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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Jojo S is doing 20 things including…

Admire winter and sparkle in happiness for the whole season

17 cheers


Jojo S has written 5 entries about this goal

almost over

I’m tempted to give up on this goal, because I know I haven’t enjoyed and appreciated winter all season at all. When I hear the forecasts for more snow, my heart sinks. I am longing for spring.

But I’ll keep the goal on the list a bit longer, to keep reminding myself to enjoy the beauty of this season in whatever ways I can.

its hard to sparkle

Its hard to sparkle with happiness, when the temps are in the single digits and the wind is cold and it just keeps snowing and it feels like winter is never going to end.

But its getting warmer (in the 20s F) and the days are getting longer, and it is almost February, which means it is the beginning of the end.

I wanted to appreciate winter with this goal more, and I still would like to. I wanted to go sledding or skiing or snow-showing or ice skating, and I’ve yet to this winter. The snow-covered trees outside my office window are beautiful, but I still don’t feel like I’m sparkling.

Instead, I curl up with DVDs, and enjoy my coffee and take solace in the fact that spring is coming soon.

another thing

Another nice thing about winter is the rainy days just barely above freezing that feel so so warm. :)

so far this season...

More Christmas lights keep popping up in my neighborhood. I’ve gotten more and more Christmas shopping done. I’ve eaten more chocolate and sweets than I know is good for me, and loved each moment of it. I felt the exhilaration of running on snowy days and snowy nights. I’ve swapped stories of sledding, and skiing, and driving in terrible weather. The grass is now covered in snow, and we’re expecting much more snow tonight.

I grumble about the dark and the wind and the traffic and the slush and scrapping my car off in the morning, but I also feel like I am part of a special alliance of people who live in cold climates. There is something magic about winter, and I’m glad that I share it with others, as we commiserate about the season’s many inconveniences and pains, but also share in its joy.

Looking forward to the FIRST DAY OF WINTER, which (hard to believe) is still a few days away.

enjoying winter

Thanks for the invite, Laura!

This morning I woke up and looked outside to happily see big fluffy snowflakes falling. I also went for a nice run outside tonight. The trees were already decorated with Christmas lights.

I have a tendency to just want winter to pass. I’m glad to have a goal to remind me to enjoy it. I hope to continue to enjoy the niceness of winter, even as autumn officially passes and the weather turns colder.

Jojo S has gotten 17 cheers on this goal.


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