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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thinks this list seems like it's someone else's - it's been too long!

I'm doing 27 things

fidgiegirl's Life List

  1. 1. Make fitness a priority
    16 entries . 17 cheers
    1 person
  2. 2. Establish Multiple Profit Centers
    4 entries
    1 person
  3. 3. implement GTD
    11 entries . 4 cheers
    426 people
  4. 4. Be a more planful teacher
    10 entries . 20 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. Instead of picking up the computer, pick up a book
    2 entries . 11 cheers
    1 person
  6. 6. Make beautiful wedding albums and prints
    4 entries . 6 cheers
    1 person
  7. 7. shop, spend and invest ethically
    4 entries . 37 cheers
    3 people
  8. 8. go to church
    7 entries . 4 cheers
    816 people
  9. 9. Acquire quality kitchen knives, even if little by little!
    3 entries . 5 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. visit all the State Parks in Minnesota
    14 entries . 24 cheers
    5 people
  11. 11. learn french
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    12,884 people
  12. 12. learn Swedish
    4 entries . 12 cheers
    754 people
  13. 13. go to sweden
    2 team members . 3 entries . 8 cheers
    156 people
  14. 14. follow the steps of Your Money or Your Life (YMOYL)
    22 entries . 16 cheers
    8 people
  15. 15. Drive the Lake Superior Circle Tour
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    2 people
  16. 16. donate 10% of my income
    3 entries . 12 cheers
    4 people
  17. 17. Fill in the Family History book I got for our wedding
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  18. 18. Renew my commitment to buying ethically raised meat
    2 entries . 4 cheers
    1 person
  19. 19. Quit signing up for after-work activities!
    5 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  20. 20. learn how to bake bread
    5 entries . 5 cheers
    26 people
  21. 21. Buy a new bike
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    75 people
  22. 22. Attend a taping of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!
    2 entries . 4 cheers
    3 people
  23. 23. Play around with the recommendations in Eating for IBS
    4 entries
    1 person
  24. 24. Read all the Newbery Medal winners
    4 entries . 1 cheer
    3 people
  25. 25. 20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday
    15 entries . 6 cheers
    56 people
  26. 26. Establish a weekly "me" time for reflection, cultivation of dreams, prayer, or whatever I need in that particular week
    2 cheers
    1 person
  27. 27. clean up my 43 things
    1 cheer
    1 person

How I did it
How to do a New Year financial clean-up
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30 days
It made me

How to enrich our garden soil
It took me
2 years
It made me
a soil nerd!

How to do Total Money Makeover Baby Step #4: Save 15% for Retirement
It took me
3 months
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Recent entries
Enjoy both my Grandmothers and see them as much as I can (read all 18 entries…)
Grammy is gone

Our Grammy died this afternoon. She had one last bad health bout and that did it. I am happy that I have had this goal because it pushed me to remember to do little things like write a letter or make a phone call. And I will always treasure the few visits we managed to make out there over the last few years. While I will always wonder if I could have done more of any of the above I do not regret the efforts that I did make and they were certainly better than before I put up this goal. I think I put it up when she was still able to visit us out here! Grammy will be missed. Hopefully we will make it out for the funeral.

I want to continue to do this for my local Grandma but couldn’t bear to leave up the goal that included them both. At this point I don’t think I need to have a specific goal to remember to contact her. I have done it many times that I haven’t logged here, anyway, so it’s more second nature by now.

Here is a picture of me as a baby with my Grammy and Pap Pap (he has been gone many, many years already) and my two cousins. My Grammy never did remarry and now she will be able to see him again, and also my cousin Johnny, who was one of her favorites ;)

20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday (read all 15 entries…)
20 Questions for May 29, 2011

1. What did I learn last week?
I am making my fear come true (#18) by making excuses and sabotaging my own efforts.

2. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week?
I sat down and really did kid feedback yesterday. Just a few more to finish tonight.

3. Which moment from the last week was most memorable and why?
None. Isn’t that sad?!

4. What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week?FINISH kid feedback.

5. What can I do right now to make the week less stressful?
Plan some meals.

6. What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week?
Making excuses not to work out. I have something on Tuesday AND Wednesday. But I can still get in a workout on Wed.

7. What was last week’s biggest time sink?
At work, it was doing any little teeny task before just sitting down and taking a bite out of a big task. Then I end up having to take the big task home.

8. Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped?
I can lost weight. I HAVE lost weight in the past.

9. What have I been avoiding that needs to be done?

10. What opportunities are still on the table?
Halloween Bazaar, eBay business, rental business, new position at work, Costa Rica, so many! So, so many!

11. Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to?
A lawyer regarding some issues with the potential rental business.

12. Is there anyone who deserves a big ‘Thank You’?
Ginny. Have to organize that.

13. How can I help someone else this coming week?

14. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 years?
Get to goal weight (140). Travel. Be financially secure.

15. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals?
Goal weight: Renewing my focus. Will go to the Y after this. Tracking my food for today.

Travel: Checked with Fred re: it’s still ok to go to CR if the new job works out. Feeling confident that it is all just fine.

Financial security: Have proposed a planning meeting with Shelly & Susie re: Halloween Bazaar.

16. What’s the next step for each goal?
Weight: Track food. Work out today, tomorrow (rball with Lynn), Wednesday (Y or run if nice), Thursday.

17. What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week?
School is wrapping up. Even though there is so much to do, it’s nice because at the end of the year it’s just finishing up, not finishing up something and ALSO starting up something else.

18. What are my fears?
I will continue to try to lose weight and will continue to fail. I will bite off too much with the business ideas and they will flop.

19. What am I most grateful for?
To be able to even consider starting a business. To have the tools, money, hutzpah to pursue something.

20. What can I do to make life more beautiful?
Call people!!!

become a professional interpreter (read all 4 entries…)
Giving up after a very long time.

I am giving up on this goal after a very long time of not being able to do so. I had to face facts a few months ago when I learned that my niece is starting to work on becoming an interpreter. I was intensely jealous when I first learned this.

But then I started to think about doing it again myself and found the whole prospect dreadful. I knew I would have to do so much to polish up my language skills, relearn vocabulary, reestablish connections, be willing to work for crap pay to break in, etc. Plus the metro area market is hard to get into and I tried several years ago when I was at my prime, language-wise and also had many connections.

I have so many other ideas for businesses and directions I could take this life . . . putting in the time to again achieve the language quality I would need to be an interpreter is probably not something I will do. I am ready to pass along some of my materials to my niece and wish her the best. It was not in the cards for me and I have found many, many other interests that also satisfy me and can be a fulfilling (and frankly, probably much easier) career for me.

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