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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How I did it
How to take care of myself: Get the heck out of this toxic environment
It took me
27 years
It made me

How to make homemade muffuletta sandwiches
It took me
7 days
It made me

How to donate my hair to make cancer wigs again!
It took me
3 years
It made me
feel useful :)

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Life in my tiny corner of the world :) (read all 109 entries…)
And I Will Always Love You.

Time is growing short here, and I hope that I will have enough time to post this thank you. I apologize if it is brief, but the brevity of the remainder of 43things forces me to be quick.

In the years that I’ve been on this site, I have met people who never cease to amaze and inspire me. Men and women who are smart, strong, kind hearted, giving, courageous and generous with their time and love. Dreamers and realists. Lovers and fighters. Men and women who have known great joy and have shared those moments with me and so many others. Men and women who have suffered great losses and adversities such as family issues, deaths, job loss, illnesses, and breakups (to name a few), yet were able to keep moving; not only inspiring me to do the same, but supporting me while I tried. Heroes and heroines.

You have shared in my goals and helped me complete them, but more importantly you have also shared in my joy without jealously or mocking – something I appreciate beyond words as, until I came to this place, I didn’t even know joy could be shared. This place redefined what I thought was support, and I’m grateful.

In the last four and a half years, this place, and the family (yes family) that I have made here have helped me fight a debilitating illness, heal from heartbreaks, grieve losses, fight for things that I wanted, and let go of things that I no longer did. I have become an advocate, re-entered the work force, gone back to (and completed) school, and, in a few short hours, I will be starting a new chapter by moving out of my childhood home for the first time in my life.

My life has been touched, changed and enriched by each and every one of you. Every single person here has been, is, and will be, a blessing.

Now… go share your cheers with the people who will still be around at the last moments – don’t comment on this as I won’t be able to say anything back, which will haunt me until the end of 43t if the guilt doesn’t kill me first!

Kidding. Sort of. Like 40% ;)

In all seriousness, thank you for being a part of my journey, and for allowing me the privilege of having been with you on your journeys as well.

In the words of Phil Collins: You’ll be in my heart…always.

Erika (BSA)

CoDe Cracking (read all 14 entries…)

Therapy will be ending for me this week; at least here at home. I’m glad I pushed myself to go. My therapist has been great and I feel like it’s been good for me. Even though it’s only been a short time (about ten weeks?) my sessions have helped to make me more aware of certain things, and I feel like my thinking has shifted – for the better – a little bit. Especially when it comes to how I view what I’m worth. Some of the process has been painful. In the end I think it was worth it though.

I’m not going to say I’m completely reformed, or that I’m a brand new woman, but I do feel a little bit more aware of what I want in my friendships/relationships, how I want to be treated and that it’s okay to move on if it’s necessary to stop poor treatment. That it doesn’t make me a bad person to walk away from someone who’s treating me poorly or like I’m worthless. (I always thought that I somehow failed them, or had done something to deserve it, so I would stay.)

I’m not sure whether I’ll continue once I move. I’d like to, but I’m not sure I can afford it in the immediate future. I’ll look into it though once I get settled.

For now, I’m happy to mark this goal as completed because I really feel that I’ve at least made a crack in my previous way of thinking and doing things. :)

August Bootcamp 2014: Wish It, Dream It, Do It!
A week to go

I can’t believe I’m moving in a week!

I went to orientation and now I’m overwhelmed with paperwork. In NY, being enrolled in a retirement is either a “yes” or “no” question. In VA, it’s mandatory to join but there are a ridiculous number of options.

Same thing with health care. At my previous job, it was one plan and “yes or no” for whether you want it or not; and if you said yes, there were two options for plans. Here there are at least a dozen options and additional add ins. The combination of the two is mind blowingly complicated.

On top of this, there is a ton left to do in just a week.

Paperwork & Money stuff:

- retirement
- healthcare
- furniture setup
- go to the bank
- set up direct deposit
- rent payment
- make return to BSC
- get together lesson plans/work stuff
- decide on monitor set up and tell IT


- clothes
- electronics
- blankets
- stuffed animals/knick-knacks, etc
- misc
- clean up the chaos

Family & Friends:

- movies
- museum
- UB goodbyes
- family/friend meetings (?)

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