Happy Thursday Everyone!
As I was lie awake in bed this morning at 3:30AM, catching up on some reading, feeling frustrated that once again I’ve woken up in the middle of the night, and wishing I could get my insomnia under control, I stumbled across an article about creating waste-free lunches for your kids.
For some reason this article created a sense of pride in me. Maybe because I am happy to report, I am already doing most of the things suggested to reduce waste in my sons’ (and husband’s for that matter) daily lunches. I work from home, so I don’t need to pack my lunch, but nine times out of ten, I pack three lunches a day. I’ve taken steps over the years and just last month, I banned all juice boxes from my house and discovered bags like these to help reduce the use of plastic baggies.
But as I was thinking and reading this blog, it occurred to me….one of the two things I am most proud of myself is how little trash my family generates. I know this sounds like a strange thing to be proud of, but for a family of four, we really generate only a tiny bit of trash. How? I’ll work on creating a list of how we do it, but they mainly revolve around choosing things that can be recycled, composting and using reusable things over the throw away options (sandwich baggies, juice boxes, paper plates and napkins). I’ll share this list with you in a future blog.
So – back to my trash….we, my family of four, only have trash picked up at our house once a week. And we opt for the smaller trash can and usually it isn’t even full. On the other hand, we have two large recycle cans that get picked up every other week. Luckily, we live in an area where we can recycle almost everything.
What’s the other thing I’m most proud?
That would be having earned my Master’s Degree. The decision to get my Master’s was an easy, the two and a half years to get it were tough. Kids, and more kids (I got pregnant with my younger son about half way through the program), a husband who traveled – A LOT during those years. It was many late nights and early mornings, but I did it. And the thing about it was – although the timing of it all was tough, the material wasn’t. I always thought the ideas and concepts obtained in a Master’s program were so complex that I’d struggle. But, you know what…I didn’t. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I had to apply myself and I had to work at it, but overall, the material wasn’t overly hard or impossible to grasp. Hey – I’m pretty smart!
As I continue to write, maybe I can’t limit my list to only two. I’m proud of many other things too, my kids, my work ethic, my rescuing of too many dogs and cats, my marriage of almost nineteen years….
What are you most proud of?