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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clean my room (read all 6 entries…)
Basic Done

My mom and cousin came to visit and I paid some people to come in a do a thorough cleaning. Worth every penny.

Learn Japanese
I've Already Started

My work installed free Mango Languages in the library, so I have been working on this for a month or so. It is very difficult, but I want to stick with it for awhile yet, at least until I can figure out what order the words go in in a sentence!

Plus, I am thinking of visiting Japan, so it would be nice if I could speak some of the language.

list 100 things that make me happy (read all 11 entries…)

78. Umbrellas with handles
79. corduroy pants
80. key hangs – and that since I got one, I haven’t lost my keys
81. public transportation
82. getting massages
83. giving money to worthy causes
84. being indispensable
85. bank deposit app
86. When I make something clearer by rewriting it,
87. chatting
88. knowing my way around somewhere
89. Being on time
90. That ridiculous chicken ringtone I found.
91. Being a little intoxicated.
92. Giving food to homeless people.
93. Going food shopping.
94. Having a reusable bag with me when I need/want one.
95. Knowing my neighbors.
96. Helping tourists.
97. Haircut!

list 100 things that make me happy (read all 11 entries…)
It's hard to believe I'm not done with this

71. A warm day in winter.
72. Upcycling
73. My sibling relationships
74. My kidneys. I have problems with some of my organs, but that is not one of them. They are functioning just fine. Thanks, kidneys.
75. Science fiction and the hope it implies for the future.
76. Will Smith
77. Being told I have a nice voice.

go on the trapeze (again) (read all 2 entries…)
Except My Back Problems

make this a poor goal. So I will take this off my list.

Volunteer (read all 5 entries…)

I’ve been beating myself up a little bit because I hadn’t volunteered in a long time, but then I realized that being a citizen scientist is also volunteering. I’ve been tagging entries from WWI War Diaries so there is that.

Keep in touch with people (read all 3 entries…)
Actually did a Networking thing

I emailed LL an article I thought she would like. I’ve been wanting to contact her often. It felt good.

learn cpr (read all 2 entries…)
Not yet...

Recommended to me: Emergency Skills Inc. 212-564-6833.

learn to breathe
I Want to Hold Notes

I realized last month that I can’t sustain notes when singing along to musical tunes. I want that back!

learn cpr (read all 2 entries…)
I've Made this a 2013 Resolution

Thanks to seeing this:

weigh 130 pounds (read all 13 entries…)
I Should Remove this Goal

I am just shy of 170 now and I just don’t see it happening. I’ll have to renew my effort but I am just too tired right now. On the plus side, though, I have been slightly better about feeling out of control about it.

know Manhattan well enough that I can play tour guide for people who visit me
Proof Positive

My best friend came to visit me and it was her first time to New York. We had about two and a half days and I was able to fit in a lot, including two shows, The High Line, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Empire State Building, Bohemian Beer Garden, Times Square x2, NY Historical Society and some of Central Park. We also saw Lincoln Center, the Chrysler Building, New York Public Library, the Statue of Liberty and Grand Central Station. I know I am forgetting stuff, too.

list 100 things that make me happy (read all 11 entries…)

67. perseverance
68. spell check
69. giving gifts
70. neatness

weigh 130 pounds (read all 13 entries…)
Seems Unlikely

I went for five straight days without having any treats or sweets. Then I visited my sister and there was chocolate pie. Shabbat Shalom!

I’m under 170 at least, but it is beginning to look like this is an unrealistic goal.

be healthy (read all 2 entries…)
This is Too Vague

So I am taking it off the list.

Own an apartment in NYC (read all 6 entries…)
I Don't Want to Own

I am taking this off the list. I simply don’t want to have the hassle of taking care of everything in an apartment.

make more money (read all 5 entries…)
I Got A Raise

So technically, I am making more money. And since the title is so vague, I am going to say I am done.

list 100 things that make me happy (read all 11 entries…)

61. Pinterest
62. fields of flowers under the sun
63. naps
64. call and response songs
65. breathing correctly
66. Kanban flow (which I discovered yesterday)

Own an apartment in NYC (read all 6 entries…)
I Was Going to Give Up

I was going to give up this goal because I don’t know that it is still a wise investment and I could never afford it, but now that I have a boyfriend and a future with a possible two income household, I will hold off on nixing it.

get a new place to live
Left the Bat Cave

The last flood was the final straw. I love my new place with its windows and mail box and closets and fully kitchen. Hurrah!

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