Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots

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Share The Passion to "Recycle, Reduce, Reuse"

Do you want to make this the year to GO GREEN and share the passion to help clean up the environment?

Taking small steps in our individual lives can make a difference in the world and the resources we are using up.

The concept of "Pay It Forward" can be an all inclusive term when sharing things that are good and can help others.  As we share with one another we are paying it forward in many aspects of our daily lives.

Each year as I clean up the Christmas decorations and gather up the cards I take time to cut off the written area  and create post cards with the clean section which is usually the top with the graphic on the other side.

The Re-purposing of the Christmas card begins at that point.   A Thank you note can be written on the left side of the post card with the address on the right side with the stamp. 

Attach a label on the top left hand side of the card which says:

" This card has been Re-purposed!                                                                                                                  In 2011 we are trying to enhance our Recycle, Reduce and Reuse awareness!                                          We invite your to join us in taking global issues local doing what we can to make the world a better place!    Pay this idea forward to your friends and family!                                                                                        Together we CAN make a difference!"

Watch the video and see if this is something you might want to share!

Let's make 2011 the year to become aware of all the different ways we can Re-purpose, Recycle, Reduce and Reuse.

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Comment balloon 29 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • December 27 2010 12:19AM

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I really love this article and would like to see more agents get into the same thing. Thanks for the post and have a Happy New Year.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) over 9 years ago

Jeffrey ~  I am happy to read you like the concept.. it is all about changing our behaviors which is difficult.. we have been set doing things the same way for a long time so behavior modification is going to take some work! Happy New Year to you too!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Hi Carra, what a great thing! This is why AR is so awesome. You always get new ideas and/or learning something new! Thanks for sharing Carra! Happy New Year!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 9 years ago

Jackie ~  Happy New Year to you!  So glad you liked the idea!  It's the little things that will add up to make a difference! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra, Happy New Year & I love these ideas & i'm signing up for your re-use newsletter...paying it forward is great & makes AR a blast...

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 9 years ago
Carra, recycling is something we take very seriously in our house, but those Christmas Cards can't be touched. They become reference for the following year
Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 9 years ago

My Mom was the ultimate in re-using, in the 1950s, way before it was the cool thing to do. We used to turn Christmas cards into gift tags for the next season as well as postcards. It was a fun family activity and gave us a chance to enjoy the cards another time.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 9 years ago

Great ideas.  Recycling is the way to go, anything that helps save money and the environment.

Posted by Renee Marrs Caperton, Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate (Marrs & Associates) over 9 years ago

Nice tip Carra.  I'm afraid I didn't get that far in 2010. I did electronic Christmas cards this year, and did those family letter-type for my non-email folks.  I'll have to consider this for a segment of the folks next year - I like it!

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Ginny ~  You are so right.. we have a lot of fun AND learning at AR!  Thank you! 

Ed ~  I understand and used to be the same way... Now I make a list of who sent the cards.. get rid of the envelopes.. and make the Christmas Cards into thank you notes.. and now.. someone on another feed said to use the post cards next year as the Christmas cards!  So it's all about how we look at the paper and what it means :)

Lottie ~  Your mom rocks!  We did similar things.. like place mats.. laminated with Christmas cards inside. 

Renee ~  The environment should be a priority in all kinds of ways!

Karen ~  You are green.. so you are doing great!  I got far less cards this year than ever.. but I think people are just not spending money on the cards, stamps etc.. when we can do it electronically it saves, time, money and the environment.. not so good for the card companies.. and all the workers.. but our world is evolving and some things need to change.

 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra:  My Mom uses Christmas cards as tags for Christmas gifts the following year.  We've also made Christmas ornaments with them.  I'll see if I can dig one up for you and explain how to make one.  You'd enjoy it.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 9 years ago
I would never bother with cards (don't send many anyway). But I do try to follow the old idea of reusing and using up when I can. I'm trying for less waste in our lives.
Posted by Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson, (Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ) over 9 years ago

Chris Ann ~ that sound great!  Happy New Year.

Leslie ~ Less waste is BEST!  Thanks Leslie!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra ~ What a great tip to re-use the Christmas cards we get.  I like to use them on next years presents for tags.  Happy 2011 to you ~

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) over 9 years ago

June ~ Happy New Year's to you too!  When do we get to find out about the KODAK moment finals?  Let me know.. I will send people your way! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

A great post Carra!

Happy new year!

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 9 years ago

What a great idea Carra!  It's easy and resourceful!  I love it.  I'm going to re-post to share with my Outside Blog readers!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Carra - What a great idea!  I'm all for recycling and reusing and I hate to admit it, but I usually just throw my Christmas cards away.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 9 years ago

I like it, reuse, recylce and reduce, great blog, Happy New Year.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Joshua ~  Thanks..

Donna ~  What great way to "reuse" the idea!  Thank you and I hope people like it!

Michelle ~  Well now you can think twice about it.. I got some late Xmas cards and I am going to use the post cards I created from the left overs and send a Happy New Years note on the re-cycled Christmas Card.. with my sticker of course so they know what I am doing..

David ~  Those 3 R's have been around a LONG time..  20 years ago my daughter made me get a re-cycle container for aluminum cans.. so we have been TRYING to recycle, reduce, reuse  a long time!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra ~ what a creative idea!  I never would have thought of that.  I do partake in the recycle part already and it makes me feel good about it.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) over 9 years ago

Dawn ~  Everyone doing a little will make a difference.. great job to be helping already!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra ~ I didn't make the top ten so I am not in the finals.  All of us are voting now.

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) over 9 years ago

June ~  Thanks.. I loved your photo and the sentiment! It was a great Kodak Moment. 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra, Great video and great idea.  I am a child of parents who remembered the great depression, so I picked up tips from my mom too - I recycle cards also as tags and even make cards by adding backs to a beautiful front.

Great stuff!  All the best to you in 2011!
Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 9 years ago

Carra-great tip.  Just when I think I've got the Three R's under control you come up with another way I can take one more thing out of the recycling bin.  Thanks!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Doug ~  Would love to hear about ideas to recycle.. so let me know and we can create some exciting Cow Tips! 

Cindy ~   you make me giggle!  I have some exciting news.. Margaret Rome is going to be part of the Cosmic Cow Pie group.. have you taken her E test?

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra - love to hear new ideas about recycling, as we are recycling junkies at this house.  Tell us more about Margaret Rome's E test!!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Lori ~  Glad to hear you are addicted to reycycling!  That is great!  Go to Margarets web site and click in the middle there is an E-test.. I just took it and got a 24.  We will be including a link in the announcement post.. so you can get it there too!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

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