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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Robin Straughan

Washington County

"My mission is to be as sustainable as possible with my actions and to inspire others to do the same. "


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Robin's actions


Know My health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).



Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 5 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)




I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 5 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.



Work-Life Balance

I will not work more than 8 hour days each day to practice work-life balance.


Create Your Own Action

Ditch the paper towels

I want to get in the habit of using my personal towel instead of paper towels when drying my hands at work.


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To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Simplicity Work-Life Balance
    Is practicing work-life balance difficult to do? How does it feel when you first begin? How does this feel for you after 21 days?

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    Robin Straughan 10/22/2018 4:03 PM
    It can be hard to always be in balance, but it's good to have a reminder to think about it everyday.  There is enough time everyday, but it helps to be mindful about what you spend time on. It's good to be organized and prioritize the things that need to get done, but also balance it with the things you want to do or the things that bring you joy.  
    Nature Do Nature Activities
    What did you observe while spending time outside -- through sight, sound, smell and touch?

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    Robin Straughan 10/12/2018 3:16 PM
    It has been a pretty easy transition into fall this year with only a couple rainy days so far. Getting to see the beautiful fall colors and also hear the crunch of leaves is a special treat in Western Oregon. The sunny, clear days make for safer, easier bike commute days too.

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    Robin Straughan 10/11/2018 8:49 AM
    Yesterday was my first day using any paper towels since the EcoChallenge started. I was at a conference but forgot to bring my own personal  towel for restroom visits (and I was wearing a dress instead of jeans - which work well for hand drying!) Fortunately the rest of my day was zero waste since I brought my own coffee cup, water bottle, utensils, small napkin and took transit, and the conference provided lunches in Go Boxes!  

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      Nichole George 10/11/2018 9:48 AM
      We have hooks in our bathrooms where I hang a towel so I don't forget :)

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    Robin Straughan 10/02/2018 1:15 PM
    If you are trying de-cluttering as a challenge, I recommend this website: . They offer room-by-room tips and suggestions.  You can even sign up for their free monthly newsletter and get tips for for staying organized year-round sent to your inbox. 
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

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    Robin Straughan 9/26/2018 8:26 AM
    Reflecting on gratitude and happiness are frequently part of my meditation. I look forward to the challenge of daily meditation so I can establish a practice rather than just dropping in when I remember.  I use the Stop, Breathe and Think app.  Any other good resources out there? 

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    Robin Straughan 9/20/2018 1:36 PM
    I created my own waste reduction challenge for this year: ditching paper towels at work.  I have a personal towel that I can use when I wash my hands, but I just need to remember to bring it or else skip the towels all together.  

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      Dawn Wright 10/07/2018 3:56 PM
      I have the same problem. 

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      Jennifer Nelson 9/25/2018 4:11 PM
      I'm excited to learn what you observe during this challenge. Maybe I can learn some tricks from you for remembering and try this myself in the future!

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    Robin Straughan 8/16/2018 11:56 AM
    Thanks for getting the team started! I look forward to reviewing the challenge ideas and finding something new to try again this year.