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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Morning Song

is changing her life one thought at a time

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have more meaningful friendships (read all 8 entries…)

Accept, respect, appreciate.
Let trust build.

take a half hour lunch break from work for the next 30 days (read all 7 entries…)
May 31, 2007

I want to take a 30 minute break from work and go outside to relax every day for the next 30 days. It should help me to stay alert for the afternoon, and give my brain my eyes a rest.

live life to the fullest (read all 6 entries…)

went to a B&B across from a 100 acre farm last weekend, and then visited the national park. wish i had taken the camera with me then there would be photos to share. going to a symphony this weekend with a blind date :)

be with nurturing people (read all 8 entries…)
nurturing people

People that bring out my strength:

weekly prayer group
co-worker in the next cube
my aunts
my friend melanie
my friend dietrick
my friend sean

learn how to use 43 Things (read all 4 entries…)
worth doing!

I’m so glad I’ve found 43things. Now I can set goals, track progress, and be with others who share the same goals. It’s definitely worth it.

do what makes me happy (read all 9 entries…)
the serious side of being happy

I used to think I’ll be happy if I just go through life singing, dancing, laughing, joking, smiling, but now I realize being happy has a serious side as well. There are responsibilities that aren’t necessarily fun and light, but they lay the foundations for being truly happy.

Somethings in life are meant to be taken lightly. Somethings are meant to be taken seriously. When I know the appropriate attitude to handle the matter, I can truly have happiness.

So this weekend, I am going to manage my finances even though it is not fun, but getting it in order makes me happy :)

Let God be my loyal faithful provider protector husband (read all 21 entries…)
Taking it seriously

I have been just living life, without actively looking for an other half. Now I wonder if it is time to take this seriously. After all, anything worthwhile is accomplished through persistent hard work. Maybe I need to work at this. But how?

I mean, I know how to persistently put in time and effort to learn to sing, to dance, to do my job as a database administrator, to manage finances, but there is no clear way to find one’s other half. My parents met when they were very young in college, so did my sister, my grandparents, but their scripts of life do not apply to mine. I have to find what works for me…

get to work earlier (read all 6 entries…)

I like to get to work earlier, so I can leave earlier. It’s tough because I’m naturally a night owl. Now it’s time to turn into a lark.

Sing (read all 15 entries…)
Another step

I finally got enough courage to call a teacher recommended by others. She told me that my age, skill level, natural talents do not matter that much to her. What she would like is a good learning attitude and persistence to put in the time and effort to improve. She sounded like the kind of teacher that’s right for me. But I have to wait till fall before she might have an opening. She’s totally booked with a huge waiting list.

learn ballet (read all 9 entries…)
Signed up for jazz :)

I got the email reply from the local community college teacher who will be teaching a jazz class in July. She told me that it’s a very fun class and assured me that being in thirties with some extra pounds is not a problem. I signed up for the class online. Looking forward to it!

stay away from mean people (read all 5 entries…)
Acknowledge my own feelings

Instead of waiting to talk to friends and have them validate my feelings, I can start by acknowledging my own feelings first. I can give myself the permission to stay away from people who disrespect me, or cause me emotional harm.

have more positive experience (read all 7 entries…)
Start with courage to do what I want

Positive things won’t just drop on my head if I sit in my room all the time. I have to make plans to go to new places, try new things, meet new people. There will be good and bad along the way. I just have to cherish the good and let the bad go.

have more meaningful friendships (read all 8 entries…)
Be my own best friend first

I need to be my own best friend first.
I need to be honest to myself first before I can honest to others.
I need to light my own candle first before I can give lights to others.
I need to take care of myself first before I can take care of others.
I need to respect myself first before I can respect others.
I need to trust myself first before I can trust others.

be with nurturing people (read all 8 entries…)
be gentle and nurturing to myself

I decided to be gentle and kind to myself first. I imagine that I am my own best friend and cherish myself as I would for a very close friend.

stress less, and live in the present
Having a child's heart

I’m going to forget that I am 35. I remember how happy I was when I was in elementary and junior high. I walked home every day humming my favorite theme song from Astro Boy and melodies from violin lessons. I am going to do same now just like some 25 years ago.

live life to the fullest (read all 6 entries…)
workout helps :)

The 30 minutes a day workout helped. I now have much more energy after a week. I can do something fun this weekend, am going to play tourist for a day, then go spend a day at a B&B to relax and remember all the good things in life :)

Let God be my loyal faithful provider protector husband (read all 21 entries…)

I wonder, does one really need to make an intentional effort to find the other half, or is it that i’m supposed to meet my other half as i live life to the best i can.

learn ballet (read all 9 entries…)
taking a step

I decided to check out the local community college catalog and found out they offer a variety of dance classes, including a beginner jazz class that starts this week! I emailed the lady in dance department asking if it is ok for a 35 year old to be in the class. Now i’m waiting to hear back from her ;)

learn ballet (read all 9 entries…)

I’m 35 years old and 20 lbs over weight, but I want to dance! No, I don’t aspire to become a dancer. I just want to dance because…

Sing (read all 15 entries…)
Still wandering

I finally got the courage to get the phone number of a voice teacher that others have recommended to me. I got both her office and her home phone number. I’m still practicing with the Kodaly sight singing exercises, still trying to get enough courage to call the teacher.

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