I began this blog as a challenge to write for the 400 days leading up to my 40th birthday.  I met my goal and my 40th has come and gone…. almost two years ago.  For about 8 months I posted regularly on an iphoneography blog (Me, Myself and iPhone) and then with a cross the world move and some health issues I found myself far from the blogging community.  I missed blogging and interacting with my many cyberspace friends who joined me on my 400 days journey.

I have decided to start writing again here (without the daily commitment) and I hope that you will enjoy my continued random musings.

Thank you for continuing to join me on life’s journey!

PS – If you have a brilliant name for my blog, I am open to hearing it! 🙂


1,016 responses to “Purpose

  1. OurIsaJourney

    February 19, 2012 at 08:13

    What a great idea for a blog! I’ll be following along!

    • 400daystil40

      February 20, 2012 at 09:32

      Thank you, OurISAJourney! I look forward to hearing more from you!

      • Gloria Winn

        March 25, 2012 at 14:56

        Look forward to follow you during these 40 days. God is with you!

        Thank you for visiting my blog Small things with great love.

    • kpropst

      March 19, 2012 at 21:52

      I love this! What a creative idea! Thank you for following my blog at I will look forward to getting to know you as you traverse the days to 40! 🙂

    • chloeflowers

      May 2, 2012 at 19:44

      Great concept for a blog. One of those: why didn’t I think of that moments for me… :). I was challenged recently by a speaker at a writers’ conference to do something everyday that I would normally hate to do, or be too afraid to attempt…advice I wish I had heard ten ears ago…

      • 400daystil40

        May 3, 2012 at 21:29

        Thanks for the compliment and what great advice you got at that writer’s conference!

  2. Dace

    March 3, 2012 at 21:03

    I am not 40 yet but I know the truth and I am not saying that to brag just to share.

    There is only one truth – you are born and you will die. Your life’s mission is to live and enjoy all of it without judging, labeling and looking for answers because there are none. Any answer you might get loses its meaning the day you die, and it could be today or it could be in 50 years.

    Just live my friend and follow your heart. Whatever you want to do, do it. Whatever you feel – pain, happiness, joy, love, hate – just take it in and embrace it. It is not about compromises, it is not about making somebody else happy. It is all about you and how you choose to live…

    • 400daystil40

      March 4, 2012 at 15:35

      Thanks, Dace. I appreciate your comments. Indeed you are correct, we all need to work on living our authentic truth, our lives, without connecting to the judgement of others. Easier said than done for many…. I think one of the keys is for us to remind ourselves to live our authentic lives each day…. to free ourselves from our self-judgements and the judgements of others.
      ~ 400daystil40

    • Not Many Wise

      March 12, 2012 at 22:48

      Is the Dead Sea in Israel a pointer to life?
      It has a river GIVING to it.
      But it doesn’t GIVE OUT to anything.
      The result is that it becomes more and more dead.

      • 400daystil40

        March 13, 2012 at 22:28

        An interesting observation… I personally believe we all have to be giving and receiving in order to be living life to its fullest.

      • Bob Faw

        March 31, 2012 at 19:06

        nice metaphor!

      • nruit

        July 1, 2012 at 01:52

        But the Dead Sea gives to so many people like myself, its healing powers are amazing!

    • Bob Faw

      March 31, 2012 at 19:01

      I like what you wrote, Dace. I like taking it all and living fully.

      My thought is similar. My personal purpose is to transform myself and help others. My “core values’ are Learn, Grow and Have Fun!
      Not looking for outside purposes, nor beliefs that live by. I want to keep growing and learning and enjoying life as much as I can until I die.

      I’m 46, and this purpose has been powerful for me for 20 years. It still feels like I’ve arrived, and still feels meaningful.

      I believe everyone has to discover internally what their own purpose and core values are. Then, if they are brave enough and passionate enough, to live to them as fully as they can.

      Life is short, enjoy every moment possible.

  3. Kristina Harman

    March 4, 2012 at 19:30

    Ironic, I started writing my blog to fulfill a similar purpose. Well, sort of similar but also sort of the opposite. Lol. Although I will say, I think you’re right about what you’re searching for; it will come from within. Sylvia Plath said, “perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” Anyway, I’m glad you stopped by because I can totally draw strength from your experiences and thank you for documenting them for us to read!

    • 400daystil40

      March 4, 2012 at 22:20

      Thank you, Kristina. I enjoyed reading your blog posts… and yes, I did get that sense of similar, yet different at the same time. I look forward to hearing more from you about your journey!

  4. Mike Martinez

    March 4, 2012 at 19:54

    I’ll admit, turning 40 is a pretty significant milestone but remember: Life is a journey, not a destination!

    • 400daystil40

      March 4, 2012 at 22:25

      Very true!!! I hope it is one of many milestones I hit in my life!!! Yes, life is one incredible journey – sometimes like a roller coaster and at others like a peaceful walk through the forest.

  5. Gosbert

    March 4, 2012 at 23:24

    ”I have a loving, supportive partner, two amazing children and a good job in the profession I set out to be part of during my university days. By any outsider’s account, I have “arrived.” Yet, somehow it seems I missed the passenger arrival terminal and I want more. I have not arrived, I am in the international transfer terminal continuing to reach for more.”

    I’m 25 – I’m fascinated to read your insights, the part I’ve quoted resonated – I was just thinking the other day, is this it? I’ve completed University and I’m working in a sector which I always dreamed of working in. The future could lead to promotions etc – but is this truly it?

    I look forward to reading the blog 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 5, 2012 at 07:32

      Thanks, Gosbert! I look forward to hearing your insights as well! Eventually we WILL figure it all out and learn what “it” is.

    • liamodell1

      August 25, 2012 at 19:44

      Thanks for liking one of my blog posts! I really appreciate it! 🙂

      • 400daystil40

        August 25, 2012 at 22:54

        Thanks, Liamodell1, and thank you for stopping by my blog! 🙂

        • liamodell1

          August 26, 2012 at 00:11

          No worries! Nice blog you’ve got here! 🙂

  6. Cedelle

    March 5, 2012 at 01:35

    I wish you luck on your journey, and I’ll follow along in hopes of possibly learning from you what I have not in my short 18 years of life thus far!


  7. charityposey

    March 6, 2012 at 01:01

    These are some awesome resources that can help your soul and help you grow more in love and in knowledge!:
    The Happiness Project
    (I plan on reading that myself)
    Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne (awesome)
    Forks Over Knives
    Food Inc.
    God Grew Tired of Us

  8. Ashley Girl

    March 6, 2012 at 05:16

    Wow…so nice of you to think my “Band of Angels ” is awesome.Thank you! I like the way you write! You have some fun stuff! Ah….turning 40….was really a great and whimsical time for me considering…my husband had an affair with my best friend and left me with my 18 month old….alone….if it wasn’t for my family… 40th Birthday. …..would have been very sad indeed. You will find your soul’s yearning…for sure! simply because you are LOOKINg…another thing I just learned…maybe it will help you too…is to not get caught in trying to “overcome” any circumstance or challenge….just notice it…embrace it as much as that can be possible…and it will find a different….wonderful ending for you…….!!!!!!! Ha Ha!!!! Good luck! Great Blog!!! THANK YOU!!!!

    • 400daystil40

      March 6, 2012 at 22:36

      Thanks, Ashley! It sounds like you have been through quite a lot in your life! I think your advice is good advice – to see the challenges, but do not let them overtake us. I look forward to hearing more from you.

  9. bethany

    March 6, 2012 at 06:13

    What a great idea–enjoyed reading your posts today!

  10. lesliesholly

    March 6, 2012 at 15:48

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I love this idea! I hope you get it all figured out. 🙂

  11. rrp69

    March 7, 2012 at 19:31

    Great idea! For me, too, writing is a powerful invitation to authenticity… That is, when I write, I become more authentic in other aspects of my life, too. I look forward to seeing your insights as you share… and as you approach the ever-indefinable “forty”! Thanks for stopping by my blog this week, too. Take care. ~ RoiAnn

    • 400daystil40

      March 7, 2012 at 22:54

      Thank you, rrp69! I really appreciate and agree with your insights – I also find that writing triggers a deeper authenticity! I look forward to reading more of your writing.
      Take care~

  12. Kevin

    March 8, 2012 at 00:52

    Hey Kid,

    Thanks for reading the blog. Sounds like you have figured out that doing everything “They ” said to, isn’t necessarily the answer. I do know that Love and Forgiveness are the two biggies. On a personal level, it is learning how to be selfish, without being becoming narcissistic- that is the real journey. Let go, move on, and feel the fear and move past it. Thanks from superatsixty.

    • 400daystil40

      March 9, 2012 at 21:40

      Thank you, Kevin (superatsixty). I look forward to reading more from you!

  13. John Paul McNeil

    March 8, 2012 at 08:17

    I’m about 2 decades older than you, and havn’t figured it out either. Did figure out that it’s not about figurin’ it out though. Experiencing it I suppose, and maybe more figurin’ it in. Kind of like a resonance. Like in music, which is my main thing, but I put up a blog because I kept hearing to get folks to come to your music website you gotta put up YouTube videos, and blog. And you were kind enough to call the poem I put up “awesome”. One thing I figured in that is important, is kindness. A very good resonance. So I thank you for your kindness. And the awesome idea you have here for a blog. Peace and Blessings.

    • 400daystil40

      March 9, 2012 at 21:38

      Thanks, John. Yes, the journey is often more important than the destination!!!

  14. russtowne

    March 10, 2012 at 00:28

    Sounds like a great goal to me! Good luck!

  15. Kevin SIne

    March 10, 2012 at 14:53

    Good idea for a blog, I’ll follow along to see how things are going. I just turned forty last September and am going through a mid-life crisis of sorts. Trying to live more intentionally and with greater purpose. Thanks for checking out my blog the other day,Pieces of truth, found here I think you may find some of our thoughts will criss-cross. Keep up the good insights.


    • 400daystil40

      March 10, 2012 at 22:02

      Thank you, Kevin. I look forward to reading more of your blog. I agree, I do think we have quite a bit in common!

  16. wwlindberg

    March 10, 2012 at 22:27

    Lmao, too late for me,I’m already 45

    • 400daystil40

      March 11, 2012 at 20:49

      Naw, wwlinberg, it is NEVER too late!!!! 🙂

  17. wwlindberg

    March 10, 2012 at 22:28

    you may also like my other blog,

  18. Cheryl Merrill

    March 10, 2012 at 22:39

    I believe the natural progression to this should be 500 posts before 50, and another 600 before sixty. Can’t wait to read them.

    • 400daystil40

      March 11, 2012 at 20:52

      On no!!! Right now I have to get through all the posts ’til 40 – I might just go crazy with 500 ’til 50 and 600 ’til 60 – unless, of course, I end up independently wealthy by then!!! Looking forward to hearing more from you.

  19. Louis

    March 10, 2012 at 23:28

    I’m almost twice your age. I would say if you play your cards right the best is still to come. But beware – blogging can become time consuming and addictive. Take care you don’t get bogged down in the slow lane while life passes you by on the outside!

    • 400daystil40

      March 11, 2012 at 20:53

      Ah, Louis, you are SOOOO correct! Blogging can indeed become very time consuming and the rest of life can pass you by!

  20. Hattie Wilcox

    March 11, 2012 at 01:17

    Great theme. I hope you have not arrived, for what would be left? Not to diminish what comes before it, but life does begin at 40. Spend your next few hundred days getting ready for your life to be better. I wish you surprise. Best, Hattie

    • 400daystil40

      March 11, 2012 at 20:55

      Thanks, Hattie! I hope you are right!!!!

  21. Janna Noelle

    March 11, 2012 at 20:32

    I admire your stamina for being able to blog every day! Your posts seem very thoughtful, and concern topics that I can certainly relate to as I try to figure out where I’m trying to go in my own life, and how I get there in a positive frame of mind. I look forward to following you on your journey.

    • 400daystil40

      March 11, 2012 at 21:00

      Thanks, Janna! I look forward to reading more of your work as well.
      PS – Some days it is harder to blog than others – but I am persevering!!!

  22. Karen Molenaar Terrell

    March 11, 2012 at 20:33

    Your blog rocks, Almost-40!
    May your next 387 days be filled with wonderful adventures and opportunities, and may you have a blast on your journey to your 40th!

  23. depressionavoyage

    March 11, 2012 at 22:26

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Your purpose behind your blog is a great idea and I will be following along your journey. Keep in mind there are some cultures who believe that on your 40th birthday you will hear a big bang and the bang turns you smarter. So sit back relax and listen for the big bang on your 40th birthday.

    • 400daystil40

      March 12, 2012 at 22:04

      Thanks, I like the idea of hearing a big bang on my 40th that makes me smarter!!!

  24. oddznns

    March 12, 2012 at 01:46

    Great ideas 400 days! May you experience your so wonderfully wrought fantastic self, your deepness, your largeness TODAY … and every day up to 40 and beyond.

  25. Jennifer Terry

    March 12, 2012 at 03:49

    Thanks for liking my post over at The Southern Gardener. Glad you did because it brought me over to your blog which I’m enjoying tremendously. Your posts are so insightful. Many of us are dealing with the same questions about where we are in our lives and discovering the things that make us happy in life. Good luck in your journey of discovery and thanks for allowing us to come along.

    • 400daystil40

      March 12, 2012 at 22:06

      Thank you, Jennifer. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  26. norcaliluv

    March 12, 2012 at 17:21

    I don’t get much feed back, thank you. If we could see the world as you, a path of learning and challenge we could cease to judge and know God Himself. The Law of Love is the highest path. It is a great lie that, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” God knows perfectly the heart of man and can judge. So may He grant you blessing in your intent to reach for higher things. Your unworthy fellow traveler, JT

  27. DiabeticallyYours

    March 12, 2012 at 18:34

    I love the idea of your blog! Thanks for liking my latest post, I’ll be sure to read more from you!

    • 400daystil40

      March 12, 2012 at 22:07

      Thanks, Diabetically Yours!
      I look forward to reading more of your work too!

  28. katrael59ganaiden

    March 12, 2012 at 18:54

    I guess we’re all looking for the same thing: the ultimate meaning of life. Why are we here? There will be road signs along the way but even now after sixty years there are times when I say ” did I miss the turn somewhere?” This may sound selfish but I learned that I wasn’t put here to make others happy I was put here to be happy. I guess being happy is a choice that we can choose and I believe that when we are happy we’ll make others happy. I wish you all the success in the world on your quest.

    • 400daystil40

      March 12, 2012 at 22:08

      Yes, Katrael59anaiden, we are all looking for the same thing, aren’t we? Thank you so much for all of your kind words and your insight!

  29. Adventures of a Twin Mummy

    March 12, 2012 at 19:04

    Fab blog, great idea. Think we procrastinate too much over getting to milestones in our lives, you however are embracing it and I love this, after all there are so many people that never reach these milestones so keep smiling chicken and I shall be following on your adventure, much lovage x

    • 400daystil40

      March 12, 2012 at 22:10

      Thanks, Adventures of a Twin Mummy! I look forward to reading more from you too!

  30. mobyjoecafe

    March 12, 2012 at 19:30

    The person I imagined I would be at 40, and the person I actually turned out to be could not have been more different. I thought I had too much skin in the game already and plowed forward hoping I could compensate in some other area of my lives. Not an effective strategy (at least for me). Nearing 50, with a completely different life, I can truthfully say that I’m happy. I hope your find what you are looking for as well.

    • 400daystil40

      March 12, 2012 at 22:12

      Hi Mobyjoecafe, yes I agree completely – in every stage of my life I have turned out to be different from what I expected to be (what/ where/ who) – and, thankfully, all for the better (even when times were tough, ultimately, it was for the best.)

  31. katrael59ganaiden

    March 12, 2012 at 20:17

    mobyjoecafe, I don’t think many of us turn out the way we planned. Like you, I didn’t either. Still I’m happy with the results so far.

  32. myeverydaychallenge

    March 12, 2012 at 21:15

    Love your blog. Of course you will make it. I am a Life Coach amongs other things and one if my favourite sayings is “If you keep on doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep on getting what you’re getting” . But you won’t because you are already making changes.

    • 400daystil40

      March 12, 2012 at 22:13

      Thank you, Myeverydaychallenge!!! I really appreciate your encouraging word and I look forward to reading more from you!

  33. Candida Abrahamson PhD

    March 12, 2012 at 21:15

    So are you making it? Are you becoming more insightful and wiser through your challenge? It would make a wonderful story if you do–I’d like to see you think about a book. Now wouldn’t THAT be a fun challenge??

    • 400daystil40

      March 12, 2012 at 22:14

      Thanks, Candida! Good question. I suppose I have another 345 days to answer your question!!!! 🙂 A book would be a crazy challenge… I suppose the first step is to keep this crazy momentum of blogging every day for 400 days in a row!!!! 🙂

  34. bullimiaddict

    March 12, 2012 at 23:23

    I loved 40, counted down the days with glee. Decided to be at my best. I was. But my husband left me that year. LOL. Hey, any other year I might have had a major breakdown, but I set myself up to be strong. Enjoy the journey!!

    • 400daystil40

      March 13, 2012 at 22:29

      Thanks! It sounds like you have lived through a lot. Keep on keeping on!

  35. Kate

    March 12, 2012 at 23:29

    Great blog idea. How is it going? I’m here to tell you…even if you don’t figure it all out by 40, you’ve still got 41, and 42, and…and BTW thanks for reading my post!

    • 400daystil40

      March 13, 2012 at 22:30

      Thanks, Kate! It is going well, I am being challenged to constantly find new, interesting, relevant topics – never a dull moment! You are correct, if I do not figure this thing out by 40, I will have more time!

  36. onlyspartanwomen

    March 12, 2012 at 23:56

    Thank you for liking my post. I love your blog concept (and your good humor!) Good luck on your quest!

    • 400daystil40

      March 13, 2012 at 22:31

      Thank you, onlyspartanwoman! I look forward to reading more from you!

  37. Sharon K

    March 13, 2012 at 00:09

    It’s so funny that you are blogging about this! I made this conscious choice at 17 years of age that no matter what I was doing, all I knew was by the time I turned 40 my life will change. I am 43 now and have to say, I have been continually committed to working on me. As you can imagine it hasn’t been easy, but in some aspects even the tiniest of steps have felt better than what I once had.

    Good for you for making this positive choice :).

    • 400daystil40

      March 13, 2012 at 22:32

      Thanks, sexyonthedarkside! It is fun to blog about this and I think, as you say, it is a continual journey to self-improvement! The key is often in the process, even more than the destination!

  38. kissingthecockroach

    March 13, 2012 at 05:39

    I LOVE this idea!!! It’s probably about 500 days until I’m 40….and I feel so happy that I actually made it this far!
    I can’t wait to watch your count down…
    The Cockroach

    • 400daystil40

      March 13, 2012 at 22:48

      Thanks, kissingthecockroach! Yes, I am also happy I have made it this far – and we are both off on our continued journeys!!!!

      • kissingthecockroach

        March 14, 2012 at 02:50

        We are, and just think what 40+ 1 day + 2 days, etc…can hold. AND today. Proud of you!

  39. themidlifesecondwife

    March 13, 2012 at 15:01

    What a wonderful premise for a blog! Good for you!!

    Thanks so much for visiting my site, and “liking” my recent post.

    Very glad to e-meet you,

  40. crindahl

    March 13, 2012 at 17:17

    Love your blog! What a great Idea!! Love the layout too! Look foward to seeing more 🙂

  41. Marti Parham

    March 13, 2012 at 19:36

    This is a great idea. I hope you find the answers you are looking for and learn a lot about yourself in the process. Good luck!

  42. ruthcatchen

    March 13, 2012 at 19:42

    Great idea for a blog! Life is truly a journey and documenting yours at this milestone will be interesting for you and help others. You will learn a lot about yourself and in the next decade look back at 50 what you were dreaming at 40. Been there and done that. I feel like I am always evolving and there are lots of transitions to come. Best!

  43. thepossibleself

    March 13, 2012 at 19:43

    Great blog…I am over forty and life is one great process where you are always coming to know more about yourself every day. Does life begin at forty? Well you certainly have enough experience to inform the next chapter….

    • 400daystil40

      March 13, 2012 at 22:38

      Thanks, the possible self! Yes, I am sure there are many chapters to come!!!!

  44. Alexi LaRose

    March 13, 2012 at 21:49

    I too am not 40, but i sure wanna see what you come up with 🙂 thanks for liking my blog

    • 400daystil40

      March 13, 2012 at 22:34

      Thanks, Alexi! I look forward to reading more from you!

  45. Linda

    March 13, 2012 at 22:43

    Gee, I dont remember anything significant about 40. I go through the international terminal periodically and find it quite refreshing when I reach a new “destination”. It seems to be an ongoing process for me 🙂 I enjoy the journey, revel in the arrival and then start the process over again.

    That doesn’t mean my physical, intellectual, and emotional travels are devoid of challenges or disappointments, just that no matter where I am, if I want to be somewhere else, I will take the time to figure out a way to get there 🙂

    I’m looking forward to following your journey!

    • 400daystil40

      March 13, 2012 at 22:50

      Thanks, Linda.
      I look forward to reading more from you as well! Yes, life is a process and a journey – I do not think it ever really ends until the moment we take our last breath.

  46. Clip Snark

    March 14, 2012 at 01:06

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    March 14, 2012 at 02:47

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  49. CottPrincess

    March 14, 2012 at 09:15

    Fantastic! I’m also on a path to self discovery at 25… Look forward to reading your blogs.!

    • 400daystil40

      March 14, 2012 at 23:14

      Thanks, CottPrincess, and I look forward to reading yours too!

  50. rocksinmypocketsthemovie

    March 14, 2012 at 12:52

    Hmm… what’s the big deal about turning 40? before you know are 45 and still clueless. At least that’s what happened to me.

    • 400daystil40

      March 14, 2012 at 23:12

      Thanks, Rocksinmypocketsthemovie.
      Lots of life can pass us by, the key is to live our truth in a conscientious way so that we try to make the most of each moment we have. Some days this is easier said than done!

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:23

      Naw, I am not serious, just trying to be philosophical!!!

  51. Geniere

    March 14, 2012 at 21:06

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    • 400daystil40

      March 14, 2012 at 23:05

      Thank you for visiting You will notice a small Orange box in the top right hand corner of the blog site – if you click this you will see the RSS feed.
      Take care,

  52. Finally... Wendy Wanders

    March 14, 2012 at 22:25

    What a great idea! Good luck. I wish I had started back then…. I’m now 20 days away from 46 and just starting to put the pieces together. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ll be following to see how the days are progressing.
    P.S. Great theme you’ve chosen! 😉

    • 400daystil40

      March 14, 2012 at 23:08

      Thank you, Wendy! I look forward to hearing more from you.

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  55. quierosaber

    March 15, 2012 at 14:54

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  58. jaredmease

    March 15, 2012 at 22:41

    Well I think you should continue to blog after your 400 days. Thank you for liking my blog!!! 😉

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:25

      Thanks, Jared! Perhaps I will continue blogging after, first I have to get to the 400 days!!! 🙂

      • jaredmease

        March 17, 2012 at 21:55

        Well I’ll be there by your side!!! 😉

  59. wherethedaytakesme

    March 16, 2012 at 00:16

    Thanks for the like. Your blog looks very interresting. I look forward to reading more.

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:25

      Thanks, Wherethedaytakesme.
      I also look forward to reading more from you!

  60. Ray Laskowitz

    March 16, 2012 at 00:58

    First, thank you for looking at Storyteller. Second, go for it. Picture A Day projects are hard. I’ve been doing mine for four years. Once you get in a flow, it gets easier. If you need a word of encouragement or a kick in the… don’t hesitate to ask. — Ray

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:27

      Thanks so much, Ray. I really appreciate your encouragement. Yes, getting into the rhythm can be a challenge when you are posting daily! Now that I am adding a photo to the text daily, it gives me an even greater challenge! What a learning process. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

  61. jennw2ns

    March 16, 2012 at 01:54

    So what day are you on? I think I’m on 122. And what happens to your poor blog when you do turn 40?

    This is my obscure way of saying: thanks for visiting my blog. And liking it. 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:28

      Hi Jennw2ns, Thanks for the comment! I currently have 341 days left, and then we will see what happens. I suppose when I turn 40 I will need to start a new blog!!!! 🙂

  62. Elizabeth B.

    March 16, 2012 at 02:10

    Great job, 400days!

    You are well on your way with the valuable inner work that helps us to see clearly what really “is.” You may already have what you’re looking for! Keep writing, keep writing, keep writing!

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I hope you will stop by again soon.

    45 in 26 days,
    Elizabeth, your One Spirit Interfaith Seminarian

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:29

      Thanks, Elizabeth, for your words of encouragement. I look forward to earring more of your writing. Take care!

  63. Divorce Recovery Solutions

    March 16, 2012 at 15:06

    Thank you for reading my blog. I’ve changed the name of it because I ran into one or two probs with the other. What can I tell you, a baby boomer, just out and out illiterate when it comes to technology, I’m still finding the internet awesome and I marvel at how my kids and Grandkids just seem to understand it all without any lessons!!!
    Sounds a bit pathetic I know, but that’s my struggle for now. I’m 61 and I guess you could say I have a Ph.D in life experiences and the older I’ve become the easier and more simple life seems to get and I just wish I had your sense of ‘purpose and knowing’ when I was forty. Fulfillment does come from within and it’s a wonderful gift to feel “happy joyous & free”….. I love your blog your an excellent writer and enjoy the daily read. Best regards Tovah

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:31

      Thank you so much, Tovah, for your kind words! I think we are all in continual process. I personally do not believe my process will end at 40, I just hope to be further along than I am today, perhaps with some clear understandings of what does and does not work for me.
      I look forward to hearing more from you!

  64. Linda Apple

    March 16, 2012 at 17:31

    Go for it! 40 is awesome! 50 is our year of Jubilee! I’m in my 7th year of loving 50. Each decade gets better!

  65. virnaacosta

    March 16, 2012 at 17:35

    My dear no need to worry about turning 40; the yearning you feel is normal, and very much a constant reminder how alive you are. Yes the journey wil forever have you question well just about everything; yep Socrates was full of them. As humans we are often in turmoil and what I figured out around my fortieth birthday is that we are all a vessel and here to express a multitude of things; hence do something new, go dancing, start a novel and thank whomever for the power to explore your life.

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:32

      Thanks Virnaacosta for your comment! I appreciate the encouragement. Each day we can start something new and grow from the experience!

  66. Texas Globetrotter

    March 16, 2012 at 18:52

    How interesting, and maybe appropriate, that you found my photo blog, and me yours, today, as I have been soul-searching similar thoughts with a mid-50s birthday just a few weeks away. Apparently, the quest never ends…so enjoy the ride.

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:33

      Hi Texas Globetrotter,
      Thanks for your comment – and I agree that it was appropriate that we found each other’s blogs! I look forward to seeing more photos!!!!! 🙂 I hope the quest never ends – if we are not growing, then we are not living. 🙂

  67. Sarah Ross-Lazarov

    March 16, 2012 at 19:24

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Best wishes!

  68. 3D Eye

    March 16, 2012 at 20:41

    That’s a hell of a quest! Best of luck with it, and thanks for visiting our blog.

  69. Broder

    March 16, 2012 at 20:51

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  70. sahbinahvioletflynn

    March 16, 2012 at 21:22

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post “Pause”. I like your moxie. I’m inching towards the 50 year mark and have found that if I stay focused on my why the “shoulds” that are proscribed by society matter little to me (should own a home, should be partnered up, should be at a certain level by a certain age). Live in the moment, because that’s all you have right here right now.

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:37

      ThanksThank you for your comment – I agree with you completely – we need to look at what we believe we need, not the things society tries to tell us we need…. a home, partner, kids, and a dog make some people happy, but can also make some miserable – we have to find OUR paths, not the ones prescribed by society. I hope you have found yours! 🙂

  71. Martin Goodman

    March 16, 2012 at 23:13

    Hi! I’m 67 and the best thing I’ve learnt so far is to accept love where you find it.
    Thanks for liking my pic of the Angel, and good luck for your “quest”!

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:38

      Thanks, Martin! I agree with you – we do need to accept love where we find it – great point!

  72. Padre Ralph

    March 16, 2012 at 23:31

    wow wow! so inspiring reading all these comments! brings so much hope in my heart! it is true, the snowball has started rolling, a higher consciousness is spreading through humanity! and …. you have got me counting the days to 40 let me see 365 + 40 …. 405 days left for me !! ha ha we must be roughly same age :)) awesome blog !

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:40

      Hi Padre Ralph,
      Thanks for your comment! Well, it appears you have your own countdown to start!!!! 😉 Let’s hope that when we both hit 40 we are more evolved than we are today, whatever that may mean!!!! 🙂

  73. hugr5

    March 17, 2012 at 01:06

    I agree with the other people that blogging, thinking, reflecting each day until your 40th birthday (neat idea, 400 days, 40th birthday… poetic) is a good idea. I want to suggest that once you’ve hit menopause (I’m assuming that you haven’t yet.), that what you learn now will change, oh how it will change, once you’ve gone through that particular storm.

    I had to chuckle, too, … oh how I wish I had done the same, before my 40th birthday. I tried to do the same before my 50th (now that was a biggie).

    Now, I’m approaching a milestone, age 60. It depressed my sister, becoming 60. For me, it’s LET ME AT THE DISCOUNTS! 🙂

    I’m approaching it differently, but with the same idea as you have with reaching 40. What I am trying to do is make my 60th year my BEST YEAR. I want it to be the year that I get it ALL together. In some cultures, traditions, reaching 60 is reaching the age of wisdom.

    They are right! NO way I want to go back to a younger and stupider me, heh.

    So… I think what you are doing is great. I want to keep tabs on what you’re saying/discovering.

    I also want to say thank you, for reminding me of how I want to approach my 60th year!


    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:43

      Thank you, Hugr5!!!
      Oh no, even more changes in menopause!!! What will I do?!?! – Hopefully learn from that season as much as this one – maybe that will be the new blog once I hit 40???? 😉
      I think your wisdom is so correct, we do need to approach each year with the intention of making it our best year. I also agree, I have never looked back and I have never wanted to return to a younger version of me – I feel like I earn each year I complete and that each year gives me new knowledge and strength. I look forward to reading more from you!!!

  74. Mr.Daniel KEMP.

    March 17, 2012 at 10:06

    There is an old hackneyed expression of; be yourself, but what are we as individuals? We are different things to different people all through our life. The lucky ones are those who come to know what they really are and live their life as they want.

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:44

      Thanks, Daniel, for your comment. I agree with you completely, and that is indeed the essence of my quest!!!! 😉

  75. michael

    March 17, 2012 at 13:45

    I can say this, from my easy chair, (just kidding) that at age 64 the international terminal remains a very interesting place to be. I have also found that if I leave the terminal and wander around outside, I find a world filled with curiosities, mysteries, and occasionally, companions, some of who are quite odd i an engaging sort of way.

    By the way, if the domestic terminal is your destination, which I sincerely doubt it is, you might want to take Gandalf’s note off your suitcase.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 14:46

      Thanks, Michael! Ah yes, we cannot stay in that international terminal – we MUST go outside in every new location and learn learn learn!!!!! 🙂

  76. dorothymcdonall

    March 17, 2012 at 14:45

    Thank you for stopping by “Eyes to Heart” and liking my blog “Sign of Spring …” … Your quest to get life sorted by 40 is a noble one and I wish you well. … If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that age is just a number. The lessons of life creep up on us randomly and with no great respect for timetables, but if you are ready to receive them, as you seem to be, they will prove valuable no matter what your age. … A tip or two from someone on the same journey (but past 40 😉 ) … take care of your health and limit your contact with negative people who drain your energies. Oh … and have fun doing what you love! … Thanks again for introducing yourself … Be well … Dorothy 🙂

  77. agujasblog

    March 17, 2012 at 17:14

    I have found that how “old” I feel is directly related to how happy I am. In my early 30s, I felt old. My personal life at that time was in bad shape and I felt weary. I’ve reached the milestone you are about to reach and I feel young and full of life! I’m married to a wonderful man and enjoy each passing year of my children’s lives. Enjoy! 40 is the new 30! (P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It allowed me to discover yours!). –Verónica

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 17:37

      Thank you, Veronica, for your comment! I agree with you! When I was younger I also felt older than I do now (maybe some of that was also the energy it took to take care of my children when they were little). I also find that the happier I am the younger I feel – when we are happy we naturally have more energy! It is wonderful that you have turned your life around and brought it to a place where you found a supportive relationship and happier times. That is what we all should be aiming for!

  78. J. A. Robinson

    March 17, 2012 at 21:00

    THANKS for visiting my “punny” photoblog and leaving a “like.”

    –John R.:

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 22:02

      My pleasure – it made me laugh! And it is not puny 🙂

      • J. A. Robinson

        March 18, 2012 at 14:32

        I’ll have to start typing that differently! I have always used this in my thank-you, but I’ve meant for people to see “pun-ny” (to rhyme with “funny”).

        • 400daystil40

          March 18, 2012 at 14:54

          Oh that is so FUNNY! Which also shows I was not reading it correctly as I was quickly answering comments!!! 🙂

  79. Jane

    March 17, 2012 at 23:11

    thanks for liking my recent post and I wish you much success along your own personal life journey. You might find other posts on my blog which might perhaps give you some further insights and understandings to assist you in your current journey. You are right when you say that true joy comes from within. Everything we need to know is within us…we just have to learn to listen and pray for the wisdom to hear and understand the messages which are lovingly sent to us.
    much love light and JOY

    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 23:23

      Thank you, Jane for your encouraging comment! I will make sure to check out your other posts!

  80. ramblingwithramey

    March 18, 2012 at 00:16

    This is my 60/40 year. I don’t remember looking this far ahead into the future but I truly don’t think it would have been a lot different from how it has turned out! I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up and when it willl be that I am grown up. I love the idea that when my 60th birthday comes in July that I spend the entire year celebrating it. September will bring our 40th wedding anniversary. It’s taken a lot of love, practice, blindness and work–more on the hubby’s part I beleive!–but I wouldn’t change a bit of it either. There haven’t been any huge world shattering accomplishments but there are two productive patriotic children who have been a blessing to us and the communities they live in. One, our son, has helped to produce a grandson, who at 11 is wiser that I was at 30 and a granddaughter 7 who lives every day with joy and adventure that encourages me in my quests. It would be so easy to toss out all sorts of platitudes but what IS life all about? Rise each morning with love in your heart and embrace whatever comes. Life just is.

    • 400daystil40

      March 18, 2012 at 11:46

      Thanks, Ramblingwithramey. What an amazing year for you!!! You are correct, often in the end we find that we just need to be!

  81. Jeremy

    March 18, 2012 at 02:23

    Great blog, look back to what you enjoyed as a child, uptake some old passions. Yes you are married, “have the 2.5 kids and the Volvo,” but what is it that makes YOU tick. Sometimes we get so caught up in live that we forget to take care of ourselves.

    • 400daystil40

      March 18, 2012 at 11:47

      Thanks, Jeremy! Great idea to look to childhood passions!

  82. J M Naszady

    March 18, 2012 at 02:34

    Turning 40 was a beginning for me. My family and my job were going through some changes, as is often the case in life, just when you come to an equilibrium. What I have learned since then is that you keep changing, in ways that you don’t necessarily expect. This was an amazing discovery for me, and one that continues. There is so much out there for us if we aren’t afraid to seek it. I have experienced so much more since then. My hope for you is that you reach out to the power to keep on changing and growing. It sounds like you are on the right track! Thanks for visiting my site.

    • 400daystil40

      March 18, 2012 at 11:48

      Thanks, J M Naszady for your comment. Yes, you are so correct, life is fluid and it does change in unpredictable ways! Thank you for your encouragement!

  83. M & J

    March 18, 2012 at 05:37

    Wonderful idea of writing out your thoughts as you live through them each day! Loved your response to your daughter’s desire for her own space! Let her know it could be worse – Our oldest, who always had his own room, is now turning 13 & just recently had to ‘move in’ with his two younger brothers when we moved to Hong Kong last Dec.! Talk about cramped, the room is the size of a storage closet! — Thanks for stopping by our blog recently, hope you were inspired & hope you will return! Looking forward to reading more of your life discoveries… Who isn’t wondering ‘what else is there?’ – for me, the answers come through faith… I hope you will also find Truth & Light in your search!

    • 400daystil40

      March 18, 2012 at 11:49

      Thanks, M&J for your comment! I look forward to reading more from you too! 🙂

  84. beautyvsashes

    March 18, 2012 at 05:50

    This is a brilliant concept for a blog. Fascinating.

    Thank you for having a read of my blog. I hope you enjoyed the read 🙂

  85. alirblogger

    March 18, 2012 at 11:11

    Thanks for visiting my blog. you have a very interesting blog and good content. I have a blog with similar purpose:

    • 400daystil40

      March 18, 2012 at 11:50

      Thanks, alirblogger, for your comment and the link to your blog!

  86. Maxi

    March 18, 2012 at 15:00

    “…I missed the passenger arrival terminal and I want more.” Along the way in my seventy years, I Iearned: You must want what you have before you want what you don’t have.

    Many have a misconception about happiness. It is not to have what is outside, but to be content within.

    Happiness is a choice. Each day you awake you decide to be happy or not.

    Many blessings – Maxi

    • 400daystil40

      March 18, 2012 at 15:04

      Thanks, Maxi for your comment and insight – you are correct, happiness is indeed a choice. In fact, I often will tell my employees or the children I work with that they can choose to hold on to their anger/ frustration/ etc. or choose to move on and have happy days, etc. You brought up an important point!!! 🙂

  87. Anonymous

    March 18, 2012 at 15:01

    Thanks for liking my blog post about my “Art Prescription” workshop. As a nurse and artist I too am on a quest! to share the healing benefits of art and creativity. I’ve set a goal to write a haiku a day for 365 days and pair them with my art! Blogging is a wonderful activity. Writing is healing and like art lowers your blood pressure, boost your immune system, and increases the good brain chemicals, like serotonin, the feel good chemical.

    Seems you’ve hit a cord with people, writing from your heart. I’d love to grow my blog and encourage a creative life.

    • 400daystil40

      March 18, 2012 at 15:05

      Thanks for your comment. I think your goal is a great one and I look forward to watching how you progress! Thank you for stopping by and I hope to hear more from you!

  88. thewoofilicious

    March 18, 2012 at 16:34

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. That said, what a wonderful thought and I look forward to reading and hopefully learning something from your journey towards 40!

    • 400daystil40

      March 18, 2012 at 16:38

      Thanks, Woofilicious! I look forward to reading more of your blog too and learning from you! 🙂 I hope to hear from you again!

  89. gomez

    March 18, 2012 at 17:14

    • 400daystil40

      March 18, 2012 at 17:36

      Thanks for your comment – it seems the link is not working…..

  90. malakoa

    March 18, 2012 at 17:53

    Great idea! Looking forward to following along with you.

  91. carlos

    March 18, 2012 at 21:41

    What an excellent idea! I remember 40 as hitting a wall. Bang, it was there, I was there without the seasoning and reflection to make the transition a smooth and measured evolution of human experience. I didn’t do it gracefully. I found myself on the other side of the looking glass and coming to terms with an uncertain future. Now I am well past 40 and adjusted to the future and the future is what we make of it. I am more concerned with the larger issues of life, which were ignored in the mindless era of the pursuit of comfort and “success.” Carlos,

    • 400daystil40

      March 18, 2012 at 22:48

      Thank you, Carlos. You bring up good points, sometimes as we pursue “success” we miss what really counts. I hope to hear more from you!

  92. bgbuddhist

    March 19, 2012 at 00:36

    Whatever motivates you to find authenticity has the potential to be a good influence. Approaching 42 (the answer to life, the universe and everything, according to Douglas Adams) causes me to ponder why 40 is a significant number. Our attachment to age and the phases of life can also be a good opportunity to examine and reflect. Kudos to you for taking a path toward salubriation. Good luck, be well, have fun in the mean time. 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 19, 2012 at 07:46

      Thank you, bgbuddhist, for your comment! I appreciate your encouragement – and the correction that I should have been focusing on 42!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • bgbuddhist

        March 19, 2012 at 08:23

        Oh shucks I should have put a winkey at the end of my 42 comment. No correction intended, just my own ponderance of the next marker of age as we all move along the timeline. 🙂

  93. marilynmendoza

    March 19, 2012 at 02:16

    What a great idea! and to do it before 40. My 40’s were not so good. I suffered from panic attacks agoraphobia and trying to do my best raising four chldren. I had a great 50’s with a few bumps and by 60 have my first book published, have said book in most libraries in London, where my pub is and more importantly feel self worth for the first time. Now I hope it is not too late to reach all my goals. I wish you aloha.

    • 400daystil40

      March 19, 2012 at 07:47

      Thank you for your comment, Marilyn! It sounds like you have come a long way since your 40’s, which is also a very good point for many readers – our lives can change drastically at any point…. and can grow better as we age. 🙂 I feel like I am earning every gray hair I have!!! 🙂

      • marilynmendoza

        March 19, 2012 at 09:09

        It’s never too late to have a happy life. I believe that and I have lived that aloha and good days ahead

  94. Sandra

    March 19, 2012 at 02:47

    My 40s have been the best years of my life, hands down. I know they will be yours, too. Every decade just keeps getting better because we are wiser and understand what really matters in life. What really matters in your life? Pursue it with gusto, you will be happy 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 19, 2012 at 07:48

      Thank you, Sandra! Yes, I do think that every decade brings more wisdom – in fact, I am glad to be growing older because I feel the older I am, the more I am able to reflect on my life with through a clearer set of lenses! 🙂

  95. kathryningrid

    March 19, 2012 at 03:25

    May you have a joyful journey and make all sorts of great and fun discoveries all along the way!
    Cheers to you,

  96. Julie Mitchell

    March 19, 2012 at 15:21

    I am delighted to find your blog… and thanks for “liking” mine! I felt much like you as I was approaching 40 (I was yearning for greater authenticity). Back then I didn’t have a blog and it would have been helpful to do what you are doing. Now, 13 years later, I look back on my 40s in wonder. I’m still processing a decade of tremendous growth and change. You’re in for an amazing ride! How wonderful to have supportive companions on your journey through your blog.

    • 400daystil40

      March 19, 2012 at 16:23

      Thanks so much, Julie, for your comment! I feel the same about my 30’s (so much growth and change for me) – I hope my 40’s will bring about just as much growth, as I seem to become a better person as a result! Thank you for stopping by and I hope to hear more from you! 🙂

  97. simon7banks

    March 19, 2012 at 20:17

    I like your description of where you’ve got to and the divine restlessness. Becoming wise through blogging is an interesting concept, but it could work.

    I was a bit depressed with every x0th birthday from 30 until I hit 60. Then I said to myself, “I used to be bothered about getting old. NOW I AM OLD! YIPPEE! I can still climb mountains, write poems, etc etc etc!

    • 400daystil40

      March 19, 2012 at 22:04

      Thanks, Simon7banks, for your comment. Yes, perhaps it could work to become wise through blogging… though I think blogging is really just the vehicle to get the brain moving. I love your attitude towards growing old! Life is too short to get depressed by numbers! 🙂

  98. pierrmorgan

    March 19, 2012 at 20:51

    Great idea! Thanks for liking mine and hey – I’m fast approaching 60. 44 more days…hmm….

    • 400daystil40

      March 19, 2012 at 22:03

      Thanks, Pierrmorgan! Good luck on your approach to 60! 🙂

  99. thursdayschild108

    March 19, 2012 at 20:52

    I so appreciate your blog. I’m on the other side of 40. In fact, on the other side of 50. In my grandmother’s day that was old. New generations are finding,however, that there is still so much to explore and to offer on the other side of 40. In fact, I almost called my blog The Other Side of 50, but I didn’t want to be that categorized by an age group. I look forward to sharing your journey to a milestone.

    • 400daystil40

      March 19, 2012 at 21:50

      Thank you, Thursdayschild. Yes, thank heavens that there is much to life after 50!!! We do have to be careful – it is so easy to end up characterizing ourselves in so many different ways, even unintentionally! I look forward to hearing more from you! 🙂

  100. il neige sur Liège

    March 19, 2012 at 22:09

    Intriguing how we humans 🙂 are so (pre)occupied 🙂 with numbers, dates, figures, age… for you, however, it is more a vehicle, I feel, than a (pre)occupation 🙂 , a means to reach an end… a starting point.

    This reads a beautiful journey: doing what you like and how you like… going and finding what your heart seeks, sharing and caring along the way, while unfurling and unfolding your soul as if it were wings… as you best know!

    It is a blessing to be able to voice the ‘self’ as you do, and you have blessings aplenty in your life, rather, you have consciousness of all these blessings and you spread the radiance around to your audience…

    Thank you … I’m happy you passed by my space and left a trace… this way I could be a sharer, too… sharing is never enough, nor is caring.

    I’ll be happy to pass by and read your musings and meanderings… a refreshing thought and an edifying pastime for an ancient lady… who regards ‘masks’ as part of the many selves hidden or obvious within and without, and who has never cared for numbers, figures, digits, years, age… 🙂

    “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven …”

    • 400daystil40

      March 19, 2012 at 22:16

      Thank you, il beige sur Liege, for your wonderful comment! Yes, I am not really preoccupied with a number, but as you say, am using it (exploiting it?) for a wonderful opportunity to reflect. I look forward to stopping by your blog again and I hope to hear more from you. Thank you for your words of encouragement, I wish you the best on your journey! 🙂

  101. santahatchronicles

    March 19, 2012 at 22:25

    Thanks very much for liking my post, “Graveyard Glitter.” After reading and enjoying your wise, winning posts, and especially your purpose, I believe we may be on similar paths. Hope yours is scattered with flowers–and joy.

    • 400daystil40

      March 19, 2012 at 22:28

      Thank you so much santahatchronicles! I hope to see more of your posts and thank you for visiting my blog! Yes, I hope both of our paths are lined with lots of beauty and joy! 🙂

  102. In Blue

    March 19, 2012 at 22:27

    gifting you a Sunshine Award….thanks….

  103. Louis

    March 19, 2012 at 22:27

    You were kind enough to ‘like’ my today’s blog, ‘Winter Abstract3’. Having read your own recent blog entries I would be interested to know what you liked about this particular abstract. I have a feeling that how we interpret an abstract is a reflection of our state of being at the time. I’m not a ‘shrink’, I’m just interested in how people relate to my abstract images.

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 12:52

      Hi Louis,
      Thank you so much for stopping by my site. Good question, I am not sure what it was about your abstract that drew me to it – perhaps the simplicity of the contrast between black and white with the snow……????? I tend to just allow myself to like some things without deep analysis (not sure if that is good or bad). I look forward to seeing more! Feel free to stop by my blog anytime! 🙂

  104. ucanpreschool

    March 19, 2012 at 22:45

    I absolutely live your concept here. I too struggle with pushing myself for more when by most standards my life is going pretty darn well. My response is always what if Gandhi said just a career and family were enough!

    • 400daystil40

      March 19, 2012 at 22:49

      Thanks, ucanpreschool, for your comment! I love your Ghandi response! 🙂

  105. xtrekki

    March 20, 2012 at 01:46

    Glad you found my blog – your next 400 days sound as though they’re going to be very thoughtful! Just make sure they’re fun as well – you’ll only be this young once so savour it!!

    • 400daystil40

      March 20, 2012 at 07:28

      Thank you xtrekki! I look forward to seeing more from you and I hope you will visit again!

  106. Ray Laskowitz

    March 20, 2012 at 02:17

    Thank you again for looking around Storyteller. — Ray

    • 400daystil40

      March 20, 2012 at 07:29

      You are welcome, and thank you for coming to 400daystil40!

  107. mags

    March 20, 2012 at 02:55

    Love tenderley, even if you have nothing, t’is everything xxx

    • 400daystil40

      March 20, 2012 at 07:29

      Yes, Mags, what a great comment! I agree! 🙂

  108. Matt

    March 20, 2012 at 05:10

    Thank you for liking my post on but not thank you for bringing it to my attention that I, too, just passed the 400 days ’til 40 threshold. 😉

    • 400daystil40

      March 20, 2012 at 07:30

      🙂 So does that mean you will be counting down yourself too??? Does that mean 400 photos before 40??? 😛

      • Matt

        March 20, 2012 at 09:25

        😉 Not likely. I am aware of it anyway, but a countdown? Maybe a 100 days before is enough. And I only post about 2 photos a week. After all, not everything I shoot is publishable and I like giving each photo some special focus.

        • 400daystil40

          March 20, 2012 at 09:27

          :)!!! I look forward to seeing more of your photos!

  109. Matt

    March 20, 2012 at 09:28

    Thanks. 🙂 It’s nice to have a few followers outside my extended circles.

  110. s_galle

    March 20, 2012 at 11:57

    Hi thanks for liking my post. I have to join in on the other comments here by saying this is a great idea for a blog and i wish you all the best in your search for whatever.

    • 400daystil40

      March 20, 2012 at 12:20

      Thanks, s_galle! I look forward to the continued journey!

  111. ahmrita natural mental health

    March 20, 2012 at 12:03

    This is such a great reason to start a blog, I am sure you will inspire a lot of people on your way! 🙂
    I really enjoyed reading about the masks as well – great work

    • 400daystil40

      March 20, 2012 at 12:20

      Thank you, Ahmrita!!! I hope you stop by again and I look forward to hearing more from you! 🙂

  112. creeped

    March 20, 2012 at 18:20

    What are you worried about? 40 is the new 30!

  113. dystopiconvert

    March 20, 2012 at 18:31

    your blog is amazing! Still struggling to pick up my jaw from the floor! Have started reading through your entries already. Tell me you have a book deal in the works

    • 400daystil40

      March 20, 2012 at 21:50

      Thank you so much dystopiconvert – you are too kind! No book deal out there, but what a dream that would be! For now, I am doing it for the experience and my own gratification. 🙂 Thanks so much for your post and I love your blog theme (no biases since I have the same) 🙂

      • dystopiconvert

        March 20, 2012 at 23:04

        just being honest! i hope you don’t mind if i ask for tips, being a relatively new blogger myself

        • 400daystil40

          March 20, 2012 at 23:13

          You are always welcome to ask for tips, though I am fairly new at this myself 🙂

          • dystopiconvert

            March 21, 2012 at 01:25

            thanks. Just a quick one: how is the ‘read more’ link inserted into each post?

          • 400daystil40

            March 21, 2012 at 07:43

            You are welcome – there is a little button when you are writing posts that shows a break in a page….. when you click it you will see a line with “more” inserted into your post. You click the button when your curser is in the space where you want the post cut. I hope this helps!!!

          • dystopiconvert

            March 21, 2012 at 09:42

            THANKS A MIL!!

  114. priyankakher

    March 20, 2012 at 18:35

    Hey! Just wanted to drop by and say thanks for liking my post-‘How autism changed my travel’.
    Absolutely loved your ‘purpose’ page and so looking forward to being a part of your journey. Following you blog now 🙂

    PS-we have the same theme. yay!!

    • 400daystil40

      March 20, 2012 at 21:54

      Thanks, Priyankakher. I look forward to reading more of your writing (and you have great taste in themes!!!) 🙂

  115. lucernae

    March 20, 2012 at 21:15

    What a brilliant idea to share your insights. I look forward to reading and sharing your journey, and looking out for some pointers for myself along the way – 527 days ’til 40 and counting… 😉
    Just remember: Be kind to yourself.

    • 400daystil40

      March 20, 2012 at 22:00

      Thank you, lucernae!!! You are not far behind me!!!! 🙂 I look forward to reading your blog as well and thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you come back! 🙂

  116. Mary Cowley

    March 20, 2012 at 23:06

    No worries. You’ve already arrived (-: Glad you liked my blog.

  117. artsonthepeninsula

    March 21, 2012 at 00:39

    Hi there 400daystil40, I have just done a Vipassana meditation course (10 days of silence, 8 hrs per day meditation, walking and enjoying nature and sleep) through the, there is a centre in each Australian State. Amazing experience; in terms of understanding how to make oneself happy and find purpose and direction in one’s life, it has truly given me renewed vigor and sense of purpose. Give it a go, you won’t look back. In fact do it with your partner, you both will get much from it.

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 07:49

      Thanks, Andrea, for your post! It sounds amazing…. and perhaps an excuse to be able to visit Australia one day! I have alawys wanted to go!!! They do silent retreats in our area too and I know that my friends and colleagues who have done them have always commented on what an incredibly powerful experience they are! 🙂

  118. snailomorphesis

    March 21, 2012 at 02:02

    I realize I am probably on the same journey as yours – but i have less than 400 days, I guess I have 330days now! LOL
    This is an amazing idea as we all step into another phase of our lives, you stay inspired and stay positive, as many of us are being inspired by you also!

    Keep up!

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 07:44

      Thanks, Snailomorphesis! We must be in about the same place then – check out my countdown! I am in the 330s……. so you are probably just days older than me! 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment and I hope you stop by again as we both make our journeys to 40!!!

  119. whimsyink

    March 21, 2012 at 04:07

    Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and ‘liking’ my post! This is a really interesting idea for a blog, I like it 😀 I enjoyed what I have read so far.

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 07:46

      Thank you, whimsyink!!! 🙂 Please stop by again!

  120. Susie Homemaker, MD

    March 21, 2012 at 04:58

    Thanks for checking out my post today about baking cakes. You have a wonderful blog concept here. Good luck on your journey!

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 07:46

      Thanks, Susie Homemaker! And yes, who would not like a post on baking cakes!!!!! 😛

  121. Nareen Luz Rivas

    March 21, 2012 at 05:44

    Hi 400 days. Thank you for stopping by my blogging and liking my post. I read your about page and think your blog is a great idea. I’m also nearing 40 in a little less than 2 years and I have to say your perspective ( at least for me start to shift) it’s almost like you yearn to be wiser, happier, more perhaps even more soulful. Cheers on your quest!

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 07:47

      Thank you so much, Nareen! Yes, you are correct, I am yearning for all the things you mention – the question is, will I actually find it???? I often think that quest for more is a quest that we should not let go of, no matter what age we are! 🙂

  122. Jon Page

    March 21, 2012 at 13:31

    Wow this is a great project…. really admirable!!! advance happy 40th life Dear and enjoy…

    Thank for coming to my site, by the way…

    thank you very very much.

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 15:10

      Thank you so much, Jon. I hope you visit again! 🙂

      • Jon Page

        March 24, 2012 at 16:03

        Sure… why not… it makes my habit to have regular visits on blog I like….same as yours…

  123. Desi Chick

    March 21, 2012 at 18:57

    Thanks for dropping by my blog Kolpona cuisine. I had to come over and look at yours and what a fun idea. I read through a few of your recent posts and had to smile, then grin. I freaked out the year I was 29 because I knew the BIG 30 was coming. Forty has been pretty dang awesome. I can’t wait to get even older and hopefully wiser! Isn’t life a blast? May your journey be filled with amazing gifts from God each day!

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 22:11

      Thanks, Desi! I agree with you, older and wiser is a good thing! I also feel like my life has gotten better as I have aged! 🙂

  124. gardensunshine

    March 21, 2012 at 19:52

    What a great idea. I feel like this too so don’t feel alarmed! haha Looking forward to your great insightful discoveries. No pressure! 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 22:15

      Thanks, Gardensunshine! That’s okay, I can handle the pressure!!! 🙂 I hope you will visit again!

  125. patricia

    March 21, 2012 at 19:54

    Great blog. I admit 40 is awesome and you’ll love it.

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 22:18

      Thanks, Patricia! I am looking forward to my 40’s!!! 🙂

  126. An Unrefined Vegan

    March 21, 2012 at 20:12

    Lots of interesting, insightful, thoughtful comments here – I just want to add (in case it helps at all) that at 45 I’ve never been more centered or satisfied in my life. Each passing year has been an improvement. I wouldn’t go back to 20 for anything. I think one is always searching/wondering/seeking (or should be anyway) – but with age comes…something close to contentment? wisdom? Lots of words could fit into that space. Best of luck 🙂 – enjoy the journey!

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 22:22

      Thanks, An Unrefined Vegan!!! I agree with you, I also find that each year improves my life. I also would NEVER go back to 20!!!! 🙂 I do believe that with age comes some sort of refined wisdom and contentment with life. 🙂 Thank you again and I hope you stop by again soon! 🙂

  127. girllovestoeat

    March 21, 2012 at 20:14

    Good luck on your mission! I’m not yet 40, but the moments where I feel I have learned the most about myself are when I push outside of my comfort zone and try something new. It looks like you’re well on your way with this blog! =)

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 22:23

      Thanks, girllovestoeat!!! 🙂 I agree, when we are out of our comfort zone we learn far more than when we are in it!!! Thanks for your great insight! 🙂

  128. moonsprig

    March 21, 2012 at 20:19

    Wow! Good for you. Seems like the perfect time to re-evaluate and be sure that you are fulfilling your deepest needs. Love the idea for sure!

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 22:23

      Thanks, moonsprig!!! Your words are very encouraging! 🙂

  129. podnumber2

    March 21, 2012 at 20:35

    Hi – thanks for finding my blog so I could find yours. Neat stuff. I’m sure you’ll find your 40s, when you get there, a great time to experiment and try new projects. And you’ve started early! Nice work, and keep it up. 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 22:26

      Thanks, podnumber2! Yes, I will keep it up and I hope I get to experiment with loads of new things as I approach 40 and after! 🙂

  130. birds fly

    March 21, 2012 at 20:47

    Good timing. I just turned 39 a couple of days ago. My state of mind often ping-pongs between “what the F*&%??!!” and “life is good.” I think this is normal. Maybe.

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 22:32

      Yes, birds fly – and if it is not normal, we can still pretend it is normal because at least two of us feel the same way!!!! 🙂 (Normal is relative anyhow, isn’t it???) 😉

  131. Michelle Hedgecock

    March 21, 2012 at 21:33

    I love this idea for a blog, I look forward to sharing in your journey through your posts! Enjoy the adventure 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 22:33

      Thanks, Michelle! I appreciate your kind words and I look forward to hearing more from you. 🙂

  132. Susan

    March 21, 2012 at 21:33

    As someone who has been on the other side of forty for a, ahem, a while, I applaud your efforts to document the journey.

    • 400daystil40

      March 21, 2012 at 22:35

      Thanks, Susan! You can be like many and each year celebrate the anniversary of your 40th birthday!!! 🙂

  133. Jim

    March 21, 2012 at 22:10

    Peace my friend.

  134. Author

    March 22, 2012 at 00:19

    Good Luck!!! Don’t stress it, just enjoy it.
    40 is the new 30 anyways 😉

    • 400daystil40

      March 22, 2012 at 07:15

      Thanks, veggiefitness!!! 🙂 Good thing it is the new 30! I have a lot of life to live! 🙂

  135. great site

    March 22, 2012 at 00:45

    I like your site

  136. Alison Hein

    March 22, 2012 at 01:05

    Thanks for liking my Chipotle-Peach Salmon recipe, and good luck in your journey. Being older (perhaps not wiser) than you, I can offer the following insight into having a happy life:

    Take care of your health
    Live in the moment and be thankful (corny but true)
    Enjoy the small things (every time your children say “I love you”, for example)
    Cook and eat lots of great food, enjoying the company of your friends and family

    I will definitely be checking in with you from time to time to see how you are making out!

    • 400daystil40

      March 22, 2012 at 07:23

      Thanks, Alison – I am looking forward to trying that recipe! Salmon is so good for you and I love chipotle! Thank you for your words of wisdom… you are so correct! I do hope you check back in, as I would love to hear more from you. Take care!

  137. foodrefashionista

    March 22, 2012 at 02:44

    Hi, thanks for visiting my blogs and liking my recipes. Your blog is fascinating! I’m way past 40, but I do remember a certain “restlessness” at the time…a kind of “is this all?” I’ll ever be. I found that no, I had many changes to go through (including getting a Ph.D. at 63!). But I also learned that the precious things at 40–the good spouse, the children, the intellectual work–became even more precious over time.

    • 400daystil40

      March 22, 2012 at 07:35

      What wonderful insight, foodrefashionista! I am sure that over time the precious things do become even more precious to us, which is such a good reminder. Congratulations on getting your PhD at 40! That is a mountain that still intimidates me, but something I do hope to do one day! 🙂

  138. The Vision Fairy

    March 22, 2012 at 05:15

    What an inspiring blog! Thanks for visiting my blog and “liking” my photograph. I will be back to visit your blog soon!

    • 400daystil40

      March 22, 2012 at 07:39

      Thanks, The Vision Fairy! I will also be visiting your blog again! Looking forward! 🙂

  139. murphypagan

    March 22, 2012 at 13:00

    Thanks for stopping by my blog It is a pleasure to meet and greet you. Nice blog you have and a unique idea. Turning 40 should be like any other day. For me life began at 50, but hopefully for you it will be like the saying and begin at 40.

    Always live everyday like it is your last, because someday it will be. Be prepared for anything, expect nothing and anything that happens is a total surprise.

    • 400daystil40

      March 22, 2012 at 13:43

      Thanks, Murphypagan! Thank you for your great comment and I hope you will stop by again! 🙂

  140. siskinbob

    March 22, 2012 at 17:13

    Thank you for liking my post.

    Good luck on your voyage of self discovery. I wish you well

  141. kyoske

    March 22, 2012 at 18:35

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It means a lot =)
    Your blog idea is fantastic! I’m recently 30, but my birthday was pretty easy to handle, since I got married about 2 weeks before it.

    • 400daystil40

      March 22, 2012 at 19:58

      Thanks for your comment and congratulations on your marriage!!!! 🙂

  142. vnypll

    March 22, 2012 at 20:35

    Thank you for liking my post. I think you have a wonderful idea for a blog here. Keep going! Don’t miss a day. looking forward to the countdown and hopefully an epic finale.

    • 400daystil40

      March 22, 2012 at 20:49

      Thank you, vypll – no pressure there! I wonder what the epic finale maybe?!?! 🙂

  143. zen and the art of borderline maintenance

    March 22, 2012 at 23:32

    This IS a great idea for a blog. Very catchy. I like your sense of humor. 🙂

  144. itsawonderfilledlife

    March 23, 2012 at 02:16

    Thanks for checking my blog, I am thrilled to have checked out yours, and enjoyed it so very much. It is a brilliant concept! I will be back 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 23, 2012 at 07:45

      Thanks, Carole, and I will be back to yours as well! 🙂

  145. writerwannabe763

    March 23, 2012 at 05:57

    I’ll be watching your blog with interest….It’s one great idea. I’m not sure if I would have been able to do that in my thirties as it was a difficult time for me …in fact my 40’s and 50’s were challenging also but if I had been able to and who knows?…if blogging had been part of my life then, it would now be good to see a lot of that time with reflection… Depression played a big part in my life. My 60’s have been very rewarding..and I enjoy writing about my life and others..and I really enjoy reading other people’s journey (Diane)

    • 400daystil40

      March 23, 2012 at 07:39

      Thank you, Diane. It sounds like you have come a long way in your life and learned a lot through your journey. I hope you stop by again as I think you have a lot of valuable experiences to share. Take care!

  146. Mandi

    March 23, 2012 at 07:34

    Thank you for your “like” 🙂 I’m pretty new to this. I’ll be 40 in about 3060 days so I have a little more time to figure “this” all out…but it won’t seem like it. Life fly’s by except for when it’s really sucking.
    You must have a pretty strong character to not only challenge yourself, but to share the experience. I would bet you’re already further to your goal than you might think. 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 23, 2012 at 07:37

      Thank you for yoru comment, Mandi, and please keep coming back! Day by day this journey continues to be very interesting!!! 🙂

    • Mandi

      March 23, 2012 at 07:52

      Much better. 🙂 And I will check back in for sure!

  147. Mandi

    March 23, 2012 at 07:35

    It’s driving me nuts that I used “You’re” instead of “Your” on the first line.

    • 400daystil40

      March 23, 2012 at 07:36

      I edited it for you!!!! 🙂

      • John Paul McNeil

        March 23, 2012 at 19:00

        This is why I keep coming back here. You helping Mandi. And that Mandi got that the spelling/usage was wrong (sadly, so many do not have enough command of the language to even get it). And of course your recent liking of two of my recent posts. Whew, I am a little nervous about Poem 11, what with the huge popularity of The Hunger Games. But I write what I feel (like you), and I aint takin’ it back! Also, thanks for encouraging me to be persistent, hence the idea for Poem 10.

  148. Patricia Stuart

    March 23, 2012 at 16:58

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my post!

  149. Danielle Navonne

    March 23, 2012 at 17:11

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog at , and for liking my post about teaching people how to treat us!

    I LOVE the idea of your blog! I went through a “WHAT THE F*&%???!!!” moment when i was turning 30, so I get it! 😉

    I look forward to keeping up with your insights!

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 00:02

      Thank you! I look forward to continuing to follow you as well! 🙂

  150. Karen Berthine

    March 23, 2012 at 18:07

    What a reflective journey this will undoubtedly be for you! I discovered a very rich life after 40 – with a few provisos, including: as long as one keeps both the left and right sides of her brain engaged; has friends and/or loved ones she can rely on (no matter whether they’re close by or long distance); has at least one creative art form through which to express herself; is able to laugh at herself; tries something new regularly; and realizes the freedom of life after 40 (not as much social pressure to conform as when we’re younger).

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 00:00

      Thank you, Karen! I love your sage advice! I hope that I can incorporate all that you mention because you are right. (Acknowledging the need to implement it is the first step, right?!?) I am so glad you stopped by.

  151. Kathy

    March 23, 2012 at 19:35

    On my 40th birthday, I felt all grown up for the first time. The next day I was back to normal. However, the years since 40 have been much better than the ones before. And I keep growing.

    Best wishes in your endeavor. It sounds as if you’re on the right path.

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 00:05

      This made me laugh as I can already picture that happening….. reaching this perceived milestone and the anticlimactic reality of engaging in my everyday life the next day. This reality is ironically both humbling and comforting. I have found, so far, that every year does seem to be better than the last and I would not trade the growth I have had so far in my life for anything – some of it has been very hard, but it helped mold who I am. Thank you for stopping by – please come again! 🙂

  152. Anne Bonney

    March 23, 2012 at 19:40

    You have defined a worthy goal – for anyone at any age. Good luck on your quest.

  153. QuiltToonist

    March 23, 2012 at 19:54

    I can’t remember what it was like to be 40. Guess I’m lucky I made it that far down the road!

  154. The ITT System

    March 23, 2012 at 20:21

    I just have to echo what everyone else has said. That is an amazing inspiration for a blog, and you are awesome for sharing your journey of discovery with the world.

    My current mission… To go through and read everything you’ve written so far. 😀

    • 400daystil40

      March 23, 2012 at 23:53

      Wow, the ITT system – since I am on day 335, that is a lot of catching up to do!! I look forward to hearing your input and insight – thank you so much for stopping by!!! 😛 I must say, I will be really impressed if you manage to get through all of those days of rambling! 🙂

      • The ITT System

        March 24, 2012 at 08:26

        I will do this! Who knows, maybe your rambling will inspire some rambling of my own. 😀


  155. cyclingrandma

    March 23, 2012 at 20:50

    Thanks for stopping by. Ambitious goal!
    I wish blogging was around when I was 40- it’s so much fun.

  156. catnipoflife

    March 23, 2012 at 21:16

    What a great idea! Maybe I should try this on my 70th! haha Life IS grand!

    • 400daystil40

      March 23, 2012 at 23:45

      Thank you – and I see it already – 700 days ’til 70 – that will be a LOT of blogging!!!!! 😛

      • catnipoflife

        March 24, 2012 at 00:37

        And where did you get the 700 days?????? It is a ‘little’ further out that that! Hee-hee Not by much, but every day counts:)

        • 400daystil40

          March 24, 2012 at 00:38

          Well, technically you were the one that mentioned 70!!!! 🙂

  157. Rene Marcellino

    March 23, 2012 at 22:20

    Thank you for stopping by.

  158. Grace Wolbrink

    March 23, 2012 at 22:35

    Awesome! Wild crazy Adventure! I wonder what theses days might look like if you started at your birthday writing about all the incredible life opportunities that you have embraced of the past 400 days. Like thinking back, as you celebrate these and other opportunities on your adventurous up coming 40 years of celebration. Plus all the incredible gifts you have given to your family, friends and co-workers along the way! How can it get even better than this?

    • 400daystil40

      March 23, 2012 at 23:40

      It is a crazy adventure and I like your question – I do need to also look at the life opportunities that come my way during this time…. hmmm… I think I feel inspiration for future posts! Thank you so much for stopping by and I do hope you visit again. 🙂

      • Grace Wolbrink

        March 24, 2012 at 00:07

        It will be an honor! Looking forward to more of newest life’s adventures! Until next time . . . Have an awesome story filled day!

  159. Bobbi

    March 23, 2012 at 22:46

    First, thank you for liking my post “leaving Portland.” Secondly, I am (cough,cough) years over 40 and I must admit not only do I admire you for attempting this goal of blogging for 400 days up to your 40th birthday, I am also a bit jealous that I didn’t at least journal for the 400 days prior to my 40th birthday. You have written so many things that cause me think “yep, been there, thought that!” and some things I haven’t even considered. My goal was to write everyday this year. I did well at first but then let life get in my way for several weeks. I am now trying to get back on track (and am trying not to beat myself up over it!) Hang in there and good luck. I’ll be reading!

    • 400daystil40

      March 23, 2012 at 23:39

      Thank you, Bobbi! I am so glad you will be following this journey and adding to it and I look forward to reading more of your writing as well. 🙂

  160. Coach Sue

    March 23, 2012 at 23:01

    It sounds like you are feeling behind the eight ball. If you are lucky you continue your lengthy journey of self-growth and happiness.


  161. Beth, just being me

    March 24, 2012 at 03:27

    i’m way way past 40 and loving life 🙂

  162. Houdini

    March 24, 2012 at 11:31

    I am 40 in 341 days so we’re very similar in age!

    I was dreading 30 a little bit, but by the time it came I welcomed the maturity it supposedly gave me – I was in a relationship, in a job that I loved and had a wonderful social life.

    Now I’m nearing 40 it’s nice to know that despite my health concerning and sometimes failing me (mortality suddenly is REAL isn’t it!!) that I’m in a better place in lots of other ways. I live in a nicer house, I have retrained and now have a better job, I’ve found my life partner and I stand for no fools in my life (although I think I was just as stubborn at 30 truth be told!)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog – it’s good to discover your words of wisdom…I promise to call by often.

    Houdini x

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 15:40

      Yes, Houdini, you are one of a few that are on this same trek at a very similar time – in fact, one blogger has the EXACT same birthday as me! I can relate with you, I am in a much better place in my life as I head to 40 than I was at age 30 (thankfully!) I thought I was in a good place at the time, but as I have learned and grown I look back and realize how lucky I am to be at this place in this moment of my life. Please do come by again!:)

  163. Intermittante

    March 24, 2012 at 12:04

    I just stumbled by your blog to see who’s been liking my post about the tentsile and what a good plan I stumbled upon. I’m wishing you luck, wisdom and happiness. 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 15:38

      Why thank you, Intermittante! Please stop by again and I will be stopping by your blog as well :).

  164. artbystacibrown

    March 24, 2012 at 19:09

    Hi! Thank you for stopping by and checking out my recent blog: “Donating Art to Charity” 😀 I hope you’ll stop by again soon and enjoy my artwork I’ll be sharing in future posts. 😀

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 23:32

      You are welcome! Yes, I will definitely stop by again and I hope you stop by here again as well 🙂

  165. ybawany

    March 24, 2012 at 20:55

    What a novel blog idea. Your words give me strength.

    Appreciate you liking my photo.

    Take care,

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 22:37

      Thank you, Yousuf! I look forward to seeing more of your photos!

  166. marge cadaret

    March 24, 2012 at 21:15

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! And yours….what an interesting journey to are embarking on. I am 63.5 and I have not yet arrived anywhere except to the conclusion that there are no arrivals on life’s journey, only pauses and that the most important moments are the insignificant ones. Enjoy your journey!

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 21:42

      Thank you, Marge! I like your conclusion! I also find that the most meaningful moments are not necessarily the ones we expect to attach meaning to 🙂 . Thanks for stopping by and please come again!

  167. matts1970

    March 24, 2012 at 21:22

    Having hit the big 40 in 2010…i gotta say i found the love of my life i plan to marry in 2013
    so yeah 6 months after turning 40, jess and i went out and the rest is history 🙂 very cool blog concept ya got going here…hope ya learn a lot 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 21:40

      Congratulations, Matt – how wonderful that you have found so much after turning 40 – there is hope for so many of us! I wish you and Jess much happiness together!!! 🙂

      • matts1970

        March 25, 2012 at 00:02

        Thanks greatly…:) it took 22 years of dating all the wrong people some of which in the last few years who were 15-20 years my senior where as Jess is 12 years younger…honestly i really couldn’t be happier to have a creative soul enter my life at this stage in the game

        • 400daystil40

          March 25, 2012 at 00:32

          It is amazing how everything in our life changes when we find that one amazing, loving partner (I also dated quite a few duds before I found my partner almost 5 years ago!)

  168. SkiDaddy

    March 24, 2012 at 21:26

    I won’t as I’m breaching 56, but I strive for that. I work toward enjoying whatever I do, sometimes more successful than others. I think the point is to aspire to it.
    Anyway I enjoyed your post and thanks for “liking” mine.

  169. Eve Redwater

    March 24, 2012 at 21:31

    I’ve not heard of, seen, or read a blog quite like this! Really, brilliant idea – I shall be visiting in the future! 😀


  170. brendamarroy

    March 24, 2012 at 21:37

    As one who is now 70, I have found my authenticity, I’ve connected with that which is greater than myself, I’ve followed my passion, I’m married to the most amazing man there is (at least for me), and yet I’m still hungering and thirsting for more truth, more intention, and more of it all.

    I don’t know that we ever get to a sated place where we stop and think, “I’m done.” I trust your 400 day journey will be the beginning of the journey of a lifetime.

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 21:49

      Thank you for your wonderful comment, Brenda. I want to be just like you when I am 70!!! I think if we are not thirsting for more, than we are probably not living….. at least not the type of life I want to be living. I wish you the best and hope you have many more years left on your journey. 🙂

  171. Author MelindaTripp

    March 24, 2012 at 21:46

    Oh my goodness, how do you find the time? It was very nice of you to like my blog and support safety for our Nation’s children. You will be a lot wiser by 40, all that reading will make you look
    Inside yourself and then be present in each moment of your journey……my husband turned 60 the year I turned 40…. We had a blowout 50s style dinner dance, band and all……100 years ofFun, what will your party look like?

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 21:55

      Thank you, Melinda, for your kind comment – and yes I do support safety very much (as a parent and someone in the education profession!) Wow, what a grand party you must have had with your husband – how fun! I have not really thought about what I will do on my 40th…. I am more of the type to like a small intimate gathering with family than a big bash…. so time will tell!!! 🙂

      • Author MelindaTripp

        March 25, 2012 at 15:22

        We had a big bash for only about twenty five, thirty people, including kids and their friends, we wanted something fun and different…….we now have a group of friends that we have themed dinner parties with once a month…sometimes more often……we are crazy fun!

        • 400daystil40

          March 25, 2012 at 21:38

          Wow, that sounds like so much fun!!! I went through a phase where I hosted tons of murder mystery parties, each with a different theme – it was a blast! 🙂

          • Author MelindaTripp

            March 26, 2012 at 23:52

            good idea have not done that in years, exactly what I can do with our group! I know they have pkged
            murder nts…I’m getting one!

          • 400daystil40

            March 27, 2012 at 07:32

            You are welcome! They are so fun! I have used some of the packaged ones and they are a blast! 🙂

          • Author MelindaTripp

            March 27, 2012 at 16:31


  172. the_tovarysh_connection

    March 24, 2012 at 22:08

    When I turned 40, I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and jumped into the next phase of my life. Which was to follow my intuition and sell most of my belongings, leave my cush job of 16 years and move across the country. Although it wasn’t exactly what I thought it might be, I have never regretted the decision I made. It has led me to where I now sit, ~ 600 days before my 60th birthday. Believe in yourself, trust the universe and understand that all the knowledge you have is within…..and what was the platform # for Hogwarts? Perhaps the starting off point is right in front of you! You’re just not seeing it. (though I’m not suggesting you run into any brick walls!) Best of luck in your journey. From reading your posts, I think you are well on your way. And thank you for visiting my blog.

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 22:23

      Thank you, The Tovarysh Connection, for your wonderful thoughts and insight! You took quite a risk when you turned 40! I often find that even when plans do not turn out exactly as we envision, we often are thankful for the growth and the place we land in life as a result of taking risks. Please visit again!

  173. Liz

    March 24, 2012 at 22:15

    Thanks for the like re: chocolate chateau post. Good luck with the 40 thing. Your goal is noble:-) I will say I have made it safely to the other side. It looks pretty much the same from here as it did from there. Though it’s fun to have the “credentials” of a few more years behind you. Lots to learn as we move forward. Kudos to you for wanting to learn.

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 22:32

      You are welcome, Liz, and thank you for the comment! 🙂 I am guessing fireworks will not go off at midnight on the day I turn 40, but maybe I will gain something along this journey to somehow make me feel more like the “grown up” I am supposed to be! 🙂

      • Liz

        March 25, 2012 at 05:59

        No fireworks? I got fireworks;-) (no I did not, but wouldn’t that be fun?) Don’t push too hard to be that “grown up” as I think the grown-up thing is overrated. Figure out who you want/need to be and have at it. Yeehaw!

        • 400daystil40

          March 25, 2012 at 12:05

          Thanks, Liz – and you are right, being grown up is definitely over-rated! 🙂

  174. Tracy Campbell

    March 24, 2012 at 22:38

    Thanks for liking my post on “Three Tips for a Successful Writing Career”.
    Your idea to blog 400 days until your 40th birthday is great.
    I wrote a blog post back in October 2011 about Julia, Julia – The project blog. It turned into a book and an awesome movie.
    All the best

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 22:39

      Thanks so much for your encouraging post! I look forward to reading more of your posts! And that was one of my favorite movies!!!!! 🙂

  175. Nicole

    March 24, 2012 at 22:40

    This is fabulous! I look forward to following your 400 days. Life is a journey and you will constantly rediscover yourself as I am sure you know but I think documenting and conciously taking this journey is an amazing path to take. Congratulations!

    • 400daystil40

      March 24, 2012 at 23:25

      Thank you so much, Nicole, for your words of encouragement! Yes, life is a journey of constant rediscovery – how lucky we are! 🙂

  176. Stuart Otway-Smith

    March 25, 2012 at 00:39

    Since reading your blog I have had so much enrichment, healing and enlightenment, I think you have found your purpose right here.

    • 400daystil40

      March 25, 2012 at 12:16

      Thank you so much, Stuart! I really appreciate your encouraging words. 🙂

  177. lengesinski

    March 25, 2012 at 01:36

    The Very Best To You on the Journey Ahead!

    • 400daystil40

      March 25, 2012 at 12:14

      Thank you!!!

      • lengesinski

        March 25, 2012 at 16:59

        Your Post Spurred Me on Further in Different Ways, Mine more of a Health/Fitness Journey-or Keeping Committed To. Thanks!

  178. originsunknown

    March 25, 2012 at 04:21

    Hey there! I love the concept behind your blog. I am quite keen on seeing where this journey brings you, as I myself am reaching a similar stage in my life. I’m pushing 30 and later on, I may actually have to do some introspection of my own too. And blogging about it is a brilliant idea. Good luck!

    • 400daystil40

      March 25, 2012 at 12:10

      Thanks, Originsunknown! I look forward to hearing more about your own journey!

  179. greyphoenix69

    March 25, 2012 at 06:29

    A friend of mine once told me that “you will not find what you are looking for unless you searched for it.” Not all of us has the capacity to count and be mindful of the days before we reached “40,” what more, document it in your blog. Without knowing it, you had inspired a lot to accompany you in that journey and to look closer on their lives on what is possibly still be missing.

    I really hope you find what you are looking for.

    • 400daystil40

      March 25, 2012 at 12:03

      Thanks so much for your inspiring comment! I love what your friend told you – it is so true! I do not think we can find what we are looking for unless we are consciously searching for it. I thank you for your input!

  180. Luciana

    March 25, 2012 at 07:17

    This is a very interesting concept…I hope that you have a great journey within your 400 days til 40..Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope to frequent yours just as much…


    Always First Athletics

    • 400daystil40

      March 25, 2012 at 12:02

      Thanks, Luciana! I look forward to visiting your blog again! 🙂

  181. tucsonsongstress

    March 25, 2012 at 16:22

    I have 26 days until 40 and can totally relate and appreciate your blog. I spent this weekend with my Mom in Sonoma,Ca for a fun birthday celebration. Goal for age 40: Spend more time with my Mom. She’s awesome!

    • 400daystil40

      March 25, 2012 at 21:34

      Thank you!!! How wonderful that you had such a wonderful time with your mom – family is so precious and it is an important goal to spend as much time with them as possible while they are healthy enough to be able to spend that time with us – before we know it, they will not be around and we do not want those regrets.

  182. raeleenmautner

    March 25, 2012 at 16:45

    You are on a wonderful journey and will no doubt learn many deeper truths along the way. Great post!

    • 400daystil40

      March 25, 2012 at 21:16

      Thank you Raeleen! The journey is quite an adventure! 🙂

  183. iknowtheycan

    March 25, 2012 at 16:50

    seek and you shall find.

    nice 2 blog with you

  184. amysworlds

    March 25, 2012 at 18:23

    Seems to be going well 🙂 Thank you for the like on my blog – good luck on the 400!

  185. Steve Perrin

    March 25, 2012 at 19:13

    Wisdom by deadline? Not sure you can force it. Live enough and it just comes by reassembling the pieces of experience that stand out for being attractive, memorable, and mysterious. It’s the mysterious events in your life–those that allure you but you don’t understand–that will gradually turn into understanding if you live with them long enough.

    I admire your courage in undertaking this blog. You can’t know anyone or anything until you first know yourself. It’s the heading that counts–into the mystery of yourself. I am with you, brother (or sister).

    Thanks for checking out my blog. I invent myself before your eyes, as you will yourself before the rest of us.

    • 400daystil40

      March 25, 2012 at 21:10

      Ah yes, technically you are correct, perhaps I cannot find wisdom by an exact deadline, but hopefully embarking on this journey will at least provide some wisdom along the way!!!! 🙂 I look forward to visiting your blog again. Take care!

  186. John Jonelis

    March 25, 2012 at 20:01

    Thanks for the response to my Chapter 30. Here’s my answer to the same question you’re asking. Could it be the same station?


  187. AAAPirate Blacksmith

    March 25, 2012 at 23:37

    I’m still looking around but I thanks for share your insight and experiences with those of us still trying to make it to 39. I’ll be back!

  188. ProfMomEsq

    March 26, 2012 at 01:20

    Well, as you saw, I’ve already hit that 40 milestone, but I’m right there with you on the figuring-it-out path, more so lately than not. It’s wonderful to have company, so I will gladly follow along with your journey. Just keep moving forward, and you’ll be fine. 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 07:29

      Thanks, ProfMomEsq (love your name!) Yes, I agree with you, one of the basic keys is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other and continue along our journey! 🙂

  189. dogdaz

    March 26, 2012 at 05:49

    I have awarded you The Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations.

  190. thestitchemporium

    March 26, 2012 at 05:54

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I like the concept of your blog – I’m impressed that you post every day 🙂 I like the quotes you choose as well – very thought-provoking and inspiring! -Rebecca

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 07:20

      Thanks, Rebecca! Some days it is more of a challenge to post than others (half asleep at the keyboard, etc.) but I made the commitment and I am going to follow through with it!!! 😉

  191. WayneMorgan

    March 26, 2012 at 13:15

    Hey, thanks for liking my post ( I like what you’ve got here and I will be sure to follow your blog and learn some things from you. Good work, and good luck! 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 13:56

      Thank you! I look forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂

  192. stephanie fitzpatrick

    March 26, 2012 at 15:06

    Hey there, Sunshine. I’m sure you get this all the time…I nominated you for The Sunshine Award. Congrats! You’ve brought the sunshine in with you! Your friend, Stephanie@Random Acts

  193. northernthortz

    March 26, 2012 at 16:50

    In your 20’s you should play.
    In your 30’s you should learn.
    In your 40’s you should earn.
    In your 50’s you should give something back.
    In your 60’s you should enjoy it.

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 21:55

      I LOVE this!!!! 😉 Thank you for posting it!!! 🙂

      • northernthortz

        March 27, 2012 at 00:15

        I was born at an early age and went through the 40 barrier seamlessly. It’s nothing to be afraid of I assure you; actually it gets to be more fun. If you didn’t know how old you are and just go with how old you feel, it’s a breeze!

  194. patriciakirsch

    March 26, 2012 at 19:27

    Hi, thanks for stopping in my blog. I must admit, I’m turning 40 in two years and I have mixed feelings about it. I love your idea for this blog. I know we shouldn’t worry about age–it’s more than a number of course–but life is short and I can’t help feeling I’ve missed so much already. Good luck to you with your blog and your journey.

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 21:54

      Thank you, Patricia! I hope you will learn from my journey 🙂 I agree, 40 is just a number – sometimes the number acts as a great motivator! 🙂

  195. weekend knitter

    March 26, 2012 at 19:30

    This is an awesome post! Love this idea!

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 21:53

      Thank you, Weekend Knitter (LOVE your name – can so relate!!!) 🙂

  196. Imagination Station

    March 26, 2012 at 19:50

    Thank you so much for arriving at my blog! I found your postings quite profound. I remember the time when I was approaching 40 as well. It is definitely a time for introspection of ones purpose and life! Young 60s here and I find I never ever stop that looking and seeking and growing and learning! The older one gets perhaps one appreciates so much more and keeps growing internally with a desire to go deeper with the need for learning…. always! Great blog and I have subscribed and will keep up with your journey! Blessings! Carole Ann

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 21:52

      Thank you, Carole Ann! I love to hear from people who have discovered that they never stop growing and that believe life is about a long-term journey of introspection and growth. 🙂

  197. tearoomdelights

    March 26, 2012 at 20:25

    I turned 40 this year and it did feel different. It felt good, I felt happy and contented, and I now feel I can be the person I am without worrying about other people’s opinions of me. 20s were better than teens, 30s were better than 20s and now I’m thinking 40s could well be better than 30s. Hurrah for turning 40! I wish you well on your quest and hope you enjoy turning 40 as much as I did.

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 21:49

      Thanks, tea room delights! I agree with you, so far every decade has been better and I sure hope it is the same after I turn 40! 🙂

  198. Sallyann

    March 26, 2012 at 20:32

    Hey, great idea. I look forward to following along with you. 🙂

  199. leamuse

    March 26, 2012 at 20:34

    While on this side of forty, it may not seem like it, you are entering an exciting time. For myself and many other women, it is a time of transition and I speak for myself that I would not want to go back!
    Kind regards and bon chance!


    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 21:47

      Thanks for your comment, Lea. I have found with every new stage of my life that if I embrace it I do not want to go back. Life seems to get better as we age! 🙂

  200. fiercebuddhist

    March 26, 2012 at 20:38

    Best of luck to you. I retired at 35 to search and recently turned 44. Every day I take the path that you are on. I hope that you find peace in your journey. I will be following your journey.

    Know that you are not alone in your search 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 21:46

      Thanks, fiercebuddhist, for the critical reminder that the journey does not end and that we do need to stay on the path!

  201. teddytom4u

    March 26, 2012 at 20:45

    it is not about the goal, it is about the journey. – but the jorney to live and love your life is one great to be taken.

    happy joy-finding


    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 21:44

      Thank you so much, Teddy – I am very much enjoying the journey! 🙂

  202. Letters To Chace

    March 26, 2012 at 20:56

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love this idea and look forward to reading more. Hopefully it helps you and many other people as well!

  203. ijkblogger

    March 26, 2012 at 21:01

    As one long past the magic 40 life just gets better….40 was a watershed and I find 20+ years on that life is full of new things to see and do. Grab it all with both hands! And you’ve got grandchildren to look forward to.

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 21:40

      Thanks for your input! Yes, I look forward to the life I have ahead of me! 🙂 (though I hope I do not get grandchildren too quickly, my daughters are young!!!) 😉

  204. homemadekids

    March 26, 2012 at 21:12

    Great idea and I hope you throw a big party at the end of it. The only snag is that you’ll have to rename your blog…Nicola,

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 21:38

      Thank you, Homemadekids! 🙂 Yes, I have already started thinking of what I might re-name my blog in 331 days! 🙂

  205. onidamerlyn

    March 26, 2012 at 21:25

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for visiting mine. I did the follow thingy with yours. Main thing….just follow a path with heart. Ask yourself always…where’s the heart in it. It will never lead you astray. Love your blog…i will be back often. Blessings

  206. coachwithheart

    March 26, 2012 at 22:19

    What is your purpose?

    That is a fine thing to find before you hit that 40th birthday.

    What would you say you real purpose is?

    • 400daystil40

      March 26, 2012 at 22:22

      Good question!! Many of my posts explore this and work on finding it all out. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  207. artblablablablog

    March 26, 2012 at 22:39

    What an interesting idea. I “got it” after 40 and it has been a roller coaster of epiphanies that turned my life upsidedown before righting itself. The answer for me? Let whatever happens be O.K., embrace the challenges with love and be grateful for all you have. I never felt like I was in charge anyway. Step back and become an observer of your life, it is an interesting perspective. Good luck with your journey. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • 400daystil40

      March 27, 2012 at 07:35

      I LOVE the part of your comment that talksa bout taking time to step back and be an observer and gain that perspective!!! Thanks so much!

  208. tildyteacake

    March 26, 2012 at 23:47

    hi – great idea! i’m 37 and starting to feel it too:-)

    • 400daystil40

      March 27, 2012 at 07:32

      Thanks! I am sure you will find your way just as I am finding mine!

  209. Rick Alvey

    March 27, 2012 at 02:52

    Thanks for the recent “Like” on a blog post. Great concept for a blog. In terms of finding meaning in life I’ve always appreciated a quote by C.S. Lewis: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” Best wishes on your journey and on turning 40!

    • 400daystil40

      March 27, 2012 at 07:21

      You are welcome! I also really like this Lewis quote, thank you so much for sharing it!

  210. Ampi's Creative Life

    March 27, 2012 at 04:19

    I just found your blog. Great idea. I can definitely relate to your quest. I am (unfortunately) older than 40 and still searching for my own personal truth. I wish you the best of luck. I plan on following along and maybe I can get further inspiration from you.

    • 400daystil40

      March 27, 2012 at 07:20

      Thanks so much! I think many of us are searching for that personal truth. I look forward to having you follow along and welcome your comments and insights. 🙂

  211. Anonymous

    March 27, 2012 at 04:34

    Well, I’m not counting days but I’m 1.5 years away from 50. Thing is I like myself better than when I was in my teens, 20s or 30s cos I receive more compliments on “You look good!” now than when I was younger! Yep, 40s is a good age to be in! 😉

  212. Vimal R Abraham

    March 27, 2012 at 07:22

    Hope you find these 400 days really insightful… guess all of us are in search for that sole purpose of our living….

    • 400daystil40

      March 27, 2012 at 07:29

      Thank you! Yes, we are all indeed in search of that purpose! 🙂

  213. cowgirliz

    March 27, 2012 at 07:45

    Hmmm, I think I’m some 57 days behind you in the age department. I hadn’t given much thought to turning 40, figured I’d deal with 39 first. Now, my brain is working on all this crap around that milestone… with the I only have x number of days to get it worked out. I think I need to relax and let it all flow.
    I do really like your blog. Following it now. Just not sure I need to get everything all figured out by that 40 year milestone. It’s all a journey and it’s all good.

    • 400daystil40

      March 27, 2012 at 09:20

      Oh no, my journey now has you thinking!!!! 🙂 I have been told that I have that effect on many! 😉

  214. sun4izzi

    March 27, 2012 at 18:20

    Thank you 400~40 (short hand version if you don’t mind) for visiting my blog site. I certainly remember my 40’s, and I ‘wasn’t’ where I should have been has I known where I should have been.
    I will follow your journey, at my age 57, I have stumbled and steadied through the last few years.
    Blessings to you.

    • 400daystil40

      March 27, 2012 at 23:04

      Thank you, Izzi! I like your comment about your 40’s – I think that many people feel that way when they look back at their lives… many of us would do things differently if we could infuse our younger selves with our older wisdom! 🙂

  215. foxfirearts

    March 27, 2012 at 21:23

    Great blog idea. 40 was a hard one for me, but 45 feels more celebratory. I’m still feeling the call to get on with the things I want to do in this life, thinking that whatever habits I’m living now are likely to stay with me so they’d better be good ones. What do I have to share and how I am living my potential? Will my choices reflect a wish for security or an appetite for wholeness and a juicy life? I like how you’re using quotes to pose questions.
    ps thanks for the like.

    • 400daystil40

      March 27, 2012 at 22:47

      Thanks, Firefoxarts! Thank yo so much…. it seems that many of us are on very similar journeys!

  216. maxcowan

    March 27, 2012 at 21:43

    Hello 400daystil40

    I have read through your purpose and a couple of your posts, I’ll sure be back for more. I hope you get as much – or more – from your blog as you are generously giving to its readers.

    Thanks for dropping into my blog 365 Short Memories. I am so glad you liked something there – namely, the post: “87. Squeezed between loyalty & responsibility” – because it has helped me discover 400daystil40.


    • 400daystil40

      March 27, 2012 at 22:45

      Thanks, Max. I am enjoying your posts too!! Please do come again and I will do the same 🙂

  217. justpullyourselftogether

    March 27, 2012 at 21:45

    What a brilliant concept for a blog. I’m loving it. On my 40th I was standing in the queue to enroll on my very first day at Uni!

    I’d also managed to bring a smile to all my fellow commuters faces as I had completely forgotten that I still had on the ‘I am 40’ badge that my 27yr old sister had felt was essential to mark the occasion.

    You’re right, we can’t take life for granted – my life path changed a few years ago and I am no longer as well favoured as I was. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I will follow yours with interest.

    • 400daystil40

      March 27, 2012 at 22:44

      Thank you so much! I love the story of your “I am 40” badge at uni!!! 🙂

  218. Robert W. Pollock, Ed. D., Author of 'Teacher Interviews: How to Get Them & How to Get Hired!'

    March 27, 2012 at 23:47

    Thanks so much for liking my wordpress blog InterviewingAdviceforTeachers! I ‘liked’ yours and plan on following it. Look forward to following you on your 400 day journey . Should be interesting!

    • 400daystil40

      March 28, 2012 at 08:20

      Thank you, as I am also in education, I enjoyed finding your blog. 🙂

  219. lafamiliadominguez

    March 28, 2012 at 00:36

    Thank you for stopping by artisticfamilia. It took me well past 40 to realize the dream of putting all of my families art together in one place. Enjoy your journey 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 28, 2012 at 07:58

      Wow, sounds like you realized a great dream! Thanks for stopping by.

  220. Mayrbayr

    March 28, 2012 at 00:54

    Wow! I am really inspired by your spirit. My gift at 40 was the birth of my one and only child. I waited 40 years for motherhood, so every experience and choice thus far has been in an effort to navigate my way through parenthood as best as I can! LOL. At first with my partner, but as our energy no longer vibrated harmoniously, it has been a solo adventure for a decade now (pats self on back)! I’m doing the best I can to embrace it all … the good, the bad and the ugly! Thanks for liking my blog A Home School Family … it was the door that connected me to your beautiful spirit. I’m still a newbie blogger so I’m a bit o a “green horn” in this dept. I’m looking forward to catching up on all your previous blogs (just finished reading your PURPOSE blog), and following your journey as well.

    • 400daystil40

      March 28, 2012 at 08:06

      Thank you! Yes, when we become parents everything changes, and learning to navigate parenthood is so very important. I would love to hear more of your thoughts and insights, please stop by again and I look forward to stopping by your blog too!

  221. True STORIES.

    March 28, 2012 at 03:50

    I’ve got 4 years ’til 40 — I’m looking forward to following you and seeing what there is to learn…

  222. yingyangyoga

    March 28, 2012 at 06:48

    Nice blog. Thank you for sharing. I passed my 40th b day several months ago. Today I wrote a check and this 21 year old couldn’t believe I was 40 years old! He thought I was 20. Cool feeling.
    You’ve achieved A LOT! Pat yourself on the back too. Kudos! Best to not over extend oneself is what I’ve learned from my life experiences. Everyone is different of course. I’m happy to say I’ve accomplished a lot but at what expense! If I had to re- live my life I would have stuck with something simple and not so ambitious. For me societal pressure was a factor because I felt I had to prove myself as woman that I was super capable in a man’s field. But initially I envisioned the world to be more gentle shall I say?
    I don’t want to go into specifics, but my situation from an outsider’s point of view is no where as good today, but in my heart I feel better. And while I’ve had my “mid life crisis” I feel somehow I am being authentic with my self regardless of other people’s outwards perceptions.
    I’ll stop rambling but your blog definitely gets the heart moving. Thanks for sharing!

    • 400daystil40

      March 28, 2012 at 07:40

      Thank you so much for your words of encouargement and sharing some of your story! 🙂 I often wonder exactly what I would and would not do differently if I could replay parts of my life – and you bring up a good point…. sometimes we achieve great things at a great cost…. and we have to weigh what is really the most important thing. Please visit again. 🙂

  223. The Guat

    March 28, 2012 at 09:21

    I know you have over 400 response to your Purpose page, and I’m not sure if you’re going to read another one, but just wanted to say that I think this is a great idea for a blog. 40 is a milestone. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and checking it out.

    • 400daystil40

      March 28, 2012 at 12:13

      Thank you, The Guat, and thank you for stopping by my page as well! 🙂 PS… I actually do read every comment! 🙂

  224. w

    March 28, 2012 at 18:56

    The truth about life is that you will continue to strive to be better than you are and when you stop striving your life will end. Continue to learn, grow, laugh, and love. Simple advice and I am sure you are looking for more (I would hope so or you are no longer striving to be better), but it is always nice to share.

  225. Miss Molly

    March 28, 2012 at 19:11

    I embarked on a similar journey but not until I was approaching 45. My life has changed drastically and while sometimes it seems difficult it is definitely for the better.

    I look forward to following you on your journey… and if you do not reach your goal, just know that it is an ongoing process…

    • 400daystil40

      March 28, 2012 at 22:42

      Thanks, Miss Molly, thanks for following my journey – yes, I am sure it is an ongoing life process, even if I reach my goal.

  226. fromstephwithlove

    March 28, 2012 at 20:20

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the concept of yours and will be following it!

  227. chronicchronicle

    March 28, 2012 at 20:29

    Great blog! I love the idea. I’m heading toward the big 4-0 at the end of the year, so it’ll really fun to read your journey!

    • 400daystil40

      March 28, 2012 at 22:38

      Thank you for joining me on the journey!

  228. willowdot21

    March 28, 2012 at 20:35

    Good luck with sorting out the meaning of life before you are forty I am approaching 60yrs and still do not have a handle on the answer!! You are correct about happiness coming from within so that is a start!! I am grateful that you dropped by my blog and liked the post !! BTW If you come up with an answer can you let me know?? xx 😉

    • 400daystil40

      March 28, 2012 at 22:36

      Thank you so much! Yes, I will let you know if I do find the answers! 🙂

  229. Eternity Oneness

    March 28, 2012 at 20:45

    Thank you so much for visiting my Blog.

    My Astrology teacher used to say; at 40 you break ties with the past, at 80 you will ride an easy rider (perhaps back to the childlike innocense). All that wonderful Freedom – tribute to Uranus the Awakener!

    Congratulations! You are already Here!.

    With 476 people opening their hearts to you – take a deep breath and just let it in…ENJOY it!!!!! Feel the love from all of us:)

    With Love & Light

    • 400daystil40

      March 28, 2012 at 22:35

      And thank you, Eternity, for visiting mine = and for your wonderful words of encouragement! 🙂

  230. mburgan

    March 28, 2012 at 20:50

    At 52, my turning 40 seems almost like a lifetime ago. My life seemed so set, in a positive way. Life has a way of reminding you of the impermanence of things. I hope you find what you’re seeking in these days till 40, and after as well. And thanks for reading my blog.

  231. jkenwade

    March 28, 2012 at 22:56

    I like this idea. I will read along. Maybe I could gain some wisdom. Thanks for liking my blog posts.

    • 400daystil40

      March 28, 2012 at 22:59

      Thank you – so glad you stopped by!

  232. Lissa'a Long Yarn

    March 28, 2012 at 22:58

    i think many feel this way, and it will be interesting to watch your journey. =D

  233. Cauldrons and Cupcakes

    March 29, 2012 at 00:22

    What a wonderful premise for a blog, and I so love what you’ve written about yourself…

    I’m 44 and loving every minute of this decade of my life.

    If you do ever figure out what life’s all about, be sure to let us know. To me, it’s still mostly a delicious mystery!
    Bless xx

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 08:58

      Thank you so much – I think if I figure it out, many people will want to know! I suspect it is more about the journey than the destination! 🙂

  234. perceptionoverjudgment

    March 29, 2012 at 00:23

    What a fabulous idea for a blog!! I will be turning 40 on March 31st, and I CAN’T WAIT!!! To me, the 40’s represent having a deeper understanding of who you are, of not being as afraid to express this knowledge, and of being wonderfully open to evolving into all you can become. It means taking less garbage from people, and paradoxically being more open to who people are. It means not only finding one’s own voice, but discovering one’s own LANGUAGE. The 40’s aren’t about restoration regarding past losses, but they are about discovering new treasures, even if those treasures are not immediately recognized for what they actually are. And the 40’s are about keeping our eyes open for surprises. They are also about seeing and nurturing sparks in others, so that we can all become more fully alive. 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 08:57

      Thanks for your wonderfully encouraging post! I agree with you and I am looking forward to all that life continues to have to offer.

  235. aide4caregivers

    March 29, 2012 at 02:40

    I am going to enjoy this blog, and I will read it with sweet rememberance of when I turned 40! I appreciate your following my blog.

  236. 5kidsmom

    March 29, 2012 at 04:58

    I totally get this! When I turned 40, I felt the same. Now, come June, I’ll be 50, and I my mind still is asking, what the Bleep??! ! It’s our nature (Ibelieve) to search, and it goes on and on. With each new decade comes a new re-defined search! This is a great idea you have here 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 08:34

      Thanks, 5kidsmom! I like your understanding that each new decade bring a new search! 🙂

  237. chikaracreations

    March 29, 2012 at 14:58

    Wow, I really recognize this feeling. Besides the kids and the age (I’m 24 and have no children) my life’s basically like yours. And I feel exactly the same way. I will definitely follow your journey and hopefully learn something from it… 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 16:45

      Yes, it appears I am not the only one to feel this way! Thank you for following my journey!!! 🙂

  238. Ickleed

    March 29, 2012 at 20:05

    I’m turning 40 too- that’s one of the reasons I started my blog. (Although I am 40 before you 😦 ) Something about big birthdays coming up really makes you take a look at your life- at least it does for me. I am determined to make major changes this year. I look forward to poppoing in to see what you have been up to.

    P.S. Thanks for liking my blog.

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 22:56

      It is funny, I have met SOO many people turning 40 in the next year (one even has the same birthday as I do!) I hope for you that you have a fulfilling journey and that your self-evaluation before 40 will prove fruitful! 🙂

  239. gracealexanderknits

    March 29, 2012 at 20:19

    I think we all feel/felt this way. I went on holiday with a 21 year old when I was 40 (strictly friends) realised I wanted more for myself left my husband of 20 years and three almost grown children, when I came home, Four years later met a man online playing backgammon and we’ve been married 10 years. If life is easy it’s right for you if it’s a constant struggle then life’s too darned short to suffer. I hope you enjoy the 400 days to your birthday as much as I enjoyed the 1,856 and counting since mine’

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 22:52

      Thanks for your comment and your sharing your story with me and the readers….. It sounds like you are in a much better place now than when you were 40. I am enjoying the journey and I agree, life should not be hard, so if there is a constant struggle, there needs to be evaluation and something needs to change.

      • gracealexanderknits

        April 20, 2012 at 04:17

        Having a hard time getting around the site still. Can’t find other blogs. You are so right life should not always be a struggle.

        • 400daystil40

          April 20, 2012 at 07:40

          I think you need to go to the “readers” tab to find the other blogs. Thanks for visiting!

  240. glutenvygirl

    March 29, 2012 at 20:21

    What a great blog! I’m so thrilled you visited mine, I’m not sure I’d have found yours otherwise – and I’m so very pleased to have found it!
    Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to reading your posts!

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 22:51

      Thank you Gluten V Girl! I look forward to stopping by your blog again too! 🙂

  241. Gail L Palmer

    March 29, 2012 at 20:35

    I have to assume you’ve read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin? I did and this is a piece which came from the experience. Oh – and I did I mention I’ll be 40 in December?

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 22:49

      I have not read The Happiness Project. Thanks for pointing me towards the book, as it seems like something I would really enjoy reading. 😉

      • Gail L Palmer

        March 30, 2012 at 03:01

        You simply MUST find time – if I may be so bold as to recommend it to you.

        • 400daystil40

          March 30, 2012 at 10:09

          Thank you! That is a very strong recommendation, so it must be good! Thanks for pointing me that way! 😉

  242. Nativegrl77

    March 29, 2012 at 20:59

    Thank you for the like … equality for all … i can like love kiss marry if, we want the man i love … everyone should have that right … hey, hope you support a woman’s right to safe and affordable health care …

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 22:47

      Yes, I do 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, please come again!

  243. pamperingcampers

    March 29, 2012 at 21:01

    Good luck on your journey! But don’t expect it to end at 40. I believe that if we lose ourselves in the service to others, starting with family, we will “find ourselves” (our purpose). But the journey lasts a lifetime.

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 22:46

      Thanks for your comment! I love the idea of finding ourselves as we serve others! 🙂

  244. pulchra doctrina

    March 29, 2012 at 21:39

    It amazes me as I head towards the big three O that at each decade people come to a period of recollection and desire for self discovery 🙂
    This is a really big journey you are on and your honesty and reflections are a gift to many!
    Thank you for taking time to look at my blog 🙂
    I will follow your journey with interest and pray that you will find the joy, contentment and passion for life that your heart seeks. Whatever the future holds, you are touching peoples lives now and that is the greatest gift anyone can leave behind them.

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 22:45

      Thank you so much, Ruth! I am enjoying the journey! I am so glad you are following my journey and I look forward to continuing to follow yours as well. Take care!

  245. veg-ease

    March 29, 2012 at 22:01

    Could the hole be the Creator’s sadness? Will prayer help? I know this is a comment most dislike hearing especially if you grew up like me…somewhat priveledged, a belief that everyone goes to heaven, and a feeling of betrayal from the misguided teachings of Western Christianity. Remember this is not about religion it is about the spirit and the unknown. This is about being accepted and accepting love. Good luck and the Almighty bless your journey for truth. Oh and get some excercise…haha

    • 400daystil40

      March 29, 2012 at 22:44

      Thanks so much for your comment…. It is not really a hole, there is no sadness, just a yearning to go deeper and want more. 🙂

      • veg-ease

        March 30, 2012 at 01:25

        Gotcha! I’ll be sure to tune in!

      • veg-ease

        March 30, 2012 at 01:30

        p.s hope I didn’t offend! God Bless!

        • 400daystil40

          March 30, 2012 at 10:11

          Not at all, I love the dialog with this blog and I want many thoughts and opinions – if we were all the same life would be very boring. 🙂

          • veg-ease

            March 30, 2012 at 16:42

            thanks so true!

  246. leahqueenofcakes

    March 29, 2012 at 22:03

    What an excellent idea for a blog. The idea of challenging people’s perception of you and what you are supposed to have achieved or be by certain milestones in your life, interests me alot. Not only this but the constant battle with the thought that somehow you’re doing it wrong. Will be following you!

  247. Summer Moon

    March 30, 2012 at 00:51

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I was nominated by a fellow blogger, and now it’s time for me to nominate some of my fellow bloggers.

    Cheers! 🙂

  248. ladybelle

    March 30, 2012 at 01:23

    I was so interested in reading your blog and in the comments. I couldn’t ready them all but I hope someone out of 300+ comments mentioned that our real purpose on this earth is simple–to glorify God in everything we do. We were created by God to have a relationship with him. That’s why every civilization has had some way they tried to reach God–it’s in the human soul. You will never be totally satisfied in this life until you know the God that created you in a personal way. This is made possible only by the death and resurrection of his son Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to pay our penalty for sin and rose from the dead to purchase a place in heaven for us. When you trust Jesus’ payment for your sin by faith in him you will experience the most exciting, fulfilling, joyful in all circumstances relationship with the Most High God. I talk to so many people who think that to get to heaven we must try hard and be the best person we can be. If that were true, why did Jesus have to die? Being right with God comes from trusting what Jesus did for you on the cross because we can’t be good enough. And being right with God is what brings purpose and meaning in life. BTW, this is not my opinion, this is what God’s Word tells us. That’s the only opinion we can trust. Blessings,

    • 400daystil40

      March 30, 2012 at 10:17

      Thanks for your comment, Ladybelle. So many of us look around at the wonders of life and find that there must be a higher purpose – in fact, many people turn to God when asking the questions about what their destiny is, etc. Even with the different religious viewpoints of the readers (from aethiests to Christians to Muslims to Bahai) I find that everyone is searching for something to believe in (whether God or trying to find someone on earth). The sad thing is that I notive so many people who have connected religiously and still have not managed to find inner peace, and are still searching. In fact, some of the most tormented souls I have ever met have been within the church walls -and some of the most content without – all of this to say, I am not sure we can simplify and say that knowing God or a certain belief system in and of itself will bring satisfaction, as there can be many other factors that are involved (health, mental illness, etc.) I am so glad you commented beacuse it is so important for the readers to hear from many perspectives – someone may read your comment and find in it exactly what they need. Thank you again, I hope you return and read some of the posts!

  249. pinksocks

    March 30, 2012 at 07:09

    All the best 🙂 I am sure you will make it!!!

  250. carlobouh

    March 30, 2012 at 10:08

    that’s a nice purpose.. and I felt what you wanted to say… we support you in every step that you will make. I’m sure you’ll be staying and exceed 40 days.. :p

    • 400daystil40

      March 30, 2012 at 10:09

      Thanks so much, yes I LOVE the readers and the amazing insight and I hope to be around after the 400 days!!! 😉

  251. Barb Drummond

    March 30, 2012 at 12:47

    Hi thanks for liking my post. All the best with your journey.

  252. Birthmother McGee

    March 30, 2012 at 23:29

    I turn 40 not far from you so I’m excited to follow your journey as I’m on my own, as well!

  253. Lilly Sue

    March 31, 2012 at 00:48

    Hey, thanks for checking out my blog! I always get excited when new people visit my blog. I love what you are doing with yours…what a healthy way to spend 400 days and all captured. I really hope you discover a lot. I just wrote a post today that you might enjoy. My bog is mainly about food and beer but I have been so out of whack this week from being sick I have been thinking philosophically (oh no!) lol.

    Well good luck with your blog. I will definitely check back again. Stop by soon to say hello 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      March 31, 2012 at 04:28

      Thank you do much and I will continue to visit your blog! I love food and beer! 🙂

  254. glutenfreebodies

    March 31, 2012 at 07:21

    Funny, this was a topic at dinner tonight…happiness. Authentic happiness. One thing I have to say, for sure; it isn’t what society tells you; the education, the marriage, the house and car, the children. (There are joys in these, if you consciously chose them, but when society choses them for you, they could be a hinderance in your quest for happiness)

    I have been to poverty stricken areas, cambodia, parts of Africa, etc., and many of those people have a grace and peacefulness about them, and yes, happiness. They may not know where their next meal is coming from, but I saw more gentle, peaceful smiles in these people than I do in the typical rat race in the U.S. I am not saying that you can’t be happy here in the U.S. …I just think other peoples ideas of what should make us happy here in the U.S. is a misleading dream. “Stuff” can get in the way of authentic happiness.

    If you can’t accept that you are going to age and wrinkle, how happy will you be when you lose your bloom and actually age and wrinkle? Base your happiness on your looks and see how fast that happiness fades. Back to the 3rd world, they don’t have the time or resources to worry about plastic surgery or wrinkles. Multiply those superficial concerns by 20 more superficial concerns: what neighborhood you live in, what kind of car do you drive, where are your children going to school, how can I cheat age and look 15 years younger, are the Jone’s outperforming you, etc. and you are adding unnecessary stress to your life. Stress that doesn’t contribute to your authentic, long-lasting happiness.

    I know that it runs deeper than what I am saying here. But, sometimes you have to identify the outside pressures that we try to measure up to and decide if they even matter in life. Start there, and then move deeper after you toss aside what society imposes on us, and actually hinders us on the path to authenticity.

    I like your blog, dreams, goals! Good Luck.

    • 400daystil40

      March 31, 2012 at 12:38

      Thanks for your comment…. you should read through some of my posts so far and I believe you will find that we have very similar philosophies! Among other things, I have mentioned third world countries (I think in one of last week’s posts) – it was a post titled, “Wants Versus NEEDS” – And I mentioned visiting two different third world countries when I adopted my daughters….. again, if you read through some of the posts, I think you will find they align with what you said!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for posting Gluten free!!! 😉

  255. mattymillard

    March 31, 2012 at 13:44

    Hey! Thanks a lot for the like on blog, glad you’re enjoying the novel I’m blogging! Good luck with your 400 days of posting, will be interesting to follow along!

  256. Bob Faw

    March 31, 2012 at 19:04

    What a wonderful premise and authentic way to blog. Way to go!

    Thanks for following me. I blog about positive influence in work and personal life. There’s great overlap.

    • 400daystil40

      April 1, 2012 at 12:45

      Thank you…. Yes, I agree, our blogs do have great overlap… What a pleasure. I am glad you stopped by.

  257. zandaltwist

    April 1, 2012 at 00:42

    What a truly interesting way to spend looking forward to the iconic milestone in our lives. Thanks for popping by my own corner of the cyber world and reading some of my stuff. I look forward to seeing what it will be like to walk a little more than a year, every day. Keep dreaming big, and may you find grace to get you to the goals you seek.

  258. sofichick

    April 1, 2012 at 15:48

    Your blog makes me smile. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I’m enjoying it.

  259. Anonymous

    April 2, 2012 at 21:26

    I am 120 days since turning 40. Its a great journey, a great destination and a great spot to land until the next big number! Good luck!

  260. davidjfuller

    April 6, 2012 at 05:34

    I’ll be hitting that milestone this year too! Though I felt like I was 40 when I was 17, I sure didn’t have the wisdom to go with it. Now I wonder if I ever will 😛 Life is a work in progress, endlessly revised…

  261. Leaves Heal

    April 6, 2012 at 20:56

    Beautiful to be so interested in finding “what else” may be out there. 🙂
    I’m guessing that there is no “arrived”: only learning, and making “course corrections” along the way. Finding the “Goal” is bigger than the standard career, house, car, 1.75 children (or whatever it is now). Learning to love the work at hand, because it leads to “something more” is joy for the journey. Shalom 🙂

  262. kathleenmccoy

    April 7, 2012 at 05:09

    Yes, you’ll make it. The person who doesn’t think about the fit between his or her values and life is the one about whom we should worry.

    • 400daystil40

      April 8, 2012 at 05:32

      So very true! Thank you for your kind words!

  263. mbaldelli

    April 7, 2012 at 17:50

    Lots of luck with your quest when you reach 40. Having past that milestone almost 8 years ago (and my midlife almost 3 years ago), I had been lucky in that I learned a lot of this back during my epiphany when I was 25.

    And as you have seen in my last entry (that you liked), I’m having to relearn it all over again. May your tenacity match your spirit in reaching this goal.

    • 400daystil40

      April 8, 2012 at 05:21

      Thank you so much…. I think life is often about relearning lessons -I wish you the best as you put one foot forward on your journey.

  264. ahammockmoment

    April 7, 2012 at 20:11

    Great idea for a blog, can’t wait to see your journey.

    • 400daystil40

      April 8, 2012 at 05:19

      Thank you so much – it is a lot of fun!

  265. davidmarkcain

    April 7, 2012 at 20:48

    194 days to my own 40th- I shall let you know what I discover when i get there…..

  266. Oster's Mom

    April 8, 2012 at 14:15

    I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award at
    I really enjoy reading your posts everyday and I truly think they are an inspiration to all of those close to and turning the big 4-0!

    • 400daystil40

      April 9, 2012 at 06:16

      Why thank you so much for the compliment!!!! 🙂

  267. delemares

    April 8, 2012 at 17:42

    I had similar feeling of ‘there must be more to life than this’ when I was about 35. I’ll probably be sharing something of that on my blog – – (still trying to work out how to link my blog to other sites) – thanks for your encouraging words about my first blog. – looking forward to following your journey

    • 400daystil40

      April 9, 2012 at 06:13

      Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to hearing more from you! 😉

  268. delemares

    April 8, 2012 at 17:47

    I see I was too impatient – once posted, the hyperlink came up – I’m on a bit of a steep learning curve at the mo – you can teach an old dog new tricks, it just takes a bit longer! lol

    • 400daystil40

      April 9, 2012 at 06:12

      🙂 – it happens to the best of us! 🙂

  269. monarchmentoring

    April 11, 2012 at 06:01

    I absolutely agree that happiness must come from within. I’m on a similar journey at a very similar age (I have fewer days ’til 40 though). I must confess though…I hope we do not get it all figured out by the time we’re 40-because then what are we going to do for the rest of our lives??!!:)

    • 400daystil40

      April 11, 2012 at 16:08

      Something tells me we will still have plenty to learn after age 40!!! 🙂

      • monarchmentoring

        April 12, 2012 at 05:00

        Something tells me that embracing the learning part is an important aspect of gaining happiness from within 🙂 Looking forward to hearing more of your insights.

  270. easybitecj

    April 11, 2012 at 17:34

    As I am slightly over 40, I realize that there is still much to learn about myself, those around me and of course much to learn about balance! Enjoy every moment of your journey, after all, isn’t that what life is?

    • 400daystil40

      April 11, 2012 at 22:20

      Yes, definitely – the journey is the best part! 🙂

  271. A Plan For Hope

    April 11, 2012 at 17:49

    I love this. We are almost the same age and there is so much that I want to accomplish before I am 40. That way I can make a new list for after 40 and be in the best physical and mental health that I can be for my new journey. Good luck and I will be following you.

    • 400daystil40

      April 11, 2012 at 22:19

      Yes, I agree… I am enjoying the pre-40 journey and I am sure I will find another one post 40!

  272. fiberdazed

    April 11, 2012 at 17:50

    I so remember the pre 40 growth period and it’s a doozy. What a great way to work through all those feelings. I’m way past 40 and I still have those feelings of “is this it?” and it gives me a great opportunity to check in with me, to make sure I’m living an authentic life. Thanks for dropping by Fiberdazed.

    • 400daystil40

      April 11, 2012 at 22:18

      You are welcome and thank you for your comment and dropping by. I do believe the key is that constant quest for authenticity, something that we need to consciously choose.

  273. viveka

    April 14, 2012 at 00:48

    Hi, there … I have take me the freedom to nominate you to the” Liebster Blog Award” – my reason for doing that you find on my post:

    • 400daystil40

      April 14, 2012 at 01:08

      Why, thank you so very much!!! 🙂 !!!

      • viveka

        April 14, 2012 at 01:11

        Why .. you have to read my post *smile

  274. idrawlikenick

    April 14, 2012 at 01:40

    I am sitting here desperately trying to work out how old you are if you are 400 days to 40 & HOW you knew that…:p In my defense, i have taken a whole cupboard of painkillers and too much diazapam thanks to being poorly today so am not functioning properly (tho i doubt i could do the sums regardless *cough*) Anyway, shall be following you…thank you for liking my post, and am pleased to have found you.

    • 400daystil40

      April 14, 2012 at 02:47

      That is so funny, thanks for making me laugh! If you go through my posts you can see the countdown and understand! I have 313 days to go (which, by the way, makes me over 39 now, though I was 38 when I started the 400 day countdown). I hope this helps!!!! 😉

  275. idrawlikenick

    April 14, 2012 at 01:43

    ps, if this query has been answered before, or you have posted about it, I still fully blame the diazapam and not my inability to control my impulsive need to leave comments…*more coughing*
    really trying to work out how many day i have until 40…you have hurt my head….:p 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      April 14, 2012 at 02:52

      🙂 – It is all good, isn’t it??? 😛

  276. birdsoul

    April 14, 2012 at 05:32

    I love the idea of this blog! My 21st birthday is on Monday and even I’m constantly looking for purpose and meaning to my life! It’s a beautiful and wonderful journey! 😀

    • 400daystil40

      April 14, 2012 at 23:24

      Thank you so much, Bird Soul – I hope you stick around and join me on the journey! Good luck with your own journey as well. 🙂

  277. Kait/yogabeautylife

    April 14, 2012 at 08:51

    AWESOME! I love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing your soul journey with us. 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      April 14, 2012 at 23:21

      My pleasure, and thank you for kindly joining me on the journey! 🙂

  278. charlesmashburn

    April 14, 2012 at 16:38

    I’m of the opinion we will never arrive until we get there, and we won’t get there until we’ve completed our assigned tasks. Kind of like the old sayin, (very loose rendition) “The day you stop learning is the day you cease to exist.”
    I also prescribe to the theory–actually, it may be my own theory–that everything I’ve seen, done, said, heard, and in general, experienced in this life up to this moment, has formed the person I am at this very moment, and though it obviously all matters, it is no longer of great importance. The most important thing now is what I will do next–and by that I mean what I will do this very day.
    Oh, jeesh… there I go rambling and babbling to a perfect stranger. Sorry!
    No, wait… this is kind of like letting my light shine, huh?
    Love your blog! Going to folow along and see how the next 312 days go!

    • 400daystil40

      April 14, 2012 at 23:16

      Yes, I know so many who would also agree with that – I also wonder what arriving will mean! I do agree with you, all my past experiences have definitely molded the person I am today – and I look forward to the continued growth! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come again. 🙂

  279. songtothesirens

    April 14, 2012 at 16:52

    I think that is a great idea! I am approaching 41 myself, but somehow the process of turning 40 gets a person thinking about whether they are truly happy, how well do they really know themselves as a 40 something, what are your thoughts and views on everything and nothing. For some reason the process of turning 40 gets you thinking, especially the I am really am adult now type of thinking.

    I love this idea!

    • 400daystil40

      April 14, 2012 at 23:13

      Yes, it definitely does. And this is certainly what I am doing – putting down my thoughts on everything and nothing simultaneously!!! 😛 Thanks for the compliment!

  280. greenhouse04

    April 14, 2012 at 18:07

    Thanks for liking my adoption update!

    I also want to live the life I’ve been given to the fullest – whether its for 40 years, 80, or 29. Here’s something God has said regarding just this:

    “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
    You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!”
    For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night….
    The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
    Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?
    So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom….
    Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days…
    Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”
    [From Psalm 90]

    I believe that only he can give our lives true meaning! May you find that meaning in your life!

    • 400daystil40

      April 14, 2012 at 23:07

      Thank you for visiting my page and I hope you looked at some of the posts – I read your page as adoption is a very big part of my life and heart (I have two adopted children) – you can find references to them in some of the recent posts. Good luck on your journey.

  281. The WooWoo Press

    April 14, 2012 at 19:39

    Born 40, so its was a home-coming in 2011, never looked back! Great concept.

    • 400daystil40

      April 14, 2012 at 23:05

      Thank you for your comment! It is an amazing journey!

  282. fmlinardo

    April 14, 2012 at 20:22

    Thanks for the visit. Enjoy your journey. What happens on the day after?

    • 400daystil40

      April 14, 2012 at 22:59

      Such a good question, I suppose you will need to tune in and find out! 🙂

      • fmlinardo

        April 14, 2012 at 23:57

        Haha. Well played. Following.

  283. narf77

    April 15, 2012 at 00:16

    Lol you appear to have hit your middle age crisis somewhat early. I hit mine when I turned 34 and looked at what “life” was and decided that it could be a whole lot more. I guess it’s all about taking the “road less travelled” and making your own choices. Not taking the easy road and in being able to be honest with yourself. Listening to good music, really talking to your partner and family about what truly matters. It’s so easy to get caught up in racing along to the beat of societies drum. I can’t keep up with that beat anymore. I dropped out of the race at 34 and have been walking (supposedly a better form of exercise anyway ;)) ever since. I walk down all sorts of weird and wonderful metaphorical roads. I wander about all over the place in my mind and have taken up reading, surfing some crazy sites online etc. to give me my own personal sense of space in the world. Good on you for questioning where you are and where you are going. You can’t take control of your choices unless you do that. Being completely honest with yourself about everything is also an incredibly important milestone. Excellent idea for a blog by the way and hopefully you arrive at the end mentally more enlightened. If you don’t…you can always have a massive party for a week when you actually turn 40 and burn out all of those rogue brain cells that wanted you to do this in the first place! You just have to think laterally 😉 (can I come to that party?…)

    • 400daystil40

      April 15, 2012 at 13:56

      I think I hit my first middle age crisis at age 12!!! 😉 I agree with you that it is indeed so easy to get caught up in the race as society propels us forward, instead of being able to look inside and take a step back and really analyze what we are doing and why. Yes, I am not sure what will happen when I actually do turn 40 – it will be interesting to see how I actually end up celebrating.

      • narf77

        April 16, 2012 at 00:16

        I bet we read about it in the International newspapers 😉

  284. jobelizes

    April 15, 2012 at 01:58

    Thanks for viewing my blog. How did you find me? Awesome following you got there! I dont think I’ll ever get such big numbers following my blog. You’re good.

    • 400daystil40

      April 15, 2012 at 13:42

      Thanks so much for your comment and stopping by – the key to establishing more followers is to take the time to read the blogs of others – if you read them, then they will come to read your blog. You too can build an audience! Anyone can! 😉

  285. Janel Feliz

    April 15, 2012 at 03:32

    Wow! You’ve set yourself up for one AMAZING journey, which I think is incredibly courageous! I agree with your purpose. Happiness is available to all of us – if we so wish to choose and cultivate it. Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

    • 400daystil40

      April 15, 2012 at 13:33

      Thank you so much, the journey is amazing! (What was I thinking?!?) I do hope you stop by again and read more! 😉

  286. Fay Moore

    April 15, 2012 at 05:38

    When I was in my thirties, I was told life begins at 40. It does. It’s when you quit caring what the rest of the world thinks. That is freedom!

    • 400daystil40

      April 15, 2012 at 13:22

      Ah, this is one of my top goals, learning to let go of what others think. In my job I am in a position where I manage others, so this has been a learning curve already in progress. It is hard sometimes to remember that our job is not always to be popular.

      • Fay Moore

        April 15, 2012 at 16:25

        Yes, being “popular” with your underlings comes with some iffy side issues. It’s far better to be respected. The response of those you supervise, when they respect you, is professional and productivity oriented. When the boss is the “buddy”, the orientation is more fun and games. Been there, done that. The old dog learned new tricks. 🙂

  287. glenthefrog

    April 15, 2012 at 08:24

    hi. thanks for visiting my blog. wish you good luck and happiness. when i turn 40, i want to have the same sense of optimism as you do..

    • 400daystil40

      April 15, 2012 at 13:18

      Thanks, I hope that throughout this journey the optimism grows! 😉

  288. Tony Gurr

    April 16, 2012 at 00:04

    Great idea (for a blog) – I’m guessing a few days have passed. I think I had some similar thoughts as I worked up to my 40th, too 😉 I noticed what you said “purpose”, too – and was happy to see that you have prioritised LEARNing – as good a purpose as any 😉

    Take care,


    • 400daystil40

      April 16, 2012 at 11:42

      Thanks for your comment – yes, if you read the entries you will see many days have passed (I am at 311 days ’til 40). Yes, learning is key – as far as I am concerned, if we stop learning, we stop living. 😉

  289. Debbie

    April 16, 2012 at 00:35

    Life is a continuous journey. I have been evolving over decades, and getting truer to myself each year. I hope you don’t end your search after 400 days, since you will have many more to continue your journey. It’s great that you are starting and your efforts will reap rewards. Good luck!

    • 400daystil40

      April 16, 2012 at 11:41

      Thank you so much for your comment. I too feel like I am in a constant state of evolution. I am sure the search will not end after 40, but metamorphosize into something new. 🙂

  290. morganwellinger

    April 16, 2012 at 06:36

    Hello, just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog and I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award – feel free to accept or not. Check out the link below to learn more about it. Keep up the great blogging! 😀

    • 400daystil40

      April 16, 2012 at 11:12

      Why, thank you so much for the compliment! I really appreciate it! 🙂

      • morganwellinger

        April 16, 2012 at 18:00

        Your welcome! Thanks for writing a great blog! 😀

  291. bymindysmith

    April 17, 2012 at 00:51

    what a great idea………i would love to follow you and watch you travel where i’ve already been.

    • 400daystil40

      April 17, 2012 at 08:57

      Thanks so much, I hope you continue to check in, would love to see you here again. 🙂

  292. bymindysmith

    April 17, 2012 at 17:56

    I loved the 40’s…….the 50’s were even better…….now the 60’s–so much more depth…..some things i’ve learned I actually understand…….layer upon layer………life continues in such richness…..enjoy your trip……..m

    • 400daystil40

      April 17, 2012 at 21:43

      Why, thank you very much! Glad to hear that everything just continues to get even better than now!

  293. Sofia

    April 17, 2012 at 18:25

    I nominate you for a Versatile Blogger Award for sharing your journey. Details:

    • 400daystil40

      April 17, 2012 at 21:42

      Wow, thank you so very much for the compliment! 🙂

  294. bymindysmith

    April 17, 2012 at 22:05

    it’s true… are a wonderful blogger!…………and it is true also that everything gets better–and those things that I don’t see getting better—-I just cull them out…….they were either never as important as I had originally thought…..or they were there only for a time for my benefit and now they can be released……it’s quite lovely.

    • 400daystil40

      April 17, 2012 at 22:10

      Thank you! I am certainly looking forward to the future and all that is possesses! I also know from the past decade of my life that it will not turn out like I expect and I am bound to be in for many growth opportunities, challenges, and surprises! 🙂

  295. ramisme

    April 18, 2012 at 02:21

    I’m glad I decided to drop by and thank you for liking my post, as now I’ve found this amazing blog of yours! I was, and probably still am, a ‘life-planner’ and thus having uncertainties surround my life would sometimes cripple me with fear. I worry about the consequences my actions will have in the future. But, I thought staying put, in hope that nothing will go wrong, is just a waste of a life. Sure, bad things happen, but recently I’ve come to realise that good things happen too. As of now, I’m just trying to live life one step at a time, while reflecting, growing and collecting good memories.

    I wish you well in your journey and I will keep coming back for more updates 🙂


    • 400daystil40

      April 18, 2012 at 07:45

      Thank you so much for the compliment! I also used to be a huge life planner…. somewhere in my 30’s I turned from planner to experiencer……but need to find the balance between the two! I think that is where reflection and re-evaluation comes in! Please stop by again 🙂

  296. aparnabrown

    April 18, 2012 at 21:48

    This is such a great idea for a blog! Thanks for ‘liking’ my post, and I’m sending many good wishes for your journey ahead.

    • 400daystil40

      April 18, 2012 at 22:32

      Thanks so much! You are welcome to stop by any time, thanks for coming by!

  297. stilllearning2b

    April 19, 2012 at 03:19

    Thank you for your inspiration, thoughts, and showing me what I have to look forward to. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    • 400daystil40

      April 19, 2012 at 08:53

      Thanks you so much, I really appreciate the compliment!!! 🙂

  298. golanskistreasures

    April 19, 2012 at 08:53

    First of all, I wanted to thank you for dropping by to visit GOLANSKI’S TREASURES and sending some “Like” my way! Your blog is great fun — love the creativity. Having (quite awhile back) celebrated my own 40th BD years ago, I can share some words of (hopefully) wisdom. First of all, I decided NOT to have a “midlife crisis,” opting instead for a “midlife EXPLOSION!” Second — one of my favorite quotes to mark the occasion when it arrives. “When a member of the San Francisco Mime Troop unaccustomedly broke her silence to answer a question regarding her feelings about having reached the age of 40, she said . . . ‘I don’t know whether I feel more like four 10-year olds, or ten 4-year olds!'” Blog on!

    • 400daystil40

      April 19, 2012 at 09:21

      Thank you so much! I LOVE the person you quoted from the Mime Troop!!!!! 🙂 I think I am like ten four year olds! 🙂

  299. golanskistreasures

    April 19, 2012 at 09:43

    Me too! (Well, now it’s more six ten your olds . . . plus a few one year olds just for good measure).

  300. Nancy Werking Poling

    April 19, 2012 at 16:30

    Oh, to be 40 again! Love the idea of using the days to grow in wisdom. Thanks for reading my blog, “April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.” Since you’re contemplating aging and wisdom, you might enjoy my novel, OUT OF THE PUMPKIN SHELL. Two zany friends who fear menopause are transformed into wise women as they uncover a family secret.
    Nancy Werking Poling

    • 400daystil40

      April 19, 2012 at 23:08

      Thank you so much and thank you for pointing me towards your novel – where is it available???

      • Nancy Werking Poling

        April 19, 2012 at 23:45

        Through my website: . Only last night did I get up the direct purchase through PayPal. I didn’t expect being an author to require becoming a techie. OUT OF THE PUMPKIN SHELL is cheaper, though, through Amazon. I have to add shipping and envelopes to my costs. I hope you enjoy it. It gets serious after starting out kind of wacky. It’s partly a story about transformation–along with women’s friendship and family secrets.

  301. Nancy Werking Poling

    April 19, 2012 at 23:40

    Go to my website: There are several purchase options. Only yesterday did I get up the PayPal part so my books can be ordered directly through me.I didn’t know that being a writer these days requires becoming a techie. Out of the Pumpkin Shell is cheaper through Amazon, though, since I had to add shipping and buying envelopes, etc. I hope you like it. It gets serious after starting out kind of wacky.

  302. Valerie (all mussed up)

    April 21, 2012 at 14:28

    I followed you back here from my blog, thank you for stopping by!

    I love your concept and the challenge to live more intentionally – I’m a ways from 40, but join you in the quest to become a more gracious, wise, and giving person. Bravo to you!

    • 400daystil40

      April 21, 2012 at 19:54

      Thank you for your kind words and for visiting!!!! 🙂

  303. myhouse385

    April 21, 2012 at 16:49

    well…. by the time you’re 55 you’ll realize it isn’t all that important…

  304. Desi Chick

    April 23, 2012 at 07:38

    I have been enjoying your daily inspirations and discoveries. Here’s to 40! I nominated you for the versatile blogger award.

    • 400daystil40

      April 23, 2012 at 09:25

      Thank you so very much for your compliment and kindness!!! 🙂

  305. lifetart

    April 23, 2012 at 10:18

    I found your blog because you “liked” one of my blog posts! I adore your blog and it is such a great platform for a blog! Your honesty and self deprecation is wonderful and your insights and obvious intelligence are refreshing!! —AND being 44 myself, your trepidation at the prospect of turning 40 is familiar and memorable for me. I just wanted to let you know — DON’T WORRY! I know it sounds over-used, but you will love it!……oddly enough! A dear friend of mine told me when I was 39, “Never underestimate the 40’s Mojo”. I laughed and she looked at me and said “I am serious”. She was/is right. You will find a freedom (I’m sure you already have an inkling of it) and appreciation for who you are and a complete disregard for peer pressure in general. Do not underestimate the power that is on it’s way, and be sure to “control” it when necessary (when it is in your/your kids best interests)!….I’m still working on that last part!

    • 400daystil40

      April 23, 2012 at 14:30

      Thank you so much and I am so glad that you found your way to my blog. Thank you for your encouragement and compliments! Yes, I am looking forward to what 40 will bring to me. Please stop by again! 🙂

  306. Trev & Gaila Cooking

    April 24, 2012 at 08:06

    Hello! We really enjoy your blog, so we’ve nominated you for the “Kreativ Blog Award”. Congratulations!

    • 400daystil40

      April 24, 2012 at 16:02

      Wow, thank you so much – what a compliment! 🙂

  307. lang922

    April 24, 2012 at 19:56

    This is pretty cool. I’ve started thinking this way, though at my age I have yet to “arrive,” but I definitely get the vibe and find this fascinating!

    • 400daystil40

      April 24, 2012 at 23:11

      Thanks so much! I am glad you got the vibe! Please visit again 🙂

  308. Mariela Campbell Photography

    April 24, 2012 at 21:15

    thank you for visiting my blog… and hitting the like button…. Ive read through some of your posts and I am already influenced and challenged by your questions and self discovery…. I will be following ur blog…. great idea and thank you for sharing!!!

    • 400daystil40

      April 24, 2012 at 23:06

      Thank you for stopping by my blog – and thank you for following me! 🙂

  309. rosemcom

    April 24, 2012 at 23:28

    Thanks for liking my post on “Chapter 41”. I like your blog…what an interesting concept. Cheers, Rose

  310. cb53

    April 24, 2012 at 23:41

    This is such a great idea! My mom said she had this feeling before her fortieth too. I look forward to seeing where you go. 🙂

  311. nelle

    April 25, 2012 at 01:41

    I’m miles past 40, but… best wishes! You will get where you wish to go…

    • 400daystil40

      April 25, 2012 at 07:49

      Why thank you! I also think I will get where I want to go, I just have to figure out where that may be! 🙂

  312. whisksandchopsticks

    April 25, 2012 at 19:24

    You are amazing. A busy life with kids and still you are able to blog everyday. Inspiring! I hope you keep on blogging after 40th birthday. I know this is a cliche, but it is true- life is a never ending quest. I believe that is what keep us going ____, but remember to stop and smell the flowers (oops another cliche. 🙂 ) and enjoy life with your family.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 00:38

      Thanks! Yes, I agree, we do have to slow down and remember to smell those roses! 🙂

  313. Sword-chinned bitch

    April 25, 2012 at 19:47

    Thanks for stopping by! Just wanted to say about turning 40, come on in, the water’s fine!

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 00:37

      Thank you! I am looking forward to the journey to get to 40 and the journey after! 🙂

  314. leamuse

    April 25, 2012 at 22:18

    If I were not in such a fabulous place, I would envy you. Shortly before turning forty, I began the most amazing journey. Yes, there were tough times, but I did not have the support you enjoy. However, I would not trade where I am for anything! It just keeps getting better. Bon courage et bon chance!

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 00:35

      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! The journey is so much fun. 🙂

  315. barkinginthedark

    April 26, 2012 at 11:20

    it is a worthwhile endeavor. continue…

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:40

      Why, thank you so much! Please do visit again!

  316. efficiencyoverdrive

    April 26, 2012 at 15:16

    Completey understand the purpose of this blog. Perfect partner+job+home+kids+money does not equal ‘made it’, though it does ot so many people! In may, I will be doing this :, to try to ‘understand’ a bit more. Might be the kind of thing you’re looking for too?

    • efficiencyoverdrive

      April 26, 2012 at 15:17

      P.S. Thanks for the like!

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:37

      Yes, exactly! Thank you so much for the website link… now I am thinking that during the summer I may try this challenge with my family….. is it $1.50 per person per day or per family?

      • efficiencyoverdrive

        April 27, 2012 at 01:58

        Great! I would recommend doing it with small kids, if I’m honest though. (you really won’t get a great amount of nutrients through the week), but you could invite them to share you experience with you by helping you measure out food, talk about it etc. it is $1.50 per person though 🙂

  317. scott30483

    April 26, 2012 at 16:15

    Good Morning,
    thanks for stopping by my blog and liking “It was inevitable The Soap Box”. I am guessing I am not alone in some of my frustrations and feelings. Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you again.


    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:34

      And thank you for sopping by my blog! I hope you had the opportunity to read something more interesting than my purpose page! 🙂

      • scott30483

        April 26, 2012 at 22:46

        I did, I read 305 Back to the Basics and couple others, I feel that I am way behind the eight ball however and have lots of catching up to do. LOL.


        • 400daystil40

          April 26, 2012 at 22:54

          Thanks! I understand – just because I wrote 100 so far does not mean everyone has to read them all! 🙂 One blogger challenged himself to read them all, and he actually did, I was shocked and impressed! 🙂

          • scott30483

            April 27, 2012 at 00:03

            It’s quite a challenge you’ve taken on. I will bet you have already been thinking about that last one. Enjoy your day.

  318. Anonymous

    April 26, 2012 at 20:53

    Thanks for liking my post..
    and btw,your writing strikes straight at the heart… $

  319. N Filbert

    April 26, 2012 at 21:09

    It’s too late for me…but I was sharing your site with my wife last night and find it so interesting that around that turning of decade #4 there seems a propensity to count and take account. Last year, turning 41 (daughter says “forty-fun”), I started designating my daily journal-writing by # of days of 41 (for instance today is “Day 220 of 41”)…just a curious thing. Appreciate your purpose – hope many more take it up, daily, at any age. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and intents.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:29

      Yes, it is interesting – I am finding many people who write and share similar experiences – it seems it really is an age for us to question and the questions hopefully will continue to challenge us to move forward in positive ways.

  320. Job Conger

    April 26, 2012 at 21:21

    Thanks for Liking my blog Honey & Quinine. I believe that “authenticity” is not something you will achieve with insights you hope to obtain. It is something you are — or are not — with the insights you possess. I look forward to following your quest for the goal.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:28

      Thanks! I also believe that authenticity comes from within – but to live an authentic life means allowing that to manifest itself, even in the midst of a world that values conformity, etc. 🙂

  321. Author Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

    April 26, 2012 at 22:58

    I found it so much harder to turn 50 than 40. I t hink because in my mind I convinced myself I wasn’t going to acknowledge that 40th birthday and no one else could either. Been to long ago to rmemember now. I can understand your feelings about it, but somewhere I’ve read, “Forty is the new twenty.” Hope this makes it easier for you. At this point, I’m happy to just wake up breathing. Thanks for stopping by my blog, too.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 23:21

      I am also happy to be living! My father used to say, “It beats the alternative!” I do not feel that 40 is old….. I cannot be old yet, I am not ready yet! 🙂

  322. meghan11

    April 27, 2012 at 02:59

    Thanks for reading my blog. You have a wonderful idea. I’m now 63 and just learning what it is I want to be when I grow up. I do know that life is wonderfully exciting. One thing I did learn is to tell those you love how much you love them everytime you get the chance because you’ll never know when you won’t see them again or they you.

    • 400daystil40

      April 27, 2012 at 07:48

      Yes, life is indeed exciting! Thank you so much for including the important reminder to tell those you love just how much you love them (all the time!) You are correct, we never know how much time we have and we may regret not saying it enough, but you can never say it too much!

  323. Neeraj Kumar

    April 27, 2012 at 09:14

    The purpose and approach of this blog is totally pure heart. Your thoughts are inspiring. I believe it will make everyone going through it, wiser in thoughts, happier in souls, purer in hearts before you turn 40. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my work, its really encouraging. God bless!

    • 400daystil40

      April 27, 2012 at 23:34

      Thank you so much! I was glad to stop by your blog and I hope you drop by here again!

  324. Stacie Chadwick

    April 28, 2012 at 03:12

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love the concept for yours! I spent the 400 days before I turned 40 dreading turning 40. Wish I had put them to better use. =)

    • 400daystil40

      April 28, 2012 at 20:51

      Thank you so much! I am trying to NOT dread turning 40 and do as you say, use it in a productive manner 🙂

  325. From the Hatchery

    April 28, 2012 at 18:34

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for the “like.” I haven’t done the math, but I think I’m about 400 days away from 40 myself. Your blog will give me much to think about along the way!

    • 400daystil40

      April 28, 2012 at 20:48

      Thanks so much! I wish you the best on your own journey to 40!!!!!

  326. meyendworld

    April 28, 2012 at 19:02

    Wow. It sounds like I wrote this. LOL My previous blog was actually used with this layout as well. All the best and thanks for stopping by. xoxoxo

    • 400daystil40

      April 28, 2012 at 20:46

      Wow! Thank you as well for stopping by my blog – I hope you visit again! 😉

  327. sohojay

    April 29, 2012 at 04:28

    Amazing blog!

  328. Butterfly Julz

    April 30, 2012 at 21:56

    We live in a world that tells us to be on time, to do this ,to own that… A few years before I turned 40 I could feel a stirring within my soul, like a part of me I had pushed away, hid deep inside was ready to live. I had done much for so many others or did what society said I need to do, I had lost me… I am now learning who I am, reconnecting with myself has been the greatest blessing one could have at the tender age of 40 😉

    “The greatest adventure is not going to the moon, the greatest adventure is going to your own innermost core.”

    ~ Osho

    Blessing along the journey…

    • 400daystil40

      May 1, 2012 at 18:31

      Wow, it sounds like your journey of being 40 is a great one. Thank you so much for sharing – and I LOVE The quote!!! 🙂

  329. lillianccc

    May 2, 2012 at 10:30

    I’m so in awe of bloggers like you who decide to blog daily all in the hopes of becoming a better person. Even after you turn 40, this blog will be such a great way to look back on your entire journey! Best wishes and thanks for stopping by my own humble blog. 😀

    • 400daystil40

      May 2, 2012 at 18:41

      Thanks so much! Many of us daily bloggers wonder what on earth we committed ourselves to and why!

  330. isaiah43123

    May 2, 2012 at 19:41

    Have caught up on my email and blog reading after some time away to notice you stopped by and clicked the Like button at My Hmmm Collection. Thank you! I hope you return for inspiration on your journey to 40.

    • 400daystil40

      May 3, 2012 at 21:29

      Thanks so much, and I hope you stop by here again too! I know how easy it is to get bogged down!

  331. Eric R. Jackson

    May 4, 2012 at 21:33

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, as it allowed me to learn about this truely novel idea for a blog site. I’ll have to check in on your tale every so often. Maybe, thanks to you, I’ll be better prepared when I make that journey myself. Seeing the talent on WordPress is always inspiring, the greatest source of inspiration for anyone that writes character works.

    • 400daystil40

      May 4, 2012 at 22:07

      Thanks so much! I wish you the best on your own journey!!! 😉

  332. festivalking

    May 5, 2012 at 03:53

    Just seen your work and its something! Hope you continue even after 40! 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      May 5, 2012 at 23:50

      Thank you!!! At the moment I am just hoping to make it to 40!!! 😉

      • festivalking

        May 6, 2012 at 01:41

        lol! well that makes sense :D… looking forward to you celebrating g it! 😉

  333. theprettymonster

    May 5, 2012 at 15:31

    Hi 🙂 First thank you for liking 1 post of my blog and I didnt even expect a great blogger like you will be visiting my blog 😀 When I read your posts I instantly hit the follow button 🙂 Expect me to be a frequent visitor 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      May 5, 2012 at 23:43

      You are so welcome and I am so glad that you found that my blog resonated with you! 🙂

  334. gorgeousbuns

    May 6, 2012 at 01:49

    I admire this idea, Real time awareness and taking control of your life with a deadline of your 40th, a mid-life awareness in stead of mid life crisis!! Your happiness & growth as an individual is almost made more real as you concentrate on fulfilling your dreams and taking the leaf role instead of watching it all pass by. Pretty cool. I’m sure your 40th birthday will be an emotional one!

    • 400daystil40

      May 6, 2012 at 22:41

      Yes, I am trying to have that mid-life awareness, though I think it seems to be holding hands with a potential crisis (trying to avert!!!) 🙂

  335. mskatykins

    May 7, 2012 at 18:57

    Hello there! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award, I am really loving the creativity and inspiration of your posts!

    • 400daystil40

      May 7, 2012 at 22:32

      How kind of you! Thank you so very much for thinking of me!!! 🙂

      • mskatykins

        May 7, 2012 at 23:03

        Not at all, you are a great writer! 🙂

  336. writerwannabe763

    May 11, 2012 at 20:39

    Hi..I was given an award and nominated you also as a recipient..I do enjoy all your blogs…what a challenge you gave yourself…info is at

    • 400daystil40

      May 12, 2012 at 00:22

      Thanks so much for thinking of me and my blog! That was so kind of you!!! 🙂

  337. M & J

    May 12, 2012 at 18:59

    Thanks for stopping by & for the ‘like’ on my post ( ) a while back. 🙂 Just wanted to let you know that our friends have raised almost all their funds & are traveling to Ukraine to get their son on Memorial Day wknd in 2wks! You can follow their journey at: . Have a great day! -Joy

    • 400daystil40

      May 12, 2012 at 23:40

      Wow, congratulations to your friends on their upcoming adoption! I remember the anticipation before I travelled to bring home my girls. 🙂

  338. appletonavenue

    May 13, 2012 at 03:28

    You have been nominated for an award!

    I have only been blogging since March, so my nomination came as a complete surprise. But I am pleased to be nominated. I started blogging to take up some of my free time and to hopefully kick start my dormant drive to write. I’ve been surprised by how much I enjoy it, and I hope my few readers enjoy it too.

    I’ve made some connections here in the Blogosphere and I really enjoy the interactions of so many different types of people, from ghosts to yogurt eaters. Since blogging is very anonymous the honesty on these pages is sometimes staggering. People blog about the best and the worst and the mundane and mediocre, and each is different and each is a new joy. One of these connections is the person who nominated me for this beautiful and sentimental award. Her link is found here

    I am very honored to have been considered. As requested, here are the rules/suggestions related to receiving this award:
    •Share who gave it to you with a link back to their blog:

    •Reveal seven random facts about yourself. (follows)
    •Give this award to fifteen other bloggers. (I stopped at ten.)
    •Pop the award on my blog. (I can send instructions.)

    Seven Things about me:

    1. I need a new hula hoop.

    2. I hate to shop. Groceries especially.

    3. I only hate inanimate objects and ideas.

    4. I like birdwatching.

    5. I am learning to be more tolerant, especially those whose ideas totally contradict my own.

    6. I avoid mirrors.

    7. I don’t know how apply make up.

    Here are the blogs that I want to nominate for this award. They all have something special to offer those that take time to read their blogs.

    Congratulations to some of my favorite blogs!

  339. Kate

    May 13, 2012 at 16:27

    Your blog always provides a great experience each time I visit. Therefore, I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. BTW, Happy Mother’s Day.

    • 400daystil40

      May 13, 2012 at 19:30

      Wow, Kate, thanks so much for thinking of me – you made my day! 🙂

  340. marsha4852

    May 14, 2012 at 08:06

    Whoops, I misunderstood the purpose of this blog. I guess I saw a previous blog on Writer’s Block and thought this was the topic or reason for your blog, I see that I was wrong. Happy writing.

  341. Katy Stewart

    May 16, 2012 at 21:47

    Hello hello, I always love to stop by and check out your blog so I have nominated it for the Sunshine Blogger Award! 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      May 17, 2012 at 08:37

      Thanks so much, Katy, for thinking of me! How kind of you!!! 🙂

  342. sunfishyoga

    May 17, 2012 at 14:17

    I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. To accept this award, you are asked to thank and link to your nominator, display the award badge on your site and nominate 6 other blogs for the award. See my post

    • 400daystil40

      May 17, 2012 at 21:54

      Thank you so much for thinking of me, sunfishyoga! That was really thoughtful of you and made me smile!!! 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      May 17, 2012 at 22:02

      Thanks so much sunfishyoga! You made my day! 🙂

  343. Vibeke Henriette

    June 3, 2012 at 18:14

    Great blog! A word of advice along the way, venture a little more, always – it makes you stronger, more free and happier – I promise!
    Best wishes from a gal at 44:)

    • 400daystil40

      June 3, 2012 at 19:42

      Yes, I agree with you and the adventure makes life less boring!!!!!

  344. fowlerfam4

    June 3, 2012 at 20:04

    thanks for liking my post. Cake…now cake can certainly make the journey to 40 delightful! 😉 I actually blog about journeys over at my other site: you might like it too! Oh and I love the photography on your blog! Lots of beauty in the flowers! Thanks again

    • 400daystil40

      June 4, 2012 at 07:45

      Yes, I love cake! Thanks for the link to your journey site!!!

  345. Richard Leonard

    June 4, 2012 at 17:20

    Hi There! Thanks for liking my post(s). Yesterday and another one a few weeks back.
    I hit 40 a couple of years ago. Nothing changed, still no wiser. One thing I intended to mention at my 40th party speech (but forgot. I write better than I speak) was that a certain bike shop in Melbourne Australia has a motto on their window: “Worship the Journey”. The destination of life is irrelevant, as is any arbitrary age we may see as a milestone. By all means, set goals, learn what you can, help where you can but above all else, enjoy. 🙂 You know the saying, life’s not about avoiding the thunderstorms. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

    Good Luck and Happy 40th! 🙂

    – Richard

    • 400daystil40

      June 4, 2012 at 23:05

      Thank you, and thank you for stopping by my blog.I LOVE the motto from the bike shop, thank you so much for sharing this with me and the readers of this blog!!!

  346. iarxiv

    June 4, 2012 at 21:37

    Just a random comment – what drew me to your website was your gravatar pic! It reminds me of a snowy scene outside my window every winter. Made me smile 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      June 4, 2012 at 22:57

      Oh cool! That was taken on the first snow day we had in four years! We were very happy that day!!! 🙂

  347. hchamberlain

    June 5, 2012 at 01:45

    Thank you for visiting my blog!
    I TOTALLY understand with what you stated in your purpose for your blog. I felt exactly like that when I was 25 – I’d graduated from a good college, had a (very) good job, a good apartment, new furniture, new car, a college-boyfriend-turned-husband- Everything I’d been raised to think would make me a ‘success’.
    But I felt so, so empty inside. Life felt like a ‘life sentence’ – not a LIFE.
    In my case I got lucky in an unexpected way — my husband and I suddenly separated and in the shock & aftermath I realized I needed to find more meaning to life and do something different in my life. For me (another unexpected turn) it turned out to be learning from a wise south korean teacher in a martial art in California ( I’m 44 now and far happier than i was at 25. Wishing you all the best!

    • 400daystil40

      June 5, 2012 at 07:50

      Wow, it sounds like you have been through quite a journey! I think you bring up such an important point – sometimes something traumatic and unexpected happens and it can be horrible in the moment, but then you learn and grow from those situations in ways you never thought possible and you end up stronger as a result (and often happier).

  348. byamandaleigh

    June 6, 2012 at 19:09

    I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award! I always love to read your posts, so many of them make me sit back and think, sit back and smile. Please keep up the wonderful work! And don’t forget to pass on the Appreciation!!

    • 400daystil40

      June 6, 2012 at 23:31

      Wow, Thank you so much Amanda, this is such a compliment and made my day!!!!! 🙂

  349. The ITT System

    June 10, 2012 at 11:17

    I continue to love your blog. Aside from that, I’ve nominated you for the Versatle Blogger Award. If you accept, please check out this post: 😀

    • 400daystil40

      June 10, 2012 at 12:48

      Wow, thank you so much!!! This is a great compliment! 🙂

  350. Raegan Krista

    June 10, 2012 at 22:23

    I love this! What a great idea and I’ve also enjoyed the posts I’ve read so far. Thanks for stopping by my blog, thus bringing my attention to yours. 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      June 11, 2012 at 00:05

      Thanks so much and so glad that you came to stop by!!!!

  351. travisthetraveler

    June 11, 2012 at 00:07

    What a great purpose and wonderfully intriguing concept! I love this!

    • 400daystil40

      June 11, 2012 at 00:08

      Thanks so much! It is fun and challenging!

  352. Jemmy Farmer

    June 11, 2012 at 13:30

    I am passing this to you as a way of saying thank you for sharing your wonderful blog with me



    • 400daystil40

      June 11, 2012 at 23:06

      Wow, thank you so much, Jemmy – this means a lot to me and I really appreciate the compliment!!!! 🙂

  353. anonanna

    June 12, 2012 at 18:45

    I think your blog is really unique, and that you make a normal, everyday life into an amazing one. Nominated you for your Lovely Blog: 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      June 12, 2012 at 19:21

      Thank you so much anonanna! This is so very kind of you and made my day! What a great way to end a long day at work!!! 🙂

  354. dystopiconvert

    June 15, 2012 at 02:31

    • 400daystil40

      June 16, 2012 at 01:03

      Wow, thank you so much!!!! This is very kind of you, dystopicconvert and made me smile today – what a great way to end my day!!!

  355. becca3416

    June 15, 2012 at 19:38

    You probably have a million of these, but here.

    • 400daystil40

      June 16, 2012 at 00:46

      Wow, THANK YOU so much!!! You are so kind and made me smile today!!!

  356. uamamabear

    June 18, 2012 at 06:29

    Wow! Can not wait to read your blog, I have less than a year before I also hit that wonderful age and have also been thinking about a lot of the same things! Thanks for “liking” my blog uamamabear, so then I could notice your wonderful blog!

    • 400daystil40

      June 18, 2012 at 22:15

      You are welcome and I look forward to visiting your blog again!

  357. Holly

    June 18, 2012 at 08:55

    It sounds like you are surrounded by love, which is at the heart of a life well lived.

  358. unquiettongue

    June 21, 2012 at 22:01

    Like attracts like! I love your blog idea, and thank you for being the first to like mine.

    • 400daystil40

      June 21, 2012 at 23:05

      Thanks so much, unquiet tongue! I hope you visit again! 🙂

  359. Monique

    June 24, 2012 at 21:26

    Thanks for the follow and for introducing me to your great blog! 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      June 25, 2012 at 00:34

      Thanks, Monique, for stopping by!!! 🙂

  360. Nathan McVeigh

    June 24, 2012 at 21:30

    Thanks for stopping by my site and reading. I’m anxious to follow you to see what all you learn in these 400 days.

    Keep on keeping on.

    • 400daystil40

      June 25, 2012 at 00:34

      Thanks, Nathan, I hope you will visit again!

  361. julie601

    June 24, 2012 at 23:42

    NO, I didn’t when I was 40 and I didn’t when I was 60 and at 75 I’m still not there. That may be a good thing provided hope remains alive. See Regrets on juliespeaks.

    • 400daystil40

      June 25, 2012 at 00:33

      I hope so – thanks for your great comment, Juliespeaks!

  362. dogsmum

    June 25, 2012 at 01:25

    Thanks for liking my Death by Chocolate Cake recipe

    • 400daystil40

      June 25, 2012 at 14:14

      Yes, it was actually a very mean recipe! 😛 I don’t even want to think about how many calories are in it!!!!!

  363. dogsmum

    June 25, 2012 at 23:54

    Hahaha sorry about that 😉

  364. Caron Tal Burland

    June 28, 2012 at 01:22

    What a brilliant blog and what a wonderful idea… it almost inspires me to write about “Life after 50”. Keep inspiring others and continue to write your thoughts, fears and treasures… I am certain that by 40 you will find a far greater meaning to life and find whatever you have been searching for! Personally, I think you have! You are merely expressing it! Love ya kiddo!

    • 400daystil40

      June 28, 2012 at 19:23

      Thank you, Caron! I am so glad that you stopped by my blog! 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words. I agree, I think I have found a lot of what I am searching for. I want to see you soon! 🙂

  365. mybeautfulthings

    July 1, 2012 at 20:06

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post about the Tiny Socks, Warm Bath and Pea Souk. I love the idea of your blog! You sound as if you are thinking things through and will reach what you are looking for.

    I found my 40s great fun and hope you will too!

    All the best to you in your quest 🙂

  366. Saint Stay At Home

    July 3, 2012 at 19:24

    Neat idea! I’ll follow along…

  367. Cassie

    July 4, 2012 at 11:38

    Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a very interesting blog here with an intriguing purpose behind it. I will be following.

  368. Rich Green

    July 5, 2012 at 16:17

    Thanks for liking a recent post. Best to you.

  369. Fortyteen Candles

    July 17, 2012 at 22:25

    NOMINATION!!! Please copy and paste award from my site here and follow the rules to accept (it’s OK if you choose not to):

  370. jwritings

    July 18, 2012 at 23:44

    Thanks for the Like!

    • 400daystil40

      July 19, 2012 at 14:17

      you are welcome jwritings, thanks for visiting!

  371. bakeaffairs

    July 20, 2012 at 19:04

    Hi there and thank you for visiting my blog and liking my newest Post.
    Thats a really cool idea! I have only 106 days left untill my 40th birthday….
    I Will let you know what happened to/with me… 😉

    • 400daystil40

      July 21, 2012 at 22:00

      Yes, bake affairs, please let me know how you get through your 40th!!! 🙂

  372. hibiscus rosa noor

    July 23, 2012 at 11:23

    Hello, just to inform that I have mentioned you in my list of 15 wonderful bloggers, keep on posting, thank you!

    • 400daystil40

      July 23, 2012 at 19:24

      Thank you so much, hibiscus rosa noor!!! What a compliment! 🙂

  373. EM Vireo

    July 27, 2012 at 07:42

    this is a great idea- even if you stop blogging daily, i would advise you to keep on searching after 40, of course. i think life is a lesson learned over a lifetime, however long that is.

    • 400daystil40

      July 27, 2012 at 23:43

      Yes, definitely – the search will not be ending! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, EM Vireo!

  374. EM Vireo

    July 27, 2012 at 07:43

    oh, i forgot- thanks for stopping by an liking my last post

  375. bakeaffairs

    August 5, 2012 at 17:55

    I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! Congratulation!

    • 400daystil40

      August 5, 2012 at 22:08

      Thank you so much, bake affairs, for the compliment!!!!! 🙂

  376. The White Pumpkin

    August 12, 2012 at 02:39

    because I enjoy your blog:

    • 400daystil40

      August 12, 2012 at 12:36

      Thanks so much for thinking of me, White Pumpkin!!!!! 🙂

  377. Anna Scott Graham

    August 14, 2012 at 01:46

    Having been 40 for a while, I’m glad to be here. I got serious about writing, moved back to California, saw my kids leave home (and come back). I’ve also encountered hummingbirds, which come back when the feeder is full. Sort of like kids. Mostly I like knowing myself but not being so old that I know too much, as in doctors, etc. May the next 190 days treat you kindly and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  378. Julie

    August 14, 2012 at 02:51

    And I am Fearing my Fifties.. only 505 days to go for me! EEK! I still don’t have it figured out.

    • 400daystil40

      August 14, 2012 at 23:18

      Wow, are we going to see a 500 days blog?????