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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.

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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.

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maltiti in Montreal is doing 22 things including…

Tell my dad how I really feel

24 cheers

 

maltiti has written 3 entries about this goal

Dad's B-day was last week...

...and while I got to speak to his wife, I didn’t hear from him until yesterday.

We don’t speak much. In fact, I think this was the first call since my last entry but I love that dude. This’ll be hard but it’ll be done.



Came a tad close yesterday...

...but I don’t think marring my “Mother’s Day” call with this heavy issue would have been appropriate. Doing it over the phone isn’t appropriate at all, really.

He’s got “Baby # Who Really Knows” coming next month and I don’t want to confund the man but I do need to broach the topic sometime this summer. I think I’m ready to do this now.



Wow...I'm not the only one with "daddy" issues?

That in itself is a relief and takes weight off my shoulders.

I think my dad is pretty great… as a father to me. He was a sucky husband to my mother and admits as much himself.

Why? Well, I have several half-siblings (most born during his marriage to my mom) and he was in their lives very rarely after conception. I have a lot of guilt about this and I shouldn’t because it’s his burden – one that I wish he’d handle – and not mine.

Other than that, he’s a fun, handsome man and I actually compare my mates to him. My partner, for example, has the same level-headed approach to conflict resolution my father has. You’d never hear either of them yell. It balances out my temper tantrums nicely :-)

I do have to talk to my father about my (errr, I mean his) issues with my siblings. I’m hoping that as he approaches his 50th birthday next year that he’ll want to atone. My brothers and sisters are really hurting inside from his lack of presence in their lives.

And, after doing the “single mother” thing for the past three months (my partner’s overseas), I don’t envy the huge task that single parents have to undertake. Especially if there’s no financial support. I can’t even imagine that!



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