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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Celebrate the Season of our Joy (Sukkot)

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joie de vivredidn't expect to have this much fun

Last year, most of my focus for Sukkot was spent on organizing and carrying out the Sukkot fundraiser.

This year, it was different.

First, I was in charge of the food drive again, and got everyone down to the JFS food sort in the big warehouse in SoDo. I wouldn’t do it so enthusiastically if it were a job I had to do every day, but once a year it is fine. As usual, I spent most of my time pulling bags from under the sorting tables and bringing them to the bag area. Since I was wearing shorts and short sleeves, instead of my clothes getting filthy, it was just my skin.

Going to the sukkah decorating party was supposed to be just a filler, between the Food Sort and going to Meditation7’s book party. It ended up being the highlight of the day. I was unprepared for how relaxing it was. I had no responsibilities and no small children. I helped the rabbi string the twinkle lights and screw them into position. Then, after stringing various fall garlands through the sukkah walls, I took up making a berry wreath. It felt both creative and soothing, clipping the red berries (which will never ripen this year) and attaching them to the wreath. I am not at all crafty, so maybe this activity was close enough to cooking for me to be adept…? Anyway, I thought it turned out splendidly (see attached photo).

After putting up the berry wreath, I just sat and helped the small children with their little decoration projects. This was so much fun and so low pressure when it wasn’t either my children, or me being in charge of sukkah decoration activities. It meant a lot to me to be with members of all ages and help make something that is festive, and supportive of everyone’s spiritual and community development. 22 months ago


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