Why Now is the BEST Time to Transition to Shopping (Mostly) Local

photo: American Express

In the words of Deon Cole, “Welp!” Covid-19 is stateside, more importantly, it has hit the Midwest and forced all bars, restaurants, and local shops to either close for an indeterminate amount of time or restrict business to curbside pick up. While larger corporations are likely feeling the blow in a society where people are being temporarily laid off, those that are feeling the impact of this change the most are small business owners.

I’ve seen so many posts of small business owners struggling, some of them posting GoFundMe pages in addition to transitioning sales to either an online or Instagram format. And while all of this is heartbreaking to hear and even write, there is a pivotal opportunity for all of us to “flatten the curve” that is effecting the small businesses and owners we have come to know and love: transition to shopping mostly or only local.

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2019: A Year in Review

Happy new year! We have officially survived a full decade and the first full week of 2020. In just ten short days I have been a busy bee, laying down some intense groundwork. Groundwork that I have either neglected or never thought to do before (perhaps a combination of both), to make sure that 2020 is a year that propels this blog, and your experience as the reader, forward. But before I get ahead of myself, I have to address 2019.

So 2019 was a year of highs, a year of lows and a year of breakthroughs: I experienced a break up that, for the first time, resembled a divorce more than your usual break-up, I got into the habit of posting more consistently on the blog, I did my first collaboration with a blogger I absolutely admire, I also did my first giveaway with said blogger, I attended some of my first networking events for my blog, and I became a brand ambassador for a local business I adore.

Despite my painful break-up, one thing I remember my ex telling me was if blogging was my passion, I needed to feed it, not starve it. It was remembering that conversation that I had an aha moment: Why wasn’t I investing in my passion? Was I not as passionate about my blog as I thought? What was I afraid of?

So a bit of thought journaling, a weekend getaway to California, and a vision board later I realized that I would have to put aside my fears and put in the work if I want to create a better Keeping Up with the City. Continue reading

The Art of (trying to) Get(ting) Ahead

I’ve sat in this same spot at the same place for the past few months. The routine never changes: I come in and Heather asks me what I’m having. Usually, I settle for a wine, but on occasion I’m in the mood for a beer. Almost every time I’ve come into Swirl, I order a drink and surf the web looking for a job. I’m always successful at finding a job I want. Landing the job in question is the real problem. Continue reading