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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.

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find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 137 entries…)
  • another warm, sunny day…summer is great
  • going for a run … why is always such a hassle
  • cooking…it tasted so good

Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
9) Jean-Christophe Grange -Miserere

A complicated book, not made easier in French. It took me a lot of time and some willpower to actually finish it. The story has so many twists and turns, ut ends somewhere completely different from where it started. Interesting nonetheless. Plus i got introduced to this wonderful music.

read a book in french

Que travail.

Do 200 min of cardio a week (read all 10 entries…)

3.78 km
6:45 min/km

Still sick, so have to take it slow.

travel to 100 countries (read all 25 entries…)
45) Costa Rica

Came back with a nasty cold, but that is definitely not beautiful Costa Rics’s fault. It is incredibly green and though the weather kept switching between sunshine and rain, I had a great time.

Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
8) Jules Verne - Around the World in 80 Days

It is much shorter than I had thought. 80 days apparently pass quickly. It is funny, because there would have been many oppurtinities to go into more detail. All in all, quick easy read. A classic.

Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
7) Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood

I just love to read his books. this one is supposed to be the odd one out as there are no speaking cats or flying cows etc. It just a beautiful story, with the clear, crisp language that I like.

It’s year’s half time and i am seriously behind. I am not even sure why. Yes, i have been travelling a lot and this seems to have messed up my reading a lot more than I had thought. Additionally, there is this long list of started, but unfinished books. Need to clean that up now.

travel to 100 countries (read all 25 entries…)
44) Indonesia

Jakarta was much better than expected. I have heard all the horror stories about the traffic, the smog etc. So I was pleasantly suprised how green and lively Jakarta actually is. Yes, traffic is a huge problem, but other than that it is great city. I met some wonderful interesting people.

Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
6) Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Christo

It took me sooo long to get through this. Several reasons, 1) The book is quite long, 2) it was my first e-book and that is just not the same as a normal paper book, and 3) the book does have its length. Yes, the scheming is brilliant, but the way the characters are introduced is a bit too long-winding for my taste. Obviously a classic and must-read, but one should take its time.

travel to 100 countries (read all 25 entries…)
43) Kenya

I meant to go last year already, but got sick in the minute so had to stay home. So now I finally made and I am so glad. I am having a good time meeting interesting, knowledgable and professional people, so life is good.

Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
5) Chris Pavone - The expat

From the back cover I thought I could not not like this book, but I really suffered through it. While the story line is ok, there is not one character that has been developed thoroughly, the writing sometimes could be better and overall it just doesn’t work.

Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
4. Deon Meyer - 7 days

Going to the beach for the Easter vacation was the best thing to do. I enjoyed the book feeling the sun on my skin, looking at the sea and only layed it down for some snorkeling and eating good food. It was the perfect addition to that.

On March 20th celebrate the birthday of writing to reach you wishing her a great new trip around the sun, filled with love, adventures, creativity and interesting books.
Happy Birthday!

I hope you have a wonderful day as the start of an amazing year. Hope to hear from you how you achieve all the things you want to do.

Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
3) Charles Cumming - A foreign Country

I liked it. An easy to read spy story, with lots of references to current politics etc. Nothing to last, but quick, easy and nice.

Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
2) Michael Connelly - The Black Box

Picked it up at the airport before boarding an 11 hour flight. I got exactly what I was hoping for – a quick interesting read. I actually liked this book better than a few of the later ones, because it is almost going back to basics. So that was nice and easy.

Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
1) Gregory David Roberts - Shantaram

Finally starting on this year’s reading and the first pick were almost a 1000 pages of Shantaram. I really liked the way the book made the characters and India come alive for me. I have a clear picture of every character, every street and every emotion. This is very rare for me. I also liked the story – a mixture of easy smiles, emotions, action and some philosophical questions about life. The last 200 pages (the Afghanistan episode) could have been shortened, but overall a very nice read.

Get the basics right (read all 14 entries…)

Still not sure how to tackle this one. I made up a few routines and put them on The website is not great, really, but it does help to track daily routines. Any ideas for other websites are welcome – or maybe 43 things could add this. Anyway.. things are going so so. I was doing quite well on some (not so well on others) and now that I have started travelling again, it’s all back to square one. Argh…

travel to 100 countries (read all 25 entries…)
41 (&42)) - Israel and Palestine

Now it becomes tricky. Palestine has been recognized as a state by 130 countries, but despite the UN recognition as an observer last year, this does not count as a state recognized by the UN.

This whole situation is so difficult… it’s frustrating just to watch, unthinkable to be involved in.

Do 200 min of cardio a week (read all 10 entries…)
Runnin 09/02

4.5 km
29:19 min
6:30 min/km

Speak French fluently (read all 10 entries…)
First step

booked private lessons starting next week Friady! So far, so good.

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