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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kibbutzingaround is doing 36 things including…

get one of my credit cards paid off in full

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kibbutzingaround has written 5 entries about this goal

It doesn't look good.

I just can’t recover from that utility nightmare. I’m probably going to have to make a minimum payment again this month. It’s not even a month into the new year and it’s really looking like I can’t do this – I am so discouraged.

Lost some ground.

Things got out of control due to a minor financial disaster involving a predatory utility company, and basically everything extra that I put into this a couple of weeks ago is gone now. I hope the money means as much to the people who stole it from me as it did to me, but if they can think of an excuse they’ll probably just have their hand out again next month.

Anyway I can’t afford to put back what they stole from me, so I re-calculated the amount I’d have to pay monthly to still get this done this calendar year, and at this point it’s up to $194 – hopefully this will work.

Made my first payment of $180

If I can do this each month for the rest of the year, I’ll be in good shape.

Used one of those calculators online...

Looks like in order to get this one paid off this year, I’d have to cough up $179.01 a month. I honestly don’t think I have enough money coming in to do that, but I’m going to ask God to help me find it somehow. These credit card companies have me in such a horrible choke hold, and I just have to get out.

So yes, I am most likely the second most successful person in my office...

...and that still isn’t very good, because I spend unbelievable amounts of money every month just making minimum payments on credit cards.

What can I say? Life wasn’t always even as kind as it is now in terms of income, and I had to survive somehow, so I did.

But now it’s time to start breaking free, and I’m going to start by getting the card with the smallest balance paid off in full in 2011.

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