Hello and welcome to the first blog post on “Life On The Rock”! Thank you for reading. Please take a look at my about page to learn the purpose of this blog. I’d like to use this opportunity to tell you a little about my background, and a little about Salt Spring Island.
As mentioned before, I was born and raised on Salt Spring. Literally, born in the master bedroom of the house my parents currently live in. The island will always be a special place to me, and I hope to use this blog to share the beauty and charm of Salt Spring with you all.
Salt Spring Island is the largest of the Southern Gulf Islands and sits between Vancouver and Victoria on the West Coast of BC. Salt Spring is very special island for a number of reasons
- It is an extremely creative place. The island is full of artists. Everything you can think of! Musicians, painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, chefs, textile artists – even artisan cheese, bread, and wine! I have been surrounded by creativity since day one. Sometimes I think it’s surprising that I didn’t grow up to be an artist. But I am a graphic designer, so maybe that’s close enough? (If you’re interested in graphic design, maybe check out my other website?)
- Salt Spring is a wonderfully kind place. Everyone is quite accepting of everyone else. Being such a small place, more often than not, everyone knows everyone else. Incidents of bullying in schools are much fewer than other places and each person is encouraged to do whatever makes them happy. The high school offers numerous creative options for students to find their passions, new and local business get a lot of community support and overall, I think everyone feels free to pursue their dreams on Salt Spring.
- It is beautiful. Salt Spring is a gem. I will try to include many pictures of the island to show you what I mean. For more beautiful pictures of Salt Spring and the west coast, check out this guy. Salt Spring is nothing if not a haven for nature lovers. Hikes, beaches, mountains, forests, ocean, lakes, you name it. Beautiful nature abounds.
Growing up in a beautiful, nurturing place like this was a real privilege. I was raised with community spirit, to value art and creativity, to know that friendship and family are important, and to always treat people with kindness and acceptance. This kind of upbringing is invaluable to me.
Now, I could have come out of that island very naive about the way the real world works. Sometimes I feel a little like I grew up in a little, happy bubble. But instead, I believe that growing up amongst creativity, kindness, and natural beauty allows me to always see the best in everyone and everything. Maybe I’m just kidding myself, but oh well!
So that’s a little about my background and Salt Spring Island! Thanks for reading and see you in the next post!