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 33 things

Abigail's Life List

  1. 1. infuse my daily dealings, toils, and triumphs - no matter what - with grace
    2 entries . 43 cheers
    1 person
  2. 2. make my time my own and NOT everyone else's
    9 cheers
    1 person
  3. 3. do a few yoga stretches and/or meditate before bed
    6 cheers
    1 person
  4. 4. empty out my life of stuff I don't want and don't need
    7 entries . 20 cheers
    2 people
  5. 5. make exercise habitual, not occasional
    9 cheers
    1 person
  6. 6. make room and time in my life for spirituality
    7 entries . 42 cheers
    1 person
  7. 7. Assemble a complete period-correct Civil War re-enacting ensemble
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    1 person
  8. 8. go through the Christmas stuff again and really, honestly, toss things I don't need
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    1 person
  9. 9. wake up when my alarm clock goes off
    2 entries . 5 cheers
    7,414 people
  10. 10. drink only water (or tea) at restaurants
    2 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. stretch in the morning
    4 entries . 26 cheers
    4 people
  12. 12. eat well on a daily basis
    16 entries . 23 cheers
    3 people
  13. 13. try vegetarian recipes
    6 entries . 21 cheers
    1 person
  14. 14. learn more about Buddhism
    5 entries . 29 cheers
    211 people
  15. 15. plan an awesome vacation to reward myself for completing six months of chemo
    4 entries . 37 cheers
    1 person
  16. 16. throw a wellness party for myself
    15 cheers
    1 person
  17. 17. save a 3 month emergency fund
    3 entries . 10 cheers
    1 person
  18. 18. dress well on a daily basis
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    1 person
  19. 19. write something every week
    11 entries . 9 cheers
    13 people
  20. 20. finish writing my current short story
    1 entry . 33 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. get a third tattoo
    3 cheers
    27 people
  22. 22. Get (or renew) a passport
    2 entries . 7 cheers
    320 people
  23. 23. hang Granny's penguin quilt in my living room
    4 cheers
    1 person
  24. 24. encourage others to be on the national bone marrow donor registry
    8 cheers
    2 people
  25. 25. make my feet all soft and smooth and sexy
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  26. 26. reminisce
    9 entries . 1 cheer
    3 people
  27. 27. reward myself with things other than food
    3 entries . 10 cheers
    3 people
  28. 28. rebuild my body image
    14 entries . 15 cheers
    2 people
  29. 29. use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without
    2 entries . 11 cheers
    94 people
  30. 30. read 43 literary classics that I haven't read yet
    15 entries . 15 cheers
    3 people
  31. 31. make my sister a beautiful and unique wedding record
    4 cheers
    1 person
  32. 32. make Ryn and Christi a wedding cross-stitch
    3 entries . 3 cheers
    1 person
  33. 33. learn to knit and crochet
    2 entries . 37 cheers
    35 people

How I did it
How to wear proper garb to the Renaissance Festival
It took me
2 months
It made me

How to fund 43 microloans through
It took me
4 years
It made me
glad to help

How to redecorate my bedroom
It took me
3 months
It made me

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Recent entries
have a 4.0 semester
Back to school

It’s been 11 years since I was an undergrad, but here I am, back at community college … studying everything I should have studied in the first place. Last semester, Fall 2012, I got a 4.0 in both my classes.

Donate or give away all of the too-smalls. Note: this is damn hard for me. (read all 3 entries…)

Everything is sorted and tossed. The very, very few too-small items I kept are things that have sentimental meaning for me – they take up about five hangers in the back of the closet. Every other item of clothing I own is something that fits me at my current size … which, I might add, is two smaller than when I made this goal. =)

quit caffeine (read all 4 entries…)
Peaceful compromise?

Been a while since I checked in, but I’ve been working on the long-term stuff regardless.

I haven’t kicked the caffeine completely – but I am far more mindful about how and when I consume it. I keep caffeinated beverages to the daytime before 5 or 6 pm. It’s common advice to do that, but I always was sure it was nonsense. A few experiments proved me wrong, and it’s solved all the problems for me that I was having with caffeine.

I can still get a pickmeup in the morning/daytime, I no longer lie awake for seemingly no reason at night, and by breaking the caffeine cycle daily, I keep myself from becoming too dependent. It’s not the exact completion of this goal, but it’s a win.

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