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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Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 65 entries…)
... everywhere I am is true. - baisao

♥ thankful for 43-letters, written on autumn leaves.
♥ thankful for the very last chance to send out love in little cheers.
♥ thankful for mashko and her sparkles.
♥ thankful for puddles and gray clouds.
♥ thankful for a rainy afternoon, for raindrop pearls in my hair.

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 65 entries…)
it’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined. — henry james

♥ thankful for the sounds of life outside as i am writing this, thankful for being born into this world, for having this day, for being at home here.
♥ thankful for all the beauty, thankful for tiny words that carry so much heart and warmth and life.
♥ thankful for hope. thank you, hope.
♥ thankful for all the beginnings, and for the knowing that they bring strength and courage with them.
♥ thankful for everyone who has visited my home here. thank you.

Drink tea in a Japanese garden

“The price for this tea is anything from a hundred in gold to a half sen. If you want to drink free, that’s all right too. I’m only sorry I can’t let you have it for less.”
—Baisao, The Old Tea Seller: Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto

see the cherry blossoms in the spring in Kyoto, Japan

Under the vast sky:
Splendid dreams
Beneath the cherry blossoms.

♥ i love (read all 12 entries…)

dear reader,

love more.
and blossom.
and be.

create a 5 year plan

I never really created it, although I spent “five years” here planning lots and lots of my seconds, minutes, hours, days and weeks. I have noticed here and there “no one really knows what the hell they’re doing” credos and it has left a question mark in my heart.
Now, I will very likely be plotting as cleverly as I can to reach an ”!”.
We’ll see.

Staying here

feels a tiny bit like planting the trees one day before the apocalypse, but I am sincerely glad to be sharing this ship with many, many “green fingers”.
I wish I would have more know-how for saving little dying planets.

I do not want it to be true, either.
And honestly, I am not truly moving away.
It almost seems that something good will happen.
If not the ultimate “good”, then perhaps still—a medium “good”.

If in the beginning of the next month news will be no good, though,
i just wish that there was a Big Site Somewhere, that could host 43things under its wing. I would possibly learn to bake in 43 hours and send out cookies to BSS creators.

PC should be one of such sites, but it is not “it”, not quite yet. Not today, at least.
A heartfelt “thank you” to those who are sharing sites that are similar to 43things, just in case.

Stay in touch with 43 thing friends :-)
The most public "thank you" note I have written

Thank you.
It has meant a lot to be allowed to enter the lives of amazing, gracious people without even knocking.
So honored to have been here, blessed with 43things magic.
Not sure if PC will be my new haven, although I have created an account there. It is rather difficult to create a new—life.
Thank you, again.
I would be very glad to stay in touch either via e-mail, FB or in some other way.

reflect daily in a 'one sentence' journal (read all 16 entries…)
sweet dreams

there are white wild roses on my desk, in a vase that my father once bought for my mum; and the night is slowly feeling warmer, the light rain has stopped.

♥ i love (read all 12 entries…)
saul bellow, from 'herzog'

unexpected intrusions of beauty. that is what life is.

♥ i love (read all 12 entries…)
lisa zaran, from “hope”

... translated means grasp.
means: wounded, but
searching for ways to recover.

♥ i love (read all 12 entries…)
henrik nordbrandt, “days in late march”

days move along in one direction
faces in the opposite.
uninterruptedly they borrow each other’s light.

many years later it is difficult
to determine which were the days
and which were the faces …

and the distance between the two things
feels more unreachable
day by day and face by face.

it is this I see in your face
these bright days in late march.

♥ i love (read all 12 entries…)
linda pastan, from 'april'

i know what time and weather
will do to every leaf.

but the camellia swells
to ivory at the window,

and the bleeding heart bleeds
only beauty.

♥ i love (read all 12 entries…)
henry miller, from 'tropic of cancer'

I need to be alone … I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 65 entries…)
polka dots are a way to infinity. -- yayoi kusama

♥ having courage to feel.
♥ a little book and a photo of five swans that arrived a few days ago. it is a book about the school that my father used to go to, sent to me by a lady whom i met one summer ten years ago at the school reunion of my father.
♥ spending time with two tiny girls, who were just born. this spring has been the spring of babies.
♥ polka dots. and strawberry jam on hot days.
♥ cutting my hair, finally. and buying a skirt, finally.

reflect daily in a 'one sentence' journal (read all 16 entries…)

i feel time on my skin, it is like a constant steady flow; and it makes me half-bitter to let it go without spending any quality time with it first.

What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:
Where can we live but days?
Philip Larkin, “Days”

♥ i love (read all 12 entries…)
much that is fair

“the world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater. ”
— j.r.r. tolkien

reflect daily in a 'one sentence' journal (read all 16 entries…)

i hope this is going to be a good day.

reflect daily in a 'one sentence' journal (read all 16 entries…)

back to ladybugs: bought little chocolates {shaped – and wrapped – like ladybugs}, thought i will use them for tiny gifts to make people smile. but, oh, only two left now, gave them all – to myself. by accident, of course.

reflect daily in a 'one sentence' journal (read all 16 entries…)

this felt like talking to a good, mature friend about my tiring, tiring social tragedies:

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