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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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is busy learning what it means to be an urban homesteader!

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own a farm
Ready to look

I’ll be getting my pre-approval on Monday so I’ll know what my range is and I already have one place I like that I’ll be looking further into. The search has begun :D

Read a book a month in 2014 (read all 4 entries…)

I’ve been doing quite well with this one and really enjoy making time to read again. A couple of these were audiobooks that have been helping during weekend drives.

5. Hunger Games
6. Catching Fire
7. Mockingjay
8. Divergent
9. Insurgent
10. Allegiant
11. Folks, This Ain’t Normal

lose 100 pounds (read all 2 entries…)
Checkin 2

25.2 down…slowly but surely

lose 100 pounds (read all 2 entries…)
Checking #1

Down 11.6 so far…not doing too bad. Most of it was due to a horrid stomach flu though.

go geocaching (read all 2 entries…)

I’ve done 2 already this spring…I’m really enjoying this!

cross stitch (read all 4 entries…)

Turned out wonderfully! I’m about 1/3 of the way through my 2nd project right now.

Read a book a month in 2014 (read all 4 entries…)

Enders Game
World War Z

Read a book a month in 2014 (read all 4 entries…)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life

go fishing
Dreaming of warm days on the water (while it sleets outside :D)

I’ve been working on ways to provide more of my own food, and filling the freezer with fish is one of the ways I’m planning on doing it. I’ve always been catch and release but last fall I learned to fillet and brought my first fish home. Looking forward to lots of days on the lake this year.

run a 5k
Growing Power Good Food Revolution 5K Walk/Run‏

I haven’t done a 5K before, but Growing Power announced they are doing one in May…so I signed up right away and fired up my Zombies Run 5K training app. I just finished workout 2 (day 3) and so far so good. I’m sure I won’t be able to run it, but just finishing my first one with some jogging will be an accomplishment for me.

Read a book a month in 2014 (read all 4 entries…)

Just finished Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World

cross stitch (read all 4 entries…)
Only 3 sections left!

go geocaching (read all 2 entries…)
Got started

I fell into geocacheing late in fall and absolutely love the idea of getting out for more hikes and discovering new parks. I made 20 finds before the snow started falling and this goal is to keep it going in 2014.

not spend ANY money for one month (read all 2 entries…)

I made it until the 22nd this month. I ran out of rabbit feed early because the babies are so wasteful…I should have had at least another months worth if they weren’t dumping half of it into the dro pan. And when I ran out for feed I found camo was 50% off and hunting a goal for next year so I went for it.

I plan to get cheese and sour cream, which should be all I need to give it another try next month.

I’m really very happy with putting aside extra money this month…December is certainly not a saving month normally!

Go hunting

I picked up some camo this week when I found a 50% off sale. I’ll be able to borrow a rifle, and my friend offered me use of their hunting land when she heard I was a newbie. They got it for duck, geese, and deer. So things are coming right along. Ammo and a blaze jacket may well be all I really need at this point.

cross stitch (read all 4 entries…)
Two more sections down

find a godly husband
Ready to look

I’ve finally started looking for a partner. I am an introvert and “less experienced in life” than most others. I knew I would need more time than others to “find myself” so I didn’t rush into things like most of my friends did as youngsters. As I watch them all change and divorce, I’m glad I took the long route. I know who I am now and that I’m interested in a farming/homesteading lifestyle. The person I’m looking for now is a totally different man than I would have chosen then. You really can’t find the right one for you, until you find you first.

I’ve started praying for a husband and joined farmersonly this week as a possible option for finding someone like me. We’ll see!

not spend ANY money for one month (read all 2 entries…)

I am planning not to spend any unnecessary money next month. My only expenditures will be for bills and the mortgage.

This week I did the planning and got the couple things I would need to make it through. I got new winter boots because I outgrew my old ones, picked up feed and hay for the rabbits, and got a case of wet food for the cats. Since it’ll cover Christmas I also got gift cards for my co-workers.

Food is covered because I did lots of canning and dehydrating this summer. I keep stock of dry goods and have enough meat and fish in the freezer. I’ve always been in the habit of keeping extra household necessities and toiletries.

So…I’m all set to start on Sunday. I’ve done this before and found staying out of the stores made a world of difference in keeping on budget and helped me make use of what I have on hand. I’ve got lots of saving goals right now as I recover my finances after a tough year, so putting extra in savings will help me lots.

Install new flooring
Update Sunroom

When I moved into this house, all of the carpeting was in poor shape…and everything was carpeted…even the bathroom and kitchen. I took care of those two rooms first, because that’s just gross. Next in line is the sunroom.

I’ve been using it as a rabbitry (there’s a 3rd cage on top of these, so it houses this boy, his “wife”, and their 5 kids). And I can’t run a vacuum in there, as it would terrify the poor things. I have a mat immediately under the cages and sweep regularly, but…I need to find something that will be easy to clean, as the rabbits love to throw water and hay and generally mess up the joint.

learn to sew
First steps

I’ve gotten a start on this one already. I’ve picked up some fabric and patterns during sales, and got a super nice pair of scissors with a coupon. I’m learning on my old Singer 66 treadle. It was a craigslist find being sold for just $20, and all it needed was a good tuneup.

It didn’t come with any attachments but I managed to find some on ebay, including this rolled hemmer.

And it turned out GREAT. I’ve done this skirt and 2 tiered skirts now and hope to work on some more this winter.

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