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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littlelamblostSeeing plans through

This week I saw my Nana and my Aunt, although I missed the chance to see my Brother. It felt good to actually make the time to be with them, and I’m glad I managed to stick to my goal of spending planning quality time with at least one Family member every week.

I’m not sure how the family holiday is going to pan out, since I found out my Brother forgot to apply for leave from work! However, I really want to catch up with him this week. It’s been too long.

This week:

-Catch up with my younger Brother, maybe go bowling or to a movie in the city? We could even invite my Sister.

-Have a coffee with my Dad, I haven’t seen him in a while.

-(It doesn’t really count as time but) Send my Mother a letter.

Next Month:

-Help my Aunt move house.

-Take my Nana out for dinner.

-Go the library with my Grandfather. 6 months ago

littlelamblostPutting Family First.

I have the most amazing family, and I say that without any hint of bias. My family kicks butt, and the people in my family are incredible.

For some reason I don’t spent half as much time with these amazing, incredible, kick butt people as I should. Part of the problem is the fact that I’m so comfortable with my relationship with the members of my Family that I don’t worry how they’ll feel if I go a few weeks without seeing them, or bail on plans the day before because something else has come up. Not the same way I worry about Friends.

I don’t give my Family the best because I know they love me at my worst and that just isn’t fair.

In light of that I’m going to endeavour to spend planned quality time with at least one Family member every week and stop taking my relationships with them for granted.

As it happens I current have some Family activities planned for the next little while.

This Week:

Helping Nana in her garden and going through photo albums in search of a photo I desperately want to blow up and hang in my house.

Swinging by and seeing my Brother on the way to Nana’s, since they live so close together.

Having dinner with my Aunt, her two kids and husband.

Next Month:

A weekend away with my younger Brother and Sister.


A Midyear Christmas Party. 6 months ago

thebeanandthebirdFirst Steps

- Make Sunday Family Day a tradition 14 months ago


I will cherish the time that I have with my mother, father, brother and sister. They molded me into who I am today and I owe them more than I could ever repay. 21 months ago


Casino Niagara bus trip Jan 2013
Guyana for 2 weeks in April 2013 22 months ago


See at least once every two weeks 2 years ago

xdownfornowxSpending more time with family

Started hunting a lot with my Uncle Jim and Cousin Shane. Mom watches my son during the day, so I see her 5 times a week and she stays with us twice a week. 3 years ago

Nightshadow1427Coming out of my cave

My parents always referred to my room as my cave because I would never come out of it unless I was forced to. They believe I should spend more time with everyone instead of giving in to my more reclusive tendencies. So far, since I came back this summer, I’ve barely spent any time in my room and I’ve been taking more time to be around my family, talking and helping them with whatever is needed. I’m glad that I’m able to at least stick with one thing that I’m aiming to improve on. 3 years ago

Dawn Matthews:) It feels nice.

Right now I’m working two jobs and I’m usually so tired or busy that I don’t find time in my day to call my family as much as I should. Tonight I took the time to call my mom and my brother and it felt good to hear their voices. I’ve only been away from home for two years and the first year I was here I called them all the time. Lately, I’ve been lucky to talk to them maybe once a week. I want to keep up with my family’s lives. They’ve done so much for me and I feel like they deserve to hear from me more often than just when I need help.

I’m moving this goal up on my 43 Things because you only get so much time with your family. 3 years ago

Turt1eMake more phone calls and visits to my family

- at least 3 calls per week to my parents
- at least 1 call per week to my 2 grandmas (1 in China and 1 in the U.S.)
- at least 1 email per week to my uncle
- visit my parents and brother once a week on regular days and once every 2 weeks during busy season
- give my grandma (in US) $$ on her birthday. visit her at least twice a year
- give my grandma (in China) $$ or send her gift on her birthday. mail her card/letter for new year and birthday
- call all my aunts on or before Chinese new year
- have dinner w/ my parents and brother on their birthdays and on Chinese New Year 3 years ago

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