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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quit saying I want to write and actually write (read all 2 entries…)
02/01/09

Nanowrimo didn’t happen this year. I started doing Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, but then quit.

Yesterday, I went to a Write-a-thon at a local writing studio. It wasn’t particularly productive, but it was nice to be in a space with writers. So last night, I got The Artist’s Way out again and am going to try again. It’s not even a matter of cultivating the writer within, but tapping into creativity and the flow of artistic energy.

Today I wrote a bit, did some exercises from The Artist’s Way, and drew.



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/12

movies in the park with friends!
seeing a friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen in ages (and her adorable chihuahua dog)



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/11

Bad day.

However, I baked muffins when I got home from work. I forgot how much I love baking.



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/10

great brunch with friends
basically a great day hanging out with friends and then getting stuff I needed to get done (grocery shopping, laundry) done
also, weather was amazing.



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/09

great yoga class
saw Exposé at Market Days with my friends, got to dance a bit
just had a really fantastic time hanging out with my friends



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/08

3-hour work days
going shopping after work with a friend
going to lunch afterwards
yoga (although I was too full from lunch to fully appreciate or enjoy the class)



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/07

Looked at another great apartment. This was all that was good about today, as far as I recall.



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/07

Another really rough day, so this is a struggle.

I looked at a really beautiful apartment that I hope I can live in.



forgive people who have hurt me (read all 7 entries…)
08/08

I’m really struggling with this because I feel like I’m in this endless cycle of people disappointing me or hurting me or betraying me, and then having to work to forgive them, and then the cycle repeating again.

Is it even worth it?



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/06

(I am literally so angry right now, it’s making me sick to my stomach, so I’m digging down deep)

Caribou Coffee is delicious
I used some of my angry energy and cleaned



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/05

seeing a beautiful apartment giving me hope for my apartment search
a sultry summer evening for the movie in the park



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/04

a good yoga class
my brother liking his birthday presents



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/03

amazing brunch with a good friend
beach time with friends at the lake!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/02

finishing my 40 day yoga sadhana with a wonderful class
FINALLY seeing The Dark Knight
seeing an apartment in a cool building



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
08/01

*three-hour workdays on Fridays in August!
*finding a pair of jeans that fits (although I have to get them tailored as they’re too long). Since I haven’t bought a new pair of jeans in over three years, this feels GREAT!
*yoga
*dressing up and looking cute



commit to a yoga sadhana for 40 days (read all 6 entries…)
I did it!

Yesterday was Day 40! I can’t believe it’s over, the forty days went by surprisingly quickly. And even though I didn’t manage to get on the mat every single day for the forty days (I missed maybe four or five days max), I still consider this a success and I can’t wait to do it again. This sadhana was about the physical for me, and for my next forty days I want to really get into the mental. So.

I did it!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
07/31

headsets



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
07/29

huddled under a blanket with friends outside during a downpour
sultry summer evenings



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 61 entries…)
07/28

making it through the day
drinking lots of water after yoga
yoga and riding my bike (as always)
making plans to get my own apartment and make having roommates a thing of the past



commit to a yoga sadhana for 40 days (read all 6 entries…)
Today is day 34

So close to the end! It’s been a good experiment for me, and I’ve only missed maybe two or three days, days where I wasn’t able to at least get on the mat and do something, anything. So, really, I’d say that this was pretty successful!



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