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Maria Quinn

Nature, God, and Social Justice 2023

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 125 This Week
  • 596 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    62
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    98
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    45
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    80
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    315
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    2.0
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    35
    minutes
    spent learning

Maria's Actions

Community

Engage In Active Listening

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 4 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

SIGN UP TO VOTE

I will make sure I’m registered to vote. While I’m at it, I’ll sign up to help others register too!

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 30 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 45 minute(s)

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Core Values

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Practice Loving-Kindness Meditation

I will spend 20 minutes practicing Loving-Kindness Meditation to nurture love and compassion for myself and others.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 60 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Community SIGN UP TO VOTE
    Why is voting important to creating a just, sustainable, and thriving world? In what other ways can you actively participate in important decision-making?

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    Maria Quinn 1/31/2023 6:27 AM
    Although I previously registered to vote, I finally updated the state that I'm voting from to DC, which is a task I've been meaning to get to for a long time. Voting is extremely important to creating a just and flourishing world because it allows people to actively participate and determine the direction of policy and representation that can advance an equitable future. Other outlets are reaching out to representatives or even working for a policymaker as a summer job.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Maria Quinn 1/25/2023 5:38 AM
    Practicing gratitude helps me plant my feet and remember that life is very beautiful. Instead of feeling sorry for myself or thinking of the things that are going wrong, changing my mindset to focus on all the good is a much more appreciative approach.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Core Values
    What are your top 3-5 core values? How did you narrow it down to those as being your core values?

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    Maria Quinn 1/25/2023 5:37 AM
    My core values are family, respect, compassion, and loyalty. I found it really hard to narrow my list down because I find a lot of qualities really important, but the ones I finally settled on here and the truest reflection of what guides my actions.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Support Native Communities
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

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    Maria Quinn 1/25/2023 5:31 AM
    Balance is essential to sustainability because it means that we're taking care of our needs right now while being mindful of what we and future generations will need in the years to come. This means reducing our consumption and restoring what we take from the earth to give back.
  • 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?

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    Maria Quinn 1/20/2023 8:41 AM
    Some barriers to using the reusable bottles are the lack of access to a dishwasher and the quality of the water in some places like the library. However, I'm committed to putting in a little extra work to hand-wash my water bottle every week to do my part.
  • 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?

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    Maria Quinn 1/16/2023 8:11 AM
    I can go to Yates with my friends and stretch with them afterwards or go on a walk together, which makes the whole exercise process more enjoyable.
  • 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 create echo chambers and take more time than we realize or intend to give. After completing this action for a few days, how do you feel? What do you notice?

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    Maria Quinn 1/16/2023 8:07 AM
    After reducing my social media intake, I felt much more clear-headed and felt like my day opened up.