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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I'm doing 21 things
 

How I did it
How to donate old clothes to charity
It took me
2 days
It made me
Shocked


Recent entries
help the spare room find its purpose in life
...as it is...

I wonder if cavemen had an earthen annexe filled with wear-worn hides, unloved pottery gifts from mothers-in-law, and defunct tools reserved as insurance against unlikely scenarios. I have this gathering thing down to a fine art.

I have boxes and old suitcases I have never unpacked; in two years I have failed to fully commit to this house. We’ve toyed with the idea of an entertainment room, a gym (too guilt-inducing), a study and other functional designs. Why not a planetarium or a labyrinth of trompe-l’oeil? Ideally, I want to create something that is a balance of function and fancy. Something that pleases us both but doesn’t look like two halves of different worlds thrown together without union. Ideas and inspiration very welcome!



Watch all movies from Studio Ghibli
...Whenever someone creates something with all of their heart, then that creation is given a soul...

To date I have watched:

  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Porco Rosso
  • Spirited Away
  • The Cat Returns
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Tales from Earthsea
  • Ponyo

I have some of the older titles recorded on TV too so I’m well on my way with this goal :)



practice mindfulness
...beginnings and some useful tools...

Ah, sweet Kindle…what would I do without you?

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Prof Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman is the best book on the subject I have encountered to date and its emphasis on the practice makes mindfulness more tangible to me than the more theoretical texts I’ve read before. It uses the Jon Kabatt-Zinn style of guided meditations peppered throughout the book which really helps reinforce the text and lays a foundation for daily meditation (another related goal of mine).

I’ve been working through this book for a couple of weeks now and I really notice a difference in my attitude and mood – I’m much less anxious in general about things and when I do feel anxiety I am able to consciously return to focus on the breath and ground myself in the moment instead of being trapped in thought and speculation. In general this has helped me to be more aware of my thoughts as thoughts and prevented me from continuing to identify with my thoughts as the definition of who I am. As someone with depression that has lasted with various intensity for nearly ten years, this is extremely liberating; to know that no matter how dark my thoughts are or how hopeless my life sometimes feels to me, I have a way out of the spiral of despair. Even the smallest moments of pure clarity, pure experience of “now” unfettered by either speculation or regret are piece by piece making me feel integrated with my own existence and place in the world once more.

For other people pursuing this goal I’d also recommend the excellent (and free!) guided meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn that you can find on Youtube. Some are over an hour in length and this video in particular http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nwwKbM_vJc is very useful in explaining what mindfulness is and how meditation can facilitate it.



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