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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I'm doing 2 things
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Run a "cottage industry" business...
Still trying out ideas for a cottage industry business...

I am teaching sewing lessons right now, but have found out that teaching people to sew is one thing; teaching them to alter a pattern for themselves is another. I have never been faced with having to alter a pattern beyond maybe just cutting the seams a little wider at certain (ahem!) points, or converting a Misses pattern to a Miss Petite. Someone with an extreme pear-shaped figure, for example, will be a challenge for me on anything but the simplest style of pattern. I’m not sure if sewing clothes is going to be the direction I want to go in, either. Maybe just advertise myself as a teacher for sewers of crafts, curtains, and pillows etc.

learn to sew and hand-embroider
I'd like to learn to embroider pictures I create myself....

I started to learn to embroider and then gave it up. This is because I got an embroidery kit and it was called “punch embroidery”. It was such a nice little picture and would have been adorable if I had been able to do it. But WHAT A JOKE!!! If you used the punch and punched it in the fabric, then pulled it out to go to the next stitch, the first stitch came right out. And after all the separating and sorting I did with the colors of thread! Arrrrrg!

Anyway, I was put off by this project but I’m going to make another start. I think it would be a super relaxing thing to do in front of the TV at night. And the fun part would be making pictures that I would create just for the purpose of embroidery.


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