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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I'm doing 26 things
 

Susan's Life List

  1. 1. Acquire the patience to deal with all the idiots in the world, cuz hey, they're stupid, but they're people too
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    85 people
  2. 2. Be punctual and show up prepared
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  3. 3. Break my penchent for word vomit
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  4. 4. Compile a list of affordable, fun family activities we can do
    4 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. Connect with a LOCAL like-minded community that suits me
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    2 people
  6. 6. Cook more
    3 entries . 2 cheers
    2,049 people
  7. 7. Create and cultivate family rituals & traditions
    4 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  8. 8. Find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year
    17 entries . 1 cheer
    2,671 people
  9. 9. Gather random bits of wisdom that speak to me
    7 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  10. 10. Get away for an adult-only retreat with my spouse at least once every 6 months
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. Go on a "date night" at least once a month
    5 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. Have a family adventure once a week!
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    2 people
  13. 13. Maintain an ongoing list of gift ideas for people I love
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  14. 14. Make more "real" friends
    4 entries . 3 cheers
    138 people
  15. 15. Manifest more harmony in my daily life
    1 entry
    1 person
  16. 16. Participate in a community garden
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    1 person
  17. 17. Plan meals in advance each week
    1 cheer
    1 person
  18. 18. Post letters here that I would never send
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    35 people
  19. 19. Post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :)
    1 entry
    357 people
  20. 20. Rediscover the joy of playing with my kids
    3 entries . 5 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. Research and experiment to develop a successful bedtime routine
    1 cheer
    1 person
  22. 22. Start using positive affirmations daily
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    46 people
  23. 23. Stay centered more often; act and think from my center
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  24. 24. Stop criticizing the bad things in others that I really see in myself
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    16 people
  25. 25. Watch all episodes of 'Lost'
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    1,721 people
  26. 26. Watch all the episodes of the L Word
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    3,679 people
Recent entries
find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 17 entries…)
I'm Still Doing It!

I haven’t logged in to record my “happiness list” here in a long while, but I’m still making note of these things everyday. I post a lot of my joys on Facebook so I can share them with people I know. And I share others with my family when we gather for dinner and take a few minutes before we eat to talk about the things we’re grateful for.

I’m starting to notice more and more small things that make me happy. Like today, the sky was so beautiful right after it rained. The little things really do matter when you can find joy in them.

This purposeful practice has made me much more aware of any negativity I’m harboring and many times more conscious of the infinite number of things that connect with the source of happiness inside me—I just have to notice them and then I can appreciate the joy they bring.



Connect with a LOCAL like-minded community that suits me
Still Open To This

Haven’t quite found my tribe yet but I’ve met some nice people lately that are cool to spend time with. I’ve been really busy lately and have been fortunate to spend quality time with some of my dearest (and farthest flung) friends. I’m still looking for a larger, local community that speaks to me.



Create and cultivate family rituals & traditions (read all 4 entries…)
A Tradition Has Begun

Well, I’m still not great at celebrating every little holiday but I’ve let myself off the hook for that. I’ve realized that when I feel like I’m struggling and pushing too hard for something to work that something isn’t right. I need to back up and regroup.

So I dropped the idea of making gift baskets to place outside the kids’ doors. And when I did that a tradition created itself all on its own. We finished our dining room and had our first meal in there. We were all so excited to finally have a room with a big table to gather around that when we sat down to eat we instead held hands and talked about things we are grateful for.

It became a regular thing now. The kids started asking to do “Grateful” before eating and I realized how nice it is to express the things that I am thankful for everyday and to share our joys together. It sets a wonderful tone for a family meal. Now we even do this when we are at my sister’s house for dinner.



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