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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Teri Poppino

City of Portland - Civic Life


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    spent exercising
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    being mindful

Teri's actions


Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk for 15 minutes each day.




I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 10 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.



Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.



De-Clutter My Home

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.


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    Teri Poppino 10/24/2018 9:42 AM
    I began this challenge to encourage my efforts at mindfulness. I feel like it's helped. I've enjoyed the support of fellow participants and interacted with people I might not have otherwise, so it's been a refreshing infusion. Thanks, everyone, for your kind words and camaraderie!

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    Teri Poppino 10/22/2018 11:50 AM
    I don't have internet at home, so I lose points by not posting on the days of. And, it seems that I've let a few days get away from me. I could blame it on the frenzy at the office of trying to make a new team system way of doing my job work, but the bottom line is that I forgot to weigh in. Mindfulness. That's a good goal, isn't it?

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      Teri Poppino 10/23/2018 12:48 PM
      Hi, Pam,
      You know, I tried that but got a message that too much time had passed and I couldn't go back farther than a certain number of days (or a certain date). I'll try again. Thanks!

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      Pam Neild 10/23/2018 9:54 AM
      Hi Terry, 
      If you want, you can actually log actions from previous days. If you go to your dashboard and use the arrows located on the left side of the date button you can go back in time and log actions. I"m impressed about no internet at home though. Good for you. 

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    Teri Poppino 10/11/2018 4:36 PM
    Do you remember this ad from 1970? I've never forgotten it.

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      Dianne Riley 10/12/2018 9:40 AM
      OMG... I have a long story to share about this commercial that I'll post later. Gotta get to a meeting. In the meantime, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS...

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      Mary Hartshorn 10/12/2018 9:21 AM
      That commercial made me sad :'(

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    Teri Poppino 10/09/2018 9:33 AM

    I now understand the little notes that people put on their invitations, "No gifts, please. Your presence is our gift." When I was younger, I didn't get why someone wouldn't want presents! The longer I've lived in my house, the more I understand how possessions can accumulate. I have renewed a friendship with someone from my high school years and he keeps bringing me things that he thinks I would like. I would LIKE less clutter! It's a sticky wicket, but I think we may be on the same page now. At least, I hope we are...

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      Nicholas Carroll 10/09/2018 12:00 PM
      Have you heard of the 5 Love Languages? Some folks give things to show love / affection / friendship, so its difficult for them to not do that, or to learn that there are other ways of showing that one values your friendship.

      For me, I have difficulty with paper management and I am working on reducing that, so it is aggravating when people give me paper items, such as notepads or stationery or anything paper (unless its a card, which I usually save). Paper items are the worst thing to give me. I prefer the gift of presence.

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    Teri Poppino 10/08/2018 10:33 AM
    This whole declutter experience is an exercise in persevering. I'm having my two exterior kitchen doors replaced and that has moved everything that was on the counters and walls in my kitchen to my dining room where the clutter is even MORE noticeable! The remodeler's equipment were in my study all weekend and things that were there have also been moved to the dining room and living room. It's a sorting process: "Do I use this?" "Does this bring me joy?" If not, it goes to the basement where I have a perpetual assortment of items (household, clothing, etc.) for my Church's rummage sale. Thank God for that! It's so easy to haul it downstairs and know it's on its way OUT.

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      Teri Poppino 10/23/2018 12:56 PM
      Well, you can thank your lucky stars that it's not YOU!

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      Katherine Couch 10/11/2018 10:58 AM
      I constantly battle against clutter in my house. I'm starting to suspect I live with people who may have hoarder tendencies.

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    Teri Poppino 10/08/2018 10:27 AM
    I'm fine on my own, but when I go to visit my elderly Mother, she offers me sweets. I opted on one day of my three day weekend to share a pumpkin cookie with her, so I will only be able to claim 2 out of three days. Sometimes, the benefits of succumbing to a failed challenge are better than the rewards of succeeding.
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

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    Teri Poppino 10/04/2018 4:16 PM
    If something comes in--somethings (more than one) go OUT! I need to look at my home through the eyes of someone who's never seen it before and give the energy space to move around.
    Simplicity Go for a Daily Walk
    Fresh air and movement are good for our entire being and can help us think more clearly and creatively. How does taking a walk each day affect yourself and/or your work?

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    Teri Poppino 10/04/2018 3:27 PM
    I use it first thing each morning and last thing at night to walk my dog, George, and get him either ready for a day with my Mom or a good night's sleep. It helps me remember to breathe more deeply and get my blood moving.

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      Dianne Riley 10/05/2018 11:42 AM
      I love going for walks and really got into it last winter. I have a hard time finding time to do it, but it is so great when I'm able to work it into my daily life. These reflections are encouraging for helping me re-energize and try again. THANKS FOR SHARING!
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

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    Teri Poppino 10/04/2018 3:23 PM
    I practice Reiki and would like to spend more time sending it out to individuals and the planet as a whole as well as to myself.
    Health Avoid refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

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    Teri Poppino 10/04/2018 3:17 PM
    I'm definitely prone to sugar addiction, starting with pre-sweetened cereals when I was little to my Mom's homemade cookies. I am able to stay away once I make the break, but getting there is a real challenge!