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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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SarabandBut you will...

.. eventually? When/IF 43t finally goes? Would hate to lose you :) 3 weeks ago


SarabandYay! Yay! Yay!

Your excitement wings its way right around the globe :D

So pleased for you, dear J. Now to unpack those boxes ….

Can’t wait to see some pictures when it’s all finished :)

CHEER!3 weeks ago


SarabandI'm imagining....

... the picture :) 3 weeks ago


SarabandLes Revenants

We watched it too – very creepy. Very original. Compelling. I don’t generally like zombie stuff but this one had me hooked :) 3 weeks ago


SarabandI choose positive :)

8th July

After Sunday evening’s uncertainty Cl is going to try and remain where she is for this week as planned, which means our few days away are back in play – for now. She will be back immediately we return and will almost certainly remain here after that. There will be some adjustments to make.

This morning I’ve made the mistake of looking ahead – I have more holiday due to me than I thought so I need to find space in which to take it. However the next couple of months are already too busy which has left me feeling slightly burdened before they even arrive. Plus I’ve woken today feeling tired and sluggish so not in the best frame of mind to face the day or the weeks ahead!

First things first then: priority is to refocus on this present moment and make more positive thought choices: nothing is forcing me to think negative thoughts; I can choose to change them :) After that it’s a normal work-day. And it ought to be a group walk day but I didn’t make last night’s walk so I’ll wait and see on this one. I really want to reclaim this vital part of my routine but my energy levels seem totally zapped by that end of the day. It’s frustrating as the walking will probably lift those flagging energy levels if I can just push myself to do it. Other matters: I need to establish appointment times with Cl for the week she returns as she has several booked and I too have plans. At the moment I think we have a difficult clash so some time to re-organise things will be helpful. And finally there are a few loose ends to tie up on the sale which I’ll also get started on today.

Today’s Focus: inner work, planning, walking (please)

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ― William Morris

DAILY:

Mind, Body, Spirit

Set daily goals

43t

Popclogs

43 refugees

Test blood sugar levels

WLR

Make healthy food choices

Take supplements: black cohosh, calcium, kerela

Gratitudes

Forgiveness Challenge

Read

1 glass only

Meditate

Power nap

Power Hour

House and Garden

Tidy

Bathrooms

Shine sink

Cat corner

Water plants

Feed birds

Exercise

Stretches

5000 steps min6000+

Walk

ESSENTIALS:
Text Cl
Post cheque to Dad

HOPEFULS:
Review solicitor’s charges
Call TMW
Parcel up jeans
Order little B’s birthday present

POSSIBLES

EXTRAS
Email S & P
Investigate juicer 3 weeks ago


SarabandMonday 7th July

Monday. Work. Woke up feeling good despite the uncertainty. Work was much busier than I’d expected. Time passed quickly.

Joys, gratitude and happiness:

  • for this quiet July Monday with its clear bright light and gentle summer sounds
  • warm sunshine and sharp cold nights
  • Cl making it through her demons and opting to remain where she is for the week as we’d agreed. Our short break away remains intact :)
  • I apparently have a day more holiday to take than I thought. The problem I’m left with is how to squeeze in the existing days I’ve yet to book, especially now with this extra one. It’s a tough problem to have ;)
  • noticing a few more pieces in the jigsaw that creates good health, strength and energy levels
  • green smells after rain and celestial silvered clouds

Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson3 weeks ago


SarabandThank you Endrina

I’m glad that you’ve flagged this entry for me – I need to transfer it to popclogs (and update it).

Stretches and meditation are so important for me. I’m struggling a bit with both at the moment but I did manage the stretches yesterday. It felt good!

:) 3 weeks ago


SarabandRiding out the bumps

7th July

We had 36 hours between dramas: everything escalated again about 9 o’clock last night. Long discussions deep into the night. B did not go and fetch Cl; we are both expecting him to have to fetch her this evening. Our few days away is looking precarious. But one step at a time; this is only conjecture. And it was just a short break: Cl will come first.

A beautiful morning to wake up to – and I’m feeling good. Even if our respite period was brief, it has made a difference. I’m feeling replenished.

Hard to predict what today will bring. I’m working, and I’ll try today to set up cover for the possibility of needing to be off for Cl tomorrow. I plan to take my walking gear and go straight to the meeting point. It’s 3 weeks since I walked and I need to get that practice back. Beyond that – who knows!

Today’s Focus: working, walking, wait and see!

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ― William Morris

DAILY:

Mind, Body, Spirit

Set daily goals

43t

Popclogs

43 refugees

Test blood sugar levels

WLR

Make healthy food choices

Take supplements: black cohosh, calcium, kerela, greens

Gratitudes

Forgiveness Challenge

Read

1 glass only

Meditate

Power nap

Power Hour

House and Garden

Tidy

Bathrooms

Shine sink

Cat corner

Water plants

Feed birds

Exercise

Stretches

5000 steps min7000

Walk

ESSENTIALS:
Text Cl

HOPEFULS:
Email P & S
Mail cheque to Dadwritten & ready post
Library
Review solicitors’ charges

POSSIBLES
Parcel up jeans
Order little B’s birthday present

EXTRAS
Laundry on and out
Email R 3 weeks ago


SarabandSunday 6th July

Sunday. Up ridiculously early but not through choice. Nice though. Still feeling subdued but also patient. It will pass…

Joys gratitude and happiness:

  • unusual early Sunday sounds: whirring helicopters (bringing VIPs to the Grand Prix); church bell at 8.00 (we don’t have services here weekly and when we do have one they’re generally at 9.30)
  • working together. It makes so much difference :)
  • the house is clean and tidy; the washing and ironing are both up to date: bring on the new week :)
  • a great Wimbledon final (even if Murray was missing)
  • kindness from a lovely 43ter. I shall miss this place
  • sunshine – arriving as promised after a cloudy start. (Choosing to forget the badly-timed shower)
  • a brisk walk – curtailed by the invitation to a ride home in a 1926 Chevrolet. Fantastic!!
  • a warm shower; feeling refreshed and renewed
  • strengthening bonds: whilst I was in the shower Cl called. The rest of the evening was lost to drama, worry and strong, loving discussion…

Be here now – this is your moment – this is your life. Live it to the full. – Leonardo da Vinci3 weeks ago


SarabandThis...

... is exactly what I want to say. You found the words for me, Jessy :) 3 weeks ago


SarabandRe-balancing

6th July

AM Up at a preposterous hour this morning which provided a little time for thinking and reflection. I’m feeling a touch depleted – somewhat rung out. Everything wants to run on slow motion. I’m aware that there is masses to do – to catch up on – but I don’t seem too worried about it. I’m also aware that life feels fractured, directionless and rather empty.

I miss Cl; but I also miss my normal routines. So many things have slipped: diet, exercise, alcohol consumption. And what’s happening on 43t is unnerving. I’m still trying to straddle here and popclogs; I’m spending way too much time sitting down at a computer screen. In fact I’m straddling lots of things: 43t vs popclogs; time for Cl vs ‘normality’. Balancing life feels like a challenge I’d like to turn away from. Perversely, even having money in the bank seems burdensome right now: I feel the need to manage it (yes, and spend some of it) but without the oomph to get to grips with it.

Balance and control are the keys here. Too many elements are out of balance and when this happens I know that first and foremost I need to look inward and address my own habits. I also feel that most of life is currently outside my control. I just need to rein a few things back in. I can do that.

So no specific essentials for this overcast morning beyond taking the day at my own pace and rediscovering lapsed habits. Let’s just see what unfolds…

PM What unfolded was perfect… until fate intervened :)

Today’s Focus: rebalancing

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ― William Morris

DAILY:

Mind, Body, Spirit

Set daily goals

43t

Popclogs

43 refugees

Test blood sugar levels

WLR

Make healthy food choices

Take supplements: black cohosh, calcium, kerela, greens

Gratitudes

Forgiveness Challenge

Read

1 glass only

Meditate

Power nap

Power Hour

House and Garden

Tidy

Bathrooms

Shine sink

Cat corner

Water plants

Feed birds

Exercise

Stretchesand planks

5000 steps min5200

Walk

ESSENTIALS:

HOPEFULS:

POSSIBLES

EXTRAS
Clean & tidy throughout with grateful thanks to B
Catch up on washing and ironing
Talk with B about finance
Call Mum & Dad
Order shoes in sale
Investigate capsule wardrobe
Order more jeans (and keep fingers firmly crossed)
Watch Wimbledon final 3 weeks ago


SarabandHa ha!

Extra points awarded ;)

And already feeling better because we now have a relatively clean and tidy house and I’ve done every scrap of ironing.3 weeks ago


SarabandThank you, Colleen :)

And you are right of course; I would just rather it wasn’t so :)

In fact two major things co-incided: the flat sale finalised on the same day that it was agreed that B’s daughter would spend the coming week at home with her mother, thus giving us a much-needed break after a very intense 3 weeks.

I’m feeling better today – and being very gentle with myself indeed. (Although we are currently blitzing the house, we are doing it together which is a very different thing than forcing myself through it alone.)

I really value your kindness in taking time to offer me ‘permission’; it means a lot. Thank you again :) 3 weeks ago


SarabandAhhhh

Such a lovely photo!

:) 3 weeks ago


Saraband 9 months ago


SarabandThank you, JW :)

It certainly feels good to have got this one out of the way!

xx 3 weeks ago


SarabandSaturday 5th July

Saturday. Work. Rain. Subdued mood. All will pass :)

Joys, gratitude and happiness:

  • I can use pictures again – thank you Ru~ :)
  • work was not as quiet and dull as I expected (it’s the British Grand Prix weekend, held just a few miles away)
  • Cl has made it back home
  • an evening on our own
  • an honest talk with B. We covered lots of ground. Gratitude for the massive improvement in our communication skills :)

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they let you in.” ~ Robert Frost3 weeks ago


Sarabandyay!

really happy to read this! 3 weeks ago


SarabandAnd me!

Hoping you decide to give it another chance :) 3 weeks ago


SarabandThank you :)

:) :) 3 weeks ago


SarabandHi ho, Hi ho, it's off to work I go

5th July

It’s looking good for Cl to spend some time at home. And hopefully this time her arrival will run smoothly and there will be no call to come and retrieve her. The intention is for her to spend at least this coming week back home – we have a couple of nights away planned so it makes sense. But I shall try to have no expectations on who I shall find here when I get home from work.

Yesterday was a good day in terms of time and support for Cl though a total non-starter in terms of what I needed to get done. Tomorrow is going to be grim I suspect – a major catch-up game. But the flat completed – that’s a massive milestone and a life-changing one in a small way. Plans to celebrate didn’t quite work out which I’m disappointed about.

Today is work. Work will be deadly dull and quiet courtesy of the British Grand Prix which will keep everyone away from the local town due to road closures and congestion. It’s also raining. Is it evident that I’m grumpy? I am, and I can’t seem to shake it. I’m still cross with B over last night’s spoiled celebration and much as I want to let it go it’s refusing to budge. Hopefully I’ll shake off the grumps at work and return home more like Happy than Grumpy!

I’m adding nothing to today’s list. I’ll be pleased if most of the daily tasks are ticked off by the end of the day :)

Today’s Focus: stop being grumpy!

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ― William Morris

DAILY:

Mind, Body, Spirit

Set daily goals

43t

Popclogs

43 refugees

Test blood sugar levels

WLR

Make healthy food choices

Take supplements: black cohosh, calcium, kerela, greens

Gratitudes

Forgiveness Challenge

Read

1 glass only

Meditate

Power nap

Power Hour

House and Garden

Tidy

Bathrooms

Shine sink

Cat corner

Water plants

Feed birds

Exercise

Stretches

5000 steps min

Walk

ESSENTIALS:
work
de-grump ;)

HOPEFULS:

POSSIBLES

EXTRAS3 weeks ago


SarabandMe too

:) 3 weeks ago


SarabandFriday 4th July

Friday. At home with Cl. And the day of possible completion. It was a big day :)

Joys, gratitude and happiness:

  • bright, breezy sunshine
  • abandoning all thoughts of getting anything done as Cl was up early and wanted to talk. It was a good talk. She’s come a long way
  • the flat completed. At last. Such a great feeling!
  • my current account looks amazing right now! The task of what to do with the equity is a nice problem to have ;)
  • plans coming together for Cl to return home. It may be just for a visit, it may be for much longer, but it’s a start and hopefully this time it will work out

Ru – THANK YOU!!

‘Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment.’ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh3 weeks ago


SarabandYes

I dodged it. And completed today. Thank goodness! 3 weeks ago


SarabandFizz...

is already on ice ;)

:)

x 3 weeks ago


Saraband 5 months ago


SarabandSold!

We completed today: I have the money, my purchaser has the keys. Yay!

Since the need to buy another flat waned once R & Esz found a place of their own I can officially mark this goal as complete.

I am SO pleased!! 3 weeks ago


SarabandUntitled

The umbrella goal for mindfulness will move to popclogs. I shall not start a July mindfulness focus on 43t.

But will copy over the focuses so far this year3 weeks ago


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