Emily Gatewood

Eastern Kentucky University

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 566 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    360
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    270
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    285
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    4
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    8
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 60 minute(s)

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

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Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

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Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

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

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Simplicity

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day.

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Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and ending unwanted subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

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One-Time Challenge

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

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Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 1 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

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Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 15 minute(s) each day.

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Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

    Emily Gatewood 10/21/2019 10:28 AM
    Prior to getting my Brita pitcher, I just feared all the different things in tap water. But after buying the reusable pitcher and filter, it has cleared all that fear.

  • Reflection Question
    Health More Fruits and Veggies
    How does eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat positively affect yourself, other people, and our planet?

    Emily Gatewood 10/16/2019 12:28 PM
    Having a diet focused on plants allows me to improve my health and planet all in one. By reducing the amount of meat consumed, I feel less sluggish and I am saving animals. A win-win.
  • 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?

    Emily Gatewood 10/16/2019 12:26 PM
    Typically, I enjoy a weekly hike with my significant other as well as a twice weekly yoga class with my roommate and our other friends. It is a good way to bond with the people important to me as well as allowing for us to exercise.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

    Emily Gatewood 10/16/2019 12:25 PM
    Sadly, living in SE Kentucky, our energy is mainly sourced from coal, a high polluting and nonrenewable resource. The smog from production, the stripping of the mountains for the resource is severely harming our beautiful Appalachian landscape. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

    Emily Gatewood 10/07/2019 12:07 PM
    By being mindful of what you need and actively making the effort to avoid bringing in items that are not necessary or useful.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Limit Social Media
    Social media can keep us connected with loved ones, make us laugh, and help us to learn new things. It can also take more time than we realize or intend to give. After doing this action for a few days, how do you feel? What do you notice?

    Emily Gatewood 10/03/2019 8:19 AM
    I feel more engaged with the people around me. I am not tied to a screen seeking validation from strangers half way across the world. I am more engaged in my community.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity?

    Emily Gatewood 10/03/2019 8:16 AM
    In a world so technologically focused, going about your daily life focused on living simply is increasingly hard. In order to find solutions to these problems, you need to act creatively. Such as when you need new clothes, going to a second hand shop and crafting an outfit rather than mimicking one. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Emily Gatewood 10/03/2019 8:13 AM
    In order to truly move forward, you must be grateful for what you have and what is to come. Practicing gratitude helps show the world around you that you are grateful for all opportunities that are to come.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

    Emily Gatewood 9/18/2019 12:01 PM
    One of the best ways I have adapted to not buying fast fashion is to limit myself from going to stores that sell it. I am an avid thrifter because second hand pieces are typically more unique and allow you more options for self-expression. I also only ever shop for clothes when i need them and know I will wear them more than a handful of times.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

    Emily Gatewood 9/18/2019 11:58 AM
    Being able to reduce my amount of paper waste is such a simple thing, but incredibly worth while. It takes very little time to switch to paperless billing and it reduces so much waste. I would like to permanently unsubscribe from paper news publications as well.