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Stop and Smell the Roses – and Save the Planet

POSTED UNDER By Our Associates

Green Living isn’t just about reducing our impact on the environment – it’s about living responsibly and making the world a better place. It’s something we’re passionate about, and we love that our Associates share that passion and respond to Macy’s Green Living. You’ve shared tips, photos and story ideas, and now we’re excited to show our shared passion in a whole new way. We’re proud to introduce our first guest post, written by Macy’s Associate Linda Akhavein.

By Linda Akhavein, guest writer

I have made a lifestyle change for sustainability – the days I’m off, I do not drive my car. Instead, I walk everywhere: the supermarket, post office, park, Home Depot, doctor and dentist appointments. It is a very healthy and environmentally responsible choice. I get great exercise – walking helps me maintain my weight! I grab my reusable bag to carry groceries or other items I need, which is great for my arms – it’s like lifting weights. Another benefit is that I get to be outside and enjoy my beautiful city with the water, flowers and trees. It is amazing how much you will appreciate your city when you are walking in it instead of driving. It’s a great way to clear the mind.

It’s good for the environment, too, because there’s one less car on the road – which means fewer emissions and less gasoline used. Plus, I’m saving money on gas. Between the personal benefits and the environmental benefit, it’s a win-win situation.

My best friend Noreen and I met 37 years ago when we both worked at Macy’s. For the past 10 years, we’ve celebrated our birthdays by walking a beautiful path along the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco – I never get tired of seeing this amazing view! We started bringing trash bags with us and picking up trash as we walk –I do that all the time, and it’s become part of my life. We also think twice about buying things, and buy sustainable items as much as we can. The gifts we give each other are plants, fruit trees, flowers and herbs that we plant in our gardens and enjoy so much.

The park where I walk has beautiful roses, and recently I had a customer in the store who turned out to be the rosarian for the park and community center. She’s been maintaining the roses for more than 20 years, and I thanked her for her service to the community and let her know how much I appreciate the roses, as well as how much beauty they bring to our city. You’re probably familiar with the saying, “take time to smell the roses;” I did, and then I met the woman who grows them and takes care of them!


About Linda Akhavein

Linda Akhavein works in sales at the Macy’s Hillsdale Furniture Store in California. She walks between 10,000 and 15,000 steps a day, and has even been known to walk the five miles between home and work during the warmer summer months. Linda’s been a part of the Macy’s team for 37 years. Active in Macy’s Partners in Time and Matching Gifts programs, she recently received the Give Back Award.

When she’s not working, Linda volunteers with Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo County, her local blood bank and a soccer program, and she walked in an AIDS-awareness march with Macy’s in San Francisco. She loves walking, organizing and decorating and says she always looks at the glass as half full – “A positive outlook can reflect in your health and makes for a very happy life,” she says.

Interested in writing a story for Macy’s Green Living? Let us know!


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