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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Send a postcard to Postsecret (read all 2 entries…)
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Second favorite…



Send a postcard to Postsecret (read all 2 entries…)
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My favorite postcard from postsecret…



climb a tree
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Mmmmm… nature.



Kiss in the rain
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It’s worth doing if the person is worth kissing. And he was.



start making my own coffee instead of buying from starbucks (read all 2 entries…)
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I went garage sale shopping this last weekend, and I found an espresso machine. I wish I had gotten it. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get that or a regular coffee machine that I can set a timer on (so when I wake up it’s already made). I think that with the espresso machine I could make more Frappucino-like drinks. Who knows… off to Starbucks!



Get my nose pierced.
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My friend Elena and I did this together for her 18th birthday in 2006. I forgot I had taken ibuprofen earlier that morning for a toothache, and I wound up bleeding quite a bit. Other than that, it wasn’t very painful at all. I got an infection this last Christmas from being extremely ill and blowing my nose so much, so I wound up taking it out. But I miss it so much, that I think I may get another one.



buy a hybrid car
Uncle Sam, General Motors

I just finished watching ‘Who Killed the Electric Car?’ and I am now extremely disgusted by the government, oil companies and car companies (as if I weren’t enough already). I wish I could own an EV1, but it sounds as if they’ve been laid to rest. The documentary also stated that American hybrid cars have a less average MPG than the Japanese ones. Good to keep that in mind. I feel horrible and guilty for driving my Toyota Avalon, but the best I can do right now is walk to work, take the bus to school, and essentially do my part. One day I’ll have enough to buy a Hybrid…



start making my own coffee instead of buying from starbucks (read all 2 entries…)
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I’m addicted to the Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino. Argh… damn their sugary caffieneness.



Go skinny dipping at night
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Nothing feels better than swimming through water in the nude, whether it’s night or day. Love it.



wake up early every day
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I woke up at 7:30am this morning. But I went to bed at 3am, so I don’t think that was exactly what I was hoping for…

Thank god for coffee.



go on a cruise
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If you want to relax, this is the best kind of vacation you can take. I got on in LA, and we went down to San Diego, Catalina Island, and Mexico. We had the best food! I would love to go again. I’m tired of planning so much for trips and stressing to the point of not enjoying myself.



visit all 50 states
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Ok, so I’ve been to Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Utah, Colorado, and Kansas. Most of it was from the road trip I took with my mom and brother this last Spring break. Our destination was Illinois so we could visit mom’s hometown and her dad and step-mom. Oh, and Hawaii! That’s 14/50 (including my home state).



get my teeth fixed
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I have a feeling that this is the root of all my problems… until they’re fixed and then I’ll find a new one. But I have made a step into getting them fixed. I made an appointment with the orthodontist for Aug. 2nd. I’m terrified, but I crave to smile without feeling insecure. People take for granted their naturally solid, white teeth (like my brother. wish I had his genes. the luck of the draw, I guess).



Write more
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Livejournal just isn’t the same. I need something meaningful to write about.



transfer
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If I do well at the photography classes at Cuesta, then I would like to transfer to Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. If I decide to pursue Human Services/Social Services, then I will most likely transfer to SFSU, and from there who knows. The thing that has this goal lagging, is the fact that I did horribly this last year. It was my freshman year as a full-time student, and I am addicted to dropping classes. I aimed to do better in the Spring, but I actually wound up doing worse. That is, I had a lot going on, but still… I got 2 F’s and that’s out of the 5 classes that I didn’t drop. Hmmm… I guess I can add that to my list as well.



take dance lessons
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I just registered for classes at the community college, and I’ll be taking dance lessons! The info says I’ll be learning Cha Cha, Swing, Waltz, and a couple others. Can’t wait!



Get a tattoo
Ideas

I want it to be meaningful, so I have a multitude of ideas for tattoos. I told my brother I would get one with him next month when he turns 18.

I want a snowflake on the back of my neck. I want a mermaid cascading down my hip. I want a dove on my back shoulder. I want a tree in the middle of my back. I want a celtic design on my ankle. And I’ve always wanted something on my wrist, but I feel like that might be one I’d regret. I want it for kind of morbid reasons.



go on Semester at Sea
Open Deck

I went to the equivalent of the open houses of 4 year colleges of Sem. at sea aboard the Explorer. It is an amazing ship. Extremely luxurious (it has a massage parlor!). I can’t wait to raise my GPA and get my ass on that ship. I heard stories from the alumni there from either Spring 07 or Fall 06 that had Desmond Tutu aboard the ship for their entire ride. And they went to S. Africa with him…. can’t beat that semester but I might as well try.



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