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 a college degree (read all 3 entries…)
last semester

of my A.A. degree!

decided to go to law school, so I’ll be replacing one degree with another :)



learn to play hand drum
First step

I signed up to take a hand drumming class next semester.

Yes, it’s actually good for real college credit, lol



get my ears pierced
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I finally did it!
I had no real reason to put it off so long, but I did it once when I was younger and let them close up, and I’ve always kind of wanted them redone. I’m just too damn cheap to pay someone to do it.

So a friend of mine brought me some self-piercers she got from working at claire’s and I did it myself.

...but I decided it would be a great idea to get smashed so it wouldn’t hurt and I wound up with a 12 HOUR HANGOVER. Not even joking. It sucked so bad.

at least I have pretty ear studs to show for it, though :)



be creative again
a plan!

This is one of the few goals I’m going to implement a semi-direct plan for.

While I’m on vacation for the next couple of weeks I’d like to start sketching again. I always did weird abstract things.
I haven’t been able to smoke pot lately, which was a huge creative influence for me, and I’ve become much more pragmatic having to focus on school and all of the stress in my life…but I’m going to get it back!!

After I get home from vacation (or maybe while on it) I’m going to try writing poems again. I used to live to write poetry, now I don’t even think about it. I want that to change.



Step out of my comfort zone
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So I’m going to try to do this by checking off my other goals- because in order to do most of them I’m going to have to make myself break free.

My worst fear isn’t doing these things, it’s doing them alone.

I have this crippling fear of when you walk into a room full of other people and you feel expected to talk to them, even though you don’t want to. But the thing of it is that I WANT to want to talk to them, just usually I never wind up talking to the right people and I get the stupid ones.

So I’m hoping my goals will put me in a better place that will surround me with like-minded people I can relate to and get to know. i’ve never had a problem making friends, I just can’t do it unless I’m forced into a situation with them. I wish I wasn’t so stubborn and scared.



get in shape (read all 26 entries…)
Walk issues.

Ugh.
Well, I recently moved to a new area of town. In my old neighborhood I used to love to go walking. It was on a busy street with all sorts of joggers and bikers.

My new neighborhood is…well it’s different. It’s kind of a bad part of town. I stopped walking by myself at night after some guy drove by me three times and slowed down. Sometimes I can get my boyfriend to go with me, but he really doesn’t like to walk unless it’s a scenic trail or something (I can’t blame him)

And just a minute ago I figured I’d try walking a different way down a semi-busy street. Turns out there’s no sidewalk, and nobody’s even mowed the grass in forever. I wound up falling in a hole I couldn’t see through the grass.
Then it started to rain.

I really miss being able to walk. I’m not sure what I’m going to do about it =/



eat less sugar (read all 3 entries…)
yay!

I did it! I still indulge my sweet tooth from time to time.

For the most part I keep my evil sugar-craving side at bay by eating sugar-free candy and pudding.
It’s good…but not quite AS good.
I think it’s worth it in the long run, though!



get a college degree (read all 3 entries…)
Half way done!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve finished two full time semesters and one part-time. I’ve got that exact same amount left (assuming I don’t screw anything big up).
So I’m half way to my AA degree!!



get in shape (read all 26 entries…)
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Had a great workout today at the gym. I’m feeling great, but I feel like my progress is at a stand-still. I can’t really do anymore though, so I’m not sure how I should tackle this.

It could be that it’s just slow going and I’m impatient. Hopefully in a few months, when I look back on everything, I’ll see the progress I’ve made.

But right now I’m stuck at the same weight, stuck on the same routine, and stuck with no time to step it up.
I’m at the gym 4-6 times a week for at least an hour, and the days I’m not there I try to go for walks. I’m eating well too, but I just feel stuck.

Maybe (if I ever find time) that spin class will help me get over this plateau.



get in shape (read all 26 entries…)
woah

I’m so tired.
soooooooo tired.

My boyfriend and I moved out of our apartment last week, I have finals tomorrow, and there’s been a whole bunch of family drama.
Plus, with the recent deaths/injuries from that accident everything has just been feeling so messed up. Luckily working out is the one thing in my life that hasn’t really been effected.

I haven’t had time to write here for a while with everything going on, but I still make it to the gym almost every day (twice today!)
...well, except for a few days last week when moving got really hectic.

But after tomorrow the semester is over and I can finally start to rest, and hopefully work out more!

I’m not seeing the results I want to see yet, but I am seeing some results. I think I’m going to join a weekly cycling class. The instructor talked me into it. He said they burn an average of 900 something calories in one 45 minute session. That’s intimidating and exciting all at once.



get my first tattoo (read all 2 entries…)
Almost there!

I turn 18 in 9 days! I’m going to start bringing the drawings I did into some local tattoo places and getting a few prices/ seeing if I can get a drawing made up.
I drew the design I’d like, but there are a few minor details I’d like for the artist to add on to.

I can’t waaaaiiit.



get in shape (read all 26 entries…)
Update

I seriously love the gym. It’s so funny to think about how just a few months ago I never ever exercised, now I’m at the gym almost every single day.
I see myself every single day, so I don’t really notice much of a difference day-to-day, but it really hit me when I saw a picture that was taken of me a week or so ago. I have color, I look more cut, and i just look happier. All around I look and feel much healthier.

I can’t believe I used to have this weird fear of the gym. It should just go to show me that I need to stop being afraid of new situations and push myself out of my comfort zone, because that’s how the best things in my life have come to me.

I’m really glad that I made this goal “get in shape” instead of “lose weight” or “exercise more”. Getting in shape is really an all-over thing, involving everything from the food you eat to your morning routine.

I’m happy I’ve made it this far, and I can’t wait until I can mark this goal as done!



get in shape (read all 26 entries…)
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So much has happened lately.
I lost two very close friends in a car accident, and my brother-in-law is still in the hospital as a result.
So, needless to say, working out has been kind of secondary in my mind.

I’m really trying to stay positive in these hard times though. I got a YMCA membership and yesterday I worked out for about 2 1/2 hours. It was so much fun, I was surprised. It seems less like a chore than working out at home does.
I finally got over my fear of gyms and did it!



get a dog
Mr. Beefy

He was a 420 miracle who was given to us. He’s a handful, especially in an itty-bitty apartment, but he’s great!



get in shape (read all 26 entries…)
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I was right, getting back on track hasn’t been very hard. I have’t been pushing myself, because it’s finals week and I’m more concerned with studying right now, but I have been getting back into the swing of it.

As soon as I started working out again I remembered why I was doing it in the first place, it’s really exhilarating and I actually DO like it :)



get in shape (read all 26 entries…)
Rut

So, because of my suddenly hectic schedule and a little bit of uninspiration I’ve managed to not work out much at all this past week.
So today is going to be another “I Will!” day,
hopefully so is tomorrow.

I have a feeling once I start my routine normally again it won’t be hard to get back into it, I’ve just been thrown off my game.



get a job- ANY job (read all 7 entries…)
fuuuuuuuuck

4 or 5 more applications in this week STILL nothing. Going to go to Sonic and apply. Eww. I really don’t want to work there. But we just got a HUGE puppy who loves to eat. Plus I feel absolutely awful for not being able to afford to get him any frontline for his fleas =(



get in shape (read all 26 entries…)
Arrrrrrgh

It’s been SO hard for me to get motivated the past few days! I dunno what’s up, it’s like my energy level is suddenly nil. I think it might be because of the semester coming to an end, and everything I’ve been having to do for school. Maybe I’m just burnt out?

I’m trying to get back on track. Last night I ate SOOOO much and didn’t even work out =x

But I’m trying to do better tonight. I’m going to make myself do everything from my “I WILL” entry.
Honestly all I want to do is lay around the house. It’s really unlike me.



get a job- ANY job (read all 7 entries…)
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Filled out 2 more applications yesterday. Still nothing. I’m going to try to get a few more in for today =/



Skydive
I'm doing this

on my 18th birthday in June!
My boyfriend is going with me. It’s going to be great :D



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