Living locally speaks to my heart. I love my city, my community, and I am passionate about supporting local businesses.
The great thing about living locally is the opportunities to connect with your neighbours, expand your network and enjoy your community. Here are some ways to do it:
- Read the local papers, especially the papers for your community.
- Check bulletin boards in community centers or laundromats for events.
- Join the chamber of commerce. This is a great way to make business connections.
- Create or join Facebook groups.
- Join Meetup.com This site encourages local meetings and building community. One man used it to build a group of hundreds of members in his neighbourhood.
- Go to local festivals.
- Eat at small cafés.
- Get out for a walk and enjoy the many paths around the city.
- Did you know that most communities have garden plots that you can rent for 35-60 dollars per season? My mother-in-law rents one every year and we plant and harvest the vegetables with our children. It’s a family event and tasty!
- Every neighbourhood has a community association with a small fee yearly to be a part of it. Marda Loop has a yearly festival call Mardi Gras that I support.
- The Indulge fundraiser in South Calgary has grown every year. It’s a lot of fun. and I always run into many people, even outside the community. Local businesses support the event by offering food, wine, beer and door prizes.
- During elections, people line up outside or schools or community associations. Some run in and out so fast they don’t appreciate what may be around them.
- I love to shop! From Purr and Purr Petite for kids, to Robert Sweep for home accessories and linens. Kala and Lime in Aspen is a fabulous gift store which supports many local artists. For sportswear, in Britannia Plaza I love Hemm Active Fashion.
- Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE to eat (thank goodness I don’t drink, I would be a house). Some of my favorite local eateries in Calgary are Aida’s, Seed & Salt, Native Tongues and the Lady Bug Cafe.
My husband often tells me that the reason we know so many people is because I take the time to get to know those around me. We have block parties, watch each other’s homes and enjoy each other company.
If you take the time to talk to people and ask a few questions, you could develop and nurture many friendships in your community. Living locally speaks to my heart and warms my soul. Interacting with local businesses and spending time in the parks gives me a lot of happiness.
How do you live locally?