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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walk El Camino de Santiago (read all 3 entries…)

Best experience of our life. Worth the sacrifices. Next goal is to do it again in 5 years!

run a 10K
Workin' on my fitness

Lungs felt good on last night’s run, camino got our fitness up. Working towards a 5k first

travel the world (read all 2 entries…)
Back Europe - check

Hiked the Camino de Santiago from France to the coast – 550 miles. Then backpacked around Portugal, Rome, and Madrid. Best experience of my life – lived simply, cheaply, humbly, without phone or computer. Would choose doing the camino again over any other world travels; life changing experience!

find a job i love (read all 2 entries…)

Maybe it’s not a matter of finding that “perfect” job, but coming to terms with the idea of leaving one that’s just not right for you

walk El Camino de Santiago (read all 3 entries…)
Leave in 29 days!

Getting closer, have most supplies and arrangements in place!

pay off my student loans (read all 3 entries…)
Down to 1

Paid off the higher interest loans, finally down to the low interest ones!

walk El Camino de Santiago (read all 3 entries…)
First step

Tickets booked, leave in less than 2 months

learn how to prepare 10 excellent meals
1. Pesto pasta and chicken

Creamy pesto fettuccini w crushed basil, garlic, tomatoes on top, covered w strips of grilled chicken over. Served w salad and greens.

visit Ireland with Stimp (read all 2 entries…)
Ireland trip

Finally checked this one off the list after 10 years. Great trip, loved the sheep!

graduate college
not essential; my 2 cents :)

For some people, college is essential – they’ve dreamed of being a lawyer or a doctor their whole life, or perhaps a school teacher, and they really need that degree. For those people, college is worth it.

For a lot of people, college is just “the next step.” I went to school with a TON of people that had no idea what they wanted to do in life, partied a lot more than they studied (hey, it was a big state school), and acquired a lot of debt along the way.

Before, college was something that set you apart, gave you an advantage in the work force, possibly allowed you to get promoted over others. Times have changed, the economy stinks, and EVERYONE has a degree. I have known many graduates who can’t land a job. I’m good friends with an awesome lawyer who rocked her bar exam and can’t get a job because there just aren’t any openings in the areas she lived. Lots of news and online articles have been written about college – how it’s become a money industry for the colleges themselves and isn’t necessarily beneficial for a lot of the work force. A degree and experience should mean more pay, right? Nope, just like everyone you know companies are trying to save money wherever they can by NOT hiring those who demand better salaries and instead hire the inexperienced who they can train and pay little.

Do I have a degree? Yep. Do I have a lot of student loans? Yep. Do I have a good job? Sure. Does it make me happy? Nope. If I could do it again I would definitely do something else… something that was flexible enough to let me take care of a family, something I enjoyed and hadn’t invested years and years pursuing. So many choices – hair stylist, realtor, paramedic, CNA, photographer, medical transcriptionist, paralegal, etc.

Bottom line? Follow your dreams, and if those dreams don’t include college, don’t feel bad about it. You can always go to college later in life if things don’t work out. =) Why not take a ‘gap year?’

stay in a hostel

my hostel experience in antigua: awful! 2 sleazy hostel operators kept hitting on me and other girls, tried to come into our room at night (I had barricaded the door, thankfully; there was no lock!); that night I turned on my flashlight (I was on the bottom bunk) and saw hundreds of bugs running around just above my face, under the mattress of the person above me – not sure if they were roaches or bed bugs… this is a hostel that my travel book recommended!! Will I ever stay at a hostel again? Maybe, but I’ll be a lot more picky next time and will have my husband with me!

Donate to charity
so many options!

I currently donate to compassion international (my sponsored child lives in Nicaragua) and humane society of the US. Both are reputable, long-term organizations. Great places to give if you want to donate and aren’t sure where to start.

alaskan cruise
One day

Joe’s dream vacation; not really worth all the travel cross country to me… But I want to do it for him

Visit Machu Picchu
Next vacation

I want to go so badly!!! Almost went for our honeymoon but I was having passport issues (couldn’t find it!)

find a job i love (read all 2 entries…)
Is it possible?

I sure hope so! Think we have to move states for this to happen but joe doesn’t want to move. :(

visit Coyote Butte

I love the southwest!! Wanted to see this several years ago on a long road trip but they were sold out of permits months in advance. The area is very delicate so they really limit the number of visitors allowed.

pay off my student loans (read all 3 entries…)

Don’t have to pay taxes this year, which means I can put some loot towards the loans!

Stop saying "sorry" so often

I have a huge problem with this! My mom, who I love dearly, was a weak person as I was growing up she remains a chronic worrier and apologizer to this day. Dad, on the other hand, was extremely harsh and didn’t believe kids should be kids (not his fault, he was out plowing the fields at age 7, never had a childhood himself). Result? A highly motivated, perfectionistic worrisome apologizer.

I struggle against the negative traits all the time, am actually a strong person, but I find myself frequently saying ‘sorry’ at work, and without good reason. This really needs to stop; I feel that if you do good work but apologize a lot others will get the impression that you DON’T do good work and make lots of mistakes. Plus it’s just annoying, makes you seem weak even if you aren’t. Sorry has it’s place, but not in excess. Perhaps by goal will be to banish it from my vocabulary with the exception of true apologies.

get the word "like" (like, where it isn't necessary) out of my speech habits!

Been more conscious of this lately, caught myself a few times the other night.

save for retirement
Better late than never

You know those calculations about retirement, how if you invest even a small amount at a young age and stop you’re much better off? I’m sad to say I never really understood retirement even though I tried my best to do so in my early 20’s. I passed up 401k’s and other opportunities due to lack of understanding… Literally opened my first 401k 6 months ago and almost missed THAT opportunity!

What I learned: money that goes into a 401k is pre-tax; what that meant for my husband and I was that we could make contributions to 401k, have less taxes taken out by the government, and still have a decent paycheck to work with. Example- contributing 500 to your retirement doesn’t meant you’ll have 500 less for your paycheck, it might be only 300 less depending on your situation.

Long story short, it is well worth doing… The money never comes into my account so I don’t have that sense of parting with it. It’s easy. And you can always adjust or cut back if you can’t pay your bills. Children are important, but so is your retirement… When you save for your own future you’re also ensuring that your children won’t have to struggle to support you later in life (hopefully).

I have not “completed” this goal because it’s ongoing, but if you want to discuss I’m willing to do so and help if I can (no, my career is not finance).

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