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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Find my purpose in life
I think I found it!

After pondering events in my past I realize that I want my purpose in life to be about inspiring others to live THEIR best life and pursuing their dreams. (Yes, this is very Oprah-esque but still rings true to me.) I seem to inspire others the most when I’m not even trying – by being my most authentic self and trying to pursue things of interest to me. It seems my actions influence others more than my words! So now that I have the WHAT I need to figure out the HOW. So for now I’m going to focus on trying to be the best version of MYSELF, and encourage others to do the same.

Improve my social life (read all 3 entries…)

I’m sucking at this. I haven’t been out in weeks. The problem… I’m usually so tired from work that when I get home all I want to do is stay there and relax. What to do….

Improve my social life (read all 3 entries…)

Went out on Friday and drank waaay to much and spent too much money…wore myself out so I didn’t go out on Saturday. I need a better strategy! However, the DJ was awesome and the liquor relaxed me enough to get on the dance floor – yay. I think instead of looking to meet people, which just raises my expectations and can lead to disappointment, I’ll just look for the best DJ’s and enjoy the music. Learning to dance is one of my goals so that just ties perfectly into this one.

update my wardrobe
What do I need....

I have to first identify the “holes” in my wardrobe. I need more workout outfits since I’ve been hitting the gym more often. I’m also trying to improve my social life by going out more and I realized that one of my issues is that I have nothing to wear! I have a lot of sad looking, “hanging out around the house” t-shirts and comfy jeans. I need to find clothes that fit the lifestyle that I want to lead vs staying in “comfort land”.

Improve my social life (read all 3 entries…)

Focusing on this goal will help me with so many of my other goals so this will be my numero uno priority. Since I’ve moved, I have yet to make friends. Its mostly my fault for being anti-social and never going out. So that changes today. It’s Friday night and I’m gonna go sit at some bar…make a friend if it kills me.

exercise regularly
Buiding the habit

I’ve been doing great with this goal. The key is building the habit. I make it easy for myself by putting my exercise clothes right next to my bed so I can just throw them on and go! Getting to the gym is the hardest part…once I’m in there, I’m focused and ready to go. What also helps is that my motivation is not coming from external sources…While I still want to look good in my clothes (of course) my main reason for working out now is to improve my mood and spirit (my “me” time) and to gain strength and flexibility. I think this will keep me excited and focused about exercise in the long run.

stop procrastinating and get started on my goals! (read all 5 entries…)
I don't think I need this particular goal anymore...

At least not here. I’m going to begin writing in a journal (the paper and pen kind). It’s more accessible for me and will help me work through my issues/confusions/dreams/etc. At least I hope it will…

spend less time on the internet
Its official.

I am addicted to the internet. I spend more time staring at the computer screen than interacting with actual people! I definately need to cut back.

live a minimalist lifestyle (read all 3 entries…)

Well I am moving to another neighborhood – a more expensive one! I have been thinking about moving there for awhile but didn’t think I could afford it. So I am giving up my current spacious 1 bedroom for a tiny studio. I had to figure out what was more important to me and a large apartment certainly wasn’t it! I am currently reducing my possessions by half and I am being ruthless with getting rid of things… if I haven’t used it or even thought about it in over a year, out it goes. The hardest part I think is getting rid of things I spent so much money on….like furniture. I won’t be getting my money back and that really hurts. Ah well.

live a minimalist lifestyle (read all 3 entries…)

I just read somewhere (can’t remember where now, have to find that article) that one’s goal shouldn’t be to become a minimalist – rather, one should become a minimalist because it will help them achieve the goals in life they desire….damn it sounded better in the article. Will revise this later!

stop procrastinating and get started on my goals! (read all 5 entries…)
Finally Focused

Weeelll….even though I am listing most of my goals here, I will only be working on a minimum of 3 goals at a time. At least thats the plan anyway. My main focus right now is finishing school.

live a minimalist lifestyle (read all 3 entries…)

In order for me to live a minimalist lifestyle I first need to find a way to develop a minimalist mindset. I always want things…I am constantly looking at the things I own wishing to upgrade. It’s truly disgusting. I wish I could stay out of the mall. I wish I could stop ogling things online. I wish I could just stop, but I have years and years of unprogramming to do. There is no point in focusing on ‘minimizing’ my things right now, because ultimately I will go out and purchase more things to put in its place.

finish my bachelors degree (read all 2 entries…)

Back in school this semester… I was getting a little discouraged because I only go part-time, and I felt that at this rate it would take me forever to finish – Not to mention the expense… I’m going to have a serious amount of debt when this is all said and done. But the truth is, the time will pass by regardless and it will be worth it in the end…I didn’t do too well last semester but I will keep on keeping on and try to keep my focus on the bigger picture.

finish my bachelors degree (read all 2 entries…)
I'm finally doing this...

Well this is my first semester back in school after being out for a zillion years. I feel a little bit out of place, and all the reading I have to do is ridiculous (and so are the prices of these books!) but I feel so determined! I’m going part-time this semester, only two classes, but it’s definately a start in the right direction.

get rid of unnecessary possessions
Done...for the most part

I have gotten rid of so much crap over the last year… books, clothes, appliances…so much money down the drain. It made me a little sick when I went to drop off some things at Goodwill and saw the mountain of crapola they have in the back….useless things that people have treasured and clung to that at the end of the day meant absolutely nothing. I want to treasure the people in my life and the experiences I have with them, not some cheap plastic dodad that was made in China. Although I have a few odds and ends that I could stand to get rid of, I’m going to mark this goal as done.

renew my passport
Uh oh.

I just realized my passport expires next month! Need to work on this ASAP.

stop procrastinating and get started on my goals! (read all 5 entries…)

I keep getting sidetracked. Lately I’ve been wasting enormous amounts of time on the internet. I just keep finding excuses to avoid doing the things I need to do. I really don’t know what’s up with me – I mean, do I not want to accomplish these goals bad enough? Do I have a fear of failure? Maybe these are things that I think I should want, but in actuality don’t really matter that much to me?

stop procrastinating and get started on my goals! (read all 5 entries…)

Well I’m starting to do some of the things on this list. I wonder if I should remove a few things so I won’t get too overwhelmed…? I’m going to weed out my list of goals so all that’s remaining will be what I’m currently working on, and add more goals as I accomplish others. I think the hardest part was to make that initial first step, and now that I have, I don’t want to lose my momentum. Attempting to juggle too many balls at once will just result in confusion, and with absolutely nothing accomplished.

stop procrastinating and get started on my goals! (read all 5 entries…)

I spend more time thinking about my goals then actually working on them. I have rearranged my 43T list countless times so it can be somehow “perfect”. I’m beginning to wonder if I have a touch of OCD. I just read an amazing saying: ‘THE PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD’. It’s never going to be the ‘right’ time, or the ‘right’ organizational tool….I have so much I want to accomplish this year, and in order for that to happen, I just need to get started!



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