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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Explorer of the World!

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visit all 50 states (read all 4 entries…)
Just over halfway there

visited 27 states (54%)Create your own visited map of The United States or Triposo world travel guide for Android

see all the Academy Award Best Picture winners (read all 6 entries…)
Final 3

Three more films to go and I’ll be finished! Just have American in Paris, Tom Jones (1963), and 12 Years a Slave.

get a henna tattoo (read all 2 entries…)
Diwali party

Diwali party at my grad school tonight, and someone was doing henna, so I had my left hand done. It’s beautiful and she even added some green glitter to highlight it a bit while it dries. I’m thrilled to pieces – a lovely way to remember a great party.

move to London
6 days!

Everything is in place – visa, ticket, etc. I am so unbelievably excited!

learn french (read all 2 entries…)

French is moving along well. It helps to have practice daily with native French speakers. I found online an open source copy of the Foreign Service Institute’s French course that includes audio and text and have actually found it far more helpful for my personal study than the Rosetta Stone program that I have. It moves more quickly and is focused on listening comprehension and conversation than on individual words. All in all, it’s giving me more confidence and ease with the language and making me feel like maybe, just maybe, I can really do this.

design my own tattoo

I have several ideas and have been keeping a page of tattoos I like to inspire me. The challenge is finding a way to design what I want but keep it within my budget, since, of course, I’d love to just get a whole back piece. It’s all about balance…

knit enough pairs of socks so I can wear hand-knitted ones every day! (read all 2 entries…)
How many?

I’ve been thinking through this and I think I am going to try for ten pairs. I was thinking seven at first, enough for a week, but since grad school starts in the fall and it’s entirely possible that there will be times when I don’t do laundry every three or four days, like I usually do, ten seems more realistic.

I want to make two pairs of ankle socks for wearing with Converses or similar shoes, and at least three pairs of knee-highs. The others will likely be mid-calf or knee-highs as well.

So, one pair of ankle socks finished last night, nine more to go.

backpack through Ireland
Next year

Since I’ll be in London for a year, I absolutely do not want to miss out on the opportunity to backpack a bit in Ireland. Though it may only be a week or something, it is really a priority for me. I do wonder though, how I’ll fit all these things I hope to do in with actually studying for grad school!

make a scrapbook of my wedding
Love mine

Finally, after 5 years of being married, I have one. It doesn’t have all the photos from the wedding, because there are a lot, but it does have a few along with things like an invitation, program, etc.

Create a budget
Must do

I couldn’t live without a budget now, I think. It’s actually quite freeing to realize, yes, I do have money for that this month and not have to wonder and worry about it.

knit enough pairs of socks so I can wear hand-knitted ones every day! (read all 2 entries…)
I've made so many socks

But I always end up giving them away to other people! Time to start keeping some pairs and working on building up a lovely, warm collection for myself in time for winter to arrive in London. :)

do the artists way
Have the book

I have the book already and have read the first few chapters a few times. It seems like exactly the sort of thing I need to be working on right now, as I’m at a transitional point in my life. However, I need to be intentional about carving out some time to devote to it.

go to Africa
So glad I went!

It’s a huge, huge continent, and so diverse, so it feels like I’ve hardly seen anything. Uganda was fantastic, a great place to visit and explore, and living in Congo has been a really interesting challenge and learning experience. So glad to have come!

go to grad school abroad
On my way

89 days (am I counting?) until London and graduate school. I am so insanely excited. I just see it as a real opportunity to learn about another place, and London is such a fascinating place, in my opinion.

develop my chest voice

I’ve studied classical voice before and am a soprano. I really enjoy singing and now that I am part of a experimental folk band, I want to be able to do a bit more even with my voice than before. Unfortunately, as part of my training, I was coached away from using chest voice and can only sing with my head voice, which is good for classical and light pieces, but doesn’t have the lower range power that I want. I’m wanting to learn to develop my chest voice so that I can use it as well to extend my range and sound. For now, I’m working on my own, but I hope to find a teacher once I’m back in the UK.

see all the Academy Award Best Picture winners (read all 6 entries…)

Just finished The French Connection – not my favorite, but then again, not many of the 70s bests have been real favorites.

Only 22 more to go! :)

see all the Academy Award Best Picture winners (read all 6 entries…)

Just finished The French Connection – not my favorite, but then again, not many of the 70s bests have been real favorites.

Only 22 more to go! :)

sell one of my photos
Might have a sale

Someone is interested in one of my pieces from last year. I’m really hoping this works out.

Even if it doesn’t, I intend to be a lot better about updating and maintaining my website, which should be better for getting my name out there as well.

Fingers crossed…

Start a blog to go with my photography website

I’ve been wanting to start a blog to link to my photography site for a while now to serve as a place where I can post photo thoughts, vernacular photos, pieces in process, etc. I’m working on building up a collection of posts and hope to launch it when I upload the site update. It’s just time to start getting serious about this, I think.

Go to grad school in the UK
UK here I come!

I was accepted into the program of my dreams! UK better be ready for me come September!

Now to just finish up the preparations like getting the rest of my funding and finding a flat…

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