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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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get a proper haircut.
Actually I did it myself.

Look on you tube for ‘cut your own ponytail layers’. It works. I look lovely, and I’ve saved me some money. Genius!



find new inspiring friends (read all 3 entries…)
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How wrong I was. Turns out she was a total **. Shocking.



eat more vegetables (read all 3 entries…)
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I’m also fabulous friends with butternut squash and the sweet potato. Nom nom nom.



make friends with people all over the world
Hello technology.

Ok so it turns out that me, incapable of technology me, was designed with Instagram in mind! Folk of the world unite, IG mamas now keep me sane, 24 hours a day. Brilliant. Talk about anything with anyone anywhere. Love it.



Swim at least twice a week
Not my fault this one.

I went swimming, well physio, when I was pregnant, once. Then the pool where I live closed for a re-fit and it’s stillllll not open. So yeah, no can do :(



be an RE teacher (read all 7 entries…)
I got my degree!!!

Can I get a hell yeah?!
I got a 2:2! Not only did I GET the degree I got a respectable honours grade too. I’m so proud of myself. I worked my ass off, it’s taken 4 years, I was pregnant for one of them, had a newborn for another, a toddler for the last one and then had to re-sit cause I failed. Oh and I was working full time, then part time through out.
If you think there’s no way you can do something (like I did!) then you’re way wrong, just go for it, if you want it enough you’ll do it!



have a family (read all 2 entries…)
2 years on, almost to the day!

I didn’t know this massive thing was missing from my life until I had my daughter. I can’t explain it, but I am complete, it’s the most rewarding thing I could ever ever do and I am immensely thankful for every single second.



control my temper
I am a winner.

I no longer flip out at stuff – mostly because Ive taken all the shit out of my life that wound me up.
Except annoying adverts on the TV. but hey everyone has their trigger, and 95% of the time I can just hit the mute button on the remote!

Calm down, chill out. Seriously. If you cant do it then get some help, talk to someone about it. You cant go through life shouting and screaming and expect to be loved.



Find a Religion
Ive found several....

Ok so my uni course has opened my eyes to a lot of things both good and bad in the religious world.
I think maybe I was looking for an answer, but now instead im not entirely sure what the question is anymore.
Lots of books about conflict and differing opinions, all of which with no real proof, no scientific evidence.

Im in love with the mysterious aspects of worship and faith, the blind faith that people have in something they cant prove really fascinates me. And the relevance of someones beliefs to the modern world.

Maybe I’ll find something peaceful and true, but unless someone can hand me the evidence then I think i’ll always be looking and questioning the whole concept of faith.

Answers on a postcard please….



Be a real grown up
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I like being a grown up.

Nice home – check.
Career coming on nicely – check.
Family – check.
Ring on my finger from the one who wants to be with me – check.
Being healthy and stable – check.
Leaving behind people who are bad for me – check.
Everything going well for once in my life – check.



be a healthy person (read all 3 entries…)
This should have been number one on my list from the word go!

Ok so this year I have….
Lost 2 and half stone
Stopped drinking
Stopped smoking
Stopped drinking all the coffee in the world ever.

And I feel alive. mostly.
This probably has something to do with the fact that Im pregnant so giving up all the bad crap was made a million times easier by the fact that not only would I be ruining myself but ruining someone else too.

Since stopping smoking, which I did the SECOND i found out I was pregnant I can breathe so much better, my asthma is a billion times better, hayfever is better, lungs feel bigger and I dont feel like I cant breathe when its cold. I now have a total hatred for women who continue to smoke when they are expecting, for fucks sake youre giving yourself cancer which is bad enough but to screw up your unborn child too?

I havent drank alcohol since May. I love being sober, its not only an eye-opener but never having a hangover is bliss!
granted I havent been out much as Im super-protective of my bump, but the times I have been out Ive been so glad to be totally aware of whats going on. I cant beleive the states I used to get in to, in fact the state ive been in every weekend for the last 10 years really. All the stupid and dangerous situations ive put myself in because ive been wasted. All the money Ive spent on beer, and all the arguements because none of us knew what the hell was going on.
As a mother (oh my god I love saying that!) I will never drink, our daughter is my number one priority and the thought of going out and getting drunk and putting myself in a vulnerable situation makes me feel physically sick.

Im not one to preach to other people about what they do – except smoking pregnant people – but god I feel so much better in myself. Dont get drunk because your friends do, or take drugs because everyone else does, or smoke cause its an addiction, get a hold of yourself and find a better purpose :)



stop dying my hair (read all 3 entries…)
done. hurrah!

yay! no more dye on the bathroom floor/neck/face/ears :)
no more roots!
no more smelling of chemicals!
Winner!
Natural beauty all the way for me :)



be an RE teacher (read all 7 entries…)
2 years down, 1 to go...

Ok so spent this year at uni being pregnant and feeling like crap so not entirely sure how Ive done yet, only a couple of weeks till I find out so fingers crossed.
Have signed up for my last year, the course sounds awesome I cant wait!
Kinda scared though as will be juggling third year of a degree with a new baby :)
I need to complete a PGCE in Religious Education after I finish my degree, which is proving more tricky than I thought to arrange as no where near me does it, I will have a small person to take in to account, and I have no idea what finaincial support I can get. HELP!
However, I will actually be so so proud of myself when I have my degree – yay to me!



have a family (read all 2 entries…)
Small person is due 4th Jan 2011!

Ok so this one is MAJOR!
The latest addition to our family is a baby girl, she is due to join us on the 4th of January 2011!
Look what we did! We made a whole new person! Its the most amazing feeling ever.
When I put this on my list I didnt think it would be one to tick off this year, maybe not even in 5 years but its the best thing that ever happened, has changed our entire lives and I wouldnt change it for the world.
And yes it is just a little bit scary! :)



be a healthy person (read all 3 entries…)
Healthy = Happy!

So ive joined slimming world and its actually the best thing! lost 9lbs in 2 weeks!! Bring it on!! And you can still eat stuff, everything in fact, theres no point system, no measuring everything and you can still drink diet coke and eat chocolate! What could be better? :D



find new inspiring friends (read all 3 entries…)
2009 was a good year for people!

I met the bestest best person ever last year, I think we were actually seperated at birth. She is awesome and the bestest friend a girl could wish for, she doesnt take any crap from anyone and is always there when i need her. Heres to finding another epic person this year!!



be an RE teacher (read all 7 entries…)
Wooooooo!

Ok so Ive done the first year, got a grade 3 pass which is fine all things considered. The second year starts in the 13th of Jan 2010 (what??!!?) and im determined to get a grade 2 pass, which i think we will very difficult as it looks fairly horrendous. Im really quite proud of myself for doing something about it all :D



be an RE teacher (read all 7 entries…)
Its nearly time!!!

Right, its nearly Feb 09 and Im a tad concerned as to how im going to work full time and do a degree…Im completely unorganized but I am completely motivate so im hoping that will do it! words of encouragement please folks!!! :)



stop drinking caffeine
I feel better!

I used to drink a lot of coffee, like a lot. And then something nasty happened a year ago and my heart went a bit crazy and I had to have some scans done and it wasnt good, and the thing that kept popping up was that my heart problem cold be made worse by caffeine. so i stopped. and it was weird! I didnt realise how much I relied on it for energy so it took a while to get used to it but I havent had a coffee for almost a year :) and (fingers crossed) my heart is ok :)
I do drink coke but no heaps of it and that doesnt affect me so thatscool



figure out where all the people like me are hiding
come on people!

Don’t get me wrong I love my friends, I really do. I’d just really like to meet people who are…....a bit more mature I guess. People who have stopped taking all the drugs and have got themselves a job for example. People who read books and take pictures and aren’t afraid to talk about it. People who Ive never met before, never even seen before, so we both start with a blank page and no one can secretly bitch behind their backs about stuff that they did 10 years ago and have never lived down. Stuff like that. This town in nice, Ive always lived here, but, everyone one knows everybodys’ business. We all know what he said to her and how she cheated on him and was a bitch at school. It does my head in. The answer Im coming to is that I should just move to a new place and that would solve my problems but that not the right answer. yet.



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