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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TRiley's Life List

  1. 1. sell my first novel.
    1 entry
    3 people
  2. 2. sell the film rights to my book
    5 entries . 2 cheers
    3 people
  3. 3. Get paid a large advance on my first novel
    1 person
  4. 4. Work as a full-time novelist
    1 person
  5. 5. Get a 3-5 book publishing deal in 2013
    1 person
  6. 6. Make $500,000 or more in 2013
    1 person
  7. 7. Get in better shape
    6 entries
    928 people
  8. 8. fix my back
    13 entries . 2 cheers
    38 people
  9. 9. reconnect with high school friends
    3 people
  10. 10. travel around the world
    5 entries . 2 cheers
    5,208 people
  11. 11. own a cool house of condo
    2 entries
    1 person
  12. 12. sell millions of copies of my first novel
    1 person
  13. 13. be financially secure
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    510 people
  14. 14. become a famous novelist
    1 cheer
    4 people
  15. 15. Have a closer relationship with my family
    1 entry
    5 people
  16. 16. see my family more
    2 entries
    103 people
  17. 17. Draw and write a popular comic book
    1 person
  18. 18. live a life of adventure
    5 people
  19. 19. Be a Disney-level artist
    1 person
  20. 20. Lead a balanced life
    2 entries
    42 people
  21. 21. learn drums
    249 people
  22. 22. Have a pretty, adorable, awesome girlfriend
    1 person
  23. 23. be in love again
    1 cheer
    105 people
  24. 24. Star in a national commercial
    2 people
  25. 25. get a dog
    2 entries
    3,997 people
  26. 26. Get animation jobs
    1 person
  27. 27. live overseas
    268 people
  28. 28. work for pixar
    1 cheer
    67 people
  29. 29. learn a language
    2 entries
    826 people
  30. 30. sell a movie script
    2 entries
    19 people
  31. 31. learn to SCUBA dive
    2,697 people
  32. 32. get married, stay married, and live happily ever after
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1,898 people
  33. 33. have 2 kids
    146 people
  34. 34. sell an animated series
    2 entries
    2 people
  35. 35. Direct a big budget studio animated film
    1 person
  36. 36. write a cookbook
    292 people
  37. 37. hug a panda
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    111 people
  38. 38. go to wildfoods festival
    1 person
  39. 39. kayak more
    32 people
  40. 40. get involved in moutaineering
    1 entry
    1 person
  41. 41. go canyoneering
    7 people
  42. 42. Be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel
    1 person
  43. 43. Be featured in a prominent magazine
    1 person
Recent entries
sell the film rights to my book (read all 5 entries…)
Good Things Come With Patience and Effort

I have an Oscar nominated producer and a big agent in New York who want to pitch my latest project as a movie and a book, at the same time, and try to work off each other to get a deal. The producer even talked to a major producer at Disney and he said he would watch this movie 100 times and read the book. All great feedback. The book is only halfway finished and now it’s a matter of finishing the rest. I’ve always been confident in the project. I’ve had industry people who loved it and wanted to work on it and some industry friends that tried to talk me out of working on it. Meanwhile, I listened to myself and my belief in myself, and my career is moving forward while the naysayers careers are languishing. It’s definitely been a struggle and I know the struggle isn’t totally over yet but I can literally feel and taste how much closer I’m getting. I can understand why so many people just give up or choose to work on someone else’s dreams, because of how hard and how much effort it actually takes to get there. I truly understand why Roald Dahl says you have to be a little bit crazy to be a writer. You spend a lot of time alone torturing yourself to finish something while all your friends are out having fun. But you are moving towards a different end result than them so you stick it out. And sometimes it seems like it was all for nothing. And then you have little successes along the way that keep you going but are also aggravating because you thought when you made it to that level your career would be set and then you realize there are many more mountains to climb. Maybe this is the one thing I’ve really stuck with because I knew it was the right thing and the most fulfilling. Or maybe I was just too scared to grab some of the opportunities I had? I’m not sure but writing is the only thing I’ve remained passionate about and driven by. Well, and animation but being an animation artist is not as fulfilling to me as writing. I love it but it comes in second place. And I’ve always been romanced by the idea of my stories being live-action films. I’m actually lucky and blessed that I’ve had the amount of opportunities and experiences I’ve had. Now I just have to make them all work towards a long-term career and not just a paycheck.

get in better shape (read all 6 entries…)
An old goal

When I first wrote this I must have weighed around 145, then managed between a break up and a new relationship to put on 5 lbs per relationship, putting me up to a never seen before 155. I lost the 15 lbs…so, I guess I completed my original goal of losing 5 to 10 lbs, which would have put me at 135-140. I am presently at about 140 or 141. Now I would like to get down to 132, which was my high school weight for about 12 years. Well 127-132 was what I fluctuated between for 12 years since high school. I look nice at 132 but my fear is being flat chested, which is why I stuck around the mid-30s. I figure I will lose 8 to 10 lbs to get down to 132 and see how I feel about my figure at that weight and go from there. I figure I will probably be happiest, between slenderness and having some trace of bossom around 134, but I would like to go the distance and see how I feel about it.

It wasn’t easy to lose the 15 lbs but it is much harder to lose the additional 8 to 10 lbs when I look good. I am less motivated because I am happy with the way that I look. It would be easier if I had a gym membership but they are so expensive these days and I get plenty of exercise. I just know that it would be fun to have the superhero slim body that I used to have. But it is much harder to get motivated to look awesome when you look good than to get motivated to look good when you look not so great. Thus the conundrum.

travel around the world (read all 5 entries…)
Checking off the List

I’ve decided that rather than adding new places to my “43 Places” list I’m going to start checking them off and going there. It felt really good to check off an exotic location from there this morning and knowing that I had that experience. Funny, that at the time of going to an exotic place like Thailand I was so thrown off by the culture shock, the heat, and generally being an American out of my element, but now my memories of it are of one of the best adventures of my life. I only remember the things that I loved about it and the experience. Sure, I remember the fact that there is no soap and often no toilet paper in bathrooms and general dirtiness, but those aren’t the memories I focus on. They’re more like added elements and stories to laugh on in reflection. Just like there is never any regret in education I feel there is never any regret in traveling. They all broaden your experience, your mind and your view of life, people and the world we live in.

Well, this will be quite the fun little adventure around the world :)

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