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October 3 - October 24, 2018

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  • Joanna Schaefer's avatar
    Joanna Schaefer 10/25/2018 8:59 AM
    Lessons Learned:  I learned that I can set time aside for myself -- to focus on myself -- and my family won't die if I leave them unattended for a bit.  I learned that I can continue to find items in my life that I don't need anymore, and it's easy enough to toss or donate them.  I also learned that my family is not quite ready for weekly meal plans, but I did find some cost-saving measures and ways to create less food waste anyway.  :)

  • Sara Boyd's avatar
    Sara Boyd 10/24/2018 9:33 AM
    Last day, log your actions!

  • Karissa  Durfey's avatar
    Karissa Durfey 10/24/2018 8:42 AM
    I enjoyed the challenge of trying to be more mindful when I'm eating. Taking time away from the computer, tv, cell phone etc, just to sit down and have a meal. I think I'm building a great new habit. Especially with dinner. Breakfast and Lunch is more of a challenge because I'm at work and there's always something going on. But dinner has been nice to sit, relax, and actually use my dining room table. :-) I've also started reading a small devotional either before or dinner. I leave the booklet on the dining room table and that's been great as well. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

    Joanna Schaefer's avatar
    Joanna Schaefer 10/24/2018 8:31 AM
    Maybe this goes along with my happiness/gratitude goal, but I've really been focused on reflecting on the things that are going well.  There's been a lot of sadness and illness in my family lately --not to mention the current political turmoil -- and sometimes when you're caught up in just surviving the tough times that you forget that the world is usually good.  You forget that there are still beautiful things in the world to enjoy.  You forget that you can take a few moments to listen to your body and take care of your mind.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

    Joanna Schaefer's avatar
    Joanna Schaefer 10/24/2018 8:26 AM
    Of course it's shocking, but it doesn't surprise me that so much food goes to waste.  One of my neighbors gleens from Trader Joe's and shares with the neighborhood, and there is always so much food. Even after the neighbors pick it over, there is so much food left over.  In doing this challenge, I've been trying to keep this in mind, and I've noticed that we really are starting to throw less away.  The garbage cans over the past few weeks have not been nearly as full as they have been.  $1500/year = $125/mo which is about 10% of my food budget.  This money could be used toward new school clothes for my daughter, this money could be used to help fund a vacation, this money could even be used to pay for nice dinners out!

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reuseable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to establish this a successful habit?

    Ginger Linkel's avatar
    Ginger Linkel 10/24/2018 7:15 AM
    I can carry a very compact foldable bag in my purse - that will at least eliminate 1 or 2 disposables.  I 99% either re-use or recycle my disposable bags.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reuseable one but it's just hard to make the switch. Think about what stands in your way of making this a habit. By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

    Ginger Linkel's avatar
    Ginger Linkel 10/24/2018 7:13 AM
    I use reusable every day at work and at home.  Where I can improve is when I go through the drive-thru at our favorite Seattle-based coffee company...  Doing reusable there requires remembering to bring the cup and no mobile pre-order - thus having to wait while they make the drink in my cup...  Not sure I'm willing to go that route yet.  Love me my mobile pre-order no wait time.

    • Karissa  Durfey's avatar
      Karissa Durfey 10/24/2018 8:46 AM
      And it would be really hard to go through the drive-thru, because they couldn't even start making your coffee until you got to the window. It's almost a "have to go inside" commitment. 

  • Lynn Demicheli's avatar
    Lynn Demicheli 10/23/2018 8:21 AM
    I have moved into my new location. I have used a local business to do my move in and move out cleaning. I also gave her name to other to help support local small business

  • Joanna Schaefer's avatar
    Joanna Schaefer 10/23/2018 7:59 AM
    Gratitude:  I started out this challenge by writing some things I'm grateful for in a journal.  As the challenge has moved forward, I've been putting less in the journal, and sending out more gratitude to my friends and family.  Sometimes it's a little text message.  Sometimes it's a longer email.  Sometimes it's been a long phone call.  Getting my gratitude out into the world seems to be working a little better for me than keeping it locked away.
     
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Joanna Schaefer's avatar
    Joanna Schaefer 10/23/2018 7:52 AM
    It's really easy to get distracted by bad news, by health problems, by stress at work.  It's really easy to get caught up in the negatives of life and to start feeling like that's all there is.  Practicing gratitude can switch up your focus, add a bit of levity or relief to the hum-drum of a stressful life.  When you work at finding the positives in your day, and you keep doing it over and over, it becomes another habit.  A habit that calls your attention to what is and what could be.  And if you can focus on some positive outcomes -- rather than being swept up by negative ones -- you might not give up so easily on trying to achieve them.