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<p>Spring is finally here. As I opened the windows of my apartment and baked a lemon lavender cake this month, there was definitely a spring in my step. While April may bring showers, I am looking at this from a glass-half-full perspective: at least April doesn’t bring snow.</p> <p>The season of spring is riddled with imagery of awakening and new beginnings. Last year, this was the time that I was hired on to the Go Local staff. Last month, I focused on the great coworkers I have had the pleasure of working with in the last year. This month, I’m focusing on the great people I have met out in the field.</p> <p>I couldn’t possibly begin to name every person or mention every story that I have been told over the last year. I’d need a whole separate publication for that. However, I can say what I have learned that’s truly stuck with me and made an impact on my life.</p> <p>Alpaca socks help keep your feet warm. Bamboo toothbrushes help reduce plastic waste in the ocean. Throwing an ax at a target is oddly therapeutic. Stuffing goes great on a sandwich. If life gives you apples, throw a festival. There’s something really cool about standing under an arch made out of books. Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses. Reindeer do exist (and they’re not related to unicorns.) There’s something calming about being surrounded by crystals and good people. And Jessica Vogelgesang (who truly does a million things in Connecticut!) will likely be a friend long after my time with Go Local is up.</p> <p>All I can say is thank you. I look forward to meeting more of the great people of Massachusetts and Connecticut.</p> <p>I’m happy to have added everyone in this issue to my list of wonderful people I have met. Audrey from The Eclectic Peacock is operating a unique boutique with a dash of her bubbly and original personality. Cristine from Flair is on a mission bring profits back to makers. Chris Corkum of Corkum’s Baseball is making sure baseball is fun for everyone and the Suffield Garden Club is bringing beauty to their beloved town.</p> <p>I hope the welcoming of spring finds you well and that you find your happiness in family, friends, experiences or the great outdoors this month. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope you take the opportunity of the sunny weather to get outside and do something fun. Whether it’s an egg hunt, outdoor concert, or even jumping rope… spring is all about fun in the sun.</p>