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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Fill and feel my treasure chest every day (read all 50 entries…)
Gem #49

Softness

I always had an issue with my appearance, especially when someone would say I look frail or doe-like. I wanted to look independent and strong and powerful. Looking delicate and soft was not in the dictionary of allowed impressions.

It took me a while….

...a long while to even start contemplating what this softness really means to me. What does it make me BE? Is it necessary to connect it to WEAK or SUBMISSIVE (as was my first impression)?

Recently answers to these questions started to show up…one by one. To those that are interested you can look at my exploration on this subject in my Aphrodite project on either my blog or my Flickr page. To others I’m going to cut a long story short by saying that today the idea of softness makes me think of flowers and their own beautiful frailness that nobody seems to mind (quite the contrary). It makes me think that, maybe…just maybe …..softness is not a weakness. It, like the flowers, could be a gift.

For that reason I can proudly put this into my treasure chest now. I feel it as a full part of me. I am even joyous. Who would of known. :-)



Every day find something perfect (ideal) about the world, my life or me (read all 51 entries…)
Day #241

The layers of a woman

I run a risk of sounding like a cliche, but I would compare a woman to an onion. Layers upon layers of possible self exploration. On first glance some contradicting each other, on second playfully weaved. Soft-strong-enduring-caring-emotional-transformational-life giving-growing-.........

Today it feels so wonderful to be a woman.



Pay more attention to the clouds (read all 2 entries…)
The knowing

It has been a straight 2 months of no sky for us here. There were no particular clouds to be seen since the whole sky was covered by one big massive cloud. It was grim and gray and very depressing for some people.

I, on the other hand, felt so connected with it (the sky, that is). Knowing that behind all the grim and dull there is infinite amounts of crisp blue made me feel like I have a hidden friend just a smile away.

It was/is a good feeling.
I didn’t get depressed at all.
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