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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Beginnings on PC. See you there.

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research gardens - chinese and veggie = hillside
I have been doing a lot of this

Really reading into these.

Have a few months and probably a couple of years to tackle it.

All good. Watching the hillside in the cold and what to expect during all seasons. Want to fix what is wrong.

Make the list of adult functions for my daughter to understand what is coming and to prepare by taking on several things each year to prepare for adulthood (read all 8 entries…)
the mouse slayer

Last night, middle of the night, she found a mouse in the basement and put a cover over it. Today, she wanted me to handle it. With the flu under a total attack of my body, I instructed her on how to manage it.

She did.

I told her she had just graduated in the adult world to handling a very unpleasant experience – but a requirement for adulthood.

go on a silent retreat (read all 7 entries…)
at home

isolation this winter

february and March – think time

make a home (read all 27 entries…)
we are in

and relaxing. nice. home.

use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without (read all 4 entries…)
Having just moved

This is sound advice.
I would add…or get rid of it!

be very gentle with yourself. 2-4 trips a week.
I took a lot of breaks

I drank a lot of water and tea

I dressed appropriately.

I wore gloves.

I put moisturizer on my hands

I wore good boots

I took care of my self and didn’t go crazy or feel guilty for not going in bad weather.

I didn’t let the holiday traffic stress me out

I just enjoyed the process….so far.

Build a robot that will make lives easier (read all 7 entries…)
wednesday meeting about this

He wants to do it.

Let’s see if we can.

stay organized and calm while moving
Calm is working

Organized is pretty funny.

Sing (read all 8 entries…)
I found a place to sing

there is a group in my new neighborhood that sings.

monday nights.

i am going to join in January.

I am going to sing, dammit.

Be a consumate professional with the people I hire to work for me. (read all 6 entries…)
I have been getting better

I know I try more to be authentic.

Just who I am. But not too relaxed. Professional at all times. But human.

tell my daughter - everyday - how much she means to me (read all 29 entries…)

New Home this week.

Meet David Letterman (read all 10 entries…)
you are 66?

is that right?

I’d better hurry.

pack 3 boxes each day. take over 10-15 at a time (read all 2 entries…)
i have done more than 3 each day.

And now I have about 50 to pack in the next 3 days!

So much has been moved over. Still so much more to go.

Busy time. Busy time indeed.

Live The Secret (read all 12 entries…)
I own it!

And it is everything I imagined it could be.

Make 2013 my finest year yet (read all 8 entries…)
Sixteen days to go

And this has been an outstanding year.

My finest year yet.

How can that be?

It just is.

A very fine year.


Gratitude & Happiness (read all 23 entries…)
I am grateful and happy

that I am moving in this week to my spectacular new home

that I am picking up my daughter tomorrow and will spend 2 months together

that I have everything that I need

that I am in good shape for the move

that the weather is going to be 51 degrees on my moving day!

that we have friends coming to visit

that a friend wants to partner

that strangers want to partner

that I am partnering with a stranger who has a mutual friend

that I trust my instincts about this stuff now

that a new contract will be forthcoming on a couple of fronts

that I have a safety net now

that things will get better from here

that the year was pretty spectacular – despite loosing my mom

that the life i have lived in my head is coming alive!

that i will be ok and everything will work out alright.

that the sun will shine so brightly in the new house.

the light is so happy in that space.

the house is so uplifting.

I am so happy. I have a happy house. I am making the home of my dreams.

Who gets to do that??

So happy. So grateful.

Help my mother in ways I have never imagined I could. Find a way! (read all 18 entries…)
I did my best

to help her. I was there at the last rites. Smiling with her as she found joy in it.

I was there, sitting next to her, holding her hand the night that she passed.

I was there, greeting all of her friends at the funeral…glad that I knew them all and they knew me and we could speak of her good and great times.

I was there, when the casket was taken by the four workers, when I shouldn’t have seen them, and I asked them to take special care with a teardrop still fresh on the casket, to keep it there.

I was there, with my siblings, laughing at photos we had never seen before and sharing them with others online, swapping stories.

I found ways I never imagined to help. I did this. And, I imagine I still will.

lay in the grass and stare at the clouds (read all 5 entries…)
i bought me some grass

I will be able to do this now!!!

pack 3 boxes each day. take over 10-15 at a time (read all 2 entries…)
got the truck today

packed 5 bags last night!

Build a robot that will make lives easier (read all 7 entries…)
my original ideas remain

in tact. when i get a roboticist in my life…i will act on this.

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