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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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?

get married (read all 2 entries…)
I had this horrible dream...

I had this horrible dream two nights ago. Well it was horrible to me. I was at a wedding, and I was the only single female there (yeah, so that bouquet toss was a no brainer). Anyways, I shockingly received the bouquet. Then they did that garter toss (do people still do that?) But the only single male there was this little 4 year old boy. The bride and groom wanted a picture of the catchers of the bouquet and garter, but that little boy cried and cried and had a big fit over having to take a picture with me.

Man, that was horrid. It was worse than the dream I had the night before where there was a volcano errupting in my bedroom and peoples flesh was melting off and such.

And I’ve just determined that this little goal is about getting married, and I just wrote a post that included the words “melting flesh”.

The point being, Being single and alone was more horrifying to me than volcanos and melting people. Odd.

watch all Smallville episodes (read all 4 entries…)

Since I am finally caught up on season 5, I am considering this goal finished. :)

Grow my hair as long as it was when I was 18 (read all 3 entries…)

oops did another 2 inches last night. I have got to stop.

watch all Smallville episodes (read all 4 entries…)

I finally saw the Season 4 finale, the funny thing is, I had already seen it on tv at the actual end of season 4 but forgot I’d seen it. Great job, Jess. Anywho, I started watching season 5, yes!

Grow my hair as long as it was when I was 18 (read all 3 entries…)

ooops. I just cut off 3 inches yesterday….still past shoulders..I guess I needed a change…but I’m going backwards on this goal. Jeepers.

watch all Smallville episodes (read all 4 entries…)

I just have to watch the season finale, and I’ll be done with season 4 wahoo! Slowly but surely….

swim with manatees
Definitely worth it!

I did this yesterday-absolutely amazing! We didn’t see many at first, but after swimming around for a while, we saw a group of three: 2 adults and a juvenile. It was so awesome and the baby was so playful, rolling around to let us rub his belly…Awesome, just awesome. The only draw back is that I got so excited and smiley, that it kept breaking the seal on my mask and I got water in my nose :P lol So you defintely have to control yourself when you do it haha

Be more polite

I say “Thank You” a whole heck of a lot, but I was just thinking… how much happier would people be if others were polite to them? If they were appreciated? That has to start somewhere, so I should take the initiative…

hike the appalachian trail

I really want to do this, maybe after college (like everything else!) Obviously I would need the time and funds, but it will be really satisfying to do!

own a library
I want a library...

Like the Library in Beauty & the Beast….all old school like, with the hardback books, and the rolly ladders and plush victorian couches and big windows….. :sigh: I would need a lot of money for this goal, but when I win the Nobel Prize, I will have sufficient funds :)

learn about my ancestry

Well, thanks to my grandpa who is WAY into doing geneology, I know a lot about my ancestry. Well, I’m mostly Irish/Scottish/English… let’s see I’m also related to some cool people…like the King of Scotland!! So I’m like his 23rd-great granddaughter but who cares :P

eat beignets in New Orleans

haha ok I did this when I was around 8 years old. But they are delicious so everyone should do it! Then we went to see the 49ers play the saints at the Superdome. That was also cool :)

Improve my calligraphy

I love writing in calligraphy it is so much fun, but I’m left handed so it adds this whole new level of difficulty for me, but I want to become really good at it

pray more

I used to be really good about this, but I have the unfortunate problem of becoming REALLY GUILTY when I blatantly sin, and it kinda makes me afraid to pray. As if I could hide it from God…I just need to stop wussing out and just do it and then I’ll keep doing it.

climb real rocks

Not just rock climbing on walls, but actual made-by-God rocks. I’ve gone repeling before, but not climbing (on real ones that is)

go on a road trip with no predetermined destination

Who DOESN’T want to do this??? ahhhh the freedom…

read the Bible daily

Yeah I really want to do this every day. Usually I will be really good about it for a while, but if something happens to my little routine, it totally blows it and I stop doing it for a while. I just have to find a way to keep up and stay up.

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