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  • 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?

    Colton Roughen's avatar
    Colton Roughen 12/02/2019 10:24 PM
    I have wanted to cut down on social media because it not only wastes time, but It also is a constant source of comparison. I think cutting my time down has been good at helping me live in the present. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

    Colton Roughen's avatar
    Colton Roughen 12/02/2019 10:12 PM
    Sleep has been a big thing I have focused on this semester. I have worked to get into bed by 10:30. This has been pretty big for me and has really helped in my overall health! 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

    Zach Lickteig's avatar
    Zach Lickteig 11/13/2019 8:17 AM
    Sleep is often something I overlook in my life and commuting to my 8 AM class everyday means I have to be up really early. I'm working on getting to sleep earlier each night and limiting my technology use before sleeping in order to increase and improve my quality of sleep.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Support A Sharing Economy
    What benefits does a sharing economy offer to your own life? What benefits does it offer to your neighbors' and community members' lives?

    Zach Lickteig's avatar
    Zach Lickteig 11/13/2019 8:14 AM
    A sharing economy can be a great way to minimize our demand for new products by recycling and reusing perfectly good things that some people no longer have a use for. Ultimately it can save some people money and make others feel better about where their things go!
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

    Emily Jenkins's avatar
    Emily Jenkins 11/11/2019 10:03 AM
    After dialing in my shower time, the next step I can take is having a plastic free shower/bathroom. This idea was brought up to me by a friend in Washington this summer. She has been working to reduce her plastic by buying items for her shower that come in the form of bars - shampoo bars, conditioner bars, and also the tooth paste cubes! I am extremely inspired by her- although I do already use a shampoo bar, I can cut down my plastic waste by trying the solid tooth pastes and more! This would be a fun challenge. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reusable one, but it's just hard to make the switch. What stands in your way of making this a habit? By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

    Emily Jenkins's avatar
    Emily Jenkins 11/11/2019 10:00 AM
    Something that stands in the way of me saying no to single use mugs simply is convenience- This is a harsh reality. By planning ahead and bringing a mug with me, I can eliminate or greatly reduce my need for single use mugs! I also use my french press every morning (very little waste), and I can bring my coffee with me. This will not only save my need for buying coffee in single use containers, but it will also save me money! A win win situation if you ask me ! 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset
    Father Thomas Berry says, "... our primary purpose is celebration. Celebration of the dawn and the sunset and the different seasons of the year is a religious ritual, a way in which humans can establish their integral relationship with the universe, with the planet Earth." What is your response to Berry's assertion?

    Zach Lickteig's avatar
    Zach Lickteig 11/04/2019 8:57 AM
    I think that today we often pretend like as humans we aren't a part of the natural world that surrounds us. By spending time each day to focus on the rising and setting sun it causes me to consider how I am a small piece in a much larger and more beautiful system.
  • 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?

    Zach Lickteig's avatar
    Zach Lickteig 11/04/2019 8:55 AM
    By limiting the amount of time that I spend on social media I feel like I have less reason to constantly check my phone which helps me focus more on my immediate environment.

  • Ann Vande Vegte's avatar
    Ann Vande Vegte 10/27/2019 10:06 PM
    I love the challenge about watching the sunrise or sunset everyday. Even though we live right on the water, I am always rushing from thing to thing, and I often forget to stop and admire the beauty of the sky and the ocean! This is a good challenge for me to slow down and really stop running around for a couple minutes. It is awesome!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Brush My Teeth Without Running Water
    What is the main water source in your region? If you don't know, how could you find out?

    Colton Roughen's avatar
    Colton Roughen 10/16/2019 5:25 PM
    This has been a one that has been a pretty easy switch. I am just more cautious about it. It does not change much about my daily routine and has been very easy to implement each day!