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October 7 - October 28, 2020

TIG Environmental - Portland Feed

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  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Disconnect from Email
    Notice how much time you were spending checking email away from work and make note of that. Now that you have stepped away from it and have not been checking, what changes are you noticing in your thoughts, use of time, stress and energy levels?

    Betsy Wing's avatar
    Betsy Wing 10/28/2020 8:54 AM
    I feel much more present when I'm not worried about incoming emails. Disconnecting allows me to focus my energy on myself and my family. It contributes to decreased stress levels and an increase in time to dedicate to things that I enjoy!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Reduce Refined Sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

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    Betsy Wing 10/26/2020 8:18 AM
    Prior to this challenge, I thought I was aware of how much sugar I was actually eating. This challenge has helped me realize that I'm consuming a lot of sugar unintentionally in addition to the sweet treats that I'm prone to craving! This challenge has definitely helped me to scrutinize my foods more closely and has increased my awareness overall of my personal sugar consumption.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Research Impact Investing
    How might impact investing help you better live your values?

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    Erin OConnell 10/26/2020 6:24 AM
    By choosing to invest in companies, we as consumers are giving ourselves the opportunity to impact how those companies conduct business. By choosing to only invest in companies who live our values, we can motivate more companies to begin using more sustainable business practices and consider the environment in big decisions.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Katie Jentzsch 10/25/2020 5:57 PM
    Spending time outdoors has made me feel even more a part of my community. I now know where hidden trails are around my neighborhood and know I don't have to go far to feel like I'm in nature.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    Many people say that “you can’t feed the world with just organic food.” How would you respond to that statement?

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    Erin OConnell 10/22/2020 10:17 AM
    conventional agriculture feeds the crop, whereas organic agriculture feeds the soil. in order to feed the population we have to begin using organic farming methods that are proven to increase soil organic matter content and enhance microbial soil biodiversity. Once inch of soil takes 3,000 years to form, so we cannot risk losing any more than we already have. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Go for a Daily Walk Outside
    Fresh air and movement are good for our entire being and can help us think more clearly and creatively. How does taking a walk each day affect yourself and/or your work?

    Katie Jentzsch's avatar
    Katie Jentzsch 10/21/2020 8:56 PM
    Taking a walk gives me a boost of energy. It's a time to relax, be with nature, and have some time for just myself (for most walks). I've also used walks as a way to split up my day between work and evening while working from home. Walks give me a pretend commute that gives a bit more structure to my day.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Less Screen Time
    What did you notice in implementing this challenge? Was it hard to choose other activities over screen time? How did you decide to spend your time?

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    Katie Jentzsch 10/14/2020 4:27 PM
    It was surprising to see how things that I don't think of having computer screen time require a screen. Exercise lately has required a screen since I've been doing YouTube workouts instead of going to the gym and I've been reading books on my phone. I transitioned to physical books to have less screen time, plus I have done some paper and pen writing, taken walks outside, and spent time with family. My eyes always appreciate breaks from less screen time.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Support a Sharing Economy
    What are some of the barriers to sharing economies? What is your plan for supporting or creating one in your community?

    Betsy Wing's avatar
    Betsy Wing 10/14/2020 8:40 AM
    I think marketing is a huge barrier to sharing economies. We are constantly inundated with advertising pushing us to consume the newest thing and little to no advertising supporting idea of a sharing economy. I think most people would be open to a sharing economy if they new such a thing was available in their community. There are several neighborhood groups that I've joined online to support the local sharing economy where I live. I make sure to share posts and have encouraged friends and family to find similar groups where they live.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Practice Loving-Kindness Meditation
    How can practicing Loving-Kindness Meditation be helpful to the health of the environment?

    Betsy Wing's avatar
    Betsy Wing 10/12/2020 8:27 AM
    We are in a divided society during an incredibly difficult time. Practicing loving-kindness is a great way to remember that politics aside, we are all human beings, all struggling and I believe, all doing the best we can with the tools that we've been given. I believe that recognizing the humanity in others will and does help to foster a better sense of self and self love and is the first step towards healing division.

  • Erin OConnell's avatar
    Erin OConnell 10/12/2020 7:53 AM
    I love the chance to speak with farmers I meet at the local market or farm stand about their experience growing food for the local and regional community. It is a difficult and thankless job, but is equally as rewarding.