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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live below my means (read all 4 entries…)
Our Money's in an Account Now, Not a Cookie Jar!

I’ve been meaning to post on this for a while. I’ve now got a household budget, complete with spreadsheet, to match the new household joint account. These are both significant issues for me. I’m quite used having my own budget, my own checking account, my own savings and, most importantly, my own mad money.

But you know something? It’s not just about me and my little id running wild over the newest techno-toy. (Although sometimes I feel like Daffy Duck, wanting to grab the coolest things in the store and say, “Mine, mine, mine.”) Hence the budget, to go along with the savings and my overall goal of living beneath my means.

Holding myself accountable for what I spend, where I spend it, and how it affects others in my life is a huge step for me. For my partner, too. But we’ve gotten over the first couple of hurdles: opening the account, making the budget, balancing the checkbook. We’re still trying to negotiate some things, like contribution amounts (50/50? Proportions based on salary) or long-term financial goals. Right now, though, I’m learning to say we and our money without shuddering, at least not too overtly.

So I believe we’re doing really well. We’re having those money discussions that are so easy to avoid, which in turn leads us to conversations about our values, our hopes, and our relationship. This might mean progress with some of my other goals on 43T, as well. In the meantime, I’m comforted to learn we both agree that cell phones would only encourage more spontaneous parental contact, something we both wish to avoid!


The Bridge Fairy is writing a standup comedy set... I'm not procrastinating... really!

Wow! That is huge! Congrats!! b.


Good for you! It’s a big deal & you should definitely feel proud of yourself!

that’s a really hairy thing to have to tackle in a relationship. no one wants to kill the mood by saying “well now, it looks like you owe me for your share of thsi week’s grocery bill, will that be cash, check, or guilt trip you’ll be paying in?” i tellyou, i dread the day i ever have to have this discussion with a boyfriend—particularly the current one x_x Well played, dkp :)

dkp has gotten 4 cheers on this entry.


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