Since beginning this website, I have had many opportunities to converse with others about the importance of supporting one’s local community. People are quick to ask me how I make an income with this site and most are surprised when I tell them that I do not get any income at from it. One man even asked me why I put in all the time and effort each week if there is not a paycheck at the end of a post. I told him the truth. I simply love my local community.
To me, each local shop or restaurant is a physical manifestation of the dreams and determination inside my neighbors. The charitable organizations in the community are made up of people trying to impart strength, resources, and knowledge to others and doing their best to build a strong, vital, and healthy community. Local events are ways for people to truly connect with each other and make offline friends. Attending a performance at a local theatre or listening to a band play at a local venue is more than just entertainment to me. It is a way for me to support and encourage the dreams and hard work of my fellow community members.
Loving local is more than just a catchphrase to me. It is a lifestyle based on the idea the best way to occupy Wall Street is to buy from the stores on Main Street. The best way to build community is to engage in the community. The best way to grow is to have strong roots. This week I encourage you to check out the 3/50 Project and show your love to a few of the many fantastic local offerings in the Upstate.