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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manifest abundance (read all 17 entries…)
Nearly there!

I have been very fortunate and was left some money by my gorgeous grandma who sadly passed away in November. The cheque arrived last week and I am putting it to good use by clearing as much of my debt as is possible. Amazingly I could be entirely debt free by the end of the year. This is such a long way to have travelled since 12 months ago when I was staring bankcruptcy and homelessness in the face. But I am proud to say that I stuck it out and worked hard to turn it around and things have worked out. I am now living in a gorgeous home with a very considerate landlady close to the seaside right where I have always wanted to be. Life doesn’t get much better than that!

get divorced (read all 9 entries…)
Papers came through ...

... on January 15th. I am now officially a free woman! Just a bit of pension paperwork to sort out between us and the lawyer to finish paying and then it is all behind us. Feels right.

Have 43 people find out what their Daemon is.
Mine's a whippet too!

I read the books a few years ago and last year my daughter and I went to see a production of the trilogy at the National Theatre in London and it was the most spell binding piece I think I’ve ever seen. Part of me really doesn’t want to see the film in case I’m horribly disappointed.

Thanks for the link – we really enjoyed it!

Claim back bank charges (read all 7 entries…)
Done and dusted

first direct have made an offer in full for my claim – they actually offered me £30 more than I asked for. Brilliant – that’s another 7 or 8% of my debt gone. Woo hoo!!!!

Re-locate to the coast (read all 5 entries…)
Actually this picture is better!

Not a bad view to begin the day with …

Re-locate to the coast (read all 5 entries…)
I've arrived!

Am now installed in my accommodation for the summer. Feels kind of wierd to know this is not a holiday but the real thing. Will probably take a week or two to adjust but so far it feels worth all the stress.

Today my friend called to say they were all down on the beach. So my daughter and I just hopped in the van and drove down and spent a couple of hours swimming and kayaking while the sun shone. Felt great!

The picture is pretty much the view as I drive up to my caravan. The view when I get there is even more amazing but there are no pictures on the net of that!!!

Re-locate to the coast (read all 5 entries…)
today's the day!

It’s now time for me to get up and finish packing to hit the road today!!! Feeling a bit scared – don’t want to get up. But here goes …

No regular email access for a while but hopefully will be able to check in and write some updates and maybe even post some pictures. Wish me luck!

Be the best Mum I can be (read all 4 entries…)
A list of small and happy things

How happy
when you discover
a bird’s nest
in your back yard and smile.

How happy
when you yank
out a tooth
that’s been bothering you
and taste the blood.

How happy
when you finish
reading a book
that’s enormously thick
and sigh.

How happy
when you find
a bit of chocolate
hiding in your fridge
and your spirits lift.

by Selma age 10

I’m not taking any credit for this but just wanted to put it on here because I think it’s such a great poem. Lucky she makes my job of being a mum so easy!!!

make regular gratitude postings (read all 7 entries…)

I am so grateful for everyone and everything that has happened in my life so far as it has brought me to where I am now. And where I am right now is perfect!

take my scrap metal to the merchants (read all 4 entries…)

Forced by my impending move I finally got the other half of my metal to the scrap yard. And came away with nearly £150 in my pocket. Less stuff and more money. Can’t beat that!!!

Re-locate to the coast (read all 5 entries…)
5 days to go!

and counting!!! Can’t believe that it is so close. Am very very excited and ever so slightly scared. But mainly excited!

manifest abundance (read all 17 entries…)
Money comes easily to me!

Today my debt was reduced by £880. That’s almost 5% – wiped just like that!!! Hooray!

Claim back bank charges (read all 7 entries…)
HSBC offer!

Yay! Received an offer in full from HSBC today – £960 including court fee. Such a relief to put an end to this one. First direct is next.

But, the irony! Got a £39 bank charge from my new bank today for a bounced direct debit!!! I will ask nicely and hope that does the trick!

complete a journal exchange project with people from 43things
Half way there!

Having gotten over a middle project blip I am finally staring to allow myself to enjoy this and not see it as a chore.

Right now, on a rainy Saturday afternoon, I am listening to Evenstar’s travelling journal CD and reading her journal. It’s perfect!

And I’m not even quite so scared about writing in it myself – finally starting to be brave enough to express myself – both the good and bad bits!

manifest abundance (read all 17 entries…)
Cheers 2

This is great – them more I give away the more I get to give away. This has to be the best lesson for manifesting abundance. When I hang on to them they are wasted. When I spend them well more come for me to spend!

Claim back bank charges (read all 7 entries…)

Court documents prepared and sent off to HSBC today. Now I get to sit and wait to see if they make an offer!

manifest abundance (read all 17 entries…)

I have realised that a great way to start manifesting abundance is by giving away my cheers on here every day – even when I am too busy to write. They cost me nothing and if I don’t use them they go to waste and they make others happy. So I’m starting there!!! For a month, as long as I log on, I will give my cheers away.

celebrate my achievements
Scrapheap Challenge

In the last month I have been filming for the TV programme Scrapheap Challenge (or Junkyard Wars as it is in the US). I captained my team through to the semi-finals where we were only narrowly beaten. It was a great experience that I am very proud of!

Re-locate to the coast (read all 5 entries…)

This seems to have developed its very own momentum. I have about a month until my moving date which feels ultra scary but I am also looking forward to moving on and starting to deal with the change. I don’t have anywhere to live as yet but there is the distinct possibility that my daughter and I could be living in a caravan for the summer – am very excited about that! Still quite a lot of things to sort out but just trying to get through one day at a time right now …

Claim back bank charges (read all 7 entries…)
court dates looming

I now have 2 dates for my cases: 12 July for HSBC and 2 August for first direct. I was in a complete panic this morning but now am feeling a bit calmer. On top of everything else I could really do without having to prepare for court but the thought of getting some money back is keeping me going. I could clear another 2 debts with that money …

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