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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.

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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.

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joie de vivre in Hundred Acre Woods is doing 27 things including…

Practice Gratitude

156 cheers


joie de vivre has written 85 entries about this goal


Feeling extraordinarily optimistic about the ability to foster change, increase understanding, solve problems, and create stronger community on the microlevel of our neighborhood.

Fiscal cliff and sequester – I know this sort of thing means something, but what if we didn’t pay attention, tended our own garden, and had it flourish?

Last night

After my bath, a fresh nightie, clean sheets, teeth all brushed and flossed – just all felt so nice. And it’s cold outside, so, so nice to be in a warm bed all cozy and dry. Not everyone on the planet gets that privilege.

I have a job

A friend runs a homeless shelter. Her residents made these affirmations to keep their spirits up as they look for jobs.


First commute in the real dark-dark – that new German head light is extraordinary. Wow.

A perfect stranger

I ran into the QFC to pick up a loaf of bread on the way home from work. A perfect stranger complemented what I was wearing as I hustled myself on the way out.

I complement perfect strangers frequently on their appearance. It was so nice and unexpected to have it paid forward to me.

Phone not completely and thoroughly dead

Took the mobile phone battery out, reseated it, and recharged. Now appears to be working.


Grey and Gold

Grey wool sweater
Gold bike

Grey bands of clouds
Gold rays of the setting sun

Grey lake
Gold reflection and sparkles

Grey tree trunks
Gold autumn leaves

Grey damp pavement
Gold fir needles thickly scattered

Grey new bike light
Gold beam illuminating the gloaming

My neighbor trimmed his tree

I can now see a mountain out the window, from my living room sofa. Right now, it is illuminated by the setting sun.

Added: I think it might be Quartz Mountain.

out of the dryer

warm underpants
warm jeans
warm shirt


I know it’s roasting on the rest of the continent, but it’s been chilly and rainy here for so long…nice to put on warm things

Looking for gratitude

I broke a spoke

I am grateful that my husband offered to pick me up

It started to rain and there were a lot of mosquitoes where I was waiting for him

I am grateful that there were a lot of nice, ripe thimbleberries there, too. They were delicious.

The bike shop said they may not be able to fix it until Thursday.

I am grateful that the bike shop will try to fix the bike this weekend. I am grateful that I can ride the tandem tomorrow and on the 4th of July. I am grateful that I can do yoga on the days I’m not riding.

They will need to actually replace half the spokes on the bike.

I am grateful that my bike is in the hands of competent mechanics who can rebuild my wheel if necessary.

joie de vivre has gotten 156 cheers on this goal.


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