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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.

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writing to reach youI feel

I should recommit to this goal. I’ve been slacking off the past two months. While the continuous rain was to blame for the initial breakdown, there really aren’t any good excuses now except laziness. This morning the Otter and I ran 3.78km. It was hell – we both almost puked at the end.

I want to get back to that place where running is fun. I know it will be hard work but I simply have to push through. No excuses. 2 months ago


writing to reach youPerhaps

I should revise this goal to “run two times a week”, because I just can’t seem to manage three runs these days… It’s getting colder in the mornings. Did two this week. 3 months ago


writing to reach you2/3

This was a good week. I upped my distance and managed to run most of the way. Otto unfortunately pulled a muscle during our Monday run, so I benched him for my other run. It’s no fun running without him though… He looks much better, so this week we’ll aim for three runs. 3 months ago


writing to reach you2/3

I started running again this week. It was tough getting back into it, but this week should be better. 4 months ago


watermelonmoonUntitled

Running is good for my physical and mental health, so I want to make this a steady habit. If I continue to do this consistently there will be long-term positive effects, but to keep it up I have to be careful not challenge myself too hard. I’m not working towards a marathon. Running 6k three times a week is better than 18k once a week and will help maintain the habit. 4 months ago


writing to reach you:(

Last week I managed 2/3 runs. Then, around Saturday, it started raining. And raining. It only stopped on Thursday and I fit in a run that morning. But I’ve got to do better. Much better.

It feels like I’m in a bit of a rut… MUST FOCUS! 4 months ago


writing to reach you2/3

And not because I didn’t want to run. I simply couldn’t. My left heel is so sore now that I can barely walk. (My right heel feels much better.) My husband says I should rest, so I’ll take it easy this weekend and see how it goes on Monday. 5 months ago


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So far all feb 5 months ago


writing to reach you4/3

This was a good week. I ran on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and again this morning. My right heel is still very sensitive and this morning my left heel also started acting up. I’ve consulted Doctor Google and this seems to be a common complaint among runners. I’m not too worried about it at the moment, but I hope it doesn’t get any worse. 5 months ago


writing to reach you2/3

And not for lack of trying. I got caught in a heavy downpour on Monday morning, and ran again on Tuesday. My next run was planned for Thursday morning but instead I passed out in the kitchen and had to call my husband to come and help me up. It turns out I have a weird little stomach bug that’s just wreaking havoc with my blood pressure. So the doctor said I should take it easy this weekend, stay in bed, drink plenty of fluids.

She gave me a shot for the nausea this morning and it was the best sleep I’ve had in months… Deep and dreamless. Bliss. Thank you stomach bug.

Edit: I managed to work in a run this morning. I was up very early this morning, and after a while I decided I felt strong enough to go out. It is a cool, cloudy morning, and I had a terrific time. It felt so good to be out and moving. Progress :)5 months ago


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