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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I'm doing 29 things

Tink's Life List

  1. 1. Renew my passport.
    1 entry . 36 cheers
    228 people
  2. 2. Eat healthier foods.
    2 entries . 35 cheers
    82 people
  3. 3. Get more exercise.
    9 entries . 42 cheers
    336 people
  4. 4. Keep up with my sparkpeople logs.
    2 entries . 19 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. Lose 10 pounds (again--7 times).
    6 entries . 11 cheers
    1 person
  6. 6. Lose this extra weight.
    3 entries . 16 cheers
    21 people
  7. 7. Implement GTD.
    8 entries . 27 cheers
    426 people
  8. 8. Find a balance between the things I want to do and the things I need to do.
    1 entry . 91 cheers
    2,325 people
  9. 9. Get rid of all my remaining clutter.
    27 entries . 70 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. Clean my closet.
    9 entries . 42 cheers
    118 people
  11. 11. Sort 5 bags or boxes a week.
    1 entry . 45 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. Turn my porch into a porch again.
    3 entries . 50 cheers
    1 person
  13. 13. Organize my finances.
    2 entries . 20 cheers
    330 people
  14. 14. Do my taxes.
    1 entry . 12 cheers
    161 people
  15. 15. Complete my 2006 taxes.
    1 entry . 19 cheers
    2 people
  16. 16. Paint my apartment.
    2 entries . 32 cheers
    76 people
  17. 17. Practice tai chi.
    2 entries . 53 cheers
    120 people
  18. 18. Go horseback riding.
    1 entry . 25 cheers
    623 people
  19. 19. Learn how to make soup.
    1 entry . 50 cheers
    3 people
  20. 20. Fund 43 microloans through
    3 entries . 21 cheers
    46 people
  21. 21. Replace my lost SIN.
    1 entry . 12 cheers
    1 person
  22. 22. Organize my photos.
    1 entry . 12 cheers
    1,253 people
  23. 23. Scan all my old photographs.
    1 entry . 30 cheers
    247 people
  24. 24. Copy my vinyl records to CD.
    3 entries . 26 cheers
    4 people
  25. 25. Learn Spanish.
    5 entries . 18 cheers
    18,259 people
  26. 26. Learn to play a musical instrument.
    4 entries . 38 cheers
    733 people
  27. 27. Knit a shawl.
    1 entry . 25 cheers
    19 people
  28. 28. Review my temporarily postponed goals regularly.
    2 entries . 19 cheers
    1 person
  29. 29. Use the Pomodoro Technique to do work.
    2 cheers
    2 people
Recent entries
Observe National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week Sept 9-15 and Encourage Others to Join Me
I did this (but not here)

I’ve been on hiatus from 43T for quite a while. Nothing bad happened: I just got somewhat overwhelmed, and what online energy I had went into some Facebook support groups as well as local face-to-face volunteering.

I definitely observed Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. I posted about it before, during, and after to my entire group of FB friends, who include former colleagues and clients, other members of associations in which I’m active, people I know only online (a few crossovers from my more active 43T days, plus folks I cyber-met via the above-mentioned FB support groups, online Scrabble, etc.), and the usual coterie of close offline friends, neighbours, and people from high school with whom I’ve reconnected.

I also posted about it within several of those FB support groups. I actively follow and participate in about half a dozen of these. Some are open to anyone affected by chronic illness in general, and others are populated by folks with the same condition and/or surgery that I have had (for me, Crohn’s – an inflammatory bowel disease – for 30-odd years, and, since late 2007, a permament ileostomy).

In some ways, on my FB feed, every week is Invisible Illness Awareness Week. It’s not the only thing I post about by a long shot: my FB friends get a mix of grammar jokes, funny sayings, articles about things I know will interest a significant subgroup of them, and so on. I don’t even post every day about either chronic illness generally or the conditions I have. (I may be posting about these topics multiple times a day, but not on my main News Feed/Timeline—just in the largely Closed support groups where those are the main topics of discussion.) Nevertheless, on my main feed, I doubt that a week will go by without at least a passing mention that makes clear my involvement with and passion for this topic: for instance, a status line may describe whatever volunteering I’m doing that week (and virtually all of what I do is for health-related causes or organizations like giving a presentation on behalf of the Canadian Diabetes Association, working at the information desk at a local hospital that specializes in complex chronic care, or serving as a peer leader for a workshop on learning to live well with chronic illness or chronic pain).

I’m still keeping my Facebook and 43T accounts separate. That may merely be a holdover from before I retired, when I didn’t necessarily want to be completely open about my health issues (or some of the other things I’ve worked on or discussed on 43T) with everyone in my business circles. (This was before it was possible to separate Facebook friends into different lists, and then post certain items only to, say, Personal Friends or People I Know from Ostomy Toronto.)

Now I’m much more of an open book; there seems no further need to hide at least my health status from anyone. Still, I’m not yet sure whether I want to link the two accounts. My 43T identity is not widely known among my non-43T friends, even the ones I’m closest to. And for now, I think I’ll keep it that way. There’d be no going back if I linked the two and then realized that that was ill-advised. I may not have been active on 43T for a while, but I don’t want to have to delete my account. There’s a significant four- or five-year history here for me, chronicling lots of events and changes that took place after I had the ileostomy surgery. And I might yet decide that Facebook isn’t serving me in all the ways that the 43T community did—at which point I’d want the option to come back for sure.

Hello to whoever may still be among my subscribers. And thank you/congratulations/felicitations to those who started and/or joined this goal—those I know (Poetry Man, Sherlock, gemmword2, HippieChick2, Ru) and those I don’t (yet) know.


Make clear to anyone who reads this list that the weird wording and cursing in my goals has been added because it's now required in order to protect my privacy here.
If I understand correctly... 43T’s latest new feature works, the only way to prevent indiscriminate sharing of my goals (and presumably the related entries, comments, and photos) is to make sure every goal contains either a vulgarity (e.g., goddamn – because apparently “damn” alone isn’t strong enough – or ass) or the number 43.

I can’t claim to understand the Robots’ reasoning in adding this feature, but it’s their site, so it’s their right.

I’m certainly grateful that there’s a way to opt out. (Sadly, I understand that until the new feature was tweaked thusly, a number of active 43Ters chose to delete their accounts rather than risk having sensitive goals and entries exposed inappropriately.) But the workaround sure seems kludge-y, to say nothing of how counterproductive it is in creating community: whereas my original goals (e.g., “Get rid of all my clutter”) were also listed by other people, and we could easily see and comment on each other’s entries, each of the reworded goals is mine alone.


January Boot Camp - 10 new successes
I may start this one early...

...or, then again, maybe not. We’ll see.

After a sedentary autumn (due to illness), I want to focus my January energy on beginning to build my activity levels back up to where I was last summer – and eventually beyond.

For winter cardio, I have my walking video and the great little 10-minute exercise videos on I can also just dance around my living room whenever the spirit moves me. (And if Santa’s good to me, I may even have a Dancing with the Stars exercise video featuring the delicious Maksim. Mmmmmotivation City!)

For strength training, I can do the little routine I cobbled together on SP (which doesn’t hurt my knees). And I recently bought an exercise ball and a proper resistance-band kit, so I can vary those exercises to prevent boredom.

Being the Queen of the Mini-Goals, I plan to start very very very slowly so that I can give myself some small victories right away (as well as avoiding injury/exhaustion from overdoing things).

First full week of January:
  • Log at least one (and no more than two) cardio session(s): minimum 10 minutes, maximum 10 minutes for high-intensity activities and 15 minutes for cardio-level walking
  • Log at least one (and no more than two, with at least one day off in between) strength session, using last summer’s routine and trying for 10 reps of each exercise (which takes about 20 minutes, if I recall correctly)
  • Blow up and admire exercise ball
  • Look up 10 strength exercises I can do with my new equipment
  • Create a 10-song exercise playlist
Second week of January:
  • Log at least two (and no more than three) cardio sessions (maximum 30 minutes at a time of walking or 10-15 minutes of higher-intensity activity – e.g., kickboxing)
  • Try at least 5 of the 10 new strength exercises I learned last week, during at least two (and no more than three, with at least one day off after each) strength sessions
Third and fourth weeks of January:
  • Log cardio minutes on at least 10 days (aim: at least 60 minutes per week)
  • Log 6 more strength-training sessions (maximum every 2 days, 20 to 30 minutes each), during which I try the other 5 new strength exercises
And just so that I have 10 mini-goals for the month:
  • Go to at least one of the three local contra dances scheduled for January 9, 23, and 30, and dance at least 3 dances (each of which lasts 10 or more minutes, at a pace roughly that of a fast walk), sitting out at least one dance after each

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