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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joie de vivre

Here, now and until the end

I'm doing 24 things

How I did it
How to put all my business cards into LinkedIn
It took me
2 weeks
It made me

How to train for the 88 Temples of Shikoku Pilgrimage
It took me
6 months
It made me

How to wiggle my toes daily
It took me
2 months
It made me
relaxed & refreshed

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Envision my new life (read all 5 entries…)
Inner Life

This is harder for me to sketch out

The resources available nearby:

My synagogue meets at the Baptist church about fifteen minutes away by bike or bus (they all map out to be about the same) or 40 minutes on foot.

St. Mark’s is two blocks away. I would like to go to the Compline service again; it has other music programs.

Also within walking distance is the Theosophy Society building. My grandmother was an official translator of Mme. Blavatsky’s works into German. So, I have an idea of what Theosophy is about, and I’m not on-board with all their teachings. However, every time I’ve walked into the center, the place has such a feeling of peace, probably generated by all the thousands of hours of meditation that have occurred there. I could simply walk there and participate in Saturday morning meditations – a complement to Shabbat services on Friday nights.

It’s also 10 minutes (in no traffic :-) ) down I-5 to the new Seattle Insight Meditation Society building. This is another resource readily available to me.

There’s also a yoga studio about a mile away, that seems to strike the right note between physical development and meditation, which is so hard to find.

And then – there’s Volunteer Park, and the Arboretum, within walking distance. Nature, even in the city, is always available. Even viewing Lake Union from my window – and on cloudless days, the Olympic Mountains in the distance – provides me with grounding and peace.

OK, so those are all the resources I can identify in the vicinity. And there’s a lot, and out of a lot of different traditions: Jewish, Christian, New Age, Buddhist and Hindu. I will figure out what is my main course, and what are condiments, as it will be impossible to do anything in depth if I am only sampling off the appetizer menu, if you know what I mean.

If these are the resources, what is vision?

The vision of the inner life is:

  • I have available meditation to help me through all the bumpiness of life.
  • I have places of calm, quiet, and peace available.
  • I have the avenue for a prayer practice.
  • I have an avenue for a practice supported in music in some way.
  • I continue a journalling practice.
  • I attend retreats for inner work several times a year.
  • I am surrounded by benevolent teachers and leaders who are spiritually developed themselves. I treat my teachers and leaders like human beings and do not idealize them, but instead provide them with appreciation and positive feedback, so they themselves are also fed.

This inner life supports all that I do in the world.

drive across the country (read all 3 entries…)

Likely itinerary of about 450 – 500 miles daily. All miles below approximate

Missoula MT 470 miles
Miles City MT 490 miles
Fargo ND 500 miles
Madison WI 500 miles
Cleveland OH 500 miles
Syracuse NY 335 miles

drive across the country (read all 3 entries…)

I am now going to drive across the country August 20 – 26. I will fly back in time for my brother’s visit. This means that I will need to do all my packing in the first two weeks of August – no joke!

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