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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read 48 books in 2006 (read all 48 entries…)
Illustrated Journaling Examples

I recently acquired Artists’ Journals and Sketchbooks : Exploring and Creating Personal Pages, and wow! Full of inspiration and ideas on creative journaling. Make my fingers itch to create!



start an illustrated journal (read all 4 entries…)
A Little Poetry

Mary Oliver is a favored poet of mine. I recorded one of her poems for my journal.



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Around the World

This is a page of stamps from my Postcrossing exchanges.



start an illustrated journal (read all 4 entries…)
A Little Wing

These were drawn from photos, one of which I took (the birdhouse).



Complete Illustration Friday and Everyday Matters Challenges (read all 9 entries…)
Illustration Friday: Sacrifice

Years ago children sacrificed their youth in order to survive. Then the U.S. established humane child labor laws. Unfortunately, child labor continues in the world. Much of the chocolate you eat contains cocoa produced by children in slave-like conditions. That soccer ball you bought for your niece was probably sewn by a kid in India.



Complete Illustration Friday and Everyday Matters Challenges (read all 9 entries…)
EDM Challenge #36: Draw in public

This was drawn at Barnes & Noble. I was there about an hour. Later I painted it at home.



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Yummy!

If you’re a papercraft artisan, you should get your hands on The Handmade Paper Book by Angela Ramsay. It’s full of gorgeous pictures of handmade paper and ideas for making your own. The beginning of the book gets right to the practical aspects of paper-making. I plan to make my first set of paper this week.



read 48 books in 2006 (read all 48 entries…)
Great Southern Stories

George Singleton is new to me. A friend gave me his book of short stories, “These People Are Us.” Now, I don’t really like short stories, and this friend knows it. So the fact she gave it to me anyway implied there was something good between the covers. She wasn’t wrong about that. Singleton creates rich, down-home characters, a blend of bubba/philosopher (several of his protagonists have gone to college and teach at a college) that encounter life’s mishaps: taping over a wife’s sonogram with a Bonanza episode is one example. He’s FUNNY—tongue-in-cheek humor throughout. Underlying numerous stories is a poignance as well. A totally worthwhile read.



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Technique and Example

I’ve wanted to learn more about rubber stamping for years. I have a book I’d bought way back when. I decided to read it today, and wow! There’s a lot of stuff I can do with what I already have, plus a few household items like wax paper, bleach, an plastic wrap. I’m going to dive in. The book is called The Art of Rubber Stamping by Suze Weinberg.



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Inspiring and Fun

The Creative License, by Danny Gregory, is one of the best books I’ve read on creativity. It’s an illustrated book exploring drawing and illustrated journals, and it’s chock full of great ideas. He also debunks many myths about who is “allowed” to be creative and what it means to be an artist. He declares (and I agree) that we all NEED to create, that this is what being alive is about. From this book I discovered he has a website, and there is also a Yahoo! group for people who participate in weekly drawing challenges. There’s a Flickr group featuring people’s work as well. Lovely book. A must-read for every single human.



Complete Illustration Friday and Everyday Matters Challenges (read all 9 entries…)
Illustration Friday: Skyline

This is life in California!



start an illustrated journal (read all 4 entries…)
I Did!

I’m inspired by Danny Gregory’s book, The Creative License. I drew twice today and made a collage as well. Here’s a photo of one of the drawings.



stop global warming (read all 2 entries…)
Checking It Off

Since I alone can’t stop global warming, I’m going to count this as accomplished based on the personal changes I’ve made. I commute to work by Caltrain. I use CFL bulbs in my lamps. I recycle everything I can. I batch my errands so I drive less. I drive a small car (not a hybrid, but not a guzzler). I don’t use AC or heat much. And next time I fly, I’ll buy carbon off-sets to compensate for the pollution my trip creates. I conserve water when I wash clothes (cold water, large loads). I run the dishwasher only when it’s full. I limit my yard watering. This list isn’t all-inclusive, but it’s a start!



Complete Illustration Friday and Everyday Matters Challenges (read all 9 entries…)
Sticky

After a hiatus, I participated this week. We’ll see how it goes. Sometimes the ideas inspire!



read 48 books in 2006 (read all 48 entries…)
Unambiguously Good

If you enjoy psychological novels, you must read Elliot Perlman’s book, Seven Types of Ambiguity. Perlman took a topic that could be time-worn (unrequited love) and created an engaging story told from seven different perspectives. Each section of the book weaves into the next one and moves the story forward. I thoroughly enjoyed it.



stop collecting art supplies and start creating art
So Worthwhile

I have a kid-like tendency to want to get stuff with the idea of someday making art—I like the excitement of gathering. But I’ve found I equally enjoy the process of making art, and I’m learning to be more selective when I purchase. I also find that organizing my supplies once a month or two helps me have a sense of what I’ve got, and I get ideas too.



create (draw, collage, knit, paint) five hours every week (read all 9 entries…)
Illustration Friday: Sticky

I hadn’t made anything for IF in awhile. So this morning (I have the holiday off) I made a small collage.



create (draw, collage, knit, paint) five hours every week (read all 9 entries…)
And Dishcloths!

The wonderful thing about knitting is that it’s meditative and productive. And practical!



create (draw, collage, knit, paint) five hours every week (read all 9 entries…)
From the Needles

I’m working my way through several works in progress. One was this scarf.



create (draw, collage, knit, paint) five hours every week (read all 9 entries…)
Creative Weekend

On Saturday I made a small collage (featured in a previous entry). Sunday I made a larger one using a mirror in an unfinished wood frame. Both times I enjoyed the flow. I start with only an inkling of an idea, and it takes shape as I go. It makes me so happy… need to do it more often than every few months!



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