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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shelagh_clove this goal

never ending adventure :) 5 months ago

shelagh_c"​There is no need to try to make something work that no longer does."

This is so true. This is what I’ve been trying to do over and over again. I need to take the lesson from the past and let it go. I have to. I am strong. I can. 14 months ago

shelagh_cI have been visualizing a lot lately

I could not sleep in the night, I was so excited

Of course, life’s testing if my desire is strong enough and has served counter-experiences but I am strong this time

I keep visualizing

I have approximately 5-10 minutes every night before I collapse. I use them up. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and… surprise, my daughter sleeps. Before she woke me up 3-4 times a night and now her routine changed. I have these extra well deserved minutes only for myself. :) 15 months ago

shelagh_cFear of Change

Number one for me to deal with. So glad I am aware of it at last. 17 months ago

shelagh_cBefore I just forget

... all I do has to be fun, otherwise it simply does not work for me.

Not because Deepak said so, this is what my life actually used to be before I sold myself short.

Into the fun! 17 months ago

shelagh_cI have to turn my fears off step by step

Otherwise I am again gonna end up with a pile of half read books, articles, programs etc. 17 months ago

shelagh_cIt looks like

step one for me is to deal with the fears that have been holding me back from living my true passionate life. 17 months ago

shelagh_cForgive myself forgetting myself over the last decade.

It was a learning experience after all.

Today I take one step towards living my dreams and it is [edit] going on a spontaneous bike ride just like I used to do before. Singing while biking? That’s new :)

I cannot handle it all at once.

I promise to take it step by step.

I am good at making promises.

I aim to excel at implementing my promises.

I trust myself. 19 months ago


thoughts, at least… 19 months ago

shelagh_cI am tempted

to leave the ‘healing program’ I’ve started for my-self. It’s easier.
I have to be strong and keep it up. I can make it. 22 months ago

shelagh_cStarting now (or never)

I’ve mastered at making promises to my-self. I start next week, I begin on Monday, I’ll commence right after I get this or that done…

None of those works for me. I have to start NOW or I’ll never do.

A new month is a good reason to take up a new activity but a change does not really need the 1st or the 31st to begin.

Now… I have already started transforming the CHAOS into ELATION and all I really want for myself is to keep it up. Continue on. Go on. Go ahead. Happy Birthday me :) 22 months ago

shelagh_cBringing passions back to life

Skiing in sight! 22 months ago

shelagh_cSilence helps

hear your voice. Inner voice.

NB. I lost voice last Wed and have been on sick leave since then. Feeling better now and actually my ‘outer’ voice is returning in baby steps.

There’s been a lot going on around and extremely little of what I’d appreciate. This is what I’ve created over the last couple of months (or years!). CHAOS.

tbc 22 months ago


is the word of the month. Visualization helps. Yoga helps. Music helps. Tears help. 22 months ago

shelagh_cGiving myself another chance

A new month, with birthday upcoming (I love b’days!), I totally feel like it. Take a breath and there I go! Life is beautiful, not worth wasting a second! 22 months ago

shelagh_cReflection time and teasing passions asleep

I just bought my daughter a cd with children’s songs of my childhood. I couldn’t wait to listen to it and when I played it, I was taken to the times when I actually lived my passions to an absolute extent. Living these memories made my day and of course me cry (I am overemotional, I have always been so). Great journey. 2 years ago

shelagh_cI just came across this:

All of our suffering in life is from saying we want one thing and doing another. (Debbie Ford)

And it’s all I can say at the moment… 2 years ago

shelagh_cStronger and stronger

I am getting to realize my life’s been stripped off of the activities I love most. I have a job, I take my employee-self to work and then back home, and again work and home and work and home. At home, I am a mother-self (this role is extremely self-realizing, not less exhausting though ;)), a wife-self, a homemaker-self. And my passion self’s been left far away and ’s been calling me to take her back home.
I was deaf.
What would your life be without music, what would your life be without this fave physical workout, what would your life be without writing, what would your life be without artistry channeled through as it steps up? Better ask: what your life is without…
Knowing I am NOT likely to have any more time during the day and knowing I am unable to give up on my fave activities, I have to compromise. Or advance, perhaps. Take life in my hands and make bestest of use out of it. Do not f.e.a.r. Be B.R.A.V.E. 2 years ago

shelagh_cTheory vs practice

in theory I know well what it needs

in practice I keep repeating the old patterns and thus keep myself distant from what I feel my true calling is

ps. with certain areas of my life ‘mended’, I am much better balanced to what I used to be, though the remaining pieces of the pie need really hard work on them

God help meeeeee!!! :) 2 years ago

shelagh_cThis needs to be really

considered seriously, otherwise I am gonna burn out soon.

I’ve kept repeating the above in my head over and over again.

How long soon can take? 2 years ago

shelagh_cSo excited

about taking my daughter for a mountain trek in the new backpack carrier this weekend! 2 years ago

shelagh_cI am wondering

what extremely successful means…

and if I will ever be so2 years ago

shelagh_cTalent and hard work

is all it takes. Not fueled, talents will fade and let boredom and dejection reign. Kudos to all you people who dare to keep your passions up and never let them die. Thank you for showing where to seek happiness. I thank you, thank you whole-heartedly and I am so happy for you! 2 years ago


I’ve been doing only a little lately. I got involved in a job that tends to be interesting but it’s all about ONE PARTICULAR TOPIC and so not that fulfilling. I like the “topic” but I don’t like the way it’s done. I don’t like sitting in the office for hours. As a result, I’ve stopped doing anything but coming to work (and working). Just home – work – sleep round and round. It makes me feel very limited and unhappy. I need a little time to take a breath. I need to really wake up and start living my true passions. 3 years ago

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