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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put the rest of the stuff in my ebay box on ebay (read all 2 entries…)
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I put two boxes on Ebay and there’s a remnant of stuff left that I can’t be bothered with. So I’m taking it all to Houston at Christmas and selling it at the consignment shop. Selling on Ebay is a lengthy process, but I did make £175 so I think it was worth it.



Get more sleep (read all 14 entries…)
11th October

I was IN bed at 11:05 last night, but I still woke up three times.



take yoga classes (read all 10 entries…)
11th October

I’ve found a class to go to each Tuesday from 7-8pm. It’s ashtanga yoga which is hard so I’m in total pain today, but its better than the class I took the other week and it’s all that I know of in my area. So it will just have to do for now…



Get more sleep (read all 14 entries…)
10th October

I slept for about 10 hours on Fri night when DH was away, but I’m still only getting about six hours during the week and waking up throughout the night.



make new friends and be a better friend to those who put up with me (read all 5 entries…)
10th October

I got together w/ an aquaintance for a movie and me and my Ohio friend chatted for about two hours on Sunday.



Finish remodeling our house. (read all 5 entries…)
10th October

The plumber comes tomorrow to change out the radiators. That will leave us some room in our bathroom again since we’ve been storing them there, which means we can hopefully actually finish the bathroom soon.



take yoga classes (read all 10 entries…)
10th October

I found a class that runs at the local college tonight from 7-8pm. The last one I went to was far away, lasted 1.5 hours and was too meditative when I like to do more stretching. This one is an hour (perfect for me) and the teacher has a professional website and is very bendy, so I assume she is more into the workout. So I’m hoping this is what I’ve been looking for!



Read more (read all 2 entries…)
8th October

I’ve read all weekend, it’s been great!!!



get my degree (read all 4 entries…)
8th October

Well I’m taking my a Health & Science GCSE at the moment and hope to do the health access course next year. I submitted all my documents to University of Chester but they were rather unhelpful and basically said they don’t know what the requirements will be when I apply in 2008 so I could do with taking an access course just in case they change. But that’s ok, I find it very interesting so far and am ready to learn.



bloom where I'm planted (read all 4 entries…)
8th October

I’ve started two college courses, a yoga class, recycling, and set up a chore chart for me and my husband. I am doing things here that are MINE and that are challenging me, giving me goals, and getting me out of the house. I have not been homesick for two weeks which is amazing after wanting to go back home all day, every day for 14 months! It’s such a relief and I feel like my old self again. I consider this goal accomplished!



get my drivers licence (read all 9 entries…)
8th Oct

I passed my theory and hazard perception! My practical is 30th November and I’m taking lessons in the interim.



bloom where I'm planted (read all 4 entries…)
Thurs 28 Sept

Doing better. Went to London this weekend and I feel totally refreshed. Good weather, good friends, time w/ my husband and a big bustling city. So fun.



be in love forever (read all 3 entries…)
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My husband is gone most the time and I feel like a slave here. All I do is clean up his crap while he’s gone and cook his dinner and then he leaves me here by myself while there’s loads of freaking stuff that needs to be done. I’m so pissed. Why did I get married and why the heck did I move to this miserable place? Is it possible for me to be in love forever? Sometimes I think I should have just stayed single and that I’m not cut out for marriage at all.



get my drivers licence (read all 9 entries…)
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I failed my test and was so ticked off about it. I guess I’ve cooled down now. I got 33/35 for the theory, but the hazard perception had crap directions so I did it wrong. They’re all ‘click ALL the hazards’, ‘only click the DEVELOPING hazards’, then ‘don’t click too much or you’ll get a ZERO!’ So I only clicked once per video, and twice on another, but apparently I can click like 10 times and it’s ok. So although I got every single hazard, I didn’t click them fast enough so I failed. I so could have been clicking for everything and would’ve passed but no. I hate the UK and their stupid driving test. The freaking boy-racers who play video games can pass this? But I’ve been driving for 12 years, no accidents, totally cautious and I can’t pass the test? All because I don’t freaking play video games and the directions on their little driving game were totally contradictory. BS.



make new friends and be a better friend to those who put up with me (read all 5 entries…)
Mon 11 Sep

I talked w/ my close friend this weekend, and an expat has emailed me about getting together. But I have two pages of emails to get back to at the moment, so I could be doing better.



bloom where I'm planted (read all 4 entries…)
Mon 11 Sep

Ok I’m feeling rather good the past few days since the weather has been nice and I’ve been able to do some gardening.

I start a health course and yoga class today, and a web design course next week. I may meet up with an expat tomorrow or Wednesday, I have a driving lesson on Thurday, my Texas friend will be coming to see me on Friday, and I have my driving theory test on Saturday. Sunday School starts back up this Sunday, and we’re going to London next weekend where it’s very possible I’ll be seeing three old Texas friends along w/ two of my husband’s friends.

I’ve also discovered two accounting recruiting agencies after working at an entry-level admin job since I moved here. I had no idea there were so many accounting clerk positions so much closer to me and making more money. So there are options.

I’ve got my ticket to go back to Houston in December for two weeks, and next August we’ll have our first family reunion in Maryland and I’ll be able to introduce my husband to everyone.

Life is good right now and I don’t feel trapped here anymore.



make a new website (read all 2 entries…)
Mon 11 Sept

I’m beginning a web design course next Monday. It’s 5 hours a day for 30 weeks. Hopefully it will turn into a nice little side job.



cook something new every week (read all 4 entries…)
W/C 4 Sept

I cooked two new dinners week. One was a Moroccan beef dish w/ couscous & veggies – it was delicious but gave me indegestion so that’s off the list. I also made a chicken & rice risotto which called for way too much water so I will half it next time. It was great for leftovers.



Every Day, list five things I am grateful for (read all 5 entries…)
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I’m not on this site enough, so I’m making this a more general goal of listing things I’m grateful for, but not every day.



take yoga classes (read all 10 entries…)
Mon 11 Sep

I finally received a letter from a nearby yoga instructor, so I’m going to start tonight, 8:15-9:45pm. It’s sorta late so I may or may not go all the time – also depends on how the class goes.



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