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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become a monk
I want the focus and discipline

I’ve been on the edge of the monastic world for more than 25 years, and I think it’s time to take the plunge. At the end of this week, I leave for a “vocational retreat” with a Benedictine community in New Mexico. Ora pro me.

Addendum As it happened, heavy snow in Denver bollixed up my plans to visit the Benedictines in Abiquiu. Fortunately, I was able to arrange a last-minute trip to the Cistercians in Wisconsin. I think I’m in love. Seriously, the retreat went well enough that I’ve been in correspondence with them about the next step. Ora pro me.

Update, Fall 2009 I entered the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank back in July, and I’m now several months into my postulancy. I’m still not 100% clear that this really should be my vocational path, but I’m very glad I came, and pending greater clarity I am continuing the process. We haven’t set a date for me to be clothed as a novice, but that should be in the not-too-distant future.


You're spurring me to update!

Brother Felix—

Thanks for your note! To bring my earlier entry up to date, I’ve made two more visits to Spring Bank Abbey, and have agreed with the Prior that I should enter to test my sense of a vocation. So right now I’m settling some debts and disposing of all the surplus “stuff” I’ve accumulated over the years. I also have to get my work to a place where I can leave with a clear conscience. If things continue apace, I hope to enter there within the next few months. So, ora pro me yet again!


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