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Goal in focus Win Award for my book 2 people are doing this
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16/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 7 cheers 2017-02-24 14:17:46

    I found 4 literarily-inclined friends to send my screenplay to and get feedback from. I caught a couple of typos/missing words in a brief glance-through, which makes me think there may be more that I'm missing. But now I'm curious to see what their collective reaction is, and whether I've succeeded in creating a page-turner.

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-17 03:20:30

    Today I arrived at page 56 of editing my current script and find myself enjoying the process tremendously.

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-16 01:39:08

    I would've phrased this goal differently, since what I really want is an award for my screenplay based on my book, but I figured I'd join a goal that already had other subscribers... 🙂 Today: finished the first draft of the screenplay, after a month working on the adaptation.

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Thrive! 5 people are doing this
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17/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 4 cheers 2017-03-03 18:54:07

    There's much that I could write about thriving, but I'm finding a few keystone concepts to help my days lead me to thriving...


    1. Consistent drinking of water during the day, tapering off in the late afternoon

    2. Having a 4 pm 30-minute clean-up period, so nothing stands in the way later of getting to bed early

    3. Winding down my day by 7:30 or 8 pm and starting with the evening ritual of maintenance of eyes and teeth while listening to a fiction audiobook

    4. Writing my plans for the next day before bed

    5. Waking up by 4, starting the breakfast cooking and sitting down for 15-30 minutes of meditation.


    Some time ago I read "The Power of Habit"; the author emphasized that there's typically one keystone habit that leads to other good habits showing up.

    For me, it's getting to bed early for long, deep sleep.

    But now I realize that...


    1. Deep sleep requires not rising in the middle of the night (hence tapering water consumption mid-afternoon);

    2. Getting to bed early depends on my environment feeling "finished"; hence that it already be cleaned up

    3. Maintenance, pre-bed time, requires having the enticement of a fiction audiobook that also keeps me from getting distracted by other things;

    4. The whole point of getting to bed early, beyond good sleep, is having a productive early morning, and having a plan in place allows me to go on autopilot with the plan when I wake;


    and lastly...


    1. Rising at 4, putting breakfast on simmer and meditating means that even using 15-30 minutes, I'll have tons of time in the morning for my most demanding creative projects.


    This is not the same thing as thriving, but it is putting in place the habits that lead to thriving...

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    meditation7 Doing 7 cheers 2017-04-07 02:58:32

    For today, Thursday April 6th, I am very grateful for...


    1. A good workshop today at noon, with a lot more people than I thought might come

    2. Talking with J several times

    3. Talking with Julie and hearing about her happiness re: P's plans to stay with her at Snoqualmie falls for her birthday

    4. Talking with M about taking care of her cat while she's traveling

    5. A new interesting/entertaining audiobook: The Logic of Life

    6. Sun in the afternoon! I know it's not objectively true, but it feels like the first time in 8 months

    7. Sunbathing while having dinner!

    8. Kale quesadillas for dinner

    9. Having Julia Cameron's book "Walking in this World" on audio thanks to S.

    10. Assembling a new "Happy" playlist and listening to some of it

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-04-06 00:32:13

    Today, April 5th, I am very grateful for...


    1. Rising at 4

    2. Meditating

    3. Talking with J

    4. Talking with my brother

    5. Finally getting the book for him

    6. Having great audiobooks to listen to/from work

    7. My plan to do slightly different classes resulted in an additional engagement later on in the month

    8. Leftovers

    9. A quiet day

    10. A brief journey back into 43things

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-28 00:57:31

    For Monday Feb, 27, I'm very grateful for...


    1. Sleeping well

    2. Being asked to teach an extra corporate class next week

    3. Meditating

    4. The remnants of the Decoding Deepak film watched yesterday wafting in and out through my mind, as well as the observations they provided about what it takes to live at that level of success

    5. Making progress in my game

    6. Remembering about the technique of showering in the middle of the day as a means of "rebooting" mentally

    7. Spending most of a cold, wintry day in a climate-controlled environment

    8. Time to get to my destinations in a relaxed fashion

    9. Time to stop at the library and read a little

    10. The thought of being able to get home tonight, slipping into bed early and sleeping long.

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    meditation7 Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-28 00:55:40

    For Sunday, Feb 26th, I was very grateful for...


    1. Morning class flying by when compared with an 1.5 hour class yesterday

    2. Getting a ride back from class

    3. Watching the Decoding Deepak film with J

    4. Walking to the nursery

    5. The peaceful feeling of the nursery

    6. Petting the koi fish

    7. Macadamia nuts!

    8. A quiet afternoon at home

    9. J's smile and laughter while walking

    10. The quick, homeopathic amount of time spent at the second-hand store to kill the desire to shop without actually buying anything.

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-28 00:54:21

    For Saturday, Feb. 25th, I was very grateful for...


    1. Understanding the difference between a mood and a biochemical imbalance

    2. Meditating

    3. Visiting East-West with J and playing with the 4 large quartz bowls

    4. The woman who complimented me at the end of the 2nd class

    5. Falling asleep with J

    6. The mating ethos of the Bonobo monkeys

    7. Making extra money with the 2nd class

    8. Having J here in the evening

    9. The bright lights at the Japanese shop raising my mood from dark, rainy day

    10. The wrap with RA's leftover salad

    11. Getting to bed early.

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    meditation7 Doing 6 cheers 2017-02-16 01:44:20

    Hello, everybody! So delighted that 43Things is back after a long hiatus and that a great community can be forged with amazing people from all over the world!

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    meditation7 Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-23 02:18:41

    The Bellini Card, by Jason Goodwin

    Third in the Investigator Yashim series, this one is different in that it's set in Venice of the 1800s. At first I was a little disappointed that, like the other books, it wasn't set in Istanbul, but the story quickly grew on me and I wound up fascinated by the history, politics and intrigue in Venice of this era. This novel has a greater focus on the art world and art history, which is always fascinating for me. Another novel superbly crafted by Jason Goodwin, satisfying to the end, and rich with all kinds of plot details that have me thinking about it for days after finishing it.

    Most mystery books that are part of a series have a certain formulaic quality about them. You read the first one and if it's good, you like it... but then they fall prey to their own success. You read the second and subsequent ones and they lose a little of the sheen of discovering the characters for the first time. Not so with these books. They are true literary gems that happen to be mysteries as well, and I was captivated by and enjoyed the second and the third book no less than the first one. The author is a true scholar who can weave an intelligent, multidimensional tale into historical events, keep the plot moving, and keep the reader's interest high, while doing so with masterful craft of the language. 5 out of 5 stars!

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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-22 00:19:06

    Yashim Cooks Istanbul, by Jason Goodwin

    I read the fiction books, now I had to peruse the cookbook with the recipes.

    A beautiful book with really great photos and excerpts from the novels where the recipes were originally mentioned.

    All the recipes are mouth-watering and appeal to my Mediterranean sensibility.

    I confess I haven't made any of the recipes yet, but I did note the use of spices that I found to challenge the way I think of certain flavors. ("Really? Cinnamon in that? Who would've thought! And fried mint in that, too?")

    The book is as much a pleasure to peruse for its aesthetic value as its culinary one.

    4 out of 5 stars for me.

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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-22 00:10:23

    The Snake Stone, by Jason Goodwin

    I am so happy that there are 5 books in this series. It's sooooo good that I don't want it to end. The author is erudite, entertaining, spins a good yarn, scholarly, and a good writer. And, if that wasn't enough, he's probably also a great cook, throwing in recipes in the middle of the story from time to time.

    This is the second book in the Yashim the investigator series.

    It's the 1830s and Istanbul is plagued by fake currency and faces the uncertainty that a dying sultan creates. A mysterious Frenchman steps onto the shore of Istanbul, befriends Polish ambassador Palewski, and Palewski introduces him to his best friend, Yashim. The Frenchman turns up dead a few days later, and Yashim is the prime suspect.

    Through a series of plot twists we learn all the ins and outs of the complex water distribution system in Istanbul, its keepers, its secrets. Characters from various nationalities abound, are well drawn, and are also pulled from history. Lord Byron and his involvement in the Greek independence war weaves in and out through the characters who interacted with him, and Greeks, Albanians, Brits, Frenchmen, and of course, Turks are well represented in the story.

    It is fun to go investigate after the fact which characters were really drawn from history and which are the author's imagination, and it's a credit to him that they're all so believable that you're surprised to find the discrepancies between fact and imagination.

    I loved this book. Jason Goodwin is a very accomplished author. 5 out of 5 stars.

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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-21 23:55:48

    Why We Get Fat (And What to Do About It), by Gary Taubes

    I had this audiobook in my collection for a long time before I got around to listening to it. I thought I knew the premise and what the author was going to say... and while ultimately I was right, I learned an incredible amount along the way once I got around to this book. What an amazing journey Gary Taubes leads you on! Very thorough researcher, leaves no stone unturned, and does so in a surprisingly readable and enjoyable way.

    While I wound my way over to this book through "Eat Fat, Get Thin" and "Always Hungry?" I found that I learned more, and got more fine level of detail on questions that were on the back of my mind through this book than those two other ones, although the two other ones were also good for different reasons.

    Furthermore, I read this book more from a sense of understanding health than anything else, and I was surprised to find out that many things that I'd done through the years that I considered desirable and healthy (as did most other people who commended me on my healthy lifestyle)... are actually not that healthy. Gary Taubes doesn't just say this, he presents and synthesizes all the current research that proves so.

    The historical background to his research too, going back to the 1800s proved to be as fascinating to me as any novel would be.

    Highly, highly recommended. 5 stars out of 5.

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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-21 23:45:33

    Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman

    This was a gateway to other books that explored more in-depth the ideas presented by Mark Hyman. If there was one contention I had with this book, it would be the title. Obviously, it wouldn't be as pithy and catchy as the current one, but it really should read "Eat (the right kinds of) Fat While Leaving out (the wrong types of) Carbs, Get Thin"...

    Dr. Hyman had a podcast series called "The Fat Summit" where he interviewed about 25 different people from a wide spectrum of diets and views, and I learned more about everything that I was doing right (and wrong) with my diet than anything I'd seriously studied in quite a few years.

    I'd say this is a 4/5 stars for me. (The podcast seires was a definite 5 out of 5.)

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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-26 04:05:22

    Sleep earlier and taper off on drinking water by 4 pm, so you can get up earlier, but not to go pee. :-)

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-17 03:22:34

    Ever since I got a housemate who wakes up at 4 (and whose alarm tends to wake me up at 4 also), this goal has become easier and easier. Getting to bed early sometimes means starting preparations way ahead of time, as in cleaning and decluttering earlier in the day so there's less to do between me and getting to bed when it's time.

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16/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 8 cheers 2017-02-26 04:07:17

    Ah, Vee the Aatmiya Yogini, DaveA, and so many of you who followed me and whom I followed back in the days... where are you?

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      meditation7 Doing 3 cheers 2017-02-28 01:04:37

      @beequeen Oh, my goodness--Yes, I remember so many of those names. Faustus lives in my town and we almost met in person, but somehow the planning fell through with schedules and timing. I hope eventually they find their way back! :-)

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      meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-28 01:06:27

      @wyverndust We know each other off-43Things, and she's one of the few people I met in person, even though we live in different continents. She is as amazing in person as she was on here. I sent her an alert to the fact that 43Things was coming back, but I get the feeling her current work schedule has a tendency to interfere... Still, here's hoping... :-)

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      sessygail Doing 3 cheers 2017-02-28 02:32:00

      @meditation7 I was thinking of Vrinda when I saw this question, too! Such a wonderful spirit. And another I have missed is ooty!

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      wyverndust Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-28 03:06:01

      @meditation7 that's wonderful and how lovely! thank you!

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      wyverndust Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-28 03:06:12

      @sessygail yes ooty is so special and lovely!

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-26 04:08:09

    The first of my friends just read the screenplay I finished writing and had some good suggestions and constructive criticism which I'll incorporate in the next revision. Still waiting to hear from 4 more friends.

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-18 04:54:08

    Page 88 and loving the process so much! It's hard to break away to go take care of my real-world duties... :-)

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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-17 03:23:00

    Today I arrived at page 56 of editing my current script and find myself enjoying the process tremendously.

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    meditation7 Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-26 04:09:13

    One word (actually, 3): sprouted mung beans. I sprout them at home and they make a great addition to my salads, wraps, and what-have-you. I'm pretty sure I get at least 2 servings from them alone per day...

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    • ctdave
      ctdave Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-08 12:47:17

      @meditation7 the other piece of my new dietary plan is to eliminate all refined grains and sugars, basically replacing them with veggies. Sprouted mung beans is a great vehicle for this.

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