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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hardtoforget's Life List

  1. 1. Lead a life less ordinary
    1 cheer
    1 person
  2. 2. Live within my budget
    1 cheer
    45 people
  3. 3. Raise my credit score to 750
    2 people
  4. 4. Get more sleep
    1 entry
    4,453 people
  5. 5. Pay off my credit card
    1 cheer
    1,436 people
  6. 6. Keep my weight under 155
    1 entry
    1 person
  7. 7. Make an omelette
    3 people
  8. 8. Organize my bedroom
    103 people
  9. 9. Organize my kid's artwork
    1 entry
    2 people
  10. 10. organize my photos
    1 entry
    1,253 people
  11. 11. Read 25 books in a year
    1 entry
    6 people
  12. 12. make pottery
    168 people
  13. 13. complete project 365
    119 people
  14. 14. Get published every year
    1 person
  15. 15. Teach my children how to swim
    2 people
  16. 16. Run 5K in under 35 minutes
    1 person
  17. 17. Run the Warrior Dash 5K
    1 person
  18. 18. take belly dancing lessons
    116 people
  19. 19. Camp out with the kids annually
    1 person
  20. 20. See Fleetwood Mac in concert
    14 people
  21. 21. see Sting in concert
    5 people
  22. 22. Take my daughter on a hot air balloon ride.
    1 person
  23. 23. Take my boyfriend on his first plane trip
    1 person
  24. 24. Attend a World Series Game
    46 people
  25. 25. Go to Tulum, Mexico
    1 person
  26. 26. Swim with sea lions near Monterey, California
    1 person
  27. 27. Go back to Ireland
    125 people
  28. 28. Attend an opera at the Sydney Opera House
    1 cheer
    1 person
  29. 29. Go snow skiing
    57 people
  30. 30. Visit 6 continents
    42 people
  31. 31. hike the appalachian trail
    2,111 people
  32. 32. hike in New Zealand
    10 people
  33. 33. get a bikini wax
    159 people
  34. 34. Get laser hair removal
    482 people
  35. 35. Find a church home
    45 people
  36. 36. Be a good friend
    980 people
  37. 37. Raise thoughtful children
    1 cheer
    1 person
  38. 38. Work at a public library again
    1 person
  39. 39. Build my dream house
    904 people
  40. 40. Write a children's book
    1,449 people
  41. 41. Write a young adult book
    2 people
  42. 42. Get a PhD
    2,975 people
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organize my photos
Got to...

...get my pics organized, saved to an external hard drive and put in photo books!

But how to arrange?
By year, January to December?
By SCHOOL year, August to July?

And do I make special ones for the first year of each child’s life? And on? It’s these little details that slow me down. And at this point, there are SO many pictures!!

Get more sleep

I am failing miserably at this one.

I was doing really well in October and November but at the moment there is so much to do, if I want to get all the things finished that NEED to get done plus do things I WANT to do, that leaves me about 4 hours to sleep a night.

Last night I was up until 3:30 a.m., adding the third layer of papier mache to my children’s penguin pinatas for their school holiday parties this week, doing dishes, finishing a novel and talking to a friend on the phone.

Keep my weight under 155
After a peak weight...

...of 190 pounds after the birth of my second child, the least I have weighed in the past decade was 149 pounds. This was last spring while training for a 5K. I was happiest at 155. Could still eat fun things and work out a decent amount and just chill. The majority of that weight I lost following Weight Watchers points and exercising but sometimes maintenance is hard, especially when you looooove food like I do.

Post Thanksgiving this year it had crept back up to 167 pounds. I live in fear of gaining it all back because it happened so assiduously the first time. So…back in the gym seriously! Back on WW points! Two weeks in and I have lost seven pounds. Got to be on the ball here during the holidays when every day there are cookies in the breakroom and candies in my mailbox and parties with lovely treats every week!

Heading to Zumba tonight to work some calories off and feel gooood.

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