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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.

- The Robots.

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  1. 1. get a better job
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    1,386 people
  2. 2. learn to cook
    4 entries . 3 cheers
    10,169 people
  3. 3. let the past go
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    62 people
  4. 4. eat sensibly
    1 entry
    9 people
  5. 5. be more articulate
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    323 people
  6. 6. win an argument
    1 entry
    15 people
  7. 7. lose 10 pounds
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    6,361 people
  8. 8. learn German
    1 entry
    5,480 people
  9. 9. become fluent in French
    1 entry
    1,664 people
  10. 10. volunteer
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    5,550 people
  11. 11. find out what I believe
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    2 people
  12. 12. go to grad school
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    1,014 people
  13. 13. go back to Europe
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    215 people
  14. 14. be more confident
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How I did it
How to change my hair
It took me
5 months
It made me

How to start to sing again
It took me
3 months
It made me

How to go rock climbing
It took me
30 days
It made me

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Recent entries
Learn to cook (read all 4 entries…)
Week #3

Chicken Marsala
Pasta w/alfredo sauce (from scratch)

This was… mostly as success. I am going to say that the Chicken Marsala is very expensive to prepare. At least, it was the recipe I used. It required both Marsala wine and cooking sherry, which was an investment. I did not use mushrooms, since the SO hates them, but it still turned out well with my substitute of garlic and spinach and onions. It took longer to cook through than it said. I may or may not have accidentally sprayed hot oil at people while I was flipping the chicken. Watch out for that…

The pasta turned out well, mostly handled by the boy. The sauce was a bit thick, we just need to make sure we watch how long and how high the thing is simmering.

Profiteroles! Inspired by a taste of these at an Italian restaurant. Ours turned out too big, I think, but still good. Don’t listen to the advice to store them in the fridge for eating within a few hours. Always in the freezer so the ice cream filling doesn’t melt.

Learn to cook (read all 4 entries…)
Week #2

This week:
-Italian Cannellonnis
-Apple pie

This was a complete and utter success. I don’t know how, but it turned out beautifully, even given how hard the Cannellonnis were to make, and how long it took. I made twelve of them, there were four of us, they were gone in 15 minutes. That’s the best compliment to the chef, right? I highly recommend trying the recipe for this, which can be found at under “Italian Baked Cannellonni.” You’ll have to have about an hour on your hands to prepare it, though, be warned. I did have a bit of help from the SO on one of the sauces, but I did the rest all by myself. WHOOT. ME.

Apple pie- again from “Grandma Ople’s Apple pie.” The sugar/butter mixture is the unique part about it, and it is divine. I would recommend adding some cinnamon to the sugar mixture, though. I did, and it made it even better. Also, do it with lattice work on the top rather than a straight cover. The apples and the sugar mixture come out even better if you do that. Again, was devoured over the course of one evening. Except one piece that I’m having when I get home, I hope. Mmmm.

This coming week:
- I am going to continue my adventures with beef. I make too much chicken.
- Dessert: to be picked by the SO, since he doesn’t like apple pie and indulged me when I made it anyway for the rest of the house.

be more articulate
Because I'm too old not to

I’m not a teenager anymore. I don’t need to get anyone to like me by speaking the way they do. It isn’t “condescending,” to choose your words carefully and express yourself in a mature way. Not anymore. Words/phrases to eliminate: “like,” “you know,” “you know what I’m saying?”, “totally,” (unless in jest). Find alternatives to: “awesome,” and “amazing.” Limit use of, “oh my god,” and swear words- except where entirely appropriate. Also, there is no need to squirm, make cute faces, use a girlishly high voice to seem less threatening, or make fun of myself when attempting to express my feelings. Use more varied vocabulary, try to find alternatives to adjectives, don’t be afraid to thrown in the ten cent words if they are appropriate.

Self posession: I want to has it.

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