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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lose weight (read all 9 entries…)

New Year -New Resolution (again)
I will lose weight this year !!!!

start a blog (read all 2 entries…)
Ok, It is started -Yeah!

Now for a new goal. Get people to actually want to read my new blog!. Could be harder than just starting a blog. Guess it is time for a new goal -just blog!

start a blog (read all 2 entries…)
ArtfulBitsandBytes is now a blog

Well, I started my blog.
It’s an art/lifestyle blog. I’ve got to work on exactly what I want it to be about though (or maybe tis will just evolve and come naturally?) I mean I know generally but not stylistically. I haven’t promoted or linked it to anything yet as I’d like to sort of develop a rhythm first (and I know I’m going to work on the header and appearance) But it is a start.

I was so sure this was what I wanted to do -to help expose my art to others, to have a personal forum for my artist thoughts, hopefully connect with other like-minded people. But oddly enough now I’m kind of scared. And Not really sure why, maybe of not being to live up to my own expectations, Maybe the perceived pressure of consistency, just not sure …

try something new (read all 3 entries…)
More a lifestyle

A lifestyle I’d like to continue to pursue, more than a goal.

Paint big (read all 4 entries…)
Yeah! I've done it!

Completed my biggest canvas. Quite happy with it. A blend of conceptual, cutsy, and abstract. Very Me….

I Used it as the focal point of my tent at Arts & Crafts.
Took 2 weeks (weekends & nights) and I’ll definitely be painting big again.

re-evaluate my goals (read all 3 entries…)
Completing a few

I’ve actually met a few of my goals lately and just need to post. Life is so busy and balance is so hard. It is good to see progress.

I need to resort, hopefully this weekend.

Go to an Art Retreat
Nashville 2013

I’ve been wanting to do this for quite awhile now but everything was always so far away making the expense (travel, lodging, supplies, + retreat) impractical. But I found one in Nashville around Easter. I was going up there with family anyway so shared travel cost and since my brother lives there no hotel cost. Yeah!

I would love to own a gallery/studio and teach art and architecture related subjects then actually create an art retreat one day. BUT first I guess it’d be a good idea to go to a retreat and see what it is all about then who knows maybe a new long-term goal could come out of the experience.

Paint big (read all 4 entries…)
Really Big

I bought the big canvas as my Cyber Monday gift to myself (even though I actually went to the store) Michaels had a 2 day Only 70% Off Sale. Amazing, I now have enough canvas for the coming year.

The big canvas is 60 inches by 48 inches. Took an large SUV to get home. The biggest they had. Now I need a super 70% Off Paint sale to cover the monster. I’m pretty excited and can’t wait to get started. I think that because it was reasonable priced, I’m less nervous about painting on it. Less personal pressure to make it perfect. (and it is that perfection prblem that can totally stifle the creative spirit)

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

Create a tile mosaic (read all 5 entries…)
still at it :)

I have laid the entire porch and am now just finishing up the steps. It looks awesome if I do say so my self. Funny what I thought would be a couple month project is now a two year project but good things take time and I’m ok with that (today anyway) I’ll take pics on the next post.

open an etsy shop
ArtfulBitsAndBytes is now open

I’m open and still filling it up. It took much longer than I thought to get everything set up. I think I have a system down so I copy all the text from the previous items and just modify and add new pictures. I also joined 3 teams (as it seems that is important to get folks to look and like your stuff) I also made 2 treasuries (same reason) That’s fun but alas more time. I’ll truly consider this done when I’ve filled my first page. I thought I would also say make my first sale but there is so much stuff on etsy that it may be crazy hard to get noticed so I think I’ll make that a separate goal -tomorrow, got to get to my paying job now.

sell my house (read all 3 entries…)

Getting some items completed. Replacing some damaged wood. Replacing damaged windows (have quote -just need to put down the money) Almost completed the mosaic. Slowly but surely (very slowly)

Market is a little better. Hopefully before Christmas (?)

become LEED accredited (read all 3 entries…)
Back to it.

after totally not focusing on this goal, its back. I would like to take my test by the ned of May. I have started studying again -this past week was Sustainable Sites and Water Efficiency. I’ll start studying the next two tomorrow.

(The upgrade in priority is mostly because my work will pay for the exam now -as long as I pass it)

re-evaluate my goals (read all 3 entries…)

I really need to do this -not just for my 43 things goals but for real.
I have a tendency to just glide. Not always bad but this is life. We only have one time here on this earth. It should matter. I’ve heard the quote (something like this) if you aim at nothing you are sure to hit it. I don’t want to bulls-eye nothing. Life goes up and Life goes down. Ebbing and Flowing like the Tides.
Lately, It’s been my time in the valley. Since the start of 2012, the garage, office, and studio burnt down with minimal insurance (still so blessed the rest of the house did not go up in flames) work has been insane (contractor going bankrupt on one of my biggest jobs, firm identity crisis, more midnight hours than I care to count, .... I could go on and on) not enough money then a severe incident of vertigo -enough to send me to the hospital and lingering enough to make even walking painful.
No excuses but I am just plain tired and ready for a bit of a break. I am almost ready to re-evaluate some of the hard goals, the ones I’ve been putting off. I am also excite to try and figure out how to make some others more real.
I do know even through it all, God’s hand has been and is ever present. I am grateful (even if I sound sort of whiny at the moment) I want to make the most of my talents, gifts, and interests. I want to share and not hoard what life has given me -even if some of that is just experiences that allow me to empathize with others going through this same journey.
So soon.

travel more (read all 6 entries…)
Atlanta on a Whim!

Ok, I’ve been before. But this time, spur of the moment hopped on a MegaBus (So Cheap!) and visited a girlfriend. Went to the Modern Art Museum, then the High Museum, IKEA, went Beading, Chilled in a Hot Tub with Chocolate Tequila Coffee, and much more then back home.
Will be doing more Quick Spontaneous Trips Soon. Meeting friends in New Orleans in a couple weeks in fact. Life’s Short, Live It Fully!

read the Bible in a year (read all 5 entries…)
Not Quite

I didn’t quite make it through the entire Old Testament. I still have many minor prophets yet to go but I’m happy. I’ll finish up this year. I’ll also reread the New Testament. This isn’t a one time deal anyway. The ultimate goal is to listen as God speaks and to be available as he reveals new ad wonderful things through His Word. Peace!

read the Bible in a year (read all 5 entries…)
Not Quite.

I didn’t quite make it through the entire Old Testament this year. I still have many minor prophets yet to go but I’m happy and will continue. This years goal …. Reread the New Testament and finish up the Old.

Paint big (read all 4 entries…)

Started my big (36×48) canvas! Color is now over the whole thing. Actually I am slightly tempted to leave it as the big abstact it currently is. The colors really pop wonderfully -but I’m not. It’ll probably after Christmas before I can get back to it s I’ve got to finish my smaller paintings for Christmas presents first.

I also am about half complete on my other large painting. It’s 48” tall but not as wide. Pretty happy so far on it.

Read the entire Bible (read all 6 entries…)

Completing Isaiah, Daniel, Esther, and Ecclesiastes.

Gratefully Accept God's Blessings (read all 12 entries…)
Monica died today

My dear friend Monica died this evening. She was ready even if we were not. My heart hurts.

I was able to visit this her this weekend. We laughed and joked. I know she is now truly home -being comforted by her Jesus. The pain was so intense and I am glad she is free but the tears still sting.

Some blessings are hard to accept.

sell my house (read all 3 entries…)

The need to sell my house has increased. Unfortunately, I will probably need to borrow a bit of money to finish up a few necessary items. Life is a little scary at the moment. I hope to have the house on the market before the end of March. I am truly ready to have a smaller house possibly with an attached gallery.

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