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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get out of debt (read all 18 entries…)
staying positive

It’s 2009.

I’m still in debt.

But! Looking back at my progress charts I notice that I paid about $8000 off in 2008. I feel like that’s a lot, especially considering some major setbacks/large unexpected expenses. And I will surely pay off the rest of my debt in 2009, and start saving aggressively – maybe even investing a little.

So, I’m happy with how far I’ve come, even though I wish I were out of debt already!

get out of debt (read all 18 entries…)
everything takes longer than I think it should!

Well. I was supposed to be out of credit card debt by now but I still have a few months. I have been being remarkably well behaved, snowballing dutifully and snowflaking here and there. But I took an unexpected pay cut this semester (university teaching position wasn’t available) which reduced my snowballing power, and on top of that have decided it is time to move to another apartment. Which of course means floating the security deposit and praying my current landlords give mine back. I used my emergency fund for this, and feeling panicky without my emergency fund, I immediately diverted my snowball payment to refuel the e-fund.

On the positive side, I have adopted the tactic of decluttering in preparation for the move, which means selling more stuff on craigslist. So I have some extra cash on hand. Feels good! Right now I think I can pay off that last card in 3 months – just in time for my 28th birthday.

get out of debt (read all 18 entries…)

The last few weeks I was feeling very positive. I wrote here about thinking I was going to kill the cc debt in two months or less. I was very excited, making charts, dreaming of building my savings, maybe a nice haircut, etc. etc.

Well, then the other shoe dropped and they juggled my financial stuff around at work (I am a grad student). and now I am not getting any teaching income this semester. Which means I am cutting back my expenses and I have to readjust my debt repayment schedule! If careful, I can pay it all off by December or January. Just a few months behind schedule..but still! argh

I can’t complain too much about that. At least I have a secure position. Many people are worse off.

But… there’s always a but. a lot of work-related expenses haven’t been reimbursed yet. Due to money always being tight, I put some of them on my paid-off credit card, with the idea I could immediately pay it off once the reimbursals came through. Except… of course the business office is slow, and scattered, and it’s taking forever, and now I am going to pay interest on these expenses! and it’s a very bad APR! irritating. so. I am transferring money (several hundred) from my Emergency fund to pay that freaking thing off. Maybe I shouldn’t, maybe I will regret it, but I seriously HATE having to carry a balance on that card, which I already busted my chops to pay off once. And I can replenish the E-fund once the payment comes back (it will, eventually).

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