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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  1. 1. make five vegetable pasta dishes
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    1 person
  2. 2. start strength training
    2 entries . 6 cheers
    11 people
  3. 3. go ice skating with my boyfriend in 2014
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    1 person
  4. 4. read an atmospheric chemistry textbook cover to cover
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    1 person
  5. 5. Pass my cumulative exams
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  6. 6. write my thesis proposal
    2 entries . 6 cheers
    4 people
  7. 7. read catch 22
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    26 people
  8. 8. achieve candidacy for my phd program
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    1 person
  9. 9. get a masters degree
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    2,999 people
  10. 10. buy a dress
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    34 people
  11. 11. Have no empty photo frames!
    5 cheers
    2 people
  12. 12. reach my goal weight
    5 entries
    530 people
  13. 13. be able to touch my toes
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    85 people
  14. 14. get a facial
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    132 people
  15. 15. Take a cooking class
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    850 people
  16. 16. have more patience
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    849 people
  17. 17. know how to solve a rubik's cube
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    344 people
  18. 18. patent an invention
    4 cheers
    153 people
  19. 19. learn self defence
    6 cheers
    128 people
  20. 20. Learn some new knots and use them so they stick
    4 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. publish my research
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    15 people
  22. 22. stop picking
    3 cheers
    117 people
  23. 23. buy a painting
    4 cheers
    28 people
  24. 24. Write a ‘100 things to do before I’m 30’ list and complete it before I’m 30
    6 cheers
    18 people
  25. 25. Read all Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    120 people
  26. 26. learn how to blow glass
    2 cheers
    473 people
  27. 27. Write a letter to myself that I'll open in 5 years
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    146 people
  28. 28. Get PhD in Chemistry
    1 entry . 13 cheers
    5 people
  29. 29. pay off my student loans
    3 entries . 3 cheers
    2,981 people
  30. 30. Buy a House
    5 cheers
    14,074 people

How I did it
How to run a 25 Minute 5K
It took me
1 day
It made me
feel fast

How to get better at statistical mechanics
It took me
3 months
It made me
Mind. Blown.

How to donate books
It took me
1 day
It made me

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achieve candidacy for my phd program
Just the proposal

I have all the credits, passed all the exams necessary, and literally just need an ok from my committee. Will know for sure as of Feb 25th, and these weeks leading up to it are definitely stressful. Soon, though.

write my thesis proposal (read all 2 entries…)

Missing two sections, but not awful. Revised the intro/methods/objective sections… SO MUCH TO DO

Due Monday, so I guess it’ll be done then, ready or not!

pay off my student loans (read all 3 entries…)

Still making payments. I feel like I will be updating this goal for like, the next 80 years. I have four main loans, and I am working on one with a large balance and the highest interest rate at the moment, which is the most depressing, but when it is over I think I will only owe some other ridiculously large sum but in three smaller chunks that accrue at a much less worrisome rate (like 4% instead of 7%.) I know this is the right way to go about it financially, but psychologically, it is brutal working at this goal. Oof.

On the other hand, I totally rolled up a ton of change I had been keeping in a jar and brought it to the bank to help make a payment this month so that was kind of cool. Twenty bucks that was just sitting around is now working for me. Cool.

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