’30’s are Weird … Pt. III .

THIRTY REASONS

{ that’s not true }

OUR THIRTIES

{ Pt. III is here : see what I mean }

ARE WEIRD

{ … }

AS F.

{ … }

Pt. III .

{ Thirties. Right now, as we speak, the biological age of “The ’30’s” — I apologize, in advance, if anyone perceived this to be about the 1930’s, which really wasn’t that weird … but almost equally as tragic — is a true Phenomena. International, Technological, Cultural, Economical, Political: being ’30 during the latter teens of the Millennium is quite harrowing + requires the emergence of a completely new Cultural Identity. }

This is a 3 Part Post : 30 Reasons Our Thirties, in 2017, are Weird. As F.
I will publish in 3 installments — possibly a week apart, possibly more. { I can’t say. I’m a confused 30-something: give me some space. } Whilst reading, you will either completely relate, + I will give Voice to our Unidentified Generation. Or — possibly And — you will deem me crazy. With outdated cultural references, an over-reliance on “Mean Girls,” shoddy extended metaphors, an illegible Writing Voice { hey I’m not gonna’ change that }, and someone who is clearly incredibly neurotic + insecure about her ’30’s. … But hey, at least I can admit it.

Cont’d. from Part II { posted Tues., 5.9.2017 }

Not yet in my ’30’s, celebrating my friend’s 30th. … #meta.

Thirty Reason your Thirties, in 2017, are Weird. AF. 

In condescending order of importance.

10. Money + The Great Unknown. … What is “healthy”?

Student loan debt v. “healthy” credit card debt v. “healthy” retirement v. … Too many variables. Don’t even tell me to speak with a Financial Advisor, because honestly, current-’30-somethings are the Lost Audience. I don’t want to know what was healthy for my parents at age ’30-something. I want to know what’s healthy for me. And, thing is, Globalization is changing our World so quickly … that No One Knows.

9. Dog Moms + Cat Lady’s. We joke but … we’re actually self-conscious.

Is ’30’s too young to become full-on Dog Moms/Dads + Cat Lady’s/Sir’s?? Maybe, we’re just growing up too damn fast. …

8. Lifestyle + Travel. So you’re unmarried, yes … and no kids??

Well, my friend, you have the world at your finger tips. Oh, but you were also late getting your career started because — recession — and you’re not sure about too much credit card debt because — student loan debt! — so … where does travel fit in.

  • Do we vacation every once in a while??
  • Do we turn travel into a Lifestyle and start small with day-trips + Staycations.
  • Most Importantly : Is it still okay to couch surf at your friends. … Or is that what Air BnB is for. Never a debate in my ’20’s. But not that I’m ’30+ … couch surf is unreasonable? And, apparently, it’s also a thing.

7. Tiny Houses. Studies have shown

Jk, Tiny Houses have barely existed long enough to show how much they:

  • decrease in value
  • tear relationships apart
  • come loose at the screws — quite literally — whilst driving on the side-road before the freeway road, let alone the hairpin road to that National Park you dreamed of visiting … in your Tiny House.

Don’t get me wrong. I fully want to build as well as live in one. Don’t get me wrong.

{  Surprise!
There are only 25 reasons … and that’s a stretch.  }

1. Social Media RevolutionDid 2012 change everything? YES.

  • Personal Experience – Exhibit 1My older brother is 4 years older than me, and our childhoods, including high school, quite similar : internet happened at school & Encyclopedia Britannica flanked bibliographies.
  • Personal Experience – Exhibit 2My younger brother is 6 years younger than me, and our childhoods, especially high school, quite differed : he IM’ed anytime of day { not just after 9pm }, Facebook { ‘nough said }, + he obtained his 1st cell phone as a freshman in High School — 4 years earlier than me.
  • Blow Your Mind MomentStill — regardless of these vast differences named in E2 — a 2003 high school graduate and a 2010 high school graduate have much more in common than, say … anyone in high school in-and-around 2012. In other words :

If you’re 10-ish years my junior { 20 – 23, 24 } right now, we are all Millennials … and still Universes apart. Why?

It’s not just cell phones. It’s not just WiFi. It’s not just Facebook. It’s not even Twitter. It’s Share-E-Bus! The Three-Headed Social Media Beast-Dog. In 2012, Facebook acquired Instagram, mainstreaming the latter { trust me : Insta was once obscure + so much better }, and Snapchat grew in usage. Social Media devoured Adolescent / Emerging Adult’s { see past posts! } lifestyles.

I’m not sure if Share-E-Bus guards the Underworld or has opened its gates for actual Hell on Earth. 

But I do know that Social Media is no longer just an add-on. A side-dish we use to complement our meal or an appetizer before the actual interaction. Social Media is the Main Course: a mainstream channel through which current ’20-somethings — certainly generations younger — actually interact + socialize. I’m not saying they don’t meet-up IRL. { This isn’t Virtual Reality, yet. } But I am saying that Share-E-Bus devours all. … And its gnarly three heads has devoured the 2nd half Millennials, and future Generations, more than it has ANY of us.

Mind . Blown .

In Summary, ’30’s are just … weird . … a . f.

#shoplocal
{ because , always }

#30sareweird

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’30’s are Weird … Pt. II .

THIRTY REASONS

{ that’s not true }

OUR THIRTIES

{ wait for Pt. III : see what I mean }

ARE WEIRD

{ … }

AS F.

{ … }

Pt. II .

{ Thirties. Right now, as we speak, the biological age of “The ’30’s” — I apologize, in advance, if anyone perceived this to be about the 1930’s, which really wasn’t that weird … but almost equally as tragic — is a true Phenomena. International, Technological, Cultural, Economical, Political: being ’30 during the latter teens of the Millennium is quite harrowing + requires the emergence of a completely new Cultural Identity. }

This is a 3 Part Post : 30 Reasons Our Thirties, in 2017, are Weird. As F.
I will publish in 3 installments — possibly a week apart, possibly more. { I can’t say. I’m a confused 30-something: give me some space. } Whilst reading, you will either completely relate, + I will give Voice to our Unidentified Generation. Or — possibly And — you will deem me crazy. With outdated cultural references, an over-reliance on “Mean Girls,” shoddy extended metaphors, an illegible Writing Voice { hey I’m not gonna’ change that }, and someone who is clearly incredibly neurotic + insecure about her ’30’s. … But hey, at least I can admit it.

Cont’d. from Part I { posted Wed., 4.26.2017 }

Thirty Reason your Thirties, in 2017, are Weird. AF. 

In condescending order of importance.

“It’s so new, in fact, that most boomerang kids and their parents are still struggling to make sense of it. Is living with your parents a sign, as it once was, of failure? Or is it a practical, long-term financial move?,” -Adam Davidson, “New York Times”

20. Non-Trendy TrendsettersEmerging Adulthood : The previous post used some Logic / “logic proof” to contextualize Emerging Adulthood. { #29 … if you can get through that, we are bff. } The real irony is that ’30-somethings have the responsibility of setting a new trend. Think about it this way:

  • Fact. ’30-somethings are NOT trendy. I’m sorry, we can’t try to take this from the 2nd-half Millennials. We just need to know when is when, and what is fleek is fleek.
  • Truth. … And yet. It is True that the ’30’s need some New Life. New Voice. New Perspective. New Benchmarks. (#21)
  • Conundrum. So, what?? It’s up to the non-trendy to … set the new trend?

I do NOT got this. If you do — let. me. know.

19.  Boomerang Generation. This is a confusing time in our history, and definitely messes with the cultural identity of ’30-somethings. Read link to understand.

18. Marriage. Nope!

17. Kids. Also no.

If you’re a 30-something who is married, or on their way, or who has had children, or is on their way — hell, if you’re a ’20-something who has : this post does not apply.

16. Where do we sit at the bar?? Obviously, with our friends.

But, where do we actually want to sit? Is it weird if we end up near a group of ’20-somethings + don’t mind it. Does it mean we’re living in our past?? Are we still weirded-out if we sit near obviously older-somethings: say — gasp! — ’40’s, even though we’re now older?

  • Don’t pretend like you haven’t wondered this.
  • We’re all imagining Cady Heron’s drawing of her HS cafeteria. And please be impressed that this is my 3rd  4th “Mean Girls” reference …

15.  OMG. Are we still allowed to say this??

I mean actually say — Oh. Em. Gee — or is that “beneath” us. But we’re still allowed to type it right? … This technology revolution is confusing. It is messing with our development. TBH IRL #icannoteven b/c IDEK. <– Wave of our Future Language, PS.

14. 401K + Projecting. This matters. And yet … will we actually be able to retire?

We grew-up with Enron + Madoff: we know that companies can just lose our money. So … do we continue to invest in our 401K’s because this is what people do … or do we learn from history and redefine this? That’s a large-charge.

  • TBH. This isn’t just our battle.
  • But also. … Doesn’t it feel like we need to spearhead it?

13. Organized Hobbies. I’m lost.

It was cool + normal to have organized hobbies — i.e. kickball — in your ’20’s. And it’s totally badass to join an Artist’s Guild or a Rec Soccer League in your ’40’s: it’s a resurgence, a Renaissance of sorts. But, in your ’30’s, unless you’re an actually >> good << artist + unless you’re like vying for semi-pro sports … doesn’t it feel weird to engage in organized hobbies? It’s like brandishing to the world —

I HAVE NO S.O. I HAVE NO HOUSE I NEED TO TEND. I HAVE NO CHILDREN. I AM THE LOST ’30’S FIRST-HALF MILLENNIAL OF MY GENERATION.

Which, is fine. But I’d like some actual slogan / identity to cling to as I throw all convention into the toilet that I rent, and do not own.

12. “Dating.” Not only does every age-range within every Generation have a different definition for this … 

But also, so does every human on the face of the planet. Check-it:

  1. Teens have … high school. Even neighboring high schools, if you’re daring.
  2. Early-Twenty-Somethings have … college. Or their friends’ colleges.
  3. All Twenty-Somethings have … the bar. And apparently Tinder, and Bumble, … and Sea Plenty of FishIt’s not creepy yet!
  4. ’40+ Somethings have … internet dating. It seems super appropriate + successful for that demographic.
  5. … ’30-somethings. … Look, I get that ’30-somethings have the bar, Tinder, Bumble, + Plenty of Fish too. … It just feels more acceptable in your ’20’s. So cheers to my ’30-something friends who are crushing it.

Not sure this is “appropriate” ’30’s attire … and also not sure I care?

11. Fashion. Fash.

I forever shop at Forever21 … even though I’m not 21. { “Forever” is the brand name for a reason … . } I definitely #ShopLocal. It’s not so much — I dunno where to buy clothes. It’s that — I dunno what to f-ing wear. Somewhere between >> s8er hoody and full-on blazer << there’s a healthy ’30’-something medium. I struggle to find it.

Brain / Life Cramp, Again.

{ That is it, again, for now. Tune in for Pt. III — it continues to get way more relatable, and just a bit more academic. … Talk soon. }

#shoplocal
{ because , always }

#30sareweird

#af

’30’s are Weird … Pt I .

THIRTY REASONS

{ that’s not true }

OUR THIRTIES

{ wait for Pt. III : see what I mean }

ARE WEIRD

{ … }

AS F.

{ Thirties. Right now, as we speak, the biological age of “The ’30’s” — I apologize, in advance, if anyone perceived this to be about the 1930’s, which really wasn’t that weird … but almost equally as tragic — is a true Phenomena. International, Technological, Cultural, Economical, Political: being ’30 during the latter teens of the Millennium is quite harrowing + requires the emergence of a completely new Cultural Identity. }

This is a 3 Part Post : 30 Reasons Our Thirties, in 2017, are Weird. As F.
I will publish in 3 installments — possibly a week apart, possibly more. { I can’t say. I’m a confused 30-something: give me some space. } Whilst reading, you will either completely relate, + I will give Voice to our Unidentified Generation. Or — possibly And — you will deem me crazy. With outdated cultural references, an over-reliance on “Mean Girls,” shoddy extended metaphors, an illegible Writing Voice { hey I’m not gonna’ change that }, and someone who is clearly incredibly neurotic + insecure about her ’30’s. … But hey, at least I can admit it.

. 18 ? . 25 ? . 32 . ?  {  . . .   }  Nobody knows … The older I get : the more likely I chalked my ID .  {  . . . }  This is my Life .

Thirty Reasons your Thirties, in 2017, are Weird. AF. 

In condescending order of importance.

30. FriendsWhat the actual f. 

By the way — a totally outdated buzz-phrase. { I’d have to get my PhD. in BuzzFeed Linguistics if I wanted to know the on fleek version … andtheregoesmy’20’somethingreadhership . } “Friends,” possibly “How I Met Your Mother” is  >> Everyone’s << greatest reference for Life in your ’30’s. … FYI: “Friends'” ’30’s is not Our ’30’s. I’m sure it semi-worked for ’30-somethings 15-ish years ago. … But the whole crux of this Series is that The ’30’s of 15+ years ago has become Legend — wait for it — Dary. It ceases to exist. It is no longer. The Limit DNE. Times, they are a changin’.

TBH, ’30’s is the new ’20’s. And not in a totally carefree, party, travel-the-world kind of way. … And it is so much more.

29. TV + Film, overall. Magical Realism?? Idek.

Screw “Friends,” because we got bigger problems… Like … let’s take “Old School,”. What in the actual age are those main characters? Is Mitch implied to be … 25? I refuse to re-watch the movie for the 24th time or to even Google Search to find out. Because — you know — the fact that I have to, proves that these characters portray Any-Age. Obscure-Age. Some magical age that can cover anywhere between 25-45.

We have far greater representation problems in both TV + Film for this to warrant grave concern … but the actual ’30’s — at least 1st half of the ’30’s — get no representation in film or TV. … Unless I’m missing something.

  • { Context: I haven’t owned a TV for 4+ years, which also severely limits my film viewing, since I don’t have trailers pushed into my face every 3-5 or 5-7, or whatever, minutes. #unreliablenarrator ?? }

28. Thirties is the New Twenties. Sorry not Sorry Meg Jay.

I have no research. Just epistemological life experience. And some Logic: Generation Wikipedia { solid }, is my reference point.

FAIR WARNING – This some PhD thesis-ish, so gear-up … or skip: your call.

{ So much generational code-switching. }

  • Generation X { b. late 1970’s – early 1980’s } : Axiom — this generation paved-the-way for Emerging Adulthood; ergo, the ’20’s became a time (“distinguished by relative independence from social roles and from normative expectations,” [Arnett, 2000],) to >> galavant << …

a.k.a.: party hearty like Baby Boomers’ teen-years.

  • Analogy: Adolescence didn’t emerge until the late-1800’s. The term didn’t become lexicon until the 1920’s. Significance?? Fifty-ish years passed wherein entire generations carved-out a culture & a lifestyle, before having a word with which to name it. …

Same thing has happened now: it’s called “Emerging Adulthood,”
and it’s spearheaded by Gen X-ers.

  • Personal Proof: Cool thing? While “Emerging Adulthood” might not make it into our lexicons for decades to come … it is widely accepted that the ’20’s is an acceptable time to party, figure out your career, wait to get married and have children, etc.

In response to Jay’s TED Talk 2013: it’s not that our ’20’s are an excuse for “benign neglect,”. It is that the ’20’s have become an acceptable and empowering time to Harness Personal Identity + Make Big Fat Mistakes, as opposed to following the algorithm that calculates our Baby Boomer parents’ foot-steps.

  • Millennials { b. early 1980’s – mid 1990’s } : Axiom — We’re the same generation, and there exists a grave difference between First-Half Millennials + Second-Half. There exists some sort of undefined gap. Ergo: first-half Millennials have the now-responsibility of redefining the ’30’s. … You’re welcome second-half Millennials. 
    • Analogy: First-half Millennials are doing to the ’30’s what Gen X-ers did for the ’20’s.
    • Cultural Proof: Wait for #1 to come out … . Okay, but to tease: Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012. Social Media transitioned from a tool, to the foundations. From a trend, to the convention. … If you don’t Social Media … you don’t socialize. … Oh, and the Financial Crisis of 2007-2008. Many people { me! } from the 1st half of this generation graduated college at this time. Many from the 2nd half weathered high school and graduated college, say, five years later in 2012, during an economic recovery. { Hey — it wasn’t a Boom or a Bull, but it was significantly better than ’07. }
    • Explanation: You know, the times — they keep changing! First-Half Millennials are now responsible, like Gen X-ers. We have the onus of redefining the ’30’s … before it’s even given credit and context.
    • The Bubble Effect: This is Barbara Ellen terminology, + when this post goes viral { never }, I want full credit for that term.

… Picture a bubble. Now picture a bubble being made. It takes a hella lot more energy to blow the bubble, then to rest comfortably inside of it… Like Gen X-ers, First Half Millennials are blowing the hell out of this bubble. To redefine what the Weirdo ’30’s is.

  • Logic Proof: So —
    1. IF Baby Boomers had the Teen Years to Party + { try to } establish a Personal Identity, AND if Gen X-er’s redefined The Twenties to Party + { try to } establish a Personal Identity … THEN it follows, such that First-Half Millennials redefine the next sequential generation: The Thirties. To — what? — you ask: to ….
      • That’s the problem … and what I hope to resolve through this Post Series. That’s the crux!
    2. First-Half Millennials are to Second-Half Millennials as Gen X-ers are to all Millennials.
      • Gen X-er’s redefined the ’20’s, and paved the way for all Millennials to have this “Emerging Adulthood” context. First-Half Millennials are paving the way for Second-Half Millennials to have some sort of evolved context for their ’30’s.

(pic: i.e. of puppies or something to calm — { post -edit : this never happened . click link instead . } )

27. “Dirty Thirty.” … I don’t get it.

Etymology behind that? Urban Dictionary has not helped to clarify.

26. Milestones. Lemme break it down:

  1. ‘Tweens have 13. { Or something like that … they’re young, so proportionally to their age, 1 milestone is enough }.
  2. Spolied-ass Adolescents have: 15, 16, 18. { But you still can’t drink legally, so there losers. }
  3. Twenty-somethings have: 21, 25 … and the entire decade of their ’20’s. { Seriously, get to know yourself: be young, be wild/dope, be free … in the words of the great Lana del Rey (apologies for her #culturalappropriation / #culturalappropriatetrigger / #culturalappropriatewarning) … and in more than 1 of her songs. }
  4. WTF do ’30-somethings get? … { Dirty Thirty? … No. }

I used to negotiate this by prescribing to both the tacit + also extolled fact that, ’30’s are the best years of your life!, and, You figure it all out in your ’30’s. … But that some BS.

Hence: First Half Millennials pave the way / redefine / Bubble Effect this-ish.

25. Mental Visualization. … Can anyone actually picture their ’30’s?

I can’t. It’s some cloudy, obscure bubble. Which really worries me. I’m quite visual. I could always picture my teens and twenties. { Duh, because a) teens are so conventionally defied by high school and college and b) because antithesis of #28: they got     w   i   d   e    TV/film representation. Shout-out to “Broad City.” Werk. } … I can even picture my ’40’s, ’50’s, ’60’s, etc.. But ’30’s? Nope. I’m going to need some Virgil to get me through this faceless limbo cloud.

24. BuzzFeed. Am I your audience … or nah. Because: I know the ’90’s quite effortlessly. But also … this. And this. … And also, finally, this.

23. If not BuzzFeed, then … ? I’m not sure. { That’s the point! }

Then, what, PopSugar? I am not that old yet. >> It’s a formatting thing. <<  Like, get that professional-sleek-basic style outta my face. And I refuse to be pushed into thinking I’m that old { read: put together } because Society — and therefore Pop Culture — hasn’t figured it out yet, either.

22. Snapchat is causing an Existential Crisis. Not required to Snapchat, yes.

As a ’30-something, it’s completely normal + appropriate + perhaps looked-up upon if I never once SnapChat, in my life?? Not to say it’s wrong if you do SC { or whatever the “fleek” kids are saying } as a ’30-something. I look up to you, if you do: for you have evolved; you have kept with the times. Am I Luddite because I haven’t, and don’t want to?? In the words { not true } of Henry David Thoreau: What the f even is my life.

“To be awake is to be alive,” -Thoreau, “Walden” … #nonsequitor

21. Redefining the ’30’s. The ’30’s aren’t something past. They’re something new.

The ’30’s require us to do, essentially, the impossible. Create New Matter.

First, let’s recap. The ’30’s hold a complex duality: They are —

  • Economically Like the ’20’s. They’re similar to post-Baby Boomer ’20’s in the sense that — largely for economical reasons — many ’30-somethings are just beginning to establish financial independence, and — either ergo or by no causation at all — many of us aren’t committed to marriages and/or children … AND
  • Socially Unlike the ’20’s. They’re dissimilar to post-Baby Boomer ’20’s in the sense that — it’s still pretty widely accepted that ain’t nobody a “real,” functioning “adult” if they’re partying in their ’30’s, they way many of us >> galavanted << in our ’20’s. Now, you’re just the Wooderson of our generation.

So … What are ’30-somethings supposed to accomplish? What are our benchmarks? What defines our decade??

It seems all to be quite nebulous. Things like:

  • Harnessing an Identity
  • Honing your Voice
  • Furthering a Career

Don’t get me wrong. I love Core Values. I love non-material, internal — as opposed to external — things. I Prioritize them as the Highest Values in my Life. … And, yet I’m still confused. Gah!!!

Brain / Life Cramp.

{ That’s it for now, foo’s. Tune in for Pt. II + Pt. III — it only get’s less academic + way more relatable, so — talk soon. }

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#30sareweird

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Shop Like an Urban Local: Farmer’s Market Tips You Don’t Know … Yet.

{ What are your Saturday plans?! Check out your local Public Market + come back with a haul like this. Shout out to Heather Saffer + her frosting empire, better known as Dollop Frosting! }

FARMER’S MARKETS

The Rochester. Public. Market.

AND EVERYTHING YOU DON’T KNOW.

I think by now — in this age of Farm-to-Table, Save Money, + Organic/Local Eating — we all know:

It’s the whole: haggle, baggle { bring your own tote }, shop around, find a tomato-guy spiel. Done + done. So whether you’re an O.G. of the underground or a Late Bloomer, I’m going to share some tips you might not know.

The pay-off?
Guaranteed, you will have more fun + find more value.
You will become 1 with the experience of your local Public and/or Farmer’s Market
.

Last Saturday, I walked to the Rochester Public Market. I bought over 1 lb of locally raised ground beef, 1 dozen locally raised free range eggs, 5 lemons, 1 bunch of kale, 1 pint of cherries, 4 sweet potatoes, 1 eggplant, + I had a free tasting of locally made O’Begley’s whiskey … all for $23. Best part? I made friends + had an adventure doing it. Here’s how:

  1. Off the Beaten Path. Take the Road Less Traveled. Urban living, or not, chances are most of us live within walking distance to our local farmer’s markets. If so, don’t just walk — Explore.
    • Live a Little. I live in the NOTA section of Rochester, which means I’m probably .5 miles away from at least 5 ways to get to the Rochester Public Market. Taking the straight-and-narrow is just too damn bland.
    • Free Stuff. Last Saturday, I discovered 2 different Little Free Libraries on 2 different side streets. I even took a book!
    • Pretty Sites. I also imbibed the sites of quirky houses, colorful gardens, + cute cobblestone paths.
  2. Don’t be a Wallflower. Be Part of the Community. At the Public Market, you are family. Shoppers, farmers, sellers, buyers: it’s one big family festival of sights + sounds, tastes + smells.
    • Step Out. Crowds can overwhelm me, so last Saturday I was very guarded at first. Which is just fine! But so many cool things happened once I opened my face to the sun.
    • Talk to Strangers. I complimented a young lady on her gorgeous locks. As I walked away, she shouted to back to compliment my crazy curls! We both felt thrilled. Right after, another passerby chimed-in — That was really nice! — when she saw me pick up a stray piece of litter that swooped in front of my feet. Talk about friendly.
    • Support our Troops + Community. On the way out, I met a Vet who was giving away paper Poppy’s in request for a donation. He was sweet, funny, + he served our country. What can be more fulfilling than that?
  3. Be Curious, Not Cheap. You Don’t Always Have to HaggleThat is right. You don’t. Especially if you don’t feel comfortable, and especially if prices are already super low. Instead …
    • No Middle Man. Ask questions. Did you know that the woman who supplies all of Wegmans with their eggs has a stand at the Public Market?? Yup. She and her 700,000 { ! } chickens sell lots of eggs, including free-range, for near-half the price you’d find at the super market.
    • Local Meat. Same story for local meat from local farms. After asking some questions on quality, locality, and prices from the people at Heiden Valley Farms, I left with 1 fresh package of never-frozen, locally raised 80/20 ground beef. At these prices, it should be the only type of meat I eat. { Life goals. }
    • Seasonal Produce. Not every single last fruit + veg at your local public/farmer’s market will be from your surrounding area. And that’s okay! But, if you ask the right questions — you’ll discover that this California Kale will soon { 1 month } be replaced by locally grown NYS kale that was recently planted.
  4. Enjoy Yourself. Make Grocery Shopping Fun. The Rochester Public Market can do this. And yours can too. In fact, most public markets are more like festivals than they are chores. That’s because:
    • Brunch. You can grab gourmet, fresh coffee along with breakfast sandwiches and other brunch dishes for quick + for cheap.
    • Dine Solo. It’s super easy to still have a meal and some downtime, even when you are alone. Last Saturday, I grabbed a latte + a chair so I could sit + read before beginning my shopping spree.
    • Free Tastings. If your market is anything like ours’ here in Rochester, there’s going to be wine + liquor, and it’s going to be free. This past Saturday I tasted O’Begley’s locally made Poitin + Whiskey for the 1st time. It was great. And it was cool to learn about the product from the distiller, himself!

If you’re going to Shop Local, might as well do it like a Local. Which means laying down roots, having fun even if there’s no sun, falling in love with your City and Community, + saving a ton of green.

#RochesterPublicMarket.

#shoplocal.

The Call of Shop Local Seduces.

{ City View at the Strathallan … on my 31st birthday! }

HEY FRANDS

shop.local.

HOW I’VE MISSED YOU

The call of Shop Local is something like the Call of the Sirens — all of the intoxicating, none of the danger: and at the end of the journey — you just can’t stay away. 

BESL has been on sabbatical for over 1 year! Shop Local, on the other hand: anything but. Since I’ve been absent, beautiful, bountiful, + incredible Buy Local Shop Small Support Local blogs, initiatives, events, businesses, camaraderies  — you name it — have abounded.

here are just a few:

*(585) Mag

*Sir Rocha Says

*Explore Rochester

*Exploring Upstate

*Harts Local Grocers

*HypeBooth

*IRocPolkaDots

*RocGirlGang

*The Rochesteriat

*Transit Apparel

*Yelp Rochester

Why did BESL cease? For many reasons. But, quite frankly, while BESL absolutely did { and will continue to } promote Shop Local — BESL truly focused on Barbara Ellen’s Shop Local. Not Rochester’s. It’s true! No shame. No worries. And so, as we Take 2, BESL will stay true to her roots by honing the true spirit behind her namesake.

Our newest chapter explores just that:

Barbara Ellen’s Adventures with Everything Shop Local

So let’s get down to business. And let me be completely transparent. { Because Barbara Ellen don’t got pasty, pale skin for nothing … } . Here is the plan:

Structure: Post once/week. { To start. Hey — gotta start somewhere. }

Promotions: Instagram + Twitter, for now. { Let’s have some fun! Follow me: @babsiell. }

Content: 2 main themes —

  1. Adventures of Barbara Ellen Shopping Local. { Yas. }
  2. And Barbara Ellen’s Spiritual Journies. { Because, above all else, this is the heart + soul of it. }

Goal: BESL has the same exact goals as the tenants of Shop Local. To:

  • Share
  • Explore
  • Express
  • Sustain

Can’t wait to take some wild + fancy free Adventures with all of you.

To the SIrens.

To #Roc.

To #shoplocal.