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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles serve an important role in places for health and safety, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. Can you identify the barriers in making this a new habit? How can you set yourself up for success in making this a permanent change?

    Charles Hanna 1/16/2019 5:33 PM
    The barriers for breaking the habit is convenience. It is more convenient to buy a plastic bottle from anywhere than carry one all day long and having to refill it. Perhaps to make it permanent, you could latch the reusable onto your backpack so it is not an inconvenience.

  • Charles Hanna 1/15/2019 3:06 PM
    Per the gratefulness challenge, I am grateful for:
    1. Living in a very wealthy country filled with opportunity.
    2. The parents I had who raised me.
    3. The family that supports me in what I want to do with my life.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Charles Hanna 1/15/2019 3:05 PM
    Gratitude is the prerequisite for happiness and positivity. Those who are ungrateful for what they have are rarely satisfied or happy. Thus they must consume more in order to attain some measure of happiness. However they only did themselves further in their whole of dissatisfaction. By being grateful for what exists in the world, the more we will want to protect it.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy From a Farmers Market
    What is one food choice that you make, or could make, that would do more good and less harm?

    Bree Hulan 10/23/2018 6:44 PM
    I could start buying from companies that help solve the problem of food waste. For example, I discovered a company at the farmer's market that recycles fruit and veggies that have been discarded from juice shops. It's just the parts of the produce that have had the juice sucked out of them. They will take the juiced produce and use it to make yummy baked goods! It's totally healthy and good for us and the planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Bree Hulan 10/22/2018 9:48 PM
    I am trying to refuse more plastic and paper packaging by buying in bulk, repurposing old clothes and other items, and refusing plastic at restaurants. It's hard though with the pressure!
  • 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?

    Bree Hulan 10/22/2018 9:46 PM
    I love bringing my friends with me to our school gym, and we lift weights outside the gym while watching the ocean/sunset!
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

    Bree Hulan 10/11/2018 9:31 PM
    It has been really beneficial and has helped me to notice more when I am full so I don't overeat. It's helped me take better care of my body and take smaller portions (which also reduces food waste!)

  • David Gladson 10/08/2018 9:42 AM
    Was so dissapointed to see that Bobby B's switched from paper bags to giant plastic containers when you buy a muffin.  I definitely think I annoyed the person working when I took my muffin out of the plastic box and handed it back to her.  This feels so opposite of their encouraging folks to use a reusable coffee mug...

  • David Gladson 9/30/2018 6:32 AM
    Missed all three of my daily challenges yesterday.  Was working on house projects and didn't have the time to make food for myself like I normally would.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Have a Garage Sale
    Building community is good for your soul and fun to do! What were some of the positive outcomes that came out of your group garage sale?

    David Gladson 9/24/2018 9:35 AM
    For the house we just purchased and remodeled, We did our best to divert waste from the landfill.  Several items were sold via PLNU's advertise list.  We donated several larger items to Habitat for Humanity to be sold in their "ReStore", and delivered three car loads of stuff to Goodwill.  

    We had quite a few items that were not in good enough condition to sell or keep, but which my dad and I disassembled for scrap (vertical blinds, hundreds of feet of old telephone and cable wiring) which we spent about an hour sorting before taking to the recycling center.