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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Anne Petersen

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make sweet lovin' to one of the robots
Sweet lovin' and sweet babies

That’s why I call him the lovebug.

Live in italy for two years

Josh and I have lived overseas twice before (Prague, 1 year, Cambridge, England, 1 year) as well as a 3 month stint in Bologna, Italy. It’s amazing and fun but harder than you’d think. You get really lonely for friends and family and you can’t believe how convenient everything is in the States compared to where you are currently living (like getting cash, buying gum, paying your electric bill, finding socks, getting across town, etc.). But, that said, I’m ready to do it again. Why? I want my daughters to live in a foreign culture and learn that language when they are young. It’s incredibly life enriching, if hard. It provides you a unique perspective on your own country and culture and makes you appreciate many aspects of life we take for granted. You also become a citizen of the world and don’t see yourself as so different from people living in other countries. I would do a few things differently than what we did before. 1. I’d lease a car. You end up travelling with it on the weekends anyway and it’s great to drive to the suburbs to find a supermercato. Also, travelling by train with very young children is hard. They want to run around and won’t nap on the train. 2. I’d live in a smaller town but one that is within an hour drive to a large city like Florence or Rome. Bigger cities are great for culture and shopping but also polluted, with bad traffic, and harder to get to where you need to go. 3. I’d rent a place big enough to have people come and visit. You are generally dieing to see friends, speak your native language, and have a friend experience your foreign experience.

Have cooking parties
All around the kitchen cock-a -doodle, doodle, doo

I’d like to form a group of women friends that get together to cook and bake. We’d meet in summer and make fruit pies and preserves, in fall and make soups and stocks, in the holiday season and make cookies and cakes, meet anytime and make compound butters, tamales, ravioli, etc. Any foods that are easier to make in quantity and freeze easily. It makes me nostalgic for my great-grandmother (at least how I imagine she cooked with her friends).


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