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.

Export My Content

Gwen has been happy for a while now.

Name 10 songs that over the course of time, have meant something to me, and say why (read all 5 entries…)
#5. Secret Heart

I still think of myself as shy. As a kid, I hid behind my mom’s legs when strangers talked to me. In school, I never spoke unless spoken too. But somewhere in the past few years, I’ve grown out of that. I was shocked when my friends and I were playing one of those “Let’s Describe Everyone in 3 Adjective Games.” For me, they picked outgoing. I never really realized how much things can change.

The song Secret Heart by Feist (but written by another artist I think) didn’t necessarily make me outgoing. However, it was a song I loved, and it came to me at a time when I was so shy that I wasn’t speaking up for myself or how I felt. The song itself addresses a girl who is keeping her feelings about a boy to herself. While this wasn’t really happening to me at the time, a bunch of lines still applied and made standing up for myself seem so easy:

“Go tell him how you feel.”
“Come out and share it/ This loneliness, few can bear it.”
“What are you so afraid of?”

These verses make assertiveness seem so easy. So, even though I’m coming to think of myself as outgoing now, I still love this song for its continued reminder to stand up for myself and what I feel.



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