There are three things I love that are related to buying local: decluttering (please don't hate me!); people and the community they live in; and, falling asleep right after getting home from a very satisfying meal that someone else has cooked (not that I do much cooking; I leave that job mostly to my partner).
I'm quick to jump on any decluttering and organizing bandwagon, though my stamina for sticking out the ride tends to be low. Almost every year I sign up for The January Cure even though I've never come close to completing it. This year I signed up for the Joyous Health Kitchen Challenge and got through one day of seven. I read all of the tiny book The Magic Joy of Tidying Up and got rid of some of my clothes and books. For those of you who know the book, this would not have been the result if I followed the method exactly!
I'll probably keep signing up for new and popular decluttering fads because they post pretty pictures of homes and organizing systems and well, kids stuff abounds no matter how hard one tries to limit it and it's nice to think of it getting organized somehow.
However, the single best method I've found for decluttering my space has been not bringing stuff into it in the first place. Shopping local helps me do this - I think more about which purchases I really want to make because it often costs a little more to shop locally. Also, buying less means you have less to give away and most of our old clothes are not needed or wanted anyway.
Community and the People In It
The story in this month's chapter about the town rallying to keep the local grocery store in business got me wondering about how well I and the community I live in support local businesses, and especially how we support these businesses during tighter times, like during construction of Waterloo Region's light rail transit system. I know first hand from speaking with some business owners how challenging construction was for their businesses financially. Recently Eating Well Organically, a longtime uptown store, shared they will be closing down.
I think the book gives a lot of concrete and fun examples for supporting local businesses that I'd love to be a part of in this community going forward! Which of the ideas from this chapter's checklist do you like best?
Like Warnick said, local business owners care about their communities and the people in them, too. One recent example I can think of is that on the day of the Women's March, Open Sesame in Downtown Kitchener not only provided hot apple cider and donuts for people participating in the walk, but also donated 100% of their day's sales to the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region and Male Allies.
Sleeping on a Full Stomach
The first time I remember experiencing that satisfied feeling I get that comes after eating a full and delicious meal and then promptly falling asleep afterwards was when I ate at a restaurant called Fonduementale in Montreal. This restaurant was exactly as sensational as the name implies - fondu for appetizers, fondu for the main course, fondu for dessert.
This practice does make for a short date; I'm sure no dietician in the world would endorse this as a step towards achieving optimal health; and dentists would surely be concerned that on the nights when I experience this kind of satisfaction I usually skip brushing my teeth. But, these reasons won't stop me because, of course, I want to keep supporting local restaurants like some of my favourites Classic Indian, Public Kitchen & Bar, Arabesque, The Lancaster Smokehouse, The Berlin KW where I went last night with a friend in support of a fundraiser for a local family services organization (dessert pictured above), to name only a few.
What did you think of this month's chapter? What other things did this month's chapter get you thinking about?