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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Rebecca Roberts

HP Vancouver, WA

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 375 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    360
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    12
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3.0
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    320
    minutes
    spent exercising

Rebecca's Actions

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 30 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    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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    Rebecca Roberts 10/24/2018 11:39 AM
    If I'm dragging along in the day, a walk re-energizes me.  If I am stressed or hyped up, a walk helps to work that out and clears my mind so I can focus.  I always feel better after I go for a walk--rain or shine.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Go get a check up
    How do you practice self care?

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    Rebecca Roberts 10/24/2018 11:36 AM
    Luckily I'm due for my checkup at this time of year, so this one was easy.  However, daily self care is not as high a priority as it should be and this was a reminder to do better.  I did start going to the gym this month.  During the warmer weather months, I prefer to go outside and walk in the woods.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? Do you know how your compost will be used and the benefits it has on the environment?

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    Rebecca Roberts 10/24/2018 11:32 AM
    I have collected information from Portland's composting program and am going to work on getting household composting in Clark County.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to be regularly active in this pursuit until after the first of the year due to other commitments, but I've started!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    Bringing your own bags and containers to the grocery store, and even to restaurants for leftovers, are a couple of ways to reduce your waste. What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Rebecca Roberts 10/24/2018 11:28 AM
    This was harder than I thought.  I don't use a lot of single use items, so it was hard to say if I just didn't use them that day that I had done the task.  If I had the opportunity to use something and I didn't, I counted it.  I also realized that what I do use is primarily for snacks--my kids' and mine.  I'm looking at changing to whole food snacks that I can put in reusable containers and not snack bars, etc.  My kids can't have nuts at school, so my go-to whole food snacks are off the table.  Another thing that drives me nuts is fruit and veg packed in plastic!  I have started to not buy them if they have packaging and buy them where I can get them without the packaging.  It feels good to say, "No, I'm not going to get that.  It doesn't support what I believe in."
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Less Screen Time
    What did you notice in implementing this challenge? Was it hard to choose other activities over screen time? How did you decide to spend your time?

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    Rebecca Roberts 10/17/2018 2:11 PM
    I wanted to read the books my kids are reading in school so I can talk to them about it.  Instead of grabbing my phone, I pick up my book.  Not only is this a good lesson for them, but I feel more relaxed and am enjoying it.  I've decided when I'm with my kids, they will see me reading a book rather than looking at my phone.  Unless I need to look up a recipe or something like that.  

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    Rebecca Roberts 10/17/2018 2:06 PM
    Organized a volunteer event at a conservation site this week.  It is a normal thing that I do, so I didn't choose it as an Action.  Even after about 10 events, it still feels good every time I do it.  :)
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

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    Rebecca Roberts 10/10/2018 11:06 AM
    Adopt a needs vs wants approach to purchasing.  Keeping closer track of spending will also help me us my funds in the ways that I truly want to use them.

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    Rebecca Roberts 9/12/2018 12:48 PM
    Trash is my nemesis. I’m always picking it up. But I want to do more. I want to eliminate it wherever possible and I want to help get municipal composting in areas where it isn’t (which is almost everywhere!). When we had composting, we had very little trash.