Good morning everyone! I can hardly believe that it is 2022!! Parts of 2021 definitely flew by, but other parts really seemed like they were standing still. However, I am so grateful for all of the wonderful things that happened, which I will get into below! But my heart goes out to everyone that didn’t have the greatest year, I’m hoping that 2022 will be a much better year for you if that was the case! Today, I wanted to share some of my favourite moments that 2021 had in store for us!
Probably one of the biggest and best things to come from 2021 was the fact that we bought a farm and unexpectedly renovated our farmhouse, and became flower farmers all in the same year. It was definitely a wild ride, but I am so grateful for our property, not only did we learn so much throughout the year, but we also created so many wonderful memories there!
In the late Spring / early Summer, Justin and I didn’t know what we should do with the land, so we decided to give flower farming a shot. It was a lot of fun, but a lot of WORK! However, through some trial and error, we managed to grow some beautiful flowers which we ended up selling at the Bliss Market here in Kelowna and even personally delivered a few door to door! We seriously couldn’t have done it without the help of Laurence from Fleurich Creations and Yolanda from Farm and Flower Co. Thank you so much for your guidance along the way, ladies!
This was another wild adventure, but I am so grateful that we launched The Jilly Academy! A few of my favourite things that have happened after launching these online courses have been, connecting with all of our Alumni in our private Facebook group, hearing all of their success stories after implementing our tips and tricks and watching them connect and collaborate with one another.
3. Cookbook #2
This year, Tori and I started working on cookbook #2, in fact, we pretty much finished capturing all of the images, the only thing left to do is write out all of the recipes and the rest of the copy included in the book. I cannot wait for the release of the second book, but it likely won’t be hitting shelves until 2023, so keep your eyes peeled.
4. Ted Talk
At the end of 2020 when Ted Talk reached out to ME to speak at the 2021 Whistler event I was in shock and so honoured all at the same time. But I had no idea what I was going to say. In the end, I decided to focus on what I knew best, influencing and how everyone has the power of influence (yes, even YOU!), whether you believe it or not. If you missed the event, you can check out my talk below!
5. 12 Days of Giving Campaign revamp
This year we decided to change up our 12 Days Campaign and not only focus on gifting all of YOU some amazing prizes but to also give back to our local and surrounding communities in a BIG way and you all showed up! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this campaign a huge success, with YOUR help we were able to invest $179,595 back into the community and I can’t wait for our 13th annual 12 Days campaign this year!!
6. Cameo & Giving Back
As many of you know, giving back is so near and dear to my heart! In 2021, I am so honoured to announce that with your help through Cameo we were able to raise a total of $49,970 to reinvest back into our local and surrounding communities!! Plus, in December we also partnered with 10 amazing brands, Hatley, Clearly, Laid Back Snacks, Saje Wellness, Nature Bee Wraps, Revival by Martin & Co, MIFA AND CO, Haven Sleep Co, President’s Choice, and Pomme Salon to make the holiday season a little extra joyful through our sponsored family initiative.
We launched a complete capsule collection with JOE FRESH! I’ve always loved partnering with Joe Fresh, but this collection takes the cake. We spent over a year planning and designing this entire collection, and my eyes filled with tears seeing you all enjoying your pieces from it. Shay and I even got to travel to Toronto to film all of the media segments for the launch. It was a quick trip, but we had so much fun together and I couldn’t have asked to have anyone else by my side! Keep your eyes peeled because we have something else up our sleeves coming to you in 2022! 😉
Another launch that I am SO proud of is our Lucky Charm Collection with Melanie Auld! We really wanted to bring a little luck (and happiness) to those that needed it in 2021 with the release of 6 brand new charms in the Adorned Collection. If you didn’t get your hands on one, you still can… and it would make for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone if you ask me… 😉
9. Reunion with my BFFs
I finally got to hug my BFFs … not once but TWICE! It felt so good to finally have my girlfriends in town for our annual girl’s weekend, but one weekend wasn’t enough so they came back for a second visit.
I can’t believe that we celebrated The Jilly Box’s 2 year anniversary!! It feels like just yesterday that we were embarking on this new adventure, and now we have a dedicated Jilly Box team. For all of you who are subscribers and lottery winners, thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting this business and I can’t wait to share with YOU what we have up our sleeve for 2022!
11. Traveled back to Hawaii
Early in December, we were able to get back to one of my favourite places on earth, Maui! Our vacation was different this time around as I took a much-needed break from social media and we traveled to the island with a different mindset and perspective. I’m excited to share more about this with you soon!
Well, there you have it! A list of my top favourite moments from 2021, thank you all for your continued support, I am SO looking forward to what 2022 has in store!