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What fear means to me

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96 days into my 365 Clover Challenge:  Although I'm only self-employed for five weeks now, I sometimes feel fearful, e.g. that savings run out one day. Two weeks ago, Feline Beuming asked me what fear means to me. In this video , you can hear my answer. (Visit http://bit.ly/3lletVT  for the whole interview) Video: https://twitter.com/ErlijnG/status/1332376138883035137

#416 - Repairing cooking utensil by gluing parts together

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This was such an easy one. Instead of throwing the cooking utensil (I use it when eating pizza) away, I just glued the parts together. And it took a lot less time than buying a new one.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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95 days into my 365 Clover Challenge:  On Sunday, I promised to let you know how you can support me. I'd be very grateful when you buy the 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge (e)book ( https://amzn.to/377KRa5 ),  share the book with others and leave a review on Amazon.  Happy Thanksgiving Day!

#50 - Wearing warm pullover instead of turning heating on

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I have a very cozy, warm pullover. When it gets cold, I wear it all the time. And as it is a bit too big, I can wear it over another pullover. It works really well to keep the heating down.  

No laptop -> new ideas

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94 days into my 365 Clover Challenge:  Yesterday, I forgot to bring my laptop to my drawing course. Oops. So instead, I used the materials that were available, which triggered completely new ideas. That's why I believe: the more we acknowledge climate issues, to more we will come up with ideas to improve.

Looking back: "Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right"

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Looking back: 232 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:  I believe what Henry Ford said is true: I think I can complete my Challenge successfully, and so far, I'm well on the way to make this come true. And I believe it also applies to anyone of us: when you believe you can make a difference in the climate crisis, you can.

#415 - Marking pizza sauce glasses with wool leftovers for recycling during crafting

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When I’m crafting, I often have waste that should go in different types of bins. To be able to separate my waste during crafting as well, I marked some old pizza glasses with wool leftovers. Blue is for paper, yellow for plastic and black for residual waste.

New mindset -> new results

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93 days into my 365 Clover Challenge:  Statistics show that 90% of all startups fail. There are probably many reasons causing this, but one thing I now see clearly: as with living more sustainable, it can only work with a shift in mindset. I'm now working on my entrepreneur as opposed to employee mindset.

#49 - Reducing the number of towels to dry hands

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Without thinking, I sometimes pull 3 or more paper towels from the dispenser after having washed my hands. Now I became conscious of this habit of using two or more towels, I tried with only one. It worked well, so from now on, I will now only use one.  

I don't know yet, but I will

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92 days into my 365 Clover Challenge:  Some moments, my confidence that my self-employment will work is low. The reason: the more I know, the more I realize what I don't know and the more I can do, the more I realize what I can't do. But most importantly, I add "yet": I might not be able yet, but I'll learn.

Looking back: Do you see commonalities or differences first?

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Looking back: 231 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge: What did you see first in the picture: that they are almost identical or that the color of the land differs? I tend to look for commonalities and found out that many who think climate change is a hoax, still want to contribute to a healthy planet e.g. by recycling.

#414 - Eating decoration too

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On parties, I often see a lot of food that is used as decoration and not eaten. As I don’t like food to be thrown away, I decided to eat the decoration too.

How can I support you?

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91 days into my 365 Clover Challenge:  Is there anything I can do to support you?  Yes, there are actually many things you could do to support. I'll gather ideas on Twitter using the hashtag #supportErlijnG, so that you can see whether there is something that you like to do. To make a start: sign up for email notifications in the menu on the left.

#48 - Using manual lawnmower instead of electric one

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I am using a manual lawnmower to mow the grass. I have to admit that the grass area in my garden is not extremely large, but still ... And the good thing too is that I don’t risk mowing an electric cable.  

Being lucky due to trying and practicing

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90 days into my 365 Clover Challenge:  Today, I was lucky! I accidentally selected a drawing tool that will make it easier for me to draw four leaf clovers (I used it for today's drawing). As with living more sustainable, by trying and practicing, I'm more likely to bump into something that works for me.

#413 - Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables

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This time of the year is the time of pumpkins. I've been eating it several times over the last few weeks, as eating fruits and vegetables in the season they are harvested is more sustainable than later in the year, for example because it requires less energy for storage (e.g. refrigerators). But also, this pumpkin for example didn’t have to be processed or supplemented with preservatives.

Expectation management

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89 days into my 365 Clover Challenge:  I already knew this, but today learned it again: expectation management is important for me. When I would have all kinds of expectations, I would often be disappointed. By not having expectations instead, I'm open for what comes, whatever it is. Without disappointment.

#47 - Getting last bit of toothpaste out of tube

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When finishing my tube of toothpaste, I always make an effort to squeeze as much out of it as possible. But I used to throw the tube away when nothing comes out anymore. This time, I cut off part of the tube and see here, there is some toothpaste left! (This also works for tubes with paint.)  

Behind the scene book

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88 days into my 365 Clover Challenge:  Since I started my Challenge, many things happened. I've already shared bits and pieces here and am gathering more stories with Yvonne Roth in a book. If you like to be informed when this behind the scene book is finished, please let me know: bit.ly/331G0nU

Looking back: Like a jigsaw puzzle

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Looking back: 228 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:  When I do a jigsaw puzzle, I love finishing it. But what I love even more is putting each piece in place. That's why I'm also passionate about my Challenge: each tweet feels like a part of the puzzle that becomes more complete every single day.