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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*Cathy McDowell*LOL

When I am in need of the deep breath I either sing or speak firmly to remind myself. It works and that’s what matters. 7 years ago

*Cathy McDowell*So Far

for things that require a deep breath I’ve been singing a little song to help me through but maybe just knowing I need to take a deep breath will work.
Why? Because it will be okay. 7 years ago


I’ve been very moody lately. Happy as larry (who the hell’s this Larry we keep comparing ourselves to? PK ) one minute and absolutely gnarling my teeth the next. People. Aaaaghhhh. I think I need to take a deeeeeeep breath each time I get annoyed by someone and let the nastiness ebb away. Also, I tend to imagine people as being more….calculating than they actually are. I don’t think people mean to get my back up, or really care either way. However, I have keen defences and a meaner attack and at times, not all the time by a long shot, I get riled easily. Deep breath, exhale, be neutral. 7 years ago

dotcottonExam countdown

First exam is maths on Tuesday. I don’t feel fully prepared yet but will be fine by Tuesday I’m sure. I have a few important things I really need to (or risk losing med school place) but it’s not imperative these things are done.right.this.minute. I can take a deep breath and get them done next week. 7 years ago

Jess. Dream.Another deep breath...

...and everything really is okay. Sometimes things just spiral out of control, small things become blown way out of proportion.

A deep breath makes puts everything back into place. After that breath, you remember what’s really important and things become realistic again.

=) 7 years ago

ThePumpkinKingi guess it happenes

The most memorably “deep breath” moment for me was… well it was more of gasping not so much a calm intake of air…when my friend told me she was cutting her self because of me. I didn’t know I could do this so someone. Hurt them. And if you knew her, and could look into her eyes, you would want to die as I wanted to at that moment. I think I still want to, just a little, but we all do at times. I still haven’t forgiven myself for what I have done to her. The thing is I don’t know what it was that I did. She never told me, and I only have speculations. She’s forgiven me. I don’t know why. “close your eyes. take a breath. make a wish. count to three. 1. 2. 3…” 7 years ago


is a matter of taking things as they come and no sooner than that. <3 8 years ago

Jess. Dream.Talk about...

...good timing. Here I am, freaking out, and I see this on the website. How calming is that? It will be okay. See? Things are getting better already.

=) 8 years ago

dotcottonOde to anxiety

Och. Everything is anxiety provoking. Everything. My employment status (nil), going back to college, the stuff everywhere, my muffin top, people, living back here, OU tutor etc.

Everything feels so messy and fucked up. I don’t know where to start. I’ve been avoiding 43T because it pains me to think about what I want to do, what I can do but am not/will not.

It’s easier to retreat and not do anything. Lame.

So am working on taking a deep breath now. It will be ok. 8 years ago

dotcottonTrying not to panic

Anxiety has its’ place when there is a reason for it i.e an event or difficult circumstances to contend with. I don’t have anything to fuel it, it is pointless ergo I need to let it go somehow. Although, writing that first sentence has given me something to ponder. 8 years ago

chelsi don't know if i can do this

life tends to get very very overwhelming.
money. lack thereof. school. an overabundance. relationships. lack thereof.

this just in:
it’ll eventually turn out okay.
i love this poem by my favorite ee cummings.

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
wich is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened) 9 years ago

Kapitan NiemandBreathe...

in the air
with the coyote
which the viper hisses
a lungful
in the light
the morning mist is clearing 9 years ago

TIt's all good

Sometimes you just gotta breathe life in. Just let it in and deal with it and move on. You got to live so just do the best you can with what get’s thrown at you. 9 years ago

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