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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Rachael is doing 25 things including…

foster or adopt a child

41 cheers


Rachael has written 4 entries about this goal

I still feel the same way about this as previously

Despite being pregnant, I don’t see having adoptive children as an either/or. However, it may never happen due to financial issues (here in Sweden almost all adoptions are international, and the rules the countries have, particularly when it comes to ‘net worth’ are something we are not going to reach for many years, if at all). This is a sad state of affairs, I think, for all those children who are sitting in orphanages who aren’t being adopted because their potential parents’ house doesn’t cost enough, for example. Very sad.

Where did the 'five years' come from?

I don’t know what I was basing that estimate on, perhaps if I had still been single, or perhaps if I thought ‘yeah, we’ll have had a few kids by then’. I don’t know. What were you thinking, 2008 Rache? Anyway, this is still something that I see as important. I do seem to be a little on my own on this one, however.

I do not see adoption as a thing that only infertile people do as a ‘last resort’, which seems to be the census if you tell anyone you’re considering adoption at some point. I think if you can give a child a home, love, a family, why wouldn’t you do that? It doesn’t mean I don’t want biological children, if we can, then I would like them too :) But I don’t see why the general view is that you have one or the other, but not both.

Bought some books on the subject

They are of two people’s experiences becoming a mother to Chinese children. I have yet to read them, but they’re in my list once I’ve finished Michael Caine’s biography, and Brideshead Revisited.

Something so important

I am eager to do this in five years or so, it will definitely be a huge experience, one that will last a lifetime :)

Rachael has gotten 41 cheers on this goal.


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