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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shiningdefiance's Life List

  1. 1. live for Jesus
    2 cheers
    47 people
  2. 2. find ways to live out love for others.
    1 cheer
    1 person
  3. 3. live in a city and know all the secret places.
    3 cheers
    1 person
  4. 4. fall in love.
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    27,212 people
  5. 5. study abroad
    1 cheer
    2,532 people
  6. 6. List 5 things each day that I'm thankful for
    3 entries
    5 people
  7. 7. see the aurora borealis
    2,010 people
  8. 8. cover my walls with poetry.
    1 entry
    1 person
  9. 9. keep in touch.
    212 people
  10. 10. couch surf
    61 people
  11. 11. write haiku on fridays
    3 cheers
    170 people
  12. 12. do what will make me happy.
    1 cheer
    2 people
  13. 13. graduate college in the top 10% of my class.
    1 cheer
    1 person
  14. 14. send a postsecret
    1 cheer
    119 people
  15. 15. watch all of the 'best picture' winners
    4 people
  16. 16. wear skirts more often
    1 cheer
    262 people
  17. 17. make it through college without drinking.
    1 person
  18. 18. read all the books on my list of 'books to read in 2008'
    1 entry
    1 person
  19. 19. go running more often.
    1 cheer
    17 people
  20. 20. do a daily devotional each morning
    1 entry
    2 people
  21. 21. read all the newbury award winners
    1 person
  22. 22. attend the 2012 olympics in london
    1 cheer
    2 people
  23. 23. go on a missions trip.
    209 people
  24. 24. have a room with wall-to-wall books
    1 cheer
    3 people
  25. 25. Fly First Class
    1,263 people
  26. 26. Learn to make scones
    6 people
  27. 27. stop doing nothing on the internet and read books instead.
    1 cheer
    0 people
  28. 28. become a morning person.
    1,487 people
  29. 29. give more hugs
    167 people
  30. 30. have more adventures.
    168 people
  31. 31. write more letters
    1,879 people
  32. 32. read for pleasure every day.
    9 people
  33. 33. Get a PhD
    2,975 people
  34. 34. attend some literary events
    1 entry
    2 people
  35. 35. have conversations late into the night with fascinating people
    2,044 people
  36. 36. organize my desk so i can think clearly when i'm working.
    1 person
  37. 37. stop being afraid
    619 people
  38. 38. see him again.
    56 people
  39. 39. stop procrastinating
    30,441 people
  40. 40. keep my virginity until I'm married
    137 people

How I did it
How to find a place where I am happy
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How to celebrate 01.20.09
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List 5 things each day that I'm thankful for (read all 3 entries…)
today i am thankful for:

-fabulous hats
-perfect timing
-God’s unyielding love
-“My power works best in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9)

List 5 things each day that I'm thankful for (read all 3 entries…)
saturday fourteen november

-loud music
-sour patch kids
-accepting rain
-my sister

Celebrate 01.20.09

i’m going to the inauguration with a bunch of people from school—i cannot express how exciting this is, for this to be the first election i’ve voted in, for it to be SO historic and important, to be such a part of history and change and hope.

it’s also the birthday of two of my best friends! hooray!

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