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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Weigh what my driver's license says (read all 3 entries…)

Yikes, too many carbohydrate cravings in the winter. I Can do better.

run a 5k (read all 2 entries…)

ran 1 mile – NO STOPS – the other day. Now (unrelated) my foot hurts again.

try new foods (read all 2 entries…)

I try to order things I wouldn’t make at restaurants. Love the seafood stew at Olive Garden. Also tried curry at Pad Thai. Yum and yum.

write something meaningful
what is meaningful...

to one person is not necessarily so to another. did get back to some journaling trying to process the cancer experience that’s occupied me for 1.5 years. It is helpful and meaningful to me.

Play the piano more
played Christmas music

Spent MUCH time with handbells for 3 years – including playing in a professional ensemble and directing. Even got to play with MN Orchestra. Thrill of a lifetime. Piano took a backseat, but is still a worthy goal.

improve my German (read all 5 entries…)
ach du lieber

Not doing much, but my life took a major detour with cancer, so that took MUCH time and effort – still does.

Weigh what my driver's license says (read all 3 entries…)
still a worthy goal.

TEN slow pounds coming off. June goal. Also, continuing physical training to firm up.

watch free movies (read all 3 entries…)
book reading

I guess, in general, I’d rather read.

run a 5k (read all 2 entries…)
do it again

My first 5K was the Race for the Cure in May 2010. No stopping! Bi-lateral mastectomies and reconstruction later that month. Tough recovery because back latisimus muscle was moved. Now regaining strength and can almost run a mile again.

complete the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk
3 day walk for breast cancer

I signed up to do the Twin Cities walk today to celebrate my 10 year anniversary from the first cancer.

catch up on scrapbooking (read all 2 entries…)
postponing for a bit

I have several projects that I’m postponing while I make lots of cards. I look forward to getting back to them – it’s like re-living the trip.

finish my quilt (read all 6 entries…)
Bindings are my bain

Actually, just finished daughter’s graduation quilt (5 yrs. late, but awesome.) Need to bind yellow and blue quilt, bind music wall hanging quilt, bind small wall hanging.

Ach, it’s so much more fun create and to put together than to do the mundane finishing work.

have better posture (read all 2 entries…)
working on it

Had some major surgery that effected muscles. Now getting physical therapy and posture retraining. I’m optimistic, but it’s a long process.

finish my quilt (read all 6 entries…)
starting new projects

started a memory quilt for my daughter. “Crayon box” the block sew up very quickly. Also doing a 2” memory square quilt with fabrics I’ve use in other quilts and misc. Fun!

try new foods (read all 2 entries…)

Ever since I was a kid, I have not liked the texture (skin and seeds) of most fruits. I’d eat blueberries in muffins or scones. I know they are really good for you. I tried some yesterday and they were OK. I’ll have to keep trying them. Unfortunately they are pricey, but not as bad in the summer.

have better posture (read all 2 entries…)
Straightened shoulders

Just reading this, I straightened my shoulders. I am also trying to exercise regularly. That helps alot.

improve my German (read all 5 entries…)
Ich kann es verstehen

I got Think and Speak Advanced German from the library and I can understand 90% of the dialog. It uses a lot of past and future tense as well as complicated sentence structure. Gut fur mich.

eat 3 fruits or vegetables a day (read all 2 entries…)
is chocolate a vegetable?

too bad.

finish my quilt (read all 6 entries…)
sewed more strips

trimmed edges of quilt. Did about 70 inches, have about 18 to go. sewed more strips to add. Hope I don’t run out of fabric.

finish my quilt (read all 6 entries…)
found border fabric

After a misstep, where the light blue was too periwinkle, I found a good border fabric and sewed a few more strips.

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