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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coralspirit 9 months ago

sweetnamNeed to change my mindset

After the trial in April I haven’t done anything to move on. It’s where I started losing myself. This goal in particular is so hard because first of all, I don’t even know how to begin healing. And everyone is different, so everyone has a different way of getting over it. It also doesn’t help that I can run into my abuser at any time since we don’t live that far apart. I don’t have a job, and I avoid applying to certain places in fear that he’d go there or his relatives and friends. I’ve already bumped into one. Before I enter a mall,a store, movie theatre, restaurant, even a bus or train I always check and scan to see if they’re there. I find it so unfair that I did nothing wrong but stand up for myself, yet I live like this. I don’t know how to stop fearing these people, so that way it doesn’t affect my life. I want to be able to be somewhere, and if they are there staring me down or laughing at me it wouldn’t phase me. 18 months ago

sweetnam 21 months ago

kittymamba 4 years ago


Someone keeps trying to change me. I know she means it in a good way, but the more she tries to change me, the more annoyed and scared I get. I’m the type who doesn’t talk much, especially to sociable people like her, and she thinks this isn’t good for my future. She’s just a friend, but she seems to be deciding my life for me.

I see her often, and every time we meet she’ll want to try to change me to become more sociable. She keeps trying to ask me personal questions to try to get me to answer and tell me more about my life. But I don’t really like to share such things with others unless with close friends, but with her forcing me, she’s becoming less of a close friend. Now I dread to see her every time. I don’t even want to talk to her. I can talk to other people fine and be natural towards them, but every time I see her face, I just freeze up and no words come out. The more she wants me to talk, the more I can’t talk to her.

Now I don’t even think I can be myself in front of her anymore. Somehow I don’t even know which is my real self, the one who talks to others naturally, or the one who freezes up and stops talking at all. Or maybe both are part of me.

I’m so confused right now, and I don’t even know what I should do. If I continue to being terrified of her every time, I might lose her as a friend, and I don’t want that.

I really just wish she would stop forcing me to change. I know I need to change, but the more people try to force me, the more distance I’d feel towards them. I’d become cold to them, and I don’t even know how to feel natural towards them.

I hope I can stop being afraid of her, because right now she’s the only person I can’t be natural towards. I can’t even smile at her even if I tried. It’s so easy to smile at other friends, but so hard at her. I hope I can change my thoughts about her, but I don’t know how to change them. 3 years ago

Pilleni 3 years ago

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