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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enjoy quality time with my daughter every day (read all 4 entries…)
Finding peace after grumpiness and anger

4th of July was a disaster. She was soooo grumpy and whiny, and she didn’t enjoy it at all. It was so discouraging. :( It’s so hard for me to deal with her grumpiness and anger. I’m not sure if its normal or not.
Today she had a bad morning with her dad while I was at work, but in the afternoon, we kept it mellow. We did a science project in which we made a salt time, and I helped her to manage her frustration when it didn’t work right. Later we went swimming which we loved, and she even went into the hot tub with me a little bit. She played and watched videos on the computer while I graded papers. She took 81 photographs of two of her toy cats and then we made a slide show.

stop spending so much time on the internet (read all 3 entries…)
not doing too well

I’m not doing too well on this yet. I downloaded a timer, but I have many important legitimate things to do on the internet. I’m not sure how to set up a distinction between what is helpful and productive and life enhancing vs. what is a waste of my time.

become fit and healthy (read all 2 entries…)
3 weeks down

I’ve been doing my exercise plan for three weeks now. There’s no change in my weight, and I still have my flab. I don’t think it’s making a difference with the chronic pain I have at night.

But … I do have more ENERGY for sure. I can now make it through most of the day without feeling like I have to pass out, and the fogginess is lifting. This is really wonderful!

reflect daily in a 'one sentence' journal (read all 3 entries…)
My best friend

This is my best friend, and I’m so grateful for this little guy day after day.

enjoy quality time with my daughter every day (read all 4 entries…)
Art Collage

Today we made an art collage with shapes. Didn’t do much else. I allowed her to play on the computer a lot. It’s okay. Tonight we’ll go to our friends to see fireworks.

become fit and healthy (read all 2 entries…)

Energy… Oh elusive energy! I’ve been a a low-energy person all my life. Now in my mid-thirties after 5 years of motherhood it’s hitting hard. Sometimes (maybe most of the time) I can barely get through the day. I’m not overweight (just a little tummy fat), but I’m not fit. For the past 3 weeks, I’ve been exercising on most days of the week. 30 minutes of step aerobics in front of the TV, and 30 minutes of yoga. Within a week, I started to feel that I had way more energy. I’m hoping to have major results by the end of the summer, and that this will become a lifelong habit, so that I won’t be too tired to achieve my dreams.

find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year

my daughter started to connect with another child her age. It looked like the beginning of a friendship. This has never happened before even though she’s already 5. it was wondeful to see.

reflect daily in a 'one sentence' journal (read all 3 entries…)

so tired this morning after a painful night, but the day perked up with a visit from new friends.

enjoy quality time with my daughter every day (read all 4 entries…)
pool time

I enjoyed swimming with her at the pool. A bright happy smile. She started to want to learn to swim without floats.

stop spending so much time on the internet (read all 3 entries…)
internet timer

perhaps I should set a timer, and limit myself to one hour per day. Perhaps I can set this up on my computer.

enjoy quality time with my daughter every day (read all 4 entries…)

I need to stop worrying and just enjoy her.

stop spending so much time on the internet (read all 3 entries…)

43 things is an interesting idea. I just discovered it, but so far, it’s not helping me with the abovementioned goal

set some goals.

at 36, I’ve already set and achieved so many goals. I think I’ve done all the important ones. What else is there now?

reflect daily in a 'one sentence' journal (read all 3 entries…)
Day 1

A walk by the river, a frustration, internet escape, quality time with DD.



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