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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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Read 43 books in 2014 (read all 19 entries…)

Soulmate by Deepak Chopra

Ok, I’m not drinking Chopra’s coolaid. This books was… It was told very selfishly from the main character’s point of view. At times, I felt the book got a little misogynistic. Or maybe that was supposed to be a flaw of the protagonist? I’m not sure about that. And then it got a little too hippy dippy. Like….love conquers all so you should make professional questionable decisions? Or why did the main character feel like he had a right to push and challenge his patients the way that he did. I don’t know. I’m glad I read a book of his so now I know his style. But…..I was pretty skeptical about this book.

Read 43 books in 2014 (read all 19 entries…)

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

Loved this book. Read it in 3 days. Just as good as “We need to talk about Kevin”. And the ending is phenomenal. I don’t want to give it away, but she really did quite an amazing job with this book. It was so interesting and I hardly ever thought it dragged! I was entertained for all 488 pages up until the last one! HIGHLY recommend this one!

Read 43 books in 2014 (read all 19 entries…)

Taken in the Flood by Agatha Christie

Read 43 books in 2014 (read all 19 entries…)

The Magicians Assistant by Ann Pratchett

I love this author. This was a great novel. The lyrical language hooked me from the very first few pages. I enjoyed reading this book very much.

go someplace I've never been in 2014 (read all 2 entries…)

I went to the Florida keys. Key West was amazing! I love it and i would love to go back one day!

Read 43 books in 2014 (read all 19 entries…)

The Cuckoos Calling by JK rowling

So really she wrote this under a pseudonym…but then announced to everyone that she wrote it……..I don’t really see what is going on here. I mean, I could probably infer…but whatever, let’s talk about the book.

I enjoyed it. It dragged a bit at the end. It was good, but probably not that memorable. I guess I don’t have much else to say. Next.

Also, I should really pick up the pace if I expect to be at 43 by teh end of the year.

Limit take-out food to once a week (read all 5 entries…)

Two days in a row, plus plans to each out twice today does not count! Takes me further away from this goal! I need to bring in the reins a bit and get back on the wagon. Before this fall I have been doing very well.

Decide that I want it more than I am afraid of it (read all 17 entries…)

I’ve been realizing lately that even though I love for gyus to take charge, I am a woman, I am an adult, and soemtimes when I want things to happen (guys to ask me out, guys to make out with me), I’ve got to take it. I can make it happen myself. Life is going to be boring if I keep waiting for others to come to me. Now….I wold still love a man to take charge and stuff, but for right now, none of those men are coming into my life, so I’m just going to keep making things happen.

practice pool until I become a sexy pool shark (read all 30 entries…)

So I entered a Scotch Doubles tournament yesterday with T. it was going well until T hurt his back (thats what happens when i hang out with old men….) and we threw the match. I’m sure I’ll play again. If not with T, maybe with K. It was really fun. Scotch Doubles adds a completely new element to the game and I learned a lot, got so much better, gained tournament experience…..and i LOVED it. I’ll be sure to do this again next time something is going on.

become an American Ninja Warrior!

New Season just started!

Read 43 books in 2014 (read all 19 entries…)

Fluke by Christopher Moore.

This book was stupid. I like Moores other books, but this one….couldn’t stand it. I did not buy the premise of it. I’ve liked his other books I lot. This was just a throw away. I can’t believe I actually finished it.

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

This book was great. For the most part it was interesting….there were a few moments while reading it that took my breath away. Finally, I know it was a good book because when it ended, I felt like I had the wind knocked out of me. This is how a novel is supposed to make you feel. I’m glad i read this and i would recommend it.

Read 43 books in 2014 (read all 19 entries…)

I Wear the Black Hat – by Chuck Klosterman

Loved it loved it loved it. CK hit another home run with this book. i think it’s his best social commentary since sex, drugs and cocoa puffs. I loved the comprehensive look at “villains” and what it means to be “evil”. Especially since lately i have been asking myself similar questions about the point in being good? Maybe I don’t want to be a good person. Maybe I want to play the villain, at least sometimes. I really loved the book.

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Carry on, Warior by Glennon D Melton

This was a good book. At times the author was relate-able, at other times I thought #stayathomemomproblems. Saw the TED talk first. It was good. I enjoyed it for the most part. Some parts were super super real.

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Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This book was phenomenal. I saw the movie a few years ago and was stricken by how moved I was in the movie. Now this colored my perception of the book, because I sort of guessed what was going to happen the whole way through, even if I didn’t remember many key parts of the movie. But this book… was amazing. I touched me in such a deep way. Now it took a while to get there, and I was a little hesitant at the start…maybe i dind’t want to get into that serious of a book right now – maybe I’m not in that mood….but once I got to the third part…the heart wrenching part of this book…i lived it. i lived this book like you can only live a percentage of books in your life. It made me feel something.

i can’t decide if my next book should be more heavy or less heavy. Maybe a quick read first – then onto Wally Lamb’s latest.

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So I just finished this book this morning. I enjoyed it. It got a little slow 2/3s of the way through so i had to read the Magicians in between, but then i went back to this book and really enjoyed it. I just love how Micheal Pollen articulates himself. He makes good, wholesome food really seem like something beautiful. I’m sort of going backwards with his work, so the next book of his i’ll read is his fist one ( i believe off the top of my head) – In defense of food.

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This book was fun to read!I enjoyed the story, the characters,and the fantastical element. It didn’t quite come together 100% for me, but I still enjoyed the ride. It was fun to read a book where I could really get into the world. I would recommend this this others!

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

SO I really enjoyed this book. I had heard a lot about John Green – that he was an excellent YA author and wanted to read the piece of his work that was getting the most attention. This book was really great. I’ll almost call it the “A Walk to Remember” of this YA’s generation.It was exceptionally written,I got a sneak peek into the “children with Cancer” world, and I really felt something while reading it. It pulled at my heartstrings in not the expected ways. I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately, so I’m going to go over to the adult fiction or non fiction world for a little bit, then maybe i’ll pick up another J. Green book. Perfect day to catch up on reading, as it’s a snow day!

Read 43 books in 2014 (read all 19 entries…)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I have no idea what all the fuss around this book is. I recently read another PC book and liked that much much better then his most famed piece of work. I just don’t get the fuss. Yes, it’s an allegory, but not a particularly good one. Yes, I can decipher the message, but….still…I expected much more. I do like PC’s simple style though. I’ll try reading other books by him, because I really enjoyed the Devil and Miss Prim, but at least now I can understand alchemist references and get what it’s all about. One thing I did enjoy about this book…it had a lot of quotable moment.

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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

This was a great book. I can clearly see the author’s passion and expertise on the subject. He articulated something that always bothered me about nutrition information – the whole reductionist paradigm, but i didn’t have the words or knowledge to express it as he did. then of course, he provides firsthand (and sometimes not firsthand) accounts of the evils of the haelthcare, paramacuetical, supplement, industrial animal farming, dairy and processed food industries. There was a lot of information I gathered from this book, and more the most part it was a fun read and understandable. If someone is interested in the subject, I would recommed the book. Also, I am now limiting myself to only 1 serving of animal foods a day. I can’t believe the evidence of this diet preventing/reversing cancer is not more readily available to the public.

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