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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travel (read all 5 entries…)

Jan – April: London
May: Wales
July – August: Santiago de Compostela
September: Wales

read a book a month (read all 2 entries…)

January – Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
February – The Pearl by John Steinbeck

walk to Santiago de Compostela
July and August 2014

We’re going and we’re going to raise money for the dutch brain foundation as we walk.
I started talking about this last year, and one of my friends decided to join me. I wanted to walk from my home in Holland at first but we’re just going to walk the camino now, which is going to be a big adventure all together anyway. We’re turning it into a project on this website: where you can donate to the dutch brain foundation and follow our journey.

finish my short stories
The Lady

I decided to stop trying to perfect it, decided to finish it before I become a decent writer because I’ve been working off and on this monster for over two years now and is time to put it to rest. I’ve got 92 pages of very short stories and a couple of angry poems finished and I am sending my first draft to my editor tomorrow. I want to have it published before January.

finish my fic (read all 3 entries…)
Chapters: 34 - Words: 61,608- Updated: Nov 27 - Published: Apr 26, 2011 - Status: Complete

I can’t believe it took me over two years to get this story down on paper. And even though it is a fan fic and I will never share it with my IRL friends, it still makes me very proud. I sat down, I wrote a novel longer than the Great Gatsby and I actually developed a story on which people give me positive feedback even though I regard it as a first draft and I want to do a rewrite. I never thought I could actually write anything else than short stories, I guess I was wrong.

live in the UK (read all 2 entries…)

I am moving to Dartford tonight. I will be a Live in Carer. For people who watched the movie, I’ll be the guy who races his bosses’ race cars except my boss will be a little old lady and the fastest car she owns is a rollator walker, but still.
Moving to the UK for six months to safe up for the trip of a life time and my other huge dream: life in a van and travel the world with no predetermined destination.


I have been a terrible person when it comes to the ‘love’ department. I used to have a crush on every guy I met. I used to think love was not for me, that I would always be unfaithful and unreliable. G has come a long way with me. I treated him very badly before I came to realize that he is the only one I want to spend the rest of my life with. I am glad he has given me that chance.

Don’t give up on love just because it hurts sometimes.

live in the UK (read all 2 entries…)

I had been unhappy for a very long time before I decided to quit my job, rent out my flat and apply for a job abroad. I just got back from a training and selection week for a health care job in the UK. Today I heard that I got the job, I couldn’t be more happy. It is nice when taking a risk pays off. Tons of things to do before I can properly function across the canal though, but I am really grateful to have been given this opportunity.

It feels good to finally start heading in the direction of my dreams. Crossing of two major life events in one month feels better than anything in the world.

roadtrip through the US, 2013
Awww yeaaaah

San Francisco – Yosemite Park – Kingsburg – Sequoia National Park – Los Angeles – Death Valley National Park – Las Vegas – Zion National Park – Bryce Canyon – Monument Valley – Orlando – Miami – Everglades National Park – Key West

We’re back and it was wonderful :) Three weeks are way too short to spend in a massive country like that though. We would love to go back there and stay for a longer amount of time. We have the feeling we got a tiny taste of the beautiful nature parks the US has to offer and we would love to spend weeks hiking and camping there, listening to the stories of locals and taking back even more memories than we already have.

finish my fic (read all 3 entries…)

58,574 words, 31 chapters and the end is getting in sight. I am working my way up to a sequel (don’t know why I would do that to myself hahah). I should really pick up the pace now I have more free time on my hands.

read a book a month (read all 2 entries…)

Travels with Charley by Steinbeck
Women by Charles Bukowski
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Chronicle of a death foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A spy in the house of love by Anaïs Nin
Girl interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
De een zijn dood by J. Bernlef

travel (read all 5 entries…)

October: UK
September: USA
January: Greece

travel (read all 5 entries…)

May: Brighton

make a zine

I started working together with my friend S. We got the first issue’s content planned and half the photographers we want to feature are on board already. We’re going to a zine event in Brighton next week and are planning to move forward after that.

Update November 2012: We launched the first zine
Update May 2013: We’re sold out

travel (read all 5 entries…)
This year

I went to Stockholm in the winter, London in the summer (twice) and Berlin in autumn. This is the most I have ever traveled in one year. Next year I want to cross the ocean for the first time and travel through America for a month with my love. I also want to visit Thailand for a month so that I can work on my book and perhaps finish it there.

Get a tattoo
Here Comes the Sun

I got this tattoo in Berlin last Thursday.

finish my fic (read all 3 entries…)
yes yes, I am a little ashamed of this one as well....

I write fanfic, mostly dragon age. I wrote a couple of short stories and am currently trying to write a mayor fic, you know 50.000 words short novel mayor. I am writing it in English, to practice that foreign language. I published four chapters and keep rewriting. I am currently working on chapter five and six simultaneously and already the story is getting stuck. It is a great excercise though and I am really pushing myself into finishing it. I see it as a test, to see if I can make the characters develop, find the inspiration to finish a story etc.

I think I should write on this every day from now on, even if I think most of what I write sucks.

travel (read all 5 entries…)
so far...

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, Vatican City

27/28/29 august 2011: London (again, because I love the place) (booked)
april & may 2012: US West Coast (scraping money together)



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