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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Jenny's Life List

  1. 1. obtain & maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) within the range of 20-25, which experts generally consider to be healthy.
    6 entries . 13 cheers
    101 people
  2. 2. Quit Smoking
    12 entries . 124 cheers
    9,282 people
  3. 3. Become a librarian
    4 entries . 41 cheers
    299 people
  4. 4. travel to europe
    12 cheers
    2,540 people
  5. 5. share good poems
    62 entries . 9 cheers
    6 people
  6. 6. fill a journal
    1 entry . 19 cheers
    50 people
  7. 7. learn about 43 major philosophers
    6 entries . 23 cheers
    2 people
  8. 8. have more confidence in myself
    1 entry . 11 cheers
    612 people
  9. 9. express gratitude
    2 entries . 11 cheers
    15 people
  10. 10. be proactive
    2 cheers
    180 people
  11. 11. Volunteer
    6 cheers
    5,550 people
  12. 12. celebrate
    3 entries . 4 cheers
    8 people
  13. 13. drink 8 glasses of water a day
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1,299 people
  14. 14. record events and concerts i attend
    4 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  15. 15. make friends
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    2,087 people
  16. 16. live in abundance
    4 cheers
    12 people
  17. 17. Create the life I want to live
    6 cheers
    85 people
  18. 18. document my life better
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    136 people
  19. 19. Adopt a basset hound
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    5 people
  20. 20. develop and implement a wellness plan
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    2 people
  21. 21. Step away from the computer.
    1 cheer
    2 people
  22. 22. Do the A-Z author challenge
    1 entry
    177 people
  23. 23. be a conscious consumer
    1 cheer
    8 people
  24. 24. Make a CD of all HAPPY SONGS!
    2 entries . 5 cheers
    13 people
  25. 25. become a foster parent
    211 people
  26. 26. find a mentor
    1 cheer
    171 people
  27. 27. add more specific short term goals to my list
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  28. 28. find a workout that I love
    2 cheers
    1 person
  29. 29. Let go of the past, embrace the present, and cultivate always a cheerful attitude toward the future
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    2 people
  30. 30. Live Inspired
    2 people
  31. 31. be
    214 people
  32. 32. have a weekly date night WITH MYSELF
    2 people
  33. 33. Enjoy the present moment
    2 people
  34. 34. share resources
    1 entry
    1 person
  35. 35. Make a scrapbook for our 2014 Bahamas Cruise
    1 cheer
    1 person
  36. 36. know God
    1 entry
    104 people
  37. 37. write love letters to elected officials who represent me encouraging them to make our country a better place to live for everyone
    1 person
  38. 38. be positive
    1 entry
    927 people
  39. 39. focus
    1 cheer
    466 people
  40. 40. respect and love myself
    1 cheer
    2 people
  41. 41. reinvent what librarian means
    1 person
  42. 42. be conscious
    10 people

How I did it
How to choose happiness
It took me
33 years
It made me

How to adopt a dog
It took me
1 day
It made me
warm and fuzzy

How to have a picnic
It took me
1 day
It made me

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Recent entries
share good poems (read all 62 entries…)
because you take life in your stride

because you take life in your stride (instead
of scheming how to beat the noblest game
a man can proudly lose, or playing dead
and hoping death himself will do the same

because you aren’t afraid to kiss the dirt
(and consequently dare to climb the sky)
because a mind no other mind should try
to fool has always failed to fool your heart

but most (without the smallest doubt) because
no best is quite so good you don’t conceive
a better; and because no evil is
so worse than worst you fall in hate with love

—human one mortally immortal i
can turn immense all time’s because to why

e.e. cummings

share good poems (read all 62 entries…)
The Journey by Mary Oliver

The Journey
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.

share good poems (read all 62 entries…)
Who am I?

Who am I?
I want to know . . .
Then, a knowing that is unknowable,
Speaks to me in a voice imperceptible,
And discernible only in Spirit;
It lovingly explains to me . . .
. . .That part which seeks to know,
Is part of the illusion.
The true Self knows itself,
And is beyond definition and description;
Beyond the dramas and stages of life,
Beyond the languages of limitation,
Beyond the rotations of the universes.
It dwells in the sounds of silence;
Permeated within a symphony of eternal light;
Orchestrated by love, peace, and harmony.
That is the true domain of your soul.
Saturated in the “I AM” who leads and guides you,
And forever spreads its infinite rays of love
Upon all mankind …
As awakening flowers – reaching for the light.

-Francine Collier

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