While the year was full of exciting firsts, I appreciate Lisa’s honesty in what kind of challenges small business owners face. “All small business owners have a business face we put on. We want to seem as professional and successful as possible, but owning a small business is a rollercoaster ride.” As any small business owner knows, the line between work and home is significantly blurred, and Lisa is transparent when it comes to how important it is to ask for help. “Business owners, you have to let somebody in, take off that mask, let people in and see what it is like. Being open and honest helps the community support you a little bit more.”
Lisa has learned a lot over the last year. Not only has she learned how important it is to ask for help when you need it, but she has also learned about herself, how to recharge after “situational extroverting,” and where future growth opportunities may be. The plan is to continue building a strong foundation for Locala within our community and see where it leads to next. While the one-year anniversary gift of paper signifies new beginnings, it also encompasses the notion that the threads within paper symbolize strength and connectivity. This falls in line with the purpose of Locala. “Our stories connect us. They remind us of our humanity. We are weak and strong, hopeless and hopeful, ashamed and shameless, and we are capable of both love and hate,” says Lisa. “We are here together, and ultimately, we all share one story, the human story.”
I would encourage everyone who is interested in helping Locala grow to subscribe, post a review, follow them on social media, or consider supporting in different ways. I commend Lisa for the hard work she has put in over the past year and am excited to see what comes next.