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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.

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compile a cookbook
I'm cheating

I told my mother that I was starting to collect recipes for a cookbook that I was making when she informed me that she had already been making me one and that it was supposed to be a surprise. opps. lol

once my mother is finished i will add to it as the years go on, but I think I can excuse myself fromthis one in good conscience.

exercise daily (read all 2 entries…)
Starting My Schedual

Alright. I love to sit and plan things. I’m a list maker, which probobly doesn’t mean much to you unless you yourself are a list maker as well. So, I’m planning my walk schedual, exact goals and times and all that stuff.
This is what I have so far:
I know that I am about 90 lbs overweight, according to most charts. My BMI is at 40.8 which is obviously in the obesity catagory. Though even my doctor thinks I only look about 50 lbs overweight until I step on the scale, I know that my body and heart can tell the differance, and that being only 22 years old, I should be living this part of my life to the fullest.
While I have other goals of eating healty, and drinking water, and what not to help me loose this weight, but I think this goal more than anything else will be a huge part in helping me get there. My husband
Being over weight effects my confidence. I’m quieter, and I know that I let people run over me because of this.
I would like to weigh 130lbs. Right now I’m at 216.4lbs. I don’t have a goal as to when this should be done, becuase often, when I don’t reach that goal on time, I get discouraged and quit. So this time, I won’t set a specific deadline. I relize that at times I will stay even for a bit, but my goal will be to loose 1-2 lbs every week. I know that if I loose the weight too fast, there is a chance that I will gain it back quickly.
My aprtment complex has a circumfrence of about a half mile (clocked it on my way home in my car). About a week ago I started walking at least a mile, and sometimes two. I would like to start doing this every day. I need to research the best methods for walking (what’s too much, what isn’t enough, how often, how fast)...mostly because I like to know every aspect of something that I’m dealing with and need to engross myself in a project so that I can turn this into a habit where it’s second nature.
My husband is vegitarian (I am not) and has recently been diagnosed with type II diabetes. So that combined with my desire to loose weight, all the food in the house is the healthiest I’ve ever seen. But since my husband (who also needs to loose about 90) has started eating right and exersizing with me, he has lost about 9lbs in the past 2 weeks!
I want to have kids some day, I don’t want them having a fat mommy.
I promise myself that I am going to do at least a mile of walking a day until it is routine (which according to the different things I’ve read should take about 40 days), and then I will move on from there to working out…and brush off the dust from the gym membership I paid for in advance and never used. sigh :)

get engaged to the love of my life (read all 2 entries…)
January 17th 2008

Outside of the ER.

live in Yellow Springs

no longer interested

buy new clothes

So…I’ve been making a good amount of money lately, but so many things keep comming up that I never want to buy for myself. Not only that I keep gaingin weight and feel that it is not responsible to buy me something that may not fit in a few months…
so my mother took my out and bought me 2 pants and 5 shirts, 6 undies, and a new pair of shoes. I’ve never felt so confident in years. I haven’t had new clothes since…junior year of Hich School…and I’m 21! I want to loose weight, and buy more! muah ha ha ha ha!

Lose 70 pounds (read all 2 entries…)

now i have to joind the “lose 80 lbs”... :(

have hair like shakira
I cut it all off

My hair can’t handel that kind of stress. It ruins it!

find a religion that suits me
Beleif O' Matic

Is amazing! I took it and got a bunch of new religions I have never heard of. I had been looking at Bah’i, but the others sound so much closer to what I beleive:
1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (99%)
3. Mahayana Buddhism (95%)
4. Sikhism (95%)
5. New Age (91%)
6. Hinduism (91%)
7. Liberal Quakers (89%)
8. Jainism (89%)
9. New Thought (84%)
10. Reform Judaism (84%)
11. Theravada Buddhism (84%)
12. Scientology (81%)
13. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (68%)
14. Orthodox Judaism (64%)
15. Bahá’í Faith (64%)
16. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (58%)
17. Taoism (57%)
18. Orthodox Quaker (54%)
19. Islam (51%)
20. Secular Humanism (48%)
21. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (34%)
22. Seventh Day Adventist (30%)
23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (24%)
24. Jehovah’s Witness (24%)
25. Nontheist (23%)
26. Eastern Orthodox (20%)
27. Roman Catholic (20%)

get over the past

The reason I know that I have met this goal is because over the last few months I have forgiven, been forgiven and am OK with what has happened to me.

I don’t hurt anymore from it and feel free and able to look towards the future.

keep in contact with my friends

I’ve made a better attepmpt at keeping in touch with old friends and whatnot through myspace and facebook and a few calls here and there. I don’t know how I could say that I’ve met this goal since it’s a process with no real way to prove that I met or did not make this goal, so I’m going to go ahead and say that I have suceeded on the grounds that I am now trying harder and am getting responces regularly and more often then before. I will continue to do this.

move out (read all 2 entries…)
woo hoo!

Ok, so my boyfriend and I have moved out into an aparment. It’s kinda small but VERY well furnished as we have been buying funiture, appliances, decor, etc. since March 2007. We put a lot of thought and effort into this move and even as I’m writing this I still have few boxes to unpack (we moved in on Saturday and it is now Wednesday), but it is already obvous how nice it’s going to look.
We love being th only ones who live here, and the freedom that comes with that.

do something with my hair
Cut off 8"

Now I’m much more apt to do something with it then just tie it in a bun. I’ve always liked my hair, but now that I hacked off a bucnch of it it’s easier to manamge and takes 5 minutes to make it look really cute rather than 20. I’ll post pics later, once I get one taken of the new do’ :D I did however take a pi with me of how I wanted my hair to be cut. The pic of the girl is what we were going for. I LOVE IT!

get a better job
I was wrong

It wasn’t hte job…although there are many things I still don’t like about it. As it turns out, there were a lot of issues that I had to solve in terms of maturity and working. All my life I’ve had things done for me and this job has made me earn my own…even though a few co-workers and I bump heads, I think I would stand to stay with this job till I graduate from college. It is after all only a job. It’s the dues I have to pay to bea able to afford school and likewise to get he education so I can get a job I WANT and LIKE. lol.

teach someone to drive

my fiancee and i are both 21. in ohio, when you’re 15 1/2 you can pay $200 for classes get you parents to sign that you have drove with them for 60+ hours in various conditions and then take the test when you’re 16 OR you can wait till you’re 18 and take the test. i’m lazy, I waited till I was 18. at least i thought i was bad…

my fiancee is 21 and has never gotten his licence. he has no car. now don’t get confused, he works 40 hours a week and supprots his mother and younger brother financially. he makes pretty good money and has a nice apartment and nice funature and everything like that…he just never bothered learning how to drive. His job is in walking distance from the house, and his mom does errands for grocery and the like.

I have to teach him before we get married. It’s very important to me that he at least have his licence…it’s difficult being the one who has to drive. not that i mind, i just would like him to have that sort of indepence. we move out together October 1st and I really want him to be driving before then. I’ve been taking him out here and there since March but now I think that I really have to buckle down and get this going.

1/2 hour everyday regaurdless of conditions, tiredness, or laziness.

Lose 70 pounds (read all 2 entries…)
Change in groups

I left the lose weight goal to be apart of this one of losing 70 lbs. because it gives me better definition of when i have acheived my goal. Plus it’s super annoying when one is trying to lose 70 and there is some girl talking baout how miserable she is because she needs to lose 7 lbs.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t STARTED started yet. Right now I’m making a few changes every week (no more pop, start biking 1/2 hour a day, no more eating at work [I work at Cracker Barrel Resteraunt] etc…) When I actually do start I lose weight fairly quickly but get discouraged/bored/emotional and lose the whole thing once i tire of it.

The good/bad news is that I can’t get any heavier unless I become pregnant because I’ve been this big for a while and haven’t budged either way…but that of course also makes it bad.

So for now I’m making little changes instead of doing away with everything at once so I don’t “shock” myself and make me not want to continue.

exercise daily (read all 2 entries…)
Buckle down...

I need to start small. 25 min. starting tommorrow no matter what. Start out with fast walking and after a week i’ll go to jogging and so on and so forth. hmmm…suppose it wouldn’t hurt to brush off that old gym membership either…

get engaged to the love of my life (read all 2 entries…)
Planned Engagement

My situation is a little unique. My boyfriend/fiance and I have been planning to get married for a while now. So much that we have colors and the date (September of 2008) The only problem is that he has expensive taste and I don’t. I am very happy with a small diamond, and he really isn’t. So, he’s waiting until right before we move in together (October 2007) to make it all official and to give him enough time to afford the size ring he wants. I’m not sure if this is a goal or not but it’s what I’m looking forward to more than anything else in the world.

crochet a blanket
Some good teaching tools...

OK, I bought a “Teach Yourself to Crochet” Kit from Wall-mart for $11.00. It comes with a nice little book and all the little gadgets and a bunch of different sized crochet hooks. When I got frustrated at the illustrations, I went on to and punched in “Learn to Crochet” and this video came up about this woman that goes by the name of knit witch or something to that affect, and shows you step by step single stitches, double stitches and all the others. Highly recommended. Right now I’m starting my first throw blanket, using the single stitch because even though I know it will take forever, I think it’s the prettiest and by far the easiest. The next blanket I will make will use different stitches but for now I’m comfortable with this. So far I have about a 6’x5” bit of work, that I’m insanely proud of. This is a very therapeutic and I look forward to seeing the finished result.

move out (read all 2 entries…)
Getting the stuff to move out is half the battle...

This one is pretty much in the bag. I’m moving out with my fiancé the beginning of October 2007 into a one bedroom apartment. While we won’t be living the rich life anytime soon, our combined income will be well enough to pay for rent and utilities, as well as allow us to continue on our Chipotle and CD addictions, while (hopefully) starting a decent savings account that will go toward the things we’ll be wanting in the near future; soon we’ll need a washer and dryer [I hate Laundromats], emergency money [incase a car should break down], and that whole wedding thing…

Since neither of us has lived on our own before, neither of us have any household furniture or appliances. So, around March of this year, we began compiling a list of things we would need with the help of some bridal magazines’ registry ideas and came up with a list of things we would have to buy, and gave them a rank number of 1, 2, or 3. 1 meant that the item was fairly important, 2 meant that the item would allow us to live more comfortably but in a pinch could do without, and 3 meant it would just be nice to have or to buy in the next couple or years.

We started buying right away and now have a closet full of brand new things we picked out at Target and Pier One Imports, as well as some nice gently used items we found at church and garage sales such as a brand new Hoover vacuum cleaner, and some nice throw blankets.

We still have a lot to get, but I guess my point is that moving out isn’t half as hard as getting all the things you need to live comfortably. Since we’ve already chosen and secured the location, all that remains is stacking up on things we still haven’t gotten.

Here’s the list of stuff to help you out in the moving out process. Don’t feel overwhelmed, if you need furniture, or other things and don’t have a lot of cash, a good idea is to put the word out that you’re moving and need blah blah blah, and you’ll be surprised at the stuff that comes flying your way.

(P.S. My fiancé is a vegetarian and doesn’t drink (I really like wine) so if you don’t see a grill or shot glasses on there, that’s why.)



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