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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find a job i love (read all 5 entries…)
Already know what's the job

Just have to figure how to make more money with it :) It took me a while to realize that. It’s probably one of my first goals.

Become a professional photographer (read all 15 entries…)
Show me the money

I am getting paid for my real estate shoot. The lady estimated it at 150-200 dollars. It was only an hour plus editing on top of that. But I am happy she was pleased with the results!

figure out what's wrong with me (read all 12 entries…)
Doctor's call

I only had time to catch my breath after the last few weeks, when my gastroenterologist called today. She apologized for hurting me during the procedure and explained that I had too many polyps to remove. There are still 3 or 4 left and she will try to do it again in October. She told me that today my case was presented to board and they want to dig deeper. That means that after I come back from my trip, I’m going to a cancer center to get genetic testing to see if I have a mutation for it. Yes, it’s shitty news. I’m worried and scared. She sounded concerned and wondered if I continue losing weight. I will have to get a CT scan too. Am I going to be ok?

Eat That Frog! (read all 17 entries…)
Have to finish editing today!

As much as I hate to do it again, it will get done today. I just wish the designer told me she hates warm colors BEFORE I finished all my editing! It’s only about 10 photos though, should do it quickly.

I called about the luggage today. Looks like I will have to get my luggage in Amsterdam and then check it again. And I only have less than 2 hours to do so. So, it’s me alone plus 2 20 kilos suitcases and one 10. Fun!

rock what I got (read all 7 entries…)
Slightly goth

My hair turned out to be a lot darker than I originally thought. It sure is exotic :) But I still prefer it over roots that are showing.
I’m putting aside some more clothes to give away. My closet doesn’t look like it’s ready to burst anymore. And I can see my favorite things better. And how exciting is to finally have a weather to wear skirts and dresses! I could get used to it :)

write 100 reasons why I love my husband (read all 43 entries…)
43. Great listener

He never interrupts and has unlimited patience to let me vent. He loves to hear stories. I often tell him about the books I read. And there’s always another soap opera drama with my family that he could hear and offer his best advice :)

July Bootcamp 2012: Making an Olympic effort in the area I need to improve the most (read all 2 entries…)
Not Olympic, but goof effort

So far I skipped only 2 days doing back exercises. I haven’t had a single migraine since I started (which is a huge deal!) I probably forgot taking vitamins once. I can see my nails improving so it works :)

Another thing is my anxiety issue. I’ve been twice to a new doctor and she’s helping me very much. She gave me loads of advice on how to manage my physical symptoms (like taking Gravol for motion sickness during the flight) and how to handle my emotions.

I feel there’s so much love in me and I am trying to share with people nearby (not just with my husband). It’s a wonderful feeling!

figure out what's wrong with me (read all 12 entries…)
The last 2 weeks

were probably the worst in my life. With lack of information from my doctor, I went online and decided to be my own web MD. Bad idea! I “diagnosed” myself with an untreatable illness and was preparing to say goodbye to my husband, family, and friends. You can imagine all the self-pity and crying and worrying. The doctors told me they call me only if the results are bad. Then on Friday I get a phone call… I was 100% sure I’m done with life. And I had to photograph my first ever wedding ON MY OWN on Saturday. Thank God, I could see a GP at 8 in the morning before the wedding. We went together prepared for the worst, of course. Only it was ok. Everything was benign and she didn’t seem worried at all. Why in the word they called me and then refused to tell by the phone it was fine, I have no idea. I hate medical system here. If only a doctor saw me for at least a few minutes after the procedure was done, I’d never have to go through all of this. But I still consider myself incredibly lucky. I got my life back even if wasn’t going anywhere :) It’s the best feeling in the world!

make exciting and healthy food (read all 4 entries…)
Chicken paprikash and buckwheat

Tasty and oh so good! We also enjoy arugula from our balcony garden. So good on sandwiches :)

July Bootcamp 2012: Making an Olympic effort in the area I need to improve the most (read all 2 entries…)
Taking care of my back

I kept doing my exercises for over a week already and I see improvement. Trying to sit straight also while on computer.

Taking vitamins daily religiously as well as a part of this goal.

I need to spend more time outside. Fresh air will be good for me.

COUNT MY BLESSINGS (read all 11 entries…)
So grateful

1. A week of sunshine coming our way beginning tomorrow – I might even go outside with a blanket!
2. Birds discovering my bird feeder and stopping by to nibble very often
3. Long relaxing weekend with my husband
4. Feeling strong enough to go and see parade and fireworks
5. Burnaby Village Museum – love that place despite the rain
6. Overcoming my fear of needles. I was fine this morning despite 6 vials of blood they had to suck out of me :)
7. Talking to my sister and parents (they are so excited I’m coming!)
8. A great conversation with A. I think we are on the same page about seeing each other.
9. My if solo wedding coming and it will be no rain!
10. Finishing editing office photos. They look so fun comparing to my previous ones. I got better at it.
11. Great inexpensive lunch yesterday
12. Getting 2nd newspaper with my photos in it!
13. My back is a bit more flexible after a week of exercise
14. Seeing a therapist tomorrow
15. Going home in just 2 short weeks!

Eat That Frog! (read all 17 entries…)

1. Lens reserved
2. Talk to friends about borrowing camera and flash
3. Scouted locations
4. Emailed the bride

Needs to be done.
1. Go again to location and take photos
2. Google weddings that took place there before
3. Figure out something if it rains

Need to email photos of offices I took for A. So lazy to edit them. It’s pretty boring for me. I make a lousy real estate photographer.

Keep in touch with the people that matter (read all 18 entries…)
Called N.

We talked over an hour about her divorce. It’s crazy how ugly things can get once a man stops loving a woman. I wouldn’t expect that marriage to end up so quickly and leave them so bitter and resentful. I hope talking to me helped her. The kids took the news surprisingly well. They are only 7 and 9 still. I wonder if they get the finality of all if it. I hope they continue staying strong.

have better posture (read all 7 entries…)

I will do the set of exercises I have from my previous physiotherapist daily starting today. If I miss a day – I have to double it next day. My doctor said I should feel better after a month!

just deal with it (read all 16 entries…)
Another try

With support group being a bad memory only, I’m going to see another doctor next week. We spoke on a phone and she sounded pretty much like Dr. M. – intelligent, calm, mature, all-knowing and kind. I hope we like each other and she continues the work of my previous therapist. I’m really excited to meet her actually!

Read more (read all 35 entries…)
Reading treats

I needed to escape from reality badly these days.

1. Persuasion by Jane Austen (probably 3rd or 4th time :)

2. Without Dogma by Henryk Sienkiewicz (mixed feelings but proud I finished it)

3. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (still reading and really enjoying it)

Oh, and I devoured Catching Fire yesterday. Now I have to get the third book ASAP :D

Have a baby (read all 2 entries…)
This is being postponed

The most important goal of all… But we will have to wait till at least November (new procedure in October and then 2-3 weeks of waiting for results). Meanwhile, I will try to stick to my back exercises daily if I ever want it to happen. My mild scoliosis can be a big problem during pregnancy. My regular Centrum has folic acid in it, I just have to take it daily.

write 100 reasons why I love my husband (read all 43 entries…)
42. Best hugger

He gives the best hugs! We could be rich if we sold them :) They just make you feel better, guaranteed!

write 100 reasons why I love my husband (read all 43 entries…)
41. Never lies

Except when it’s about how do I look – but then maybe I do always look good for him :)

write 100 reasons why I love my husband (read all 43 entries…)
40. Adorable when speaks Russian

He started learning Russian about 2 years ago to be able to speak to my parents. His progress is very impressive! I wonder if his Russian is better than my Romanian at the moment. His accent is so cute but he manages to speak in whole sentences with an occasional mistake here and there. I am so proud of him and can’t wait to show it off to my parents :) He’ll be reading thick books in no time!

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