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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dandelion seedWhy this is so important.

I realize now that the things I stress about are more often than not extremely silly. This makes my goal to be Present even more worthwhile.

For years, I’ve gotten stress headaches. Generally, they were manageable; I could lay down, or slow down, and deal with them without the aid of any sort of pain medication. Within the last year, however, the headaches have gotten worse. I am now on prescribed medication for migraine headaches. These horse pills are filled with muscle relaxers, and the end result is that if I take one I am out for a good five or six hours… when they work.

With moving, and the stress related to moving, I have taken some sort of pain pill every day since the 2nd of the month. When I am off the pills, I almost always have a headache. Even now, I can feel the beginning twinges of one in my right temple. This has to stop.

I know that being Present will not put an end to all of my stress, but it will greatly reduce it. I need that in my life right now, because I cannot continue to rely on medication like I have. 5 years ago

dandelion seedLiving in the now.

I am a worrier. And I realize now that, as a worrier, I am rarely living in the present. I am in the past, fretting about the amount of money I tipped a waitress last week, or my plans for next Monday, or whatever else. I am forever sweating the small stuff.

I want to experience living in the moment… enjoying the present rather than rewinding or fast forwarding in my mind. I would be a much happier, more productive person if I could manage it. 5 years ago

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