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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identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money) (read all 10 entries…)

51. Seeing a rainbow. This usually happens on the commute to work.

52. A good stretch.

identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money) (read all 10 entries…)

47. Remembering a year later that I had started this list!

48. Hot showers.

They’re very relaxing and no one can bother you.

49. Travelling to foreign countries and not feeling like a foreigner.

50. Getting a mani/pedi while drinking wine!

Yeah! I’m half way there!

be more outgoing (read all 7 entries…)

So far, this hasn’t worked too well. It’s hard to be someone you’re not. I thought that maybe I was really close to being that other person. But I’m not. I’m just quiet and that’s who I am. I don’t want to talk about your “great” stories or your kids or your dog. I really don’t care. I would really rather just be left alone. I was reminded that getting close to people opens yourself up for being hurt and rejected. I don’t like it.

learn greek (read all 3 entries…)
Lesson 15

Well, I made it to lesson 15 before the trip to Greece. Althought I couldn’t speak it well, I did hear familiar words. I was able to be courteous (please, thank you, excuse me) which was met with looks of surprise followed by appreciation. One of the waiters at the hotel was amused when I counted to 10 for him in Greek.

Did I really need to learn Greek? Probably not. The majority of the people were able to understand, if not speak English. Everyone in Santorini spoke English, but not everyone in Athens.

So I will consider this task done!

learn greek (read all 3 entries…)
Lesson 1

I have the Pimsleur CD to learn to speak Greek. I have mastered lesson 1 and am working on the next lesson. It is quite a challenge!

identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money) (read all 10 entries…)

44. Building sand castles at the beach!

45. Watching the sunset over the ocean.

46. Blowing bubbles!

I like to watch them and although some people won’t admit it, so does everyone else! I wish I had a car that blew bubbles. So that everywhere I drove I could leave a bubble trail!

be more outgoing (read all 7 entries…)
So how am I going to this?

This is how I will start:

Say hello to people in the elevator and people I pass going in to work.

Go out to lunch with a group of people instead of eating at my desk.

Accept invitations to things I ordinarily would not because I knew I would not be comfortable.

Step out of the comfort zone at least once a day.

I think that’s a good start. Wish me luck!

be more outgoing (read all 7 entries…)
Do I reallly want to this?

I am torn between two ideals:

1.) You should love yourself for who you are. The quiet me.

2.) You should embrace change and better your life. Can people really change? Stay tuned…

be more outgoing (read all 7 entries…)
Don't abuse alcohol

I was reading some other entries and people are talking about using alcohol to become outgoing. DON’T DO IT! This is from personal experience. I used alcohol for social reasons. Sure, it works for a while. You become outgoing, you’re talking to everybody. But after a while it becomes a crutch and you start depending on it for every social function. Suddenly, you find yourself drinking too much. You’re no longer the life of the party, but the laughing stalk of the party. You don’t remember the good time you had because you drank too much. You don’t remember people you met because you drank too much.

Drinking makes you less inhibited. For the females out there, this is dangerous. This can lead you into situations that you may end up regretting later.

Drinking and driving DO NOT mix! This could lead to fines, jail time, and on the extreme side, murder. Don’t do it.

The people who like to be around you only when you are drunk are not your real friends. Know the difference.

That’s enough of my lecture, for now.

be more outgoing (read all 7 entries…)
Strangers vs Acquaintances

I don’t have a hard time talking to strangers. I think this is because there is so much to find out about them. It is when these people become acquaintances. I find there is nothing to talk about. I am telling myself to say something, but nothing comes out. The more I pressure myself the more I come up with nothing.

So when I know I will be around acquaintances I try to come up with a few subjects to talk about before hand, hoping that these will develop into other subjects. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t.

I’m generally okay when I’m one on one, it’s when I get in groups that I disappear. I find it difficult to speak up, or take control of the conversation.

be more outgoing (read all 7 entries…)
Why am I so quiet?

I’m not much for small talk. I like to talk about things that have meaning. I am deep. I am finding that the majority of people are not. I don’t really care about what actor is dating who or what athlete was arrested for what. These are the types of things I find that most people talk about. I think I am this way because my parents were this way. Most of what my dad talks about to his friends are the controversial issues like politics and religion. People’s beliefs.

Sometimes I feel like I’m watching television, just watching everyone else and not really contributing.

I think maybe it’s because I’m the youngest child and grew up having people speak for me.

I’m more introverted. I think about things A LOT. I wonder “why” a lot.

be more outgoing (read all 7 entries…)
Why I Want to Do This

1.) I’m tired of people telling me that I’m quiet or reserved.
2.) You have to be a people person to get ahead.
3.) People like being around outgoing people.
4.) I need to speak up in business meetings.
5.) People think I am antisocial, not friendly and even stuck-up.

learn greek (read all 3 entries…)

We’re going to Greece on our honeymoon! I can’t wait! The pictures of Greece are so beautiful! We haven’t decided exactly where we want to go yet. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

So I bought a couple of learn to speak Greek CD’s and will be listening to them in the near future. I’ve taken Spanish and French, but Greek is just so different! Wish me luck!

Create A MySpace Profile

I just did the basic profile. MySpace is getting outdated, anyway.

identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money) (read all 10 entries…)

Recording my “out of the office” message at 5 pm the day before a vacation.

(Give credit where credit is due – derived from

identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money) (read all 10 entries…)

Being engaged!

put my stuff in storage (read all 8 entries…)
I'm Done!

I haven’t been here in a while. When I got back, I realized this goal has been accomplished! Yea me!

put my stuff in storage (read all 8 entries…)
Almost there!

Ahhhhh. I’ve stored away everything but the pillows! I love the pillows, though. I…must…put…in…storage….

put my stuff in storage (read all 8 entries…)
Slow Moving

Only the first three on the list are complete. Slowly making progress…

identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money) (read all 10 entries…)

41. Being able to use my hands.

I was making this jalapeno dish and I seeded about 30 jalapenos, with my bare hands. Not a smart idea. Note to self: use plastic gloves next time! My fingers literally felt like they were on fire for 24 hours staight! It killed to do the simplest things like open a safety pin, button my jeans, take a shower… I am happy that now have complete use of my hands!

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