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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learn more about photography

I now have a Flickr account. It is just calling out to me to be filled. It looks so sad with no photos uploaded to it. I need to get books about photography in general and maybe the instruction book to my camera? And time. I need time to read the materials and take the pictures. I think I won’t get to the learning part until March, when a work contest ends. (I’ll be reading a lot the next few months.)

Worry less. (read all 5 entries…)

I read a book about organization, “Getting Things Done”. I like this. I feel like I have more control over projects in my life. Even if everything isn’t done, I know where I am in the process and what comes next and what needs to get done now. That helps the worrying.
I think that in order to call this done, though, I will need to worry less about what others think…and that might take awhile.

create a vision board (read all 3 entries…)
I didn’t read The Secret, but evidently it has something to do with vision boards. I will read this site later when I am inspired to make my vision board.

do a headstand
Attempt Number One

I am not kicking hard enough. Or, alternatively, I don’t have enough strength in my stomach muscles to just pull myself up slowly and hold myself steady. I will need to practice.

learn more about Judaism (read all 5 entries…)
I did not know that.

I always thought that Yiddish was just another name for Hebrew. Nope, evidently it’s a mix of German and Hebrew that eventually became its own. Huh!

volunteer at a pet shelter (read all 7 entries…)
Delay - Wow, Again?

Jeez. Despite popularity (in my head and in cheers count), this may have to be delayed until after I am done training for the marathon. So…like until November of next year? Maybe. Because I should spend time outside of work and outside of running doing things like cleaning my house and spending time with my husband. I love cats and want to visit them at the shelter…but I don’t think this works with the running schedule just yet. We’ll see.

create a list of 100 must-read books and read them. (read all 17 entries…)
5. Middlesex

Remember how I do a book in the car and one at the gym? The one I am listening to in the gym is Middlesex. It’s funny so far – I’m only 50 minutes in. Don’t ask what page that means. :)

drink more water (read all 2 entries…)
Eco Friendly Water Bottle

Hurray! My Christmas gift to friends and family arrived yesterday! Eco-friendly water bottles from Hurray!

create a list of 100 must-read books and read them. (read all 17 entries…)
4. Great Gatsby

I’ve only just started it. Then I realized it wasn’t even on my list! I foresee this happening a lot…still finishing it.

Go to Israel (read all 5 entries…)
Long Wait

I think this won’t happen for awhile. I will be vacationing with friends or my husband alternating each year. This year is a friend year (Italy). Earlier this year I went to South Korea and Hawaii with my husband and last year we went to Spain for our pre-wedding honeymoon. (I’m not a travel snob – I never left the country before a few years ago – I earned these trips.) In any case, I have this year’s vacation planned. My husband says that we have to go to Palestine before Israel because Palestine won’t let you in if you have an Israeli passport stamp. So, we either wait until the passport has one spot left or we go Palestine first. This will be a long wait.

eat less salt (read all 7 entries…)
Sale Slip

I was going to buy organic (lower salt) vegetarian vegetable broth…but the other stuff was over half off, so I bought 10 cans. I will call this done when I actually BUY the organic stuff.

eat less salt (read all 7 entries…)
low(er) salt vegetable broth

Swanson’s Organic Vegetable Broth has 1/3 less sodium…but where can I buy it around here?

keep my car clean (read all 4 entries…)

I cleared a bunch of stuff out of the car today. There’s some random stuff in the trunk, but not nearly as much as there used to be. There is a cover in the car, but it’s winter and that will stay with me until Spring.

do monthly breast exams for a year (read all 8 entries…)

Done. I was a few days late on this one, but done.

get my ears re-re-re-pierced (holes keep closing)

Maybe after I get new tires I can get my ears re-re-re-pierced on the way home or on the way to the gym?

get new tires (read all 2 entries…)

I have Friday morning off. R made an appointment and price agreement with the tire place and I will have new tires then!

pick up our wedding photos (read all 3 entries…)

R is picking up the pictures this week! Hurray!

finish reading 4 overdue library books in a week (read all 7 entries…)
Non-Fiction Turtle

Only 61 pages left of Getting Things Done. (Of 260.) Slowly, but surely I will get this book done. I hope that I don’t check out any non-fiction books for awhile. I just can’t seem to get through them.

keep my car clean (read all 4 entries…)
First Step

Yes, I know it has to be clean in the first place. Sigh.

Worry less. (read all 5 entries…)

I’ve heard that exercising makes people worry a bit less – it is supposed to put you in a better frame of mind. It makes me tired and sweaty. Then I have to go grocery shopping (it’s on the way home) before I can shower. So, it makes me dirty and homely looking too.
But my heart and lungs are stronger!

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