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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start volunteering
no more excuses

I volunteered quite a bit in high school, but it seems that college + grad school has left little extra time in my life (bad excuse, I know). Now that it is summertime, I would really like to find some place to volunteer once or twice a week—somewhere that I’d be doing some good and could take my mind off of headier things every once in a while.

I’m thinking about:

1) Literacy council—tutor for ESL students
2) working w/handicapped students at the institute near my new place
3) letter writing/phone banking for environmental group
4) feminist/women’s rights foundation downtown

It is clearly time to do some good.

enjoy the summer
This may seem easy to most people...

however, it is not so easy for yours truly to enjoy the summer. I have been a student for so long that when classes end, I often have a period of “okay, no what in the heck do I do with myself?!” at the beginning of the summer. It is tough to get used to the lack of routine. Grad school has this sneaky way of giving you lots and lots of free time, but expecting you to create something brilliant out of it. I traditionally do much better when working under the structure and pressures of the school year. But this year I’m going to try to enjoy the free time and the beautiful days…

Get a tattoo
starry tattoos

This is my desired tattoo. One of these days…

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