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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.

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.

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Emelle in Whitefish Bay is doing 2 things including…

be more positive

10 cheers


Emelle has written 10 entries about this goal

Monday positive

After discovering that I couldn’t make Caesar salad because there was no lettuce, I still made a good healthy dinner that everyone liked.

1. I’ve gotten more disciplined about not going straight for the delivery menus when something goes wrong with dinner.
2. I’ve gotten more creative and flexible with how I plan and create meals, enabling me to use more of the farm share vegetables and waste less than in previous years. (I’m less reliant on recipes and less tied to whatever menu I’ve created.)
3. I’m a good cook.

Sunday positive

We had a wonderful cocktail hour.
1. I’ve gotten pretty good at knowing what food to buy, and how much.
2. P and I help people have a nice time and enjoy the conversation so that they keep coming back.
3. I made a good decision about having it outside, since the weather was perfect. (I was almost foiled by my app, which for some reason gave me the forecast for Atlanta, GA, leading me to think at first we were having cocktail hour inside, but I was clever enough to walk outside and notice that it wasn’t actually 92 and storming here.)

Wednesday positive

Yuck, bad day.

Put up some green peppers from the farm share.

1. Was organized enough to take care of the overstock of green peppers from the farm share before they went bad.
2. I chopped and froze green peppers for an hour when I would’ve preferred to do something relaxing instead.
3. Because of foresight, I froze the green peppers in one-pepper batches so it would be easier to use them in recipes.

Monday positive

I made really good progress on my painting.

1. I have practiced enough to get better at knowing how to fix problems I see.
2. I made the time to paint even though there were other things I “should” have been doing.
3. I’ve learned a lot about color mixing and complementary colors.

Sunday positive

Getting the house and food ready for cocktail hour has become easy and relatively stress-free.
1. The house is staying more picked up lately, due to my efforts in getting the kids used to picking up after themselves and my picking up more.
2. I’ve gotten better at knowing how much and what types of food to buy, and I’ve gotten more comfortable with my ‘no homemade’ rule.
3. I think I’m more relaxed about getting things ready too. When you have a party every week, the stakes aren’t as high I guess.

Saturday positive

Had a nice date with P.

1. I was proactive in making sure we went out and in coming up with ideas, in spite of recent tensions.

2. I was persistent when P seemed like he wanted just to go home, and I made sure we did something fun instead.

3. I did a pretty good job of controlling my emotions when I felt frustrated and sad in response to P’s feelings, and I focused instead on staying positive and connecting with him.

Friday positive

M told me I have nice legs.

1. I have worked out consistently for awhile now.

2. Using the step with the “Walk It Out” game has made a big difference in my thighs and calves.

3. I’ve raised a daughter who feels comfortable offering that compliment, who feels positively enough toward me at 16 to think something like that, and who makes an effort to say it.

Thursday positive

Something good that happened today:

I made good progress on a painting.
1. I’ve practiced a lot over the last couple of years.
2. I had a creative idea for a painting.
3. I made the time to paint today.


Something good that happened today:

I got the Prius serviced.

1. I noticed the noise the car was making.
2. I was organized enough to make an appointment today, in advance of M’s driving test tomorrow.
3. I was organized enough to get the car there on time, and I remembered to mention the low tire, the pulling to the right, and the noise.


I’d like to use this goal to keep track of good things that happen, and list three reasons they happened, preferably reasons that highlight strengths I have or things I’ve done. It’s a task I heard about on a documentary about happiness.

Today: M did a good job parallel parking.
1. I taught her to park.
2. I have taken her out a lot to practice.
3. I’ve been able to be relatively calm and patient while she learns to drive.

Emelle has gotten 10 cheers on this goal.


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