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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play the guitar
Really now...

I guess it was 4 years ago, if not 5. My sweet sister made me an awesome birthday present: a folk guitar. Yes, I am a newbie to playing the guitar, but hell, I am big fan of guitar music. so I thought I’d find time to learn how to play it…

The plan worked just fine for 1, maybe 2 months. Then BAM laziness overdose and yeah, I’m back to square one. However, I want things to change and I will change them! No, I don’t want to start a band and no, I don’t want to write music. I just want to learn how to play some of my favorite songs.



be active!
Not a matter of health, but confidence

This October i’ll be 24 and i must admit i’m pretty much the stereotypical IT student: skinny, tall and lazy. Which is why last week I decided I should do my best and become more active, at least 5 days a week.

So far it worked perfectly until Friday. I did two sessions of exercises daily, one in the morning, one in the evening. Abs, lift-ups, push-ups, extensions, exercises for the back, for the legs, etc. + I went swimming on average 90 minutes/day.

Friday however Torchlight 2 was released (video game) and given the fact I have pre-purchased it months ago, I couldn’t resist. I had to play it and finish it. I did, but at the cost of my entire weekend. I guess now it’s time to get back on track, since the distraction went away. I hope the guilt of gaming the entire weekend will help me not do the same mistake again.



Read more
This is not a cliche, this is important.

There were many times in my earlier years when I thought “read more” is a must have item on my resolutions list. However, I never reached my expectations, until recently.

Some time ago I created an account at Goodreads.com
I don’t really care about its social aspects (people comparing their reading lists, stuff like that), I do however care about the fact that it’s a perfect way to track my reading progress and improvement as a reader.

In January I joined the “2012 reading challenge”, by promising I will read 50 books. With a heavy heart I admit I only read 10 so far. I currently read 3 books when I find the time, but still, I know there is no way to make it to 50 books by the end of the year.

HOWEVER, just yesterday I came across an awesome list of 80 books and novels that are available for FREE on the Internet. So I am making it my quest for these last months of 2012 and for 2013 also to read everything on this list.

It’s a long shot, but it’s an important shot.



Gain a reputation on Elance
Totally worth it!

If you know of Elance then most likely you’re a freelancer, too. Possibly a student (like me), as well. So know now that gaining a reputation really helps you get approved for more projects.

I currently finished my 6th graphic design job (a book cover) and just as I checked my Elance inbox, I have two other invitations to make offers for two possible jobs.

I am a level 6 (almost level 7) graphic designer and I am really proud of it. Looking forward to get even more reputation and more work :)



wake up when my alarm clock goes off
The secret is in the alarm sound...

i used to have this really annoying mechanical clock that you have to slap to make it stop ringing. it would wake me up instantly, but also give me a really bad mood. so i decided to use my cellphone alarm instead and i’m proud to say it works.

the secret is really in choosing the right sound/song to wake you up. at the moment my 6:00 a.m. alarm is “Margarita chum” by Anouk :)



write more letters
Totally worth doing

i guess it’s safe to say that to me writing letters is what smoking is to smokers. it relaxes me, it makes me feel better and it even builds up my confidence (not to mention it also improves my memory).

i used to write e-mails to some friends from faraway whom i don’t really get the chance to see anymore, but i give you this: letters beat that. they’re the real thing!



spend more time with my cat
In the mean time...

...i got a second cat. i was out with a friend to this bar we really like; the bartender and barmaid (they’re a couple) had brought with them a little tomcat, which they were giving to adoption to anyone who would take it.

having one cat already (saved from the streets), i thought what the hell and took Ben A. Kitler (yeah,i know) home. Now i have two cats that make me take breaks from working and being at the computer, to spend some quality time. Thank you my dears.


get rid of things I don't need
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i’m slowly taking my first step towards completing this goal. i will be moving pretty soon and it’s basically one of those “start a new life” kind of thing. therefore i want to make sure that everything that enters my new life deserves its place there, even if we’re talking photographs or furniture.

so step one: getting rid of all the things that remind me of the people i don’t want to remember. taking care of it. cleaning my computer of documents, photos and files of them, cleaning my online connections with them and of course, throwing away stuff that reminds me of them.

i guess for the last part i could put up one of those nice redeeming fires people have in movies, but that would be just a sugary crap cliche. f* that!



Keep a graphic design blog
My graphic design blog

in an attempt to stimulate myself to allocate more time to my graphic design hobby, i have created a blog on Blogger. i intend to use it as a form of work journal, to display some of my work, maybe tutorials and reviews of other people’s work that has inspired me over the years.

if this goes according to my plans, then by the end of 2011 i should have my professional blog on WordPress and who knows, maybe my first commissioned assignments.

http://apathy-design.blogspot.com/ for those interested, although there’s not much at the moment.



keep a personal blog
Keep a personal blog

i know a lot of people have one (or several) of these, but i’m really having problems taking care of my own personal blog. i’m not one of these crazed bloggers who wake up in the morning with the next blog post in mind… so i really want to do this, i want to keep a personal blog where to post let’s say every weekend.

if anyone’s interested, this would be my personal blog… not a very cheerful one, but still. http://apathyachievements.blogspot.com/



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