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.

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I'm doing 19 things

busybeeson's Life List

  1. 1. see the grand canyon
    1,042 people
  2. 2. become a yoga instructor
    278 people
  3. 3. swim with sharks
    849 people
  4. 4. become a neat freak
    1 entry
    113 people
  5. 5. be fluent in French
    1 cheer
    1,039 people
  6. 6. Have 100 items listed on my etsy shop
    1 cheer
    2 people
  7. 7. Double my income
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    48 people
  8. 8. organize my finances
    1 cheer
    330 people
  9. 9. go to a concert
    1 entry
    1,131 people
  10. 10. dress up more
    1 cheer
    69 people
  11. 11. Make new local friends
    1 cheer
    240 people
  12. 12. be more productive
    827 people
  13. 13. rollerskate in a roller rink
    1 entry
    3 people
  14. 14. have an emergency fund
    1 cheer
    45 people
  15. 15. declutter my house
    993 people
  16. 16. fix my roof
    7 people
  17. 17. appreciate what I have
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    774 people
  18. 18. be more patient
    1 cheer
    3,252 people
  19. 19. finish my yoga teacher certification
    1 entry
    3 people

How I did it
How to become a Zumba instructor
It took me
5 weeks
It made me
Very, Very Happy!!!

Recent entries
finish my yoga teacher certification
I'm working on my written exam

My certification requires me to complete a LONG written exam as well as creating a written lesson plan with modifications and reasoning and a videotaped class. I am currently working my way through the written exam. I try to answer at least a question a day and I transferred all of the questions to a Word document so I just have to type out my answers. It makes it so much easier.

I am really excited about becoming certified. I currently work as a Zumba instructor and I teach Zumba Gold at retirement facilities as well. I would love to teach general Hatha yoga and a specialized Senior yoga to complement my Senior Zumba classes.

I am getting my certification through Aura Wellness Center in Boston because there were no training facilities in my area. It is an online course, but I am finding it to be very extensive, which I am glad about. I want to be fully prepared. I am not just doing this so I can have a piece of paper. I want to have the know-how to be able to really help my students.

build a fence (read all 2 entries…)
It was hard work but totally worth it.

Today, I helped my dad put up the last gate on my new fence. I, my boyfriend and my parents all started working on this fence at the beginning of the summer. We finished the majority of the fence but then waited a long time to put in the gates largely because the weather was so hot and we had other things to do. Now that the weather is so pleasant, my dad decided he wanted to come over and finish the gates. He did such a wonderful job and the fence looks fantastic now. I almost can’t believe that it is done. I now have a new fence and a patio. My backyard has been completely made over.

install a patio
Back-breaking but worth it

I ordered the pavers rock and sand and had them delivered. I then measured and staked out the area where the patio would be. I then spent two days digging up the dirt. I evened out the dirt, layed down a weed tarp and backfilled the hole with rock. I evened the rock with a heavy-duty rake and then poured in and screeted the sand. Then came the heavy lifting. Luckily, my dad helped me lay the 40-pound pavers. It took us all day and we were so tired at the end, but it looks beautiful. My mom helped by sweeping the paver locking sand into the crevices between pavers. I’m so glad I did this, though it was exhausting.

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