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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lynnorajean in Asheville is doing 39 things including…

notice beauty

32 cheers


lynnorajean has written 11 entries about this goal


The clouds over Western North Carolina for the last couple of days have been spectacular.

Snap Dragons!

They are so sweet! It is the time of the season for snap dragons.

Flowers everywhere

Volunteers popping up in sidewalk cracks. You just gotta admire these little tenacious lives.

Did anyone else notice today?

Did anyone else notice how beautiful the world is today? There a bunches of things in the world that are not perfect, but isn’t she lovely anyway?

She looks (and sounds) just like me

And man, is she beautiful! Me too (dagnabit).


The mountains out-do themselves every day in color and beauty. No wonder people come from all over the world to be here with us at this time. It is magic, and all you have to do is look and be.

His lips

There is just something incredibly beautiful about his lips.

I looked in the mirror yesterday

And I saw my 41 1/2 year old self and thought… wow, I think I am more beautiful now than I have ever been! I didn’t used to see that about me. I was always too round, too splotchy, too pale, too ordinary… too not enough. But now I see that I am a wonderful creation… a perfect balance of all my ansesters… a woman of my time. I am beautiful because I see it in myself. We all should.

I got curves

Try not to hate me.


My daughter graduated from highschool on Wednesday. What was so cool about it was how the faculty and staff really allowed the event to be about the graduates, and it was easy to hear them, see them, know about their goals and dreams. Each of the student speakers gave excellent authentic speeches. The audience was allowed to cheer each student. I was filled with awe attending the event… the rare occasion of sitting with my 9-year old son, my beloved significant, and the father of my children at an event honoring our own girl. The girl the nurse handed to be over 18 years ago, and I suddenly realized I didn’t know everything. I didn’t know how she would grow. I didn’t know how much I would love her, or how much she would change my life… and how those two things would be so connected. I didn’t know how fast time would go by… how she would grow to be my best friend… how much I would admire her, and be proud of her… what great joy it would give me that moment she walked down the aisle wearing that silly cap and gown… and seeing her black pointy hair showing from underneath. My girl, my baby. My beautiful girl. Thanks for making my life so beautiful.

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