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Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

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    Mike Staffeldt 4/28/2023 9:13 AM
    Earth Month Lunch today in Lolla! Who's coming?
    Health & Equity Donate Food
    Why do you donate food? How does it connect to your values?

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    Mike Staffeldt 4/27/2023 11:24 AM
    Food is one of the most basic of human needs, so it feels like a building block for other kinds of charitable endeavors. I'm also inspired by the upcoming Slalom focus on donations to the Chicago Food Depository. This is a head start, and I'll donate again next month.

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    Mike Staffeldt 4/26/2023 12:34 PM
    Looking forward to two consecutive days in the office. I'll walk both days. It seems fitting to commute with lower carbon intensity during earth month, and it's also a great mental break before/after the workday.
    Education & Livelihood Host or Join a Cleanup Event
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel?

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    Mike Staffeldt 4/24/2023 7:16 AM
    It always feels good to participate in a cleanup!

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    Mike Staffeldt 4/24/2023 7:15 AM
    I organized an Earth Day clean up at Northerly Island. Despite the weather, we had 16 people show up and made good progress in cleaning the park!
    Health & Equity Practice Mindfulness
    What was it like to practice mindfulness? If this is a practice for you already, what was something new you understood in practicing during Earth Month?

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    Cassi Weiler 4/21/2023 8:49 AM
    Calming and grounding. It really helped me take my 10000 worries and make it all go away for a bit. Which was a nice relief! Sometimes it all gets very overwhelming and this really helped me reset.
    Basic Needs & Security Try a New Vegan or Vegetarian Recipe
    What was the dish you made, and how did it turn out? What did it feel like to try a new recipe? If you can share a picture, please do!

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    Mike Staffeldt 4/19/2023 11:18 AM
    Well, it wasn't exactly following a recipe, but I did put together a nice vegetarian meal (possibly vegan, but cannot be sure about the sauce). It was more of a "throw the leftovers" into a frying pan kind of thing - noodles, asian greens, fried tofu squares, garlic. It was pan-asian, Chinese enough to satisfy my wife (who's from Taiwan) and still sort of western too. This was actually from last night, and I just polished off the leftovers. ;-)
    Education & Livelihood Go by Bike
    How does using human-powered transportation make you feel compared to using other methods of transportation?

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    Jill Stein 4/19/2023 7:23 AM
    when the weather is nice, I love to bike. when the weather is bad, I can't bring myself to do it and will opt for public transit instead
    Education & Livelihood Try Carpooling
    List some of the places you frequent often (work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

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    Jill Stein 4/19/2023 7:22 AM
    not simple, but I prefer to drive with others
    Climate & Ecosystems Drive Less
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    Jill Stein 4/19/2023 7:21 AM
    yes, access to transit is a key factor for why we choose to live in the city