The last thing I heard on New Years Eve before I went to bed was the rap song “The Maritimes” by Classified. I’m not even a fan of rap music, I just somehow stumbled upon it on Youtube while laying in bed. But there is something about this song that makes me proud. Proud because Classified found a way to share his hometown pride in his own unique way. With this rap song bouncing around in my head as I drifted off to sleep, I started to think of all the different ways people showcase their hometown pride. Songs, art, tattoos, home décor, photography to name just a few. I even know a couple people who have named their dogs “Scotia” or “Nova” after their deep love for their home province. My way to share my hometown pride of Nova Scotia and Manitoba is through my blog and encouraging others to go out and explore these great provinces. It brings me great joy and I intend to share much more about these provinces and my experiences this year. My wish for you in 2013 is that you take a moment to think about your hometown pride and find a small way to share it with the world.

Happy New Year and all the best for 2013.