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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graduate from college
loved college

and genuinly loved learning. One of the best decisions of my life. I had such a good experience I have stayed in academia ever since – even though I realize that my experience was very unique, and I am a bit dissapointed to think I am not as influencial to students as my mentors were to me. Still, get the degree, learn in all your classes, don’t complain b/c you think its unfair to have to “take classes you don’t need” – you need them. enjoy yourself and get to know your profs for crying out loud.

get into a masters program

so i’ve complained about wanting to change jobs and getting off track in my career. The fact remains, the extra little 2 years of fun has led to having many more choices and opportunities than just a BS (psych and counseling)

learn to drive
failed the test 5 times

I can’t believe I didn’t even care about getting my licnese when I was 16. I took the test like 5 times – always in a different car. I couldn’t imagine my life without that drivers license. I take ot for granted now, but seeing this as a goal helps me appreciate the small accomplishments in life!

take a moonlit walk on a beach
done this several times..

the last was just a few weeks ago – how perfect. We walked and danced to music in our heads – sounds o cheesy but so spiritual. And when I told him my methos of praying on the waves, he joined me rather than thinking I was silly. We were jsut in our PJs and it was a little breezy. the bottoms of our pants were wet and sandy but somehow not a bit uncomfortable.

Quit my job

goes with doing something meaningful I guess. I can’t wait to reach many of my goals at once – find a new job (that I want) in anew city (that I like) and I’ll reach 4 of them straight away.

move out of this house

jsut like with the rest of my goals, I have a general idea what I DON”T want but not a clear picture of what I DO want. It isn’t great livign here but it saves me money and saves me from signing another lease so I can move out of this city. Funny when my goals contradict each other. Maybe “find balance” should be my next goal. What do I even want my next living situation to BE? Find another roommate? Shack? Buy a house b/c thats what a30 y.o. “should” be doing???? I’d better find a city I’m happy in first. Now we’re getting somewhere.

get rid of back fat
any suggestions on how?

I have done pilates and all kinds of work on the rest of my bady. Aparently I forgot about my back – now that i have regained weight its all piling up on my back – GROSS

eat healthier

need i say more?

Find my home
get me out of here

I am living in a temporary situation – a 30 year old with a roommate – saving money and on my way out of this city. Now to figure out where I should go.

save some money

we all need more, right? Just like the weight thing, this is a typical wish. I have almost no debt with the exception of my car – of course I don’t have a home or any savings either. lord.

lose weight of course
lose weight

this along with “get organized ” and “save money seem so redundant yet oh so necessary. I’ve gotten to my desired weight a few times in life, it just comes back so easily! Being about 20 or so puonds lighter would be awesome, but I’m not freaking about it or anything.

Have a baby

I need a daddy first. Don’t intend on being a single mother. I wish I could meet a great man and be a stay at home mom for a while. The urge to have my own baby is overwhelming. Please universe, make this happen!

start yoga again

it makes me feel better – more cntered, calm, flexible (all mentally and physically)

find my husband

I’ve been dating for 15+ years, I think my sample size should be large enough for me to know my options and just pick one! I’m not talking about settling, I’ve had plenty of chances to do that (most of which are probably still willing if I give them a call) I’m talking about stop being so freaking worried and scared of making the “wrong decision” and go for it!

To live instead of exist
a few times, I've been able to do this

when I could let go of my worries and just be. A few times I’ve been free enough to travel, love, explore, and learn. Mostly I accomplish this by not listening to people who try to tell me I’m not afraid enough. I’d rather die living than live dying. I’ve mostly felt this on mountain tops, and empty beaches.

do something meaningful
do something meaningful

I just saw “Coral Reefs” and was reminded how much passion I once had to make a difference inthe world. Where did it go? How did my job become so meaningless? I was very careful about choosing my profession and chose to becoem a counselor for all the right reasons. Before I knew it I slipped off track and the “counseling” I now do more closely resembles academic advising. How could I be such a sell out?



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