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 37 things

standingstill's Life List

  1. 1. just be happy to be alive
    3 entries
    1 person
  2. 2. stop procrastinating
    1 cheer
    30,441 people
  3. 3. establish a budget
    2 entries
    5 people
  4. 4. Get my own apartment
    7 entries . 1 cheer
    653 people
  5. 5. get a handle on practical issues
    1 person
  6. 6. minimize the effect external circumstances have on my frame of mind
    1 cheer
    1 person
  7. 7. be more focused at work
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    12 people
  8. 8. Live a healthier life
    4 entries
    48 people
  9. 9. prevent my shyness from hindering me
    2 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. Become more knowledgeable
    14 people
  11. 11. live in the moment
    2,077 people
  12. 12. get in touch with nature
    1 cheer
    20 people
  13. 13. learn to appreciate life
    1 cheer
    5 people
  14. 14. live passionately
    1 cheer
    5,635 people
  15. 15. Take a 3-week trip once a year
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  16. 16. improve my Photoshop skills
    1 cheer
    23 people
  17. 17. purchase digital camera, piano, etc.
    3 entries
    1 person
  18. 18. learn how to sing
    1 entry
    550 people
  19. 19. not let my emotions control me
    2 people
  20. 20. let go of useless fears
    1 person
  21. 21. make movies
    265 people
  22. 22. learn to draw
    2,398 people
  23. 23. act (even if nobody's watching)
    1 cheer
    1 person
  24. 24. treat loved ones, strangers, and all with the respect they deserve
    1 person
  25. 25. be more proactive
    113 people
  26. 26. make music
    1 entry
    985 people
  27. 27. connect with people in a meaningful way
    1 person
  28. 28. write books, poems, etc.
    1 person
  29. 29. improve my html skills; make several webpages
    1 person
  30. 30. go out and explore all that the city has to offer
    1 entry
    1 person
  31. 31. become more physically active
    32 people
  32. 32. improve my piano playing skills
    14 people
  33. 33. become quadrilingual
    2 entries
    7 people
  34. 34. get organized
    6,534 people
  35. 35. pay more attention to my cat
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    9 people
  36. 36. get into amateur photography
    1 person
  37. 37. know that I am admired
    2 entries
    1 person

How I did it
How to go back to Paris
It took me
365 days
It made me

Recent entries
learn how to sing
Have started taking vocal lessons....

I decided to finally move forward with this one. I have begun taking vocal lessons. It’s really a strange thing—to sing for someone else. Save for karaoke, I’ve only really sung for myself, by myself. So to have to sing in front of someone else is such a bizarre feeling. You feel vulnerable, really. I have a newfound respect for people who sing for a living, who perform. It really takes courage and confidence to sing out at full volume and not shy away from it when someone is listening to your every sour note and mistake.

That is one good thing about taking lessons, though—I am getting more comfortable with the idea of singing in front of my teacher.

Besides taking lessons, I am to practice at least 30 minutes every day. Like the Japanese lessons I’ve started taking, I’ve been slipping on this one over the holidays (not as far as attending the lessons, but as far as practicing at home), but prior to that I was doing okay.

It’s quite a challenge—I’ve never really thought of the voice as an instrument that can be improved. Trying to change the way you’ve sung all your life is hard. And you can’t really avoid sounding like you.

I love singing, and I so want to improve. It’s sometimes frustrating because, whatever improvements I can make, I’m sure it’s going to take a lot of deliberate practice. This isn’t the piano, a language, something external. I just wonder… how much can I improve?

If I do want to improve though, the only way is to practice consistently. So let’s see how I do with that!

Become quadrilingual (read all 2 entries…)
Still about right....

Well, my initial entry is still just about right, except that I have swapped out German for Japanese (?!). I would still like to learn German at some point, but not just yet. I’ve actually begun taking private Japanese lessons and am doing okay. My tutor has been very encouraging about my progress. Ideally I am to study my lessons on a daily basis. I’ve more or less kept to that, but haven’t been as vigilant during my time off over the holidays. On the other hand, last week I stayed up until about 5 a.m. studying Japanese, so….

Take a 3-week trip once a year (read all 2 entries…)
Ongoing and on track

Well, just wanted to say that this is an ongoing goal of mine. So far I’m on track—in 2007 I returned to Paris for the first time in 7 years, and in 2008 I went to China and Hong Kong for three weeks. Next year is supposed to be two family trips, broken up into a one-week trip to the Grand Canyon and a 2-week trip to Hawaii. If that doesn’t come through for some reason, I would like to have a backup, 3-week trip in mind by June, to be taken in the fall of 09. Egypt with some friends? Australia?

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