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October 14 - October 28, 2016
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Rob Nathan


"“You are here to make a difference, to either improve the world or worsen it. And whether or not you consciously choose to, you will accomplish one or the other.” Richelle E. Goodrich"

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Rob's Actions


Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

One-Time Action


Help Others

I will offer to help 1 person(s) who are in need each day.



Avoid Refined Sugar

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



Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.



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    Rob Nathan 10/28/2016 6:52 PM
    What an amazing EcoChallenge this was. So excited about our collective impact!

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    Rob Nathan 10/27/2016 11:22 AM
    Watched a great food documentary called Food Chains and leanrned even more about immigrant exploitation for agriculture labor. How can these people be "taking our jobs" when huge food distributors and the farmers who supply them aren't willing to even give them a raise of 1 cent a pound! Check out these staggering figures on how much more money this business makes over other industries! 

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    Rob Nathan 10/25/2016 11:40 AM
    Helping one new person a day has been really amazing and helped me be more intentional about how I care for others even when I have a lot of personal things going on that demand me to focus on myself. Giving myself permission to say YES or to not avoid someone one who clearly is going to ask me for help has been extremely rewarding. I have come to realize that no matter how stressed out I am or pinched for time, stopping what I am doing to help someone in need just gives my day more purpose and often doesn't interfere with me accomplishing my goals. Here are just some of the things I have been able to accomplish in the past 11 days:
    -dog sitting
    -giving a friend a ride
    -giving a stranger $5
    -helping an acquaintance find a place to stay for the night
    -giving a friend some furniture
    -feeding people!
    -taking a friend out to lunch
    -professional networking for a friend
    -free web consulting for a friend's start up

    Looking forward to keeping this going beyond the challenge. 

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    Rob Nathan 10/20/2016 10:02 AM
    Gave my friend a ride, signed up for more dog sitting, providing advice, giving a hug, gave away some cash, cooking someone a meal, and still wanting more to do! I'm really loving this help one person a day thing. Not that I didn't help people before, but actively tracking it, and intentionally looking for opportunities to do so, means I just might notice when I'm not helping anyone but myself. If anyone needs any help with something, please let me know, this is getting addicting!

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    Rob Nathan 10/19/2016 1:28 PM
    I broke on refined sugar yesterday when receiving an award at a summit. The waiter brought me this and I decided I deserved it! 

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    Rob Nathan 10/18/2016 9:55 AM
    Helped a friend with email and website development for a new business. Watched my friend's house and dogs and about to start watching a new household's dogs. Helping friends feels soo good!

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    Rob Nathan 10/14/2016 3:28 PM
    I already helped two people today! This is so fun and rewarding! I also am enjoying tracking my purchases. Keeps me frugal!!! Now I just need to figure out how to drink my coffee without sweetener as I don't like honey in my coffee and that's the only sweetener I can think of that isn't a refined sugar? I also need to pick the food documentary I will watch in the next two weeks. Any suggestions?

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    Rob Nathan 10/14/2016 8:45 AM
    Already started tracking my purchases with my iphone!

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    Rob Nathan 10/13/2016 2:46 PM
    Okay I finally decided what my actions are going to be this year for the challenge! My community action is to help one new person a day...this should be interesting and give me plenty to blog about!

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    Rob Nathan 9/27/2016 3:40 PM
    Stoked for our EcoChallenge Launch party next week! Hope everyone can make it! Click here to learn more.