October 11 - October 25, 2017

Marilu Cristina Flores

Story of Stuff Team

"Certified Social Media Specialist & Content Creator, Media Producer & Strategist. Marine Conservationist 🌊 Surfrider Member #LongLiveTheBeach ❤️🌴🍁🌺 www.marilucflores.com"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 768 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    30
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    131
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    420
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    780
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Challenges

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible with a lawn sign or bumper sticker, or by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Visit a Local Farm

I will visit a nearby farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support Northwest Earth Institute or another local nonprofit.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Take Control

I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Know My health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

I will not travel for meetings and will instead conduct them virtually.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will research toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 5 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 30 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY CHALLENGES

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY CHALLENGES

Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 30 hour(s) in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Animal Free Diet

I will adopt a diet free of animal products.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day for two weeks that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Create Your Own Action

Learn 1 New Fact About Our Planet a Day

My goal is to always learn, sometimes we need a small daily reminder!

COMPLETED 8
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed


  • Marilu Cristina Flores 10/25/2017 1:01 PM
    I can't believe today is the last day of the challenge, I am so bummed. I love this platform and can't wait for the next challenge!

  • Marilu Cristina Flores 10/22/2017 7:08 AM
    I saw Chasing Coral a few weeks ago, being a Marine Scientist I knew much of the information, but there is still something so shocking about seeing what we are doing to our planet. I had a business trip in Chicago this week, I made some personal time and walked to the Aquarium there. What a magical place, everywhere you turned there was educational information about curbing single use plastic consumption. It was amazing! We need to really get up in people's faces about how detrimental Single Use plastics are to our environment. It's insane how much trash we produce on a daily basis as a society. 

  • Marilu Cristina Flores 10/22/2017 7:04 AM
    I make it point to post at least one educational and empowering post on Social Media on how people can curb their single use plastic consumption. I think when people see images that impact their communities and the places they love directly they are more likely to act. 

  • Marilu Cristina Flores 10/22/2017 7:03 AM
    I reached out to the Vermont Environmental Commissioners, expressing my support for a Plastic Bag Ban. I then reached out to the Surfrider Foundation so that we could work together to build a plan that works for Vermont. I hope to have an action plan to the Commissions for them to vote on in January 2018. 

  • Marilu Cristina Flores 10/22/2017 6:57 AM
    I am grateful for the opportunity to travel, wether for work of pleasure or research, 2017 has brought me to many new places I am grateful to have explored. One of the main takeaways from my personal/research travel has been how many plastics I found on foreign shores. From micro plastics to single use items such as bottles, every shoreline I visited this year was littered with single use plastic items. It was sobering, sad and empowering all at the same time. 
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  • Marilu Cristina Flores 10/18/2017 10:52 AM
    Moving really lets you evaluate just how much stuff one accumulates and seldom uses! A long distance move this summer really opened my eyes to how many things we had purchased that we now had to get rid of, things that added to happiness factors into my life or made our planet a better place. Since our move two months ago, we've made it a point to really give careful consideration to any purchases (large or small) and we have a 24-48 hour cool down period on most purchases, so we can clearly think about what we need and if we truly need it, as opposed to falling for an impulse buy. 

  • Marilu Cristina Flores 10/18/2017 10:50 AM
    In reality this one goes to my husband, despite being an avid environmentalist I had no idea how many toxic chemicals I was using in our day to day lives. This year, I made it a point to only purchase plant based cleaners and products I have not qualms about letting flow down our drains. It's incredible how little information is openly available to our society about how damaging most chemicals found in the average home can be!

  • Marilu Cristina Flores 10/18/2017 10:48 AM
    I've always been pretty goof about wellness visits and knowing my numbers, this year was exceptionally busy and it wasn't until I started having some odd health issues that I realized I hadn't made time to evaluate my health. I've since made some changes thanks to my wonderful team of nurses and health care practitioners and this was a great reminder to not neglect self care. 

  • Marilu Cristina Flores 10/18/2017 10:46 AM
    To say that most of my life I have been addicted to refined Sugars is an understatement! It is scary how much excess sugar we consume as a society, having a sweet tooth doesn't help at all! But, thanks to Pinterest and actually reading what some of my health heroes like Kelly Slater put into their bodies has helped me a ton. Living in Vermont it's easy to find natural, local Maple syrup which makes my morning coffee taste amazing, I also now frequently swap it out with Coconut Nectar! If you love Coconuts you will love Coconut Nectar! 

  • Marilu Cristina Flores 10/18/2017 9:12 AM
    This year as part of the Surfrider Foundation's Miami Chapter I donated my time to help plan, organize and manage their Social Media Marketing Campaigns! 
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