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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soundwaves's Life List

  1. 1. Join Mission Organic 2010!
    8 team members
    7 people
  2. 2. decorate my house
    421 people
  3. 3. watch classic movies
    38 people
  4. 4. host a dinner party
    373 people
  5. 5. improve my posture
    2,721 people
  6. 6. practice my Spanish
    47 people
  7. 7. keep fresh flowers throughout my house
    1 person
  8. 8. learn to ski
    959 people
  9. 9. regulate my sleeping patterns
    3 people
  10. 10. floss daily
    410 people
  11. 11. keep my house and car clean
    1 person
  12. 12. call my grandma more often
    18 people
  13. 13. learn to play guitar
    5,062 people
  14. 14. let my friends know how much I appreciate them
    5 people
  15. 15. become a mother
    434 people
  16. 16. discover new music
    266 people
  17. 17. finish knitting the scarf I started a year ago
    1 person
  18. 18. be less judgmental
    201 people
  19. 19. read and write more often
    2 people
  20. 20. get in the best physical shape of my life
    1 entry
    8 people
  21. 21. study etymology
    8 people
  22. 22. attend a national symposium on medical imaging
    1 person
  23. 23. embrace "Americana"
    1 person
  24. 24. appreciate my husband
    44 people
  25. 25. engage in conversation with diverse and fascinating people
    1 person
  26. 26. do monthly breast self exams
    1 person
  27. 27. stop being so materialistic
    21 people
  28. 28. eat healthy
    3,765 people
  29. 29. strengthen spiritual relationships
    1 person
  30. 30. advocate causes I believe in
    1 person
  31. 31. get out my canvases and paint again
    2 people
  32. 32. stop procrastinating
    30,441 people
  33. 33. send handwritten notes
    2 people
  34. 34. pass my ARDMS registry exam in the abdomen specialty
    4 people
  35. 35. get along with my mother-in-law
    1 cheer
    5 people
  36. 36. take more photographs - and organize them
    1 person
  37. 37. accept compliments gracefully
    97 people
  38. 38. get fully established in my new city
    1 person
  39. 39. practice cell phone etiquette
    1 person
  40. 40. reward myself with the occasional indulgence
    1 person
  41. 41. be more decisive
    655 people
  42. 42. reduce, reuse, recycle
    2 cheers
    193 people
  43. 43. accept that what others think of me is none of my business
    1 cheer
    1 person
Recent entries
stop shopping at wal-mart (read all 2 entries…)

I’ve had several instances where running to Wal-Mart would’ve been the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective thing to do – especially over the holidays. I can proudly say that I avoided doing so at all costs. I will continue with my mission!

Get in the best physical shape of my life

My husband’s place of employment boasts a nice wellness facility for employees and their families. I’m taking full advantage of this by utilizing their personal trainer services. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve scheduled six sessions to individually work with a professional who’s developed a program tailored to my personal physical needs. These needs have been determined by my own goals, and a rigorous physical assessment that I underwent last week. I was impressed by the thoroughness of this process, although I guess it’s pretty standardized: resting and active heart rates, blood pressures, body fat measurement, flexibility, etc. The program also offers a meeting with a registered dietician, to discuss nutrition, of course. The assessment I’m looking most forward to is my resting metabolic rate. I am fascinated by the contraption that tells you how many calories your body burns when you are doing absolutely nothing. This is extremely useful information in regard to caloric consumption, whether trying to gain, maintain, or lose weight.
I know that improved cardiovascular health would strengthen my mind and body, aid me in reducing stress and contribute to more sound sleep. This is the least I can do for the casing of my soul.

stop shopping at wal-mart (read all 2 entries…)

There are many reasons why I will no longer shop at this retail giant. The first reason is an issue close to my heart: health care. Less than half of Wal-Mart employees have health insurance. Part-time Wal-Mart employees must wait six months to sign up for coverage, and the few full-time employees must wait one full year! Wal-Mart employees pay for 41% of their family premiums. Nationally, workers pay an average of 27% of family premiums. [Employer Health Benefits 2006 Annual Survey] The family deductible on a Wal-Mart insurance plan is $3,000. This deductible does not include additional fees for standard services, such as a $300 pharmacy deductible, $1,000 in-patient deductible, and a $500 out-patient surgery deductible. [Wal-Mart 2006 Associate Benefits Book] How does Wal-Mart get away with such unscrupulous practices? By limiting employees to part-time status. Wal-Mart deceives employees by hiring them in at full-time status, knowing that they have one year to gradually reduce their hours before their insurance “benefits” kick in. I strongly believe that every human being should be entitled to affordable health care. I find it preposterous that any working human being, no less, is not being provided with such. Wal-Mart forces its employees to rely on public programs for affordable health coverage. Right here in Ohio, and in 22 other states, Wal-Mart takes the cake for having the most employees enrolled in state-funded health care programs. According to a recent Business Week article, Wal-Mart single-handedly causes an increase in state Medicaid spending by $898 per person. And we’re footing the bill. We’re also footing the bill for the $1 billion in public subsidies that Wal-Mart has received in the form of property tax breaks, sales tax rebates, enterprise zone status, etc.
Wal-Mart breaks environmental laws, hires undocumented workers, falsely labels merchandise as “Made in America,” and sells personal data about their customers.
Needless to say, I will no longer be contributing to the Walton family’s $90 billion fortune.


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