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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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Run (read all 2 entries…)
5k Number 1

Ran it in 33.32 minutes, which isn’t so bad considering that when I was in college I ran one in 32 minutes. Another one this weekend, but I’ve been sick and not running, so we’ll see how it goes.

Switch to reusable shopping bags for groceries (read all 3 entries…)
I used it!

Only once so but that’s better than nothing I guess. I just keep forgetting. I did put it back in my car though, so it could happen again.

do yoga regularly (read all 2 entries…)

I’ve recently been going to weekly yoga class with a friend. I would love to do it more but there’s just no time (full time jobs + grad school). So I’m just glad that I found the commitment to go at least this much. The teacher is wonderful and it’s so relaxing, which I need. It’s also cheap (donation) and it’s only about an hour long class, so I don’t have to panic about wasting homework time. Perfect!

look at my bank account every day (read all 2 entries…)
No longer necessary

I’ve cooled my spending enough to consider this goal complete

get a masters degree
M. Ed.

I’m in my first term now and it should take me about a year and half from here. Away we go

donate $10 to a charity every month (read all 2 entries…)
February & March

Seacoast Family Food Pantry- I’ve been low on cash lately so I thought I was going to have to abandon this goal, but I just signed up for a 5k that donates $20 to the Food Pantry. So that takes care of this month and last month. 5ks may be the key to this goal.

go to grad school (read all 2 entries…)
Accepted, Registered and Financed

I just need to return a few forms, buy some books and go to class.

Make it through a full round of my chore chart
Experiment Successful

It took about a month and a half to do everything on the list but it’s been helpful. I’ve organized several things that are already a mess again, but that was expected because that’s who I am. I took inventory of what I have and what I can get rid of and what spaces are open for storage. And now I’m going to go through it all again and this time it should be quicker and easier because it’s already been done.

Did more things get cleaned/organized more often? Yes. Was it very stressful for me? No. I call it a success.

Switch to reusable shopping bags for groceries (read all 3 entries…)
I put one in my car!

... so that’s a start.

Make my makeup

All the recipes I found for blush/bronzer/eyeshadow etc. had arrowroot flour or cornstarch as a base, which I wasn’t too excited about putting on my face, so I didn’t rush out to get any. But! In a comment for one of the recipes they suggested colloidal oatmeal as a base and I think that makes much more sense. So as soon as I can grab some I’ll be on my way.

Finish building my 3-D Printer

I just finished buying the remainder of my parts, I think. It hurt my wallet, but by mid-February or March at the latest, I should have a somewhat functioning 3-D printer!

donate $10 to a charity every month (read all 2 entries…)

Environmental Working Group- I love them for their work with pesticides, gmos and skin care products. Also, if you donated $10, they gave you a dirty dozen/clean fifteen bag tag, which dovetails nicely with my goals of buying the dirty dozen organic and reusing grocery bags. Perfect!

Implement Serious Cooking Sunday (read all 2 entries…)
I found some time!

Even though I had friends visiting today, I got a lot done on my SCS, which is good because I’ve skipped several weeks. Not only did I do some prep work by soaking some red beans to throw in the crock-pot tomorrow, but I did some diy natural stuff too; pretty good combo. First, I made some hard lotion bars, which was surprisingly easy! I already started using one and it’s great. Then I made another batch of toothpaste because I ran out earlier this week. And I finished up by reworking my facial oil to include some of the new vitamin e oil. Whoo hoo! I was also going to make disposable cleaning wipes (to wean roommates off of clorox wipes), but we still a have a bunch left and I think I could find a better container. So I’ll save that until next week, that and crock pot lasagna!(and maybe so kidney bean prep if I’m feeling excitable).

look at my bank account every day (read all 2 entries…)

If the point of this is to guilt myself, then it’s working beautifully. But so far the guilt has no slowed down my spending. Though, I did treat my boyfriend to a birthday weekend, so maybe now I’ll be able to reel myself in.

Learn Spanish (read all 2 entries…)
Going to Costa Rica in a month and a half

Sooo, I really have to speed up on this.

Switch to reusable shopping bags for groceries (read all 3 entries…)

Today I organized under my kitchen sink, where the plastic bags go, and I was shocked. At first, I thought maybe they looked like a lot because they were just thrown in there. Nope, there’s a ton. I do use them for the bathroom trash and the occasional dog bag, but this is ridiculous. I know I have some reusable bags somewhere. Finding them will be one thing, putting them somewhere useful will be quite another…

Use only non-toxic cleaners
Branch Basics!

This is my new favorite thing! It’s a soap concentrate and as far as I can tell it will clean anything, has nothing toxic (just ingrediants, no health warning label) and it’s biodegradable. Who could ask for more? As soon as I finish all my other cleaners, I’m only using this.

Run (read all 2 entries…)
I ran three days this week

And two days in a row… and I didn’t even throw up!

Make a chore rotation chart for myself
Made it

But I’m not going to let myself check this off until I actually get started on it because I’m procrastinating. After I do 3 things on it, on more than 1 day, then I’ll count this complete.

do yoga regularly (read all 2 entries…)
Easy does it

For now, I’m going to define “regularly” as twice a week.

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