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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Contemplative Jenn in Stratford is doing 32 things including…


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Contemplative Jenn has written 4 entries about this goal

There is still so much I don't understand

but this goal was not to “understand it all.” That would be impossible. I understand what I need to in order to move forward. Now to get moving.

To my best friend

I awoke to this song this morning, and it reminded me of a friend.


“Just like a star across my sky,
Just like an angel off the page,
You have appeared to my life,
Feel like I’ll never be the same,
Just like a song in my heart,
Just like oil on my hands,
Oh.. I do love you.

Still I wonder why it is,
I don’t argue like this,
With anyone but you,
We do it all the time,
Blowing out my mind…

You’ve got this look i can’t describe,
You make me feel like I’m alive,
When everything else is a fade,
Without a doubt you’re on my side,
Heaven has been away too long,
Can’t find the words to write this song,
Your love…

I have come to understand,
The way it is,
It’s not a secret anymore,
‘cause we’ve been through that before,
From tonight I know that you’re the only one,
I’ve been confused and in the dark,
Now I understand….”

I have come to understand that some of life’s occurrences only make sense in the larger context. Slowly, I am learning that our connections have meaning and value in the moment, but that the larger truths come with time, and maybe even in the absence of those connections. People come into our lives for a reason, and some stay awhile, each leaving in his or her own time. Perhaps it is time to fly solo for awhile, test my wings, hone my aerodynamics, push the limits of altitude.

A talk with a wise friend

on the way home from work tonight helped me move closer to accomplishment of this goal. Granted, I’m not there yet, but I left with confirmation that all is as it should be. For this I am most grateful.

BTW, friend, your aura is showing growing. ;)


is one of those days I simply don’t. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad one.

Contemplative Jenn has gotten 8 cheers on this goal.


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