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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donah1007 3 years ago


donah1007if I don't do it, who will?

I’m not as important to other people as I am to myself. I know that my friends and family want good things for me, but none of them are thoughtful enough to actually think about my happiness.

For example, my brother, his daughter (they both live with me), his new girlfriend, her 2 kids, my daughter and her boyfriend went out of town this weekend. They left Friday morning. They went to St. Louis (about 3 1/2 hours away).

No one thought to invite me. I half-jokingly said “what about me” and was told I could go. This was on Tuesday. I was scheduled to work all weekend. There was no way I could have gotten off work on such short notice.

Not only that, there’s no way I want to go on a trip as an afterthought. If I’m not invited from the beginning, I don’t want to go.

I try so hard to “be there” for everyone I know. Why won’t someone else think about me once in a while? Just once. 3 years ago


donah1007VACATION!!!

I’m on vacation this week in Orlando. My daughter didn’t want to go to the same amusement parks as me. I’m fine with that. She’s doing her thing and I’m doing mine. We spent 1 day at a park together. We’re going to the beach together tomorrow. I’m enjoying doing what I want to do. She’s enjoying her time too. 3 years ago


donah1007hmmmm

putting myself first got me stranded in a disabled vehicle in a thunderstorm. I had to find my own way home.

thanks 3 years ago


donah1007a day to myself :)

I had plans to spend the day with my aunt and my best friend. We were going to spend the day fishing. It was cold and rainy when I woke up so I decided to relax at home. I read a little then I took a nap. I woke up and read a little more, then I napped again.

I’m going to take it easy today and enjoy some peace and quiet. 3 years ago


donah1007tonight

my friend wanted me to come over. I wanted to go, but I was too tired. I needed to come home and sleep. I did what was best for my body, which was come home to sleep. 3 years ago


donah1007people are gonna be pissed at me

but I’m making this a priority

I’m going to do what I want and not explain myself 3 years ago


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