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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feel free

I certainly feel that way. Work makes me feel trapped, my relationship (which is a great relationship, mind you) makes me feel trapped, my fat ass makes me feel trapped, my laundry, my bills….everything!
This might sound horrible but..When I use to do drugs…had no job, ignored my responsibilities, didnt know where i was going to sleep or how i would eat, or if I would be safe…when i was totally irresponsible and had no plan…I felt more free and more happy than I do today as a very responsible and very sober adult. And its not the DRUGS that I want..its the freedom…from my own life..pathetic? Every day of my life I think “We were not meant to live our lives this way….we were not meant to spend the majority of our lives at work, or at the gym or in front of the season premier of LOST…we were not meant to waste away like this…” But then…what other choice do i have? I certainly cant quit my job and let my car get reposessed or get evicted from my apartment….I just need to feel free at least for a few minutes every day. I need to feel like I am LIVING my life and not sleepwalking through it like a zombie. I always think of that song “Its a bittersweet symphony thats life..trying to make ends meet, youre a slave to money then you die…” That is so true and I dont want to do that. I dont want to be a slave to anything.

advice? What makes everyone else feel free?

Quit Smoking (read all 3 entries…)
So..when can I say "Ive done this!" ?

I have been doing pretty well, not craving a cigarette hardly ever….but I have had a couple since “quitting”. I know I have a long way to go, but when can i begin to consider that I have succeeded?? A month? A Year? I am feeling so good about it this time around…i am more able to control my thoughts and cravings than I have ever been before….I come here and read encouragement from you guys here to help me through..

thanks guys

Quit Smoking (read all 3 entries…)
It has been a long time

Since I have even LOOKED at these goals…but about a week or 2 ago I came down with the flu and had a sore throat…so for the week I was sick, I didnt smoke. I figured if I could go a week, then why not longer? I have smoked one or two cigarettes since getting over the flu, but all in all I have done really well, and I have honestly not even thought much about smoking….Lets hope I can keep going and I dont fall off the wagon again.

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