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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I'm doing 18 things

How I did it
How to do everything within my power to have a healthy remarkable child
It took me
15 months
It made me

Recent entries
accept help when I need it.

If you cant let people help when your life is falling apart around you due to a life threatening illness, then perhaps it will never happen but I was fortunte enough to face and beat cancer and in the process, I have learned to accept and even reach out for help as needed. It is wonderful. I have spent much of my life helping others, strangers even…and when it was my turn, it was hard, but I did it and continue to do so. I highly recommend allowing others to help. It not only helps you but mostly helps them!

stop caring about things I can't control (read all 2 entries…)
control freak

I must stop trying to control everything…I am working on giving up this need for control, which does me nothing but hurt me. I am carrying the emotional weight of many on my back, when I really only need to carry my own shit. Goodness do I need help with this. Gonna do my best today…then tomorrow…and so it goes.

I WILL KICK CANCERS ASS (read all 3 entries…)
post there a post cancer?

In May, I was determined to be NED, no evidence of disease…the new terminology for in remission I suppose. Docs are not clear but thats what they use and what we are supposed to be “fighting for”. Since NED, I have had a positive biopsy that will require surgery again…this time Aug. 5th. I fucking hate it. While much of my life has gone back to normal, I have determined there is no normal with cancer, but there is goodness and hope.

My husband, after me breaking down and admitting it takes everything in me not to kill myself, shared his secret with me: Every day, try and make things better for someone you love and don’t think of yourself”. What? What? What? I have an amazing husband. He’s suffering with retinitis pigmentosa and has 6 degrees of vision. His world is slowly closing in on him and yet, he is the most giving and loving husband. He lives his days to do better for me and our son daily and for that, I love the shit out of him. Now, it’s my turn. Not sure how this was such a huge revelation for me but it was. So now, I turn my shift away from myself…which is difficult, as its been 2 years of all about me, and turn it to my wonderful husband and 5 year old.

Yesterday, when I wanted to give up, I heard him say “you have to do this for me and our boy” and I kept on, dug deep and pushed ahead. I hope to continue this and live…really live, post cancer.

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