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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This is not easy to do. I’ve been enjoying excess lately, probably to make up for the feelings of loneliness and lack inside me due to the end of my relationship. Probably not an uncommon thing. I’ve been eating to excess, shopping to excess (by my high standards, at least), definitely shirking my housework to excess, and generally not taking care of myself quite as much as I should be.

But maybe I’m being moderate after all. Maybe I’ve become so frugal (stingy?) with compassion for myself that I’ve forgotten how to relax. Maybe I’m being excessively hard on myself, in fact.

Like I said, this isn’t easy to do…. 6 years ago

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I’ve been doing pretty good about moderation in what I eat – my diet is going fabulously, I’d say. I feel good and I’m about half way to my goal. I still have cravings for fattier foods, but I do my best to ignore them or control my hunger with foods that are better for me. Low-fat chocolate soymilk and yogurt are wonderful.

I’ve been practicing moderation in sound as well, trying to cut back on automatically turning the radio on the moment I turn on the car. Sometimes it’s nice to just ride in silence, and sometimes I need those moments of peace between work and home.

@Andrea: I don’t think I belive that moderation is a matter of being “wired” for it. In my experience it just takes practice, and small steps to start. I’m not an expert, but I think everyone can benefit from learning how to control their urges rather than letting their urges control them. Are there particular areas of your life that you’re trying to moderate? 7 years ago

AndreaNot good

Is it possible that some people are just not wired for moderation? It seems that I’m unable to control my urge for more. Sigh… 7 years ago

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