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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ElisabethHaase has written 4 entries about this goal

Perfectionism: No go AND the only option

The thing is that even though I know that I’m not perfect, nobody expects me to be perfect and it’s okay, it’s the only thing I know.
When I try to imagine the person I really want to be, I always end up seeing a perfect person. That also means that everytime I try to improve, reach goals and stuff like that, and I can’t handle the perfectionism, I give up. Perfect or not at all, that seems to be the only options.
I have to find the goldem middelway.
But how? It is so deep in me!

I'm frustrated

...but in my own quiet, weird way. Parts of me is happy: everything is good, I have Tuomas and Gordon, a home, money and soon a job. I’m quite healthy, I’m off my medicine, the fridge is full.

I’m just so bored. I worked Friday-Sunday (litterally Friday to Sunday, slept at my workplace and worked over 24 hours), but I don’t know when I have work again. The days are long and empty, without anything I really have to do, and I find that extremely difficult. I’m painfully aware that when my job really get started, and I won’t have many days off, I’ll look back and wonder why I didn’t do more, why I weren’t more constructive and active when I had the time. That’s how I am.

But what should I do? What is there to do? The feeling that I’ve lost anyway. What do people do when they’re done with their education and all their ambitions have been lost anyway?
And then this sadness, how I miss parts of my old life. How I miss being part of something bigger, spending time with like-minded, doing projects bigger than my own living-room.

I think I know which kind of person I want to be, but it’s so difficult to make that person here and now, under the circumstances I am in. I define myself around other people, but there’s so few people here. So few I care about! I need to pull this thing together. I need to enjoy this time and do stuff I want. I find myself disapearing in entertainment, and that sure isn’t the way!

I want to matter. I want to feel good and be happy. I want to have a meaning and fill out some kind of function.
Is that too much to demand?

I'm back

I’ve been gone from 43T for a while, mainly because I’ve been busy with school and other stuff.
Many things have changed since I wrote here last time (in January?): I’ve graduated from culinary school, I’ve moved down to Riihimäki to live with my husband, I’ve stopped taking my medicine. I actually got a job an posibility to start straight after school, but since I stopped with my medicine at the same time it was just too much and I ended up quitting the job before even starting it. Bad karma, I know, but sometimes it’s just really difficult for me to limit myself. Getting off the medicne was hard, I felt very tired and slow for around a month or so. But, I decided to enjoy the summer, I spent 3 weeks in Denmark with my family and after that I felt totally recharged!
Back in Finland I went to a job-interview and got the job! Starting up slowly from the 16th of August, it’s going to be cool!
Tuomas just started school in the other end of the country, so the next 4 months we’ll only see each other in the weekends… Tough, but we’ll survive.

I decided to give 43T a shot again, now when I spend a lot of time on my own. Have a lot of goals I’m working at/want to work at, so maybe it can be helpful…

A new beginning

A new year. A new beginning. Lots of goals.
I’ve been wondering if I should try and get started here again, if 43T can actually help me with my goals. I can’t really figure out, for me I guess it’s mostly about actually having the time to write and update and all that stuff, am pretty busy with school and work…
Let’s see what the new year will bring, the least I can do is to update my goals and make some new year resolutions!

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