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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He’s always working or working different hours than myself. I would like to make the time we do have together valuable because we don’t seem to get enough of it. 3 years ago


spend more time with my husband 4 years ago


we’re both so busy.. but he really deserves it. He’s such an amazing man, and husband. 4 years ago

mdelgado67Spend more time with my husband

This will really be getting him to spend more time with me.He is busy,busy,busy. He works a lot and then he makes all these plans to work on this and that usually with friends. He is usually accomplishing something but he also enjoys the guy time. I on the other hand spend time with myself or my Mom and Sister. We just don’t make the time for each other and that is sad.The only way to do it will be to make a date adn put it on the calendar. I would prefer that it be more natural, spontaneous and less forced. 4 years ago

LLHoping for more of this, very soon!

We’ve asked our visa application case officer’s permission for Matty to apply for a tourist visa. Our thinking is that at least then we can spend time together whilst our application is being processed. (It’s miserable to be apart for so long.) It means we’ll be living on a single income, but my salary is enough to support the both of us – particularly as we’re both able to live quite frugally. Matty’s happy to keep himself busy with sport, possibly some volunteering work (there are plenty of organisations who could use extra manpower) and looking after me, so he won’t be bored.

Matty sent an email asking for permission a few weeks ago – then it was simply a case of waiting for a response. However, we then started to get anxious… our anniversary is in November, and it’d be horrible if we weren’t able to get permission for Matty to make it over here in time for that. (We’ve also got friends’ wedding to attend… and just the chance to spend time together would be wonderful!)

We figured our case officer would have to look at our paperwork before deciding to allow Matty a visa, so at least a short delay was expected. But, after waiting a few weeks, we started to debate whether we should ‘ask again’. The last thing either of us want to do is harass the person responsible for making one of the most important decisions in our life… but, we gingerly opted for Matty to make contact again.

So glad we did! Matty got a response from our case officer the next day (I think, hard to tell with time zone differences), asking him to phone her to discuss. She also requested a copy of our original (Spanish) marriage certificate via email – so I’m going to try to send that off tonight. (Why is there never a scanner around when you need one?!)

Back to waiting again… but I’m feeling very positive! If we were to get permission this week, we could apply for the tourist visa immediately. It’s a 1-2 week processing time, so by the time we purchase tickets… Matty could potentially be here by early November! Fingers crossed!! 5 years ago

alexljsanders13th 14th 15th

On the 13th we saw the Harry Potter movie. On the 14th we went to a wedding in the Dandenongs and stayed at a bed and breakfast. on the 15th we woke up in the Dandenongs and had a cooked breakfast then a spa together, then we went to the small towns and looked at the shops. We had lunch in “Miss Marples Tea Room” then went on a nature walk to a lake. It was a lovely time – cant wait for next month! 5 years ago

LLPickin' up my fella...

from the airport tomorrow morning!


Last I heard, his trip was going well. (Although, he had to send me an email, as he and his phone parted company in Seattle. Gah! It’s just like the first time I turned up at his place!)

One very-excited sleep to go! 5 years ago

LLLess than a week to go!

I’m so excited! :-D 5 years ago

LLJuly is looking good.

Planning for Matty to make a quick visit here in July. Won’t be nearly long enough, but any time is great and I can’t wait to see him!

:-D 5 years ago


We have planned to have a day together on the 12th of each month! Each of us are schedualing ourselves off work on this day to spend together. 12 June is the 1st day for this :) I cant wait! 5 years ago

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