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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learn how to properly self-examine my breasts and do it regularly.


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Geo58I posted this information on my web blog today

My G Spot under “Sites I enjoy”

Found at National Breast Cancer Foundation

Please Note: Breast Examination – either by self, or a doctor – is seldom done correctly. The main problem being time – each breast should take 20 mins for a full and proper examnation, and yes, there will be a degree of pain and discomfort.
Most examinations are over in less than 5 mins – this isn’t good enough, and women need to know they have the right to request a comprehensive examination.
Thanks Gemmword for the update 7 years ago

Geo58October is Breast Cancer Prevention Month.

One way of prevention is the self examination of the breasts.

National Breast Cancer Foundation

How to Perform A Breast Self Exam7 years ago

FlashThe shower mirror helped

I’m marking this done—I do it almost every time I shower now. 7 years ago

FlashTask: Buy shower mirror

If I had a mirror in the shower, how could I do anything but look at my breasts? I’ll put this on my to-do list for this weekend. 7 years ago

FlashCrazy idea

What if I just tried to do this every single time I take a shower, instead of struggling to remember to do it once a month at the proper time? That way it would become a habit and I would probably do it without even thinking about it after a few weeks.

Now I get those email reminders, but I don’t usually read my email naked. And the next time I am naked, I have long forgotten the email. 7 years ago

FlashPersonal Challenge: I will do this every month for the next 3 months

Or else I’ll take part in the Breast Cancer walk to raise money for breast cancer research. The registration deadline is May 9th.

I’ve done this twice in the year since I made this goal. (That’s up from probably never for several years before that!) But a couple of times a year is not good enough! Breast cancer runs in my family, and I need to let go of the denial of my own mortality or whatever it is that’s stopping me from doing this.

Maybe I should do the Breast Cancer Walk anyway… but then what kind of consequence is it? 7 years ago

FlashDid it again!

At the right time of the month this time. Now I’ll set my reminders to come monthly and when I see them I will OBEY. 8 years ago

FlashFound myself in front of the mirror yesterday

in a state of partial undress… and suddenly I was reminded of all those reminder emails I’ve been ignoring for the last 6 months, telling me to do my BSE. (I guess they’re working!)

So I did it! For the first time in many years! It was a little anticlimactic, after all that melodramatic procrastinating. It wasn’t that bad. But I didn’t feel certain I would catch something if it was there. I know, I know, I need to do it regularly so I’ll know what’s normal, and then I’ll notice if I see something NOT normal. 8 years ago

FlashDespite all the entries I have made for this goal

I have yet to do it even once. 8 years ago

FlashHey, I could use the auto reminders for more than feeling guilty!

Here is the new text for my monthly auto-reminder on this goal:

My vibrant Flash,

It’s time to show yourself how much you love and treasure your health and your body and this precious life: it’s time to spend a few minutes of quality time with your breasts. You can do it!

Your past self 8 years ago

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