The Importance of Supporting Local
by Jacqueline Corcoran
It is pretty much impossible to overstate the importance of supporting small local businesses in your community. In addition to bolstering local economies across the county, they also make an incredible impact on America’s overall economy. From job creation to generating revenue, small local businesses are invaluable to our communities and our country. In towns and cities all across America, small businesses are the lifeblood and unique character providers of what makes a community special.
Sadly the economic stability and growth that small businesses provide a town is at risk of becoming obsolete due to a fundamental lack of support by local consumers. Just this past week in Charleston SC, we’ve seen the shuttering – and potentially imminent shuttering – of a variety of small local business ventures. All have had wonderful reviews, and have provided superior hospitality, goods, or services. The common denominator in these closings often comes down to lack of consistent local patronage.
After the announced closings, regrets inevitably roll in on social media:
“It was the best”
“So awesome, can’t believe they are closing”
“We’ll be there this week to show our love”
Guess what – it’s time to get ahead of the closings. Go visit your local butcher. Eat at your favorite hometown restaurants. Shop your local stores. Use your local service providers.
Why support local?
Supporting local business has a positive effect on your community. Don’t wait for your next local business to board up the doors before showing your love.
Why Choose to Microadventure?
by Jacqueline Corcoran
What exactly is an adventure?
Each of us probably has a slightly different definition of it depending on our personal comfort zones. Webster’s Dictionary defines adventure as “an exciting or remarkable experience.”
We here at Wild Blue believe adventure can be anything that gets you out of your daily routine, creates a feeling of excitement, challenges you, and brings you closer together with others. Also we think if it scares you a little it’s probably a good thing. It means you’re pushing through boundaries, and broadening your horizons. Adventures are awesome!
So what happens if you lack the time and funds for a big-time vacation or trip away?
Typically folks tend to associate far-far-away and oh-so-pricey experiences as the pinnacle of great adventures. Those types of adventures are certainly very cool, but often unattainable. Just because you’re not booked on an around-the-world excursion doesn’t mean you need to completely shy away from adventure, and that there is no place for it in your life. In fact, with a little bit of spare change and some pockets of free time, each of us can find extra-ordinary adventures close to home.
Which brings us to the notion of microadventures
Microadventures have developed a cult-like following since the British adventurer and author Alastair Humphreys began advocating for incorporating small thrills into everyday life. In fact, the virtues of microadventures are that adventures can take many forms, and unique experiences can be found everywhere. The beauty of microadventures is that they can be short and sweet, and are experiences that easily fit into daily life. Microadventures need not be expensive or terribly difficult to find. They should bring you to refreshed levels of excitement and enthusiasm.
Why should a person choose to microadventure regularly?
It’s all about perspective. You may think you know a place pretty well, but experiencing it in a different way enables you to see things in a new light. Microadventures are refreshing.
Achieving personal goals. Why wait, and keeping putting everything you’d like to do on a bucket list? You don’t have to start climbing by heading out to Mt. Everest. Let your curiosity lead you into trying new things – regularly – and you may even find some new passions.
Facing a fear. Imagine the level of endorphins that kick in when you try something scary for the first time. The purpose of pushing through your comfort zone is to realize that most are able to rise to the occasion. Just imagine what else you might achieve!
No matter where you live, there are opportunities to have microadventures that fit into your busy everyday life. Whatever kind of microadventure you choose to go on, simply taking the time to do something outside of your routine can provide a mental break and help give you a similar feeling of refreshment that a longer vacation would.
Perhaps now is the time to set up a personal challenge that gets YOU active in the great outdoors, and having FUN new experiences on a regular basis.