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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Caregiver Respite

Dear Myrtle

I am in the same boat right now – when I travel home to upstate New York to check in on my mother who has early onset Alzheimer’s (diagnosed at age 58), I always make sure to take time out for me.

The last trip in early March meant a stop at the Montrepose Cemetery in Kingston, NY and then a short trip over to the New Paltz Rural Cemetery. Even though it was cold and there was snow on the ground, it was my time for me. Of course, I still was thinking of Mom but it helped balance out the trip for me.

I will be doing more of this over the next few months as we get to the final stages of my mother’s disease. Little side trips can really be a respite from all the emotions involved in such visits.

Thomas MacEntee


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