Taking Off the Rose-tinted Glasses

I’m new here at the Challenge, but I feel that I am definitely in the right place.

Have you ever seen a movie or heard a song that, after seeing, you can’t help relate everything in the real world to? In a way, that’s how I’m currently feeling. After training and learning all about how deep our impact would be if we simply changed how we saw convenience, I’m slowly but surely starting to see new ways I can change my behavior. I’m starting to see my daily routine in terms of sustainability. Granted, I still have my habits and those are going to be difficult to change, but I think if I keep that mindset, I will slowly but surely become more sustainable as an individual. Once that happens, I can pass that on to my family. Currently, I live with five other people at home. You can imagine how difficult it can be to conserve water and how expensive it can be to go out to eat. I know it’s going to be difficult to rub off on the rest of them, but I guess the saying “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” is applicable here.

I have set a few personal goals for the beginning of my time here, and I’m sure the list will grow. I know I need to drink less soda. It has been something I have been working on previously, but due to its’ convenience, it has been so difficult. I think one key way to cut down is to start bringing my own bottle filled with water or tea with me in a reusable bottle. Another goal is to minimize the amount of electronics used in my room. Let’s be honest, my game station in my room is a force to be reckoned with. I have game consoles ranging generations, a TV the size of a car door, and a sound system that I know I can keep my neighbors awake with. One of the main things I know I should be doing is cutting off the power to the items I’m not currently using. I need to buy another power strip so I can plug in those specific systems that don’t get as much usage so I can switch off their power completely. Finally, on my list, is the length of showers. Who doesn’t love a good, long shower? Especially during this time of year. Well, as much as I love them, I know I need to start taking shorter ones. Personally, I think the best way I can do this is set up a playlist on my iPod and make sure the songs are shorter than a certain amount of time and try to get out before the playlist is over.

Once I’ve become more comfortable with those changes, I will definitely be adding more on the list. Personally, it will be easier for me to focus on just a few small things at a time so I can put much more effort into them instead of spreading my energy out too thin. I will be tracking my progress and, more than likely, posting it in these blogs. Thanks for tuning in.


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