It’s been a busy few weeks for me, and I’d like to share my experiences so far. I have been enjoying going to events and talking to all types of people. At first it was really nerve-wracking, but I’m starting to get past that. I’ve never been much of a salesperson, so I struggled with the idea of annoying and bothering people. However, after talking to enough people I have realized that I am not bothering them at all, and in fact I’m helping them out. When I changed my perspective, I noticed it became much easier to talk to people and to give my best pitch. Additionally, people have been nicer than I expected, even the ones who are uninterested, with the exception of a few of course. When I go to an event and meet a lot of friendly and open-minded people, I find a lot more meaning in my work and it’s empowering. My first couple events were very poorly attended so I felt discouraged at first, but I no longer feel that way. Although this past week has been slow in terms of events, last week was a great learning experience and I look forward to expanding upon that in the upcoming weeks.
My sustainability goal for the summer has not been going quite as well as I planned. The maintenance worker for my building said that they don’t have recycling bins because nobody used them in the past and he did not seem open to the idea at all. I could still talk to the landlord, but I haven’t gotten around to it. In the meantime, my recycling is really piling up and I need to look into some alternatives. As a result, an addition to my summer goal is that I want to find a place to take my recycling that is still convenient for me. However, I did get a dryer rack for my clothes! The washer/dryer costs $2.50 each so it’s great to not only save energy, but money as well.
My final update is about my Dad’s newly installed solar panels. He is very happy with them, and I’m going to his house tomorrow to check them out! He said everything has gone as planned and doesn’t foresee any issues in the future, although he is curious what I think of them. I’ll be sure to mention it in my next blog post!