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Make some nice memories that can't be captured on camera (read all 2 entries…)
Harbourfront walks

Me and my husband go out along the harbourfront every day and take walks. Whether we look at tall ships, go to Sugar Beach and sit in chairs, or walk towards HTO park, we have fun just soaking up the lake air. No photos needed



do something special for my birthday
My birthday is this month

And I have nothing planned! No idea what to do.



survive my long distance relationship (read all 8 entries…)
I've given up

For three years (two of them apart) he promised that after graduation we could get married and be happy. Instead after he graduated, he moved away to ANOTHER COUNTRY and left me in his dust.

I can’t find a job there, and a year has gone by and he still won’t propose so I can legally go there. I proposed to him and he said no because he wanted to do it instead…well he hasn’t.

I tell him I’m unhappy, all by myself, and that I deserve to know what he wants. I don’t want to waste my life away being attached to someone who is never around! He just says “our situation is not ideal and I’d like to change it.”

He’s had the power to change it all along and does nothing, and lets me stay unhappy.

We had gone to a bridal show, but when I went to visit him recently, I found all that stuff untouched at the bottom of a drawer.

Oh yeah, and I hadn’t even seen him in 4 months. No he didn’t bother coming home for Valentine’s Day, or his birthday, or our 4 year anniversary.

We went on a trip for Easter, that pretty much bankrupted me, but I wanted to be with him and knew it would be fun. Before we left, he told me he would propose to me on the trip. He didn’t. I asked why. He said I was “too messy” and it made him doubt whether he wants to marry me.

That is his only complaint about me, and he knew about that 4 years ago!!

He has to be lying. I told him other people have to worry about their girlfriends cheating or hitting them, and the only thing he has to worry about is some “messiness,” but he doesn’t seem to care. What a horrible girlfriend I must be!! Imagine spending your life with someone who bakes you cookies, but leaves the dirty dishes in the sink? Horrible, I know.

I’ve never wanted money in my life, just happiness. He’s stolen the one thing I always wanted.

I am mostly genuinely happy when we are together, but we are never together.

I am scared of throwing away four years of my life that I spent with him, but I am more scared of throwing my life away waiting for him.

It’s sad that I’ve tried for four years, and he does the opposite of helping us be together and happy. Enough is enough, but I can’t bring myself to do it.

I’ve done a lot of crying, but I don’t have a lot of tears left



break up with my boyfriend
He moved away instead of marrying me

For three years he promised that after graduation we could get married and be happy. Instead after he graduated, he moved away to ANOTHER COUNTRY and left me in his dust.

I can’t find a job there, and a year has gone by and he still won’t propose so I can legally go there. I proposed to him and he said no because he wanted to do it instead…well he hasn’t.

I tell him I’m unhappy, all by myself, and that I deserve to know what he wants. I don’t want to waste my life away being attached to someone who is never around! He just says “our situation is not ideal and I’d like to change it.”

He’s had the power to change it all along and does nothing, and lets me stay unhappy.

We had gone to a bridal show, but when I went to visit him recently, I found all that stuff untouched at the bottom of a drawer.

Oh yeah, and I hadn’t even seen him in 4 months. No he didn’t bother coming home for Valentine’s Day, or his birthday, or our 4 year anniversary.

We went on a trip for Easter, that pretty much bankrupted me, but I wanted to be with him and knew it would be fun. Before we left, he told me he would propose to me on the trip. He didn’t. I asked why. He said I was “too messy” and it made him doubt whether he wants to marry me.

That is his only complaint about me, and he knew about that 4 years ago!!

He has to be lying. I told him other people have to worry about their girlfriends cheating or hitting them, and the only thing he has to worry about is some “messiness,” but he doesn’t seem to care. What a horrible girlfriend I must be!! Imagine spending your life with someone who bakes you cookies, but leaves the dirty dishes in the sink? Horrible, I know.

I’ve never wanted money in my life, just happiness. He’s stolen the one thing I always wanted.

I am mostly genuinely happy when we are together, but we are never together.

I am scared of throwing away four years of my life that I spent with him, but I am more scared of throwing my life away waiting for him.

It’s sad that I’ve tried for four years, and he does the opposite of helping us be together and happy. Enough is enough, but I can’t bring myself to do it.

I’ve done a lot of crying, but I don’t have a lot of tears left



Prove them wrong (read all 5 entries…)
Take that!!

After being laid off from 4 jobs in less than a year, I finally got a summer contract in the #1 company in my industry! I wish I could see the faces of people at my old jobs when they find out. Satisfaction I worked hard for, and that I deserve!



see the president of the United States (read all 2 entries…)
Obama

Got to see Obama give a speech. People in the audience were really paying attention.



work the phones at a charity telethon (read all 5 entries…)
Canada for Haiti

I also helped out with the Canada for Haiti Telethon. I was in the call centre the whole time so didn’t get to see it, but it was worth it because I got to talk to people across Canada who felt really passionate about helping the people of Haiti after the earthquake. Some people were almost crying. After the world felt so helpless in being able to help Haiti, it was nice to be able to contribute, even if it was something small.



Get pulled up on stage (read all 3 entries…)
I forgot

A magician pulled me up on stage at Pier 31 at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco!!

I remember being freaked out he’d hurt himself as he juggled fire and knives at the same time



see the killers in concert (read all 3 entries…)
Had floor tickets!

I’ve never danced so hard in my life. The Killers rocked our socks. They got even better from their last concert I saw in January.

They interacted w/audience, and during “All these things I’ve done” they got us to sing their famous line “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier” before they played the big, screaming chorus. It was like a quiet crescendo of anxiety until the audience couldn’t take it anymore and the fun finally burst!

Brandon asked the audience if they had ever been in love, and reminded boyfriends in the audience that Canadian girls are great—especially when their hair grazes over their shoulders.

Ronnie, the drummer was going to freak out. We couldn’t really see Mark, Brandon kept going back and forth to both sides of the stage, and we had Dave on our side of the stage.

And their last show was also to support Day & Age but they managed to change up the song order and set, to make the show totally different.

They opened with “Human” and finished with “When You Were Young.”

Floor tickets were the best!!! It was a cold night but I ended up sweaty and gross but it was sooo worth it.

Favourite moment: Surprise cover of “Please don’t let me be misunderstood” by the Animals, along with Wolfmother, the opening act. Getting covered in confetti was fun too!

Setlist: all the goodies. I mean all of them, from Somebody Told Me, to Spaceman

At the end, Ronnie threw his drumstick right at me, and it was coming toward my head. As I reached up to grab it, I got knocked over by two huge dudes who ended up punching each other for it. I’m sure security broke it up as we ran away to avoid getting killed by their fighting.



survive my long distance relationship (read all 8 entries…)
He's home!

But I’m not going to check this off as done quite yet.

Now we gotta wait for me to find a job in Chicago so I can move there with him…

Gotta get the visa first..



Move to Chicago
Looking for job in Chicago

Moving to Chicago in the summer.

Finding a job in my industr yis going to take some time, so I’d like to do something fun in the meantime in the tourism industry. The art institute would be totally drool worthy as would any sort of tour guide position.

Anyone know of some cool places who take summer workers?



survive my long distance relationship (read all 8 entries…)
Less than 24 hours!

He’s packing right now!



work the phones at a charity telethon (read all 5 entries…)
Did it again this year

The Easter Seals Telethon.

But learned to pick a phone with a lower number. So I got tons of calls. Phone wouldn’t stop ringing.

I was phone #1 which was always the first to ring!
First call I took was a $1000 donation!

And he called and waiting on the phone with me for the 2 minutes until a corporation doubled his money! He knew it was coming because he had been the CEO for many years and was now retired.

Such lovely donors called in. One of the kids on air had trouble speaking. One donor called, crying, to say he reminded her of her husband who died of ALS last year. She made a $100 donation. I asked if she wanted to make it in memory of her husband who died last year, and she smiled/cried.

Hopefully donations can make it so that stories like her don’t have to happen to anyone.



survive my long distance relationship (read all 8 entries…)
He's coming home in 4 days!!

He handed in his thesis last week and is coming home for good on Thursday.

I am over the moon with joy!



Prove them wrong (read all 5 entries…)
So I got laid off...

Not necessarily a major setback. My job was boring-r-us. Menial work I could’ve done out of high school. This gives me the opportunity to go out and find something I truly love.

I quote the words from one of my favourite songs as my new mantra:

“I’ve got the green light, I’ve got a little fight. I’m gonna turn this thing around.”



Volunteer (read all 5 entries…)
Just wrapped up

Finished selling raffle tickets for charity at Leafs games for this season. Leafs didn’t make playoffs so season is over next week. I will definitely be back next season. It’s a thrill seeing if we will break our previous week’s record of sales and charity wins in the process. Everyone wins!



survive my long distance relationship (read all 8 entries…)
His thesis defense is scheduled!

April 29th! Then he’s coming home to me! We will survive it!



be the first to try a new food
Big Mac Snack Wrap

So McDonalds has a new snack wrap to add to their collection. And Canada is the worldwide test market. I was hesitant. I haven’t had a Big Mac in maybe 15 years. I didn’t touch McDonalds at all during my teen years. I only returned when they started with the grilled stuff.

Anyway, I got one…and it was good. It had the Big Mac sauce and even the meat. But it was only half the patty of a little burger lol. I would recommend it for even big mac-ophobes like me.



freelance (read all 6 entries…)
It's moving

Last month, I wrote a story for the alumni magazine. A lot of alumni from my school work with me (journalism is a very small industry), and co-workers were telling me about how they read it!

My friend works at one of the papers in the city and gave me the name of the travel editor. I wrote to her with a pitch for a story based on my trip to Chicago!

Even though I only have a few hours a day to do this..I feel like it’s coming along. This makes me feel so much better



Be part of a flash mob (read all 2 entries…)
Silent Subway Dance Party

My friend found out through Facebook about this. We were all ordered to show up w/ ipods. After being given our instructions and assigned subway car numbers, we marched over to the subway. Ticket takers must’ve been crazy confused b/c I’d estimate there were 1000 people there. All going down into Museum station one after another. Instructions were that if someone asked us why we were dancing, we’d have to make up some good excuse but not explain it was a flash mob.

Once we got on the subway we put on our ipods and started dancing…Soo people who weren’t in on it couldn’t hear the music and just saw dozens of randoms on the subway dancing for what seemed like no reason. Lol. I took pictures of some seriously confused looking people. Some people laughed, some scowled, one guy asked “Why are you all dancing?” One guy answers “because life is beautiful!” Uninvolved bystander guy started dancing too!

The whole thing was over a lot sooner than we had hoped. We got off the subway energized and ended up witnessing an impromptu break dance off.

And we all went our separate ways feeling energized and refreshed and actually making eye contact and talking to people on the subway! (In Toronto, this is a big no no).

The only thing I would change, would be to have it in the summer instead of winter. It gets hot dancing around in your winter jacket!



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