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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SimplicityInTheLBC

"Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Ben Franklin



I'm doing 20 things
 

SimplicityInTheLBC's Life List

  1. 1. Do what I can with what I have.
    161 cheers
    3 people
  2. 2. find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year
    82 entries . 7 cheers
    2,671 people
  3. 3. marry the man I love
    10 entries . 74 cheers
    159 people
  4. 4. figure out how to manage my money so that I don't end up penniless in my old age
    18 entries . 60 cheers
    0 people
  5. 5. Put my money where my mouth is
    19 entries . 31 cheers
    1 person
  6. 6. have nothing in my house that I do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful
    18 entries . 60 cheers
    74 people
  7. 7. rock some three-day weekend adventures
    2 entries . 93 cheers
    1 person
  8. 8. Be a tourist in my own town (visit 20 sites I have never been to before)
    6 entries . 40 cheers
    5 people
  9. 9. travel the world
    2 entries . 49 cheers
    21,177 people
  10. 10. NEVER have children
    13 entries . 54 cheers
    87 people
  11. 11. Donate blood 10 times
    5 entries . 36 cheers
    5 people
  12. 12. create 12 monthly resolutions/major projects/goals
    5 entries . 17 cheers
    1 person
  13. 13. Someday I'd like to...
    2 entries . 15 cheers
    3 people
  14. 14. complete "wreck this journal"
    3 entries . 25 cheers
    75 people
  15. 15. get another tattoo
    8 cheers
    3,406 people
  16. 16. post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :)
    6 entries . 3 cheers
    357 people
  17. 17. pay off the goddamn credit card
    10 cheers
    1 person
  18. 18. ┌───────── run ─────────┐
    8 cheers
    1 person
  19. 19. run a marathon
    9 cheers
    12,900 people
  20. 20. keep track of my mileage activity
    5 entries . 5 cheers
    2 people

How I did it
How to fall asleep faster
It took me
6 years
It made me


How to float in a sensory deprivation tank
It took me
1 day
It made me


How to appreciate the Man, every single day
It took me
47 days
It made me
a better woman


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make 2014 my last year with the church (read all 6 entries…)
dos mas

On the off chance that 43T will actually be read-only at the end of this month (dubious, as the robots have proven themselves lackadaisical in terms of adherence to deadline), I’m marking this goal as DONE.

I have two more masses to do this month (since there are 5 Sundays in August, more’s the joy). Then I can walk away from this job. I’m hearing rumors that we’ll all be asked to come back for special stuff, like Thanksgiving/Xmas/Easter etc., but I don’t know that I’m going to feel like doing that.

I haven’t heard from the other church. Inasmuch as it’s a bit disappointing to do a good audition and not get called, I’m finding it hard to be bummed.

I can see the finish line. Must keep chugging away.



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 82 entries…)
Mostly,

I am happy that so many people have gotten so much out of this site, and that I have been blessed enough to journey part of that way with so many of you.

I have popclogged myself (just plain ol’ Simplicity over there) and I hope I’ll see many of you doing the same. To those who aren’t making the move, I know that your adventures will lead you to amazing things outside of 43T.

To everyone who has followed me, left me comments, and generally been an amazing source of inspiration and courage on this site, I thank you for giving and sharing of yourself. Community is a beautiful thing, and I know I have deeply benefited from being part of 43T for the last few years.

I leave you with the text of one of my favorite pieces of music, Stephen Paulus’ “The Road Home.”

Tell me, where is the road I can call my own
That I left, that I lost so long ago
All these years I have wandered,
Oh when will I know
There’s a way,
There’s a road
That will lead me home.
[...]
Rise up, follow me, come away is the call
With love in your heart as the only song.
There is no such beauty
As where you belong.

Rise up, follow me,
I will lead you home.



finish saving for my half of the wedding and honeymoon (read all 2 entries…)
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Done, done and MORE DONE. Even though I know by the time we finally get around to doing all this, it’ll probably cost more than we were anticipating. Gonna keep socking it away because why not.

Las Vegas elopement looks better all the time.



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