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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purplechameleon in Montreal is doing 10 things including…

Find The Positives In 100 Situations That Get Me Down

19 cheers


purplechameleon has written 2 entries about this goal

2. Quit working for a while

A few weeks ago I got a new job as a cook and started a new prescription for my anxiety. I have never had a problem with antidepressants before and over the weekend after my first week on the new drug I had a really scary adverse reaction to the drug which resulted in needing to take a week off of work. I was so hysterical for the first few days of the week because I didn’t know what was happening until the doctor told me that I was having a bad reaction to medicine. I got a medical note to secure my job for the week but when calling and speaking to the head chef he belittled me and humiliated me after I told him on a need to know basis that I have PTSD and that it had taken 3 working days to figure out what was going on. He told me that he had a relative just like me and pretty much wrote me off on the phone. I got along with everyone else at work but him, and realized that I did not want to end up working long term for someone who destroys my self esteem.

I wrote him an email today to confirm that I wouldn’t be coming back and applied for unemployment insurance. After getting off of the phone I discovered that my chef school portfolio had been destroyed by water damage and then had a paper shredder fall on my foot and smash my big toenail.

I had a good cry and a few hours later came to the consensus to take some time off of working and get myself back together. Kitchens can be a nasty environment as the staff are often over worked and underpaid and there are frequently underlying addictions as a result of the stress from the job. I am glad I decided to leave even though I enjoyed everyone at work except the person I could never do anything good enough for—the head chef. I worked my ass off while I was there and if he can’t appreciate that he doesn’t deserve my sweat, blood and tears.

Here we go!

1. Too many things to do at work
= turn on my Ipod, get a cup of coffee and a snack to make the job less straining.

purplechameleon has gotten 19 cheers on this goal.


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