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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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Become a Lead Guide (read all 3 entries…)
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I feel I could do this but I missed the first training opportunity for it. I may try and secure another job before I have another opportunity. We will see.



declutter
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I think I need to get rid of all but my favorite/most useful books As well as excess sports gear, shoes, and clothes.



Stop feeling depressed all the time. (read all 2 entries…)
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I seem to have accomplished this for now. Maybe the spring arriving has helped.



Become a Lead Guide (read all 3 entries…)
Progress made.

I acted as lead guide on 2 tours for our new tour. I think I did ok!



Do some form of exercise daily
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My plan is to lift 2 days in a row, then run on the third day. Otherwise stretch, do yoga, abs, play basketball… etc.



do one hundred consecutive push-ups (read all 7 entries…)
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Finally started again. did 32 “perfect push ups”... let’s see if I can’t hit 50 next time.



lower my grocery bill to $40 per week (read all 4 entries…)
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$45 a week for food in April.



Have $10,000 in my bank account by Oct. 2014
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$9,327.73 at beginning of May.

So 2 ways to get there: 1) Earn more money 2) Spend less money.

So try to do those I guess.

If I sign up for some community college courses this goal will prob. be out, but regardless…

If I were able to save $600 each month for May, June, and July we would be there. It is quite possible.



Cook nearly all my meals for January - April 2014 (read all 7 entries…)
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I only bought fast food once in April, I believe. So I’m getting there. I didn’t eat at a sit down restaurant once.



Move into an apartment by June, 2014 (read all 2 entries…)
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Unless I get a new job soon I don’t see this happening.



Earn >= $1300 per month by May 1, 2014 (read all 2 entries…)
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Looks like I just barely did make it. I earned ~$1320.76 In April. I only spent $45 a week on food which is an improvement. I spent $135 on gas, which averages out to $33.75 a week and $4.33 a day. I spent $42 on some gloves for work and $4 on some sunglasses. That was mostly it except for my cell phone bill of $35 plus the last two months.

So I ended up spending ~$400 officially plus $300 in student loans.

I theoretically saved ~$552 in April.

So for this month I could have just afforded rent for an apartment with roommates. If I worked everyday earning close to what I earn now it might be feasible. But not by much.

If I lived closer to work I could possibly save some on gas provided I didn’t drive much for recreation.



Stop feeling depressed all the time. (read all 2 entries…)
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I’ve been in such a rut for a while. Quitting my job and traveling across the country for 2 months did not solve my issues. Yes, I’ve fallen flat on my face a time or two, BFD. Life is not meant to be lived feeling miserable all the time. I’m trying to get myself to wake the F up!

Depression just seems to kill my personality and interests. I guess I just need to take the “baby steps” approach a la What About Bob? Small victories. It probably wouldn’t hurt for me to loosen up and attempt to enjoy myself in small ways more often, crack jokes, be a little more animated, give myself outrageous positive affirmations, do power-pose postures, etc. I should probably try more new things. I’m pretty F-ing blah with life at the moment.



try cooking one new recipe each month for a year. (read all 4 entries…)
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I did not cook, but I did buy some pesto mix which I’ve never made myself. I shall try to make my own one day.



Read at least one book a month (read all 43 entries…)
"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand

Finally made it though this one on audio book. I didn’t like it as much as a lot of people, but that Louis Zamperini guy is one tough bloke.



Choose to be happy (read all 6 entries…)
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Take time for Daily Gratitude.
Forgiveness – hurts, disappointments, mistakes, shortcomings, self & others.
-proper sleep, diet, exercise, social contact
- give back
- humor, laughter
- inspiration
- hope
- motivation



travel to a foreign country
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If Canada counts, I’ve done this be George.



create a website
how to take a road trip on a budget

This is a pretty darn simple website that I mostly copied, but I hope to add more about how to take a road trip on a budget Enjoy world!



Spend most of my free time teaching myself web dev for April and May 2014
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At the end of May be able to decide whether or not I enjoy this and believe I can be good enough at it to make a living doing it/continue with formal classes or start applying for entry level positions.



Earn >= $1300 per month by May 1, 2014 (read all 2 entries…)
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I did earn $1,476.75 for March while spending -$836.78. So I saved about $639.97 this month. If I were able to do that every month I could afford an apartment. But I have a week off from subbing this month for Spring Break so I probably won’t make much this month. I guess I’ll try to learn as much as I can in my off time this week and in my spare time in the next 2 months to see if I can envision myself doing something in web development or with computers in general.



Read at least one book a month (read all 43 entries…)
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome

Listened to this on audio-book a while back, freakin’ hilarious.



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