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#136 - Throwing waste in bin instead of toilet

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In the ladies toilet, I often find a sign not asking us to NOT throw sanitary towels in the toilet.  I always wonder why these notes are still needed.  Well, I now understand after watching a TED-talk about this. Apparently there are a lot of people still doing this.  Even though I never do this, I add this item as it is so important to keep using the bin for waste.

Only 5 minutes ...

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Yesterday, my partner urged me to put some feedback I received into practice. As I didn't feel like to do it but knew he was right, I made a deal with myself: work on it for only 5 minutes. And then magic happened: having made a start made it easy to continue: I worked on it all day. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

#501 - Replacing hard drive instead of buying new computer

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As the images and videos for my online courses ( https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/available-courses ) and the images for posts use a lot of disk space and is data I don‘t want to delete, my hard drive became too small.  Instead of buying a new computer, I bought a new hard drive and exchanged the old one. After that, I copied everything from the old disk to the new one (everything not just means files and folders, but also operating system etc).  The first time it didn‘t work, but the second time it worked perfectly, so my computer is up and running again.    

Knotting a rug

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When I take a break, I love doing sports.  I also love knotting a rug.  It's a really brainless activity as the colors are printed on a paper grid.  But that's exactly why I love it and why it relaxes me.  And it's a sustainable hobby as I'll be able to use the rug when it's done.  

#135 - Repairing bag instead of buying new one

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I have used this bag many, many times. But it got ripped on the side.  So, I left it in the cupboard for a while.  Finally, I decided to repair it so that I can use it again, instead of buying a new one. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

Let's celebrate!

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Did you ever go to bed feeling you'd like to celebrate more?  I do, so let's celebrate together, as today is a special day: I shared idea 500 of my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge and you are part of this journey!  When you love being on this journey with me, please invite others to join too, here or on Twitter , so that they can experience the same pleasure!

#500 - Using washable instead of one-way diapers

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Two of my friends have little girls.  I‘m very happy that they are conscious about our environment and use washable diapers.  Only occasionally, for example when they can‘t stow away a dirty diaper, they use single-use plastic diapers.  I‘m so grateful! (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? >  https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )    

Wonder of the world

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Today, I went for a run with a dear friend.  Apart from chatting a lot, we enjoyed the fresh greenness of spring.  I feel that nature is one huge wonder of the world!

#134 - Boiling right amount of water instead of too much

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When boiling water, I make sure that I boil the exact amount of water I need.  Often I can use the scale on the inside, sometimes I measure with a measuring cup.  This makes me use only the exact amount of energy I need, not more. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks ) 

Obsessed with learning

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Yesterday, I participated in another course. You may think I'm obsessed with learning. I am! But the good thing is that I learned in this event that the number 1 factor of success is being hungry to do more, learn more, give more, etc.  So, I'm happy with the way it is! (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

#499 - Storing face mask in inside pocket so I don't loose it

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Due to the pandemic, I always have a face mask with me.  I noticed that it is very easy to loose it when it is in my pocket together with keys, gloves, etc.  To make sure that it doesn‘t fall out accidentally and then ends up in nature, I looked for a pocket on the inside of my jacket.  And how great, I found one!  Now it is safely stowed there. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )    

Listen to yourself to be able to listen to others

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I'm currently doing a course about transformative listening.  I learned that before we can listen to others, we need to be able to listen to ourselves.  This way we can make sure that no thoughts, fears, prejudices etc are in the way when connecting to others with our heart. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

#133 - Wearing t-shirts multiple times to reduce washing

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I noticed that I got into the habit of putting t-shirts into the wash after wearing them once. But often, they don’t smell at all, so there is no problem of wearing them again.  Now I check before I decide whether they need to be washed. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

The power of intention

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Intention is really powerful and essential for anything we want to achieve. In this video I explain why: https://youtu.be/zQnnPjhID4k

#498 - Creating fancy fence with wood leftovers

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Whenever I walk past this fence, I‘m impressed.  I love it how the animals are cut out of the wood at the top.  And I think it is clever how several leftover pieces of wood have been brought together to make a beautiful fence. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? >  https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks ) 

What can you do to make your life better?

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Lets consider: Can you think of something you could do today to make your life worse? I can. And can you think of something you could do today to make your life better? Amazing, I can too! So, what do you do? (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

#132 - Filling box with paper instead of bubble wrap

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I sometimes have to send a little package by post.  I noticed that I have different materials from previous packages that I kept: paper and plastic.  So obviously I decided to use the paper to fill the box instead of the bubble wrap. (Was this helpful or are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? Here are some suggestions on how you can do so: > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )  

Building a tower

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When making a difference, it makes more sense to build one large tower by putting stones on top of each other nicely than to scatter them and believe they somehow pile up by themselves.  My Challenge is my first project in which I consistently put all stones in one, high tower.

#497 - Keeping shutter band (#454) for later use when it got replaced

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In #454, I shared that I stabilized the shutter band so that it lasted longer.  When it got replaced after all, I noticed that there was a large part that is still in good shape.  I decided to keep it, because who knows what I can still use it for in the future.  And when I do, I don’t have to buy a new band. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )  

Nocebo-effect

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I guess you've heard of the placebo-effect.  I feel that the opposite, the nocebo-effect, occurs more often than we realize: merely believing that something can do harm causes the harm we fear.  That's why I repeat "I love you" silently when meeting someone I expect to dislike. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )