The first day has honestly gone better than I expected. This whole thing may be more fun than I expected. Motivation and confidence in my goals will carry me a long way. Day one has already provided evidence for this. I have really minimized my trash. A few things (a bottle and some cardboard) were recyclable. My downfall is the dreaded food wrapper. I had two granola wrappers and way too many candy wrappers. I don’t usually eat candy, but a friend gave it to me, so I ate it. Even after one day, I’ve begun to hone in on more specific goals. I knew I would have to reduce trash, for example, but I think I am capable of making no more trash than will fit in a plastic drink bottle. My goal is to keep my trash as small as possible (like candy wrappers). This goes for recycle too. I want it all in that 20 oz. bottle. The thing is, I have so much stuff that I already bought, I’ll just have to make more waste later. I hope that this week’s goals will rub off onto future habits. I really think I can do this.
The first day was pretty exciting. Shower times were reduced by probably five minutes total. I take two showers a day with crew practice, so it is tough. Reducing each shower to less than five minutes will be a challenge, but I can do it. The motivation associated with this week is a big help. That’s all it takes. I’m ready to see what I can do tomorrow. I’ve already had at least one stranger make a comment on my vegetarian, napkinless meals at the dining hall. What’s hurting me the most though is the fact that I still have to drive in a car. I don’t have a car on campus, but I drive the vans for Admissions, and I can’t avoid that. Same goes for crew. We have to drive to water practice. Though there is no way to avoid that, I plan to not go anywhere else. I was worried at first, but after today, I think I have just enough confidence to maybe actually do this. I’ll keep you posted.