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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danidee27's Life List

  1. 1. find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year
    62 entries . 35 cheers
    2,671 people
  2. 2. Work out more
    11 entries . 30 cheers
    930 people
  3. 3. learn to read tarot cards
    5 entries . 53 cheers
    126 people
  4. 4. Read 20 books in 2014
    12 entries . 42 cheers
    8 people
  5. 5. Give at least 12 Kiva loans in 2014
    2 entries . 14 cheers
    2 people
  6. 6. have clear skin
    10 entries . 18 cheers
    1,240 people
  7. 7. try 43 new recipes
    21 entries . 12 cheers
    37 people
  8. 8. try 43 new recipes: baking edition
    7 entries . 9 cheers
    1 person
  9. 9. Try 43 new foods
    23 entries . 13 cheers
    15 people
  10. 10. take pride in my ride
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. file important papers and keep them in one place
    3 entries . 31 cheers
    2 people
  12. 12. watch 43 documentaries
    12 entries . 12 cheers
    2 people
  13. 13. honor my mother's memory
    8 entries . 40 cheers
    3 people
  14. 14. learn about buddhism
    4 entries . 31 cheers
    386 people
  15. 15. See all the films that have won the Best Picture Oscar
    32 entries . 11 cheers
    312 people
  16. 16. Feel good about myself
    1 entry . 50 cheers
    414 people
  17. 17. Learn to say no
    1 entry . 50 cheers
    1,336 people
  18. 18. Take photos of 43 strangers
    6 entries . 16 cheers
    30 people
  19. 19. Beat my depression
    12 entries . 82 cheers
    1,942 people
  20. 20. Learn to speak Spanish
    4 entries . 19 cheers
    2,713 people
  21. 21. Be absurdly classy.
    2 entries . 28 cheers
    137 people
  22. 22. Make the most of my 20's
    28 cheers
    668 people
  23. 23. Change all my passwords
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    1 person
  24. 24. identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)
    11 entries . 20 cheers
    7,806 people
  25. 25. improve my credit score
    4 entries . 7 cheers
    336 people
  26. 26. learn how to use my digital SLR
    6 cheers
    5 people
  27. 27. Make 2014 my most "cheerful" year yet
    3 entries . 5 cheers
    1 person
  28. 28. Weigh 140lbs
    8 entries . 2 cheers
    11 people
  29. 29. go geocaching
    1 entry . 10 cheers
    105 people
  30. 30. Watch all 50 animated Disney films
    42 entries . 12 cheers
    16 people
  31. 31. make a budget
    6 cheers
    223 people
  32. 32. stop biting my nails
    9 entries . 6 cheers
    7,260 people
  33. 33. Create a Zen Bedroom (a place of refuge and sanctuary) for myself .
    3 entries . 72 cheers
    0 people
  34. 34. turn the spare room into a company-ready craft room
    9 cheers
    1 person
  35. 35. Complete Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred
    9 entries . 7 cheers
    34 people
  36. 36. learn to sew
    1 entry . 9 cheers
    4,064 people
  37. 37. Try 43 new Prepared Foods
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  38. 38. Bid a fond farewell to this site in the old style
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    55 people
  39. 39. SAVE
    7 cheers
    34 people
  40. 40. Save 43Things entries
    2 cheers
    0 people

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Recent entries
honor my mother's memory (read all 8 entries…)

In one week’s time it will be ten years from the day my mother celebrated her last birthday.

Today I went through some old letters and things and found some words of wisdom and encouragement. I also discovered some letters I’d never seen before, letters she wrote to my dad before they married, a card with a note written the day after I was born.

I’m inspired and encouraged on so many levels by this.

Some of what I read brought tears to my eyes, but overall it was a positive encounter and I feel better for it.

I know that my mom loved me, I’ve always known that, but it’s still tough. It’s been nearly ten years since I’ve seen her. At the time I was just a kid who thought I already knew it all and so much of our time together was the day to day stuff, then at the end her health was a limitation.

There weren’t many of the big talks, the motherly advice I wish I had to reflect upon.

I found one forgotten letter that was especially poignant talking about change and goals. In light of things that have been going on in my life; my struggle with inertia and the impending closure of 43Things- which is possibly the greatest tool I’ve had for setting, tracking, and achieving my goals- the message couldn’t come at a better time.

“I believe the process is the same no matter what the change is that you are trying to make: You set your big goal, you set little goals along the way, you determine the steps you need to take along the way, and you actively pursue it until you achieve success. I believe you can achieve anythinh you make your mind up to achieve! The question is, have you made up your mind? And if not, why not?

I love you and am praying for your success.


I love you too, Mom

Read 20 books in 2014 (read all 12 entries…)
12/20 The Fault in Our Stars

I wanted to read this in anticipation of the movie release and possibly seeing it with the girl. I was not disappointed.
I see why everyone has been talking about this book.
Honestly, I think it did a good job of being honest and sentimental without being too depressing.
I especially liked the author’s preface saying that the basis of a story in fact should not detract from the story’s realness.

Beat my depression (read all 12 entries…)
May 2014

Trying to stay afloat.
I’m hopeful, but hope is all.
Very alone and I’m trying to stay positive, but it’s not easy. I’m fighting the urge to just sit back and let it be, to wallow. That’s not what I want, but it would be all to easy.
I don’t like change. I don’t like the unknown. There’s a lot of it in my life right now.
Need to get back to my happiness goal.

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