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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redefine my spirituality

I started life as an agnostic. In grade school, I asked my mother what religion I was. She said, “Just tell people you’re Protestant so they won’t ask any questions.” My parents never once went to a place of worship or talked about God, although my mother told me that I should memorize the names of the books of the Bible so that I could answer trivia questions. I went to a couple of Mormon services with a friend. I prayed to God once after I found a Christian comic book at an airport. I memorized a couple of prayers when I was bored in a hotel room.

In junior high, I claimed that I was an atheist. However, one of my favorite books was a Christian novel called Lost on the Trail. I think I became an atheist because I dated someone whose father claimed to be deeply religious. One evening, his father came to my front door, called me a slut, and told me never to see his son again. I had never even kissed a boy.

In high school, I became agnostic again. I wrote a lot of poetry that expressed a sort of nature-based spirituality.

In my 20s, I read a biography of e.e. cummings and learned that his father was a Unitarian minister. It sounded interesting, so I visited a Unitarian Universalist church and attended for a few years. Eventually, I wandered away.

About seven years ago, I was struggling with a difficult situation I had tried to resolve through the usual means: journalling, therapy, contemplation, and so on. One day, I experienced a spiritual revelation and knew I had to say the Hail Mary prayer. I barely even knew such a thing existed. So I looked it up online, said it three times, and the problem magically went away. I visited a Catholic church and soon after converted to Catholicism.

About three years ago, I stopped attending church. I told myself it was because I didn’t want to see certain hurtful people, or that I wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t attend, or that a different church needed me to sing for them, or that I didn’t want to see certain priests, or that I could just watch a service on EWTN.

Now, three years later, I’ve grown tired of feeling guilty because I haven’t been to church in three years. I still feel a strong connection to Mother Mary, but I feel confused by everything else. I feel ashamed that the fervor I experienced in the early years of my conversion has apparently waned, and I’m embarrassed to be admitting this here where I’ve interacted with wonderful devout people. But the truth is the truth. When I first became interested in Catholicism, it was hard for me to admit that I was interested, but now it’s even harder to admit that I’m not so interested anymore.

Matthew 13: A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

I never thought I would turn out to be bad seed.

If you are a person who has read what I write because you believed me to be a good Catholic—I’m sorry.

take dancing lessons for 1 year consistently by 2012 (read all 3 entries…)
Boogie Fever!

I started a new weekly dance class! It is a dance form called Nia, and it seems to be the perfect quirky blend of modern dance, jazz dance, martial arts, and spirituality.

Kidnap the cheer fairy and have a stern talk with her about the (un)availability of cheers when I need them
I give up!

She’s never around when you need her, even for kidnapping!

Live in IKEA

There’s always food, lighting, warmth, and style, baby!

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 12 entries…)
1. The movie Tangled and the message "I will never let you use my hair again!!"

2. Warm water.
3. Really cute things.
4. Really spicy things.
5. Really furry things (as long as they’re more #3 and less #4).

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 12 entries…)
1. Velvet

2. Central heating
3. Redwoods
4. Bay leaves
5. Rain

Celebrate my 6 years on 43 things (read all 3 entries…)

Six years!

Celebrate my 6 years on 43 things (read all 3 entries…)
I stumbled upon this goal

two days before mine!

Celebrate my 6 years on 43 things (read all 3 entries…)

Happy Anniversary!

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 12 entries…)
1. Yams.

2. Giggles.
3. My lava lamp.
4. Wood.
5. Mid-Century Modern.

list 43 Reasons why I want to get my 43Things Groove back (read all 2 entries…)
#2. Because

John Lee and WyvernDust have done it and they’re groovy.

Play with my cat more often - No, this is NOT a euphemism! ;)


** done ** (secret goal) by 2028
I've actually had

a little movement on this one.

get a computer degree by 2018 (read all 4 entries…)

an A in Java: The Sequel!

Take the 43 Things personality quiz and report the results

You are a Self-Knowing Tree Hugging Builder

0.56% of the 237821 people who have taken this quiz are like you.

Go Caving
I've found my local

spelunking organization:

identify 100 songs that gives meaning to my life in some way!! (read all 36 entries…)

“February” by Dar Williams.

take dancing lessons for 1 year consistently by 2012 (read all 3 entries…)
Does playing "Just Dance 2" on the Wii for a year


Do something creative every time I read this goal. (read all 5 entries…)
Nope, still not out of bed.

And the cat on my shoulder says I’m not going anywhere.

Here’s an anagram for “I’m not going anywhere”: I, whoremonging Yenta.

And lol, have you ever Googled “anagram”? If not, I think you should.

declare Feb 1-7 Hasselhoff Avatar week (read all 2 entries…)


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