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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go on safari (read all 2 entries…)

I really enjoyed our three-day camping safari in South Africa. Best moments: discovering wild lions napping in the tall grass, watching elephants by moonlight, and counting giraffes.

Lose 30 pounds (read all 5 entries…)

I fulfilled this 2012 resolution 6 days before the end of the year! Hooray!

go on safari (read all 2 entries…)
my first safari

scheduled for next April… !!!

Lose 30 pounds (read all 5 entries…)

Just 4 more pounds to go before this goal becomes reality. Can I do it by the end of the year??

Lose 30 pounds (read all 5 entries…)
just ten more to go...!

I just hit the 20-lb mark and I’m so excited. I’m feeling good and I might actually complete this goal by the end of the year!

learn how to irish step dance (read all 4 entries…)
Golden Weekend

I love Irish Dance. It is beyond cool. I’m so glad that I started taking this weekly class with my sister. We did our first dance competition this weekend, and we both took home medals! I won 3 golds! Of course, there’s less competition in the “adult beginner” category, but I’m still pretty proud of us. It makes me feel like a real dancer.

Lose 30 pounds (read all 5 entries…)
Half Way There

As of this morning, I’ve lost 15 lbs. Just 15 to go! I’m so excited that this is working!

learn ancient greek (read all 2 entries…)
New Book & CD

I am so excited to have found this resource:

Now I feel like I am learning Koine in a conversational way. It’s really fun!

Lose 30 pounds (read all 5 entries…)
33% of Goal

I have just discovered the “big breakfast diet,” and I’ve lost 10 pounds! After years of dieting, it’s so nice to have a satisfying breakfast without feeling guilty. Lunch and dinner are low-carb, low-fat, and low-cal, but it’s MUCH easier to stick to that if I start the day with a big breakfast. This is exciting because I have tried so many diets that haven’t worked. It’s hard for me to lose even one pound and keep it off. But I think I’ve finally found the plan that works for my body!

teach a child to read music (read all 3 entries…)
Amazing Progress

I don’t think I can take any credit for this, but there has been major progress. My young nieces are sight-singing simple melodies.

For years, I had been inventing complex music games for them. The kids had fun, and they excelled at rhythm, but they couldn’t remember intervals. My sister suggested (kindly) that I was probably moving too fast.

This year, we just stuck to singing combinations of do-mi-sol for several weeks. Then (at their request!), I wrote down the same combinations on music paper. They were able to read them instantly with almost no effort. How cool!

Children are just miraculous.

learn Latin (read all 5 entries…)
Lingua Latina per se illustrata

I am so impressed with Hans Orberg’s textbook series. It is such an intuitive approach to reading Latin at a high level! I think that if I simply read his first book (Pars I) several times this year, I will get the solid grounding that I’ve always wanted to have in Latin.

learn how to irish step dance (read all 4 entries…)

My sister and I just took our first Irish Dance class. We tried an instructional video a couple of years ago but it didn’t really keep our interest, so now we’re going to try the real thing. Here goes…!

sing all my favorite opera roles (read all 5 entries…)

I just got cast as Leonora in a local production. This role has been on my wish list for a long time. Happiness.

Go parasailing (read all 2 entries…)
Riding High!

Did this with three friends today at Balboa Parasail in Newport Beach, CA. It was a birthday present from my friends, who knew that this had been on my list for a while. We had a blast! The sensation is amazing. Imagine flying ABOVE a flock of birds. It was a gorgeous day: we had warm sunshine, fresh breeze and a cloudless sky to enjoy our panoramic view of the coast. On our way down, the driver dunked us once in the Pacific, which was pretty funny, and then set us gently on the boat. A perfect birthday treat for me. :)

bike a century
working up to it

Well, I started in June with modest rides of 12, 18, 24, 30, and 36 miles and I’m starting to get in shape! On Saturday, I did 46 miles and felt fantastic. I’m on a mountain bike with big two-inch tires, so the hills are challenging. I hope to do 65+ by the end of the summer, and 100 by the end of the year. We’ll see…

create a beautiful garden
the garden in my mind

I have a fantasy of a garden that’s half-way between an Italian sculpture garden with and a Japanese flower garden with cherry blossoms and bridges and waterfalls. Someday I hope to make it real!

learn ancient greek (read all 2 entries…)

I love languages, and this is my new challenge for 2011. My sister and I have decided to take an online Biblical Greek course. Excited!

get an agent (read all 2 entries…)
Got one!

for the first time in my life, I have an agent. This was an important goal for this year—HOORAY!

get an agent (read all 2 entries…)

Well, the agents aren’t coming to me. So I have to go to them!
I have set up 2 auditions in Germany, and I have 2 more who are interested. I’d like to get at least 5 appointments before I buy the plane ticket…

Read the bible - again (read all 11 entries…)
the beginning and the end

I ended with Genesis. It’s been a wonderful journey!

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