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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Meet Steven Spielberg

Still haven’t quite accomplished this, but I was practically next to him last night at the Atlanta Symphony. He was on stage with John Williams, and we practically had front row seats.

See John Williams conduct live

I saw John Williams conduct his wonderful movie music last night at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. It was perfection! I’ve wanted to see him for twenty years.

And not only that . . . but Steven Spielberg was there, too! He talked about some of their collaborations, and we were right up front, next to the stage.

It was amazing.

read all of Jane Austen's novels

Just finished Pride & Prejudice . . . now just one left, and that’s Mansfield Park. Should be able to cross this off my list soon.

meet George Lucas
what a moment

I was able to attend a premiere at Lucasfilm, since a friend of mine is in media. Had no clue that Lucas would even be there, but it was enough to just visit Lucasfilm.

He was there, though, and he actually came up to talk to us as we were doing an interview! And then later I was formally introduced to him and got to shake his hand.

It was my first time in California, and I was only there a day, and I got to meet the creator of Star Wars. I never imagined such a thing was possible.

feel beautiful
tough right now

This is very difficult for me right now. My eyes are constantly red (dry eye/blepharitis) and on top of that I now have to wear my glasses after being in contacts for 15 years.

In addition, possibly because of the stress of making my eyes better, my hair is falling out and is impossible to style. AND I have braces. In my thirties. You get to wondering if you’ll ever feel good about yourself again.

get out of debt

Yay! I did it! Paid off my final credit card. Thank you Dave Ramsey! I used the debt snowball and it really helped to visualize my progress.

Learn to play the piano
It's a start

I’m taking 5 mini lessons and am learning quite a bit. Chords and playing both treble and bass staffs intimidate me, though, but I’m not there yet. Still working on the basics.

Read the Bible
in progress

Currently reading Numbers. I have a LONG way to go, but I’ll finish eventually.

Own a Tiffany's necklace
seems kinda silly but . . .

I’ve always wanted a heart-shaped Tiffany’s locket ever since I saw the Annie movie as a kid. I’ve never seen one in their online store that resembled the one in the movie, but I am pleased to see that they do still carry lockets.

It would be GREAT if someone would buy one for me, but since I’m single I guess I’ll just save up and get one myself.

get a masters degree
Not sure . . .

I would love a master’s degree. It would make me feel more educated, and SHOULD result in more pay, but what to get a degree in? I have a B.A. in English. Wanted to get into publishing but found it impossible without experience. Now 32 and have been out of college for nearly ten years.

And how much $ will it cost me? Will it be worth it in the long run? I just don’t know. I wish I could figure out what I want to BE.

be on Jeopardy!

I took the online test again tonight and am pretty sure I bombed. And I STUDIED. I’ve watched the show every night all year, studied capitals and presidents and awards and scientists. There is just no way to be prepared for what they will ask you . . . it seems so random. After trying for 10 years, I’m tempted to give up this goal.

read "eat, pray, love"
great book

I loved this book! Very entertaining and encouraging.

Get a new job
so frustrated

I’ve been sending out resumes for months with no luck. Then I got an interview at a library but didn’t get hired. I have a B.A. in English and want to work in publishing or with books or something related, but other than having worked at a bookstore I have no experience. I don’t want to be a receptionist or work in customer service the rest of my life, but I don’t know what to do.

try out for Jeopardy

I’ve tried out three times, and though I never have passed the written test, I feel each time brings me a little closer. Maybe I can be on the show before Alex Trebek retires.



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