About Leah

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Hi! Nice to meet you! My name is Leah Noble. I’m thirty years old.

I live on Cape Breton Island, and it’s awesome here. (If you don’t know where that is, it’s part of Nova Scotia, which is a province of Canada. You can see a map of the island here, a map that my brother made.)

I grew up on the outskirts of the small village of Baddeck, and was based there until I moved to the town of North Sydney just two years ago. (My parents are actually from Ohio and Quebec originally, and they came to live in Cape Breton in the 1980s. They have been here ever since. They had me in BC and I have been a Cape Bretoner since I was 8 months old.) Although I’ve travelled around the continent and overseas to Australia, I love Cape Breton dearly and am proud to call it home. I live with my boyfriend Adam and our collection of houseplants in a house on a quiet street overlooking North Sydney harbour.

Me as a kid in the woods in Baddeck Bay, early 1990s.

I started this blog in January of 2012 because I absolutely love Cape Breton Island, where I grew up and live, and I was sick of how discouraged I felt about living here. (Read the very first post for more details on why.)

I was twenty-eight. I had already been blogging for nine years at that point, on my personal blog, “huminbean“. I was really inspired by the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement and by bloggers Elise Blaha, Kal Barteski and Elsie Larsen and Emma Chapman, who write about their daily lives but who also have online businesses through their blogs, and who write about and show such love for the communities they live in. (California, Winnipeg and Missouri, respectively.)

I felt like Cape Breton, my beloved home, could use some blog love, beyond what I was already doing with my personal blog. So I started this one.

I used it first as a space to explore how I and other young people felt about Cape Breton. I wanted to ‘take back’ the ‘narrative,’ to put it in academic terms. I wanted to use the smart phones and computers we all use nowadays to show what life is like here. The whole thing, good, bad and ugly. Not just the tourist stock images that are used to promote the island as a destination, and not just the depressing statistics about unemployment and youth outmigration, although both of those are part of the whole picture, too.

I started this blog because I wanted to show my view, what I see every day, and for it to be out there, on the Internet. To tell my own story. To tell that of others. To make the island stronger and more connected as a result.

At the beginning my goal was to make the blog posts roughly 50% about me and 50% about the island (history, interviews, etc) but after a year or so I realized this wasn’t inspiring me anymore, plus I didn’t have the amount of time to do the interviews that I had had when I started the blog. I felt disappointed in myself, but then I decided to make a change.

So now the blog is mostly about me. But it’s also still very much about the island, because that is where I live, and because I am still very much interested in the issues that affect everyone here, and interested in figuring out how I can make a difference in my community. I’m still interested in how we all can be more active citizens and create the community we dream about. That’s why it’s called “Dream Big.”

But it’s mainly about my own personal big dreams (and my small, daily moments of happiness and inspiration), because that’s what I’m super excited to share, day after day. In 2012, I went back to school when I was 28, and graduated this year with a Graphic Design diploma from NSCC. In summer 2013 I released my first product for sale, the “I Heart Cape Breton” postcards. You can find out more about them here. I now work full-time at a great local non-profit, the Horizon Achievement Centre. You can read about my new job in this post.

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I’m also in love with a wonderful man and excited by the simple joys of making a home together, and of the adventure that is being part of a committed lifelong couple. (This is us at a Phish concert in Chicago in the summer of 2014.)

I’m on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as @leahcnoble.

I believe in love, red wine + chocolate, the ocean, open fields, beach rocks, and dancing.

I’m so glad you stopped by to check out my little corner of the Internet! You can connect with me by email (leahcnoble@gmail.com) or by joining the Facebook group. I’d love to hear from you.

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Want more? Here are some of my favorite posts, that talk a little more about my blog and what it means to me personally, as well as some of my appearances in the media:

6 Responses to About Leah

  1. Tom Mills says:

    I totally agree with your comment on how hard it is to find a job here. It is like winning a virtual lotto ticket if you find a job you like and that is well paying here in my favorite place, Cape Breton! Love the blog… keep writing…. to end on a positive.. summer is coming, which is amazing in Cape Breton. Cheers!!

  2. paul diekelmann says:

    Greetings Leah
    Perhaps you can interview folks here who are starting new enterprises. Baddeck has a couple of start-ups pending. One area for consideration is a business venture taking care of retiree needs. Could be a contracting business for some enterprising younger person.
    Keep up your bright outlook. Congratulations on school efforts. My manuscript is in West Virginia being edited. Daisy is still walking the Glen.
    Paul

  3. Hello… from Capbreton, in the Landes department in Aquitaine in South-western France. Funny ? Cécile.

  4. Love the reason of your blog, which partially is like mine. Well done and keep on doing it!

  5. Mike Finn says:

    Your ideas with CB stickers and postcards are just so cool.

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