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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MY 43THINGS ... February 13, 2006 - August 7, 2014

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Take Stock
There's no time like the present

to take stock of my progress, since this is my last active day here, & the last of my 43Things “anniversary goals.”

I am grateful to have been a part of this community, for eight full years & almost six additional months! wow

Here – from – is a review of my progress so far this year.

In these first eight months of 2014:

• I added 20 things
• I completed 46 things
• I wrote 737 entries
• I received 4681(+) cheers
• I gave 6598(+) cheers

Thank you, everyone, for all of your support throughout the years. smile


re-think my goals
Of necessity

I will be going through my list of goals one item at a time, with a chance to decide if it is still relevant, when I put them on the other site, beginning 1 September. wry grin

It seems like my life is too full (with work, mostly) & that all too often I only get the very most essential things done (& sometimes not even all of those!). sigh

And so it’s time: to re-think, to re-prioritize, to be more realistic, but also to dream a bit!—& then choose to resume, re-energize, postpone, or maybe even occasionally give up on, a goal, if & when it’s no longer working for me. smile

Enjoy my vacation after the vacation

seems like something that – if I can discipline myself to make time for it – would really “feed my soul” when I’m back at work & feeling overwhelmed, with far too long to wait until the next vacation….

So, I’ll consider it, in order to find a balanced way to integrate a “memory-enjoyment-practice” into my daily life.


Visit at least 43 of the 50 Strange Buildings of the World
This sounds like a fun goal....


Something to look forward to!


Visit at least 43 of the UNESCO World Heritage sites
Something to look forward to

when I make my new beginning….


be gentle with myself (read all 254 entries…)

A lifelong goal—to be continued elsewhere…. smile

be gentle with others (read all 265 entries…)

A lifelong goal—to be continued elsewhere…. smile

enjoy good food (read all 608 entries…)

To be continued (elsewhere)....

cook and bake more often (read all 605 entries…)

To be continued (elsewhere)....

Thank the Robot Coop for everything, and wish them all well
Thank You

to the Robots, past and present, for creating a space for our 43T community to grow & thrive.

While I hate to see this website come to an end, I am pleased to have been a part of it for the past eight & (almost) a half years! smile

I will miss “43 Things.”

But before I go, one last toast:

To Friends & Robots, Community Members all….

May the roads rise up to meet you,May the winds be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face,And the rains fall soft upon your fields.

May you be poor in misfortune but rich in blessings.May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.May the warm rays of the sun fall upon your home,And may the hands of your friends always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,May blue be the skies above you,May pure be the joys that surround you,May true be the hearts that love you.

Thank you.

notice beauty (read all 203 entries…)

I’m sorry to say that I’ve barely scratched the surface in writing up my observations here lately. Yet I can still say truthfully that having this goal is causing me to be more aware of my surroundings, as well as more grateful for the beauty that I see! So I’m marking this goal successfully accomplished (& will continue recording my practice elsewhere). smile

play more board games (read all 11 entries…)

A joyful goal, promoting togetherness & playfulness (to be continued, elswhere).... smile

Try 10 kinds of marmalade (read all 26 entries…)

A fun & tasty goal (to be continued, elswhere).... smile

keep in touch with family (read all 212 entries…)

211 Entries. smile

[To be continued, elsewhere….]

keep in touch with friends (read all 907 entries…)

The goal for which I’ve written the most, during my eight-plus years at 43Things: 906 Entries. yay

[To be continued, elsewhere….]

Use (read all 440 entries…)

After 500 numbered FitDay entries, it’s time to move this project, & make a good, strong, fresh start, elsewhere. smile

[Until then (“Reminder to Self”): next ’’official’’ weigh-in 26 August]

Use (read all 440 entries…)
FD - 500

6 August: one pound gain since my last weigh-in 31 July (approximately one week ago).

cook and bake more often (read all 605 entries…)
6 August

Still more summer favorites….

  • lovely red currants & enormous blueberries (from the grocery store)
  • small sweet-tart yellow plums (from our CSA share at the farmers’ market)
  • steamed “string” beans & yellow “wax” beans (from the farmers’ market)—beautiful, tender, & tasty!
  • “English” cucumber (from the farmers’ market), served sliced & chilled with a little sea salt
  • a perfectly ripe avocado—yes, it’s a fruit! (from the grocery store)
  • lowered-fat milkshake made with Gevalia(brand) coffee & light vanilla ice cream (from the grocery store)


play more board games (read all 11 entries…)
Just in case

you don’t know this very useful resource yet, check out—a website where “Board Game Geeks” (of every type & any level of interest) meet & chat about (what else?) board games! smile

be gentle with myself (read all 254 entries…)

so far this year – on 9 May & 5 August – I’ve enjoyed the relaxation of having a manicure & pedicure (& both times I chose RED polish!). grin

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