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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artchixx's Life List

  1. 1. be the best Aunt ever
    38 people
  2. 2. read all the Harry Potter books
    123 people
  3. 3. decide what the hell I would like to do with the rest of my life
    7,198 people
  4. 4. stop procrastinating
    30,440 people
  5. 5. discover my dream career
    2 people
  6. 6. Speak French fluently
    2,308 people
  7. 7. keep my apartment clean
    276 people
  8. 8. buy my first home
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    130 people
  9. 9. Send a postcard to Postsecret
    3 cheers
    2,965 people
  10. 10. get out of debt
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    12,272 people
  11. 11. Write a resume
    63 people
  12. 12. spend less, save more
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    177 people
  13. 13. get over my crush
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    135 people
  14. 14. pay off a bill
    1 entry
    2 people
  15. 15. Dress better
    1 entry
    1,309 people
  16. 16. love myself
    1 entry
    5,147 people
  17. 17. stop obsessing
    1 entry
    312 people
  18. 18. read the twilight series
    54 people
Recent entries
pay off a bill
jUsT 1 baBy SteP @ a TimE!!

I’m starting this week.
I’m paying one damn overdue, bad debt, yada yada, yada bill!
I have to start somewhere and sometime. I truly believe that I have to be one of the biggest cowards I’ve ever met! Instead of taking the bold and brave steps I sit in the back corner of a room and sit on my hands.
I do nothing – and wonder why my life seems to be stuck in a rut! It’s no mystery – I think I like it here and am also scared of happiness and/or a change. How pathetic!



get over my crush
tRuTH iS a StOrY sCriBbLed iN ChaLk

I think I have discovered a new way to hurt myself.
I show up everyday and hold out my heart and close my eyes.
I secretly hope that this will be the day…
I dream about a moment shared that will never be.

The list is long and full of painful thoughts and emotions. I probably should write about it – give it a voice and maybe get some of the poison out from under my skin. It’s a secret …
my crush.
Another impossible – and safe relationship that will never be – hence, the safe part. I imagine I would run if this person ever did take notice of me. What am I doing to myself?
Why do I do this to myself?

I can’t stop thinking of this person and wondering how I can get them to notice me…like me…love me…stay…
I seem to be under the ridiculous notion that I can control this person (desperately trying to control something because my life is total chaos). Confession, I don’t really want to control this person, but the thought of letting go – frightens me.
I say friendship is enough – but that is my mask – i think.
How could I ever expect someone else to like me when I can’t be comfortable within my own skin?
My feelings for this person run strong and I need to either get over it or act – and find out out once and for all. And, in the process ruining a friendship…and losing them forever.

I’m not good at jumping off the cliff and taking chances – especially when something is SO wonderful and I seem to be doing anything and everything possible to F*ck it up.
This has become painful and consumes my thoughts.
This is not a good thing – or it doesn’t feel good…

i will continue these thoughts another day…

my heart is breaking.
e.



get out of debt
Finding the surface

Sometimes I feel like I’m just below the surface of a body of water. I feel like if I can just break the surface then the breath of air will save me from drowning.
I’ve been drowning in debt ever since my freshman year in college. But, I’m convinced that my money smarts got stunted at the age of two. I’m not trying to make excuses but I truly feel that my parent’s view of money, spending, and saving greatly influenced my life.
I got used to hearing “no!”.
It’s hard to describe – I feel spoiled but deprived at the same time. Is that possible? Maybe “controled” is a better term. My sister and I were told “no” to certain foods, money, gifts, play dates with friends, some school activities, some clothes –
We had so much but were told no to many things that I did not understand as a child. So, when I moved out from underneath my father’s roof I went to the other extreme!
I ate and spent money until I was in such a state that I hardly recognize the face staring back at me in the mirror. The character I have become from my debt antics is embarrassing and actually quite shocking at times. I’m all about the quick fix, the instant gratification, and the impulsive moves.
Now that I’m 30 – I just got through buying a new car and couldn’t get the make and model I deired due to poor credit and not enough for a down payment.
I’m also trying to move from the land and house my parents own (where my sister and I lived for rent free) – and quickly learning that no rental history, not so hot credit report and animals is a VERY BAD thing.
It’s been shocking and eye opening. I know how I got here, but it seemed like just yesterday I was thinking I could fix it later. I feel like I’m finally getting some of the life lessons my father was trying to teach us. AT 30I FINALLY COMING AROUND AND TRYING TO GET IT TOGETHER @ 30!! That seems so absurd … I’m not saying 30 is old, but rather that I feel like so much time was wasted and I have nothing much to show for it.
Why am I just now getting this?
I feel very sad and wish I had a do-over.
I suppose I can start from this point.



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