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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be more environmentally friendly (read all 4 entries…)
new goals

What I like about this goal is that it never stops. There’s no way to have a zero footprint, but what’s cool is that there’s always room for improvement.

My new goals are to buy cloth napkins and cloth towels to use for spills instead of paper towels. They won’t cost much.

I would love to buy a hybrid in 8 years too! 2016 would be the year.

be more environmentally friendly (read all 4 entries…)
major progress

I am vegan now! My footprint was reduced probably by half maybe?

Floss Every Day (read all 7 entries…)

I floss about 3 times a week. This is a huge accomplishment for me, because I used to floss about 3 times a YEAR. I am working up to every day. It only took me a month to get to 3X a week.

What you should do is smell the floss after you use it. You wouldn’t want that in your mouth, would you? lol

make a smaller ecological footprint (read all 5 entries…)

It’s official. I don’t want to eat any more animal products! I don’t even crave it! I thought it would be soooo hard since I loved cheese and sushi so much. But 3 weeks ago I watched the documentary “Earthlings” and I pretty much went vegan overnight.

I am soooo happy with my choice, and that my footprint is super shallow now when you look at all the other things I do.

Of course, there’s always room for improvement. I’m so much more ahead than I was a year ago.

get married (read all 4 entries…)
September 2009

We haven’t set a real date yet, but that’s when it will be! Our son will be a month short of 3 years old. Then he said we can try for our second (and last) child.

grow plants (read all 3 entries…)
aloe and tomatoes!!!

I have my very own tomato plant :)

I also have an aloe plant which I use for acne and stuff.

My tomato plant has 3 tomatoes on it, but they are still very green still. It’s grown about 2 feet in length.

Floss Every Day (read all 7 entries…)
Almost complete

I’ve been really doing well. I am at the point where I feel gross if I don’t floss that day. I haven’t flossed in 2 days and I will definitely do it tonight!

breastfeed for two years (read all 19 entries…)
I stopped 4.5 months short of my goal

I feel horrible for quitting. At first I was glad but then recently I started hating that I quit. I quit because his dad and I were separating and I knew he would be doing overnights with his dad. I could have just breastfed him every other day, but I quit totally. He didn’t seem to notice, and I still did it for over 19 months. I think I read that only 4% of children still nursed at 18 months.

pay off credit cards (read all 52 entries…)

I want this paid off!!! A girl at work removed over 20 thousand by filing for bankruptcy. Now she is buying a house because she has a good down payment. Duh, if she has no more CC bills of course she will have the money to get a house. Why can’t I do that? Oh, that’s right. Because I am responsible. :(

make my own cards (read all 4 entries…)

I forgot to mention that it’s good for the environment and makes people feel loved when you make them a card.

make hemp jewelry (read all 2 entries…)

I made a keychain so far and some accessories for my new hemp purse. I am getting addicted again!

Jackie from work wants a necklace. I already measured her neck.

pamper my feet (read all 5 entries…)

I love having sexy feet!

write in my livejournal more (read all 2 entries…)

I started a couple of weeks ago. I’m so glad!

Stay Vegetarian (read all 2 entries…)

I’ll have meat probably once or twice a month. I am not a complete vegetarian but I’m close.

sell my car (read all 2 entries…)

I couldn’t sell it. It’s fully depreciated. I don’t think it’s worth selling anymore. I only owe $8500 on it… may as well stick the rest of it out.

Take a road trip across the USA

It’s not realistic. I have a child with Autism, I hate long car rides, gas prices are awful, driving is bad for the environment, etc.

Exercise 4 times a week! (read all 15 entries…)
full length mirror = MAJOR WAKE UP CALL!

I caught myself in the mirror the other day. I was horrified, but I am glad I did it. It was a wake up call I needed. I have always been “lucky” in that I could always eat whatever I wanted without gaining weight excessively. But I am 28 now and my body is changing.

I also breastfeed much less and I quit a job that involved 4 hours of walking once a week. I never considered the consequences of eating the same but reducing my energy output by 3000 calories a week!!! If I am no longer breastfeeding 6 times a day and not doing all that walking, I should have reduced my calories, too. Ben and Jerry will have to find a new wife!!!

I have a B.S. in Sports Nutrition! DUH!

Anyway, I was depressed for about a week, but I am over it now. I signed up for a marathon and bought my training log yesterday. I did all this before, and it’s time to get back into it! Having a child is NOT a good reason to gain tons of weight, although I know my body will never be the same, lol.

breastfeed for two years (read all 19 entries…)

6 months to go!!!

run 10 miles (read all 3 entries…)
goal # 42

I am about 8 lbs above my ideal weight goal, which is 140. When I ran a marathon several years ago, I weighed 133. Of course, I am older now and will probably never be that way again, so 140 is fine. Anyway, taking care of this goal will probably take care of goal 42 as well.

run 10 miles (read all 3 entries…)
October 11, 2008

I bought a $6 training manual and I have my “running journal”. I think running journals are boring, but the training manual says it’s necessary, and I see their point. Statistically, I am less likely to miss a run if I have to account for every run.

Now I found a use for the journal a friend bought me a couple of years ago.

My official training start date is June 22, 2008.

I have to get my base training done before I can do real training.

I am training for the training, then I will be training for the marathon, lol.

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