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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Ask my dentist about braces (read all 2 entries…)

I have this year’s cleaning scheduled for the end of the month, so this goal will be accomplished.

On the other hand, I just switched my insurance, so even if I get good news it may be pushed back a bit.

Score 90 or above on my PT test (read all 3 entries…)
Oh, man.

I have not been paying the necessary dues to accomplish this goal. There’s so much in this world to distract me! That said, I’ll work hard this next month, and we’ll see what happens.

Keep track of the TV/movies I watch in 2012 (read all 12 entries…)

Arrested Development (late night insomnia)
Vampire Diaries (for Jen. Otherwise… ughhhh)
Once Upon A Time (good series!)
Ted Talks: Head Games

God I love TedTalks. If you haven’t watched any, go do it now.

I am in general watching less and less tv. It’s a good thing :)

Do the Couch to 5k running plan (read all 13 entries…)
Again and again

I keep restarting this over and over again. On the bright side, I start farther into the program each time. This time, I’ve started back on week four. The issue is usually that I run myself into shin splints… not fun. No matter how much I stretch I still get them. I must be missing something…

Regardless of the program, I’ll run my first 5k this Thanksgiving! I will definitely be earning my turkey feast this year :)

Squats, pushups, and situps (read all 2 entries…)

I’ve been focused on other things so I haven’t been very good about this goal lately. I’m going to put it in my calendar as a reminder, so I can make room for everything and still kick ass when the 5k comes around this fall. I’ve also started getting workout-of-the-day emails from Spartan Race. It will be a little difficult to convince my workout partner to get into those, but… hopefully I’ll work my way up to that as well :)

Keep track of the books I read in 2012 (read all 4 entries…)

50 Shades of Grey, by E. L. James (way cheesy, but entertaining enough)

Find a way to pay for my bachelors (read all 3 entries…)

After pushing back another year I have finally made it to my four-year university. Luckily, thanks to scholarships and grants, the loans I had to take out are rather small. That said, my goal has been to graduate without any educational debt. But I think over the course of the next two years I can find $10,000… don’t you?

Keep track of the video games I play in 2012 (read all 7 entries…)

Monkey Island
Bastion (round 2, unlock all the achievements!)

Keep track of the TV/movies I watch in 2012 (read all 12 entries…)

The Woman In Black

Ew. So far August is just dramatic and scary.

learn a new skill

I learned how to fabricate glasses from start to finish.

be a vegetarian for a month (read all 10 entries…)
So close I can taste it.

Five days left.

Guess what I’ll be doing for the next five days? I’m not entirely sure, but I know it won’t involve meat.

Keep track of the TV/movies I watch in 2012 (read all 12 entries…)

Dr Who
Parks and Recreation
Rescue Me
Brave (fantastic!)

Magic Mike (not worth paying for, imo, but ok)

Keep track of the books I read in 2012 (read all 4 entries…)

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

be a vegetarian for a month (read all 10 entries…)

I have 10 days or less of this! I’m tempted to just go for a week straight and mark this off as done.

PS- Eggplant. That is all.

Keep track of the TV/movies I watch in 2012 (read all 12 entries…)

The New Recruits (social entrepreneurship is an interesting idea)
Ted Talks
This Emotional Life (very interesting! It talks about the attachment process and how depression, unhappiness, and social disfunction can be born of emotional neglect. For instance, meeting physical needs but not emotional needs will likely result in some form of mental disturbance.)


Keep track of the video games I play in 2012 (read all 7 entries…)

Harvest Moon 64
Bastion (good game!)

Procrastinate less: just do it (read all 10 entries…)

I found an interesting article referencing a study that demonstrates that suppressing emotions can negatively affect an individual’s willpower.

It also references a separate study that shows small amounts of glucose intake can support self-control, and gives a few steps as suggestions to gaining better self-control.

Relevant to my procrastination? Perhaps, perhaps not. I enjoyed thinking about it, though.

Do the Couch to 5k running plan (read all 13 entries…)

This program is fantastic. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to pass my PT test.

I have yet to finish the program completely, but when my schedule solidifies I will make time for it again. I have agreed to start over at square one with a friend, only outside. Any running is good for me!

Squats, pushups, and situps (read all 2 entries…)
Phone apps

I have a few applications on my phone that I’ve been meaning to use, but simply haven’t made time for yet. They’re separate tracking programs that provide a gradual increase with the ultimate goal being 50-250(you choose) consecutive squats, pushups, or situps. I think the author was ritterlabs on the Android market, if any of you are interested in checking them out.

I am thinking I will do one program each day. Today, squats. Tomorrow, situps. Next day, pushups. Repeat until awesome.

tame my hair (read all 6 entries…)
Flat iron spray

I usually walk away from the salon with a heat protectant, but the ones I’ve tried so far left my hair more sticky than silky…

...until today. I went to walmart and on a whim picked up a flat iron spray by Organix. My hair turned out smooth and soft, the best it has ever looked post-flat iron to date. Win.

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