Travel and Transportation... make do and mend year 2018


Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I will try again tomorrow".  --Mary Anne Hershey

And it's another month of Make Do and Mend!  Since the top of the year, we've been using the Make Do and Mend Sustainable Year Planner by Gen Gale, who has re-branded from My Make Do and Mend Life to A Sustainable Life. Unfortunately, I don't think the link to the planner is still working... but she has other new free resources! I have the planner on my iPad and so we're still able to use it. 

This month's challenge towards more sustainable living: Travel and Transportation

We are fortunate that in our small town there is a lot that is within walking distance. And so we usually walk to the library, shopping, church... even our dentist is a short walk away. TJ takes the train to Oslo during the week, and there are good public transportation options here. 

Our biggest stumbling block with transportation though, is our trips to the US to visit family. Those air miles are a heavy carbon footprint that we are very much aware of! We have plans to fly over for Christmas. Though, we have had a flight-free year so far... 

One thing doesn't always cancel out another, but better intentions and actions are a collective good. Last month's Plastic Free July felt like a failure... it was hard! But we try... So we just try to make the best choices, do good... and keep walking! ;) 

Do you have a special project or focus for this month, or for the year?  Do you have any tips or ideas to share?! 


Comments

  1. No special project, but I admire yours! And I know that carbon footprint is big -- but so, too, is (as you know) family. It's not the things we do now and then, I think, that mess up the world. It's the things we do every day could be done better. Walking, public transportation, ride sharing, cycling. All those things make a much bigger difference, I think. And consider -- the plane is full of people -- not one person with their private jet and staff of ten or less. All I can say is "well done, you!"

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    1. You are so right, Jeanie... I also think it's those daily things that add up more, than our occasional "falling off the wagon"... Each conscious choice, and or change, for the better is what matters. :)

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  2. I think just being conscious of what you do each day and how it impacts the earth and world around you is what I have come to decide. Still focusing on food here and trying to make better choices.

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    1. Absolutely, Marilyn... And wishing you the best as you make healthy choices! :)

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  3. in these days of rampant 'plasticity ruination!' it's good that we do ANYTHING at all!
    I have faith in us. if each person just would do one thing consistently... just think!
    sending you admiration and love from across the blue. xoxo

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    1. "rampant plasticity ruination"... that's a great way to describe what's happening, Tammy! I was reading an article about all these plastic pool toys, and how there's been an increase in purchase of these thanks to celebrities showing these selves and their pool toys on social media etc... Suddenly the plastic battle goes out the window. It's sad... :(

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  4. I love your beginning quote. Especially, the part of, I will try again.That is me with losing weight and exercising better. I just ate something tonight I shouldn’t have last, so tomorrow I will try again.
    I like what you are doing with transportaion. It is awesome that you are within shopping distance of many of the places you go.
    I do hope you will get to come to the US over Christmas.
    I continue to admire your efforts in making do and mending. Plastic is a hard one for sure and I am trying to do better because of you.
    Thanks for you sweet comments on my post! I feel blessed to have made a friend through blogging. You are a gem and I have learned so much from you.
    Sending loving thoughts and hugs to you dear sister in Christ!

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    1. Oh, I'm glad these posts have inspired you to take up the Plastic Battle, LeAnn... Thank you, as always, for you lovely comment, and sharing. I wishing you strength and happiness as you make the diet and exercise changes you hope to achieve! ((HUGS)) I've always loved this quote from L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, "Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet." :)))

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