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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  1. 1. Visit NYC
    369 people
  2. 2. Visit the Carlsbad Caverns
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  3. 3. Go to Glacier National Park
    2 cheers
    26 people
  4. 4. go to maui
    27 people
  5. 5. read 100 books
    1 entry
    321 people
  6. 6. make a documentary
    1 entry
    608 people
  7. 7. write a book
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    31,381 people
  8. 8. Do something outside everyday
    1 entry
    3 people
  9. 9. pay off my student loans
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    2,981 people
  10. 10. take my vitamins
    1 entry
    109 people
  11. 11. enjoy everyday to the fullest
    1 entry
    4 people
  12. 12. buy rosetta stone spanish
    1 entry
    1 person
  13. 13. build my website
    1 entry
    55 people
  14. 14. explore new music
    10 people
  15. 15. learn to dance
    1 entry
    7,160 people
  16. 16. make myself over
    29 people
  17. 17. wear a tank top this summer
    1 entry
    2 people
  18. 18. visit Maine
    92 people
  19. 19. learn to rollerskate again
    1 person
  20. 20. get a physical
    47 people
  21. 21. do yoga
    1 cheer
    2,361 people
  22. 22. Weigh 150lbs
    1 cheer
    6 people
  23. 23. raise my credit score to 700
    4 people
  24. 24. take my mom to a football game
    1 person
  25. 25. Visit Machu Picchu
    813 people
  26. 26. wear a costume on Halloween
    1 entry
    1 person
  27. 27. get my passport
    390 people
  28. 28. see a broadway musical
    108 people
  29. 29. organize my photos
    1,253 people
  30. 30. give up facebook
    13 people
  31. 31. buy a classic car
    32 people
  32. 32. learn to decoupage
    2 people
  33. 33. invent something
    1,439 people
  34. 34. organize my life
    974 people
  35. 35. let go of fear
    1 cheer
    52 people
  36. 36. Get a tattoo
    21,913 people
  37. 37. write my thesis
    78 people
  38. 38. learn a new instrument
    54 people
  39. 39. go to a steelers game
    22 people
  40. 40. Get my Master's Degree
    1,205 people
  41. 41. buy my own house
    584 people
  42. 42. move to a city I LOVE
    4 people
  43. 43. take my step daughter to the ocean
    1 person
Recent entries
get a teaching job
Had to claw my way into a position

I wanted to be an elementary school teacher, but I knew that with no experience or extra “endorsements” it would be a challenge getting a job.

First, I moved to a much smaller town. In that small town, I was able to get hired as a teacher’s aide. I impressed a lot of teachers with my skills, and I was able to get noticed for a rural teaching job an hour away from my home. I took it and commuted every day. It was the hardest year of my life, but the following school year (by a strange miracle) I was able to transfer to a teaching job much closer to home.

The best part is living in this small rural town, I am making at least 30% more than I would make living in a big city. The benefits are great and my classes have been wonderful.

So this is a testament that sometimes you have to relocate and start at the very bottom to get your dream teaching job, but it can happen!

Get my own dog!
Luke Skywalker

Luke is the best investment I’ve ever made! He cost $38.00 at the local pound, and I’ve been so in love with him for 2 years now. He’s a great companion, loves to play fetch, can swim for hours and loves car rides.

Downsize my 'junk' (read all 2 entries…)

Last summer I moved and I donated a lot of my stuff to Goodwill. I think I got rid of at least 12 huge garbage bags full of stuff. I also donated a fish tank… a couple dressors… and various other furniture. It felt like a great weight lifted off of me getting rid of my stuff. Right now I live in a tiny bedroom and I rent a storage shed. I am hoping that once I move into a real house or an apartment that I won’t need a storage shed and I can get rid of even more stuff. Yay for downsizing!

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