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Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter?!

What a strange start to the season! Everything seems to be out of sorts - spring turned into summer too late, summer turned into fall too late, and now fall is diving straight into winter way too early! We've barely had time to stuff our faces with our Chai Pumpkin Pie Granola, or whip out our autumn-colored clothing layers (going from sandals to winter boots seems a real travesty). The good news is, we're keeping busy with lots of preparation for upcoming Christmas Markets, and we can honestly say we are so excited to enter into some colder weather, as we folks at VIO live for the cozy warmth of a fireplace accompanied by a steaming mug of chai tea, fresh apple cider, or hot chocolate.

We had a great time being vendors at the Moss Street Market this year, and want to extend a huge thank you to all of our customers who kept us going through the rain, sweltering heat, and stormy winds. You guys are the reason we keep going, and we couldn't be more appreciative of our wonderful community who is so keen to support our small, local business! We found October's eco-challenge to be our favourite (and easiest) so far, as there are SO many amazing local offerings in our community thanks to our abundance of organic farmers, crafters, and makers of all things. We did miss our avocados and bananas, but made do with all of our other lovely local offerings.

As we kick off November, we'd like to introduce this month's eco-challenge, which we're not-so-cleverly naming "Purge-ember"! We all know how easy it is to accumulate things, especially things we don't really need. One day you might look around your house and realize "wow, there's a lot of stuff in here", without remembering how most of it got there. This realization can become painfully apparent when charged with the task of cleaning, organizing, or packing and moving a house. It can be so easy to say "yes!" to acquiring all of these things we either like, love, or want (or try to convince ourselves we need). The reality is, most of us are maneuvering around an unruly amount of 'stuff' on a daily basis, and when you get into the habit of acquiring things for the sake of it, you lose touch with living a conscious lifestyle. Luckily, people like Marie Kondo have become major trending influencers in modern living, and it is now easier than ever to find resources on how to efficiently de-clutter your house (and mind) to create a healthier home environment.

This month, we're committing ourselves to acquiring nothing new, while sustainably purging what we truly don't need. Every day for the next 28 days, we will be gifting, donating, or responsibly disposing of at least 1 item in our home and place of business. In case you didn't already know, we have 2 big people and 1 little person running Vancouver Island's Own, which means by the end of this month, we will have purged upwards of 84 items in total. We're encouraging you to join us by taking a look around your own home or place of work, and re-evaluating what items you truly need, versus what is simply taking up space and might be better off serving someone else. When we take time to consciously craft our surroundings, we feel lighter, happier, and more free to accomplish the things that bring us joy. As an added bonus, the planet will love you for it. Feel free to tag us on social media at @vancouverislandsown with your success in de-cluttering and purging this month, we'd love to see how you do!

Vancouver Island’s Own is a family-owned and operated business specializing in organic and vegan gourmet snack foods, handmade with love in Victoria, BC. We believe in encouraging others to explore and connect with the environment in order to ensure our collective well-being.


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