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Is walking up a hill tiring? Not under these circumstances

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Do you think it is tiring to walk up a hill? I'm sure these children didn't think so. So what is the difference? They were enjoying themselves. And this is true for me too: when I'm enjoying something, it becomes so much easier. That's why I have so much energy for my sustainability work.

#76 - Buying organic milk instead of non-organic milk

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Of course, I have often heard about organic foods. But to be honest, I don’t really know why this is more sustainable. So, after having bought this organic milk, I did some research. I found out that products that are produced using organic farming can get this label. Organic farming means that the production is based on methods that intend to be environmentally friendly and enable animal welfare. Excellent, this sounds as if it is perfectly in line with my Challenge.  

Happiness results from what we give

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When I shoveled snow two days ago, I noticed that my neighbors didn't have a chance to do it yet. So I knocked on the window to ask whether it would help them to their part too. As they didn't have the equipment, they really appreciated it. As a thank you, they gave me this local honey.

#441 - Buying batteries only when needed as they can go off

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I had some batteries with a specific shape on stock. But as they are so specific, I hardly ever use them. As I needed one recently, I found out that they had gone off so I can’t use them anymore. So I have to throw away all these batteries unused. This taught me that I only buy batteries when I need them.  

Make your dream come true with this course

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If you want to start saving money today and want to continue saving money for the rest of your life, then you don't want to miss this: Today, I'm excited to share with you my renewed website!  On this website I share online courses that will make it easy for you to help saving our home by adopting a (more) environmentally friendly lifestyle.  The first course is on how to live more environmentally friendly AND save money at the same time !  You can find the course here: www.SustainableDecisions.eu   Enjoy the course and making your dream come true with the money you saved!

#75 - Capturing water in sink for doing dishes instead of letting water run

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When doing dishes, I capture the water and soap in the sink. This saves a lot of water and as I use warm water, it also saves a lot of energy. Furthermore, I start with only a little water, as the amount increases anyway when I rinse the soap off.

The flexibility to change

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I wanted to go for a walk today when I found out that it was my turn to shovel snow. I could have become grumpy that I couldn't follow up on my plan. Instead, I realized shoveling snow is also exercise and outside, so I enjoyed these moments just as much as I would have enjoyed my walk.

#440 - Soaking pan with bath water instead of fresh water before doing dishes

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As I've been cooking for several days (#221), I have a huge pan that needs to be cleaned. To be able to clean it quicker when doing the dishes by hand or make sure it gets clean in the dishwasher, I soak it beforehand. To save a few liters, I decided to use bath water. It may sounds a bit dirty, but it doesn‘t matter as I‘ll clean the pan afterwards anyway.  

I'll sleep on it

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I shared before that I got the advice from a professor to use my brain and follow my heart. Today, this is a challenge, as I need to make a decision about whether I do a particular project or not, about which my heart and brain have different opinions. Well, I'll sleep on it.

#74 - Scraping off food remainders instead of throwing it away

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After getting the wrapping off my butter, I noticed that there was quite some left on the inside. I decided to scrape it off. It turned out to be enough for one slice of bread.  

Reusing car tires

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On today's walk, I strolled passed these old car tires. They are part of a playground. I think it is a great way to reuse them, as rubber tires are hard to recycle, meaning that they also often end up in huge piles on landfills.

#439 - Doing patients' home visits by bike instead of car

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I saw this e-bike being parked close to my house. It is begin owned by a physiotherapist who visits his/her patients at home. And instead of using a car, he/she has chosen a more sustainable option. Well done!  

One walk a day ...

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During my lunch break, I almost always go for a walk or run for at least half an hour to do some exercise and also to get some sunshine. The sunshine helps me to feel good even in winter. That's why I believe is true for me: one walk a day keeps a depression away.

#73 - Using old magazine as paper wrapping

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When wrapping the present yesterday (#72), I also had a present that didn’t fit in this paper wrapping. I had a look in my paper bin and found an old magazine with nice pictures in it. I decided to use two of the pages to wrap the next present. It doesn’t look as good as yesterday, but the principle works. So, I’ll keep an eye open for more beautiful pages for future presents.

Digital sustainability - how to find a strong password

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Yesterday, I shared I'm solving technical issues, which today involved passwords. In 2018, I shared on the German television what can happen if an account gets hacked and how to choose a strong password. Today, I added subtitles so you can watch it too:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLk9RWELozg&t=72s&cc_load_policy=1&cc_lang_pref=en

#438 - Repairing bike after cycling 30.000 km / 18,641 miles

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A family member told me proudly that he had repaired his bike after it broke. I‘m not surprised, that the bike broke as the odometer said about 30.000 km / 18,641 miles! Wow, I‘m impressed and all these km/miles by bike saved so much CO2-emissions!  

It seems impossible until it's done

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Due to my IT-background and experience as ethical hacker, I'm used to working my way through technical issues. And so I did today. And I realized that what Nelson Mandela says indeed applies to my technical issues, I feel it will also apply to my sustainability mission.

#72 - Reusing wrapping paper

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For my birthday, I got a book that was wrapped in a nice, colorful piece of paper. I decided to keep it to be able to make someone happy with it later. As you can see here, I had a present with the right size and I think it looks great.  

Just in time today

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128 days into my 365 Clover Challenge:  O wow, I've been working so concentrated all day, and have been so focused on my work for my surprise that I completely forgot about my post for tonight. So just in time, I wish you a good night and a nice rest of your day!

#437 - Creating garden fence from old spiral binding

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Whilst cleaning my home office, I found some books from a course that I did years ago. As I don‘t need the learning materials anymore and it is too much of a niche to put give to someone else, I decide to put the paper in the paper bin. I took the bindings out for recycling and was able to use them as garden fence.  

Enjoying my walk through snow while it is still there

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Today, I went for a walk in the snow. I enjoyed it, because I love the feeling and sound of crunching snow under my feet. And I enjoyed it even more knowing that I will probably be able to enjoy snow less and less often with our planet warming up.

#71 - Shopping by bike instead of by car

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For one of my crafting projects, I needed a piece of wood. Although I had to go to the other side of town to do the shopping, I cycled over instead of driving by car. As it wasn’t heavy and not a lot, it worked out well.

5 ideas on how to save fuel - and money - when driving a car

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As many people depend on a car these days, I in this video share with you how you can reduce the amount of fuel you need - and save money.  https://youtu.be/l9reegMj3Kc

#436 - Using hot water bottle to warm up instead of showering

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As I‘m taking shorter showers (#9), turn off the tap whilst soaping my hair (#28), and use cooler water (#342), I‘m sometimes a little cold when I go to bed. Instead of reverting all the habits, I‘m using a hot water bottle to warm up, which requires a lot less water and lasts longer.  

Obligatory pile of papers

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Today, I started in a study as participant. I was shocked to get a pile of papers, as I already read it on my computer. Apparently this is obligatory as it makes sure participants are informed. This doesn't make sense to me, so I hope that such regulations are soon paste tense.

#70 - Eating fruit from a tree instead of letting it rot

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Today, I walked past a tree on which someone put out a notice encouraging passers-by to eat its fruit. I really appreciate this as it is much better to eat it than to let it rot on the ground. And it tasted good, because the fruits are much fresher than when transported across the globe.  

Intelligent laziness

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When I'm doing tasks that require much repetition, I love to come up with ways to perform them quicker. When for example having recorded many videos, it's afterwards unclear which ones are final. That's why I make screenshots as a marker, indicating that the previous file is good.

#435 - Using plastic waste for still life drawing

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During another drawing course, we were allowed to choose one or more objects for drawing or painting a still life. As I wanted to give plastic waste a second life, I upcycled it to a still live motif. I had 1 hour and 45 min but it felt like I just started as I was in a flow.  

Stay tuned!

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While I'm waiting for Twitter to unsuspend my account, I'm not at all sitting still as we would say in Dutch. One of the things I'm working on is a surprise for now. I'm doing everything I can to share it with you by the end of January, so stay tuned!

#69 - Giving book away instead of throwing it away

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Close to my house is a bookshelf. It is standing outside, so that people can put in or take books for free. Whenever I have a book that I have finished reading or don’t want to read anymore, I put it in there instead of throwing it away. I then hope someone who wants to read it finds it, so that he/she doesn’t have to buy a new one.

Behind the scene

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Today, I have been working on a few videos. For my videos, I use a tripod, my mobile phone and a professional microphone, so that you can hear me well. This is how this looks like, a picture from behind the scene.

#434 - Asking for magazines someone else finished reading

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I have several magazines I like reading. They are all timeless (i.e. not based on the news), which means that I can also read them a long time after they got published. That‘s why I asked a few people whether they have finished reading some of these magazines. I got a whole pile! It saves me money and of course we produce less paper waste.

Every disadvantage has its advantage

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The famous Dutch football player Johan Cruyff said once: "every disadvantages has its advantage". Today, I again realized that this is true: the advantage of not being able to work with Twitter is that I can spend time on preparing offers that I've wanted to work on for a while.

#68 - Traveling by train instead of plane for inland journeys

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Whenever I have a trip within Germany, I prefer to travel by train. Apart from the environmental advantages, while flying is admittedly quicker for long distances, I can use my time on the train much better. Here I can work; when flying I am busy with moving to another chair, queuing and check-in.