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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.

- The Robots.

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spend more time outside

I’ve definitely been doing this. Maybe not as much as I want to, but I’ve been improving.
Because the weather’s finally getting nicer, I go on bike rides, runs, and walks. I just go into my backyard and swing. Sometimes, I just sit on my front porch and relax. It feels good. I love summerrrrrr. The weather is so awesome!


I have been volunteering, partly to get community service hours and partly just because I want to, and it’s a good way to have fun with my best friend, who volunteer with :)

I go to the classroom of a first-and-second-grade reading teacher, after school, and just help her with everything. I grade papers, put up posters, take down posters, copy things, sharpen pencils, clean desks… everything.
I never realized how much work goes into being a teacher!
I actually enjoy doing the work though, and it makes me feel good :)
I want to do more volunteering, because this is only every other Thursday.

read a book a week (read all 2 entries…)

I haven’t been doing this as well.
I started out well, but then I got bored this week and didn’t want to read before bed.
Tomorrow, I’m going to make it a point to start a book and then finish it by the weekend. I’m gonna read Michael J. Fox’s “Always Looking Up,” because I love him with alll my heart and think he’s inspirational.

get straight A's

Right now, I’m almost there. I’m getting an 87 in science, which I know I can bring up. :) I didn’t even realize I was doing so well until I checked my grades!
It feels so good.

eat healthier and be healthier!

I’ve been being a lot healthier lately :))
I don’t snack as much, I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, I exercise at least five times a week (at leastttt), and I drink more water. I loose control sometimes, but I’ve improved a million times since I made this goal. :D

lose ten pounds

I’ve lost seven pounds!
I made this goal about a month ago, and since then, I’ve becoming a lot healthier. It’s really hard… this whole being healthy thing. I exercise every day on the elliptical machine in my basement for at least forty minutes (recently, I’ve stepped it up to fifty.) Well, okay, I do it five times a week. On weekends, I sporadically exercise, a bike ride here and a walk there and a run there. Which I figure is pretty good too.
I’ve been trying to stick to below 1,000 calories every day.

The hardest thing is the weekends. On weekends, there are temptations EVERYWHERE. With my friends, with my parents, going out to eat, all this food in the fridge… yeecccch. I usually binge at least once a week. =/ Like, I go totally nuts and let myself eat two big pieces of pita bread piled with hummus and a huge bowl of fruit and a can of Nutella. Really, it’s not good. I’m getting better, though! I’ve gotten kind of a lower tolerance for food, so I get stomachaches if I eat a little too much. It helps me keep self control, because I’m like, “If you eat this, you will get a stomachache.” Sometimes, I eat it anyways, but ohhhhwell :(

Anyways. Every time I see somethting in the cupboard that’s kind of mocking me with its yummy awesomeness, I either throw it away or give it to somebody. It’s probably pretty wasteful of me, so I’m trying to think of a better way other than throwing it away if I can’t give it to somebody.

Also, I started eating breakfast (a bowl of Cheerios every morning) because it’s proven that you can loose weight easier if you eat breakfast.

WELL, that was super long. :P Bottom line, I’ve lost seven pounds in like one month. Yipeee!

Stop being afraid of going down big hills on my bike (read all 4 entries…)

I’ve been doing a lottt more hills now.
There’s only one left to tackle now.
It’s this HUGE MONSTER of a hill, and every time I get close to going down it, I freak out and turn into the nearest driveway and go back to my house.

have perfect hair

Hey, does anybody have any hair products they can reccomend that are good for curly hair, that make it shiny and… like… not-frizzy?

The ones that I’ve used so far that work are:
B&B Anti-Frizz :))
I haven’t really tested out any other ones.

Translate "A Midsummer Night's Dream" into modern day~

So we’ve been studying “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in English class, and I decided to start doing a modernized version of it. :P I’m pretty bad when it comes to stuff like that, so so far, the “screenplay” of it is pretty sucky, but I have a lot of fun doing it. Right now, I’m at the scene where Lysander (who I renamed “Alexander”) is trying to apologize to Hazel but she’s like, “NOOOO BITCHFACE~ GET AWAY FROM ME.”

identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)
100 Things

1. Thick, wet raindrops
2. Singing really well
3. Music
4. Feeling loved
5. British people/accents
6. Feeling confident
7. Having a good hair day
8. Writing a poem
9. Exercising
10. Accomplishing a goal
11. Following a schedule
12. Finishing all my homework
13. Drew Barrymore
14. Snow
15. A beach
16. Making people laugh
17. Wathing Scrubs
18. Watching Degrassi
19. Watching That 70s Show
20. Photography
21. “With The Sky Above”
22. Star
23. The word “infinite”
24. A really great book
25. Confident teenage girls
26. My role models
27. Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocketful of Sunshine”
28. Anne Hathaway
29. Twelfth Night the play
30. Interlochen
31. Having a really fun dream at night.
32. Sunshine against my shoulders
33. Shaggy hair
34. Watching a movie that’s really thought-provoking
35. Seeing other people’s “Goals I’ve Accomplished” on 43things
36. FMLs
37. Swimming
38. Pretending I’m a mermaid while swimming
39. Dreaming of faraway lands
40. Sunsets
41. Crystal blue water
42. Baths
43. Really scented bubble baths
44. Good-smelling candles
45. The shutter sound on cameras
46. The sound of gravel being crunched under a shoe
47. The sound of heels or tap shoes walking
48. “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” the movie
49. Iambic pentameter
50. Sitting and relaxing after a run
51. Ice cold water when I’m parched
52. My friends
53. Thinking about my bat mitzvah
54. Italian the language
55. Orange chicken from the mall
56. Crispy beef
57. Heath Ledger
58. Deleting things off the computer
59. Photobooth effects
60. Gorgeous earrings
61. Urban Outfitters
62. Delia’s
63. Fun teachers
64. Being in the library, typing a poem
65. Being alone
66. Bike riding alone
67. Bike riding in general
68. Having fun with my dad
69. Going to DC
70. Sleepovers
71. Sunglasses
72. Karaoke
73. Susan Boyle
74. Making a difference
75. Volunteering
76. “The Devil Wears Prada”
77. Spending time with either of my parents
78. The “Copy, Paste” action on the computer
79. Pressing “Clear History,” even if I don’t have to
80. “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books
81. The name ‘Rowan’
82. Having an epiphany
83. Eating something really delicious that’s also really healthy
84. Thunder
85. When it’s raining and I’m by a fire
86. The wooden swing down the road
87. Scarves
88. Taking a walk alone
89. The aquarium
90. The zoo
91. Inspirational monuments
92. Sculptures
93. Reading other people’s blogs
94. Getting a comment on my blog
95. Getting a notification (that’s not spam) on Facebook
96. Modern art museums
97. Knowing that I can actually succeed
98. Knowing that one day, I’ll fall in love
99. Knowing that one day, I’ll be the one in the white dress
100. Knowing that today, I’ve accomplished a goal on 43things :D

be fluent in Spanish

I’ve been doing Spanish for many years, but for some reason, it’s not sticking. I’m still not fluent.
I want to reallyseriously commit to learning Spanish, because I know that if I do, I’ll feel really accomplished and awesome. ^^

Write a poem a day for fifteen days (read all 2 entries…)

I’m on Day 7 of doing this. :) Some of them aren’t good, and they’re all pretty repetitive- using the same words and some of the same ideas- but I feel like I’m slowly improving over these fifteen days. _
this was a reallllyyy good idea.

read a book a week (read all 2 entries…)
This Week

This week, the first week that I’m doing this, I started out with reading “Q&A,” the book Slumdog Millionaire the movie is based off of. It’s actually really good, even though it’s almost NOTHING like the movie.
I really liked reading it.
This week, I want to read “Perks of Being A Wallflower” because I’ve heard so many good things about it.

Stop being afraid of going down big hills on my bike (read all 4 entries…)
Going Down Fast

Well, now that I’ve tackled the intial fear of going down them, I’m still scared to go down them without my hands on the brakes! I’m always going down so slow, but I want to just let go

Stop being afraid of going down big hills on my bike (read all 4 entries…)

Guess what?!! Today, because I was feeling kinna frustrated, I went for a bike ride through my neighborhood. I just said to myself, “Okay, Emily, you can do this. Just suck it up, hold down on the brakes, and go down.” And so I tackled all the hills in my neighborhood! And trust meeeee, that’s a lot. :D
It was really awesome.

I started getting faster and faster at it, and yaaay! I feel so accomplished!

Stop being afraid of going down big hills on my bike (read all 4 entries…)

Once, I went down a hill on my bike, and because I didn’t know how to use the brakes on the bike I was on, I hit the curb, flipped over, and got a contusion (a bruised bone.) Even though it didn’t really hurt that much, and I was even proud of wearing a sling, I now have some… mental thing… where going down hills at a fast speed makes me scared and I start breathing heavily and I could cry.
But I want to get over this.
Today, I went down one hill. It was small, but I still felt really awesome when I went down it. I’ll keep doing this until I love the feel of going down a really huge hill, wind in my hair, smiling against the sun. :D ALLTHATCHEESYSTUFF.

write a novel

I feel like this will be impossible, because writing a novel is toughstufff, but I really want to try it.

Write a poem a day for fifteen days (read all 2 entries…)

I’m really going to try to do this over spring break.
I love to write, and I want to be really good. Right now, I’d say I’mmm…mediocre. But I know that I can be good!
Also this summer, I’m going to an arts camp for six weeks with a major of creative writing. That’s like… three hours of writing a day.



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