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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Dawn Matthews is doing 40 things including…

make a list of 365 quotes that inspire me

6 cheers


Dawn Matthews has written 7 entries about this goal

#7 - Humility

Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It’s thinking of yourself less. – C.S. Lewis


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
― Albert Einstein

I just realized someone else posted this quote three entries down. :)Great minds think alike?

#5 (Not really a quote)

I was on “StumbleUpon” and I came across this poem. It put a smile on my face because I am twenty years old, and my brother just turned seventeen but sometimes my mom still treats us like we’re children. I’m at the age where it’s nice to come home from working full time and going to school full time to a mom who still tells me to look both ways when I cross the street. It’s nice to just be a child for a little while. :)

Don’t fill up on bread
I say absent-mindedly
The servings here are huge

My son, whose hair may be
receding a bit, says
Did you really just
say that to me?

What he doesn’t know
is that when we’re walking
together, when we get
to the curb
I sometimes start to reach
for his hand

- Sentimental Moment or Why Did the Baguette Cross the Road? by Robert Hershon

Usually I put a picture of the author with my quotes. Today, I put a picture of me and mom. :)


I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on. ~Roseanne Barr


The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. ~Henry David Thoreau

I think about this every time I buy something.
When I was making $8.00/hr, I would rarely buy anything that cost $8.00, because that was an hour of my life.


I met my boyfriend my junior year of high school, his senior year. I knew maybe a month in, that I had found my soulmate. Everyone told me to not get my hopes up because the following year, he would be going to college almost 200 miles away.

2009 was my senior year of high school, and his freshman year of college. Those are supposed to be two extremely ‘fun’ years. We both spent them miserable because we were apart, and both contemplated giving up simply because it was so miserable. We made a plan though, and I agreed that when I graduated I would move to Austin so he could finish up his degree and we could be together.

Knowing that we would be together always starting in only a few short months made the distance a lot more bearable.

The quote that helped me through that time the most was:

“Absence is to love as wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small and kindles the great.”

-Roger de Bussy-Rabutin

I knew I had finally found my great love.


Starting this goal with the quote that has impacted my life the most over the past two months:

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

-Albert Einstein

Dawn Matthews has gotten 6 cheers on this goal.


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