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.

Export My Content
28 people want to do this.

Live like a pioneer! Off-the-grid, organic gardening, home canning my own vegetables, using a modern composting toliet, washing laundry by hand, making everything I use myself, in a log cabin (the whole shebang!)


People doing this

See everyone

Recent activity

SolarKingMikeI want to build man powered generator

I wanna find all the parts i need to build man powered generator anyone who has this information for the parts I NEED please send me notes. Thanks! Mike 4 years ago


I have always felt I don’t belong in this world. Call me crazy. I would give anything to have the chance to live off the land, even if I fail. I work in the corp. world of banking, have 5 wonderful children and 1 grand daugther, yet It still doesn’t feel right. My husband laughs at me. Growing up, we had large gardens, and I learned how to can at a young age. I love the simple things in life, what mother nature allows and peace, and quiet. I love hard work and getting my hands dirty. I almost feel alone in this world. Would love to know if anyone feels the same, and if anyone has any clue how to acheive this. 4 years ago


Maybe not this full version, but at least have my own place (an Earthship!), grow my food (Permaculture), save rainwater, compost my waste, and have solar energy. 4 years ago

17507living like a pioneer

when i grew up i always wanted to do this. i always thought it would be so fun to make,raise,and grow everything by hand. 5 years ago

blakelyjaqWe're trying

We’ve got the land, got a road into our building site…now just need the building and we can move! Will be looking at ways to be completely self sufficient.

Jackie 6 years ago

IaliuxhI don't get into the consumerism of Christmas...

In August, I start working on making Christmas presents. I make over 120 presents. First, I make sterling silver earrings for each of my volunteers. They work hard and give a lot of their personal time to make blankets for children in need here on Manitoulin Island. It is my job not only to organize them, but to encourage them. I like to remind them that making a blanket for a child is a way to express their creative side and if it doesn’t turn out well, then at least a precious child will treasure it and not notice the mistakes. This idea works really well for those of us who are prefectionist. With each pair of earrings, I remind the individual that they are not obligated to wear them or even keep them. They are welcome to pass them on to someone who will treasure them. Encouraging recycling is a good thing!

Next I make hand knit socks and mitts for my loved ones. I usually make a couple hand knit baby cardigns for friends who are expecting. I make one queen sized quilt a year usually for a newly divorced or single friend in the hopes that they find someone to share it with.

I make lots of jars of jelly, usually apple. To give away to neighbors and friends in the local community. I give away canned tomatoes. I volunteer time at the local food bank. I pick a couple of kids, usually boys 5 to 8, who are in foster care and I make them a treasure box. I hand make a wood box, and I fill it with treasures. Polish rocks, local fossils, sand dollars from the Pacific Ocean, color crayons, a pad of paper, a deck of cards, and a book that I write and illustrate about how you can find little treasures in the world outside. In my opinion, it seems like kids don’t get outside enough.

This year, I made a sterling silver necklace for a raffle. I usually sell it for about $300.00, so it is a nice, nice raffle item. I made a scarf for someone. I made some bars of soap, using lye. I pass on some of my old books to people I know like to read. I drive 3 hours one way to the city to donate blood at the Red Cross and make a cash donation. I gather food for the food bank and used clothing in my community and make a drop off at the Salvation Army.

And finally, I give experiences instead of stuff. I spend time with my friends and with my community, having home cooked meals. I write letters to people who live too far away to visit. I sing and dance and just have a lovely time. Out of my own pocket, I spend maybe $50.00 on gas. That is my Christmas budget. There is no fighting crowds, trying to shop for that perfect gift.

I do what I can to help locally and think globally. 9 years ago

IaliuxhLive the Nearing Life! The Nearing Life?

Scott and Helen Nearing. Back to basics, homesteading, living off the land. Solar panels, composting toliet, wood stove. All that good stuff! I bought my land 2 years ago, with an older small cottage (600 sq ft). People really do not need such huge houses. The one I bought is the smallest I could find in the area. Half of it was built in 1898, I believe originally it was used as a hunting cabin. The other half was added on in about 1948 and was used as a summer cottage.

I started an organic garden, subscribe to Backwoods Home Magazine. I do lots of canning and food preservation, recycling, knitting, do-it-yourself home repairs, community volunteer projects.

I bought my composting toliet from Envirolet.

I run a few appliances and electronics off-the-grid using solar panels. I also sell electricity back to the government. What is using electricity in my house: water pump (for the well), lights, laptop computer, refridgerator, stovetop (just the burners, not an oven), microwave.

Yes, I do laundry by hand, use a hand crank wringer and hang to dry. I recommend

Backwoods Home is an excellant magazine to find out how to live like a pioneer in the modern world. 9 years ago

See more:   Entries


I want to:
43 Things Login