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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kaid1 in Chapel Hill is doing 21 things including…

Pay it Forward

16 cheers


kaid1 has written 10 entries about this goal


I volunteered at the community garden in my area. It was nice, and there’s certainly a lot to learn! I’m going to have to get over my aversion to dirty fingernails…

This was the website I went through to register with the volunteer center in my area. Filling out a profile took longer than I would’ve expected, but I’ll be able to contact and be contacted about volunteer opportunities near me. Huzzah.

Volunteer work

I volunteered at a 5k race in my town. It was a good peek into the 5k world, I can’t wait to be able to run one :)

Some small things.

I went on a roadtrip and paid the toll for the guy behind me.

I participated in an Xmas toys for kids program via Walmart. I bought some little girl legos :)

The other day

I turned off the highway to get gas, and there was a homeless woman sitting in the rain with her wilted cardboard sign. I gave her my umbrella, and she told me I was the first person she’s ever seen to think of that. While I don’t think the latter is really true, it felt good to help keep someone out of the weather.

This week!

Signed up to volunteer at the nearby hospital’s charity run. Hope to run it myself next year :)

While at the vending machines today after a 2+hr class one of my classmates gave me an orangeade. I hadn’t had breakfast so it was greatly appreciated alongside some crackers I bought. I gave my extra change to a girl who was counting pennies behind me, and I hope to bring my classmate a Dr. Pepper on Monday(which is what he was trying to get in the first place).


I donated 12 books to the local library, and decluttered my bookshelf in the process. I may donate more, but for some reason it’s so hard to give away hardbacks… I’m silly. :)


I got presents for everyone this year, even though our family doesn’t really celebrate. They weren’t much, as we don’t celebrate mainly due to financial straits, but I think everyone enjoyed theirs for the most part.

I definitely gave more than I received, but I’m quite comfortable with the fact.

I think I have trouble paying it forward sometimes because I don’t really have much in the way to give on a regular basis outside of verbal support. I’ll have to think on better ways I can serve others.

Small things add up.

After making copies in the library, I put the remainder of my change in the machine for those that follow.

Thing one.

I paid $120 toward my mother’s rent.

Note: I would like my pay-it-forwards to be things that were not asked for. I feel like it’s more meaningful that way. Something to work on in the future.

kaid1 has gotten 16 cheers on this goal.


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