People are constantly being told, “times are tough, resources are limited”.  We are resistant to change, anything new is considered a risk.  We don’t listen to each other.  We need to learn to communicate, to respect each other, to collaborate.  We need to support people in trying things.  I think a lot of it stems from fear.  We need to see competition as healthy.  I think we can learn a lot from America’s example in the way they always strive to improve and get better.

But I do think there is more opportunity here than other parts of the country where the markets are saturated.  If you are a risk taker with passion and you work hard, you can make it happen here.

What is your favourite place(s) in the Maritimes?  Why?

Cape Breton, NS – When I was there I really felt their struggle and I could relate to that used, abused, forgotten feeling.  The place is beautiful, the people are awesome and welcoming. They have resiliency.  They’re survivors.

White Point, NS – This is a special place that my family goes to a lot.

What do you think we can do to build a better Maritimes?

Make youth feel valued.  We have no future if we don’t value youth.  And it’s not just about retaining youth, but attracting youth too.  Unless you prove yourself or get lucky or persevere you can’t get anywhere.  Youth and seniors are the two groups that have the most free time – we can use them.  We need to invest in youth programs, invest in people. We need to attract new people who can sustainably live here, attract people with like-minded values and build around that.

Thanks so much to Wes for participating!  You can follow Wes on social media @wesleybooth as well as his group We Are NS @wearenovascotia.

If you would like to take part in our Share Your Maritime Love project, I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Winter Project

Winter is the perfect time to take on a little home decorating project.  It gives you something to do while your waiting for the evening light and warm temperatures to return.

This January I decided to take on redecorating a small bedroom in our home.  A room desperately in need of a fresh coat of paint and a new purpose.  The task?  Turning this drab, unused space into a cozy reading oasis.

Seriously in need of help

The idea took shape when I spotted this amazing print from Sweet Sycamore in a Canadian Living magazine.  The idea grew from there.

You can’t not sing the song

A great shade of paint (Antiqued Aqua, Benjamin Moore), a comfy chair, some lighting and a few bookcases later and I love my new room!  It’s a great place to hang out and chill, with plenty of storage for future book purchases.

A cozy corner

 

Lots of space for books

 

Now I have somewhere to display my cloth bound books and tea set!

I’m still searching for the perfect curtains (aren’t they so hard to find?) and I may add a few details over time but overall I’m very happy with how it turned out.  It was a great use of my indoor winter time and now I have a space that is much more useful for me.
A special feature of the room that my husband insisted on are hammock hooks.  You know, in case chairs just aren’t your thing.  I was resistant at first but it was a huge hit at our annual Stoutfest party last weekend and I must admit it’s pretty comfy (don’t tell my husband!).  Also, it’s easy to take down so it doesn’t have to dominate the room all the time.

I’m trying to pretend I don’t like it.

Have you taken on any indoor winter projects to get you through the coldest months?

I’d love to hear about them!

A Tale of Two Winters: A Photo Comparison

I don’t know about y’all, but looking at the bare grass on my front lawn and thinking about what it looked like this time last year is sort of freaking me out.  Because this week we’ve had a couple days where we broke records for February daytime high temperatures and last year at this time it felt like we were in some sort of frozen, never-ending hell of snowmageddon.  I guess it just goes to show you how very different winter in the Maritimes can be from year to year.

As un-Canadian as it may be to say this, winter is not my favourite season (shocking, I know).  I find the short days and the long hours of darkness challenging.  Always having to wear snow boots and tracking snow and ice through the house (and then stepping in puddles of cold water in your sock feet, ahh!).  Shuffling like an old lady across the parking lot so you don’t fall and break a hip (don’t laugh, it happened to people last year!). I try to make the most of it and I do enjoy an afternoon’s snowshoe or a morning of skiing, but for me, winter gets old pretty fast.

This winter, we’ve gotten off pretty lucky so far, at least here in the Saint John area. Mother Nature makes no promises however, and we could get slammed everyday from now until April (and maybe even after that).  In fact, snow is in the forecast for tomorrow. For now, I’ll take more of what we’ve been getting.  Thanks, El Nino!

I put together a few comparison shots, so that we can all take a little stroll down memory lane of the winter-from-hell and thank our lucky stars that it’s 2016 and not 2015.

Top: February 21, 2015 Bottom: February 2, 2016

 

Left: February 7, 2015 Right: February 4, 2016

 

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Left: February 7, 2015 Right: February 4, 2016

 

Top: February 7, 2015 Bottom: February 4, 2016

 

Left: February 28, 2015 Right: February 4, 2016

Good luck out there, Winter Warriors!

How do you survive the winter months?