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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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Harmless Dilettante What I should have said was nothing.

Sell Winnie (read all 21 entries…)
Postpoing this goal for now

It looks like it will be another five or six months or so until I get to start riding Penelepe. She’s just too green for me to ride safely right now. It’s not what I wanted, but I’d much rather be safe than hurt or dead.

Winnie has really blossomed with just two professional training sessions per week. She’s scheduled to show first level in just a few weeks, plus I’m going to ride her in my first dressage schooling show ever at the same time. I’m going to take this next six months and try to ride a second level test on her myself. Yesterday, I did a decent training level test 1 on her. My instructor wanted me to show her first level initially. So, riding the second level tests, even at home, is a pretty ambitious goal. Still, I think it’s worth doing as the higher she can go with an amateur, the greater my chance of finding a buyer for her.

I’ll revisit this goal then, and I’ll try and bump her price up to cover the costs of extra training. If my trainer can get get her to third level by then, I think that’s a really realistic goal.



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