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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TropicalOceanSunset's Life List

  1. 1. live for God
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    111 people
  2. 2. Read the Bible daily
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    477 people
  3. 3. pray more
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    3,199 people
  4. 4. Enjoy being single
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    219 people
  5. 5. get married
    2 entries
    21,332 people
  6. 6. have children
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    4,513 people
  7. 7. Be a Proverbs 31 woman
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    116 people
  8. 8. Read the complete works of Shakespeare
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    273 people
  9. 9. own a library
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    44 people
  10. 10. Scuba Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
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    97 people
  11. 11. visit all 50 states
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    9,057 people
  12. 12. run a 10k
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    1,181 people
  13. 13. read War and Peace
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    513 people
  14. 14. see the Northern Lights
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    19,115 people
  15. 15. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
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    21,500 people
  16. 16. Stop caring what other people think of me
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    4,658 people
  17. 17. climb real rocks
    1 entry
    1 person
  18. 18. make a difference
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    7,137 people
  19. 19. learn Ballroom dancing
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    406 people
  20. 20. eat healthy
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    3,765 people
  21. 21. Hike the Appalachian Trail
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    2,111 people
  22. 22. Participate in Habitat for Humanity
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    59 people
  23. 23. start doing yoga again
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    122 people
  24. 24. be more polite
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    47 people
  25. 25. live greener
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    76 people
  26. 26. find a unique, cute little travel mascot to take with me on all trips and photograph "him" next to touristy sites wherever i go...(kind of like the traveling gnome).
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    115 people
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lead someone to Christ (read all 2 entries…)
My perception has changed/All the credit goes to Jesus!

My little sister and my twin brother both got saved within the last 2 weeks, which is a pretty amazing/spectacular/phenomenal thing.
I think I learned a bit about what it means to lead someone to Christ…Both times (with my sister and then brother), I wasn’t the person who literally LEAD them to Christ. For my sister it happened when she was talking to the youth pastors wife, and for my brother while praying with some guys at a bible study. So basically, it was a team effort sharing Jesus with them.
I realize this is awesome because, I can’t take credit for any of it! It’s ALL because of Jesus. It’s kept my pride about it in check. All I’ve done is rejoiced that they have been saved.

What I’m really trying to get at is, when do we ever REALLY lead someone to Christ? Christ leads people to himself. We don’t even open the doors; he does that as well. He just graciously lets us participate in it. I believe that’s what he did with my siblings. I was obedient, I talked with them, I invited them to church/bible studies, and when they came, he called them.

So I consider this goal done, according to how I now see ‘leading someone to Christ’, and that is for me, merely my obedience in sharing the good news with others, and acknowledging that it was Christ who really did the leading, not me.

Stop being so clumsy (read all 2 entries…)
I had a realization

I think I originally formed this goal in order to please another person. I’ve been clumsy my whole life: I trip over air, have broken numerous bones, drop things constantly and litterally walk into walls. I knew my fiance (now Ex-fiance) did not like that I was clumsy, and even made fun of me for it. He didn’t want me to touch certain things of his because he thought I would break them…he almost didn’t even let me drive his car once even though it was a necessity for me to drive it!
My point is…I’m tired of making goals for the sole purpose of please others. Being clumsy is a part of who I am. I have no control of it. It’s not that I’m careless..I don’t know what it is. But I neither deserve nor need to be teased, ridiculed or otherwise made to feel bad about the fact I am. And hopefully someday I’ll meet a guy who won’t care that I’m clumsy, because it’s not something that’s gonna change anytime soon.

Enjoy being single (read all 2 entries…)
Ok ok ok...

Let’s see where I am on this goal.

Still not a fan of being single.

The thing is, I’m happy AND I’m single. But I’m not happy that I’m single. I’m not exactly unhappy either. What do I mean?? I’m sort of indifferent at the moment. I’m OK with being single for the time being. It’s not my favorite thing in the world. It’s familiar though. lol. And I guess I’ve just decided that there are worse things.

Like being in a bad relationship. I’d rather be single.
Like getting a divorce. I’d rather be single.
Like settling for someone who isn’t what you want/need but is just ‘there’. I’d rather be single.

So I guess things are improved. Perhaps there will be a day, when I am happy to be single.

Of course, I’m sure it will be that day when I find someone to marry. Cuz life is kinda funny like that. I mean go figure right?

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