It’s been three months since I first began the Buy Union! challenge. To be honest, a part of me was dreading the challenge because I wasn’t sure I could do it. Like most of us, I had become relatively thoughtless about how I spent my money — even while publishing a Buy Union! directory: Los Angeles Labor 411. The thought of re-arranging my life was a bit intimidating, especially considering how busy I am as a working mom. I’ve got a lot on my plate… no less than when I started the Buy Union! challenge.
But you know what? Sure it’s been inconvenient at times, but change is often less about stopping something than it is about starting something new—creating new habits. And I’ve done that. I’ve practically memorized our directory. I read the labels before I buy. I pass by stores like Target and go to stores like Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs and Rite Aid. Easy. (Well, not always easy, but you know what I mean.)
So I think I’ve gotten the hang of this Buy Union! challenge and since I’ve bent the rules a bit here and there (just a bit, mind you!), I think I’m going to extend this challenge a couple weeks until we unveil the 2011 print edition of Los Angeles Labor 411 — the hardcopy version of www.lalabor411.com. This is the third year of its publication and it feels a bit anti-climactic to just call off the Buy Union! challenge when we’ve been working so hard on putting together the print edition for months now. A couple additional weeks won’t hurt — actually it will help support more good-paying American jobs and that’s the reason why I’ve committed to this challenge in the first place. So I can live with some more challenge. It’s a good thing. (But as soon as this is over I’m going to sit myself down at a local restaurant and order me some good old fashioned Chinese food! I can’t wait! 🙂 )
So continue to check back over the next couple weeks. The challenge continues!