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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Rose's Life List

  1. 1. be a mermaid
    2 entries
    719 people
  2. 2. stop hating myself
    2 cheers
    474 people
  3. 3. don't write a novel
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    2 people
  4. 4. stop dogging my friends
    7 entries
    1 person
  5. 5. have a healthy relationship
    1 cheer
    182 people
  6. 6. be a good girlfriend
    209 people
  7. 7. strive to be self-reliant
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    1 person
  8. 8. feel in control of my life
    5 people
  9. 9. stop being a control freak
    1 entry
    32 people
  10. 10. be more vulnerable
    6 people
  11. 11. learn how to ride a bicycle
    34 people
  12. 12. give up caffeine completely
    24 entries . 1 cheer
    2 people
  13. 13. see my Dad more often
    8 entries . 3 cheers
    19 people
  14. 14. Move out
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    3,451 people
  15. 15. save money
    35 entries . 1 cheer
    16,491 people
  16. 16. have someone say I'm 'well read'
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    1 person
  17. 17. Stop swearing
    3 entries
    911 people
  18. 18. watch a movie in my garden
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  19. 19. purchase irl copies of all my music
    6 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  20. 20. grow my hair to my elbows
    5 entries
    9 people
  21. 21. stop comparing myself to other people
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    715 people
  22. 22. Learn to sew
    4,064 people
  23. 23. Buy some sweet ass Daria boots
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    2 people
  24. 24. understand nietzsche
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    4 people
  25. 25. Learn to shoot
    1 entry
    69 people
  26. 26. Learn to type without looking at the keyboard
    4 entries
    698 people
  27. 27. stop throwing clothes on the floor
    1 entry
    829 people
  28. 28. write a feature article on Livejournal about something I care about
    1 cheer
    1 person
  29. 29. find something to care about
    2 entries
    9 people
  30. 30. find a reason to keep living
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    3 people
  31. 31. don't kill myself
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    1 person
  32. 32. Make more food that's shaped like things
    4 entries
    1 person
  33. 33. feel beautiful
    1 cheer
    2,169 people
  34. 34. Visit Melbourne again
    1 person
  35. 35. quit smoking for 1 day
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  36. 36. quit smoking for 2 days
    1 person
  37. 37. quit smoking for 7 days
    1 person
  38. 38. quit smoking for good
    3 entries
    320 people
  39. 39. try out a houseboat
    1 cheer
    1 person
  40. 40. meditate without crying
    1 person
  41. 41. get into university for real
    1 cheer
    1 person
  42. 42. learn a musical instrument
    212 people
  43. 43. learn a second language
    2 entries
    663 people

How I did it
How to why don't you get a job
It took me
166 days
It made me
everyone can enjoy

How to swim at the beach with my boyfriend
It took me
19 years
It made me
childlike joy filled

How to finish the HSC
It took me
3 years
It made me

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learn a second language (read all 2 entries…)

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learn a second language (read all 2 entries…)

I was learning Russian but then I realised I wouldn’t want to live there due to the homophobia, racism, heteronormativity, corruption, etc. It’s still really beautiful but I’d rather invest in something more useful.
To prepare for moving to a superlative country like Norway or something, or learn Spanish because it’s widely spoken and useful in terms of travel and interaction?

do well this semester
Semester 1 2012

I got a 78 for Academic Communication and 75 for Philosophy, these are both Distinctions, but I do not feel comfortable saying my first semester was successful. I think the marks are both more than I deserve and less than I wanted. I think I do not deserve the marks and the first was just due to being a medium fish in a pool of illiterate fish who aren’t being unfairly advantaged like me (unwilling teacher’s pet) and the second mark is only just a Distinction because I know words good sometimes and any good was a result of mania and not sustained effort. I did not do my best work and forgot things too quickly and didn’t do all my reading and listening for Philosophy, which I really cared about but couldn’t keep on top of.
I was behind by like week 3 and I’m really scared about next Semester in which I have 3 units. Hopefully being full time will kick me into gear and caring will kick me into gear but I thought that about Philosophy and I was euphorically infatuated but I still couldn’t get my stuff together.
A big challenge will be saying no to my friends and boyfriends when I am consumed with guilt about being a bad girl/friend

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