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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three things done in the last month -- yay me!

Recent entries from Holly
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HollyTravel extravagences

We stayed in a super nice onsen (hot spring resort) in Japan. It was the same sort of thing, an AMAZING experience but very expensive. I think though that it is worth doing some big splash out things—particularly when they are on your “list”. At the end of your days, you will have amazing memories to look back on and remember.

HollyCaffeine is hard on you!

Congrats on getting a good night’s sleep. I think you are spot on with avoiding caffeine. I started by avoiding it after noon and then eventually moved to avoiding it where I can. I still eat dark chocolate and drink black tea—but now get my coffee decaffinated. It’s made a huge difference.

I also find that when I get overtired and am not sleeping well it helps to get some exercise—even a 30 minute walk helps me sleep better.


Holly 2 years ago


It’s been two years—what do you think? Have you changed jobs, moved back? 17 months ago

HollyGood luck

I always think it’s inappropriate for company’s not to send a “thanks but no thanks” note. It takes nothing and it really means a lot. I mean you could be perfect for another job that will be posted in six months but won’t apply. And you will probably share your experience with other so even if you AREN’T a fit for the company—you may dissuade someone who is.

Congrats on the next interview—job hunting sucks! 17 months ago


Argh. Daycare is expensive, commuting is expensive, housing is expensive. We either need to find a way to cut these costs (and I’m not sure I’m willing to do what it takes to do this) or make more money. 17 months ago

HollyThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

This was a stunning book. It really brought me into the story and told a great tale of love and marriage and partnership and finding yourself.

I loved every part. Half way through I was worried the end would break my heart—it did but it also was a story of redemption… WELL worth picking up. 18 months ago

HollyNo where close

I’m not even close to finishing this goal. I haven’t done one entry and the year is half over. Right now I find myself in a place where so much is up in the air and so much is “confidential” that I don’t want to share too much. So I don’t want to share the little things for fear that I’ll give away the bigger things. 18 months ago


Every three months they re-open registration and places are booked out in a matter of moments. This time I registered in time and got a place (whew!). Really happy and excited that I can share this with my little boy! 18 months ago

HollyGetting lower and lower

The nice thing about something like a car payment is that it comes out of your account every month. We’ve paid about 2/3 of the debt just with automatic withdrawals. We’ll be getting a bit of money soon and can add that to the debt and get it done. If we don’t, we’re still about 14 months months from totally repaying the debt (UGH!) 18 months ago

HollyLove Does

FUN! This was a really neat book. It’s overtly Christian, but that’s ok. It challenges us to live a bigger, more adventurous life. I enjoyed it even though I’m not a Christian. I just sort of read and respected what he had to say about “living in Christ”. Worth a read. 18 months ago

HollyHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Another fun book in the Harry Potter series. I know I’ve seen all the movies but I barely remember what happened. I’m enjoying reading them in order. The only big sigh is that the Pottermore bookstore and the kobo app don’t work well together so I keep struggling to download the next book.

But that certainly doesn’t take away from the story! 18 months ago

HollyTough day!

Get better soon! 18 months ago


Holly 23 months ago

HollyHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

A fun read. I’ve read it before and hope to re-read the series this year. 19 months ago

Holly29. Jose Estaban from El Salvador

José is 36 years old and is married with one son. He learned how to be a barber when he was 6 years old and currently works as one. Before, he worked as a day laborer in the country.

The loan that he is asking for from Fundación Campo is to buy a mirror, a barber’s chair, and to make some improvements to his house. With the loan, he will buy an additional mirror and a barber’s chair so his customers are more comfortable and can better see how their haircuts have turned out. This will satisfy his customers and offer them better service. His wish is to expand his business and have his own house.

Wow! Jose is younger than me!I like that he’s improving his business and has dreams of owning his own house! Go Jose!! 19 months ago

Holly28. Yokub in Tajikistan

A loan of $650 helps Yokub to repair his minibus, which is the source of his income.

I like that he drives a nice well-kept minibus and it sounds like he needs the money to keep his business in order! You can lend too and help Yokub.

If you use this link you will get a free $25 loan to give to Yokub… or any other borrower on Kiva! 19 months ago

HollyFenik in Armenia

Fenik is 62 years old. She lives in Ddmashen village, which is in the Gegharkunik region, with her husband. She has two sons and a daughter. They are all married and live separately from their parents with their own families.

Fenik and her husband are retired and for a long time they have been engaged in farming and agriculture. Fenik’s husband is engaged in bee keeping. On their farm, they have two cows, a heifer, two calves, four sheep, ten chickens and twelve beehives. The products from their agricultural business Fenik and her husband sell in the Sevan food markets. As Fenik said, she is very happy that she can sustain her family with her income from agriculture.

Fenik is taking a loan from Kiva for the first time and she needs 600.000 Armenian drams to buy potato seeds, fodder for her animals and wax paper for bee families. With this loan, she hopes to receive a good profit. 19 months ago

Holly 2 years ago


So we’ve had a bit of a work disturbance at work—which is resulting in working 10 hours a day/6 days a week. It’s horrible. BUT I knew it was coming so I didn’t book lessons for me and my son. Which means that I’m not missing lessons.

But I’m still frustrated that we haven’t taken lessons in a year! 19 months ago

Hollyborrowed it

Sounds like a great book—so I just borrowed it from the library! Thanks 19 months ago


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HollySend them now

With a note about how wonderful and exciting married life is and let them wonder what you’ve been doing in the past months! 20 months ago


We got a bike trailer! It’s perfect for our son and my husband is enthusiastic about biking (hurrah!). We’ve gone for two long bike rides this week and it’s been really fun being able to carry some refreshments and the baby.

Now I need a new bike—mine is very heavy and only has three gears. It’s hard! 20 months ago

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