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Green Goals

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I've spent the better part of a year trying to find out more about why I behave the way I do. I want to learn how to make the best use of my time and how to blend that into becoming a better friend, wife, sister, writer, photographer, environmentalist.

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I've spent the better part of a year trying to find out more about why I behave the way I do. I want to learn how to make the best use of my time and how to blend that into becoming a better friend, wife, sister, writer, photographer, environmentalist.

I recently heard about Gretchen Reuben's new book through a podcast. She talked about how most everyone falls into one of four tendencies as we move through life. The way she explains it, some people are naturally wired to do what they say they'll do no matter who it's for. Others have no problem following through when the expectation is coming from the outside, but can't seem to pick up a habit or practice if it's just for themselves. Gretchen calls it being an Obliger.

This is the category I fell into. There's a quiz you can take to determine where you fall, but I knew before taking it what category I'd be in. Her advice to Obligers? Put up some external expectations. I can tell you that I've never worked out as consistently as I did when I was giving a coworker rides. For the record, she and I weren't particularly close, but you better believe I was prepared for barre twice a week during those two months.

My point is I need outward expectations.

See, I have these notebooks containing lists of all the goals I want to accomplish. And even though keeping them to myself has had a pathetic success rate, I never make them public because...reasons? Anyway, that ends today. So here it is: my itemized list of green living projects I started and haven't finished.

RE: EXPERIENCING NATURE

  • Shopping and eating seasonally
  • Visiting all the Open Space/Regional Parks in Solano County

RE: CONSUMING LESS/REDUCING WASTE

  • The Great Clothing Purge of 2015/16
  • Rags over paper towels
  • Meatless Monday dinners
  • Zero waste grocery shopping

I would loooove to tackle all of these overnight but I know better. I'm breaking the list up month to month to help keep me consistent. For March, I finally bought the reusable produce bags I've had my eye on for months (as in 10 months). They'll be here this week and I'm stoked!

For April, I'm committing to finishing the winter clothing purge, using some zero waste tricks during grocery shopping, and starting my first batch of compost.

OK, here's where I ask you for a favor: will you be my accountability partner? If you see me around, will you ask me how things—these specific things—are coming along? Will you tell me what you're working on? It doesn't have to be about sustainability. It can be about making your bed everyday or starting a gratitude journal. Whatever!

Stay green, friends! ♥