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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.

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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

EXTRAS2 weeks ago


SarabandMe too

:) 2 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 Hanh2 weeks ago


SarabandYes

I dodged it. And completed today. Thank goodness! 2 weeks ago


SarabandFizz...

is already on ice ;)

:)

x 2 weeks ago


Saraband 4 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!! 2 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 year2 weeks ago


Saraband 2 months ago


SarabandBig changes

This has been a goal where setting the intention seems to have had a profound impact.

B & I are communicating so much better: I am communicating so much better. I’m really happy with this progress and it’s a great example of where success breeds success; my confidence in my ability to speak out clearly, confidently and compassionately has truly soared.

A resounding cheer for myself on this one!
:D 2 weeks ago


Saraband 4 years ago


SarabandUntitled

I really hoped this would be a goal I could finally mark as done – it’s been hanging around more or less since I joined 43t. But although they accepted me as a volunteer I’ve heard nothing further from Anthony Nolan and now isn’t the time to follow it up.

I’m letting this goal go for now. 2 weeks ago


Saraband 6 months ago


SarabandObviously an ongoing goal

but I’m unlikely to post anything more under it so off the list it goes… 2 weeks ago


SarabandUntitled

Although we still have to buy some new curtains and hang the right pictures, I’m marking this goal as done.

We have a room that I love to enter now rather than a room that we generally kept closed off. The soft gold on the walls reflects the light as I’d hoped it would. What was the coldest room in the house now exudes a gentle warmth.

It took a collapsed ceiling to finally get us moving on redecorating this room but it was worth the wait – and the effort ;) 2 weeks ago


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SarabandToday's the day?

4th July

Yesterday seemed overly full of trouble and strife: weirdness on 43t which added to the sense of loss and sadness that had settled around me overnight; my laptop woke up behaving badly; early morning online orders were rejected or refunded by the time I arrived home; not a single pair of the many pairs of jeans I ordered fit well enough to keep. Retrograde Mercury throwing a spanner in the works perhaps?

On a positive note there were no calls, letters or emails regarding the flat sale and in this instance I am firmly taking the view that no news is good news. And on an even more positive note there was a significant change in Cl – clear from the moment I walked through the door. We went on to have a lovely evening – which included a hug. For someone who currently can’t cope with being touched that was massive. One of the best hugs I’ve had in years!

Today should be completion day. An early task for me will be a call to the solicitors for an update. I’m trying not to get my hopes up. I also need to chase up the steam cleaner, delivery of which seems to have evaporated; source another supplier for my black cohosh which also seems to have vanished off all my usual sites. Plus the usuals: garden (more plants have been given to me, will I ever get to the end of planting them all!), housework and exercise. And another biggie: Cl needs to contact her mother and arrange a return home even if temporary. The last 3 attempts have failed within moments but B is adamant that Cl must try and I think he’s right. I shall need to encourage her I think…

Today’s Focus: Cl’s home trip, keep tabs on sale proceedings, chase down various items, blitz the house

“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:
Cl
call solicitors/agents
chase steam cleaner
source black cohosh
email P

HOPEFULS:
message to J
clean upstairs
garden
ironing

POSSIBLES

EXTRAS2 weeks ago


SarabandThursday 3rd July

Thursday. I woke with a heavy heart. Then I remembered the anniversary this days marks. My laptop has developed some disturbing blips overnight and then I find strangeness on 43t. Deep breath before I step into this day…

Much later: just remembered Mercury is retrograde. Somehow that helps :)

Joys, gratitudes and happiness:

  • sunshine
  • a lovely overnight message from O_M :)
  • our newest member of staff seems lovely
  • my first batch of jeans have been delivered
  • Cl seems a great deal better today; something had changed in her when I got home. We had a good evening :)
  • a huge hug from Cl – so great :)

And finally, special gratitude for Cp – a very dear friend and an amazing person who left us two years ago today and who exemplified joy and giving and caring. Gratitude for having known her, loved her and learned from her. Special memories…

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” ~ Charles Wagner2 weeks ago


SarabandWednesday 2nd July

Wednesday. At home, early awakening despite the late night, feeling rested and energetic and eager to start this crisp, bright sunshiny day. By evening I felt tired and frustrated: feeling the need for time alone again. Possibly Sunday…

Joy, gratitude and happiness today:

  • a few moments spent at the bedroom window, watching the golden mists softening the hedges at the far end of the field; the sun sending golden streams through leafy branches closer to home. Fleeting thoughts of autumn – pushed quickly to one side. Too soon, too soon!
  • experimenting with tweaking my do first things first goal; better for me I think
  • sunshine
  • my first walk in over 2 weeks. A short one but it’s a start
  • a few more steps closer to completion on the flat
  • B’s sweet understanding when I snapped
  • ending the day as it began, with a few minutes of quiet contemplation, breathing in the deep, rich gold of the sunset and floating on the rosy-pink wisps of cloud…

Be here now – this is your moment – this is your life. Live it to the full. – Leonardo da Vinci2 weeks ago


Sarabandok.....

I would dearly love to post under this goal until the very final day. But without pictures it doesn’t serve the same purpose for me. So do I carry on posting or stop now? When I started to type I intended to draw a line and say I was stopping. Now I’m not so sure.

pause for thought….

OK – carry on posting sans illustrations. And practice acceptance of what is, not what I’d like it to be or what I’d hoped it would be :) 2 weeks ago


SarabandMindfulness course

I shall look forward to hearing how this goes, MM. I’m sure I’ll find it here, on pc, 43refugees… somewhere! 2 weeks ago


SarabandGentle days

3rd July

For the first time in a while I struggled to get up today. I thought perhaps it was because I am working today – I never work Thursdays as a rule and my working pattern is bitty and without rhythm. But perhaps it is simply the date. My dear friend Cp died two years ago this morning. I remember this time last year I woke with a heavy heart. This year – as with the last – my heart remembered the date before my mind had registered it. Even though I am not consciously noting the date as I go to sleep the night before, memories and sadness are easing their way upwards in my sleep to reach the light of day by dawn.

I am seeing a pattern in my days with Cl which mirrors B’s days with her. She is both no trouble and extremely hard work in equal measure. By evening, when the other of us comes home from work, the homebound one is tired, tense and anxious to step away. Being with Cl is draining. I countered it last night by stepping away gently for the evening and taking a long warm bath. And B was sweetly supportive. We need to keep this partnership going.

Today is a work day. I hope too that I can keep up the walking. Even if I can’t bring myself to go straight out with the group (thus leaving Cl alone for another 2 hours) I very much want to take a shorter walk from home. A day to be gentle with myself I think, a day of memories and thoughts of what a special friend I had in Cp…

Today’s Focus: working, walking, keeping in touch with Cl, not pushing too hard

“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:
Post keys
Washing machine – resolve thishopefully resolved
Cl
Work

HOPEFULS:
message to J

POSSIBLES

EXTRAS2 weeks ago


SarabandTuesday 1st July

Tuesday. July arrived bathed in sunshine and clear freshness. And I arrived in this brand new day feeling rested and with some equilibrium restored. Hurrah!

Joy, gratitude and happiness today:

  • sharp fresh early morning air
  • sunshine
  • several compliments from very satisfied customers. (Not all directed at me personally – it was a team effort :))
  • mutual support, spoken and unspoken
  • open and honest conversation with Cl and B, leading on to stimulating discussion and shared laughter
  • a proposed date for completion – and it’s imminent :)
  • a single fledgling robin – more fluff than feathers!

Be here now – this is your moment – this is your life. Live it to the full. – Leonardo da Vinci2 weeks ago


SarabandIf in doubt - simplify

2nd July

Feeling back in my stride today – even if that bootcamp has now finished ;)

I REALLY planned to walk straight after work yesterday but B was out, Cl started up a conversation as soon as I got through the door and I didn’t feel I could shut it down. I’ll try again tomorrow. I also need to simplify, especially my online time. As the walking has decreased so the online time has increased – my laptop is my downtime, processing time, recording time. The balance is skewed. I’m feeling a strong pull towards easing off; I’m getting too list-bound. More tweaking on this goal perhaps?

It’s looking like the flat will complete on Friday which will be amazing. I need to talk with my solicitor today; get a few things clarified, make a few calls. So that’s my focus for today: clean and simple.

Today’s Focus: ensure all’s in place for completion

“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 Hour2/3rds achieved

House and Garden

Tidy

Bathrooms

Shine sink

Cat corner

Water plants

Feed birds

Exercise

Stretchesand planks

5000 steps min

Walk2.5 miles

ESSENTIALS:
Solicitors
Agents (keys?) ready to post
Washing machinestarted
Cl

HOPEFULS:
clean upstairs
ironing
laundry
shopping order
call Mum and Dad
message to J
flea treatment for harri
garden

POSSIBLES
clean another chair

EXTRAS
emails to Cm
ordered jeans – lots of jeans ;)
quick chat with R
beds 2 weeks ago


SarabandWorking, walking, talking (sounds like a well-known old song...)

1st July

Yesterday was not a good day and is best left to lie where it fell. Today heralds a new month; the sun is shining; I feel rested; and I’m filled with resolution and commitment. Yay!

B, Cl and I need to have a good talk. I’ve read up, done some strong overnight thinking, and feel ready to do justice to whatever July brings with her. (Does anyone else think while they’re asleep?) I also need to get myself back into at least some of my normal routines. It’s all doable – just takes a touch of effort and discipline. I can do this!

The power hour yesterday was a non-starter. By lunch-time yesterday I’d more or less decided that now wasn’t the time to introduce it, then I read the comments from yesterday’s entry under this goal and now I’m thinking ‘maybe I can make it work…’ :) So the power hour stays for the moment though I am going to tweak it for myself. This was my initial thought anyway – not sure why I changed my mind at the last minute. Here’s what I wrote – before I wrote yesterday’s entry – and this is what I’m going to aim for:

“Taking inspiration from Dragonfly with this. I could accomplish a lot in a focused hour.

I think I’m going to split my hour into 3 periods of 20 mins each: to be used as follows:

1. 20 minutes weeding
2. 20 minutes exercising
3. 20 minutes cleaning and/or decluttering

Like Dragonfly, these activities don’t have to happen consecutively, just happen over the course of a day. The weeding is something I’ve committed to already and I need to keep up the momentum. Exercising is also an ongoing commitment, albeit one that has fallen badly at the moment. Ordinarily I walk for much longer than 20 minutes but by including it here, even on the days that I’m not doing a longer walk, I can slip in a slow mile at the very least. 20 minutes cleaning and/or decluttering refers to something outside the normal daily routine. If I achieve this, I envisage real progress in a relatively short space of time :)”

Today’s Focus: work, walk, talk

“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 choicesso very nearly – derailed at the last fence

Take supplements: black cohosh, calcium, kerela, greens

Gratitudes

Happify

Forgiveness Challenge

Read

1 glass only

Meditate

Power nap

Power Hourworking

House and Garden

Tidy

Bathrooms

Shine sink

Cat corner

Water plants

Feed birds

Exercise

Stretches

5000 steps min

Group walk

TODAY:

Relationships, Friends and Family:

big talk with Cl and B

message J

House and Garden:

Henry’s workout

shoo out the spiders, flick duster around

shopping order

gardening

Extra Brownie Points For:

Queued:

jeans

consider and act re prime membership

final clean of plaster dust: chairs7 out of 8 remaining

Future Focus:

Simplify, avoid over-extending 2 weeks ago


SarabandRetrograde

Phew! Glad it’s only until July 2nd i.e. today. Looks like the flat will finally complete on the 4th – I’d rather not have any more gremlins in the works!

;) 2 weeks ago


SarabandPower Hour

Well….. I agree it’s a great concept and Grandmonster, I would accept your compliment if I felt I deserved it but so far I have achieved precisely nothing! I tweaked my version of it this morning but then had no time to post it and now as the day closes I’ve still not managed to achieve anything in my power hour. Oh dear!

It may be the wrong time for me to initiate anything like this since life is far from straight forward at the moment. But I’ll persevere for a while and see what happens.

:) 3 weeks ago


SarabandImage

The picture is called Quiet by James Jacques Joseph Tissot

:) 3 weeks ago


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