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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AlmogI did not let the fact that I woke at 6 instead of 4:45 to stop me

from attempting at 16 km at 2 hours today.
This was my 2nd attemp. The first was not successful. I had started too slowly, tried to compensate, dropped off my plan completely, and barely managed to finish the 2 hours at all, with a little over 15 km. Worse of all – it took me most of the day to recover, which is a first. I’m used to feeling very energetic after my runs.
So today I started with a little more spring in my footsteps… I did fine the first half, then lost some momentum. I finished with almost 16 km, with no unexpected difficulty, and felt excellent aftwerward. So a big improvement! 2 years ago

AlmogQuickly! I need my achievents listed, now!

I’ve lost all that weight! I look great!
I run over 30 km a week!
My house is a mess, but not a total mess!
My kids are great!
My daughter is healed, following the money, time, effort and willingness to change that I invested!
I’m raising two kids on my own, plus a full-time job, that’s an achievement!
WhatelsewhatelseIneedmoreIneedmore 2 years ago

AlmogMy phone-phobia

My cellular phone had been broken some time ago. I went to the service center to have it fixed. I waited two hours to give it, and another day two hours again to pick it up.
Not two months go by, and I get it wet and the display goes asdljkfal. Ho no, I can’t go to the service center again, life is too short!
I found I could, for a fee, get a delivery person to pick it up and bring it back. It’s not a big fee, but it annoys me to pay extra becasue their regular service sucks.
Annoyance aside, I will not change them, I will just waste time if I don’t give in. The old me would have managed without the display (it only means I can’t change the alarm clock, see who I’m calling or who’s calling me, pull out numbers, read messages… overrated, I say!) for some two-three months, then feel guilty for not having done that two months ago and so wait two more months… The new me has phoned the next day, had the phone picked up that same day, got a replacement, and would get her own pohne back in a few days. Wow!
The phone is the heasviest thing in the world for me to pick up. I have phone-phobia. That is why nothing ever gets fixed in my house, what’s broken stays broken. But I’m changing. I phoned a repair man to repair some small damages that I did to the flat as I am leaving! Yes! Leaving old, ugly, leaking-piping flat and moving to a slightly better one, yes I am! And I phoned a repair man. I’m so brave. 3 years ago

AlmogOh yes? Then how about...

mini-cabling backwards? 3 years ago

AlmogTo those priding themselves on their ability to knit backwards, I say:

“Ah, but can you purl backwards? hmm?” 3 years ago


Yesterday I picked up my kids from summer camp, and one of the camp staff asked for a lift. When he went into the car, he commented on how clean it was! Now, my car is not clean in any sense of the word, it has bird droppings on the outside and sand on the inside; but what it is, is empty. No junk or clutter!
The last time I had it washed was nearly three weeks ago. Three weeks is not a lot of time for me to go between washings, but every time I have it washed I feel so proud of myself, and enjoying my clean car, that I promise myself that I will start washing it regularly! I usually don’t hold that promise.
This time, I decided to wash the car when the camp is over (that’s tomorrow…) because the camp location is full of sand. But in the meant time, to keep me committed to my promise and prevent me from making excuses, I took pains to keep the car clutter-free. And now a stranger, who doesn’t know what my car normally looks like, has commented on how “clean” it was! It makes me feel so proud.
Note to self: empty looks cleaner. Remember that for the flat, too. 3 years ago

AlmogHealing, weight control

Progress on healing from my injury is due to my efforts and persistence, and so I list it down as an achievement. I’m starting to maintain a steady weight in my desired weight range, and that’s good, too.
I’m tired. And stressed, mainly over money. And not quite healthy maybe. And… lonely, and I want… I want… when I try to think what it is that I want, I don’t know. An easier life somehow, but I don’t know how.
I know how. But.
3 years ago

AlmogI've had a few more.

OK, let’s see: I’ve lost a few more grams, and I’ve baked some more sourdough bread. I refilled the car window cleanser tank with soapy water, but I didn’t buy those soapy water especially made for car window cleaning, I just made my own with dish soap. Until I find out that it’s supposed to ruin something in there, I’m pleased with myself. 3 years ago

AlmogIn the hope that it would make me feel better.

I’ve finished taking all those food supplements that were perscribed to me, yay.
I’ve reached my target weigth, which is something many people find hard.
Nobody has been stuck without toilet paper in my house for an eternity and a day. That’s a big thing for a disorganised person.
I’ve germinated legume and grown sourdough starter.
I’ve ran a 10 km race on target time.
I’m a good person. Really, I’m ok. I’m growing good children, which is not something I entirly take credit for, but I haven’t screwed up entirely. 3 years ago

Almog 3 years ago

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