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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visit the Van Gogh museum
Great to see more original works!

Glad I went to see the lesser known paintings. However the museum was very crowded, so it was hard to enjoy the art without being run over by the crowds or annoyed at young children just running around.



Visit the Anne Frank Museum
Amazing!

I was so excited to finally visit this museum after living in Europe for almost two years. If you go buy tickets in advance, it will save you from waiting in the lines and you also receive a 30 minute intro to Anne Frank’s family from an educational expert. Crazy how small their rooms were and with the creaking of the floorboards I am surprised they were able to hide for two years without being found!



go back to Grad School (read all 4 entries…)
Halfway Point!

In less than one year, I have completed 18 credit hours towards my Masters in Human Relations! I have received five A’s and one B with a cumulative GPA of 3.83, all while working full-time, volunteering, and still having a social life!



spend more time creating my own art & crafts :D (read all 4 entries…)
Another Oil Painting!

Here is my latest painting, I still have a few details to add, but overall I’m happy with my progress. This painting is a gift to my fiance. It has special meaning because it was the view of Florence from where he proposed :)



Quit looking for love, let it find me when the time is right
Finally found him!

I just recently got engaged :D I’ve known my fiance for almost 2 years now. We met at work and started out as friends, but over the last 15 months we have been exclusive. We have had a lot of great memories traveling Europe together and unfortunately I move back to the states in July. He will follow early next year, but it will be hard being so far away for those months.



spend more time creating my own art & crafts :D (read all 4 entries…)
My favorite oil painting I completed!

This is of a lavender field in the late afternoon.



Lose 35 pounds (read all 4 entries…)
Hard to do when you can't exercise to the fullest...

I just had knee surgery about 3 weeks ago. I had been doing well with my diet, but I am slowly regaining function of my knee and it is painful to do pretty much everything except walk and bike. I am still going to try to eat healthier in the meantime and I ordered a bike trainer for my road bike, so I can ride inside until I feel comfortable enough for longer rides outdoors. I have a feeling that I will always struggle with my weight. Although I have accepted that I have a curvy body type, I know I still need to loose some weight, just to be healthier more than anything.



spend more time creating my own art & crafts :D (read all 4 entries…)
Oil Painting Class

I recently decided to sign up for an oil painting class for a couple of reasons. One, I have never painted with oils, only watercolors and acrylics. Two, I need to incorporate more art into my life. Between grad school and work I don’t feel like I have a whole lot of time to be creative! The class starts on October 30 and runs 6 weeks. By the end I should have two completed paintings of Tuscany.



Visit Neuschwanstein Castle
Worth the drive!

The castle is pretty amazing to see in person and the story of King Ludwig’s short life is sad. I can’t believe this was only one of his three castles in Germany. The interior is so ornate, with stenciled walls in nearly every room, a wonderful performance hall designed with his good friend and composer Richard Wagner in mind, and a ginormous kitchen with tons of copper pots! The surrounding area is also very beautiful. I’m glad I went in fall with all the changing colors :)



Improve my self confidence (read all 2 entries…)
Stuck

I was considering applying for Officer Training School to commission in the Air Force (I’m currently enlisted), but after meeting with my squadron commander I decided against it. He told me I need to work on my confidence. I am beginning to think the military just isn’t for me. I know that I can be confident, but it is hard to be a woman working with so many men, many of which are complete jerks that shoot down your ideas before you are even done explaining yourself. I really feel a big factor in my not so wonderful confidence level is my physical appearance. I am not too happy with the way I look and it does affect me.



go back to Grad School (read all 4 entries…)
Busy!

So far I have completed two classes with a 4.0 GPA and I’m enrolled in two online classes right now and have another in-person accelerated class in mid-October. I’m glad I made the decision to go back to school, but being a full-time grad student, full-time airman, girlfriend, and volunteer plays a toll after awhile. I am so tired all the time! Also, I think it will be easier to focus on school once I get back to the states and am not wanting to travel on the weekends or take leave to see more of Europe.



Lose 35 pounds (read all 4 entries…)
3.5 down, 31.5 to go!!

Eating healthy isn’t that difficult, just takes a little more pre-planning, but I hope in the end that healthier choices just come more naturally. I went to a BBQ on Saturday and managed to eat a balanced meal and still feel satisfied. This week I am going to try to incorporate new workouts. I am not very good with weights but my triceps are one of my problem areas, so I am going to focus on that for the next few weeks, along with staying on the WW Points Plus.



go back to Grad School (read all 4 entries…)
One class down, eleven to go!!

Finished with my first class, Multicultural Issues in Human Relations! The class was fast paced, basically a semester worth of content in 6 days plus additional time to write two papers. Feels good to be done and looking forward to my next class in less than 2 weeks!



Lose 35 pounds (read all 4 entries…)
Weight Watchers

I restarted this program officially on Sunday and am already noticing a difference in the way I feel overall and my energy level. I know this program has worked for me in the past, just hope that I can stay dedicated and keep the healthy lifestyle changes this time around, even when life gets super busy!



go back to Grad School (read all 4 entries…)
Human Relations

I start my first class in two days! I am excited to get back into school and even more excited that Tuition Assistance via the USAF is paying for the majority of the cost! Makes it easier to just focus on school and not worry so much about how I’m going to be able to afford it.



spend more time creating my own art & crafts :D (read all 4 entries…)
Recently started knitting

I am trying to incorporate more creative activities into my daily life. During basic training and tech school I obviously didn’t have the time to dedicate to my art and crafts hobby, but I really missed it and have felt for quite some time that something was missing! So I learned to knit a couple weeks ago and have made three scarves so far using some specialty yarn by Rico Designs. Above is a picture of the one I just finished tonight. It is so much fun and an excellent way to relax in the evenings, I plan on moving onto bigger projects in the near future.



Start a book of quotes that inspire me (read all 23 entries…)
Creativity

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath



life makeover
Untitled

I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety lately and decided I need to make some significant changes so I don’t continue to feel this way on a regular basis.

Here are some major things I feel I need to address:
- Living a more healthy lifestyle – reduce alcohol intake, make better food choices, and being more active.
- Volunteering at organizations I believe in – good for the soul :)
- Make better use of my downtime – spend time with friends, talk to family, create art, travel, and generally enjoy life!
- Continue to try hard at work, but understand that my job doesn’t define me – I am so much more than a title and a girl behind a desk!
- Get back on track spiritually – I miss attending church and shouldn’t be afraid to go, even if I’m going alone.



Lose 35 pounds (read all 4 entries…)
All I needed was some motivation

Today I received a phone call from a nurse at the clinic on my base. He basically told me that my weight was near the top of the USAF “healthy” scale and offered me counseling on nutrition and fitness. I agreed to go to a class earlier this week after failing a pt test last week due to the sit-up component. I was very upset, especially since I earned a rating of excellent on my prior pt tests. Luckily I have the chance to retest in a couple months, so the combination of these two events has really encouraged me to take better care of myself and get back into shape. This will probably also lessen the pain I’ve been having in my knee and help with my self-confidence goal.



Improve my self confidence (read all 2 entries…)
Is it just me?

I decided to deactivate Facebook again today. I did it before and lasted about 6 months before I got back on, so I know it is possible to live without. I have come to the realization that I waste way too much time browsing through pictures and updating my status when I really don’t have that much I want to say to everyone. Also, it seems like a bit of a popularity contest, my friends list grew over 800 people and most of them I knew very superficially. Always comparing myself to my peers and I think that is what has really damaged my self confidence most recently. I just need to stick to my small group of close friends and family and work on developing better relationships with them. There is so much more to life than sitting in front of a computer all the time, especially after being on one at work all day! I will work on completing some of my goals on here, and hopefully as a by-product will boost my now dwindling confidence.



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