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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get my rook pierced

I’ve wanted this for quite awhile, but decided to get my conch pierced first. I’m getting the rook on the opposite side, so I want the conch to heal completely first before getting the rook (since that would make sleeping just awful!) I cannot wait though. The conch looks awesome and this would complement it.

crochet a blanket (read all 4 entries…)

Blanket #3. Lion Brand Yarn Pattern: Stripes! Blanket. Started today with Vanna’s Choice yarn. Double crochet 2 rows of each color 4 times = 96 rows. Plan to do all (yes, ALL) within 9-12 days. That’s my goal. Posting pic when finished!

Keep my room clean (read all 2 entries…)

I cleaned up half. If I just fold my clothes and put them away my room would actually look half decent

crochet a bag
Special Effects Bag

It took me about a week and some parts are a little sloppy, but hopefully it’s sturdy! It was sewn together from 8 squares. Pattern featured in Crochet Today! Magazine

crochet a blanket (read all 4 entries…)
Another one!

Just finished it today. its about 44” x 54” and made with Red Heart yarn. Took me about 3 weeks.

crochet a blanket (read all 4 entries…)

this is completely worth it. its rewarding and theraputic! i made this blanket for a friend and it measures somewhere around 68 1/2” X 90” its so beautiful. and nothing was more rewarding than being able to say, “here. i made this for you.” and give it to someone special.

go to peru (read all 2 entries…)
yeah i gave up...

i lost interest. long and complicated story, haha, but i dont want to go anymore. although everyone else who wants to should!

take a photography class (read all 3 entries…)
its gone great so far

i really love what i’ve been able to learn so far in my class, and the photographs that ive taken are amazing! im really surprised at the way that i’ve really been able to see things: i look at life in a completely different perspective both inside and outside of trying to capture moments on film. i absolutely love my class so far, and my favorite photo shoot was the motion shoot where i messed with shutter speeds. i shot cars good enough to be put in car commercials (ok, not really…but I THINK SO!) blurred background and still cars looked amazing. im really proud of myself; i’ll post pictures if anyone would like to see my work!

do well on my SATs (read all 2 entries…)
I did well...

Alright, well I definitely acheieved my goal and did well, but i didnt do OUTSTANDING like I’d hoped. I’d seriously wished for a perfect 2400 score but…hah, maybe expectations were too high. Oh well. Whatever, i did it, and didnt do horribly at all. :)

keep a sketchbook
It's a great idea

They can be personal, and no one needs to see them. They’re great for mere practice of techniques or just when you feel like drawing. I use my sketchbook for practice. If there’s a drawing I really want to do, I practice methods and similar pictures to what I want to draw in my sketchbook before I get out some real paper and do the actual drawing. Fear shouldnt be an option: with enough patience, you can get your desired outcome. A simple sketch of a face took me two hours once, but I believe it to be completely worth it. I cant draw a beautiful picture in 10 minutes, but you don’t need to!

improve my drawing skills (read all 3 entries…)
So much better...

I cant even begin to describe the improvement that I’ve seen in my drawing lately. I tried out about 3 different methods and they’ve all made a tremendous difference. I drew a portrait if my favorite guy that came out so beautifully, but i wont show it to him until i deem it to be perfect. :) I picked up an excellent book as well, and it really helped me with my shading problems which makes all the difference in my art. I still have trouble, but practice makes perfect. I’ve noticed that I’ve been looking at a lot of things differently lately. Knowing where to shade has also altered my aspect on the things that i see. it sounds weird, but many many times this week when i’ve been looking at people or objects, ive taken a conscious notice of darkened areas and details. It’s weird! I was chatting with one of my friends, and I noticed that I was taking in all of the details of her face as if I were preparing to draw her. Cool. I suppose noticing my surroundings more often will definitely make a difference as well.

take a photography class (read all 3 entries…)

class starts monday. :)

tell him how I feel (read all 2 entries…)
woo hoo!

yay I did it! It’s so rewarding, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. Feeling happy now. ;-) Especially since it worked out as I hoped.

Read the book "The Alchemist"

I’m on page 50, its amazing so far. :)

crochet a blanket (read all 4 entries…)
Ripple Afghan

I started this for a very good friend…back in March. Hurrah, I’m about halfway done now. :( Not much progress, but I’m trying. I want each color to be used 8 times. It’s huge too…i to make about 300+ stitches for the foundation chain. I cant wait until its finished, because he’s going to love it.

learn to crochet
It's so much fun!

Get into this ASAP if you want to learn. You can teach yourself and become amazing, its really easy. I taught myself years ago, and I’m almost finished with this beautiful ripple afghan that I’m making for a good friend. You can practically crochet anything, ponchos are really really fun and come out beautiful. And there are a few stitches you can do that look like knitwork if you can’t make up your mind!

share my poetry
Good Website

I’ve been posting my poetry at and it’s a great website to share your works and read other people’s stuff. Your poems can be rated, and people give great feedback! Check it out if you’re interested.

write a poem every week
Definitely Lacking

I used to write poems just all the time. And now none seem to be creeping out of my pen, but I did write one last night, and one a few days ago, so I would really like to get back into the habit of writing them. A group of my favorite poems that I wrote…are almost two years old! I need some new original stuff. Considering the link works, my newest poem can be read here:

tell him how I feel (read all 2 entries…)
I'm Nuts

I’m just nuts about this guy. He took me out Friday evening, and while the night wasnt full of fun, just talking for hours was…so nice. He kept me warm when I was cold, and I just loved looking into his gorgeous blue eyes…his eyes are f*cking gorgeous.
So I’m sitting here waiting for him to call (he said he’d call back; I have an excuse). I really hope he feels the same. I really don’t know. I think I’m just stupid. I’m just head-over-heels for him. I wish I wasnt so chicken. :’(

Lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks
Not Impossible

But I don’t really know how healthy this goal actually is. My goal really is to lose 10 pounds as fast as possible, not necessarily in two weeks. I guess I dont need to lose 10 pounds, but I can afford to and need to be in shape anyway. These new sweaters I bought would look so much better if i lost 5-10 pounds.

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