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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loving each day in United Kingdom is doing 20 things including…

be independent

29 cheers


loving each day has written 4 entries about this goal

almost there

I work full-time, I live on my own (just me! In a flat! And I’m managing really well!), I manage my money, I make all my decisions. So for the first time, I can honestly say I am completely independent.

Now I just need to get out of my emotional dependence (needing others’ approval, feeling I NEED him when he so obviously does not need me, being unable to think up a future of what I really want that is not completely focused on a man and babies) and I’d truly be able to put this as done.


This goal is my challenge at the moment. But I don’t think I’ll be able to make it in the month and half or so left of the challenge. But that’s ok. I know why I’m not independent right now – not because I’m unable to, but because there are things in my life I value higher than career and money. And that’s ok. Eventually I’ll have a job and a place to live, it will happen.
Love; supporting and helping the people I love most..these are they things that really matters to me, above and beyond anything else. So if finding the right job, getting a flat, being independent has had to take a backseat the last year, so be it. He needs me and I love him. It’s worth it.

take charge

I am not independent. Not in any sense really. Well almost in a financial sense but that’s about it. Worse is that I used to be and now I am not. I am 25 soon and I am less independent than at 19. It’s hard to put that in writing, but I have figured that if I don’t admit it, confront it, I can (and probably will) stay in denial and so I will never change. (Just wrote: ‘it will never change’, but that, again, is taking away my personal responsibility).
I can blame this situation on its causes, on other people, situations, whatever, but frankly, it does not matter what or who the cause is, I am the one person who is responsible for me, my life, my independence. I am the one who can change the situation, and the one who has too. I am the one who relies on other people to plan my life and that is not how it works. I have a load of potential, could have a bright future, but I am just not using it. And that, is MY FAULT, not circumstances or causes or people around me.

I have to take charge

small steps

It’s hard to be independent when you haven’t got a job or your own place to stay. But I am working towards it. I want a job soo much!!! At least I am not living off someone else or spending more than I got. I am taking responsibility for the situation – a small step towards independence. At least it’s something.

loving each day has gotten 29 cheers on this goal.


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