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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is going to walk in the park at lunch.

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gain substantial arm muscle

See if there is an aerialist group or an acro yoga group local to you, join them. Wait 6 months. This will happen, like it or not, and you will have fun doing it!

start a business

Kind of by accident, my name is on a business!

visit every friend in other states in the next three years.

Had a kid. No longer is this even vaguely a realistic thing, at least for the time being.

Clean out my closet.


It took moving, having a baby, and getting tired of clutter, but I think I’m FINALLY at the point where everything will be used by me at some point in the future and there isn’t useless crap (although pretty crap) hanging around.

learn fire poi

It was awesome. I finally popped the fire cherry.

My learning of poi will continue, of course. At this point, I’m starting on “expert” moves. It is a blast. Just keep pushing past the plateaus!

have children

She’s beautiful and adorable. I’m very glad I had the little munchkin.

Eat better (read all 2 entries…)

This wasn’t easy. It involved eating at home, getting used to cooking once every day or so, and getting in the habit of keeping healthy (but tasty) foods in the house.

The big challenge really is just getting into the habit of avoiding everything corn syrup. Really, once you do that, half of your battle is over.

Trader Joe’s is a great place for us to find food that is made with wholesome ingredients. It is a relief not to have to read every package looking at the content of junk and find one on a shelf of twenty that matches our profile.

We shop Farmer’s Markets for produce, which is usually fresher and cheaper than anywhere else.

We shop Costco for those items that we really do need in bulk, like cheese (we feed a lot of people, not just us). Costco is superior to Sam’s club in that they actually do have a decent quantity of healthy products, while Sam’s, well, they are related to Walmart, home of the plastic crap.

Get married, again, permanently this time.

This might be possible with the current guy. Time will tell…

Eat better (read all 2 entries…)
Delicious cream

I just found out that I have high cholesterol, so this isn’t so much of a joke anymore.

I’m a perfect weight (no fat at all really) but apparently drinking cream when I need to catch up on calories is not the best choice.

Mmmm… delicious cream.

Improve my posture

Better posture means people look at you better as if you have more authority. Fantastic.

Finish the Zen book

The relationship ended and somehow trying to understand his twisted mind was no longer worth it.

sleep more regularly
The answer...

was to find someone to date with a work and school schedule which correlates with mine or at least someone willing to get up with me. It is lovely.

get a dog

Really the new boyfriend got it, but it is nice to have a cheerful cutie in my life I don’t have to clean the poop from!

Play roller derby, on a team, for one year (read all 2 entries…)

Too much drama

buy a house this year! (read all 2 entries…)

mortgage worked out-turns out going with the right broker makes all the difference. I’m moved in and enjoying life… mostly. Other than I now get to fix my own things.

Become flexible enough to do the splits

It just isn’t meant to be. I mean, I’ve been stretching every time I skate for almost a year now with no improvement. My body refuses. Oh well!

be more assertive

Got the more assertive down. Now I should probably tone it down a bit.

Finish my CS undergrad degree.

Degree finished. On to the next.

It wasn’t easy, but it was definitely worth it.

be more patient with people who annoy me
It worked

Roller derby really helped with this. Being on the track with people who have an actual dislike for you and still not losing your temper when you are hit or they play illegally is worth something and has taught me about how to handle normal life, when they aren’t trying to kill you at least…

get a motorcycle
Death and destruction

This is totally not worth it. Too many of my friends keep getting injured. I’ll just have to find something else to do.

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