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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freefloatingsoulAbout to quit...

... My time as a server (both in snow storms and other kinds of weather) is likely drawing to a close. I was eager to return to work after my trip but if they are going to “punish” me for leaving at all, they can shove it; I work to live. And it’s only a restaurant. 4 years ago

freefloatingsoulI start work Friday...

... at 6:30 AM… as a server… probably in a snow storm… 4 years ago

freefloatingsoulTax man

I got $300 back on my tax return. Boosted! It’s going right into savings! 5 years ago

freefloatingsoulDidn't make it for October...

But should definitely make it for November. I worked for John and got $64, babysat for the Formans and got $80 (because they are so wonderfully generous and probably knew I needed the money), and then I am subbing one Thurs and Fri later this month. Hallelujah! The saving goes on. 5 years ago

freefloatingsoulLiving check to check and still trying to save $200 a month

It is exhausting. 5 years ago

freefloatingsoulI am going to start collecting change

I have a jar in my room, and even though I think the goal to collect $100 in change is awesome I don’t want to add another goal that’s money-related.

Change is too often ignored. We forget that it’s still money, and as such, it has value. 5 years ago

freefloatingsoulSwitch to college checking

The woman at the bank today gave me a pamphlet and told me all the fabulous extras I’d get changing my basic checking account to a college checking. The part about ATM fee rebates was particularly appealing, even though I only ever used ATM in Europe. Monday morning I think I’ll head back to the bank and make the change. 5 years ago

freefloatingsoulHeaded to the bank

With $300 to split between my accounts- $200 in my savings and $100 in my checking. Alex has actually begun to pay me back for covering part of his tuition last year. Very pleasing considering the lies I’ve been telling my parents so they won’t think harshly of him… I cover for him a lot. But if the need arose and he was able he would do the same for me. If only I wasn’t perfect :o)

But this is nice. It makes me a feel a little more secure. I still need a job though. 5 years ago

freefloatingsoulChecking account

My checking account currently has around $45. But my savings is intact and once I get a job I will be back on track.

Not worried! 5 years ago

freefloatingsoulSee how long it takes me to save $5000

It might not be a priority but having savings is a good thing to start doing. 5 years ago

freefloatingsoulBe financially independent

By next year I want all applicable forms to reflect that I am financially independent. I need to figure out exactly how to do this and the benefits/setbacks of it. Who do I talk to? 5 years ago


i have a over a thousand dollars in my bank account :o)

yay me. 5 years ago


I am crazy hormonal right now and fought with Alex the other day over (you guessed it) money. I was getting off work at my second job, I was tired and feeling a little sick, I wanted to see him. He had said the night before that he wanted me to come with him to a party, he really wanted me there with him, but when I called him up he said there wasn’t a party after all and that instead he was going to play soccer around 8. After he looked for a job. At 6 o’clock. On a Friday. I went ballistic because he owes me slightly less than a grand (and we’re talking like $5 less, serious money). I loaned it to him to cover tuition for last semester and he hasn’t been very successful paying me back. Which has meant that I’ve had to postpone going to bartending school, sadly. And meanwhile we wanted to go to Bonnaroo together so I covered the first payment on his ticket, we never go out on dates unless I pay, etc. etc. etc. So I flipped out because I thought he wasn’t taking the job search seriously.

Money confuses me. It comes and goes from my life freely and doesn’t bother me for the most part because I am always sure I can get it again fairly easily by working a little. But for Alex it’s different. There is no steady demand for anything he can do. He has worked as a photographer in the past but most of those jobs come up during wedding season. Plus he is just really bad about managing money. He doesn’t operate on a budget and he has no model for doing so because his parents are horribly, ridiculously in debt. I can’t stand being in debt! It drives me crazy. And it bothered me that he seemed to be okay with it… We have talked about it since then and he worked for Howard (one of the photographers) today. I am hoping for a brighter future as far as this is concerned. 5 years ago

freefloatingsoulMy account is almost empty.

The check to Betsy brought me way down. Still, I did the right thing and know that it was better to just give her the $150 than to shop around for the cheapest repair. The worst, and most probable, case scenario with that was the repair would not have met her satisfaction and then I would have had to pay even more money. Good riddance. That woman was unkind and seriously deficient in decency. I think that happens when you put money as your top priority. Which raises an interesting question about what money means… did it mean more to me than to her? Not particularly in one sense, but it was definitely a more significant financial transaction for me because I have less money than she does. See what I mean?

I am working consistently so that isn’t a problem but I haven’t been paid yet for either job and seeing such low numbers in my account makes me nervous. As I said, I’m setting up a savings account for this goal so that the money is clearly separated and I won’t be tempted to spend it. I feel as though I am doing everything right but nothing has happened yet. 5 years ago

freefloatingsoulSavings account?

I guess this means I need to 1) talk to my daddy so I know what to reasonably expect and 2) take a field trip to the bank. 5 years ago

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