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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How I did it
How to fall in love
It took me
18 years
It made me
never been happier!

How to send someone special a card on Valentine's Day
It took me
1 day
It made me

How to own an iPod
It took me
1 year
It made me

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stop picking my skin (read all 43 entries…)
My boyfriends reaction

i’ve really only just realized in the last while how serious this is. It is not just a silly habit. It is an OCD. It is self harm.

My boyfriend and I went on a weekend away last week and he really got to see how ugly this is. I’ve been recently trying to substitute picking by snagging a hair tie on my wrist everytime I want to pick my face. But i use the metal part of the hairtie to hit my skin so that it really hurts. He saw my wrist all bruised and couldn’t understand how it was supposed to make me better.
When we went to the museum, it was warm inside and i rolled up my sleeve- completely forgetting that i had been picking at a scab on my wrist. So one wrist was completely bruised from the hairtie and the other was smudged in blood. This was as well as a particularly awful week of picking at my face.

On the way back home, my boyfriend tried talking to me about it. He said that he is gonna try and book me in with a psychologist or try and get me back to councelling (although that really didnt help last time). He said he hates seeing me hurt myself the way I do and that I need help. He said that this has got to stop and that this is no way to live.

He’s right. It was GOT to stop.

stop picking my skin (read all 43 entries…)

iv had this problem for over ten years. its more of a psychological problem than anything else. i’ve only recently realized why i’ve been doing this. i blame myself for something that happened me as a child and so “pick” on myself. the last few weeks i’ve been doing very well, but recently it’s been creeping back on me again. i thin the first step to getting over this is definitely to first off realize why you are doing this to yourself. it is a form of self-harm!

stop picking my skin (read all 43 entries…)

i’ve decided that even though its going to kill not gonna wear make-up into college tomorrow..well bar a tiny bit of concealer..:P

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