My name is Kel Baird, and I am the primary (see: only, as of this post) writer here at Hic Habito. The inspiration for this blog comes from a long-standing passion for supporting local businesses and all of the guilt that comes from those times (more often than I care to admit) when convenience trumps the Living Local ideal.
So, I have given myself a quest.
And I do mean a quest in the most literal way. The goal is simple: spend 1 calendar year (2019) living as locally as I can. That means sourcing my food, my entertainment, my clothing, my home-goods, my beverages, my necessities as close to home as is possible.
Through this goal I hope to achieve some kind of habit where I default to local producers and vendors, and change my way of thinking about my consumption habits from what is convenient (ie widely advertised) to what is local and sustainable.
Accompanying this goal are two others: establish a healthy lifestyle (I am heading into my 30s and have never been fit and healthy) and develop minimalism in my habits as well.
One might think that the shift to supporting local and the shift to minimalism are somewhat mutually exclusive: how can one support local businesses if one isn't buying anything? Or at least, buying very little?
Well the two movements: minimalism and Living Locally do not have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, I believe they are actually quite complimentary.
One spends less money on items one does not need, but when one needs an item one buys it locally. Seems simple enough.
So why, then bother with a blog? How very vain indeed!
The blog, from my perspective, has two functions. The first is to keep me accountable to the goal. Here I will record all of my favourite local places, functions, shops, and items. I can keep track of where I purchased things, who made them, or how they were made if I wind up making them. The second function is to share that information with all of you! Maybe it will inspire you to check out a local shop! Maybe you will be travelling in a city I write about, and you stop in and support a local store there. Maybe you are a local store owner and want to be featured (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if that's the case!)
If nothing else, this blog will be an outlet for some of my more frustrated thoughts at the current global crisis (I will try not to get too preachy about how utterly fucked up things are...oh yes, there will be swearing...).
In all, the hope is that you enjoy this blog enough (and all the spots we hope to recommend to you) enough that you will begin to think about your own consuming habits. What are some of the local gems near you that you want to see celebrated?
This website will be curated to include other communities. We start in Lethbridge because, frankly, that's where I live. Hopefully one day it will grow to include communities all over the world, of all sizes and demographics. Cheers, and Live Locally.