Lifestyle + Earth = ???

26 04 2012

The other day I posted that I was back in the saddle again, and then began writing this post.  But my internet went down and so did my post.  But here we go again!

While planning my Earth Day event, I came across some statistics that frankly blew my mind!  Before we get to those let me share a few of my thoughts about our lifestyles in this day and age.  We can take me for example and talk about what I like.  I love cars, and have had my fair share of them in the 18 years I’ve been able to drive.  The longest I have ever been able to manage to hold on to a car is 3 years.  The least is a year, but I go through them rather quickly.  They end up getting sold to somebody else, and I keep them in great condition but I change cars a lot!  That kind of attitude also shifts over into other aspects of our lives.  Take computers for example.  The technology changes quickly, and the computer you bought last year isn’t the top of the line anymore.  Can it do what you need it to do?  Most likely yes, but something in our way of thinking makes us want the new “cooler” more awesome machine.  Take the iPhone or iPad for example.  You might have one, but when the next one comes out are you going to want that one?  I know I will!  LOL!

But this brings me to my point.  We go through things quickly, and what happens to them after we are done with them?  Do we recycle them?  Do we sell them?  I would like everyone to think about a few things today as you go through your day.  Every time you throw something in the trash today, think about whether it needs to go in the garbage or if it should go in the recycle bin.  If we become a little more aware of what we are doing throughout the day, we might be able to make a change for good in the world.  Why would that matter?  Well here are the stats I mentioned earlier.

  • To produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
  • Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away!
  • Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
  • About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material!
  • Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute!
  • On average, each one of us produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste each day. This adds up to almost a ton of trash per person, per year.

These are just a few of the stats that I found while looking into my Earth Day Celebration.  So my point it this: Recycle what can be recycled, and try to minimize 4.4 pounds of waste each day!  The reason I feel so passionate about this, is because I have 3 kids.  I don’t want them to have to clean up our mess, or live like the humans do on Wall-E.  If you remember in the movie, the humans were flying around in a spaceship because earth was no longer able to sustain life.  Why?  Because of all of the garbage!  Let’s try and clean up our act, and make sure we are recycling what we can and if you want to go another step further, compost what you can too.  My 2 cents for the day!  Please comment and let me know what you think.

Let’s keep our mountains looking like this….

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And not this….

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Back in the Saddle

24 04 2012

I have been on a vacation from the blog, due to having too many other projects going and business events to run.  But today starts the new series of thoughts and randomness from my crazy mind!  The Earth Day Celebration that I threw was a great success, and everyone seemed to have a really good time learning and playing!  In preparing for the celebration I came upon several very interesting and kind of scary facts.  I will share them with you in my next post.





Earth Day Weekend

17 04 2012

This weekend is Earth Day, and I would challenge all of us to take some time in our busy lives to enjoy what we have. Go and sit at the park, or go to the mountains, beach, or even just out the front door.  But take a moment to breathe and really take in the grandeur of this place we all call home.  The earth is something that is very interesting, and how everything works is fascinating.  It’s really amazing how we all enjoy different lives, but we are all interwoven in this time in the earth’s history.  Let’s enjoy what we have, and strive to make it better for our future generations.  Let’s find at least one thing we can do this year to “help” keep our earth healthy.

Happy early Earth Day to all of you!

 

Earth Day Celebration

2560 East 3300 South #100

Salt Lake City UT  84109

Saturday April 21 from 2-5pm





Happiness is a state of being!

5 04 2012

In life we are blessed with so many different choices.  One of which is how we look at our life.  Do we go through the day dreading every task or chore, or do we embrace the fact that we are alive and enjoying another day of life?  Since you are sitting at your computer or on your phone or iPad, let’s try something.  In my last post I talked about Smiling and the effect that it can have on yourself and others.  Let’s try putting together Happiness, and Smiling as a little drill.  If you are like me sitting here, you probably have a blah face.  Meaning you aren’t smiling or frowning, just being blah.  Let’s try putting a smile on your face………….see how that feels?  Doesn’t it almost instantly change your demeanor?  If we can all work on smiling, and remembering all of our blessings we will begin working our way to happiness.  Happiness is not just when you get a new car, or toy, or outfit, it is something that can be had at all times.  It is a matter of controlling our thoughts and creating an environment for thoughts of good things that we have in life, and removing the thoughts that will bring us down.

How much more will we accomplish if we can work with a smile and an understanding that we should be happy that we can work?  I would go out on a limb and say we can accomplish considerably more when you attack a job with a good attitude.  So as I conclude my thoughts for the day, I’d like to challenge all of you, and myself to try and keep a smile on our faces as much as possible the next couple of days.  I would love to hear comments or thoughts on your experiences with trying this.  But for now, have a great rest of the day and remember smile and be happy!





Smile, it works!

5 04 2012

The other day I tried something out, I smiled while shopping to see what effect it would have.  It was amazing the difference it made.  People would look at me, and (wait for it)…….smile back!  It is interesting to see the change in a person when they go from a sullen face to a smile.  It brings a sense of happiness and brightens the day.  It seems in this day and age, with our iPods, iPhones, and multiple other electronic gadgets to keep us “busy” we don’t see what life is going on around us.  So put a smile on and go see how it affects those around you.  If you are looking for signs of it’s power, you will notice that it will make a big difference not only for you, but for anyone that looks at you.

If we could all just smile instead of looking kind of like zombies, life would be more enjoyable for all of us!  And it can change our outlook on life, business, sport, etc.  Smile, it works!