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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prettyintherain's Life List

  1. 1. live passionately
    11 cheers
    5,635 people
  2. 2. Grow in Christ
    9 cheers
    1,227 people
  3. 3. save the world
    2 cheers
    1,358 people
  4. 4. make a difference in someone's life
    9 cheers
    1,275 people
  5. 5. be more confident
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    11,598 people
  6. 6. give food and money to homeless people on the streets
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    4 people
  7. 7. pray for others more
    5 cheers
    8 people
  8. 8. build a house with habitat for humanity
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    308 people
  9. 9. Beat S.A.D. this year
    5 cheers
    6 people
  10. 10. dispel the myth that mental illness is something to be ashamed of
    3 team members . 8 cheers
    25 people
  11. 11. be happy with my body
    6 cheers
    679 people
  12. 12. have a loving marriage
    5 cheers
    7 people
  13. 13. go on a long-term mission trip
    2 cheers
    17 people
  14. 14. Join the Peace Corps
    5 cheers
    2,467 people
  15. 15. travel the world
    2 cheers
    21,175 people
  16. 16. travel around the world for a couple of years with my love
    3 cheers
    75 people
  17. 17. backpack across europe
    2 cheers
    904 people
  18. 18. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
    21,500 people
  19. 19. hike the appalachian trail
    3 cheers
    2,111 people
  20. 20. see an aurora borealis
    4 cheers
    46 people
  21. 21. go to burning man
    3 cheers
    1,610 people
  22. 22. elect a woman as president
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    72 people
  23. 23. read all of Thomas Hardy's books
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    3 people
  24. 24. Learn to play the guitar
    2 cheers
    13,736 people
  25. 25. read a book in a different language
    3 cheers
    5 people
  26. 26. Do NaNoWriMo
    4 cheers
    689 people
  27. 27. Write a will
    1 cheer
    758 people
  28. 28. Keep my dorm room clean
    2 cheers
    11 people
  29. 29. eat like a french woman
    4 cheers
    32 people
  30. 30. Go to the drive in
    34 people
  31. 31. Write my name in wet cement
    2 cheers
    536 people
  32. 32. make people see that "alot" is not a word
    5 cheers
    12 people
  33. 33. finish watching angels in america
    1 cheer
    2 people
  34. 34. Notice people. See them in their joy, sorrow and laughter, in their fragility and strength, in their humanity.
    2 cheers
    10 people
  35. 35. Give the needy food and other items they would actually like.
    84 team members . 1 cheer
    70 people
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Watch "The Wizard of Oz" at the same time as listening to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"

I so did not believe this stuff.
It might not have even been any crazier if I had been smoking something.
The end.

Sponser a child in need
worth it, without a doubt

This is the little girl I sponsor through World Vision. Her name is Mangamma and she lives in eastern India. I know it is a big responsibility to commit to sponsoring a child, but I knew when I got her most recent letter that $30 a month for 14 years (she was 4 when I started sponsoring her) is so worth it to hear that a little girl in a famously misogynist state loves going to school and wants to be a police officer someday. It’s so amazing to know that my part-time job here in upper-middle-class America is helping her get opportunities she might never have had otherwise, things that I’m so used to taking for granted. She is so beautiful.

Get kissed under the mistletoe

If there’s a possible way to make this experience cooler, I’ve gotta say that it’s even more awesome when said mistletoe is a clump that you harvested yourself and personally hung over the doors in your dorm. It’s all about the personal touch ;-)

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