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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Ayla's Life List

  1. 1. Travel the world
    1 cheer
    21,175 people
  2. 2. see the northern lights
    19,115 people
  3. 3. Learn to surf
    1 cheer
    8,132 people
  4. 4. learn to ride a horse
    705 people
  5. 5. learn Swahili
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    228 people
  6. 6. Become a computer programmer
    4 entries
    31 people
  7. 7. Save $3000
    2 entries
    57 people
  8. 8. save $1500
    3 entries
    27 people
  9. 9. Improve my French
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    1,441 people
  10. 10. run two or more miles three times a week
    1 entry
    76 people
  11. 11. learn xml
    1 entry
    104 people
  12. 12. move to hawaii
    289 people
  13. 13. Visit Australia
    2,841 people
  14. 14. LEARN CSS
    443 people
  15. 15. run a 5k
    1 cheer
    2,783 people
  16. 16. Swim with dolphins
    1 cheer
    8,291 people
  17. 17. save lives
    139 people
  18. 18. Learn Chinese
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    2,655 people
  19. 19. Learn calculus
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    236 people
  20. 20. Save Darfur
    1 entry
    66 people
  21. 21. Buy a house
    1 cheer
    14,074 people
  22. 22. Go into space
    365 people
  23. 23. Start my own business
    1 cheer
    9,325 people
  24. 24. study tai chi
    21 people
  25. 25. climb mountains
    82 people
  26. 26. Visit Alaska
    1 entry
    839 people
  27. 27. Climb Mt. Kilamanjaro
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    65 people
  28. 28. adopt a Greyhound
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    85 people
  29. 29. wake board
    1 entry
    8 people
  30. 30. see a glacier
    42 people
  31. 31. scuba dive
    2,504 people
  32. 32. save more money
    1 entry
    3,056 people

How I did it
How to lose 50 pounds
It took me
2 years
It made me
200lbs ---> 145lbs!

How to run an 8 minute mile
It took me
90 days
It made me

How to run a 9 minute mile
It took me
4 weeks
It made me

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Recent entries
go back to college (read all 5 entries…)
A.S. Degree in "General Studies"

Stop laughing! It’s better than nothing! Once I get my life straightened out with regards to the Coast Guard I can look into online programs for my Bachelors.

Improve my French (read all 2 entries…)

A great (and free!) Resource for learning French as well as Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and German. Personally I’m working on improving both Spanish and French and maybe moving on to Portuguese.

Join the Coast Guard (read all 3 entries…)
Somewhat complete: Currently in paperwork limbo

This was something that I’ve wanted to do since I was 17. I actually went to MEPS five years ago when I was 21 but I was rejected due to being overweight. at 5’3” 200 lbs was 40 pounds over the maximum, and realistically 65lbs overweight. So I gave up on it for awhile.

Then for some reason when I was 24 I got my butt kicked into gear. I went vegetarian, lost 45 pounds, went back to school and finished my associates and got myself all but $1000 out of debt. Everything was going well for me except my situation at work. So after a particularly bad argument with my boss, I printed out the application for enlistment and sent it in. When I went back to MEPS I was actually expecting to fail, but I made weight within 5 pounds.

Four months later I’m just waiting for the credit check to go through and I’ll have a ship date.

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