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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Fall in love
Wow, done!

I’ve been absent from 43 things for a very long time now (probably a couple years, judging from the status of this goal). Looking back, I remember feeling silly for making love a goal – I’ve always thought that love should be romantic and spontaneous, not something that is written down on a list. It also felt silly because it felt so far out of my reach. Thinking back to how I was so idealistic and also so pessimistic is a real eye opener. Being able to finally cross this off makes me feel pretty invincible. Thus the power of this site – the power of writing things down and getting to check them off. Yup. I’m back. It feels good.



make a list of what I have to do and do it (read all 4 entries…)
Mar 29 - Apr 2

Fitcity – cancel or renew w/ new cc#

Fido – new cc #

Mail Dad’s present

Call T

Go through hallway closet; give away a lot

Print photos

Buy and mail Easter cards

Bill – bcross

Receive payment from cspring

Cancel newspaper (suspended for month of apr)

Claim forms for eyes and naturopath

Organize finance updates

Cancel phone book

Throw all current phone books into recycling

Buy: scarf, shoes, jacket

Go to Medina Cafe

Go to UBarn Outlet; check out sofas



develop my artwork into a collection of paintings
Inspiration

Mixed Media, Built Surface
Landscape
Richard Diebenkorn



eat clean
interesting article

www.vegsource.com/news/2009/11/the-comparative-anatomy-of-eating.html



Clean out my closet. (read all 2 entries…)
drawers and dresses

there are some excellent ideas in here if I ever want to make my wardrobe/dresser extra awesome!
http://www.marthastewart.com/article/divide-and-conquer?page=1

I also want to work on developing my ultimate closet: a refined collection of pieces that I love, that represent my style and that all go together!
http://www.shopbop.com/ci/3/lb/ultimatecloset/ultimatecloset_0.html



make a list of what I have to do and do it (read all 4 entries…)
Mar 6-7

clean out the fridge

laundry

go through closets – awesome: keep, ok: donate, icky: throw away (yes! just do it!)

organize keepers in closets – make them look pretty!

quick clean the bathroom

update finance binder, call about credit card

make Moosewoods Cannellini Patties



learn how to prepare 10 excellent meals (read all 4 entries…)
2. Chicken Parmesan

Found this amazing recipe on the Food Network for Chicken Parmesan. There were a lot of dishes, especially for my little kitchen, but it was easy and super delicious. It was definitely a hit.

I followed it pretty closely, except I did not use olives in the sauce, and I used dry herbs instead of fresh, just because that’s what I had on hand.

Next time I may use premade sauce. Also, I’ll probably half the amount of flour/egg/breadcrumbs for dipping. I hate having to throw out food.

link:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/
chicken-parmesan-recipe/index.html



make a list of what I have to do and do it (read all 4 entries…)
Feb 1-6

return book to library

change black ink in printer

vacuum

quick tidy

make oatmeal cookies

mail hc forms

go through mail pile

go to bank for weekly withdrawal and to deposit cheque

vacuum

clean out the fridge

prep and add one project to bhance

groceries: chicken, salad veggies, pita



make a list of what I have to do and do it (read all 4 entries…)
Jan 17

go to bank for weekly withdrawal

buy I’s b-day present and card

pick up GLS tickets

print H/C form, fill out and prep to mail

groceries – yogurt, lemon, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar, walnuts

make pasta w/ cauliflower

finish work projects I had to bring home

quick tidy

laundry

clean out the fridge

go through mail pile

total up my weekly receipts

rework online portfolio

rework resume and cover letter

make SK’s Winter Panzanella



buy more CDs (read all 3 entries…)
Glee!

I usually buy cds if they are classics, or if I feel that I am supporting a small musician who really inspires me. I generally stay away from top-of-the-charts types. But, I absolutely could not resist the glee soundtracks. They are excellent for road trips and for exercising! Total happy makers.



Clean out my closet. (read all 2 entries…)
Half way through; well, maybe

I’ve already gone through my clothes and chosen the ones I want to keep. I’ve also bought pretty hangers! However, to get an awesome closet will require several more steps.

1. I still need to go through shoes, coats, bags and accessories (hats, scarves, belts etc). Divide into piles – keep/fix/store/donate/garbage.
2. Figure out what to do with everything that I no longer want, and do it!
3. Decide how to best organize my keeper clothes in closet/dresser.
4. Organize the rest of the things that need to go in closet – accessories, linens, blankets, suitcases, laundry supplies, sewing supplies, some storage… can any of these things go somewhere else?
5. Figure out how to organize all my shoes! Also look into boot inserts (DIY?).
6. I’ll probably need to buy some supplies for organizing – storage bins etc – research for good quality and good prices.
7. Put it all together!



organize my finances (read all 5 entries…)
Due by Jan 31

These are the tasks I still have to complete before my due date:
(DONE)1. Calculate bank fees – can I reduce them in any way?
(DONE)2. Comb through credit cards – check interest rates (keep gics or pay off debt?) (transfer both debts onto one card?)
(DONE)3. Trip to the bank: get rrsp and look into opening a tfsa, with a monthly auto transfer (dream fund); also ask about bank fees and alternative credit card solutions.
4. Assess monthly fees, cancel tired subscriptions
(DONE)5. Refine my budget; think of ways to remember to review it on a regular/monthly basis
(DONE)6. Design some pretty forms to keep track of everything!
(DONE)7. Tackle the filing cabinet; make it something that I look forward to using (more pretty forms/folders/labels!)
(DONE)8. Make a chart for things to sell on Craigslist (I’ve got lots!) and decide what to do with this money – something specific and awesome ‘cause I’m going to need serious motivation for this one.

8 steps? Definitely doable.



organize my finances (read all 5 entries…)
The Simple Dollar

I’m going through this series:
http://www.thesimpledollar.com/31-days-to-fix-your-finances/

I’m currently on day 13 (although it’s only taken me 4 days). It’s been really eye-opening. It feels like I’m getting it all sorted in a way that makes sense to me. It’s not too complicated and I’m totally inspired by this process. I finally feel like I’m on the path to creating a budget I can follow, and one that I will actually want to follow because it’s based more on values than just numbers. It’s good ~ I recommend it!



Update my portfolio (read all 3 entries…)
cargo

I’ve set up a site through cargo collective. I think this is the perfect starting point because it’s a well-designed, professional place for me to show prospective employers some of my work. I can always up the ante further down the road.

other things I’d like to accomplish:
update my printed portfolio (this is a must)
post more work onto behance
build a network through behance
work on some personal projects that are portfolio worthy
give cargo account my own domain
put more consideration into myself as a brand



organize my finances (read all 5 entries…)
prepping for january

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/01/01
go to: 31 days to fix your finances

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/06/24
go to: Trimming The Fat: Forty Ways To Reduce Your Monthly Required Spending

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/02/06
Little Steps: 100 Great Tips For Saving Money For Those Just Getting Started

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/the-one-hour-project/

http://zenhabits.net/2008/07/golden-money-list/
wow!

I’m really liking the idea of an envelope system….



TONE MY ABS (read all 6 entries…)
Day 5/15

My trick for this workout was to have new music! I downloaded all the music from Glee, which is perfect for moving and smiling and having fun. SO, that totally helped. Workout wise, I found an article in Women’s Health Magazine on a 15min ab workout. Perhaps it was too advanced for me… but, I could only complete one of the four exercises – reverse crunches. So I added bicycle (which is so far my favourite crunch-like move) and called it a day. I might still find time for pilates this evening as well.



TONE MY ABS (read all 6 entries…)
Day 4/15

Was reading an article about abs and how a lot of people might do millions of crunches, but they’re still never able to get rid of the belly. According to the article, this is because crunches will tone the abs, but they won’t get rid of fat… actually, cardio gets rid of fat. So, the best way to get rid of belly fat is to do cardio. This is a good reminder of how important it is to have a well-rounded workout routine. (that’s the next stage of my workout goals!)

Anyway, this evening I rummaged through my videos to find Debbie Seibers Slim in 6 dvd! I did some of it, enough to sweat a bit and get the heart rate up. But, I think dvds are not my best fit. I lose interest too fast (having my own music helps a bit). I’d like to remember there are some good ideas in this video – such as standing oblique crunches and various waist whittlers. Also, there is a 10min ab workout that is quite good… but I’ll save it for another day.

But really…... I just want to do the pilates routine again! Maybe I will!



TONE MY ABS (read all 6 entries…)
Day 3/15

Pilates again! I’m liking it! I feel a tad awkward with the arm-waving thing, but overall, it really feels like it’s making a difference, even with rather minimal effort.



TONE MY ABS (read all 6 entries…)
Day 2/15

Today I started pilates! I got a book from the library – The Pilates Body – and just did the beginners section. It was short but seemingly very effective. Every exercise targeted the powerhouse (the core, the abs… whatever). It felt good for my back too – this is definitely something I will look into further. I’m excited!



TONE MY ABS (read all 6 entries…)
Day 1/15

Today I delved into my myriad of magazines. I have so many back issues of Self Magazine, it’s about time I made use of them! So I went through all the tear-out cards and chose 8 exercises that really focused on abs. Then, I did them during commercials. I didn’t spend a huge amount of time, perhaps 15mins total – but it felt good and the short chunks of time made it seem easier and totally convenient. And, I think I found a few gems in the cards that I will probably come back to in the future.



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