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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take a public speaking course (read all 7 entries…)
my last speech...

...focused on some elements of non-verbal communication. In addition I tied the speech into Bharata Natyam, a dance form I feel is the ultimate in non-verbal communication. Bharata Natyam uses prescribed eye movements, head movements, head gestures, foot stomps, costuming, emotions and interpretation of rhythm to tell a story without saying a word.

Done bitches!



Go on a date (read all 3 entries…)
I like him

Went on a date with a guy me likes. And we’re gonna go on more of them!

Good job girl, good job.



pack a lunch (read all 3 entries…)
yay!

Tomorrow is the last day of school!
Outside of one Friday, I managed to bring a lunch to school every single day. I don’t know how much money I saved, but I am estimating it is around $100.

woot!



take a public speaking course (read all 7 entries…)
one more speech left

I have 10 minutes to talk about the speech component of my choice.

I am choosing to discuss non-verbal communication. What are the ways we communicate without saying a word?

Plus I want to use some examples from a dance form I feel is the ultimate in non-verbal communication, Bharatha Natyam. Dancers from that particular tradition focus on developing hand motions (mudras), eye movements and facial expressions to tell an entire story without saying a word.



keep track of my finances (read all 6 entries…)
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Didn’t do so well with February’s budgeting. Here’s to hoping March is better!



do the splits
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I actually got there for a few days last year but lost it :(
Still working on it.



graduate from college (read all 5 entries…)
23 more days

23 more days bitches!



take a public speaking course (read all 7 entries…)
speech #3

Speech #3 was an attempt to try to sway people for or against a particular topic.

Being the Wal-Mart hater I am, my speech topic was “Why you shouldn’t shop at Wal-Mart.” I gave an introduction about Wal-Mart’s history, gave three reasons why you shouldn’t shop at Wal-Mart (sexist, keeps people poor, costs taxpayers too much) and then a conclusion.

Got 100% woot!



Go on a date (read all 3 entries…)
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I am getting close to giving up on this. Sometimes I am convinced men just really don’t like me.

I’m trying to stay positive!



Make 2008 my best year yet (read all 6 entries…)
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Still going awesome. What can I say?
Great friends, great vibes, great times.

Even my mom has been making the attempt to get along with me. I’ve never gotten along with her in, well, never.

WOOT



take a public speaking course (read all 7 entries…)
speech #2

For our second speech our instructor asked us to do a “how to” presentation. I wanted to do something interesting, so I decided to talk about fire eating and how it is done.

I couldn’t demonstrate live in class so I made some videos and stuck them on YouTube as a supplement. Check em out!
http://www.youtube.com/user/labalianne



ghostride the whip
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If I get a car for graduation I am so gonna ghost ride it.



give up fast food for a year (read all 7 entries…)
orange julius

I walked by the Orange Julius yesterday inside Seattle Center and nearly bought an Raspberry Julius.

I don’t drink julius much but whenever I am near one I usually buy one. I love the icy, frosty, guilty goodness of the largest raspberry julius I can buy.

Then I thought, “Wait! Orange Julius is corporate fast food crap too!”

So then I went to the grocery store up the street and bought some real food.



Learn how to use a whip (read all 2 entries…)
reverse cracks

I can never seem to accomplish the reverse crack when I want it.
I know it’s a matter of keeping inside my planes. I just have to get used to the awkwardness my arm and shoulders feel when attempting it.



lose more weight (read all 4 entries…)
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I haven’t lost weight. Indeed I’ve gained five pounds.

However, I am way thinner! I have been lifting weights frequently in the past few months. I have been becoming more muscular and toned (and less soft-like, you know?).

Muscle weighs more but it takes up less space.



buy a car (read all 3 entries…)
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I asked some of my family members to buy me a car for a graduation gift. I know it’s asking a lot but I need it!

Tired of riding the bus. Tired of riding for an hour when I could have driven 30 minutes. Tired of riding the bus at night.



chant my mantra 108 times a day (read all 4 entries…)
yay!

Now chanting my mantra 108 times a day comes easily. No frustration. No wanting to just stop and go do something else. Matter of fact I now chant 108 times twice a day. It has become a part of my daily ritual.

Chanting is helping me focus and bring my goals to fruition!



give up fast food for a year (read all 7 entries…)
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I went to fast food joint last night, but it was a local fast food joint, not one of those corporate ones.

Nothing like a Dick’s burger. Even then I don’t plan on eating that very much.



pack a lunch (read all 3 entries…)
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Outside of this Friday I have managed to pack a lunch every day so far.

I am thinking the best way to remember to pack a lunch is to buy a bunch of things and leave them in the fridge at school. That way I won’t be burdened by dragging around a bunch of extra things. My bookbag is heavy enough!



Suhaila Certification level 1 (read all 2 entries…)
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I was certified level 1 but I had to let it lapse because of money and time issues. However I want to get started on this again!



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