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.

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Andrea409's Life List

  1. 1. Live simply
    4 entries . 78 cheers
    3,222 people
  2. 2. Find the most peaceful place on Earth
    1 entry . 61 cheers
    422 people
  3. 3. Live passionately
    2 entries . 48 cheers
    5,635 people
  4. 4. Buy a house in the country
    2 entries . 58 cheers
    68 people
  5. 5. Knit enough pairs of socks so I can wear hand-knitted ones every day
    9 entries . 36 cheers
    48 people
  6. 6. Own and be able to repair and maintain my own bicycle
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    1 person
  7. 7. Go to Africa
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    1,742 people
  8. 8. Go to a nude beach
    1 entry . 32 cheers
    923 people
  9. 9. Try 100 new things
    20 entries . 23 cheers
    16 people
  10. 10. Donate 50,000 grains of rice through
    5 entries . 13 cheers
    34 people
  11. 11. Knit a blanket
    3 entries . 20 cheers
    246 people
  12. 12. Travel
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    9,238 people
  13. 13. Have a family
    1 entry . 21 cheers
    1,693 people
  14. 14. Make my own curtains
    6 entries . 20 cheers
    10 people
  15. 15. Grow my own herbs.
    2 entries . 41 cheers
    166 people
  16. 16. Identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)
    20 entries . 10 cheers
    7,806 people
  17. 17. Raise chickens
    1 entry . 31 cheers
    198 people
  18. 18. Learn to sew
    2 entries . 19 cheers
    4,064 people
  19. 19. Use up my yarn stash
    12 entries . 9 cheers
    14 people
  20. 20. Get my crochet on
    6 entries . 6 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. Go on a ghost hunt
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    154 people
  22. 22. Swim under a waterfall
    1 entry . 10 cheers
    162 people
  23. 23. Go snorkeling
    11 cheers
    252 people
  24. 24. See the northern lights
    13 cheers
    19,115 people
  25. 25. Pay off credit cards...again.
    3 entries . 6 cheers
    2 people
  26. 26. See a moose in the wild.
    7 cheers
    19 people
  27. 27. Knit a delightfully over-the-top, festive Christmas sweater
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  28. 28. Knit the rainbow
    7 entries . 5 cheers
    1 person
  29. 29. Make my own soap
    12 cheers
    105 people
  30. 30. Color a whole coloring book
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    47 people
  31. 31. Learn tunisian crochet
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    8 people
  32. 32. Read one book a month
    10 entries . 9 cheers
    801 people
  33. 33. Sleep in a treehouse
    18 cheers
    25 people
  34. 34. Make 2014 my best year yet!
    6 entries . 18 cheers
    24 people
  35. 35. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without
    3 entries . 6 cheers
    94 people
  36. 36. Organize my closet
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    314 people
  37. 37. Make over our apartment into the comfortable space I want it to be
    6 entries . 13 cheers
    1 person
  38. 38. Walk. A lot.
    13 entries . 13 cheers
    2 people

How I did it
How to walk the entire LVRT
It took me
4 months
It made me

How to embrace and rock my curls
It took me
6 weeks
It made me

How to make a budget and stick to it
It took me
2 months
It made me
feel liberated.

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Read one book a month (read all 10 entries…)
July - Better Off

Author: Eric Brende

Concept: MIT grad student, Eric Brende and his newly acquired wife Mary decide to try an experiment – live without technology amongst a group of Anabaptists (some Amish) for eighteen months.

I’m hugely into sustainable living and homesteading, even if I am unable to do so now. So I devour these sort of books. Further, living in central PA, I grew up with the Amish next door, figuratively speaking. I buy my eggs and raw milk from Amish farms. I know my farmer and all that. Suffice it to say, the Amish are hands-down the most hard-working folks I’ve ever met/seen. So I respect them immensely.

But…there is a problem. Religion. I’m an unapologetic atheist and assume I always will be. Brende, a Catholic, seems to never feel accepted by his Amish peers, because of his religion. Although he admits he has never felt so connected to a community, it’s as if he allows this religion difference to keep him an outsider. (Nowhere in the book did I read anything resembling the Amish caring that he is Catholic.) I do know religion is at the core of the Amish way of life, but I also see around me that way of life dismantling. This saddens me, for Brende does make one simple, but brilliant, point: life without mechanized technology essentially forces you to interact with and depend on your neighbors or community.

A lot of the Amish nearby nowadays drive cars, use telephones, etc. The teens are dabbling in hard drugs (there was a cocaine bust here a few years ago), and there are now teenage pregnancies. I’m not one for religion, but I’m all about living a good, decent, hard-working life. The loss of the Amish way of life in my area would be a tragedy, in my opinion.

Brende is a pretty arrogant dude. His wife is barely mentioned throughout the book. It seems to be all about him. The reader learns a lot from his interactions with the men in the community, but we never hear about the women’s experiences. I would have loved to have heard Mary’s voice, how she coped with being an educated, modern woman transplanted to a world of traditional gender roles and duties.

All in all, it was a good read. It had far too much profuse philosophy and grandiloquent language for my taste, but I skimmed over those parts and focused on the actual day-to-day experiences of the couple. Has it inspired me to cut down on possessions and interact with my neighbors more? Sure, but I already felt that way. Since I’m not interested in arrogant men, philosophy, or religion I didn’t come away from this book with anything new. But I loved learning more about the Amish ideologies.

And I sincerely hope they don’t ever change their way of life.

Rating: 3/5

Knit the rainbow (read all 7 entries…)

This cardigan is to die for! Perfect pattern, yummy yarn. And this shade of yellow is probably my favorite color. Perfect little cardi. I’ll probably wear this one threadbare.

Pattern: Audrey in Unst
Designer: Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: KnitPicks Shine Sport in colorway Dandelion

Sorry, no buttons yet. It always takes me ages to get around to buttons.

live passionately (read all 2 entries…)
So long, Winston.

My guinea pig Winston died today. I knew it was coming on for a few months now. We were lucky in that he didn’t seem to suffer at all and was still eating a lot and hopping around (just a little less) right up until the end.

I’m going to miss you, my friend. After so many years of not having a pet, you were my first again. I guess a lot of people would say you were /just/ a guinea pig, but, as far as pigs go, you truly were the coolest. My little Zen piggie.

So long, Buddy. You were much too awesome to be contained; you now belong to the universe.

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