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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What a wonderful...

...getaway I’ve just come back from. I know, I know – it seems like I do nothing but frolic and roam the earth, but I promise this is my last getaway until June when I go on my annual vacation with my best friend.

Long story short: Thirty ladies from my church rented two houses on a nearby lake and we have spent the past three days having a marvelous time, laughing and shopping and eating and doing all sorts of things that ladies love to do. For me, (that this will come as no surprise) that meant chiefly relaxing. Ohhh, it was spectacular! I was in charge of lunch on Monday (which was, I admit, just a bit nerve-wracking; there were 30 of them, and some of them are amazing cooks in their own right) and breakfast yesterday and today, and snacks for the entire trip. Now, I’ve gotta be honest, aside from lunch, it wasn’t nearly as much work as you’d imagine. They set up teams to actually get everything ready for the breakfasts, so all the running around like a crazy person all last weekend doing prep certainly paid off.

When I wasn’t getting yelled out for laying out plates of cookies, I was curled up in a comfy spot reading a book or chatting with one some of the finest people I know. A lot of them went out shopping all day, but not I – I set my mind to rest, and rest I did. Ah… Divine!

And one very unexpected, but very much appreciate residual bit of lovely happened after I got home a few hours ago. My mother was on the trip as well, and as you may or may not know, our relationship has hit a rough patch for the past, oh… I dunno… 12 years or so. Well. Everyone adores her. And I have to tell you – she’s an excellent lady. Anyway, after we got home and were sitting on the couch relaxing a bit and chatting about the trip and all the wonderful conversations and fellowship that took place, we fell into into a pretty long and healing conversation of our own.

We covered everything from menopause (when I swear to God I thought she was losing her mind), to where our relationship went sour, to how we both want it to be better, and what we can each do to move in that direction.

All in all, it’s been a lovely few days, and I’m happy and tired (what?! I said I relaxed, I didn’t say I slept an awful lot) and going to lay down for a nap so I’ll be fresh as a daisy (well…fresher…) when I get together with an old friend tonight that I’ve not seen in a decade or so.



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