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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outofthecloudsseems a better way to start

originally i was going to have the goal of ‘Be myself’, but when i came across this goal figured it would be the better start to finding the lost parts of me. after all you need to remove the bad in order to make room for the good.

a quick brainstorm list:
*the TV possessed soul who took away a love of reading
*the meek creature who allows people to win arguments without any rebuttle
*the fear of the odd comments of others preventing the pursual of projects and hobbies
*dulling of the quirky sense of inner fashion, the smothering of a love for crazy and colorful underthings (sorry for the TMI)

all need to be pared away to reveal the beauty underneath. 4 years ago


I am tired of hiding behind normal. Tired of covering up what I love for the sake of others. I am proud of my tattoos. And want to sport them PROUDLY. Wear what I want …. I’m tired of my job because I know there is better out there. I’m a hairdresser-i should be able to let my creativity shine. 4 years ago

N2thecalmb4thestormThere is a great disconnect

between the person I am in my mind and the body in which I walk around in life. This primarily has to do with extra weight. I am often surprised when I see my full-length reflection and am reminded that I am currently traveling through my life in a body that does not reflect the person I am inside. I take full responsibility for this as I am the one who controls how I take care of my body. It is my job to improve it.

I have no desire to reach some model-thin ideal or turn back time nor do I want to achieve a perfect body. I just want to feel comfortable in my own skin and be able to dress in a way that represents the person inside me.

I have my work cut out for me but the reward will certainly be worth the work. 5 years ago

N2thecalmb4thestormI am not plain vanilla (Lacking adornments or special features; basic or ordinary)

inside or out

I have red hair and tattoos and like to do “fun things” with nail decorations.
I love art, music, thinking outside the box, brainstorming, staying up all night, discussing quirky topics, using my imagination, and sometimes providing TMI.

I work with a conservative group of people who would prefer that I not be this way. 5 years ago

N2thecalmb4thestormI am NOT a morning person.

If left to my own devices and no set schedule, such as an at-home vacation, I always find myself slipping into a routine of being awake at night and going to bed in the morning. I function exceedingly well that way. Unfortunately, that routine does not fit in well with the rest of the world.

I have struggled for years to fit in a world, most of which, is structured around starting a day in the morning. It seems reasonable enough. After all, that is when the sun comes up and when it becomes light out, making outside and even inside activities easier due to better visibility.

The profession I have chosen and otherwise enjoy follows the typical schedule with the work day beginning in the morning. Fortunately, my employer offers flexible work schedules allowing me to start my work day as late as 9:00 a.m. This, of course, is still early for me, but it is very helpful to have that option.

In all other respects, though, I have found myself continually trying to become a morning person so as to fit in with the standard and take advantage of all of the benefits of rising early and getting numerous things done before going to work. It all sounds so reasonable and desirable: Get up early, have some quiet time, do some journaling, make and eat breakfast, have a cup of coffee on the deck and listen to the birds – all before getting ready for work and still getting to work on time.

I have tried for so long to reach that goal of being a morning person and being enviably productive first thing in the morning. Instead I continue to find it a struggle just to wake up and get out of bed in the morning. I think it is time I accepted the fact that I am not – and probably will never be – a morning person. Instead of trying to get up earlier and getting more done in the morning before leaving my house, I am going to concentrate on being the best non-morning person I can be.

I will focus on getting more things done in the evening in preparation for the next morning so that I can get up just early enough to allow myself sufficient time to get ready for work without hurrying or worrying about being late to work. 5 years ago

N2thecalmb4thestormI am not perfect,

nor do I need to be

I need to stop expecting perfection from myself
and others need to stop expecting it from me 5 years ago

new_startI am not...

what my mother thinks of me.

But how do I ever carve that away?

I can only push it down for so long.

It always, always come back.
And I’ll never truly live as long as it does. 6 years ago

Spydergrl is the proud gf of a motorcycle racer!Untitled

There are so many old beliefs and attitudes that i really need to discard from my everyday routine. 7 years ago

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