There’s a lot of truth in that. Buying small and local impacts people in your communities, not just helping billionaires take frivolous flights into space.

I’m not gonna say the C-WORD.

But you know what I’m talking about.  And while it may appear on social media and even in person that it’s nothing but smooth sailing for a lot of us, I can assure you that is not true; these waters are effing choppy.

In looking around at family, friends, and acquaintances, I’ve realized something. We really all are in different boats in this storm.  Hell, to hear my family tell it, there isn’t even a storm.  But the truth is, there is a storm, and some of us are getting rained on more than others.  Some of us don’t have the same resources.  Some of us are going to take longer to rebuild than others. 

I say these things not to be “woe is me” but to remind others that MANY small businesses are not out of the woods yet. For the people in my circle that depend on festivals for most of their income: shows are still getting cancelled daily. 

We’re heading into the holiday season.  Typically this is a time when many of us work nonstop to earn enough money to get us through the first few months of the next year.

Shop local, be mindful

 So with that in mind, I’m pleading that you consider supporting local and small businesses again this holiday season.  The happy dance is real. And many of us could use some cheer. 

’til next time,

~jen

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