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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Luminea Neufeld

is reinventing herself! :D

I'm doing 14 things
Recent entries
make seasonal crafts for my home (read all 3 entries…)

I can check this off my list now, even though I will never be done, as I will continue to make seasonal crafts. I feel a real sense of accomplishment though, as I finally finished a set of 4 seasonal cross stitch pictures that I had been working on for over 5 years!

become a parent (read all 5 entries…)
The Rug

Here’s the last photo I took of my progress on the needlepoint cat rug. I look forward to working on it again when I can afford to have my belongings shipped to me.

become a parent (read all 5 entries…)
A baby hope chest

I first had the idea a couple of years ago to start making things for my future baby. Not only is this because I like doing crafts, but more importantly because I felt it would help set the energy in motion for becoming a mother. I have been working on and off on the needlepoint cat rug (see previous entries fr this goal) but when I moved to the US recently I left most of my belongings behind in storage. I wasn’t able to bring this project as it was on a large loom, and I have been missing working on it.

I recently started working on a Mother Earth cross stitch picture, which I have listed as a separate goal, but this too is intended for my future child’s bedroom.

I really do want to make this goal of becoming a mother a priority and I feel it’s important to do a number of things. One is to act as if I am already pregnant, meaning treating my body like a temple, taking prenatal vitamins, eating well and getting plenty of rest. And also to work on this goal on a metaphysical level, visualizing, affirming, praying, and focusing on attaining my heart’s desire.

Creating a baby hope chest is part of the latter. I am going to shop around and save up for a real cedar-lined hope chest so I can start stocking it up….in the meantime as I make things I will find somewhere to stash them, perhaps in one of my suitcases.

Although my nice embroidery sewing machine is in storage right now, I did buy an inexpensive little machine that can sew basic things (no denim or heavy fabrics). I picked up a few patterns that were on sale and all of them are for baby items. I’m super excited to start sewing some things. And of course I’ll be knitting items as well as I love to knit. I also have several more cross stitch pictures planned for baby’s room.

I decided to create a blog yesterday, something I have never done before, to document my progress in filling the hope chest and eventually my journey through pregnancy (or adoption or whatever is meant to be).

I am excited to be focusing on this goal again. For a while I had almost given up on becoming a parent altogether. I was sick for so long I never thought I’d be healthy enough to get pregnant. I started looking into adoption and was discouraged by how many hoops you have to jump through just to prove you are a good person and deserving of being a parent. The process also drove a wedge between my common-law-husband and I at the time, as I couldn’t see how he could truly be willing to commit to raising a child together but absolutely refuse to marry me or even discuss it.

Now I have a new life, a new relationship, and new hope for my future. I am truly reinventing myself and becoming the person I want to be! And that includes finally becoming a mother.

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