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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Vousavec

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I'm doing 31 things
 

Vousavec's Life List

  1. 1. Release my album
    2 entries . 11 cheers
    24 people
  2. 2. Write a feature length screenplay
    1 cheer
    9 people
  3. 3. SLEEP...sleep better, sleep longer, sleep more, sleep earlier
    3 entries . 17 cheers
    270 people
  4. 4. find myself
    4 entries . 4 cheers
    2,106 people
  5. 5. learn the basics of graphic design
    4 cheers
    1 person
  6. 6. launch my website
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    97 people
  7. 7. be more patient
    4 entries . 7 cheers
    3,254 people
  8. 8. have better posture
    10 entries . 10 cheers
    7,985 people
  9. 9. go snowboarding this year
    1 entry
    4 people
  10. 10. Send a postcard to Postsecret
    4 entries . 25 cheers
    2,968 people
  11. 11. take better care of myself
    12 entries . 12 cheers
    1,419 people
  12. 12. meet interesting people
    6 entries . 9 cheers
    360 people
  13. 13. learn how to dance
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    966 people
  14. 14. help my family to not work so hard
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    3 people
  15. 15. Learn Spanish
    3 entries . 2 cheers
    18,258 people
  16. 16. work because I want to, not because I have to
    12 cheers
    332 people
  17. 17. Send a message in a bottle
    2 entries . 6 cheers
    4,129 people
  18. 18. learn to sail
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    2,284 people
  19. 19. Become a Master SCUBA Diver
    3 entries . 3 cheers
    17 people
  20. 20. rock climb
    2 team members . 3 entries . 4 cheers
    785 people
  21. 21. learn to fence
    2 team members . 7 cheers
    518 people
  22. 22. take my father to the egyptian pyramids
    7 cheers
    2 people
  23. 23. take my mother on a luxurious vacation
    10 cheers
    3 people
  24. 24. change the world (for the better)
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    210 people
  25. 25. travel to every corner of the world
    6 cheers
    5 people
  26. 26. buy an old house and renovate it
    1 entry . 10 cheers
    66 people
  27. 27. have my own family, but not just yet
    6 cheers
    2 people
  28. 28. live in New York City, one day.
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    3 people
  29. 29. write a book that gets published
    2 cheers
    10 people
  30. 30. Take my other half on a surprise visit to LEGOLAND
    1 person
  31. 31. throw a surprise party for someone
    11 people

How I did it
How to write a decent screenplay
It took me
2 years
It made me


How to catch up on my scrapbooking
It took me
2 years
It made me
Relieved


How to start my own business(es)
It took me
3 years
It made me


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Recent entries
find myself (read all 4 entries…)
Hmmm...

Wow. It’s been over 4 years since the last entry.

What’s changed? A lot!

~ Well… for starters, I laugh when saying this: I’m more jaded. In a good way. :) Maybe I should call it more experienced in life in general.

~ I’m calmer – but still worry sometimes (kinda feels like it is inevitable since we’re human, after all.)

~ I’m finally actually happy – happier than I have ever been, but there is a lot of work ahead of me yet. :)

~ I’m a co-founder of a company – it’s not perfect, and not my biggest dream, but I really enjoy reaping the rewards of my hard work. The biggest perk is this: if I work hard, it is directly proportional to how well the company does, as well as how I fare. Amazing! Great! I’m not wasting time and my hard work is appreciated!

~ Because of this somewhat newer working arrangement, I’ve been able to meet a SLEW of new people, some of which are now close friends. They are amazing, they make me laugh and understand the amount of work that it takes to get a startup off the ground. We trade battle stories and have similar problems, schedules, lifestyles. Cheesy, a little, but they are great and I love being a part of their lives and vice versa.

~ It’s still a struggle – and maybe I am a little sore about past events… I still freelance my “old” skills here and there. I try not to fight that side of me – I now understand I actually like working with numbers and cleaning up messy books, but I can’t be fenced in with a 9-5. Besides, it seems like this new arrangement has SO MUCH LESS STRESS. Seriously. No more insane dress codes – I dress like a creative adult! Can you believe that one past employer asked that I not wear a certain sweater to the office (biz casual dress code)- it was a muted golden/tan wrap cover-up with a gorgeous weave that I would wear over my regular clothes since the air was on full blast during the summers/winters… I was shocked, as I thought it was a really nice sweater, not revealing, not bulky/crappy – still have no idea where their heads were about that.

Besides, there’s a bigger potential for success, too – if you enjoy your work environment, you are destined to perform better, no? Because of the freelance work, I’m exposed to different market sectors and actually learn more about my craft. Clients get a more well-rounded worker that’s not twiddling thumbs in their office trying to fill up a whole work day when everything’s already done. I can get a weeks worth of work completed in a few hours, which saves me time and the client money. What a win-win!

~ I still work on music and have met a few people here that do the same, even though their style is much different from mine. Feels like if I have trouble with equipment, they are right there to help out and walk me through – which is insanely cool. Maybe one of these days I’ll finally break out and release some stuff. Probably that will be the day when I can say this goal is complete! LOL

~ Life is good. It’s still an uphill battle, but at least it’s more fun now, more of a challenge. The people that I’ve surrounded myself with are genuine, nice, caring and just all around AWESOME! Kick the negative out of your life – it truly makes a huge difference. :)

I’m not there 100%, but feel much more COMFORTABLE with where I’m headed and how to get there – what my limits are, and definitely what I DON’T want to be doing. You could say I might actually be enjoying the ride… :)



take a long train ride (read all 2 entries…)
Amazing...

I backpacked through Europe and took several trains, some sleepers, some regular seating – it was AMAZING!!!!!!!

Can’t wait to do this again, even though it felt like the trip of a lifetime.

Just awesome.



develop my own style (read all 8 entries…)
Fun!

I didn’t realize when I even “completed” this. It just sort of happened. I like my clothes relaxed I think it’s just taking the time to get to know yourself and figure out what you feel most comfortable in, and not what’s “hot” at the moment. Besides, by being comfortable in your clothes (and they don’t have to be expensive) does wonders for your self confidence.

I have never had so much fun making a list of things I like and screen capping cute outfits online. Anthropologie is one favorite perusing spot. And I am more happy to go thrifting now – found some pretty incredible deals – I get complimented all the time on pieces I found at goodwill and my secret thrift haunts. ;p I don’t get all my pieces there, but it is a thrill to find something with a similar look for a fraction of the price!

What also helps is a list I’ve kept for the past 5 years (I know, it sounds extreme but is really easy, actually). It documents every clothing item that’s been purchased by me (or gifted to me). I mark through the items I gave away (to friends or goodwill, b/c I don’t wear them) and I also highlight favorites that I wear ALL THE TIME. That was the best guide. Kinda weird, because you get to discover another side of yourself.



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