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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Heidijanuary husband

I am so grateful for my husband. He is good, intelligent, kind, strong, honest and handsome. He makes me laugh, he makes me happy and marrying him is absolutely the best thing that ever happened to me. 23 months ago

Heidijanuary 1 ... our home

I am really grateful for our little home.

It is a small house, but it is unique. It is set on a hill at the front of a bush reserve, so we have the benefit of living high amongst the trees and the birds. The house is set on poles and is built over three small levels, so it really is like living in a grown up tree house.

I’ve always been a homebody and now I have a place to make my own. I like nothing more than pottering around on the weekends, reading house and design blogs, watching cooking shows and slowly turning our house into our home.

this picture is like a mini-version of our house (without the tree in the middle). :) 23 months ago

HeidiHow I'm going to learn to appreciate what I have...

I think a good way to do this will be to list something i am grateful for each day, a kind of gratitude journal.

Often times I tend to focus on what is difficult in life, rather than what is good. I tend to fear that there won’t be enough or that good things (not material things) will be taken away from me if I pay too much attention to them
So, I will aim to change that. I will aim to stop and notice all the great things in my life and learn to appreciate them.

(image by michael leunig). 23 months ago


Really, truly appreciate what, and who, I have in my life. Gratitude seems to be less evident these days, and I’m no exception. I have a feeling that to truly appreciate what I have, I’m going to have to see more of the world and people to understand that I am very fortunate. 1 year ago


everything I have… but something brought me down… I’m always sad, angry and I may be thinking I never have what I want or need… I mean, I’m always thinking that…. sad 2 years ago

valerenaWhat I have:

A beautiful, healthy family. Two wonderful, beautiful children. A caring husband who is a good man and a good father, who loves his children, who is a provider, who brings me flowers for no good reason and makes me feel beautiful. Health care and no debt, no school loans, no credit card bills. My health and my family’s health. A roof over our heads, in the form of a small but comfortable apartment, in a village that is walking distance to Paris. A view of the Eiffel Tower from the park where my children play. The gift of being able to be a stay at home mom to my children for the first three years of their lives. A wonderful preschool for my three year old that is a two minute walk from home.

I am indeed very blessed. I must remember this, every day. 2 years ago

fortitude2013It's Funny....

By undertaking Life List 3 I can begin to develop Life List 4. Two birds one stone, excellent. Now that we can all appreciate. :) 2 years ago


Been checking out the local statistics for the homeless today not good. Really makes you appreciate how lucky we are to have a warm home. 2 years ago


It has to be said that this is one goal I will strive to adopt. It’s easy to forget that what you have can be all you need. 2 years ago

Filothei ChalvatzaUntitled

i had bad experiences in my life. So life was teaching me to try and appreciate what i have. Now i’m very pleased everytime i reach the goal and i am grateful everyday. 2 years ago

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