Wow!!! What a year 2018 was!! It all kicked off with a HUGE team meeting in Vancouver last year, this is where we really took the time to analyze the type of content, projects, and partnerships we take on. From that meeting on we made an effort to think MORE about the environment, animals, and supporting smaller shops and Canadian companies. While we aren’t exclusive to all of these categories, we are trying out best to work more with companies that tick these boxes and it has been a TON of fun.
We’ve certainly partnered with more conscious and local brands in 2018 that were in line with our values, we focused on smaller brands and encouraged donations to be part of our partnerships and collaborations.
Obviously, it was an AMAZING year for my personal life (check out my highlights and personal goals here!) but it was also an incredible year for the business too!! There are so many things to celebrate from 2018 and goals to share as we gear up for 2019 so today, I’m going to highlight these for you!
So, in no particular order … I’m going to share our wins from the year below!
2018 Company Highlights
It was such a pleasure to team up with Melanie Auld to create the Adorned collection! The JH x MA Adorned collection is the perfect way to celebrate yourself and also makes the perfect gift idea … from birthdays to Mother’s Day, weddings, and baby showers … or, just to remember a loved one and have them close by, the options are truly endless.
I worked closely with Etsy and 9 AMAZING Canadian Etsy makers to create a limited edition holiday collection which launched this past November! The collection included a selection of locally made and vegan, lifestyle, apparel, and home decor items that was PERFECT for the holiday season!!
This was such a fun and on brand partnership for us! I have always loved Saje Wellness products and their company as a whole so it was a natural fit (pun intended!) when they asked if I wanted to partner with them to create a limited edition diffuser! Stay tuned for more fun this coming year … 😉
We FINALLY wrapped our photoshoots for our upcoming cookbook … this was a TON of work … and we can’t WAIT to see the final product … coming Fall 2019 …
Oohhhhh did we ever have some fun in Mexico!! We toured Tulum, cruised 5th Ave in Playa and SO much more! Read ALL about it, and check out our very first travel vlog, here!
Team Jilly and I took off to Dallas to attend the Rewardstyle Conference which I also presented at in three classroom sessions! My topic was “Finding Your Why” which touched on the importance of brand core values, mission statements, what we have learned so far as a team, where we want to grow and some of the challenges we have faced along the way!
Nacho’s campaign against animal testing with the Body Shop
We were thrilled when the Body Shop approached us to have Nacho represent in their campaign and stand up against animal testing!
He even made it to TIMES SQUARE!!!! I may have cried … proud mama moment!
It was so awesome to see our family home featured in Style at Home!! Talk about bucket list item checked off!
Started filming another season of Love It Or List It Vancouver
That’s right … another season is coming YOUR WAY! In fact, this has already started airing in the States and is coming to Canada shortly!
If you don’t follow my YouTube page, you should subscribe here, now! This is where I share ALL of our vlogs, it’s such a fun way to show you behind the scenes of my life, work, travel, and Team Jilly!
Shay’s 5 Year Anniversary with Team Jilly
It’s CRAZY to think that Shay’s been with me for 5 YEARS!!! Where has the time gone?!
Mindy’s 2 Year Anniversary with Team Jilly
And Mindy celebrated TWO YEARS with Team Jilly … time is flying!
Mackenzie was hired as a Full-Time Employee
We hired Mackenzie as a FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE in 2018!! And she is also about to be a BRAND NEW MAMA!!!
Hired a new Finance Member for Team Jilly, Welcome Jess!
We also decided to bring on a new Finance Member a couple of months ago, everyone, meet JESS!!!
Joined the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation board
The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation board is dedicated to helping grassroots charities, just like Mamas for Mamas, with the goal of leveling the playing field for disadvantaged Canadian kids, making sure they have the same opportunities as everyone else for a bright, successful future!!!
Our Company Goals for 2019
(in no particular order!)
New Website (coming verrrry soon!)
More Speaking Engagements
More Charity Work
Smash & Tess Collaboration
14k Melanie Auld Adorned Line
There you have it! We have no doubt 2019 is going to be another wild and amazing year … here’s to the calm before the storm!! LOL!!