Hello everyone! I am your Environmental/Eco-conscious Blogger. Although I've lived in various towns and cities throughout Canada, I have always considered the Nicola Valley my home. To me it is one of the most beautiful places in Canada, and living here is "Living the Dream". An environment full of outdoor activities such as, hiking, fishing, mountainbiking, camping, kyaking, hunting, swimming and countless other activities to which one should never be bored. Because of our semiarid desert climate, we can enjoy the outdoors practically all year round. Growing up within the Nicola Valley installed a personal wellness that has followed me through-out my life, while Merritt's close knit community gave me a certain sense of security. I truly look forward to exploring, discovering and sharing how amazing and majestic our Nicola Valley is. Essentially this is our backyard and we all have a duty to make sure we protect and preserve all of its beauty.We all have an impact on our environment, which we share with other people, wildlife, plants, even spiders. Through my Blogs I hope to bring awarenes to the reader the benefits of living in harmony with our surroundings, how our environment can influence development/growth providing personal wellness. The word "Environment" encompasses our daily living which we will explore together. Living in harmony while still being accountable for the safety/preservation can inspire us to live a lyfetyle that is respectful of our community and our surroundings. So if you are out walking around town or enjoying one of the countless trails and happen to come across some litter, pick it up and trash it. After all this is your backyard!