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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.

- The Robots.

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Jill M

is trying to reclaim her life by getting back on her 43things

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Keep up with my Netflix subscription (read all 10 entries…)
Whittled down the collection.....

Now that I can watch instantly, I love being able to watch a movie anytime! I will only get DVDs when I’m in my camper, but being able to choose on a whim has helped me do this!

Go to the gym or walk at least three times a week (read all 22 entries…)
Started doing it again in August, and I've kept it up!

Now… do it EVERY WEEK!!!!

go to europe (read all 2 entries…)
Norway in 2010 and France in 2011

I want to keep doing this! I love my cousins in Norway, and I want to visit them as many chances as I can get. I think I might retire to Norway!

Learn to knit (read all 2 entries…)
Lessons help

I went to Knitorious in South City, St. Louis, MO, and I need to go back to refresh my memory.

Get to fix the Blogger verification process (read all 2 entries…)
Still NOT working for me

Google took over Blogger – so you should just be able to log in with your Google ID. It won’t let me. 43Things – can you please help? I’ve put out a help ticket a couple of times. It’s the reason why I don’t use this site anymore. Shame.

Get to fix the Blogger verification process (read all 2 entries…)

Why doesn’t this work????

Get all that crap outta the basement and have a garage sale (read all 14 entries…)
I had one!

Now….I need to plan for one in the Spring again.

backup my data more often (read all 10 entries…)
This one is coming along!

So…after my Windows POS machine crashed (and still trying to recover data), I bought macs and a Time Capsule…and voila – backups are being done on the hour every day!

learn how to get along with my teenaged DD (read all 12 entries…)
Still working on this one....

So she’s going to be 16, and we have good times, and then we have bad times…we’re still working on our relationship, but it’s still a lot better than my mom’s and my relationship when I was that age.

Party like it's 1999 for my 50th Birthday (read all 13 entries…)
Well, it came and went.

And no one threw me a surprise party – my hubby just delivered a big cake to my work. I would have liked a little more pomp and circumstance and hullabaloo over this one. So…we’ll try again!

begin planning my 25th wedding anniversary (read all 2 entries…)
So I didn't work on this goal - instead, I passed it up to take a larger vacation with the kids

We ended up going to the SE Coast – Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Williamsburg, and Washington DC.

This summer’s trip is going to be to NY and Niagara Falls and Canada and Mackinaw Island….


I’m thinking that maybe I should start planning Hawaii for 25?

If I put this off, we’ll never do it. But this is what life after 40 is like – constantly putting others’ needs ahead of mine.

Come to think of it – it’s been what my whole life since motherhood has been about.

Maybe I just need to do it and say whatever happens, screw it – we’re going! Even if we’re divorced! :-)

Ask Missourians to write their legislators encouraging them NOT to support Missouri House Bill 1136 which will eliminate a penalty for not funding gifted education programs to 80% of their current level (read all 19 entries…)
Effective but not so much...

While Missouri still has gifted education, it is now not a line item budget item. In other words, funds for gifted ed are no longer earmarked for that – instead, they are disbursed into the general education fund. Therefore, administrators can choose to use the money elsewhere if needed.

We still have gifted ed – just not as protected as it used to be.

Read one book a month (read all 36 entries…)
Four to Score, High Five, Hot Six, Seven Up

I’ve finished ALL of these this summer! Truly been catching up on my once a month book reading!

I am now in a bookring with In Her Shoes, which is a LONG book, and I’m expecting Hard Eight from Australia, so that will have to be my fall reading, then I have Janet Evanovich’s Nine and Ten here to read up until Christmas. Then I’ll start on some more of the Mt. To Be Read until I can get Eleven and Twelve next Spring – let’s see how the plan unfolds.

finish writing all my curriculum! (read all 33 entries…)
Long story short.....

came down to a HUGE pissing match! I turned in the 184 page document on June 30th, and I’m done with the place. Good damn riddance!

Read one book a month (read all 36 entries…)
Yippeeee..done with Four to Score....

now on to Five since I should finish 6 by the end of next week.

Read one book a month (read all 36 entries…)
Finished Three...

and now a little under halfway finished with Four. Not bad!

Sell my property, buy a travel trailer, and spend more time with my kids on their vacations, travelling.... (read all 22 entries…)
It's getting closer....

to our Yellowstone trip! Whoohooo!

learn how to ignore hurtful useless comments (read all 14 entries…)
My boss....

that I’m ridding myself of….thank the Lord….held up my tuition reimbursement paperwork so she could get in her last zinger about my curriculum not being turned in. Because I didn’t want to burn bridges, I did not tell her that because writing curriculum, which was an EXTRA duty I considered and not written specifically into our contract language, was NOT my first priority, that being mindfully present in my CLASSROOM to teach the kids was what I was under contract for, is why I haven’t turned in my curriculum. When I told her I would turn it in June 29, and she gave me this litany about it shouldn’t be turned into a reader because she doesn’t like to ask them to take their summer to read curriculum, I said to her, well, it’s not problem to ask a writer to take their evenings and weekends away from their families in order to write curriculum – what’s the difference? I’m so glad to be out of there; if I didn’t get out when I did, I would have said something totally inappropriate that probably would have gotten me fired!

begin planning my 25th wedding anniversary (read all 2 entries…)
It's June 4, 2008.....

so I have some time. But…. I wanna go to Hawaii!

Save Screech's House

I could champion for this guy. I don’t like eminent domain and the likes of that “Big Brother” stuff.

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