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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LoveAllTrustFew in the gutter but looking at the stars

In 2011, live like the person I've always wanted to be (read all 2 entries…)
Brief Summary

I think 2011 is the year I learned to ‘(wo)man up’ as my sister would say. I have never been naive about how difficult and down right miserable life can be at times but my approach to difficulty has been to avoid it. This year I have learned to suck things up and just do them. It likely will not turn out perfect or just the way I would like it but its infinitely better than doing nothing and there is always ways to improve.

In 2011:
-I moved out, into a city with roommates that are less than ideal and a neighbor who is an ass but I have a plan and I am moving forwards towards my own flat in a couple of years.
-I applied for school and was unable to attend the fall term because of a strike. Panicked, thought about all kinds of courses that where ill suited to me for January but eventually decided to wait and take the more appropriate course next fall. Even though it meant waiting and being that much older when I go back
-I have learned to make the best of my less than ideal retail job by approaching it with a cheerful (and occasionally self-deprecating) outlook.
By just biting the bullet and going ahead with things I feel like I have developed a plan in my life. A sense of direction gives me peace of mind to do the things I enjoy, art, hiking, volunteer work etc.



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