Dear 43 Things Users,

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

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

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

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

- The Robots.

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Ru in Vancouver is doing 31 things including…

do first things first

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Ru has written 975 entries about this goal

Final list, final day

Because I don’t know when the site is freezing, I’ve been aiming at today for my last entries and farewells, but today has come too quickly – there’s so much I still want to do and say. Life moves like this though, so why should today be any different.

Today I’ll do what I can, say what I can, and there it will be. This site will freeze and linger for a while, and life will go on. I’ll spread my wings as far as I can, and embrace life all for as long as it’s possible to do so. I’m glad to have spent so many years of it connected to this place and the people here. Much love to you all, always.

Main focus today: End-of-the-road fragments, say goodbye…


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy + replenish the bathroom
  • Answer + resave private messages
  • Continue final entries
  • Say goodbye
  • Exhale √ – Heading to the bath with a cold, rocky Kraken and coke. Sigh.


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue When You Reach Me 
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell

Ah yes, that mirror. Something for the future days. It will rise.



Down to two…

In these last days of 43T I’m curbing my list a little. I’ve polished my final download set-up, edited a few things, and am trying to find out if I can re-mirror entries without the grey banner of doom.

Today I’m floating on lack of sleep and mercurial emotions – I’ll just try to go with the flow. I’m glad to have cooler weather and sporadically heavy rain today. Now I just need a little more energy and a lot more time.

Missing you all in advance…

Main focus today: End-of-the-road fragments, memoir project, rainy day fun


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bathroom lights, vanity + wash washer
  • Look into robot message removal (from mirror) √ No luck yet…
  • Work: Continue new memoir project
  • Isak: Update summer journal
  • Leave another message for V
  • Rainy day fun with the kids
  • Continue final entries
  • Movie + popcorn
  • Opalize nails
  • Rescrub tub
  • Relax


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue When You Reach Me 
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • 15 min: Cube tidy


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


And then there were three

The rain is falling today – it’s been a weeks without, and I’m grateful. I think it’ll be an inside day; we’re having friends over to catch up and play, I have a new project to start, and insomnia monkeys have kicked my energy in the noggin.

So little time… where’s my universal remote? I need the pause button.

Main focus today: Whirlwind clean-up, visit, end-of-the-road business, prep project


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 4/5
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bathroom lights, vent, wall smudges - 2/3
  • Work: Set up + start new memoir project
  • Pre-company whirlwind house tidy
  • Have friends over (coffee/play)
  • Bookcrossing release notes
  • Cel: Install SIM, set ICE info
  • Continue final entries
  • 15 min: Cube tidy
  • Finish kid pedis
  • Polish mirror
  • Laundry


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue When You Reach Me 
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Prep final download


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


The last Monday

We’re in the last week here now (4 days?), and I’m trying to get past the anxiety and sadness that goes hand in hand with that. There’s a sense of sitting at the bedside of an old friend for their final days, and I should be saying and doing so much more, I just can’t seem to get the right words out or harness the gumption to give blood on the way to fetch my license and drive to a publishing house in New Orleans.

I’m not trying to be melodramatic, it’s just a bit overwhelming. I keep thinking about how much I’ll miss it here – all your familiar faces; the puzzle pieces of our lives and watching the shared trajectory of our hopes and goals over the years… it’s hard to see the hammer approaching the screen. It’ll be harder when that last entry freezes.

I wonder who will get the last word? I wish I could cheer them in advance.

Main focus today: Whirlwind clean-up, end-of-the-road business, project d/l, library


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Surface clean washer/dryer, bathroom lights + vent - Some… plus switches, tub, etc.
  • Work: Download new project √ + Set up
  • Post weekend whirlwind tidy
  • Crazy pedicures for the kids √ – Isak
  • Empty/clean kiddie-pool
  • Prep final download
  • Outside adventure
  • Clean kids’ doors
  • Start final entries
  • Clean bathtub
  • Weed fridge
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue When You Reach Me 
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Bookcross


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


Final Weekend Top Ten (August 9 – August 10)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • 43T: Reinstall HTTrack, prep final download – Reinstalled
  • Enjoy Sunday’s supermoon + Perseids
  • Sort more kid clothes for donation
  • A few end of the road entries
  • House clean-up / declutter
  • Isak: Overnight with friend
  • Finish True Detective S.1
  • Family adventure outside
  • Read, play, unwind
  • Library


Off to get the blues!

Blueberry picking day! So… not being here for the majority of the day means a smaller list. I’ll aim to polish off some of the leftovers here over the weekend.

Main focus today: Blueberry picking, picnic, return cooler, library, weekend plans


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Go blueberry picking with my parents and the kids
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean kitchen floor
  • Clear and recharge camera
  • Return some messages
  • Outside adventure
  • LHOTP (S1:D4)
  • Re-inflate pool
  • Return cooler
  • Library
  • Picnic!


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue When You Reach Me 
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Watch tiny house documentary with M
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Sort a drawer of kid clothes
  • Empty laundry basket
  • Bookcross


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


She blinded me with science

Today there’s a free science show I’m taking the kids to, slightly cooler weather (for a few days) and some books and dvds from the library waiting. Everyone seems to be in an extra good mood, and we’re all making progress in various areas.

As for here…yikes – 1 week left! I’d wanted to update all my goals before things freeze, but there isn’t time. Hopefully I can manage a few. I’m going to miss this so much…

Main focus today: Mad Science show, library, Clean up this and that, dry shampoo


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Wipe down big appliances
  • Pick up invite for Readers Club medal ceremony
  • 15 minutes: Start sorting papers, fliers, dailies
  • Attend live Mad Science show with the kids
  • Watch tiny house documentary with M
  • Experiment with dry shampoo
  • Random clutterbusting
  • Send condolences
  • Outside adventure
  • Clear coffee table
  • LHOTP (S1:D4)
  • Tidy front hall
  • Playdate
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue When You Reach Me 
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365 √ (post pending)


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Sort a drawer of kid clothes
  • Empty laundry basket
  • Bookcross


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


Please don’t take my sunshine away…

Actually, take away a little. The temperature has gone down, there are a few clouds, I’m appreciating it. Isak’s all caught up on his summer journal and is off playing outside with a friend, and I’m doing some things around the house before we go out.

M has taken an extra weekend job this week, but it’s only at the start and end of the day, and I’m happy work is slow to non-existent for me right now, at least for the next few weeks so I can smooth out my equilibrium.

I spent a little time yesterday transferring a few more goals over to PopClogs. It continues to improve, but I still haven’t found my groove; maybe with more time. I am thrilled to see more and more familiar faces there. I’m also poking about WordPress. I really want to find a good fit and comfortable flow somewhere. 8 days… yikes.

Main focus today: Clean the house, get outside, library + movie, tech stuff


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Wash bathroom sinks, faucets
  • Lend an ear to Isak’s Minecraft passion
  • Go to free movie at theater (Frozen) √ – We went, but there was a big power outage in the neighborhood. We played, made buttons, streamers etc… will raincheck
  • Sort a drawer of kid clothes
  • Touch base with parents
  • Re-add device detector
  • Fix Spongebob game
  • Explore WordPress
  • Outside adventure
  • Bookcross - Prepped
  • LHOTP
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue When You Reach Me 
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Hang new patio lanterns √ – Yay!!
  • Empty laundry basket
  • More iced coffee √ – Soooo good!


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


Directions

Too darn hot

Tuesday. M is back to work in the blazing sun (poor fellow) but at least I’m feeling fresher from a decent bath + shave, hydration, and some sleep. The kids are in a great headspace today, and we’ll try to get out for a decent wander before we wilt too badly. Sunscreen layers and ice-cold coffee time.

I need to shake off the Nilewater and get cracking on some things here too. 9 days…?

Main focus today: Pick up cube, declutter, journal catch-up, outside adventure, library


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Scrub countertops
  • Ponder which goals to transfer to PC √ + Started…
  • Pick up activity cube for Luna
  • Finish journal update (Isak)
  • Bath, nails, wash hair (Iris)
  • Empty laundry basket
  • Check in with bank √ – All fine
  • Outside adventure
  • Clean the kitchen
  • Clean TV screen
  • More iced coffee
  • Play with GIMP
  • Sweep floors
  • Fold laundry
  • Clutterbust
  • LHOTP
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue When You Reach Me 
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Hang new patio lanterns
  • Return iPhone


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


Toes in the water

It’s BC Day! A welcome holiday that extends the past weekend. The heat continues… we’re eating popsicles like they’re going out of style (everyone likes the tart lime best) and trying to find where they’re still selling our beloved sour cherry slurpees.

We had a great weekend – I finally scraped together the bravery to plug in the old hard drive (while the kids were out/sleeping) and managed to back everything up and find some software I needed to reinstall; a HUGE relief. We went to watch the final fireworks show with friends on their rooftop deck, had some great down time with the family (and a massive lego clean-up) and got most of our plans and errands taken care of.

It’s Monday again. Not many Mondays left here. The end is so close – There isn’t time to do and say everything I’d like to. I wish there was a pause button on the doomsday clock. Since there isn’t, I’ll just do what I can; make the best of our remaining days.

Main focus today: Declutter, journal catch-up, outside adventure, baths


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean kitchen garbage can
  • Post August bootcamp plans
  • Family adventure outside
  • Head towards the water
  • Check in @ PopClogs
  • Update journal (Isak) √ – 5 more days!
  • Musical surf session
  • Make iced coffee
  • Movie + popcorn √ – Nebraska
  • Re-polish toes
  • Return iPhone - Not home
  • Clutterbust
  • Laundry
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue When You Reach Me 
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Hang new patio lanterns


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


Ru has gotten 313 cheers on this goal.

 

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