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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Let God be my loyal faithful provider protector husband (read all 21 entries…)
observation

It’s been about seven years after the divorce. I’ve traveled a long way. For the first few years, I really wanted to never even think about marriage and dating ever in life. I wanted to live single for the rest of my life. Then, as the wounds heals little by little, I began to notice the little clues the universe is sending me. A guy that smiles and says hello, a young man tries to start a conversation, a gentleman made my heart wishing I had a husband or a son like him, finally a few dates (pretty bad ones but nevertheless progress).

I wonder where life is headed the next.



no sugar, no caffeine, no meat, no dairy for the next 30 days (read all 50 entries…)
Day 4 check

Ok. Start to feel a bit lethargic, added eggs, tofu.



no sugar, no caffeine, no meat, no dairy for the next 30 days (read all 50 entries…)
Day 3 check

It was a little tough on weekends, but still managed to do so.



no sugar, no caffeine, no meat, no dairy for the next 30 days (read all 50 entries…)
Day 2 check

Tomato, bell pepper, peanuts, crispbread for lunch works a lot better than a subway sandwich. I didn’t feel sleepy in the afternoon.



no sugar, no caffeine, no meat, no dairy for the next 30 days (read all 50 entries…)
did it today!

Woo Hooooo



learn ballet (read all 9 entries…)
preparation for jazz class

The jazz class I signed up will start in July. It’s on Tuesday and Thursday night. To get myself ready, I am going to start doing stretches on Tuesday and Thursday nights.



Sing (read all 15 entries…)
sight singing exercises

I am waiting for a voice teacher to call me in September about her schedule. Meanwhile, I still have the Kodaly 333 exercises, am working on that when I ride on the subway. Reading a score and singing seems really intimidating to me, and this helps to conquer the fear.



have more meaningful friendships (read all 8 entries…)
best things in life are free

The best friendships in life are gifts from God. I have several lifelong friends who are very different from me. If it weren’t because of God’s work, we would’ve never met. But here we are. Yet some of the people I tried very hard to make friends with never worked out.

I look for friendships somewhere but God has his plan.



stretch every day (read all 2 entries…)
good mon thru thurs, need to keep up on fri, sat, sun

So far I’ve been good at stretching Monday thru Thursday, but slip off on the weekends, as my workout routine slips off. I plan to stretch tomorrow (fri) right after work, and for Sat and Sun, I think the best thing to do is to stretch in the morning, right after I get up.



enjoy sleeping (read all 13 entries…)
Eating some turkey for dinner, and some blueberries

Read in an article today that our brains restructure the memory when we sleep. It needs some protein and vitamins. So I’m eating a turkey sandwich at dinner time and later on snack on some blueberries. I’ll see how I sleep tonight.



Find My Ideal Job (read all 25 entries…)
insight

What I like to do is to work in an environment where people are focused on their own development and goals, instead of pulling others down to make themselves look good.

For some reason, I haven’t been very lucky in career. I’ve always had a job, but I have always encountered predators, sharks instead of true professionals.

This is what I like to change about my career.



enjoy sleeping (read all 13 entries…)
Woke at 3 am, fell asleep again after a few hours

I did follow through to get to bed early last night with chamomille tea, but I woke after about four hours. I got up, drank some water, tossed and turned for another two hours or so before falling asleep again. I did manage to get to REM sleep because I dreamed when I fell asleep the second time.

Now I need to find out why I always wake up in the middle of the sleep cycle.



have a healthy brain for life (read all 4 entries…)
brain for life

I like to have a healthy brain for as long as I live.
No Alzheimer, no dementia, no senility. Be able to remember people, things, places for as long as I live.



enjoy sleeping (read all 13 entries…)
going to bed at 9:30pm tonight, with a cup of warm chamomille tea

I’m going to try this for today.



enjoy sleeping (read all 13 entries…)
starting

I had trouble sleeping for a while, can only get up to 5 hours of sleep a night. That’s no good.

I want to enjoy 8 hours of uninterrupted, sweet, rejuvenating, deep sleep every night.



get to work earlier (read all 6 entries…)
motivation - a nap

I like to start going to work 30 minutes earlier, and then take a 20 minutes power nap after lunch. So when I wake up in the morning, instead of thinking, “oh gee, i’m so tired”, I can say to myself, “let’s get to work now, so you will have time to nap after lunch ;)”



finish graduate school (read all 4 entries…)
starting with a thought

I am thinking about going to grad school, have no particular field in mind. I have too many interests. What prompted me to seriously think about going to grad school is that I realized education level is directly correlated with longevity and good health.

Yes, I want to go to grad school for longevity and good health. Now I need to choose a field.



go to the library three days a week (read all 3 entries…)
a nurturing place

I love being in a library. Whenever I sit in a quiet corner in a library, my head and heart calm down. My problems seem small, because somehow I have the assurance that there is a higher power that will supply me with all the wisdom I need.



live life to the fullest (read all 6 entries…)
no procrastination

If there’s something that needs to be done, or if there’s something I want to do, get it done asap. Don’t wait till tomorrow.



Buy my first home (read all 6 entries…)
Next step

The next thing to do is to talk to my bank to see how much loan I can afford. I may need to wait a while to save up some more for down payment.



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