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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LostNCove's Life List

  1. 1. understand retirement benefits and plan for it
    2 people
  2. 2. Read every play Euripides wrote.
    1 person
  3. 3. learn how to roll my Rs
    327 people
  4. 4. Write/contact my senators and representative so often that they know who I am.
    1 person
  5. 5. make the first move...
    92 people
  6. 6. learn to play harmonica
    122 people
  7. 7. Own a cocktail-table vintage video game.
    1 person
  8. 8. Direct a play in a major city.
    1 person
  9. 9. Learn to play go
    157 people
  10. 10. Write and win a grant for a creative project.
    1 person
  11. 11. grow a herb garden
    94 people
  12. 12. go storm chasing
    1 cheer
    51 people
  13. 13. Attend BotCon and be a total nerd.
    1 person
  14. 14. Live near New York City
    1 person
  15. 15. get my passport
    390 people
  16. 16. learn Tai Chi
    1,129 people
  17. 17. hydrofoil between the Greek islands.
    1 person
  18. 18. march in a protest
    9 people
  19. 19. win a major playwriting award.
    1 person
  20. 20. Spend a weekend at an indoor water park resort.
    1 person
  21. 21. Go to Barcelona
    138 people
  22. 22. visit london
    927 people
  23. 23. Lose 20 pounds
    7,455 people
  24. 24. Self-publish my short work.
    1 cheer
    1 person
  25. 25. get legally married
    4 people
  26. 26. stay at a monastery
    2 people
  27. 27. learn to kayak
    402 people
  28. 28. launch my website
    97 people
  29. 29. buy a tailor-made suit
    2 people
  30. 30. Read The Creators by Daniel Boorstein.
    1 person
  31. 31. Get some of my creative non-fiction published.
    1 person
  32. 32. repair my credit
    113 people
  33. 33. See Stevie Wonder in concert.
    7 people
  34. 34. Host a night of cartoon screenings.
    1 person
  35. 35. make love during a thunderstorm
    11 people
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Get a tattoo

I planned out my tattoo for a long, long time, but actually getting the money together was daunting; also, there was a lot I didn’t know about the process, and I didn’t know where to get the answers. Online FAQ’s turned out to be very helpful (and told me to tip!) as were friends who steered me to a great place to get it done. I perused the work of the tattoo artists there, selected one whose work seemed closest to what I wanted, and talked with him. He was right on my vibe and a couple weeks later had a design I adored. My session was over three hours long and absolutely endurable (the last twenty minutes I was ready to be done, but it still wasn’t that bad). Now I’m permanently marked with a symbol rich with meaning for me.

cook more often
I'm officially doing this

I’m cooking about three times a week now. That’s up from the approximately “zero” times a week I was doing it before. We can thank Bon Apetit magazine, the procurement of good kitchen tools (still happening—does this ever stop?) and the expansion of my palate. I’m finding it comes down to treating myself with a little more respect. I’m worth a good meal, darn it. And I’m doing more and more of it.

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