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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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Quit my job by the end of 2012


Entries from everyone

TeenyBeanGave my notice!

I put in my two weeks notice today, my last day will be July 3rd. My boss was very supportive and completely understands that I need to focus all my attention on my own business, the dance studio. I am looking forward to working 40 hours a week instead of 65. I keep thinking about all the other things I’ll have time for like yoga, reading books, bike rides, time with family…the list could go on and on. Mostly I’m thrilled to start living life for myself and no one else, everyday will be within my own control (as much as that’s possible on this earth). In two weeks I start living the life I’ve been dreaming of for five years since we opened the dance studio, and that truly is a blessing. 2 years ago

TeenyBeanThe end is in sight!

After a very stressful week last week (that resulted in tears more than once) I decided that I cannot continue to put in 45 hours a week at my day job AND put enough effort into running the dance studio that my sister and I own. We are currently working on signing a contract for a new space which means that because of my interior design background I’ll be planning the new space on top of my other responsibilities at the studio and at my other job. It just can’t be done unless I were to stop sleeping. So my sister and I agreed that when the contract is signed (hopefully in the next week or so) I will put in my notice at my day job and get out of there so that I can fully devote my time to building us an impressive new space. Over that time the studio will cover my salary, and after the studio is open we’ll work some numbers and determine if I need to get a part time job or something else in the Fall. Even though my notice isn’t handed in yet I feel an incredible sense of relief. This is going to give me the freedom to start living the way I want to every single day. 2 years ago

TeenyBeanStarting to feel desperate...

Ever since I got promoted at work tensions have risen. On my team there is one other woman and two men. The other woman got promoted to the position I’m now at about a year ago. The two guys have been with the company longer than I have (by about 6 months) but are now in a lower position than both of us women and they have been really difficult to deal with since my promotion was announced. Its quite obvious why they haven’t been promoted, they only do the bare minimum to get by while the other woman and I always step up to work on projects or take on additional tasks. One of the guys is very full of himself and thinks he’s always right about everything so he in particular is taking this whole thing very hard and in turn being not so nice to us women. I could go on and on about how the last few weeks have been, but really I just want to be able to quit this job now, promotion and the additional money aside. I’d rather be in a positive work environment somewhere else making less. I think it is time to put some serious effort behind other job opportunities. 2 years ago

TeenyBeanConsidering an offer...

to be a full time nanny starting in late August. It would give me lots of freedom during the day while the baby naps to read a book or catch up on some work for my dance studio. I’ve been really seriously thinking about this for the last few days and there seems to be far more pros than cons. It will all come down to working out details with the family to make sure we’re a good fit for one another. 2 years ago


I changed this goal to by the end of 2012, June is now seeming a bit unrealistic. And with my recent promotion I think it will benefit me to stick around a little while longer to save some more money. 2 years ago

TeenyBeanPerformance Review

I had my yearly performance review today and it went swimmingly well. Apparently my manager thinks more highly of me than I do. And on top of my general raise, I got a promotion. So my salary is going up by $4,200 a year. Wow. This sure makes it hard to think about quitting anytime soon. This will allow me to pay down debt faster and save more money. Money doesn’t buy happiness but it sure does give you choices that might mean more happiness. I have a lot to think about now… 2 years ago

TeenyBeanThings I'm considering...

1. Is it smart to quit my job in the next few months if it will lower my income and affect my ability to pay my debt down quickly? I really truly believe happiness is more important than money, but I’ll be able to live on less in the future if I get all my debt taken care of first by staying at my job longer.

2. I don’t really want to stay in my field (interior design) unless I can find a job where I can really help people. So how do I branch out into areas that I don’t have connections in?

3. Do I focus my search on the kind of job I want or on location? Right now my dance studio (that I own and will continue to run) and my other job (the one I want to quit) are a half hour drive from where I live. I absolutely will not move, I live downtown right now and I am thriving here. Moving out to the suburbs would suck the life right out of me. I think it would be awesome to find a job downtown so I could walk/bike to work. Which would help with my goal of diving my car less!

Lots to mediate on and pray about, wish me luck! 2 years ago

TeenyBeanI am so unhappy at my job... I am setting a deadline of myself for the end of June 2012 to figure out what I would like to do instead and then QUIT! There is no reason to waste 45 or more hours of my week doing something that I don’t like that also stresses me out. Time to take back my life! 3 years ago


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