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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Find that special lady. (read all 3 entries…)

It has been a long time since I have wrote on 43 things. Interestingly enough, some of these goals that I wrote years ago are beginning to come to fruition. So, in reference to finding that special lady, I am finally in a relationship. (good start right?) It had been nearly 7 years without any romantic interest in my life. (lots of time to focus on ministry) However, a little over one year ago, something changed. A girl who was part of my church plant team (i will write about that goal sometime soon) who I have known for probably 10 years suddenly changed in my perspective. Her name is Aimee. I have went to church with her, done youth ministry with her, known her family, and helped pastor her. But apparently your perspective on a person can change in only a moment.

It was a night that we were having a planning meeting for our church and I had a dream a few days before concerning Aimee. It was a vision I saw of her teaching young girls. I decided I should share this with her, so I asked her to talk and told her this dream. I asked if it meant anything and she said yes. Turns out she had been reading a book called Chazown by Craig Groeschell about finding your purpose and she had just wrote down that she thought she wanted to teach younger girls about purity! Pretty cool huh? So I encouraged her and asked if I could pray for her. After I finished praying for her, I gave her a hug and suddenly (as if someone had flipped a switch) I realized how beautiful Aimee was. Not just physically (although she is pretty FINE) but also spiritually. I saw how excited she was to hear from God and how much she wanted God’s plan for her life. When I hugged her, something felt just…. right. I don’t really even know how to explain it. I started the night not even considering Aimee as anything more than a sister in Christ and after talking and praying with her, I realized that I like this girl!

Well, the rest as they say is history. Over the last year I have spent a lot of time getting to know this beautiful girl named Aimee and I have been impressed every day. She is a woman after God’s heart. She encourages me in my faith. She keeps me calm. She keeps me from overworking myself. She makes me laugh. She makes me feel comfortable. She makes me feel convicted of the areas that I want to be more like Jesus.

Aimee is a special girl and we are taking things very slow to see if we are meant to be more than just boyfriend and girlfriend in the future. We’ll see!

Find that special lady. (read all 3 entries…)
With Age...

So it has been a while since I created this goal and little has changed. I find myself still focused on my job, ministry, and life. But, no woman to share those things with. I really don’t want to worry about this situation, but if I can be completely honest, (can I be?) I hate looking at guy friends of mine that are late 20’s and still don’t have a mate. They are sad, lonely, and wonder what they will do. I do not want to find myself 28 without a mate! Haha, that rhymes. I will tell you honestly that this last year has been the hardest so far. I think there is something inside of us as we get older that craves that special person who you can share life with. It’s that person who knows you, still loves you, and wants to be around you.
This I have realized; It is easy to get distracted by a great number of things in the opposite sex. (especially as a guy) When it all comes down to it, I really want a woman that is my best friend. Relationships based on fact, or passion, or availability may work. But, I think that a marriage relationship built around friendship is one that will last till’ the end. So… Still looking for that girl with passion off the chain for Jesus Christ and rock climbing. I need a girl who understands sacrificing all for The Lord and wants to take vacations to crags to climb! If you see any around..(send them my way) haha.

start my own church (read all 2 entries…)

This is becoming a reality at break neck speed. At the beginning of this year, God made this goal really important to me. I began to pray like crazy and The Lord came through and made it abundantly clear. He answer my questions and assuaged my fears through people, podcasts, and prophetic words. Perry Noble’s quote was one of the deciding factors. “If you could do anything and knew that you couldn’t fail, what would it be?” My answer: start a church. Response: “Then you would be a coward not to.” True that. When I went to England for Fusion, I was surrounded by church planters and interestingly enough they all started their churches at MY AGE! As I made my way across England 5 different prophesies were spoken over me and my leadership and they all had interlinking attributes. None of these people knew each other, it was the Holy Spirit. Coming back my resolve was as strong as steel and it has not weakened. A lot more has happened since, but I will post that in my next entry.

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