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.

Export My Content

Mary Hawkins

is ignoring cheers on this site for now. I still like you!

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Dye my hair a crazy color
Some advice...

I had bright red hair for years and loved it! Here’s my advice:

Be very careful with what you choose as a dye. I used Manic Panic over my ashy blonde hair without stripping it first, and it actually conditioned and thickened my hair like henna.

If you have to bleach your hair first, use the gentlest bleach available or have a professional do it.

Avoid conditioning your hair for a day before you dye it—your hair will be that much thirstier and take in extra dye.

Wash your hair every day and the dye will last longer because it won’t get “caught” in dirt and oil.

If dye gets on your bathtub or shower, clean it up right away or it’s likely to set and never come out.

watch my unwatched dvds (read all 4 entries…)

I’m good with my NetFlix videos, but I subscribe to two DVD magazines, and they just pile up. They’re only about an hour long, but I need to set aside time to watch them. Just having this on my long-term to-do list will help…

finish the knitting olympics (read all 3 entries…)
finish what I started...

My knitting olympics project is to finish what I’ve already started. I have two sweaters that are “finished” and made up, but pretty much unwearable. The first is an “Essential Indulgence” with bad sleeves—I re-jiggered the pattern in a horrible way and came up with what looks like knitted flab. The second is a “ticking” cardigan from denim knits that has strangely short but livable sleeves and a horrendous placket down the front. My goal is to fix the sleeves on the first sweater and the placket on the second. If I have extra time, I have to use up odd ball yarn in useful ways or otherwise clean up my stash.

I would never get any of these done if I didn’t put them on my agenda, so here’s to the olympics!

Create a budget (read all 2 entries…)
Any advice ?

Any advice guys? I’ve been putting everything into Quicken, so I know what I’ve spent [other than cash] for the last two years. I’m a freelancer, so I never know what I’m making month to month. Right now I budget by just clamping down when I’m not working and putting every other paycheck in “storage” in my savings account so I can pull it out when I need it again. I want to be in better control of my finances than that. What helped you out when you were just starting to budget yourself? Are there any good websites out there to get me started?

quit neopets

I finally just declared leaving neopets my new year’s resolution and got all my time back…

clean out the clutter

It’s an ongoing struggle, but I’ve managed to keep my studio apartment clean and well organised… My life is so much better now that being in my apartment doesn’t make me crazy.

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