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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How I did it
How to finish redecorating my bathroom
It took me
100 years
It made me

How to potty train my daughter before she's 3
It took me
3 months
It made me

Recent entries
take better care of myself
One day at a time!

I’m checking this off as done, but really it’s something that I’m working on every day. I have changed a lot about how I live though as far as diet, exercise & self-care, so I felt like it was time that I crossed it off my list. I feel like I’ve achieved a lifestyle change & changed my priorities. Definitely something you have to choose to do every day, but definitely worth the effort too.

Pay off our credit card debt.

I made the first entry about paying off our credit card debt 7 years ago. Over that time, our finances have been all over the map & we still have credit card debt. But we’re still plugging away. We recently refinanced our home & are saving almost $600 a month on our mortgage because of our new, lower interest rate. And we’re much better about staying on top of our budget & bills. Our credit scores have both improved tremendously.

With our revised budget, I project that we’ll be out of credit card debt in just under 2 years & should be able to pay off our car loan early as well. For anyone who is trying to do the same, we’re using an approach much like Dave Ramsay’s “debt snowball” to pay off the credit cards. He has a good program on his website, though personally our family’s not going to some of the extremes that he suggests.

I found that working on budgets & finances was very intimidating & stressful at first. But once I got into it, that changed. Now I find that I’m much more relaxed in general & feel much more comfortable talking about money. The whole process has been very empowering. If there are any ladies reading this who need any help sorting out financial goals, I would suggest that you check out for some solid information.

lose 10 lbs (read all 2 entries…)
10 down, more to go...

I joined a martial arts gym in November & have been working out a lot. The pounds have been slow to come off, but I love the classes I’m taking & I’m feeling really good. I have a lot more weight to go, but just dropping the first 10 pounds is a big accomplishment for me & has helped keep me motivated.

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