Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Alyson --Living My Five

So, over the last two weeks since my last post, I’ve been a busy, little Fiver.

But it was actually the kind of Fiving (yes, it’s a verb!) that I didn’t really have to put a lot of thought into, it just sort of flowed naturally from one day to the next, which was kind of cool because it feels like it’s really starting to take effect and become less of a mantra and more of a lifestyle now.

Like last week when I got my car washed (as illustrated above & below), which, on the surface doesn’t seem all that related to Fiving, but did you know that do it yourself car washing is one of the most environmentally un-friendly chores we can do?

Unlike household waste water that enters the sewers and undergoes treatment before it’s discharged into the environment, that sudsy water that runs off your car goes right into storm drains—and eventually into rivers, streams, creeks and wetlands where it poisons aquatic life and wreaks havoc on the ecosystem. But the water at the commercial carwash is treated before it gets discharged back into the environment—there are federal laws that require this kind of thing. They also use computer-controlled systems and high-pressure nozzles and pumps that minimize water usage. Many also recycle and re-use the rinse water.

So yeah, score one for the environment and I got a clean, shiny car to go with it!

Orlando Bloom in Nepal, recently appointed Unicef Goodwill Ambassador!

And even though I’m not really one to plan for the holidays this far ahead—my usual method being to let it creep up with seemingly no warning whatsoever—yesterday when I received my Unicef catalog in the mail, I wasted no time in ordering my holiday greeting cards, which are not only pretty, but also help raise money to deliver nutrition, clean water, health care, and basically save and nurture children all over the world—a total win/win right? To check out all the awesome cards and gifts available that can help make a difference in a child’s life, click HERE!

And last but not least, my husband recently had his own Fiver moment I just have to share. The other day he was standing by for a flight when he and another passenger were bumped and put on another flight with a destination that was over a two and a half hour drive from where they wanted to be (one of the perils of using those airline employee benefits!). Well, the other guy was frustrated and about to give up entirely, when my husband arranged for a rental car and offered the guy a ride. And while I’m not advocating for anyone to invite a stranger into their car, as there were extenuating circumstances, like the guy worked for the airline I used to work for, etc, I was still so touched that he offered to help out a stranger without giving a second thought to his own comfort. But then, this is a guy that used to trick-or-treat for Unicef, so he's been a Fiver from way back . . .

Anyway, that’s it for me this week—how about YOU?

Are you Living Your Five?


  1. Great note about car-washing, Alyson! Kudos to your husband for his own Fiver moment and to you for making it a regular part of your lifestyle... what a difference you're both making!

  2. Oh yay, Alyson, I'm so glad to learn that about car washing. Makes me feel like less of a slacker and more of an environmentalist. =) Thanks for sharing that.

    Also, I was always jealous of those kids trick-or-treating for Unicef because it seemed like a secret club. Now that I know what it's truly about ... I'm even more jealous.