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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Get into graduate school (read all 2 entries…)

Got my acceptance letter awhile ago. I can’t explain in detail how I did it—I just gave it my all! :) Hard work, skill, a lot of luck. Just do your best and have backup plans!

make more friends (read all 2 entries…)

Oh, oh. So I’ve done my best to compliment one person each day (at least one, i’ve complimented 4 in a day!) and smile at anyone who catches my gaze. So I feel really proud of myself. You know, it’s little things. And I know my previous two friends would roll their eyes at me for being so proud of this. But you know? Baby steps. It might be second nature to them, but… I’m different, you know?

I’m different from them. Not a lesser person. :/

lose 20lbs (read all 2 entries…)
Making progress~

Originally was 157lbs, currently at 151lbs! It could be from stress, but… I’d like to think it’s from me attempting to do things right and be healthy. But eh, we’ll see, won’t we?

gain more confidence

I feel like this is going to come with time. I’ve had a jump start, and I think if I go more to counseling it’ll help me get better with time. That’s just…how I feel. I’ve been wavering up and down through high and low points. I have one good online friend who’s supporting me, and a good number of casual acquaintances who do, too. I just… it’s hard. ^^; It’s really, really hard right now where I’m at. I’m panicking and flailing and I’m not sure what path to go down. Really, I just kind of want to disappear and reappear elsewhere with a clean slate.

make more friends (read all 2 entries…)

I’ve always had that close circle of friends, relied on them, and when things went sour… I was stuck alone until the next group came along. Well, not anymore. or at least I’ma try to make that not happen anymore. I’m going to try to go out more next semester, go to clubs, hang out with my friends from class more. And in graduate school, if I make it in there, I’ll try to go out often and all the time. I really want to be in a circle of friends whom I can trust, that’s all. Friends who, no matter our arguments, will be there for me and support me emotionally and cheer me on. I’m not adverse to making friends here , either ^^; online, that is.

lose 20lbs (read all 2 entries…)
On the way~

It could be from all that walking I’ve done lately, yeah. Or it could be from stress and loss of appetite. Probably a mix of both. But I went from 157 to 151 in the past two weeks, so I’m happy about that. I want to get back down to 130, though! So I’ll keep walking, eating right, and trying to stay positive. Or something. —Wait, thanksgiving is coming up isn’t it?

... Damn.

get a boyfriend

Man, I’ve been single all my life (I’m 22~) because I just haven’t found anybody, or I just wasn’t looking because I was so focused on work and school. But right now I’m at a low point in my life, and I just… I want to go on dates. I want to be given affection and attention. I want a boyfriend!! I have so much love to give, and nobody to give it to. Especially right now with my best friends / roommates pretending I don’t exist. It really hurts, being this lonely. I’m trying to be more social and I’ll try to go to more clubs, but I’m just so naturally shy it’s… frustrating. Grr. Why can’t I just be forced into a bachelorette show?

Get into graduate school (read all 2 entries…)
I'm all set...

Well, I’ve got one shot at this. I submitted everything to my graduate school of choice (it’s the only graduate school I can go to, too) and now I’ll hear about it in early December. I’m so scared. This’ll really make or break what I do in the next year, and consequently, the rest of my life.

The cons of grad school—+33k in school loan debt, might not have a job afterward

The pros—A chance to start over, make friends and network, learn more, get more experience, and possibly get a job afterward

The cons are few, but they’re scary. What do I do?

I’m just going to stick with it. I can’t give up now. i can’t go back to living with my parents in a hometown where people hate me. I’ll lose every bit of myself if I do. I just need help staying positive and focused. I’m so frightened of the college’s response. So, so frightened.

Cheers would be appreciated!



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