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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Frannie in New Jersey is doing 24 things including…

create my own stimulus plan by doing at least one NEW AND FULFILLING thing in July, August, and September 2009

10 cheers

 

Frannie has written 3 entries about this goal

September

Earlier this month, I went on a “retreat”. Not just a weekend away but to an actual Paulist retreat center in the mountains of NJ. The setting was beautiful – mountain, lake (in the picture), nature and lots of rain. That didn’t matter – I went walking in the rain with some other guests.

I went with the organization I belong to – about 30 people (I knew a dozen). It was 3 days of talking, laughing, crying. We had group discussions and one-on-one talks. We had meditation sessions and even played games until early morning hours.

Our last discussion was about what we were leaving behind and what were we taking with us . My response? I was leaving behind a little of the viel I hide behind and a few of my fears. I was taking away a better understanding of me and the fellowship of new friends.

Most definitely the most fulfilling thing I’ve done all year. Bring on the next challenge!



August

I have a long “To Do” list – some big (car), some small (shredding). A big thing I tackled this month was getting a new mattress set.

My old Queen had served me well – 11 years on the job and she supported me when I was over 100 pounds more. But it was time for retirement.

Mattress shopping is NOT fun. How can you tell if it’s comfortable unless you’re in your PJ’s and ready to sleep? I went to several stores, several times. Each time I got info, I went on line to research them. I found several excellent blogs about mattress “myths”, which helped me narrow my choices.

I decided on a Stearns and Foster, English Garden, Plush (no pillow top) and it was delivered on 8/15. It’s nice but I’m still adjusting to it. I’m sleeping OK and it’s comfortable but it’s less firm than I had before. I just need to get used to it. The good news is I have a 60-return option, just in case.

I’m happy I got one big item off my To-Do list, happy to have helped the economy a bit too!



July

V-A-C-A…TION, in the summer time! Everybody sing!
Clearly, going on my vacation this month – however short it was – was new and fulfilling.

Time away from the job – heaven
Time alone – heaven
Time at the beach – heaven
Time to do what I wanted – heaven

Like Shoeless Joe said in “Field of Dreams”....”Is this Heaven?”...no, it’s the Jersey shore…..



Frannie has gotten 10 cheers on this goal.

 

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