As we worked through the idea of our downsize move and talked about what it was that we hoped to gain from the move, one of the ideas that I was hoping to pursue was that of living locally. Now that we’ve settled in and we’ve started to try to “live local”, I’m questioning what that really means to me and what are the real reasons for doing this, other than it is somehow the “hip” think to do.

To begin my journey, I’ve been trying to find a few books to help me understand the issues. I’ve started by walking to the Decatur Library to check out The Small-Mart Revolution. I’m hoping from this book I will begin to more understand some of the deeper reasons and consequences of living local.

As I explore the benefits of living locally and the “best” ways of doing this, I will also be exploring my environs. I hope to get to know more about our community and to connect more as I try to no longer “take the easy route”. I will try documenting this journey, but I’m sure that the project will evolve with time.

I’m not “Zero Impact Man” and have no desire to be. I simply want to explore the aspects of what “living locally” means and how I can incorporate some rational facets of it into our daily lives. And while I titled this post “a year of living locally”, I hope that it will morph into something bigger and longer-term than that.

Anyone care to join me on this journey ? Anyone have any tips or advice ?

sawicki's - 29 dec 2011