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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Have my outward appearance match the inner vision I have of myself. (read all 5 entries…)
More tattoos, less weight.

Since my last post over a year ago, I’ve been slowly but steadily working toward this.

I’m at the lowest weight I’ve been at in over seven years, and down in size XL, Large, and Medium dresses depending on the brand when back in 2004 I was a 3x. 20 more pounds and I’ll be back in my jeans and at the same weight from high school. As I’m just about to reach the age of 32, that’s a pretty good feeling.

I’ve also had more tattoo work done. I got a vampire bite and the words “change will come” on my chest, and this second day of April (this month) I had the, moon, stars and the words “carry on dancing” done on my ankle.



Have my outward appearance match the inner vision I have of myself. (read all 5 entries…)
More tattoos, less weight.

Since my last post over a year ago, I’ve been slowly but steadily working toward this.

I’m at the lowest weight I’ve been at in over seven years, and down in size XL, Large, and Medium dresses depending on the brand when back in 2004 I was a 3x. 20 more pounds and I’ll be back in my jeans and at the same weight from high school. As I’m just about to reach the age of 32, that’s a pretty good feeling.

I’ve also had more tattoo work done. I got a vampire bite and the words “change will come” on my chest, and this second day of April (this month) I had the, moon, stars and the words “carry on dancing” done on my ankle.



become the person i want to be (read all 5 entries…)
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It’s almost been two years since I’ve done 43Things; life kind of got in the way, in the chaotic way it can.

That said, I feel like I’ve really grown and gained a lot of headway in this particular goal.

- I did quit my dead-end job, only to land into another dead-end job that didn’t offer the potential I had been told it would. In turn with that discovery? I quit the second dead-end job and landed work at the management level with higher pay, better hours, but most of all I finally have had the experience of working with business owners and other coworkers that actually value what I’ve had to bring to the table, and I’ve learned so much from where I am right now that I wouldn’t trade it for anything – even though now the company I’m currently with is dealing with financial setbacks and may eventually fold. What I’ve learned and gained in my current position has been priceless.

- My living space is not what I had originally envisioned; but I’m comfortable, and I have the best roommate now that has become one of my closest and dearest friends. I lived by myself for almost 8 months after my ex left, and while that was a good experience, I really do enjoy the situation I’m in now.

- Fitness and nutrition-wise; since my last post almost 2 years ago, I’ve dropped 60 pounds and 4 dress sizes. There’s more work to be done on this, but it’s a work in progress, and I’m glad of the accomplishment that’s happened so far.

- Putting me first and not last proved to be very eye-opening, and it led to the breakup with my ex in more than a small way. I learned a lot about my own needs, and also I learned about how selfish my ex was in wanting all of my free time and expecting me not to be my own individual with my own ideas.

- Cutting the people out of my life that are negative; I’ve let a lot of people go. Some of them are still trying to get back into my life, and I’m not letting them. It’s caused some tension on occasion, but on the whole, I feel so much better without those kinds of people pulling me down.

- I have more time now for the people that matter, like my best friend, my other select few good friends and my roommate, and my mentors; all of them positive forces that push me to do more and be better. I’m so glad to have all of them.



become the person i want to be (read all 5 entries…)
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It’s almost been two years since I’ve done 43Things; life kind of got in the way, in the chaotic way it can.

That said, I feel like I’ve really grown and gained a lot of headway in this particular goal.

- I did quit my dead-end job, only to land into another dead-end job that didn’t offer the potential I had been told it would. In turn with that discovery? I quit the second dead-end job and landed work at the management level with higher pay, better hours, but most of all I finally have had the experience of working with business owners and other coworkers that actually value what I’ve had to bring to the table, and I’ve learned so much from where I am right now that I wouldn’t trade it for anything – even though now the company I’m currently with is dealing with financial setbacks and may eventually fold. What I’ve learned and gained in my current position has been priceless.

- My living space is not what I had originally envisioned; but I’m comfortable, and I have the best roommate now that has become one of my closest and dearest friends. I lived by myself for almost 8 months after my ex left, and while that was a good experience, I really do enjoy the situation I’m in now.

- Fitness and nutrition-wise; since my last post almost 2 years ago, I’ve dropped 60 pounds and 4 dress sizes. There’s more work to be done on this, but it’s a work in progress, and I’m glad of the accomplishment that’s happened so far.

- Putting me first and not last proved to be very eye-opening, and it led to the breakup with my ex in more than a small way. I learned a lot about my own needs, and also I learned about how selfish my ex was in wanting all of my free time and expecting me not to be my own individual with my own ideas.

- Cutting the people out of my life that are negative; I’ve let a lot of people go. Some of them are still trying to get back into my life, and I’m not letting them. It’s caused some tension on occasion, but on the whole, I feel so much better without those kinds of people pulling me down.

- I have more time now for the people that matter, like my best friend, my other select few good friends and my roommate, and my mentors; all of them positive forces that push me to do more and be better. I’m so glad to have all of them.



Have my outward appearance match the inner vision I have of myself. (read all 5 entries…)
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A slow but continuing process; for Christmas I had more tattoo work done, and for the New Year I had my hair cut to the length I’ve decided I prefer and that really feels like me.



become the person i want to be (read all 5 entries…)
Making steps forward...

Turning 30 in a few days, and I’ve put the wheels in motion toward making my 30’s a much better time than my 20’s have been, and toward becoming the person I want to be:

- Quitting my dead-end job that’s offered no advancement or growth
- Revamping my apartment over the next month from place I simply eat and sleep at into a home and workspace extraordinaire!
- Getting myself back on track with my nutrition and fitness plan
- finally taking care of ME and putting ME first instead of always last
- cutting out the people in my life or reducing my time with the ones that are negative
- trying to spend more time with people in my life that are positive forces



cultivate my creative nature and pursue artistic goals (read all 2 entries…)
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I’m putting this into motion; leaving my job I hate is going to open up a lot of time and I’ll finally have energy to do the things I’ve had to put on hold for the last five years!



find a job that i love and be well paid for it (read all 7 entries…)
Leaving the job I don't love...

I’ve decided to finally leave the job I don’t love; the stress, the headache and the toxic environment are no longer things I can handle being around, and the pay no longer is worth putting up with any of it.

I’m turning in my two weeks tomorrow; this isn’t going to be pretty, and my boss there might fire me on the spot, but I’ve reach the point where I just don’t even care. It’s not worth my time or my energy anymore.

I’m getting better hours and better pay at my second job, and I’m respected more there, which makes a huge difference.



go to more concerts, musicals, and movies (read all 9 entries…)
Movies

In the last month and a half I’ve seen:

- Avengers
- Snow White & The Huntsman
- Rock of Ages (twice)

For me, that’s quite a lot of movie going, since my average of seeing movies in the theater is usually one or two a year.



Work consistently every day to improve my health with diet and exercise. (read all 22 entries…)
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Back to the gym today after an overly lengthy absence.



quit drinking (read all 2 entries…)
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I’ve found that, abstaining from alcohol, I actually have no desire to drink it. It’s like a phase in my life from that I’ve passed through and now on the flip side, all desire to do it is gone. Having no desire for it anymore, I’m considering this goal accomplished.



Work consistently every day to improve my health with diet and exercise. (read all 22 entries…)
Actually been doing this!

Been pretty consistent with this! I’ve made it to the gym every other day on average so far since I got my membership, which is pretty awesome. Feeling great too. Last night one of my friends came with me on a Guest Pass and we worked out for over an hour, then spent some time relaxing in the sauna. Great workout, relaxing at the end, and good company. Woo!



Work consistently every day to improve my health with diet and exercise. (read all 22 entries…)
A big step...

I went and bought myself a gym membership.

Yes, I work at a gym, but I’ve come to realize that as I spent so much time at work, I don’t feel inclined to be there when it’s not work hours.

Also, I found I’m more comfortable in a co-ed gym environment than I am in a women’s only one; I find it more motivational for some reason to be around both men and women, and I find it more stressful to be in a women’s only environment, I think partially because I’m queer and I’ve heard some unkind things said before about queer women ‘cruising’ women’s only gyms. Which isn’t the case for me, but the whole stereotype about it makes me uncomfortable.

Also, working out at a gym I don’t work at means that I can exercise in peace. No one will come up to me, pull my headphones out of my ears, and demand I assist them with something because I don’t work at this place. At the gym I work at, that’s an issue when I’m not on shift – people assume if I am there, I am working and there to assist them at all times, even if I’m there and not on shift. That makes it difficult to get the exercise in that I want and makes for stressful situations when I try to kindly explain that I’m there off-shift and they get offended that I’m telling them they need to ask another staff member for help.

That all said – I love the gym I’m working out at now. There’s a lot of equipment, I like the atmosphere, most of the people are pleasant, and best of all I’m actually GOING and working out rather than putting it off. Paying for a membership certainly is motivating in that way, because if I’m not using it I’m wasting money.



Read more books (read all 13 entries…)
Books Read In 2012
FICTION
  • A Great & Terrible Beauty
NON-FICTION
  • Rowing to Latitude


go to more concerts, musicals, and movies (read all 9 entries…)
MOVIES IN 2012

IN THEATERS
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

MOVIES ON DVD: FIRST TIME WATCH
- He Was A Quiet Man
- MILK
- Angels In America

MOVIES ON DVD: RE-WATCHED
- Interview With The Vampire
- Braveheart



live passionately (read all 3 entries…)
Struggling.

I’m finding it hard to be passionate about much of anything right now.

I’m sad. I’m hurt. I’m heartsore.

I try to be positive, I try to do things that will take the focus off the sad feelings, but at the end of the day, I just feel sad again.



Write more often (read all 8 entries…)
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I’ve finally begun the journey of writing something novel-length. I’m a bit nervous, very excited, and I have the good fortune of having found an excellent proof-reader.

One chapter down, who knows how many more to go, and a notebook full of ideas, plot points, character study, and more…



Work consistently every day to improve my health with diet and exercise. (read all 22 entries…)
Successfully...

... tracked my nutrition for today and stayed within my calorie guidelines, pre-planned most of my meals and snacks for tomorrow, and started pre-planning for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for what meals I know I have things for.

This weekend is going to be a little tricky; headed out of town with the theater group for performances out of town, and I know at least some of the dinners will be dining out and perhaps a lunch or two. I’m aiming at having salads as much as possible during those, avoiding desserts and drinks, and also pre-packing is going to help.

I’m not the only one in the group trying to watch what I eat, so I’m hoping that will help to some degree too. Even if it doesn’t, I have a goal, dammit. I’m sticking to it!



Finish my website (read all 5 entries…)
This goal needs to happen. SOON.

I’m so tired of not accomplishing things; 2012 is the year of getting things DONE!

I’m taking a new approach to getting my site done; more focus on content first, then pretty details can come later.



Work consistently every day to improve my health with diet and exercise. (read all 22 entries…)
Having a goal - important factor.

The holidays were not entirely good to me; I avoided cookies, candies, and a lot of the big holiday meals, but I didn’t exercise like I should have and still ended up gaining a couple pounds. That and I was going through emotional upheaval for the span between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so that didn’t help.

I’ve got a new goal however, so that’s going to help a lot with getting back on track. I have a major event happening in May, and I want to be in better shape for it so… we shall see how much I can buckle down and get into the swing on things between now and then!



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