Friday, November 29, 2019

#OptOutside and #OptToAct

If you don't follow me on social media then you may not know I have been pretty silent these last few days. Don't worry, I'm not deleting all of my accounts or going on a major detox, we just happen to be out of town for a Friendsgiving camping trip (and we don't have unlimited data, so I have to pick and choose when to get on... which means I end up having my phone on airplane mode for the majority of the time). The snazzy thing about the blog is I can schedule posts, which is how I am sharing this one while being away from my computer and the InterWebs. #TheMagicOfTechnology

Anywho, hopefully you know that the hubby and I love the great outdoors. We are not huge shoppers (ha, if you know me at all you probably know that I don't enjoy shopping in the least) so when REI announced their #OptOutside campaign a few years back, when they were planning to shut their doors for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and urge their employees and customers to head outside instead of to the malls, the hubby and I were ALL IN! 

In fact, the past few years we have been going on Friendsgiving camping trips over the Thanksgiving holiday. Last year we went to Superstition Mountains in central Arizona, in 2017 we camped in Zion, in 2016 we spent a week in Yosemite and in 2015 the hubby and I were on the North Shore of Oahu (the hubby worked for Reef at the time and when there was an empty beachfront house available for us to use after a surf contest ended we jumped at the opportunity).

Now I'm sure I will have a post to share from our adventures of "Opting Outside" in Idyllwild (where we are currently) when we return, this post is about more than than. In fact, REI is nudging folks to go further than 'just' going outside on Black Friday. They want people to "Opt to Act" and we couldn't love this more! On November 29th, TODAY, they want us all to join them for a nationwide day of action—kicking off a year of change. (Don't worry if you are reading this after Black Friday, because this is literally just the beginning... You have a WHOLE YEAR to join in and make a difference!)


Not sure where to begin?! REI has laid out a 52 week plan - and I promise that these are things all of us can do in our every day lives! They aren't grandiose ideas like chaining yourself to the front of a bulldozer that is threatening to destroy a local park... they are things like picking up a piece of trash if you see it on the ground or checking your tire pressure to optimize fuel efficiency. The hope is that after a year of action not only will we have done a bit better for future generations and the planet as a whole, but hopefully some of these changes will become lifelong habits for you and for me.


You better believe the hubby and I are all in! We hope you are too! #OptOutside is the beginning. Continue to act with 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active and leave the world better than you found it. LET'S DO THIS!

PS I came across the below video on Facebook and it was sort of shocking... but not shocking at all... The hubby and I don't have kids, but want to lead by example and plan to put down our phones and get outside more! Will you join us?!

What is one small change you can opt to act?

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