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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courtney foxsparrow

The quiz says I'm an Organized, Healthy Self-Improver. Nice!

I'm doing 16 things

How I did it
How to call my brother more often
It took me
3 months
It made me

How to tell my fiance something great about himself every day
It took me
90 days
It made me

How to get rid of stuff i don't need
It took me
3 months
It made me

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Recent entries
lose 25 pounds (read all 5 entries…)
On to my last 20...after the baby, of course!

Weight loss is very hard for me due to genetic factors. For the past several years, I’ve had a pattern of losing 5 pounds, then hovering up and down a few pounds for several months, then finally settling around the next five pounds down. I hit this goal in February, but didn’t realize I had become pregnant. Going vegan worked for me because I am very prone to eating out and eating convenience foods. When my husband and I switched to vegan for ethical reasons, it did two things. First, I think it startled my metabolism into working harder, and secondly, we had to start eating more fresh, whole foods prepared at home. It made all the difference for me. I am still overweight, but being pregnant also caused me to lose 10 more pounds. At 18 weeks of pregnancy, I have just gotten back to my starting weight. I have been told to only gain 11-20 pounds, so after the baby is born, I should be under my starting weight. I should have around 25 pounds left to my goal weight after the little one gets here! I’m so excited to be meeting so many of my goals rigt now! I know that trying to become healthy has been the catalyst for all of my success.

get pregnant (read all 4 entries…)
We did it!

OMG finally! I totally forgot I even had this goal…I’ve been so busy the past year that I haven’t had time to come here and think about my goals. I’m almost 18 weeks along and we just found out we’re having a little boy!

The irony is, we had stopped trying. My husband was laid off last summer and we lost our benefits, so we moved home to Colorado, bought a house, and he started school to finish his degree. We were so focused on moving and meeting our school/work goals that we just kind of got pregnant in there by surprise.

I’m due October 7th, 2011…we can’t wait to welcome our little son to the world!

Get my nose pierced.
I've wanted to for years

I’ve been thinking about getting my nose pierced since I was in college, about 7 or 8 years ago. I didn’t really get serious about it until I was 25 or 26, but my then-husband told me “I wasn’t that type of girl.” I’ve resented it ever since, but I didn’t want to get one just out of spite. A couple weeks ago, I mentioned it to my now-husband (who is AMAZING by the way) and he said that I had the perfect nose/face for it and that he would find it incredibly sexy. He told me to go for it if I wanted to . So now I’ve been thinking about it non-stop.

Today, I ran into a lady and her daughter who had really attractive nose studs, and asked them where they got them. I was going to wait until the next time we were in Denver, since we live in rural Wyoming, but these ladies had gotten their locally and said they had no problems with their piercings and that the person who did them was very knowledgeable. Unfortunately, the place is only open on Saturdays, so I have to wait a few more days to call and get more information. I just hope I don’t chicken out before then!

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