Plastic Free July: Our Tips for staying on track this month and beyond

We get it, change can be hard, and when the going gets tough, it's easier to quit and go back to old ways. Developing new habits takes time, and it can be a challenge sometimes to shift from a place of familiarity to the unknown, even when you know it's the right thing to do. Our advice, take it one step at a time. Instead of trying to change everything, choose one or two things that feel attainable and realistic for your lifestyle, and instead of looking at the change as something you can succeed or fail at, look at it as an opportunity to learn. Plus remember, it's about progress not perfection! 

To hopefully make things a little easier for you, I've compiled a list of a few tips to help you stay on track, not just this month, but all months! 

1. Grab a buddy! It's always easier to go through changes and try something new when you're bestie is at your side. Keep each other accountable, share learnings and tips, compare your progress or maybe even turn it into a little friendly competition. It's always easier to stick to a goal when you make it fun.

2. Create a calendar and/or checklist to give you mini attainable goals throughout the month. Everyone loves checking things off a list and that little feeling of accomplishment it provides. Don't make the list too long or it will feel overwhelming, and you might start to feel defeated or exhausted as the days pass. Keep it real. Remember small steps are still steps! 

3. Understand your 'why'. It's important to know the reason behind your choices and changes, to feel connected to something on a personal and emotional level. Do you want to create a better environment for your children? To protect the wildlife? To help save the oceans and the marine life that inhabits them? Really think about this and stay focused on your reason. This will help boost your motivation if you start having a tough time.

Finally, have fun and feel good about your progress. Even if you just take this month as an opportunity to educate yourself, that's still something to be proud of!  And don't forget to give yourself credit, we all start somewhere. Just reading this Journal post is a step in the right direction :)




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