Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tera -- Living My Five

How exciting is this? My first Living Your Five status report!

It's funny how, since taking the time to figure out the causes that are most important to me, they seem to be at the front of my thoughts a lot. I thought it would be hard to keep my Five in mind as I went about daily life, but it really hasn't. Maybe just the act of thinking about them, writing them down, and committing to them has solidified them in my world. That's the power of Living Your Five, I suppose.

Okay, time to see how I did...

Making a Greener Move

When my apartment lease is up next month, I'll be packing up my things and moving on to places unknown. (Okay, partly known, since my first stop is a visit to my parents in Oklahoma City, but after that....) The thought of packing all my things away immediately brought to mind my need for moving boxes. Which are made from cardboard and which, quite often, just get trashed after the move. (I've moved a lot so I know this is true.)

So, in an effort to make my move a greener one, I've added one round of recycle into the equation. I order my moving boxes from!

The boxes they sell aren't made from recycled materials, they themselves are recycled. According to the company, "We rescue truckloads of quality used boxes from large companies that might otherwise recycle them or simply throw them away." So, even before I use these boxes (and then recycled them when I'm done) I feel like I'm ahead of the game.

Auction For a Cause

Another big part of my moving preparation is getting rid of all the excess stuff I've accumulated while in Houston (and before). Some of this is books, which I am still investigating how to best pass along. But much of this is just ... stuff. I plan to sell the more valuable and collectible things on eBay. Like the six boxes of Depression Glass I acquired a decade ago (I went through a very Martha Stewart phase, thank you very much).

When I went to put up my first lot for auction, I discovered that eBay gives you the option to donate a percentage to the charity of your choice. How wonderful! For this lot, considering the devastating wildfires that have been plaguing southern California, I chose to donate 25% of the proceeds to the American Red Cross to support their disaster relief efforts.

An Historic Birthday

Tomorrow is my mumble-mumble birthday. (Okay, it's my 33rd.) And as my friends and I were thinking about what to do in celebration, I immediately wondered how I could incorporate my Five into our plans. My first thought was maybe an organic restaurant but this is Houston. Not exactly a mecca of green living (although they are trying) and the choices were extremely limited.

Next I thought, "Historic Preservation." I think one of the best ways to support the saving of our architectural heritage is to patronize businesses that operation out of historic buildings. When I mentioned this to my friend she suggested La Carafe, a wine bar located in the oldest commercial building still in use in Houston. It was built in 1847! (And I thought I was getting ancient.) So, on Friday night, my friends and I will head to La Carafe for a birthday bottle of wine ... with some serious history attached.

So, there you have it. My first Five update. How'd I do? And, of course, the more important question: How'd you do?

Are you ready to Live Your Five?



  1. WOW! You're doing really well for your LWYF! Your historic birthday sounds fun and the used cardboard boxes seems like a great idea! This weekend, I'm going to's a great charity that helps with homeless dogs and cats...I'm also bringing in dog food for the dogs :-)

    Reggie ;-)

  2. How cool are these, Tera?? Love them! As someone else who's moved frequently (though I hope to be staying put for a while), I had never heard about What a brilliant idea - and go you for doing the legwork to find them!

    I hope you have a fabulous birthday celebration at La Carafe too. Enjoy the historic ambiance!

  3. Happy Birthday, Tera!!! Hope it's a great one!

  4. Great work! These updates are really inspiring! (:

  5. Love the green moving example - go Tera!


  6. Awesome work on living your five, Tera! I love the idea with recycling the boxes. We're planning on moving soon hopefully so I'm going to look into that and see if there's one in Australia. Go eBay! I use its almighty power often lol. I love your ideas, you're doing really well working on your five. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!!