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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live long enough to read all the books I want to read (read all 112 entries…)
#114: Ash

Malinda Lo’s updated version of Cinderella. A darkly engaging re-imagining of such a classic fairytale with a cool twist. Catergorized as Young Adult fiction, I nevertheless enjoyed this telling.



live long enough to read all the books I want to read (read all 112 entries…)
#113: Lucky in the Corner

Carol Anshaw’s funny take on family dysfunction, mother-daughter relationships and the many ways we betray each other and more often ourselves. Very good writing and interesting characters and story. I recommend it.



live long enough to read all the books I want to read (read all 112 entries…)
#112: Someone Will Be With You Shortly

Lisa Kogan, of “O” magazine fame, unleashes her brand of self-deprecating and wry observational humor on a variety of topics. Definitely likely to be more interesting to women, but a funny and fast read for 30-somethings +.



live long enough to read all the books I want to read (read all 112 entries…)
#111: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

Roda Jantzen’s hilarious memoir about how her oddball family, friends and mennonite heritage informed her growth during some of life’s biggest disappointments and trials.



Create a List of 365 Life-Inspiring Quotes (read all 276 entries…)
#285: Set your sights high

Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way. -Eileen Caddy



Create a List of 365 Life-Inspiring Quotes (read all 276 entries…)
#284: Opportunity Doesn't Knock

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. -Kyle Chandler



Take exquisite care of myself (read all 178 entries…)
NYC w/ no alcohol

Had lunch at Traffic (Drag Brunch)
Dinner at Cookshop
Went to NY Dolls club
Then to Chris’ bro’s house

I didn’t have anything to drink and I had a BLAST!!



Create a List of 365 Life-Inspiring Quotes (read all 276 entries…)
#283: Maya Angelou on Reaching for Your Dreams

“If our reach doesn’t exceed our grasp then what’s heaven for?”
~m.a.



Take exquisite care of myself (read all 178 entries…)
Dermatologist

I made an appointment to see my dermatologist and it went quick but well. Whatever new thing she gave me (topical, I am done with the oral antibiotics, I don’t think they’re good for you), seems to be working pretty well and I think my skin looks better. I also have something for the dark spots and I guess that will take a while to take effect. But it is noticebly better, at least to me.

I am trying to get in to see my dentist now for a cleaning.



make 2012 my best year yet (read all 4 entries…)
Donated Ostomy Supplies

Finally, my dream for 6 months…I shipped out all remaining supplies today to Frieds of Ostomates Worldwide. I think I may also donate money to the cause. I am so grateful that I was only a temporary ostomy patient.



List 5 things I am grateful for everyday (read all 89 entries…)
Wednesday 7-11-12

1. Gorgeous weather continues
2. Cool at night, great sleeping weather
3. Josh is feeling better
4. I got a TON of stuff done today
a. Ironed all my clothes
b. Finished clearing laundry
c. Prepped weekend laundry
d. Cleaned room
e. Mailed off Ostomy supplies to Non profit
f. Mailed pots and pans to Natalie
g. Mailed outfits for babies to Ameerah

5. LEAD program is going well.



raise Cancer awareness (read all 5 entries…)
The Prouty

I am volunteering from 9-2pm on Saturday, July 14th for the major fundraising event for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. I’m excited!



redesign my blog (read all 12 entries…)
Designer installing?

I finally handed over my passwords to the designer. I’m hoping to have this done by July 30th so I can start blogging August 1st.



live long enough to read all the books I want to read (read all 112 entries…)
#110: Name all the Animals

This was a read for the LGBT reading group at the local bookstore. It was…uh…sad? Very well written, but very cool/distant and heavy…which since it is about the death of a teenager/brother/true story…makes sense but damn…I need a laugh now.



List 5 things I am grateful for everyday (read all 89 entries…)
Friday 6-22-12

Today I am grateful for:

1. Gorgeous warm weather. It’ll be winter again before we know it! (I live in New England where we have 9 months of cold…).

2. Told my housemates that I’m moving out by Sept. 1. Hard, but it was fine and went well.

3. Great chuckles and convo with my colleague Amy M.

4. Being in the office and getting lots done.

5. Invite to a cool dinner tonite with one of the young adult programs. Should be fun.

6. Cleared to take Spin classes. I have missed it, I’m excited to get back into it.



Create a List of 365 Life-Inspiring Quotes (read all 276 entries…)
#282: The line between work and play

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”

- Ellen Langer



Create a List of 365 Life-Inspiring Quotes (read all 276 entries…)
#281: Gardner on Respecting Others

“If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.”

- John Gardner



redesign my blog (read all 12 entries…)
Picked a Design

Realized I could keep looking forever. Picked the best out of what I’d seen and sent it over. Waiting to hear back from the designer.

Leap: http://ireed.net/leap/



Create a List of 365 Life-Inspiring Quotes (read all 276 entries…)
#280: Glasgow on Success and Irony

“A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success after the reason for which we sought it has passed.”

- Ellen Glasgow



List 5 things I am grateful for everyday (read all 89 entries…)
Thursday 6-21-12

Today I am grateful for:

1. Summertime. I just love it, the sun, the long days the hint of possibility in the air.

2. Wings. as in chicken wings, delicious!

3. My survivor group, uplifting.

4. PT sharing her cancer diagnosis with me today and us praying.

5. one of the facilitators of my survivor group revealed that she’s in a same-sex relationship. very cool.

6. My volunteer interview went well and I’m cleared to begin the on-boarding process!

7. Someone gave me a bag of Milano cookies….and I gifted them to some college boys…they have the metabolism for that stuff!

oh. and 8. Summer salads with ranch or french dressing. Yum!



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