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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...and now she's even older....

I'm doing 27 things

How I did it
How to clean my apartment
It took me
2 weeks
It made me
more self-aware.

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run my first 5k
No more excuses

I have an exercise and eating plan all set up for the next 90 days. Running won’t begin until later, when I can get outside, but in the meantime, Pilates and treadmill should serve me well. My place of employment is sponsoring a 5k this spring, though I’d much rather do Run for Your Lives!

I just need to make time and be consistent.

learn to speak fluent French

I’m actually working on this right now. Duolingo (the app) has been immensely helpful. It manages to game-ify the process, and there isn’t much hand-holding. Still, I only really consider it a first step. It’s helping me to figure out where my weakest areas are, post high-school French. (My teachers were largely absent, and my training stunted as a result.) Also, reflexive verbs hate me. Ha!

Still, once I hit a certain point in my understanding, I think I’m going to look into Skype, a la “Speak from Day One.” I get really nervous and embarrassed about screwing up when I’m speaking to others…and then I remember that people do this with English every day.

It’s a matter of privilege that we take for granted, but learning a new language is useful for so much more than the words themselves. It helps forge connections between people. It connects cultures. It encourages us to be vulnerable and open to the world around us. I think that I’ll take the embarrassment for that.

Go skydiving
This summer

Even though I’ve been putting this off for a long time, this could be just what I need, this summer. I already have a vacation planned, and it might be even more satisfying to skydive in the Turks and Caicos islands than in my hometown. Plus, I’ll have to watch my savings this year, but this adventure would be reasonable if I plan for it in advance. Time to start researching!

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