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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stop dating for 6 months (read all 3 entries…)
has it been 6 months?

I’m thinking about dating again…

inspire my kids (read all 6 entries…)

Someone told me that going to Brazil to volunteer is admirable and a great example for my kids. It was a great compliment!

publish a short story (read all 22 entries…)
I don't know if I will make this one

Well, I will do it. I am determined to publish a short story. I have one completed that I’ve been getting feedback from my writing group on. There is more editing to be done. I’m glad I set a time limit on this because it keeps me focused. If I don’t get it published by that date it’s okay. It’s nice to have others read it and be excited about it.

Find closure by honoring his life and what he meant to me in my own way (read all 6 entries…)
It's almost been a year

It’s getting much better but sometimes I have these moments. This quote came up when I brought up this goal.
“Come out of the circle of time, and into the circle of love.”
- Rumi

Find closure by honoring his life and what he meant to me in my own way (read all 6 entries…)
I'm still not sure how to do this

I’m still angry with him. I will have to work on the forgiveness piece first. I’m getting there.

ride my bike to work (read all 3 entries…)
I've been doing this quite a bit

even when it’s hot. There’s still a breeze and it’s not too far. It’s nice because once I’ve ridden it to work, it’s kind of like a challenge for the day. I will walk or ride my bike some more just so I don’t drive at all for the whole day.

B.Y.O.Bag Project (A movement to save the environment one bag at a time) (read all 8 entries…)
tip for dog owners

I had been using the plastic bags for um…dog clean up when I walked him. So when I stopped using plastic grocery bags, I was worried about what I’d use. (paper towels and toilet paper are much more messy) I have started saving the bags from bread and hamburger buns etc. and these work just as well.

go on a volunteer vacation (read all 12 entries…)
I'm getting excited

So I’ve got my digital camera and I’m thinking I should just go practice with it today. Ya know, so I am a master when I get to Brazil… I am spending a couple extra days on the beach. Did I mention I’m so very excited??

get another tattoo (read all 2 entries…)

Maybe I will get a new one when I go to Brazil…

crochet afghans and give as gifts (read all 14 entries…)
Giving afghans

I have quilts all over my house that my grandmother handmade. My dad and brother and other relatives have them too. I realize what a nice keepsake they are and a part of her. I’ve learned to chrochet and made my first afghan for my daughter. It’s not perfect but she loves it. I want to start doing more and giving them away. It doesn’t matter if it takes a year to make one. I can just always be working on one. (Probably more in the winter. It’s 105 today and the thought of making an afghan is not as appealing.)

be proud of myself (read all 3 entries…)
I am proud of myself

I am proud of myself because I rode my bike to work today.
I am proud of myself because I am discovering all these things that make me happy and I keep doing them.

learn to garden (read all 3 entries…)

I go for a walk and see all these beautiful flower gardens and pots with great arrangements. I have my little bunch of flowers I’m just hoping don’t die…

B.Y.O.Bag Project (A movement to save the environment one bag at a time) (read all 8 entries…)
I am doing this to the best of my ability

I’ve put some things in place to cut down on the plastic including using reusable bags,using paper or taking no bag at all.

go on a volunteer vacation (read all 12 entries…)

My passport came today! Yeah!!

own a home like the red one I love in my neighborhood with all the wildflowers out front (read all 3 entries…)
It's the idea of this

This is a long term goal. I don’t have any desire right now to buy a home. I can’t afford the homes in the neighborhood where I live but love the neighborhood so renting is fine for now. But in the future…Maybe when I sell my novel… :)

learn to garden (read all 3 entries…)
I planted some flowers today

I planted impatients and begonias that will do well in the shade. I have one wasp sting and my back may be sore tomorrow because I surounded the little area with river rocks. And I made my first little stack of river rock. I’ve seen these stacks of rocks around the neighborhood. I don’t know if it’s supposed to mean something but I think it looks cool. It’s a little like jenga stacking them up.

B.Y.O.Bag Project (A movement to save the environment one bag at a time) (read all 8 entries…)
one reusable bag

I bought my first reusable bag yesterday. It’s amazing how inexpensive they are (99cents). It also held a lot.

learn to accessorize
I have made no progress on this

I’m not naturally good at it and I haven’t focused on it so I must not think it’s too important. I think if I want to accessorize I’ll do it by getting another tattoo. :)

publish a short story (read all 22 entries…)
I really want to send a short story in to be published

since I don’t really have final control over whether its published or not. I’m not sure how to change the goal to say this but I know what I mean. Maybe I should just leave it to have it published. I need to set time aside to actually research some places to send my short story to.

Teach a Writing to Heal class (read all 6 entries…)
Eve Ensler's What I Want My Words to do to You

I just watched this tonight. Awesome DVD. She leads writing groups at a maximum security women’s prison. Then actors, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Rose Perez and others read their writing. This is what I want to do. (If Glenn and Marisa and Rose don’t show up, that’s fine. It’s not really the point. All though they were really amazing.)

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