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  • Leila Maidana-Holen's avatar
    Leila Maidana-Holen 10/25/2018 7:18 AM
    I learned that I need to de-stress daily and the wide open spaces help me focus better.  And last but not least, going meat free for a period of time does make more than a statement, as your tummy may decide that it prefers a meat-free diet going forward!  Thank goodness for the soybean "meat" choice at the supermarket! 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Know My health
    How do you deal with the physical and emotional stress of the big problems we face? How can you help others cope?

    Leila Maidana-Holen's avatar
    Leila Maidana-Holen 10/25/2018 7:14 AM
    I have left two good paying jobs because of the stress and I am happier for it.  I still have some payday and bills stress, but I am able to work through it.  I would suggest to others that things are manageable, even if you do not this so at the moment.  I always ask people who may be facing a challenge, is your glass half-full or half-empty?  That usually puts thing in perspective.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

    Leila Maidana-Holen's avatar
    Leila Maidana-Holen 10/25/2018 7:11 AM
    I will invite others to walk with me.  I did try and have a "meeting" during a walk but it was not too successful.  Maybe if I leave the walk for more "mental health checkup" time and less work subjects, it would be better.
  • Reflection Question
    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?

    Leila Maidana-Holen's avatar
    Leila Maidana-Holen 10/25/2018 7:10 AM
    In the beginning, it was hard to stick to only working eight hours, but at the end, I did not waver and I stuck to my plan.  This was successful for me!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Brandee Ortery's avatar
    Brandee Ortery 10/24/2018 8:50 AM
    I have held on to more business professional type clothes thinking that I will wear them but I don't. I tend to have a core business professional wardrobe that I wear and the rest are not used. I discovered this by turning all my hangers backwards a year ago and then if I wear something, I turn the hanger forward. I plan to donate whatever is still on a backwards hanger when our Suits for Success event happens this year.

  • Larry Sleznikow's avatar
    Larry Sleznikow 10/24/2018 6:28 AM
    I was reading that meditating can lead to a conservation of gray matter in the brain that we lose as we age. Those in their 50s who have meditated for a number of years have maintained the gray matter in important cognitive parts of the brain. They have the same amount of gray matter as a 25 years old...someone half their age. That sounds like a real benefit to meditation. Having an active, healthy mind is so important to well being as we age.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Conserve Toilet Water
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

    Larry Sleznikow's avatar
    Larry Sleznikow 10/24/2018 6:22 AM
    The Coulee Region is blessed by adequate clean, fresh water. But the Wisconsin has not taken care to preserve and regulate its aquifers in the middle of the state. Some industries are pulling huge amounts of water from the ground with little oversight by the DNR and other regulatory agencies. This needs to stop. There are also states looking to draw upon the Great Lakes as a new source of fresh water and this needs to be carefully controlled. Moving toward more water conservation is important as well as keeping our fresh water free of pollutants, agricultural run-off, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Avoid refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

    Larry Sleznikow's avatar
    Larry Sleznikow 10/24/2018 6:17 AM
    I know I was not addicted to sugar, but I thought I ate more than I needed to. As I reduced my refined sugar intake, and sparingly used other sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup, it felt good to move in that direction.

  • Casey Meehan's avatar
    Casey Meehan 10/23/2018 6:36 PM
    Just finished writing to my elected representatives advocating that they take climate change seriously.  We can participate in all the individual actions we want; however, massive, systemic change is needed if we are to stave of the worst of climate change.  The decisions our elected representatives make in the next few years will have enormous ramifications on the next 100 plus years!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

    Craig Kunce's avatar
    Craig Kunce 10/23/2018 8:07 AM
    Well, this challenge initially stated that baking bread was an option too. I tried making scones from scratch during this challenge with my kids. I have a new appreciation for the old-world kneading that our forefathers and mothers had to do. The scones turned out okay. One of my kids liked them, the other—not so much. As for canning, I'd want to can tomatoes and cukes from our garden. We have the most of them. We currently deep freeze them in bags. I'll have to research which takes more energy, canning or letting them sit in a freezer for six months.