We are approaching day 120 of lockdown! That’s four months since we were asked to stay-home and stay-safe. We have realised that we’re all in this together, and how what we do, and how we go about our daily routines, have an impact on everyone around us.
I have been thinking a lot lately about how I can make a difference. This past weekend I spent time going through our family holiday album, and came across a note from a lodge in the bushveld that really resonated with me. It read “Every guest enables us to continue our operations and keep our payroll going.” It made me realise how our patronage keeps businesses running. And that it is within our power to choose who we spend our money on.
I teach my clients that money must enable the lives they envision having; and that the way in which they spend money, and what they spend money on, should create meaning. But the way in which you spend, and who you spend your money on, also brings about meaning. It means the world and makes a huge difference to the livelihoods of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and local talent.
The economy is going through a tough time and it is especially the small owned local businesses that are struggling. I’m sure you have also seen a favourite hang-out, a corner café, a resident vendor or a small boutique hang up a “Closed down” sign in the window.
Why not choose local! Every time I shop at my local or neighbourhood stores, I feel like I’m contributing so someone’s paycheck. I feel like I’m supporting my community, my people and my country.
So next time you need something, try your local shop first – buy a home-grown South African product. If you can afford it, order in from your neighbourhood restaurant, buy gift cards for future birthday presents, or simply share your recommendations on social media.
While I’m here, I’d like to recommend to you my favourite neighbourhood restaurant, Bellagio’s in Illovo; and when you’re next planning a family nature experience, try out the MORE Family Collection.
I’d love to hear from you! Which local business would you like to recommend and share?
Let’s be conscious about who we spend our money on, and support local dreams!