This week I watched eagerly as one of my clients opened her very own retail space. It’s been a dream of hers for a long time.

I also watched another client make the difficult decision to close up shop. For him, running that business had also been a longtime dream.

As I sat in my kitchen this weekend, slowly munching a slice of honey-graham bread and listening to Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I thought a lot about the local economy and my small role in it. I thought about the habits we have, the dreams we strive for, and the choices we make.