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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thatpoetgirl's Life List

  1. 1. Love Wastefully
    1 entry
    1 person
  2. 2. Finish my novel
    1 entry
    948 people
  3. 3. Lose the weight
    48 people
  4. 4. Finish junior college
    4 people
  5. 5. Pay off my debts
    997 people
  6. 6. Become fluent in Spanish
    2,518 people
  7. 7. Become fluent in French
    1,664 people
  8. 8. Become fluent in German
    419 people
  9. 9. Get out of my dead-end job
    1 person
  10. 10. Move to Indiana
    8 people
  11. 11. Travel the world
    21,175 people
  12. 12. Learn to play piano
    2,139 people
  13. 13. Memorialize my grandmother with a special tattoo
    1 person
  14. 14. Learn to play guitar
    5,062 people
  15. 15. Take time to read again
    2 people
  16. 16. Send a postcard to Postsecret
    2,965 people
  17. 17. Go on a hot air balloon ride
    192 people
  18. 18. Train my dog
    500 people
  19. 19. Learn archery
    594 people
  20. 20. Record my songs
    159 people
  21. 21. Find a collaborator
    1 person
  22. 22. Write a script in April
    1 person
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finish my novel
Definition and Reasons

I’ve been working with a particular character-not always the same story, just the same girl- for the past 8.5 years. I really believe that she has a story worth telling. After 8.5 years, I think it’s time to let her have her say.

love wastefully
Definition and Reasons

Loving wastefully is an idea about creating more love in the world by giving more of it myself. The idea is rooted in my progressive Christian ideals. In fact, the idea is a phrase coined by Dr. John Shelby Spong, a controversial Episcopal bishop who really loves people. While it starts with me loving my family and friends, it’s more about me and the guy on the street corner, and children in hospitals and the lonely in nursing homes.
Dr. Spong likened it to turning on a faucet in the basement. You turn the faucet on and water flows-if you allow it free reign- everywhere. The pipes in the corner, the rug on the floor, the dirt on the walls, everything gets drenched. The water doesn’t notice the dirt, the stains, the general use and wear. The water just flows. That’s the way love should be, he says. Love shouldn’t worry about whether or not it will be returned, or whether or not the object of Love is worthy. Love should just flow.


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