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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lose weight
Long overdue

Five years ago, I had a wonderful baby girl. Five years later I still look the same as I did the week before I went into the hospital.
The baby weight wasn’t too bad. Twenty. That’s all, it would have been easy to lose and I should have gotten on it as soon as possible, but there was the surgery to recover from ( c-section) and the newborn. Then came the additions from the depo-shot.
If that weren’t enough, due to other medication, more packed on. Add to that the irresponsibility of eating what’s convenient instead of what was healthy. Bad idea!

Here I sit later, feeling downright foul about my appearance and making some kind of resolution to make an effort to get things back on track. There are cute clothes out there I want to wear. Shorter haircuts that I want to have! Of course the ever-elusive swimsuit season that will someday be mine.

Fat, I’m tired of you hanging around making me look bad all the time. You need to take your self and go to someone who needs you. Me? I know I’ll be better off without you.

overcome anxiety

Over the past few years, my anxiety has slowly been shoving it’s way into everything: My diet, my social interactions. Really everything. Last April I hit a low point of sorts. I would wake up in a panic. Going to sleep was really tough. Not sure why, but the dark just seemed to make it worse. Soon I was literally dreading sun down like I was in some horrible monster movie. This is part of where the anxiety pops in. I spent most of the day worrying about being afraid. It really was ridiculous. Cutting out sugar helped with the panic attacks to a degree, but even still I get anxious about being anxious.
I worry about such stupid things, and I KNOW how dumb it is, but I can’t help it. The biggest thing is food. I literally have stopped eating so many things because I’m worried I’m going to get sick. Then if I do get sick, I worry that the pills are going to make me feel gross or some weird side effect is going to eat my soul. Even aspirin and vitamins are a no go. I guess in a way it all comes down to feeling off. I’ve felt so mediocre for so long, that even the thought of feeling better then normal scares me.

stop yelling at my kids so much

I love my daughter like crazy (4), but sometimes I get so frustrated, like many moms and dads. After about the 10th time asking her politely to please stay out of the bathroom, or please stop terrorizing the dog, I just get so frustrated. I definitely need to find a better way to get through to her little mind then yelling.

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