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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Is starting over and following her gut feeling about things..

I'm doing 9 things
Recent entries
Spend 15 minutes a day writing
My first 15 minutes....

15 minutes, that’s all that I want. 15 minutes to myself to make a start. To do something just for me. To write, but to write what? I’ve just been watching a drama over lunch, just 15 minutes of it as it happens, and the narrator said something that struck a chord.

“We are not one person but a collection”. Over our lifetime we are many ever changing people that morph from one to another. I am now in my 40s and see myself as very different from that painfully shy child growing up. Different again from that 20 something setting out in the world to be her own person, yet terrified of drawing attention, of being asked to speak.

And now? A 40 something, happy in her own skin, albeit a little looser than before children, but happy none the less. It’s funny how priorities change. Growing up I never saw myself as married, or with children come to that. I was going to be a Singleton (to borrow an expression), I was going to be a professional person, own home own car, and maybe a cat.

But life goes on, events happen and expectations change. Relationships develop unexpectedly and plans go into a state of flux waiting for others to have their say and make decisions. A new future evolves and you think yes, this is what I want, and you soldier on, time racing by, each year pretty much like the last, trying to reach that apparently unobtainable goal.

Then life turns upside down. You think it’s never going to happen so you blow your savings on what ‘someone your age’ is supposed to want or to have done. Having made that commitment life turns right way up, (or should that be upside down again), and you find that what you wanted so desperately is finally going to happen.

Life is a perpetual cycle of evolving and ever changing goals and expectations. We do not stay the same. No one can consciously change us, but what happens to us does affect us. How we choose to respond to life is what changes us. There is a lot to be said for that famous quote, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” For indeed it does. We can cope with anything as long as we keep believing we can. Hope is a powerful life changing thing, don’t ever let go of it, nurture it and it will sustain you .

Spend 15 minutes a day keeping track of my finances (read all 2 entries…)
Bank rec done

So I don’t have to worry if there’s enough money in there this week to cover all of the cheques on the account.

(Took a lot more than 15 mins but going forward should only be 5 mins a day :0) )

Earn an income, either find paid work or start own business
A useful piece of advice I saw today...

. “Before you can achieve the kind of life you want you must think, act, talk, and conduct yourself in all of your affairs as would the person you wish to become.”

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