Running a local retail business can be lonely hard work with days that feel like they never end, plenty of people with unsolicited advice on what to do and too often not enough money to do what you want or need.
The thing is, local retail businesses are the stories, and often the lifeblood, of local Aussie towns. They are the businesses that make the most difference locally. And while some days it may not feel like it, they are loved.
If you own a local business and find it hard some days to feel motivated be sure to have a nourishing well from which you can draw to re-energise, re-set. It could be an album of photos, a keepsake from a loved-one, a local walk you enjoy, reading a chapter of a book or a hug from someone you know who has your back.
What local retailers do matters and you can only continue to do that if you take care of yourself too.