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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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limmah in Homewood is doing 2 things including…

be happier

10 cheers


limmah has written 13 entries about this goal

Marking this done!

I am liking my new job, city, and apartment, I’m engaged to a girl I love, and I’m definitely happier than I used to be. If I can’t mark this off now, I’ll never mark it off.

Getting there

I’m still not 100% sure how the job will go, but I’ve moved into the city, into an apartment I like, and I live with a girl I like. Things are getting better. I still have the worst case of impostor syndrome with the job, but that’s why I haven’t marked this “done.”

Some happiness coming...

I imagine once I defend, that will make me happier. Very much happier.

However, I’m moving now (which I hate), and I still have to finish a few edits and an hour-long presentation on the work. That is not fun. Also, I’m never going to be sure until I go through some of the new job whether it will really improve a lot. There is hope, yes. But right now that’s all it is.

Still have to maintain health, musical ability, etc.

what do I need?

Well, it’s simple. I think if I felt more capable and less overwhelmed at work, that would help. I think if I could finish my paper edits, that would help.

I had an old goal to drink less during the week, and I think I’ll try that. Shouldn’t be hard since I was actually able to do that one. The others are a taller order.

I have some happy things in life (occasional music shows, girlpal, decent health, etc.), but the bad stuff outweighs the good too often.

impossible on late Sundays...

I am always down on Sundays because I know a full week of work is coming. Girlpal and others always say that that’s why it’s called work and not “super happy fun time.”

I was chatting on Facebook with someone I went to high school with. She is just a little older than me, and just moved from teaching in a middle school to a high school. It’s in the same town as I teach in, but she’s in the public schools where the pay is likely better but the conditions are far worse. This is what she said:

“I finished my first full week, and I look forward to going to work every day.”

Amazing. I’m happy for her, but also envious. I’d say a large portion of her positive outlook is faith-based, judging by our conversations, but at least this is evidence that there are people out there who like their jobs everyday even if they’re not ideal.

I don’t know how much to accept the fact that work is not happy fun time and how much to strive for something else.

wish for uniformity...

I tend to be happy on the weekends, but unhappy the rest of the time. I wish I could be happier during the week, no matter who I’m with or what I’m doing.


Not really. I have plenty to be happy about. It never seems to outweigh the other stuff. I need to learn to dwell on the better things.


despite a decent week getting school stuff done and an easy, productive round of conferences, I fail epically at this for now. thinking about stuff has become dangerous for me… when I get contemplative it is NEVER EVER positive. I guess I have to shut the brain off to work on this.


Because of a few things I won’t go into here, I am a whole lot sadder.

I guess if I do good things with this news, I might be able to turn things around. But life sucks today.

doing well, but it will be worse?

My Christmas break has been as excellent as it could be. It’s just that work starts again soon, and my happiness is usually inversely proportional to the amount of time I’m spending at work.

I should be grateful that I get more time off than most.

limmah has gotten 10 cheers on this goal.


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