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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Jim Nicholson

I'm doing 7 things

How I did it
How to get my self-confidence back
It took me
2 years
It made me

Recent entries
get back into shape

Seems curious – when I had a partner who was somewhat critical of my appearance, I didn’t really care much about it. Now that I’m with someone who accepts me as I am, I want to take care of myself better. It helps that we’re eating a lot better these days – more vegetables, less grains and red meat.

be a better parent (read all 2 entries…)

I’m now two and a half years into being a “single dad,” and things are starting to turn around. My two oldest girls (16 and 14) are living with me full time, and the younger kids are over about half the time. Living space is a bit tight, and we get on each others’ nerves from time to time, but we’re surviving. I had a couple of positive developments recently; apparently things have calmed down enough at my ex’s house that the older girls have been willing to spend some time with their mother. I’ve always felt it was important for them to have access to both parents, and I can see where it’s helping them to cope.

I don’t think you can ever be “done” with respect to this sort of thing, unless you consider it “done” when your kids are old enough that they can move out on their own. I’ll always have a place in my home for my children; that’s my promise to them. But I do look forward now to the day when I can watch them move off into the world on their own, and have some confidence that they will make good choices.

play my guitar more (read all 3 entries…)

I’m playing a lot more these days. It’s good medicine for the soul, and it helps me connect with people.

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