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ENSTU 309, 12-1:20PM Feed


Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    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 reusable one with you or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? 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 create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Azalea Wiley 12/01/2023 11:31 PM
    If I don't have a reusable bag on me, I will try to only use paper bags, and if there isn't paper, I sometimes look to see if I can purchase a reusable bag. I sometimes will use the plastic bags they offer if I can desperate because I reuse them as trash bags for the bathroom garbage. I put many reusable bags in my car so I see them when I go shopping and don't forget them.
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more unnecessary things in the future?

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    Azalea Wiley 12/01/2023 10:47 PM
    I can be conscious of the things that I buy. I think it is important to know the difference between needs and wants. When I go to the store, I should make a list of the things that I need and only buy the things on the list, so I don't buy things out of compulsion.

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    Kris Weiser 12/01/2023 9:56 PM
    Ever since the start of this semester I have been getting myself to eat more fruits, as I want to stay as healthy as possible this year. The two fruits I can get myself to eat the most are oranges and apples, and while it has been great regularly eating those, I struggle to use every single fruit I buy. I will need to figure out how to make sure each one doesn't go to waste.

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    Kris Weiser 12/01/2023 9:55 PM
    The way that I have been saving plastic bottles has been by using a metal reusable bottle. I usually buy one from campus, and wash and reuse it for as long as possible, only replacing it when it becomes too worn out. I am aware that this is not the most efficient way to avoid plastic bottles, I hope to buy a more durable bottle in the future.
    Simplicity Less Screen Time
    What did you notice in implementing this challenge? Was it hard to choose other activities over screen time? How did you decide to spend your time?

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    Destiny-Ciara Yano 12/01/2023 9:28 PM
    When I tried to implement change via removing screen time, my already set habits would creep up on me, which was the hardest part about diverting my attention towards other hobbies that I believed were less deserving at the moment. I think this challenge is a lot more meaningful to understand about myself than when I indulge in lack lustered goals people push onto me. Setting a boundary on myself is hard because I crush it almost immediately when I set it, so for the time I spent not being on my phone or computer I was partaking in hobbies I normally never had the time to. It felt different, but I welcomed the change.
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Destiny-Ciara Yano 12/01/2023 9:23 PM
    If we are not creatively finding ways to practice simplicity, it can often lead to boredom and a dull life. Finding ways that can be expressed by yourself through your own ways can help make the practice all more meaningful.
    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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    Christina Fultz 12/01/2023 7:25 PM
    I love using a reusable water bottle, I find that it is so much more convenient to bring it with me and also be provided with cold water wherever I go.
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

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    Jamie Sanders 12/01/2023 6:58 PM
    I have been trying to buy less food that I know I might end up wasting, and this reduces my carbon footprint by reducing my food waste. This also lowers the energy used to process my food waste. I also have been making sure I turn off all my lights when I'm not using them, saving energy.
    Nature Keep a Nature Journal
    What natural gifts are you grateful for?

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    Jamie Sanders 12/01/2023 6:55 PM
    I am grateful for the ocean and for the gorgeous beaches. I always feel so centered and grounded when I'm near the ocean.
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Jamie Sanders 12/01/2023 6:54 PM
    I regularly use straws, and before the challenge, I'd used compostable straws with the occasional plastic straw. Since the challenge, I've brought my metal and reusable plastic straws to more places. I think this is a simple substitute, just keeping up this habit is the main struggle.