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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luvlynamazingsinging and dancing....

I have a problem with singing and dancing… cause I do both all the time regardless of who is around… and lets just say I wasn’t born with the best dancing skills… be it the hand jive or the chicken dance… I don’t execute either very well… but I think the fact that I don’t care about how absouletly silly I look is one way to remind me that I SOMETIMES am not afraid to be me… and besides… if I kept that bottled up and didn’t dance and sing when I felt the urge to I probably would end up permanently damaged somehow… gotta do what you gotta do when you feel it…. 6 years ago


luvlynamazingSilent in the corner......

ever have someone say something to you or about another and you think of a witty comeback hours later and wish you would have thought of it at the exact moment it would have been useful… ever wanted to speak up for someone or about something and let it pass without expressing your true feelings… the clock can never be turned back, and once lost is lost forever…

If someone is bashing another person behind their back and you defend that person, it seems like they then turn on you… but when it comes to people that I care about I am not about to just sit silent and say nothing… trust and loyalty are huge factors in what makes a friend a true friend… it’s when you stick up for them when they don’t even know that you are… even when you don’t have too… that is the real test. It’s about being who you are and not afraid to do so…. 6 years ago


luvlynamazingeven if it hurts the ones who love me?

I have one of those personalities where I like to please and do for others… one of those classic give up my seat to an elderly person ladies… I struggle with not caring what others think and feel about me.. but that is hard to do… I spent my whole younger years trying to make my parents proud of me… which they would regardless of what I did anyways, but that is besides the point… If I am less comfortable to make someone else comfortable that makes me more comfortable…if that makes any sense… I rarely have much of an ego or feel the need to strut my peacock feathers… but by censoring myself for the benefit of others am I making others more comfortable… am I as a person getting lost in the whole mess of it all? 6 years ago


luvlynamazingSmall towns Small minds

If you dress a certain way or look a certain way their is a whole lot of judging that goes on around me… being different tends to be looked down upon… and the things I feel differently on the inside that can’t be seen I am reluctant to let be known to the outside….but I was made this way regardless of how “different” it is…. need to be like the peacock and strut my feathers instead of hide them underneath fear…sigh 6 years ago


luvlynamazingcomparasions....

like we all are a bunch of fruit… just looking for the bruises and the marks… looking to see if we are ripe enough… but we are not fruit, and it is the bruises and the marks that make us who and what we are. 6 years ago


luvlynamazingif I want to be skinnier I will just go to the fun house mirrrors at the carnival....

being okay with the skin that your in can be a very difficult task… it is so easy to be mislead that in some way you need to be more prettier, taller, skinner, tanner…....

well, I am 26 so I will never be any taller… and I have pale skin so I will never be any tanner… just more freckles… so I guess I am just going to have to get used to it….I guess I can make myself thinner but my addiction to chocolate cake prevents me from becoming a twig (which is not attractive at all… who wants to look like they are going to faint all the time?...hmmm)

SO I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT I CANNOT BE AFRAID TO BE ME BECAUSE FEAR LEADS TO WORRY AND WORRY LEADS TO WRINKLES AND WRINKLES LEADS TO AGING AND AGING LEADS TO DEATH AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT I WILL HAVE SPENT SO MUCH TIME AFRAID AND NOT ENOUGH TIME LIVING…. 6 years ago


luvlynamazinghappiness will come...

when you first dwell in what you are not because it is safe and comfortable… you eventually learn if you don’t do that which makes you happy, regardless of what others may think, you can never get inspired or truly be fulfilled 6 years ago


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