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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I'm doing 36 things

Erin's Life List

  1. 1. get a masters degree
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    2,999 people
  2. 2. watch classic movies
    4 entries . 1 cheer
    38 people
  3. 3. eat well
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    200 people
  4. 4. stop being lazy
    1 entry
    2,074 people
  5. 5. Save money
    1 entry
    16,491 people
  6. 6. Write a television series screenplay
    1 cheer
    1 person
  7. 7. sew a dress
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    267 people
  8. 8. go on adventures
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    75 people
  9. 9. I want to start my own business
    1 entry
    45 people
  10. 10. move to England
    455 people
  11. 11. make a list of all the books I've ever read
    1 cheer
    11 people
  12. 12. Ride a horse
    1 cheer
    917 people
  13. 13. create the soundtrack to my life
    3 entries
    1,874 people
  14. 14. Read all the books that Rory Gilmore has read
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    565 people
  15. 15. Take a road trip with my best friend
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    32 people
  16. 16. write a book
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    31,381 people
  17. 17. visit all seven continents at least once
    109 people
  18. 18. Be amazed by the little things
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    3 people
  19. 19. live in Paris
    1 cheer
    944 people
  20. 20. Have a little bit of pointless fun every day
    140 people
  21. 21. be someone's muse
    1 cheer
    216 people
  22. 22. find a small town like stars hollow
    1 entry
    2 people
  23. 23. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
    1 cheer
    21,500 people
  24. 24. stick to a writing schedule
    12 people
  25. 25. design my own clothes
    4,224 people
  26. 26. Have a baby
    1 cheer
    6,202 people
  27. 27. write about the books I read.
    13 people
  28. 28. visit america
    1 cheer
    261 people
  29. 29. Kiss in the rain
    1 cheer
    15,004 people
  30. 30. Buy a House
    14,074 people
  31. 31. grow old with someone I love dearly
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    31 people
  32. 32. find the most peaceful place on Earth
    422 people
  33. 33. learn martial arts
    1 cheer
    951 people
  34. 34. become an actor
    634 people
  35. 35. Quit Smoking
    2 cheers
    9,282 people
  36. 36. Become Financially Independent
    1 cheer
    6,719 people

How I did it
How to be on time
It took me
2 years
It made me

How to identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)
It took me
1 week
It made me

How to keep a journal
It took me
1 week
It made me
Feel good again

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Recent entries
eat well
Uphill Battle

So this has become my primary goal to achieve this year (not only for this year – just to get it into constant practice this year) and so far it is proving to be one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. I am a fat person, I have been fat since I was a kid and a lifetime of bad eating habits is proving hard to break.
As a clinically obese person, my primary goal is to lose weight and get healthier and get fit with exercise and learning to eat well and properly is the way to do that. I have been on a myriad of diets since I was about 8 years old and none of them have ever worked. Why? Because they are restrictive and work on deprivation of things and that never works.
I’m 29 going on 30 and I didn’t think this was going to happen over night but it is truly much much harder than I anticipated. I have signed up to at the recommendation of a friend and it is teaching me a lot. It takes your current weight to calculate how many kilojoules (or calories if that’s what you work with) you need to limit yourself to to lose up to 1kg a week (1kg is the maximum weight it calculates to, aiming for a slow, steady and sustainable loss). So it has a kilojoule intake calculator in which you diarise all you eat in a day.

So far, I have not been within or under my target since I started. Today has been my best day so far and I’m becoming ultimately more aware of what I’m putting in to my body. It is the most excruciating process to actively look at the things I have been eating and realise how bad and empty some things are. Even though I’ve eaten far less crap than I would’ve before, the learning is still curving. Today my aim is to be within my kilojoule limit.

I have tried to stick to the everything-in-moderation rule but here’s the thing: those 2 slices of white toast I loved every morning mean that my stomach will be grumbling before I go to bed because I wasted precious kilojoules on them. So no more white bread. It’s a simple thing, I know, and so many people know it already, but sometimes you have to learn it the hard way I guess. I’m not bashing the moderation rule, because sometimes it’s okay to have those “naughty” things but I’m learning that sometimes doesn’t mean I can have that thing every day. And of course everyone wants different things and nothing should be completely struck off the list – well, maybe some things but those are personal choices that everyone has to make.

So yes, my uphill battle is worth it, I have goals, plans and motivation and I am learning what works and what doesn’t. I felt quite demotivated last night when I looked back at this weeks entries of my food intake and writing this has actually helped me reflect on what I am eating as well as why. So far so good today and I wish the best of luck to anyone who shares this goal and anything similar.

watch classic movies (read all 4 entries…)
Rosemary's Baby

Watching this made me so angry! It was a fantastic movie and I really enjoyed it but Rosemary’s character…once she was certain, she had the evidence, the first thing she did was run to a man she’d met once before and told him everything: everything that would get her chucked in a nut house! And then she ends by just giving in and being the demon-baby’s mother? Geeeeez!

get a masters degree (read all 2 entries…)
I'm in!

Registered and 3 months in! Baby steps.

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