Dear Annie: Saving time while saving the planet

Dear Annie: My husband is passionate about what we can do as individual citizens to combat climate change. He believes that the greatest impact a person can have is to reduce their driving. So he started using public transport as much as possible to fulfill his role.

Public transportation in our city is far from perfect, turning a 20-minute drive into a two-hour train / bus / bicycle trip. This has dramatically increased the amount of time he spends commuting.

I would like to support his desire to be environmentally friendly. I agree with his claim that more frequent use of public transport will increase the number of passengers and ultimately improve service if you are lucky. But now it’s been a very long time. We have small children, pets, and running homes. Every time he did what he could do in less than an hour over four hours, I was dissatisfied with his choice of public transport and climate awareness over his family and what I had to do There are a lot left.

How can you respect his desires and passions while balancing without extra work? -Dissatisfied with public transport

Dear Frustration: Props to your husband for his noble goals. But when his humanitarian spirit begins to influence his personal relationship, it may be a time of compromise.

There are many ways to live an eco-friendly life, and reducing driving is certainly one of them. Want to make a list of sustainable practices that (SET ITAL) (END ITAL) fits your lifestyle? For example, you can start composting or stop using disposable plastic food containers.

Remind him that on days when there is too much public transport, such as when towing pets and babies, the family is playing that role in other ways. Then you can protect your time and still make his green lifestyle a green light.

Dear Annie: This is a response to the “worker holic” woman who is burned out at work and is thinking about changing jobs. When I was in my early 40s, I lost my enthusiasm and closed the business and needed to change. To find out what change should be, I took some tests at a community college designed to reveal what your skill set and talent are.

I also read the book “The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life” by Laurie Beth Jones. I studied the book a couple of times in my career. It helped me focus on what was important to me at the time and make plans.

The most important thing I’ve learned on my career journey is when your passion is gone and it’s time to move on! The second most important thing I’ve learned is that I need an interest other than work. It’s very important when you retire. If you don’t have a hobby or something that makes you want to wake up in the morning, you’ll be miserable.

Good luck on your journey! – have been to

Dear there: Thanks for this great advice. In addition, there are a variety of free career aptitude tests online that can help “Workaholic” explore her options. There are many opportunities that did not exist 10 or even 5 years ago. Whether you’re looking for a career, hobby, or something you can get excited about, it’s always helpful to know what’s there.

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