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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buy an Mp3 player
Happy Birthday to me?

My mom gave me some money for my birthday today (which was a huge surprise since I haven’t gotten anything for my b-day since I was like 13…) so I’m thinking I may buy an mp3 player with it. I could get a decent one I guess… maybe I’ll go to Best Buy… I have a friend that works there… she can get me the hook up.

Then I can finally get another goal done… I never knew how satisfying it could be just to mark a goal “complete”. It really is!!



make more friends (read all 8 entries…)
Night Moves

Okay, well, I topped that last entry yesterday… the night/early morning involved lots of drinking and party hopping and trampolines and beer pong and letting people even drunker than me almost drive my car and IHOP and arguing with this drunk black guy at IHOP and then getting police called on us at IHOP and making fun of kids that still have curfews and swimming and buying beer for underage kids and listening to Bad Company and other great classic rock and getting home at 6 when my parents were getting up… yeah, it was crazy.



make more friends (read all 8 entries…)
Motivated

Well, for the last 3 weekends in a row, I’ve gone out at least once… last night I had a good time… met up with some friends for a small get together which actually turned into something pretty big… drank for the first time since around Christmas… got home at 4 (that’s 4 am). And I met some other people… so that’s good…



get caught up before finals! (read all 5 entries…)
Can you say 'Dean's List'?

Ah ha! I’m done, I’m done, I’m done! This semester is over, thank God! I did really well grade-wise, but for the first time ever, I think I may have actually retained some information from my classes!
I’m glad it’s over and I have 2 weeks until summer classes start… I better do something crazy!



figure out what I really want to do with my life (read all 3 entries…)
You'll begin to wonder...

Gosh, I seem to change my mind every day about what I want to do. I just can’t pick one thing to do forever! I want to be a mom and a wife and a business woman and a traveler and live in another country and run a hotel and be a writer and live in new york and raise my kids in the south and be a total jet-setter. I want to do everything.

But lately, the writing thing is appealing to me more and more. But I can’t seem to get the discipline to sit down and write. I think I have ADD or something b/c I can’t sit still or do the same thing for a very long period of time… I have all these thoughts and what I think are great ideas and I just want to get them out but something is holding me back… I don’t think it’s the obvious, being fear of what people will think of my writing, b/c I honestly don’t care, but just maybe the fact of investing so much into something and then it not work out or not be able to make a living from it… perhaps that is it…



Read Civil Disobedience
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It was good… I like the beginning, the comments on government. My favorite quote, however, will be “if a plant cannot live according to it’s nature, it dies; so does man.” It sounds like something so familiar and signifies purity to me… the complete opposite of today’s world, with all the plastic surgery and ‘mcmansions’ and things of that sort…

Another thing I found interesting was he talks about a night he spent in prison and how he sat and looked out the window at the town and how he never knew the institutions of the town before… I guess he never stopped to look around or something, and that’s another issue today… it’s such a fast paced world.

...what I would give to live in this era… it would be so cool…



get a great job after college (read all 2 entries…)
I need to take more chances...

So, I have almost a year left of school and I’m thinking I don’t want to do what I’m in school for anymore… I thought I wanted to be a career woman… but now, it seems like a lot of work… I know that sounds bad, but women really have to prove themselves in the business world and who wants to go into something when they already have something working against them.

Honestly, I really want to move somewhere hot and on the ocean and open a little hotel and just be there forever. But that means taking a chance (not to mention capital…) and I’m a girl who likes a sure thing…

So maybe that’s the problem, I need to take more chances.



get caught up before finals! (read all 5 entries…)
I can see clearly now....

One final tomorrow, which I’m semi-prepared for. I haven’t even studied for the ones on Thursday yet… just takin’ it easy I guess… but those will be easy, b/c one is a business interview and the other one isn’t comprehensive, so it will only be over 3 pages of notes! Not bad! :) Piece of cake!
W00T!



declutter (read all 5 entries…)
Whoops...

Well, I was so close, then today, my closet shelf fell! AGH! It holds the bar that all my hanging clothes are on, as well as a bunch of crap on top… this is the third time it’s happened… I’m so done with that dang shelf!

So, there’s crap all over my room (which happens to be microscopically small) so it seems even more cluttered than ever! And there’s stuff pouring out into the hallway…



declutter (read all 5 entries…)
In the last leg...
Well, I have just a few more things I think I need to do to declutter:
  • clean out file cabinet and shred papers
  • clean out file sorter on desk
  • get rid of picture frames sitting around
  • get rid of old magazines
  • clean out bathroom drawers(old makeup, hair products)
  • clean/organize cork board

I think that’s it…



Save money
Nowhere fast

This is really not going well… and I’m starting to get scared as I hear more and more that the gap b/t the rich and the poor is steadily growing and that it’s harder to get rich these days than it used to be…



write a book (read all 2 entries…)
If I ever get to where I'm going...

More and more each day I feel the desire to become a writer. I feel like I’m semi-funny and could really come up with some great stuff. But I’m not sure I have the discipline and definitely think it would be hard to publish my work and get criticized… because I don’t take it well, never have…

But it seems like such a liberating thing and hey, if John Grisham could do it while being a full-time lawyer with a family, then why can’t I do it as a full-time college student with a lot of free time?



learn to love (read all 5 entries…)
I needed you more...

I think I have a hard time with this because of my family and the way I was raised. I was thinking about it today and it seems like the older I got, the more I felt I was on my own. I’m not saying I ‘blame’ anyone, but really, isn’t it the parents who are supposed to guide you and prepare you for life and be good role models? My father died and my mother remarried when I was really young so I often wonder how different it would be if my father were here… Perhaps it’s that lack of a (competent) male figure in my life that makes this so hard for me… most girls crave attention, but maybe I’m the complete opposite…



be a better aunt (read all 3 entries…)
That's just me

Okay, no matter what my brother thinks, I am a great aunt! I mean, the only other thing I could do is raise his kids myself! And that’s just crazy! Ha ha! But really, I know I am really good with them, and always have been. I get them birthday presents and bring them candy and stuff! I spoil them like crazy! So I’m doin’ alright.



graduate college (read all 5 entries…)
Persevere!!!!!

I feel like this goal is getting further and further away. Things keep happening that are pushing my graduation date back… It’s so frustrating since all my friends are graduating this May! And one already graduated last December.

It’s all just hard and overwhelming. I want to be involved in school activities and stuff, but with all the classes I’m taking, it seems I can’t do all of it, and plus, I need a job so bad! I have a hard time balancing things like that… b/c I get so stressed out if I don’t have time to myself. But I’d really like to be able to do it until I at least graduate. To prove to myself and other people that I can do all these things at once and still make it through.

So, maybe I’m not so close… but I’m getting there one way or another!



make more friends (read all 8 entries…)
Snubbed...

Saw Mission Impossible 3 tonight. It was good. I went with an old friend and we saw another friend there with his fiance (they just got engaged last weekend) and after the movie, they totally snubbed us. Didn’t say ‘bye’ or anything… I just don’t get it and it irritates me to death… It’s like, who do they think they are???? AGHHHHHHHH

So, I thought that was the key to making more friends, through the old/current friends… but that doesn’t seem to be working. I’m really hoping going to a bigger university will help… I’m so tired of being around the same people and talking about the same things we talk about every time we are together…



Be debt free (read all 3 entries…)
By the end of the year????

Yeah, not doing so well on this one since I just bought a new laptop… and I’m taking summer classes, so I can only work part time (and I don’t even have a job now…)

Perhaps trying to be debt free by the end of the year isn’t realistic, but I can make the effort and see how far I get…



get caught up before finals! (read all 5 entries…)
Procrastinator!!

Well, I didn’t do anything this weekend… as far as homework goes… I was kind of busy doing other things, but I still should have done some homework. Now I’ve just made it harder on myself to get two extra credit assignments done before school is over (2 weeks…OMG!). I’m going for all A’s except in one class, so I’m doing evey extra credit thing I can just in case… I’ve never cared so much about school. It’s kind of odd. I guess since I’ve been thinking about getting my Masters, it’s important now.

Ths countdown has begun…



cut my hair
AH HA!

It’s only worth it because… well, it’s kind of freeing to just be able to cut my hair when I want to, or do anything I want to for that matter. I think it’s part of a bigger concept…

But, I’m not saying it looks fabulous or anything, I did do it myself. But when it’s curled, it does look a little cute! Ha!



be more decisive (read all 2 entries…)
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I’m not sure if this goal is even possible… it’s just the way I am, ya know? Perhaps with age it will come too… I’ve slowly been realizing sometimes you just have to do some things, even if it’s not fun or you don’t really like it, and that kind of forces me to be decisive.



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