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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Make love to my husband more often
Well, we're newlyweds...

(blush) so what can I say?

Eat better
I have been faced with temptation

But I have resisted! I have increased my plant intake & reduced my animal intake. Less fat, fewer chemicals, better me!

get some ass-kickin cowboy boots
Burgundy eel skin ropers

(This is close, but without the eel-skin detail & darker color.)Sounds weird, but they are gorgeous! One of my best girlfriends gave them to me & I feel like I put on a new personna when I wear them. What little girl doesn’t dream of owning a pair of red cowgirl boots?

find a job that makes me happy
I've been blessed

I recently ended 12 years of fun & games as a preschool teacher. My co-workers were my surrogate family since my family all live out of state. All of my friends, & everyone I know in this town I can directly attribute to this job. Working there gave me a lot of joy, but I knew it was time to move on. I have started another job with similar rewards working with individuals with disabilities.

learn how to ask for help when I need it
I think I've started

getting the hang of this. I’ve realized that I cannot get frustrated with people for not being able to read my mind, and I cannot do EVERYTHING myself, so suck it up, buttercup!

Dress better
New job, new uniform...

I may have to get up 45 minutes earlier, and I had to dust off my iron, but I feel really good about myself when I walk out the door now. No more t-shirts and jeans, except on Fridays, of course!

Collect newspaper headlines featuring hurricane Emily (read all 2 entries…)
"Emily's Wrath Devastates Mexican Coast"...

My daughter’s name is Emily & I thought it would be funny to see how many headlines could also be a description of a person, although my daughter has a kind heart and could never be compared to a hurricane…unless the headlines said something like:”Bedroom Floor Lost in Emily’s Wake”.(NO, this is not her room, thank God!)

be more punctual, stop being late all the time
I got a new job

with flexible hours, so nobody’s looking at their watch when I walk in the door. Now that the pressure’s off, no prob!

memorize an entire book from cover to cover
I have a children's library in my head...

Heckedy Peg, Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, I Love You Forever, come on, test me!

Marry the love of my life.
Finally, no more toads!

He had to come half way across the world for me to find him, but God brought us together nonetheless!

make some friends in Springfield, Missouri
It's a friendly place!

I’ve lived here for 12 years & I love it!

be a girl
Didn't have a choice...

I was born that way! ;)

plant a garden
It's my first time

The former tenents of our duplex got me started last summer by leaving awesome tomato plants. They must have had excellent soil, because everything I planted this spring is flourishing. It’s just a little one: tomatoes, green beans, bell peppers, & cantaloupe. It’s my first garden & I’m so proud! :D

get an hiv test

If you’ve ever had sex, this is sooooo important. It is the best way to show your partner how much you care, but more importantly, it is respecting yourself enough to be sure. Just do it!!!

Eat Indian food

Now I’ve got to learn how to cook it!

make my own clothes

For the past 10 years I have made all of my daughter’s Halloween costumes. Some are this & that, but most have required some amount of sewing. Two years ago I sewed fabulous vampire costumes for both of us. What an undertaking! But we were two of the foxiest blood-suckers around!

learn how to read tarot
Uh, sorta...

I have a book to help me interpret, but I can usually remember..

get married
Second time's the charm...

I’ve actually done this twice! First time I think I was too young (19), but I got my daughter out of the deal, and now my ex and I have an unnaturally friendly relationship. At age 30, I found my perfect compliment and look forward to spending the rest of my life with him! I am sooooo madly in love!

go back to my natural haircolor
Brunettes have more fun

It took a long time, but I finally went back to brown. I swear I’ll never color it again, but I’m getting pressure from friends to get hilights…

see the northern lights

From my grandparents’ farm in Northern Wisconsin, you can see it on a rare occasion. I was very young when I saw it, but it is a memory I’ll never forget.

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