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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The other day, I remembered

something from 1999… I was going to apply for a live-in job at the Pets Alive sanctuary, in New York State. I thought it would be perfect for me, and would help me socialize my dogs (pups at the time), as well as myself. I didn’t go through with it, after my mother lost her temper (surprisingly – she was in the process of losing her younger daughter, in a way, and I guess the prospect of my going away, felt too much at the time). Later that year, she remembered the job, and asked me if it was still available. (*edit. She didn’t like the idea of my working so hard, for no real pay – just a place to sleep, and some food to eat. That was her objection (she thought I could do better). I was just talking with her about it, because I was surprised that she hadn’t jumped at the idea (my parents are incredibly supportive, most of the time).

I’m mentioning it here, because I’d been obsessed with an area called New Paltz, after reading that it was vegetarian and vegan friendly, and having seen in a magazine, what looked to be a lovely little town, described as an artist’s colony (perfect for me – it also had its own college). New Paltz is in the Hudson Valley, so had I got the job, it would have been a way for me to transition to the other town, whenever I had the opportunity to (once my live-in commitment was over with). I don’t like the way the Law of Attraction folks say that everything you attract (including violence) is down to your vibration, but this is one of those things that I kick myself over. I stayed here instead, and ended up becoming agoraphobic again – not getting over it for several years.



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