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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clean up my credit report (read all 6 entries…)
Got some responses from creditors

Looks like I’m going to be able to get a few removed from my report. Yay!

lower my blood pressure (read all 31 entries…)
150/89 Yikes!

Highest it’s been in a while! Time to hit the treadmill and eat some healthy foods!

go to the library more (read all 5 entries…)
Library near work

Less than a 5 minute walk. I may have found a new lunch time haunt!

Learn Permaculture Design (read all 11 entries…)
Awesome learning opportunity

I’m soooo excited – one of my friends is going to let me “design” her property. I’m going to do it two ways – one, based on her and her husband’s needs and desires, budget, and resources, and another, based on what I would do if it were mine. It’s a lovely acre in the suburbs with 50+ year old trees!

get out of debt (read all 50 entries…)
Eeeeked out a double payment on a credit card, too!

Eating healthy, but cheap. Using what we have. And a tiny bit set aside for some fun, too…

get out of debt (read all 50 entries…)
10 more car payments!

And since we started double payments this year – 5 more months! Gonna wash that debt right outa my hair, gonna wash that debt right outa my hair, and send it on its way!

And news from the credit card front… am ENJOYING having one credit card PAID OFF. I didn’t close it. I probably should. But it really IS only for emergencies now. Yay! Yay! Triple Yay!

lower my blood pressure (read all 31 entries…)

Steady as she goes, staying in the green!

run a 5k (read all 4 entries…)
1 mile 18:06 total 1.37 in 26:00

Slow today, but doing slow is better than not doing at all, right?

lower my blood pressure (read all 31 entries…)
132/88 Green!

1.5 miles on the treadmill today, 1.25 miles yesterday + light weight training. Now, to lose that weight and become even healthier!

volunteer for the U.S.O
Getting my references together

They background check their volunteers (that’s a good thing).

Memorial Book Release Project (read all 3 entries…)
I have been inspired!

I am going to release all of those military family life and inspirational books that I amassed during my husband’s deployment, and send them out into the world using I will be leaving them at our local airport’s USO Center. Thank You RU and T.Paul ( for the inspiration! My book plates are on order!

run a 5k (read all 4 entries…)
I'm running to get healthy, anyway

So I might as well stack functions!
1 mile in 17:17 with a total of 1.25 miles in 23 minutes. Increasing speed and distance and water intake and decreasing junk food and watching TV and lowering blood pressure!

lower my blood pressure (read all 31 entries…)
For My Life

A few years ago I was at the dr. for a minor infection – I figured I’d be outta there in 20 min with a prescription for antibiotics. While I was there, he asked me how I was doing. I said my sinuses keep getting infected, my alergies are killing me, I feel out of breath a lot, and the sun wears me out. He ten told me my blood sugar was running a touch high, and that my blood pressure was on the edge of high and I should start taking BP meds in addition to the antibiotics. WHAT? I said something like I must be getting old. He said, no, you are 30 – 40 pounds over weight. He said exercise and lose 30 pounds and he promised that all of those negative things would go away. I did it. It worked. Then I gained the weight back and all those things started coming back. So now, I am back on the treadmill, back to making sweets a Treat and not a way of life, and feeling much better again. Still have a ways to go, but already I can tell the difference! This is not a fad, this is not a diet – this must be for the rest of my life!

go to the library more (read all 5 entries…)
Took the stairs

from the parking garage to the library – and took the stairs from the main floor to the study floor. Stacking functions – exercise and books and being outside, even.

have my own land and be self-sufficient (read all 37 entries…)
Planning, Planning, Planning...

paying off old debt, refraining from creating new, cleaning up my credit – go, girl, go – we can do it! Beautiful day out today – cardinals and woodpeckers at the bird feeder. All things are possible!

20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday (read all 32 entries…)
Ready, Set, Go!

1. What did I learn last week?
How good it feels to pay off one credit card!

2. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week?
Paying off one credit card and begin making double car payments!

3.Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why?
Got my mile down to under 18 minutes! I a actually running for 30 – 45 seconds at a time!

4.What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week?
Get on top of things at work.

5.What can I do right now to make the week less stressful?
Set up my lunches for the week and set up my clothes.

6.What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week?

7. What was last week’s biggest time sink?

8.Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped?

9. What have I been avoiding that needs to get done?
Clean house

10. What opportunities are still on the table?
Clean up my credit as best I can. Don’t eat out for lunch – so as to help avoid junk food.

11. Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to?
Mom (but she’s on vacation)

12. Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘thank you’?
Boss for providing me with opportunities.

13.How can I help someone else this coming week?
Stay in contact with C

14. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 months?
Pay off bills
Make more money
Fix credit as best I can

15. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals?
1 Credit card paid – making double payments on car – got a copy f my credit report.

16.What’s the next step for each goal?
Contact one of my creditors
Study for my certification
Follow up on jobs with son

17.What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week?
Keep running and improve my health

18.What are my fears?
I talked to my hubby and he said he won’t quit his job until he has another one lined up, so I don’t have to fear him just quitting, any more. Now I fear my credit will sink our home buying hopes.

19. What am I most grateful for?
Everyone in my family has their health.

20. What can I do to make life more beautiful today?
Clean my desk

lower my blood pressure (read all 31 entries…)

In the green, baby. Highly motivated to not go back on BP meds! Still needs to come down a bit more, but no longer at the top side of yellow. No pills! No pills! No pills!

practice my religion more (read all 3 entries…)
There are only two prayers

I forget where I read it, but it has resonated and stuck with me.

1 – Help! Help! Help! – Mine is not to ask for a specific thing, for I do not know what the grander scheme is, so I will trust that the appropriate help will be there when I need it.

2 – Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! – to both the people and the more mysterious forces of the universe, for the blessings that rain down upon me.

Go to a farmer's market 43 times. (read all 12 entries…)
Can't wait until Spring and the opening of the farmer's market

And, maybe one day I will be SELLING at a farmer’s market?

clean up my credit report (read all 6 entries…)
Step two

Wrote and mailed off some letters to creditors for some old, paid off things, to see if they will remove them, even though it has not quite been 7 years for some of them. Cost of a stamp – couldn’t hurt to ask?

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