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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Make more money doing my job! (read all 16 entries…)

Maybe this goal needs re-looked at. Get a job would mean I am not working. And I am working…I just am not being paid well for what I do. When people ask me what I do…I don’t say “Well nothing.” I respond “I am a freelance photographer.” So my goal really needs to be “Find a way to make money being a freelance photographer.”

I really have gotten tired of the commit “Well since you don’t work” or “You don’t have a job so you are free”...and that’s really not the case. I have a very busy calendar and the only thing that is missing is a paycheck that is worth taking to the bank.

Take more time for ourselves (read all 2 entries…)
well maybe

I am hoping to get away this weekend. This will be the one and ONLY weekend free for hubby and I until baseball ends. I really need some time away and opportunity to take pictures of something non-sport related. One set back…..hubby seems to be dragging his feet on where we should go. makes me wonder if he wants it as bad as I. So far every suggestion I have made has been met with resistance. sigh

Take more time for ourselves (read all 2 entries…)
Time For a Break

With basketball winding down here soon, hubby and I will have a few days (hopefully a little more) that won’t be so crazy. I hope we can take a few moments for ourselves as I believe we need it. Life has been too crazy for too long and he and I need to get acquainted once again.

Get my son's IEP to include more accomodations (read all 2 entries…)
Okay getting slowly to a point that I can check thins one off

Matt in the last couple months has not felt well and it has really affected his narcolepsy which in turn has brought down his grades. So with that in hand….we once again went to his school, to get him help in times like this. And yesterday….despite their resistance and arguing…..we accomplished two things. One…Matt will be able to have tests read to him when he feels the need. And two …he will be able to get teacher notes when he feels he needs it.

I am going to keep this on my goal lists because I know this will be revisited again.

Make more money doing my job! (read all 16 entries…)

Wouldn’t it be nice
1. if one could just wake up one day and have a job to go to. No more resumes, interviews, follow up calls and letters!
2. if I actually lived in a place where I could find an employer that could utilize my skills!
3. someone is willing to pay me for my time and hard work! No more of this pennies on the hour!

Get my son's IEP to include more accomodations (read all 2 entries…)
a glimmer of hope

Sometimes you must use things to your advantage. Matt in recent weeks has not been sleeping well or feeling well. All part of his narcolepsy. And as before…it has effected his grades. Now I don’t like to see him struggle. But because he is…..we are using this time to make a point and get him the help he so desperately needs. Next week Friday we have a meeting with his principle and teachers to see if we can finally get him more help. So….I am holding off on the mediation….until we see how this meeting goes. Doesn’t go well….I guess moving forward with mediation is the only option. Hang in there buddy… is on the way!

Make more money doing my job! (read all 16 entries…)

I am so sick of thinking about it, looking for it and no coming up with anything. I hate searching the newspaper each week to find nothing. I hate the interviews that get you no where. I hate needing a job…much less finding a job. It seems to be the story of my life. And I won’t to end this story in the coming weeks!

Qualify my son for an IEP using an OHI (read all 7 entries…)
rewriting this goal

This goal needs to be revisited under a new set of options.

decorate my new house (read all 3 entries…)
cut down our christmas tree today

but now it will be nearly impossible to all be around to decorate it. my family has just too many things going on. well at least the lights outdoors are hung.

Qualify my son for an IEP using an OHI (read all 7 entries…)
this goal will soon be checked off

Last week we met with the principal again and I think we are finally accomplishing everything we set out to accomplish. It seems now we just need to let him know what it is we believe Matt needs on his accomodations list. THis has been a very long and tough road that I don’t wish upon anyone.

Make more money doing my job! (read all 16 entries…)
no job yet

but I am subbing a little so that helps.

decorate my new house (read all 3 entries…)
Christmas decorating

Although I am a week early in getting this started….the weeks ahead are going to be a bit hetic and crazy so i decided to get started on this while I had a bit of time on my hands and a few hands to help me this week with the kids and my husband home. I am usually against Christmas before Thanksgiving but when I weigh my options in trying to decorate it later this week or next week…or give in to Christmas a little early…it seemed giving in to it early was the only option I had. Hopefully the family here at thanksgiving won’t be too alarmed…....(hey I won’t have the tree until after thanksgiving so I haven’t totally given in).

Shoot pictures against a green screen (read all 2 entries…)
well i could check this goal off

if only I could get the darn thing to arrive. It has been almost 3 weeks since I ordered it and still have yet to get the thing. EEERRR

have my own photography studio (read all 6 entries…)
The day is coming around

I know that I can do this. What I need is to figure out 1. how to get customers and 2. how to get my lights just right.

spend more time with my grandparents (read all 4 entries…)
Lunch with grandma

Yesterday I decided it was time once again to spend time with my grandmother. I watched the movie “Click” this week. And it got me thinking about how quickly time slips us by. I always say “Don’t blink because if you do your kids just may grow up.”

I had lunch with grandma and we spent time just talking. I also took our picture together. So she became my ‘picture of the day.’ Grandma looked good but it never takes much and she brings herself to tears. The last 3 times I have spent time with her she has cried. Her tears are about grandpa being gone and how she hopes she made good decisions when he died. She also cries about when they sold their home and the things she left to be sold in the auction. I don’t know if there is anything I can say or do to help her feel better. Maybe all she wants is someone to listen.

Become less inspired and more motivated (read all 2 entries…)
it is like a boat on dry land!

the quote goes…”ambition without knowledge is like a boat on dry land.”

But I am changing the quote to “inspiration without movitation is like a boat on dry land.”

Shoot pictures against a green screen (read all 2 entries…)
New digital world

Is now allowing me to have hudreds of backdrops without having a lot of money to spend. ALl I need is a green screen and the patience to learn how to do this.

Make more money doing my job! (read all 16 entries…)
mailed yet another resume

There are few jobs available where I live that I find would inspire my skills and experience. But when I do find one….I send out my resume and wait for a call.

For the first time in a few weeks there is one in the paper. This one is a temporary (eeerr) and part time (eeerr) position that I would be teaching (yippy) safety (not sure what they mean by safety) in area schools (yippy). Maybe this is as close as it gets right now. Either way… is at least something to apply for.

Qualify my son for an IEP using an OHI (read all 7 entries…)
Step 101

Today Matt went back to his doctor and we successfully were able to get his medication changed so that he fights the sleep disorder less. We also discussed with his doctor the need for his help in getting Matt more help at school. When we talked about the road blocks we have encountered time and time again, he promised he would do all that he can to help Matt and help with getting him the academic support he needs. So he will be sending a letter again to the school…outlining Matt’s sleep disorder and how it effects him and how a school can help him with succeeding.

So….hopefully this will be the final step in getting to the help we have been seeking for so very long now.

take my self portrait
First try

Not bad for the first try. Next time i am going to at least give a little smirk. The hardest part in taking it was 1. getting myself in the center of the photo and 2. getting myself in place before the camera shot the picture.

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