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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Paper Airplane in Northwest Indiana is doing 34 things including…

move to the northwestern United States

3 cheers


Paper Airplane has written 9 entries about this goal


Yep. Seattle. Someday.


I applied for two jobs in Miami, but either one probably wouldn’t happen until January.


I applied for two jobs in Maine this week.
Will be sending off more…

//fingers crossed//

At least..

this is still a possibility now.


For now, I’ll be landlocked for a while.

I have a city in mind. :)


Seems like a quieter Chicago, lots of career opportunities, only an hour from the coast, etc. ... and I came across scores of affordable apartments, including one just like the one I live in now, but with A DECK OVERLOOKING A RIVER. (passes out)

Aw!!! My own little barbershop! For $475!!!!!!

Oh my God...

It’s a FOUR MINUTE DRIVE to the coast. (cries)

Okay... This sounds crazy.

I read this Psychology Today article recently that discussed serendipity, and how there were generally two types of people in the world—those who have a basic idea of where they’d like to end up in life, but don’t have a clear plan on how it’ll happen… and then other people who have a plan A though K, and end up sorely disappointed if it doesn’t pan out.

I’m definitely in the first camp. This has always been an issue… or so I thought. I reconsidered it, and what’s really going on, is that I’m way more open-minded and resilient than perhaps I’ve given myself credit for. Go me.

So, I read ANOTHER article, about how people just took a chance on something that at the time made no sense, could lead to utter failure, etc., but instead lead to their happiness. A guy founds an accordion orchestra. A woman up and moves to Belize. Another woman cancels her wedding, and subsequently marries her childhood sweetheart.

Weird, right?

So I’m standing in my livingroom, loving it, since I just redecorated.

But the only thing that would make my home even better, would be if it was a little cottage, perhaps built circa 1790, with hardwood floors, and that upon walking out my front door, I’m a few hundred feet from the shore. And I look up, and see a million stars in the sky, at 11:30 at night. And there’s a lighthouse a short distance to my left.

Maybe it’s from re-watching Dark Shadows, lately… Or listening to Whisper House again…

It sounds ridiculous, but I think I’m supposed to go to Maine.

I don’t even KNOW anyone in Maine, (and I’ve only been there once, to Kittery, and I was 11.) And I have no idea how’d I’d even get there, with what resources, and with what money, but something’s telling me… I may belong there.

Paper Airplane has gotten 3 cheers on this goal.

  • iamcarson cheered this 2 years ago
  • fern cheered this 3 years ago
  • Ru cheered this 3 years ago


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