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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Last week I waited

Since childhood, we are taught to wait. Last year, I waited to loose weight, last month, I waited to study for my Real Estate exam and last week I waited to tell my husband I loved him.

On Friday, he died in a car accident and now, sitting here a realization has come over me that can only be described as an enlightment. If I were to count up all the times I waited and equate those things with possible successes, highlights or memories of my life, it would be enough material to fill an epic novel…but instead, I waited.

Take it from an old fool, my friends. Regardless of your fears jump headfirst into the gifts in your life. Take every walk, turn down every path, peek into every window and seek every joyous moment life brings. Don’t wait, don’t fear and don’t throw it all away because you waited, in truth, just to lazy to try.

-The Old Lady in the Shoe, a memoir of my mother


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