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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luca1978I wanna be always happy on holidays

I just came back from to Arta Terme in Italy about 10 days ago… now will go again to holidays at seaside… will start next week .. buth there was not so a nice place… hope to enjoy better seaside at Marina di Massa8 years ago

Julia SandovalWinter Solstice

Last night I took my little family to a Winter SolstiCelebration. It was an awesome experience! We had fun, spiritually connected, experienced something different from our usual, and were inspired! It was nice to realize at the end of the evening that I had completely forgotten about Christmas and all the business of it for a while. 9 years ago

Julia SandovalI've never enjoyed the holidays...

as far back as I can remember. There has always been an emptiness about them for me, so I didn’t even want to celebrate at all. When I got married my husband and I would argue about it. Then once we had kids, I knew it was time to face my holiday resistance head on. My kids deserve to celebrate and enjoy the holidays. After a couple of years of really struggling and trying to find some way to make it meaningful, it is finally starting to happen. This year we created our own special family day for putting up Christmas decorations, and I am working on a special plan for Christmas Eve.

I wish we could drop the whole commercial aspect of spending money to buy useless gifts that no one wants anyway, but everyone likes that part so much. At least I can create some truly meaningful traditions that celebrate the real meaning of Christmas, and hopefully minimize the tacky, superficial, market-driven, commercial holiday. And by the way, though we acknowledge him, we do NOT celebrate Santa. In my opinion, that whole concept of Christmas teaches kids to focus on what they want, or expect, and sets in motion a horrible lesson that does not allow for the true joy of giving and receiving gifts from the heart. How can you expect kids to learn true grattitude when they are creating a gift registry that they expect to be filled? I get really ticked off when people ask my young children what they want Santa to bring them. That’s such a wretched concept.

Okay, I’m done. 9 years ago

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