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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Broken Sunshine




I'm doing 27 things
 

Broken Sunshine's Life List

  1. 1. read all the books I have before buying even one more
    335 people
  2. 2. create the soundtrack to my life
    1,874 people
  3. 3. move to seattle
    1 entry
    501 people
  4. 4. visit all 50 states
    1 entry
    9,056 people
  5. 5. get over a broken heart
    1 entry
    288 people
  6. 6. get out of debt
    1 entry
    12,272 people
  7. 7. Learn to play the piano
    1 entry
    8,220 people
  8. 8. be more confident
    1 entry
    11,598 people
  9. 9. Kiss in the rain
    1 entry
    15,004 people
  10. 10. make friends
    1 entry
    2,087 people
  11. 11. get a Brazilian wax
    332 people
  12. 12. go to a rascal flatts concert
    5 people
  13. 13. Marry the love of my life.
    955 people
  14. 14. find true love
    3,090 people
  15. 15. go on a cruise
    4,761 people
  16. 16. drink 8 glasses of water a day
    1,299 people
  17. 17. own my own home
    1,463 people
  18. 18. Live life!
    385 people
  19. 19. identify 100 things that make me happy.
    2,500 people
  20. 20. exercise regularly
    10,853 people
  21. 21. learn sign language
    8,503 people
  22. 22. Get a tattoo
    21,913 people
  23. 23. figure out what i want to do with my life
    3,860 people
  24. 24. beat social anxiety
    473 people
  25. 25. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
    21,500 people
  26. 26. move to Oregon
    113 people
  27. 27. Get a tattoo on the back of my neck
    22 people
Recent entries
skinny dip
Twice......

1. In the reservoir at my (very conservative Christian) college. Senior year, last month of school, middle of the night. Freezing cold! But such a rush.

2. My love and I were housesitting this gigantic Better Homes & Gardens place, and it was out in the country with very few houses around. The pool in the backyard was heated, so we stripped and jumped in. It was incredible.



Give my hair to Locks of Love
Those precious children...

When I think about all that they’re going through, giving them my hair seems like such a small sacrifice. I grew my hair out and donated 13 inches about 18 months ago. It was hard, because I love my hair (it’s my favorite part of me!) and I hated having it short. But then again, small sacrifice. Plus, it meant so much more when the little girl I babysat for decided she wanted to do the same thing, so she grew her hair out and donated 11 inches, because I inspired her. Now, my hair’s starting to get long again and I’m thinking about doing it again. I might wait till it’s a little bit longer though.



make friends
Starting Over

When you have a really serious relationship that goes on for a long time, your friends become “couple friends”. Then, if you break up, they either side with one or the other, or both of you lose them. Either way, I need to make new friends. People who don’t know me associated with my old love. And last night was the first step. I went out to a bar with some “couple friends” who picked my side, and I did really good. I met:

Dan, a recent college graduate who will be teaching French (which I used to do)

April, a very talkative Philippina who will be a junior in college this year

Chrissy, a fantastic singer who cringes at Karaoke Night but comes anyway

Kim, a super nice chick who really cares about how other people are doing but never tells her age

Dancer Girl, who can bring her leg up parallel to her head

...and a few others that I don’t remember well but hopefully will next time. Of course, I can’t really call these friends; these are more like acquaintances. But that’s the first step!



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