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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.

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Fall in real love: ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't live without each other love.
I'm in love.

I met the most amazing guy about 3 weeks ago. We met at a bar watching the superbowl, and he turned out to be incredible. I actually noticed him sitting at the bar before we even met, and I remember thinking, “He looks like such a nice guy. Why can’t I meet a guy like that?” Well, I did meet him, and we’ve been pretty inseparable for the last few weeks. So much so that I can’t believe it’s only been a few weeks. Feels like I’ve known him much much longer than that. He treats me like gold. He is so considerate and makes me laugh almost constantly. He’s got a clever sense of humor and is supportive of everything I’m doing in my life right now (work & school), and is understanding of the crazy schedule that I live with every week. He’s also really really handsome and sexy, and he’s got these eyes that are absolutely incredible. Sometimes when I look at him I can’t believe how lucky I am to be with him. I don’t want to rush anything, but I feel so at home and relaxed whenever we’re together. Everything is so easy and fun. I’ve never had that experience before.



travel much much more (read all 2 entries…)
possibly going to europe this summer!!!

I may be going on a week long trip to Poland and Czech Republic this summer with my new boyfriend. His family lives there and he travels every summer – they have family reunions every year I think. He wants me to come with him, which I am so excited about. Finally I’ll get to go someplace interesting just to enjoy it and not for some specific reason. The only traveling I’ve done in the last several years has been for things like weddings. It will be nice to go someplace for a real vacation. And I can’t think of anyone I’d rather go with.



watch the sunrise (read all 2 entries…)
Thanksgiving 2006

I spent last Thanksgiving at my brother’s vacation house in northern Wisconsin, and due to a shortage of bedrooms, I slept on the couch in their living room. Fortunately, my dad got up to use the bathroom right as the sun was beginning to rise, so I grabbed my camera and went outside into a frigid northwoods morning and snapped a few photos. The only thing I would like to do differently in the future is watch the sun rise in warmer weather, so I don’t feel like I have to run inside immediately. Still, it made for a really peaceful start to my day.



be more patient with people who annoy me (read all 2 entries…)
Serenity Now!!!

Sometimes people just don’t use their brains at all. You know, those people who just immediately have to ask you a question about a little project, when if they took a second to actually THINK about it, they wouldn’t need to ask any questions. Ahhrrrggg! Enable yourself!!!



Add more jazz to my music collection
Got a great start!!

Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones!!!!!! I’m having so much fun with this music. If anyone has any “must-have” jazz albums on their minds, please let me know!



Live in Maine
I should probably combine this with the bookstore goal

My dream is to open a bookstore in a coastal town in Maine. A used bookstore. A used bookstore that only sells literature, poetry, drama, travel books, language reference books, art books, and history books. No business books or computer science books. Just old school humanities stuff. And I’ll have a couple of cats wandering around. And I’ll have built the shelves myself from old wood. I’ll live upstairs, and my commute to work will consist of descending my beautiful spiral staircase every morning. My wardrobe will consist of many cardigans of varying colors and weights, some new and some gently-used with fraying holes where the pockets are. There will be a never-ending supply of coffee, the air will smell like dust and worn leather, and NPR will be on the radio 24/7.

That’s the dream.



learn the art of photography
Got a book!

I can’t afford to go out and buy a fancy high-quality camera right now (unfortunately), but the one I have isn’t too bad. So I decided to get a book that would teach me the terminology and the most important aspects of photography.



Go on an Alaskan Cruise
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I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved snow and cold scenes. Fall and winter have always won out compared with spring and summer. Although this summer I have spent a lot of time actually enjoying the outdoors, so that pattern might change in the future.

Alaska! I’d love to see it. It’s probably so different from the rest of the states. Amazing wildlife too. Someday…



stop watching so much tv
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It is AMAZING how much time I spend sitting there, staring at that box. Half the time I’m not even comprehending what I’m watching, but just letting images and sounds into my subconscious brain that will eventually be spewed out in weird and occassionally disturbing dreams.

I can accomplish so much just by not turning on that box every night!



be independently wealthy (read all 2 entries…)
Do I even want this?

I’ve seen some people in my life who are very wealthy, and I don’t really admire the way they spend their time and money. Possessions should be extras in life – they should not be a reason for living.

I like to joke around about this for some reason, probably because I have significant debt in the form of credit cards and student loans, and I don’t foresee a time in my life when I will actually have such a surplus of wealth that I won’t have to work for a living. It’s a kind of self-deprecating humor, I suppose.

But in truth, I don’t want to be wealthy. Money seems to cloud everything in life, and no matter how much a person has, it never seems to be enough. Money can never fill the important voids in a person’s life. I know that. That’s why I’m in school to become a teacher, and why I am glad to be living in my cute little apartment and working at my admin job on a daily basis. Money is fine as long as you don’t let it run your life. Whether you have it or don’t have it, it shouldn’t be the most important thing on your mind.



Make new friends (read all 3 entries…)
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Turns out that most people want to meet more people, but we’re all just too scared to talk to each other!



have a better relationship with my family (read all 2 entries…)
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Family is the center of everything. What is more important than that?



design my own tattoo
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There’s something really cool about knowing you’re the only person in the world with that particular piece of artwork on your body.



go to more concerts (read all 2 entries…)
Supposed to go see Snow Patrol, but now I'm not sure...

I bought tickets to take my ex-boyfriend, who at the time was obviously my boyfriend. I should still go I suppose, but it’s weird when you plan for a special experience with one person and then that person isn’t there for the event. Maybe I’ll get my brother to go instead and try to forget about it.



be independently wealthy (read all 2 entries…)
Teacher + Independently Wealthy = No Chance

I guess I should consider playing the lottery, eh?



be a teacher (read all 4 entries…)
Finishing up Summer Quarter already!

I have one more paper to write – my philosophy on teaching language arts to children. And then I’m done with summer quarter! I can’t believe I’ll be student teaching next spring – it seemed like so far away when I started the program, and now it’s right around the corner. I’m really nervous. Really nervous. But excited too, and anxious to move on with my life.



Watch all of Alfred Hitchcock's movies
So far so good!!

I absolutely LOVE classic movies, and Hitchcock’s in particular. I watched Spellbound tonight, which was better than expected. So if my memory serves right, I’ve seen Vertigo, Rear Window (probably my favorite), The Man Who Knew Too Much, Dial M for Murder, Rope, Notorious, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, North By Northwest, To Catch A Thief, and The 39 Steps.



Ride a horse
Maybe this fall...

There’s an equestrian center not to far from where I live that offers programs for beginners. Six 2-hour sessions, but it’s $250. Why does everything have to be so expensive in this life??? :)



marry my best friend (read all 2 entries…)
Back to square one.

Well, another would-be partner has bitten the dust. Apparently he all of a sudden just decided I wasn’t the one for him, and just faded off into the distance. No great conversation. No explanation either, which was the toughest part for me. I know inside it’s for the best, but it’s depressing to have to start all over again, worrying if I’ll ever meet anyone with the kindness, intelligence and quirkiness that I’m looking for.



Make new friends (read all 3 entries…)
Another good one!

Sometimes you already know people who will end up being great friends of yours, but you haven’t really made an effort to get to know them yet. Some of the people in my classes are really cool!



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