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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make it through the next 75 days (read all 7 entries…)
75 days...

until I get to go HOME. It will have been over a year since I’ve been gone…I had only planned on being gone 4 months.

I spent much of the day somewhat miserable and randomly shedding tears. Mostly because of last night, but also because I’m just so out of sorts and disconnected. I had hoped to talk to A about his upcoming trip up here, but the thought depressed me because it was looking like I was going to be the only person denied vacation time.

Fortunately, something good may be in the mix. It’s not set in stone yet, but it looks like I might might get 9 days off. Which would be INCREDIBLE. We had talked about taking a road trip, and this way we’d be able to. Then I’d have three days of backpacking for work and he could go with, if he wanted to. Which is amazing! (Plus I’d be getting paid $420 just to backpack…crazyness.) So hopefully this will all work out. I just really want to see him.

Next Monday I’m going to be driving up to town to hang with my former boss; we’re planning on hiking up in the mountains. The week after that I think I’ll go to a park a few hours away and spend the night, and the week after that I’ll be getting ready for German boy’s arrival. And after he leaves I’ll have less than a month to go until my sentence here is up!

Hopefully I can make it through until then.



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