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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dragonfly35 in San Diego is doing 19 things including…

detoxify my life

26 cheers

 

dragonfly35 has written 5 entries about this goal

I've done this some

and will continue working on it. I have a blog to record my progress, though, so I think I’ll mark the goal itself done. Follow me here if you’re interested in my ongoing progress.



Good article

on the topic of flame retardants is here. Posting it here so I can find it if and when I have time to blog again.



For future reference

I’ve been thinking about this a lot but haven’t had a lot of time for writing about it or for making changes this week.

I have started to see lots of information on this topic now that I’m aware of it. An article about endocrine disruptors crossed my path today, and that also led me to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which is apparently associated with the EWG, but is still a useful resource for the blog and for my own project to detox our lives… I can already see this is going to have far-reaching and sometimes disruptive changes. I have mixed feelings, but I am definitely going forward.



Blog

I think I’m going to blog about this process here for anyone who’s interested, and share my experiences and resources that I find. Maybe I’ll run out of steam on the project, but I thought it would be a good venue for writing this summer, as well as getting back to my yoga blogs.



Toxins

I just finished reading Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things. I’m pretty horrified by what I learned about toxic chemicals in our environments. I thought I did pretty well at avoiding toxic chemicals, but the problem is far more extensive than I thought and I really had no idea how little we are protected from chemicals that could potentially be extremely harmful.

The authors of the book make the point, which makes sense to me, that these chemicals are so pervasive that you cannot completely avoid them, and that governmental intervention is necessary to truly solve the problem. However, they also point out numerous ways in which we can all reduce our exposure to these chemicals. C and I are pretty motivated to remove or reduce as many sources of these toxins from our lives as reasonably possible. (I say “reasonably” because it would be easy to get all OCD about this and I have already had several nightmares and have been experiencing itching all over my body as a result of thinking about this.) We’re going to try to continue to educate ourselves and to reduce our exposure to these chemicals in every way we can by making smarter decisions.

I will post to this goal and/or create a separate blog to share what I’ve learned and what I’m doing about it. In the meantime, I highly recommend the book, even though it’s a few years old now. It’s still a great place to start finding out what you even have to ask or look for.



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