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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backpack across europe (read all 10 entries…)

So now that I’m getting married, I am becoming grounded. I thought this goal was going to be very hard to come by. My fiance ran into some people who just got back from Ireland and they chatted for a while. It gave him a great idea. We are now saving up money and postponing our honeymoon so that we can travel Europe. Our plan is to take about three weeks during Christmas break next year to backpack a bit. It wont be for the many months I wanted to go for, but it will be worth every moment. Having someone to share the experience with, and being able to do it during the small break in reality we have. I’m very excited, but planning is on the back burner until the wedding is over!

be more confident (read all 29 entries…)

I’m creative in my own strange way.

be more confident (read all 29 entries…)

I’m a dog person. I love animals. Mostly dogs. My dog is truly part of my family.

be more confident (read all 29 entries…)

I have great eye sight… hopefully it will last long into my older years.

be more confident (read all 29 entries…)

I don’t smoke.

be more confident (read all 29 entries…)

I’m a hard worker… when at work.

quit biting and picking my nails (read all 7 entries…)
Lent again.

Last year I gave up biting and picking my nails for lent. I got all the way through lent…. and then started up again. This year I’m trying again. And I currently have nails. They aren’t pretty. But they are there…. and SO hard not to bite.

post letters here that i would never send (read all 6 entries…)
Good Samaritan,

I have been slowly losing faith in the people of this world, but it is people like you who make me believe people are good again. Thank you for not ignoring what you saw. Thank you for taking action. Thank you for bringing my family back together. And thank you for giving me a little bit of faith. I wish I knew your name.

post letters here that i would never send (read all 6 entries…)
Dear American Idol Judges,


First of all, why wasn’t Ju’Not Joyner in? Your picks really sucked (besides the obvious Anoop). And why do you keep asking for personality? If they have a voice, THEY HAVE A VOICE. Braddy was interesting and awesome. What personality was he missing? SERIOUSLY? And if you want “personality” so badly, why wasn’t Jackie in the wild card round? She rocked!

But let’s get down to business…. MEGAN????!!! Can’t even hit the right notes, MEGAN? Just because someone is physically beautiful and interesting doesn’t mean they should be in the top 12.

Second, JASMINE? She’s boring. What personality did you see in her that you didn’t see in “perfect pitch” Braddy?

And third, why did you waste a spot on Tatiana. Even if you put her through to the top 12, no one would vote for a drama queen.

OH! AND FOURTH!! What do you have against Jessie? She’s the only one who asked questions and seems to be paying attention to what you are saying. LOVE HER!! What is your problem?????!!!!!

I will give Matt the benefit, he sucked his first round but blew me away on this wild card round. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING! GOOD JOB!

But lets be honest, unless you’ve already picked the top two, and don’t want them to have competition, this wild card round was just stupid. It’s like Anoop was the only one that made us believe you weren’t setting it up so that the top two wouldn’t have competition. ..... And obviously I don’t feel I need to watch anymore because it should be (and if it doesn’t, America…or the “phone lines” are F*ed up)... Danny Gokey and Lil Rounds.

Wow, I had no idea I could become such an American Idol addict. I never thought I’d care about something like this…. shit, I’m a nerd.


post letters here that i would never send (read all 6 entries…)

I know it’s early in the year for me to be thinking about Christmas, but I need you to know I’m trying to be really good this year. Just for when it comes around… you should know that.

post letters here that i would never send (read all 6 entries…)
Forever friend,

I miss you daily, and I feel closer to you than almost anyone. I love our friendship, but I wish I meant the same to you as you do to me. I don’t know if I could handle losing you again. I pray that your life leads you to more happiness than anyone could fathom. You deserve the world, and I’d give it to you if I could.

post letters here that i would never send (read all 6 entries…)
Hostess at the cow,

I think you are awesome. I hope your life brings you joy and unexpected gifts. You exude goodness.

post letters here that i would never send (read all 6 entries…)
Random woman at the gym,

You’re a bitch. I hope your life truly sucks. Maybe you should pick up a dictionary, because you’re using the wrong words to take out your pain on everyone around. By the way, you’re a child and should be embarrassed by your behavior.

be more confident (read all 29 entries…)

I’m a good kisser.

Learn how to fire a gun
Where I live..

I live in a very dangerous city, and lately I’ve been paranoid. I’d like to know how to shoot a gun for protection. It could never hurt to know how to, right?

backpack across europe (read all 10 entries…)
On Pause.

My ambition has depleted a little for this goal because my goals in life are changing. Perhaps I shouldn’t say changing, but developing. I wanted to go to Europe so badly because I had parts of myself and my path I needed to find. And now Some of them have been made clear. I’m ready to go back to school, and I no longer have the desire to be alone while traveling for safety reasons. I still want to go. I’m just not set on seeing the world tomorrow, as I was. I believe I’ll get there. One day.

Become Financially Independent (read all 5 entries…)

I’m going back to school. I’m completely changing directions in my life because I’m ready to be an adult. I’m ready for something more than what I’m doing now. So I see the light for this goal, but I also see a hard and long path. I mean, I’ve already spent 4 years in college. I’m hoping I can get through two more.

cultivate inner beauty

I saw this on someone else’s list and immediately added it to mine. Lately I feel as if I’ve been a horrible person. Very judgmental and rude to those around me. I feel anger seeping from me, and at times I can’t sleep because of it. I know I am a good person. But I also know that everyone has an evil side, and mine has been dominating me lately through all of my stress. I truly believe this is something I want to work on. And thank you Abbaskid78 for the new goal.

Learn to cook (read all 3 entries…)

The truth is I hate it. I hate cooking and that’s why it’s not marked off my list yet. I hate it.

quit biting and picking my nails (read all 7 entries…)
I can't afford it but...

I finally got fake nails put on, again. It’s been so long since I’ve had them and it’s harder to type- but they look so good. I am hoping they will teach me to leave them alone once I take them off.

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