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Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
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To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


  • Lexi Ebert's avatar
    Lexi Ebert 4/14/2024 11:02 AM
    On the topic of waste I decided to look into sustainable fashion as the fashion industry produces a ton of waste. We ended up also discussing it in class on Thursday as well which was helpful. I did research into reasons for fast fashion and ways in which I can personally help reduce fashion waste. The biggest way I discovered to reduce fashion waste is to not throw out clothing from your existing wardrobe, rather, you can up-cycle it, give it away as hand-me-downs, or donate it if you must. It is also important to repair your clothing as it breaks, a lot of fast fashion is low quality and begins to fall apart after only a few wears, knowing basic sewing skills to repair rips, holes, or fraying stitches can keep a fast fashion wardrobe in use for many more years than intended. Fast Fashion came about as technology advanced and making clothes by machine and in bulk was possible, as well as the technology to spread information and trends. We can see this if we look at fashion through the eras, if I were to say picture someone from the 1800's we have a pretty clear idea of what their clothing looked like because it didn't change very drastically over the course of the whole century. If I say 1920's, 1940's or even 1970's very distinct looks come to mind as characterizing these decades, but as we reach the 80's the looks between the begging and end change quite a bit and by the time I say 2010's the looks change almost more than once a year. 2012 fashion is wildly different from 2018 fashion and they're only 6 years apart. After doing a lot of this research I went to go look at my clothing and assess how sustainable my wardrobe is. While none of my clothing come from sustainable brands and are almost entirely fast fashion I have only bought one new clothing item in the last 6 or so months, most of my clothing is second hand or thirfted, I repair my ripped or otherwise "ruined" clothes, and I wear all the clothes I currently own. I would therefore categorize my wardrobe as sustainable.

  • Athelstan Archibald's avatar
    Athelstan Archibald 3/21/2024 11:55 PM
    Welche Rolle könnte ChatGPT in der Zukunft der Arbeit spielen?

    Die rasante Entwicklung der Künstlichen Intelligenz, insbesondere von Modellen wie ChatGPT, wirft interessante Fragen über die Zukunft der Arbeit auf. Während einige die KI als Bedrohung für traditionelle Arbeitsplätze sehen, betrachten andere sie als Chance für Innovation und Effizienzsteigerung. Ich bin neugierig auf eure Meinungen und Erfahrungen.

    Teilt eure Gedanken, Erfahrungen und vielleicht sogar konkrete Beispiele, wie ChatGPTbereits eure Arbeit oder die eurer Branche beeinflusst hat. Welche Chancen und Herausforderungen seht ihr für die Zukunft?

  • Aaron Dawson's avatar
    Aaron Dawson 3/21/2024 3:28 AM
    I have just recently been reflecting on my sleep schedule. Tonight being a large exception to a rule of going to bed at 12-1, that both me and my partner are not getting enough sleep. Just by going to bed and being in bed at 10:30, I saw immediate effects on my performance at work and my mood throughout the day. I was doing so much better just by putting my body to rest earlier than I had been previously.

  • Aaron Dawson's avatar
    Aaron Dawson 3/21/2024 3:23 AM
    This week I got up a little bit earlier than I normally do and, for the first time since the beginning of the term, I went to Stott field and watched the sunrise. I was reminded of early mornings in high school and driving to school. I think that being downtown has made it so that I am really busy and I get swept up so much in the "people" of it all and I get really distracted. I found it really centering and I will be doing it again.

  • Aaron Dawson's avatar
    Aaron Dawson 3/21/2024 3:08 AM
    I got out of the habit of riding my bike but have recently gotten back into it. I really like going down to the south waterfront and around the city by bike. I often find that by biking I can get to more places faster than by walking or by bus (with some hilly exceptions) and I am generally more relaxed. Even though you are fairly exposed on a bicycle, I really appreciate the privacy that I feel when I have my earbuds in and I'm on my bike.

  • Aaron Dawson's avatar
    Aaron Dawson 3/21/2024 2:59 AM
    I practice active listening quite often and find it really important to me to do so. I work very hard to be able to say the things I mean and mean the things I say but I find that I fill in the blanks too often and I think that that can come and bite me back. It is more important to not be waiting for your turn to speak and I think that that is what I am finding out. You can't find what you want to say before you hear what the other person has to say - in full. I have found that this is making me more sensitive and empathetic and that it has become somewhat upsetting when people don't offer me that same courtesy.

  • Aaron Dawson's avatar
    Aaron Dawson 3/21/2024 2:51 AM
    To build off of my last entry, I actually started using less water prior to my shower and found that it doesn't take as long as I thought it did to heat up. I am not exactly sure how to estimate how much water I saved by doing this but I did it and have tried to reduce my every-day showers to be a little bit shorter. I made the change to my current hair-regiment and it has helped to make my showers even shorter but I have decided to dilly-dally less in the shower and I can now take really fast almost business-like shower. I find that I have more time to do other things and that I can fit a shower in during a really short time frame and I find that it really wakes me up.

  • Aaron Dawson's avatar
    Aaron Dawson 3/21/2024 2:40 AM
    This week I decided to start putting a lot more of my items in the recycling and more carefully examining the things that go into my garbage. I am disappointed at how much non-medication stuff in there is made of plastic. I also have been trying to evaluate how much water I use during my showers. I have seen that my practice of letting the water heat up has been actually very wasteful and I don't know how to remedy that.

  • Mirenne Perry's avatar
    Mirenne Perry 3/18/2024 6:08 PM
    For eco challenge 7, on consumerism, I decided to reflect on my own consumption and be more thoughtful of when and where I spend my money. Every time I've thought about buying something, I'll try to reflect on it - do I need this thing? Did I need this before I walked into the store, or do I just feel like I need it now that its in front of me? Is there another/more sustainable way of getting this thing? Is this worth my money? Will it last a long time? Would I buy it if it weren't on sale? How often am I going to use this? Running myself through these questions is definitely helpful for reducing how much I consume, and just making sure I spend my money on things that are worth it. I also try to do something similar with ads/marketing - is this something I actually want, or am I just being told I want it? I feel like in the world we live in we're taught to attach our identities to our stuff, when that just isn't the case. I am a human being, not just a collection of things that I own, and the things that I own are just things! I want to continue this habit, especially with clothing - I don't impulse buy things clothes often, but I do definitely own things that I bought and just wore once or twice.

    • Esteban Martinez's avatar
      Esteban Martinez 3/19/2024 4:06 PM
      I chose this challenge too. It not only is good for the environment but it also helps your bank account. 😅

  • Madison Pombo's avatar
    Madison Pombo 3/11/2024 3:37 PM
    I’ve been taking the streetcar to the climbing gym every morning instead of driving. It is only 3 miles. But I would like to think it makes a different over time.