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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"For every step ahead, we could have just been seated"



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  1. 1. Go schnuts with writings unbridled that will, upon the closing of 43Things, go gentle into that good night. "Not for the proud man apart /From the raging moon I write / On these spindrift pages."
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  2. 2. "Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together."
    4 entries . 12 cheers
    2 people
  3. 3. do something
    857 entries . 56 cheers
    110 people
  4. 4. be a (less derivative) painter
    44 entries . 107 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. embrace my inner Canadian
    34 entries . 106 cheers
    0 people
  6. 6. succinct resolution for 2014: NEW IDEALISM
    6 entries . 12 cheers
    1 person
  7. 7. Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful.
    458 entries . 19 cheers
    884 people
  8. 8. embrace shibumi and wabi-sabi in my surroundings and life
    17 entries . 39 cheers
    1 person
  9. 9. learn "Take Five" on clarinet
    6 entries . 35 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. create another 10 episodes of my not-for-money, just-for-fun comic strip "Loser Girl"
    18 entries . 72 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. drive, she said
    16 entries . 34 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. polish my knowledge of Canadian history to a shine
    2 entries . 41 cheers
    1 person
  13. 13. Tell the events of my life-story, linked by themes of redemption
    8 entries . 11 cheers
    2 people
  14. 14. do something neat with synesthesia: give me another 43 words and I will tell you what they taste like
    7 entries . 66 cheers
    1 person
  15. 15. rat + pet writeology
    2 team members . 40 entries . 39 cheers
    2 people
  16. 16. visit Claude Monet's house at Giverny
    2 entries . 127 cheers
    13 people
  17. 17. read Proust
    14 entries . 89 cheers
    79 people
  18. 18. learn to sew and hand-embroider
    5 entries . 101 cheers
    2 people
  19. 19. Grow a Secret Garden
    9 entries . 122 cheers
    3 people
  20. 20. have a beautiful garden
    27 entries . 141 cheers
    166 people
  21. 21. publish cartoons in the New Yorker
    4 entries . 80 cheers
    2 people
  22. 22. be an unapologetic fusspot about basic grammatical niceties - is bothering to know the difference between there, their and they're truly unimportant and/or impossible?
    9 entries . 34 cheers
    2 people
  23. 23. taste every flavour of KitKat from around the world
    51 entries . 54 cheers
    1 person
  24. 24. build a walk-in cocoon
    6 entries . 67 cheers
    1 person
  25. 25. go on ad finitum about feminist issues
    4 entries . 62 cheers
    1 person
  26. 26. become computer savvy
    8 entries . 44 cheers
    5 people
  27. 27. Make steamed puddings
    11 entries . 35 cheers
    2 people
  28. 28. read finnegan's wake
    4 entries . 34 cheers
    85 people
  29. 29. learn secret spy skills
    10 entries . 59 cheers
    278 people
  30. 30. fully restore my century house
    6 entries . 47 cheers
    1 person
  31. 31. chronicle ballet, 2010 through at least 2044
    15 entries . 13 cheers
    1 person
  32. 32. learn the "Thriller dance"
    1 entry . 63 cheers
    2,734 people
  33. 33. learn to play chess well
    3 entries . 47 cheers
    85 people
  34. 34. embrace Nadsat in common vernacular
    7 entries . 18 cheers
    2 people
  35. 35. keep a food gournal
    6 team members . 807 entries . 16 cheers
    8 people
  36. 36. make up another cool typeface, with serifs
    33 cheers
    1 person
  37. 37. Learn to tango
    1 entry . 22 cheers
    1,156 people
  38. 38. get knitty
    8 entries . 12 cheers
    1 person
  39. 39. make a hope/treasure chest
    2 entries . 15 cheers
    2 people
  40. 40. note 43 quirks of the past and current conversational
    5 entries . 8 cheers
    1 person
  41. 41. make an orrery
    7 cheers
    2 people
  42. 42. Stay in touch with 43 thing friends :-)
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    41 people
  43. 43. Bid a fond farewell to this site in the old style
    12 cheers
    79 people

How I did it
How to wish wren a joyous birthday on August 24...Happy Birthday, wren!!!
It took me
1 day
It made me
Virgoriffic!


How to wear Red for Women - February 1, 2013
It took me
1 day
It made me
on-kilter!


How to mend a broken heart
It took me
10 years
It made me
suffer no more


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Recent entries
do something (read all 857 entries…)
Monday and Tuesday

Monday

1. draw and paint and listen to Brahms I’ve never heard before
2. observe, perfectly still
3. observe, then dance
4. atten, affec

Tuesday

1. attenti, affecti
2. put things away without comment
3. find another door to scrape
4. send drawings
5. plan to travel
6. pay the nice drainsmen for cleaning elephants from the eaves
7. make stolen cherry sorbet and maybe lavender ice-cream with the sous chef



Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 458 entries…)
Sun. 7/20/14 and Mon. 7/21/14

Sun.
1. I did something about it
2. SOMA for chocolate without taking pictures of it
3. Finally, the slathering of antique oil upon old sanded wood
4. A trip to the lost and found
5. Attentions, affections

Mon.
1. A huddle of ballerinas figuring out life
2. Attentions, affections
3. Would you like me to solve your problem?
4. Studies
5. Drawing and painting apace



Go schnuts with writings unbridled that will, upon the closing of 43Things, go gentle into that good night. "Not for the proud man apart /From the raging moon I write / On these spindrift pages."
Robert Came To Woo All The Way From The Planet Mongo

Robert came to woo all the way
from the planet Mongo, on a
grand and elaborate journey
flying the invisible space
ship Seekret Luvkraft to earth, then
driving by rented car to the
centre of the universe, where
he holed up in a hotel room
none too shabby drinking nervous
coffees, one after another,
until I showed up. “Sorry to
keep you waiting,” said I. “Pish tosh,”
grinned Robert. “Denizens of the
planet Mongo have an air of
accomplishment, of grace.” And he
licked his extra-terrestrial
poet lips, reminding me that
a girl from earth is a prize, no
matter what. Good thing I wore my
prettiest dress and best heels for
Robert from the planet Mongo,
who came all the way across the
galaxy for this. This, of course,
could have meant tea, cakes, ices and
nary a crisis, but he reached
long poety fingers up my
prettiest earth dress and we joined,
creature to creature, until dark.
He was pleased. “Three thumbs up!” he crowed,
waving his trousers. “I must go
now,” I said. “I am new to space
travel.” “Can I not tempt you to
stay?” asked Robert from the planet
Mongo. “See the confidence a
bit of travel gives a plain Earth
girl? Can I coax you to planets
far from the universe? Will you
lose sight of the shore?” The coffee
with two sugars (how could he know
I take four?) he bought me at The
Second Cup is sitting untouched
on the nightstand. Before I leave,
I peel the MONGO sticker from
his suitcase. I like prizes, too.



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