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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Read 50 books in 2010 (read all 11 entries…)
2010 -- Book 3: Truth and Beauty; A Friendship

Great book by Ann Patchett. Getting more books by her as I really love her writing.



Read 50 books in 2010 (read all 11 entries…)
2010 -- Book 2: How to Be Famous: Our Guide to Looking the Part, Playing the Press, and Becoming a Tabloid Fixture

Funniest book ever by Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. Just had to get it.



Read 50 books in 2010 (read all 11 entries…)
2010 -- Book 1: The Pilot's Wife

It was nice to pick up a fiction after I’ve been reading all these other self-help and how-to books. This was a really fast read. After the slow beginning, it was quite the page turner. Not my favorite, but definitely a goodie.



get my passport
So I FINALLY turned in my form...

but I don’t think this is going to be the end of the application process. First, the USPS worker told me that CVS took my passport pictures wrong. There’s too much body in the picture and it should be pretty much all face. Then second, I wrote the wrong father down. See, I was adopted by my step dad. So he is my legal father. Which is what I thought the right answer was. But the USPS worker said it should be the father that is on my birth certificate. But the field did not say “birth father” it just said “father.” So even though we changed the form to what she thought, I still think I’m right. The application is probably going to get kicked back because I didn’t know my biological father’s birthplace or birthday. We’ll see what happens. Ugh. I just want my stupid passport!



Read 50 books in 2010 (read all 11 entries…)
8/50 -- Living A Charmed Life

Victoria Moran does an amazing job of taking what everyone already has and spinning into what you need to live a great life, no matter how many negatives. This has really inspired me to make small changes in my everyday so that I can make a big change for the better in my life. Loved it! A+



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 11 entries…)
Thurs. August 13, 2009

Today it makes me happy that:

a) We are going to Lake Erie this weekend! Can’t wait! We might even head to Put-In-Bay! That will be my first time there!

and b) Thanks to a new book, I have started a Serendipity Log. It’s kinda similar to this goal, but it’s more like appreciating the small things more often in a day. I decided to change it up a bit and put it on my twitter instead of in a journal. So if anyone searches on Twitter for @schmittastic #serendipitylog you will see my entries! Super exciting!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 11 entries…)
Wed. August 12, 2009

Today it makes me happy that my baby is coming over for date night (with Chinese in-hand, of course!)



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 11 entries…)
Tues. August 11, 2009

Today it makes me happy that my show is on! Big Brother 11… so entertaining!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 11 entries…)
Mon. August 10, 2009

Today it makes me happy that I took the time to re-read some blog entries from awhile back. It reminds me that I’m a pretty good writer and I should do it more often.



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 11 entries…)
Sun. August 9, 2009

Today it makes me happy that I woke up and made Terry and myself breakfast and then later Terry made us dinner. Teamwork!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 11 entries…)
Sat. August 8, 2009

Today it makes me happy that it is Terry’s birthday and he is out golfing with his buddies. I can’t wait to give him my gifts for the big 31!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 11 entries…)
Fri. August 7, 2009

Today it makes me happy that it is Susie’s birthday and we are going out to celebrate tonight. I am especially excited to get dressed up because i don’t get to do that with my girlfriends anymore. Yea for pretty time!!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 11 entries…)
Thurs. August 6, 2009

Today it makes me happy that I don’t have any plans for the evening and I can go home, watch my favorite show and cuddle with my dog. That makes me very happy.



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 11 entries…)
Wed. August 5, 2009

Today it makes me happy that I have yoga tonight. This is my one opportunity every week that I have set aside to work on my strength training.



Read 50 books in 2010 (read all 11 entries…)
7/50 -- Be Yourself: Everyone Else Is Already Taken

This book was not my favorite motivational book so far. It actually made me feel a lot worse about the person that I authentically am. However, it was definitely something I needed to ready about the importance of being myself because I am at a time in my life when I am falling in love with someone and it is scaring me how well he knows me. So much so, that I wish he didn’t know the real me and I want to go back and change who I am. But then again… maybe he wouldn’t be in love with me if I was capable of turning back time. :) Deep.



Read 50 books in 2010 (read all 11 entries…)
6/50 -- The Loved Dog: The Playful Nonaggressive Way To Teach Your Dog Good Behavior

This was a really good book. It made a lot of basic thing make more sense. I took a lot of notes because it was a book a borrowed from the library. I hope I can instill these pointers in my own training of my crazy beagle!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 11 entries…)
Tues. August 4, 2009

Today it makes me happy that I woke up at 6:30 am. I haven’t been getting up until 7:30 on most days and I was able to have a nice leisurely morning before heading off to work. I look forward to continuing this trend every day.



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 11 entries…)
Monday Aug. 3, 2009

Today it makes me happy that Jen got her dream job as a Visual Merchandiser at Macy’s! I’m so proud of her for being able to accomplish such a great thing during such a terrible time in this economy. It’s nice to hear her giddy about something other than a boy.



Wake up when my alarm goes off for one week (read all 2 entries…)
July 23

Guess I gotta start over tomorrow. T stayed the night and he always makes me want to sleep in. I definitely hit the alarm like 4 times.



Wake up when my alarm goes off for one week (read all 2 entries…)
July 22

I woke up at 6:45 when my alarm went off but I was SUCH a zombie! Even after a shower and a bowl of cereal, I had to lay back down. Maybe I should reevaluate that wake-up time…



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