I cannot believe we are in week five already! And this week we are going to tackle WASTE. We are focusing on reducing, reusing, and recycling our stuff. Mostly the stuff we didn’t give away two weeks ago.
In the book of Genesis, God creates mankind and assigns them as stewards over His creation. We have done a poor job over the last 150 years. It’s time to change this. Let’s find a few ways we can be better stewards of the earth.
Here are some options.
The Hatmakers adopted 7 new habits for one month.
- Conserve energy & water
- Recycle everything
- Drive 1 car
- Shop at thrift stores
- Buy local
Could you adopt the above habits for 7 days? Gardening could be as simple as a potted tomato plant or mini herb garden that sits on your window sill. Could you collect rain in a bucket or barrel for your flowers? Could you be more intentional about getting those recycle items in the recycle bin?
Select from some options below to create your own strategy:
- Eliminate 7 convenience items
- paper towels
- water bottles
- sandwich bags
- paper plates
- plastic grocery bags
- disposable cups
- Eliminate 1-7 big box stores and shop locally for a week (i.e. coffee shops, family-owned stores, farmer or fruit market)
- Replace as many paper products with cloth
- Replace light bulbs with LED (if you haven’t already)
- Other ideas – please share
We know you can do it! For some of you, this will be super easy because you already think eco-friendly. I hope that a week focusing on waste will help us to see new ways we can reduce, reuse, and recycle.
It’s Media Week!
We’re in the midst of a media fast this week. I know. Here I am. Writing a blog post.
Each of us chose a different form of fasting. I chose to limit myself to one hour a day. So blogging today will take up 30 minutes or so. I spent part of my time writing “old school” with paper and pen. But, truth be told, I usually write with paper and pen. I find it difficult to think while typing.
So far, I am discovering that less media intake has increased my energy levels. Weird.
As an introvert, I gain energy by thinking, reflecting, and spending time alone. And I spend energy when I am with people. I always speculated that social media had little effect on my energy levels because I was only indirectly connecting with people. Instead, I have discovered that social media requires almost an equal amount of energy as if I was spending it directly with people.
My discovery leaves me with a need to re-evaluate social media use for myself. If both social media and face-to-face interaction require the same amount of energy, then which one offers more benefits? And is that even the right question to ask? Is there a better question?
Could I realistically meet with people multiple times a week? What am I trying to accomplish with social media? What am I trying to accomplish when I meet with people for coffee or lunch or in their homes?
This media fast has left me with many questions that I do need to reflect upon. If I’m simply using media to fill empty space, then perhaps there is a better way. However, I can also see the benefits of media, like sharing these thoughts with a much larger audience.
We are halfway through our media fast and there will probably be more revelations. But this much I see, connecting with people requires energy and participation.
It’s a 24/7 world, friends! This week? We’re going off-line.
Ugh. I did not think this through very well. Our group has been meeting online to encourage and challenge one another. Hmm. How to do this week well?
In Jen Hatmaker’s book, her family “shut down” seven screens…for a month! They eliminated TV, gaming, Social Media (whatever forms you use), apps, radio, texting, and internet. No Netflix. No Hulu. No Amazon Prime video. They did use texting for work/emergency issues. And they limited their internet to specifically work/school related stuff. No Google rabbit holes.
We are a connected society. But, in many ways, it has left us less connected. Let’s use this week to think of alternative ways to connect. It would be a good time to invite someone for coffee or meet someone for a bagel. Read a book. Take a walk. Visit a (free) museum.
So here are your options:
Option One: Eliminate 7 “screens”. You decide which ones and post them.
Option Two: Allow yourself 7 hours of connected time. Maybe an hour a day?
Option Three: Limit yourself to 1 media option for the week. You might still consider a time limit. I don’t think anyone would benefit from 8 hours a day on Facebook.
Option Four: Dedicate 7 waking hours a day to no screens. That means, no social media breaks for 7 hours, no radio/tv, no internet.
Now, how to keep you informed. I will list the reflection questions below. I will also post them in our Facebook group using Hootsuite. (Hootsuite allows you to schedule posts without accessing the app itself) You can answer the questions based on the option you choose. Post your option before Sunday night so we know what to expect. We will be cheering you on!
Screens to consider
TV, radio, podcasts, audiobooks, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Pandora, Spotify, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, texting, email, blogs (except this one of course 🙂 ) etc.
Monday: Read 2 Corinthians 10:2-5. How does media intake affect your thoughts?
Tuesday: Which affects you more; the content of your media or the quantity of your media?
Wednesday: What positive effects do you see from media?
Thursday: Do you ever experience input overload? How does this manifest itself in your life?
Friday: What has been the hardest part of this week?
Saturday: What has been the best part of this week?
Sunday: Share one good thing in our Facebook group!
You can do this! I believe in you!