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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funnyvalentineI took the 43things Quiz, and here are my results:

You are a Self-Knowing Healthy Self-Improver
0% of the 13132 people who have taken this quiz are like you. 5 years ago

funnyvalentineThis one is also lovely...

May 14, 2008
” Have the courage to ask more of yourself. Aspire to be your greatest and sure enough your wishes will be granted, but first you must ask.”
Written in 2008 by Kimerly Adamson - New Zealand 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI found these two online...

” Rivers know this: There is no hurry, we shall get there some day.”
- Winnie the Pooh

” Security is not synonymous with happiness.
The swallow cannot build a nest without taking the chance of flight.” 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI want to join the snowglobe army!!!!! 6 years ago

funnyvalentineAnd I want to build a model railroad

complete with the fake little fuzzy green plastic mountains… 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI want to learn to speak Farci...

...and play the cello. 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI was listening to this song:

and I misheard the lyrics as “i want to dream you like machines do”, which I like…maybe I can use that in a poem someday…
...although those might be the actual lyrics…lemme look them up!

nope! the real thing goes “Monitoring you, like machines do” 6 years ago

funnyvalentineBRILLIANT QUOTE...and I will take it to heart

“Bloom where you’re planted.”
- Mary Engelbreit 6 years ago

funnyvalentineMore goals for later (once I accomplish some of the ones which are on my list already)

Become a doer not just a sayer

Become a siren (think Sharon Stone, the girls in Kanye West’s Gold Digger video, famous geishas and courtesans etc.)

Make Sundance catalog-worthy Southwestern jewelry

Become a “sister goddess”

Test my physical, emotional and spiritual limits with a real old-fashioned ADVENTURE!!!

Be someone’s famous, immortal muse

Find a mentor who wants to help shape me 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI am considering moving to Hungary

...because it interests me, and I am curious. No other reason. So I think I will apply to this course next semester…

(Sorry, it’s in Swedish…but it’s a Hungarian course via Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden). 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI found this goal on sundae's page....

“Participate in Hourly Comic Day” or something like that…and I thought…”Why not take a picture for every hour I am awake for the whole year? Or the rest of my waking life?”...Just a thought. I have lots of thoughts that never happen. Just an idea. 6 years ago


“A man doesn’t learn to understand anything unless he loves it.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

With the above in mind, I have decided to become a fun coach. Yes, a coach of fun. I no longer want to do work that does not challenge me or make my life more worthwhile. I could be a speaker and writer and a FUN COACH! That is a great goal, honestly…

“The main purpose of life is: To have a job in whose purpose you can believe; To have friends whose immediate purposes you can trust; To have some spot on earth to which you can return as home; To be at the same time a citizen of a larger world.”
- James A. Michener 6 years ago

funnyvalentineThe small green creatures in this video...

make me far too happy. I think I am still a child. 6 years ago

funnyvalentineThe Swedish and the Russian and the Spanish and the...

...I am losing my mind. Even more disturbing is the fact that I am losing my native tongue, ENGLISH! What the hell were those things called when we were kids that you would look through them and then twist them and the colors would change? They had like small rocks or something inside of them…colored glass pebbles perhaps?... and then you would twist the thing and the colors would change…I CANNOT think of that word FOR THE LIFE OF ME! AAAAAAAAARGH! Your help is appreciated. 6 years ago

funnyvalentineFound a new adventure!

I want to go kiteboarding in Gotland! 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI need to do something really exciting for my 25th birthday tomorrow!

This is a big birthday, isn’t it? And what should I do on my 25th birthday? Oddly (perhaps), I feel like applying to a bunch of language programs and such instead of just relaxing by the pool the entire day…though the pool sounds nice, as well! The pool and the lukewarm kind-of icky local sauna. What IS it with the saunas in Southern Sweden? Maybe I am secretly Finnish and I really like the sauna super hot. They are pathetically cold and sticky. Really, there is just no reason for it. I feel like I’ll catch pneumonia while I am trying to relax! 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI would also love to read some skeptic stuff...

as well as Science and Health, and, just…to read more generally. If I could read a book a week, I think I would be happy with that…though that’d mean I’d have to spend significantly less time here online… 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI need to "get rid" of some of the smaller goals...

...because now I have a list of things I would genuinely LOVE to accomplish!!! Like…well, someone … DisarmingLily, if I am spelling that right…had a goal to make a body book. I am not sure what she meant by that yet (I sent her a question)...but I have an idea, and maybe it’s similar to hers…I’ve always wanted to keep track of my body from the age of 25…as a sort of giant science project. We’ll see how it goes! 6 years ago

funnyvalentineLove this quote!

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 6 years ago


“If you can’t do it with love and cheerfulness, don’t do it at all, go home.”
- Mother Teresa 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI LOVE Wyverndust's rock goal!

Have you guys seen it? You should check it out…she wants to exchange rocks with 43 43ers, and I think it is BRILLIANT!

On a different note, I want to join that post crossing dealio, but I am sure I will procrastinate horribly with it…that is okay…let’s do it anyway! 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI LOVE Lauryn Hill...

She is restoring my holiday spirit with her message of loving kindness…

Kind-of weird for me to be listening to reggae and hip hop on Christmas Eve instead of Bing Crosby and David Bowie (I’ll play them later), but it makes me happy… 6 years ago

funnyvalentinesidebar wisdom!

“Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can’t see anything wrong with each other.”
- Ren Yasenek 6 years ago

funnyvalentineCheck out this cool art! 6 years ago

funnyvalentineMy dad brings absolutely nothing positive into my life

except the drive to not be like him.

“When we see men of worth, we should equal them; when we see men of contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”
- Confucius

I need to call him less and less…until I let him peacefully fade from my life entirely. He sucks out my life energy, and leeches from anyone worthwhile around him. He wastes my time and what little patience I have left. 6 years ago


“Eggs must not quarrel with stones.”
- Jamaica

There was also one on the sidebar that said something along the lines of “Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.”-Japanese saying.


That, or…

“There is a polish for everything. There is a polish that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of God.” -Prophet Muhammad (no, I’m not a Muslim…I love the quote, though) 6 years ago

funnyvalentineAfter I'm fluent in Swedish and have half of my next degree completed...

I want to move to Spain for a while, I think. Either that or Paris, France.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
- Charles Darwin 6 years ago

funnyvalentinea link to look at later! 6 years ago

funnyvalentineInspired by PrettyBaby, here are some personality tests I've taken...

I found the idea and the tests on PrettyBaby’s page here, by the way…

You Are 68% Open Minded

You are a very open minded person, but you’re also well grounded.
Tolerant and flexible, you appreciate most lifestyles and viewpoints.
But you also know where you stand firm, and you can draw that line.
You’re open to considering every possibility – but in the end, you stand true to yourself.

You Will Be a Cool Parent

You seem to naturally know a lot about parenting, and you know what kids need.
You can tell when it’s time to let kids off the hook, and when it’s time to lay down the law.
While your parenting is modern and hip, it’s not over the top.
You know that there’s nothing cool about a parent who acts like a teenager… or a drill sergeant!

You Are a Witch (or Warlock)

You are deviously brilliant and a perfect manipulator.
You somehow always end up getting what you want – without anyone knowing you’re working behind the scenes.
Crafty and cunning, you can work your way out of any jam.
And it’s easy for you to get people to do what you want, whether you’re working for good or evil.

Your greatest power: Mind control

Your greatest weakness: Making people your puppets

You play well with: Ghosts

PRETTYBABY!!! It looks like we have entirely too much in common! Did you have a long lost sister? 6 years ago

funnyvalentineI am thinking about something this morning

We all try so hard to be perfect. To worship God in a way we are sure we have discovered. No, we are truly the faithful. All of those OTHER people…now, they are the problem. Not us. No, of course…not us. And we work so much harder than they do. Or so much smarter. We’ve got it all figured out. We’ve had it so much harder than they have…if they only knew. If only they could throw our life story up on a JumboTron somewhere…then they would see. We work our asses off. We think that it will make us invincible. That we will somehow deserve Heaven…if we are only good enough. We underestimate Heaven, and we overestimate ourselves. We all die in the end. There is absolutely no point to anything at all except loving others and loving ourselves. In the end, all of our perfectionism just ends up in the ground with our bones. 6 years ago

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