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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breastfeed for at least one year (read all 8 entries…)
eight months in love

It’s no secret that I love breast feeding, and it should go without saying that I’m in love with my daughter.

She continues to love solid foods, but I think we both enjoy the comfort of cuddling in bed nursing.

Not much else to add; things are great.

Bid a fond farewell to this site in the old style
I got a message today from a fellow 43things'er..

And it makes me want to cry.

Other messages and posts here have made me cry over the years, but this one is different.

I love this site, and though I may be busy in my day to day life, I think about it often and love having it to archive certain facets of my life.

I also love the community that has formed here. So many of you have helped me in ways that are really big, even life changing.

I guess I’ll see you all on the other side.

And so it begins..

get a passport for our daughter (read all 5 entries…)
ready to fly

Earlier this week, F’s passport came in the mail.

She wants only to eat it, but I’m excited to have her receive her first two stamps in the very near future.

keep track of all the books I read in 2014 (read all 4 entries…)
Allegiant (Veronica Roth)

I have heard from so many people who could not finish this book, or who otherwise greatly disliked it.

Not the best book I have ever read, but I enjoyed this book, and I enjoyed this series. I liked the ending, and found I could relate to it much more than I was expecting to.

breastfeed for at least one year (read all 8 entries…)
seven months and I'm holding my breath

I’ve had moments where I’ve thought that this is the beginning of the end, and in a few ways, it is. I may be determined to meet this goal, but if both my child and my body do not cooperate, I don’t think this is possible.

F LOVES solid foods. I hope she always remains so open to trying new foods.

I also severely underestimated the emotional component to breastfeeding. Now that she is a little older and bigger, I feel like I’ve got people asking me every week when I’m going to wean her. And truth be told, I DON’T WANT TO wean her because I love the quiet time we share snuggled together on our bed. The nutritional and health/immunity benefits are great too.

get my ass back in shape! (read all 19 entries…)
I'm one pound away.

On Sunday, F turned 7 months. I weighed in at 136 pounds which means not only have I lost 50 pounds since the day she was born, but also that I only have one more pound to go.

And now that the weather is getting nicer, I’m out and about walking more. I’m feeling pretty good.

develop our land
We met with the tax assessor's office.

We met yesterday and talked about our plans to raise laying hens, dairy goats, vegetables, and fruit trees/bushes.

They were more easygoing than I thought they would be; we just need to be able to show proof that, starting this summer, we are working at making our land into a small scale farm (and thus earning our agricultural tax rates).

become acquainted with 12 new foods (read all 3 entries…)
baby bok choy

I saw some of this at the market the other day and recalling how it was on a weekly grocery list for a family I used to nanny for, I decided to buy some and take it out for a spin.

I cleaned it, cut it into more manageable pieces, and sauteed it with garlic, ginger, salt, and a little sesame oil. I then combined that with (sauteed) mushrooms, carrots, onion, water chestnuts, and tofu served with a little udon in broth.

I found it to be underwhelming, and I have to wonder what the big deal is. I do admit though that I did no research or reading up on using this ingredient.

get a passport for our daughter (read all 5 entries…)
we submitted her application today

In 4-6 weeks, we’ll have F’s passport in hand, and this goal will be complete.

buy some land (read all 3 entries…)
done and done

As of about noon today, The Husband and I are now proud owners of a decent-sized piece of dirt that is just waiting for us to turn it into something that will nourish our lives.

update my blog more regularly (read all 3 entries…)
I've written two posts since January..

So, I’ve got one per month for 2014.. not great, but given the numerous other things we’ve got going on, I’m happy with it.

talk to my grandma more often (read all 4 entries…)
My Gma turned 80 this week.

And last Friday, The Husband, Baby F, my brother, his wife, and I flew out to surprise her. In AZ, we were joined by all five of my cousins and two of my aunts. It was a great weekend, and Gma and I got some good talks in.

buy some land (read all 3 entries…)
We close on Tuesday.

We’ve got our tall stack of cash, and we will be exchanging it for about 14 acres next Tuesday morning.

We’re all really excited about this.. even our 6 month old daughter and our two cats. I’m even more excited to move into the next phase of this goal.

get a passport for our daughter (read all 5 entries…)
birth certificate and application form obtained

On our walk yesterday, we swung by the post office to get an application and then headed to the Daley Center to get F’s birth certificate.

All that is left to do is fill out the application, walk over to the post office with F and The Husband, and submit our app and fees. Hopefully, this will be happening on Tuesday after we take care of some other important business.

breastfeed for at least one year (read all 8 entries…)
six months and nearly 15lbs

F is happy and healthy and up until last weekend, exclusively breastfed.

Her first taste of solid foods was a mashed up bit of carrot that her uncle fed to her, and since then, she has devoured about half an avocado and tried a bite of banana.

After overcoming a few small hurdles, breast feeding is a piece of cake now. I can’t believe six months have passed since she was born, and that she & I are halfway to reaching this goal!

get a passport for our daughter (read all 5 entries…)
passport photos

Yesterday, we booked our flights for our trip to Cartagena.

That added some fuel to my desire to complete this goal, and so today, I took F to get her passport photos taken.

We’re one step closer to her having her passport and me having this goal complete.

donate hair to Locks of Love (read all 13 entries…)
After several years, I'm done with this goal.

And I ended up sending my hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program instead of Locks of Love.

At any rate though, my hair is growing longer and my bag full of pony tails has been sent off in the mail.

donate hair to Locks of Love (read all 13 entries…)
Making peace with this goal..

Last June, I had about 12” of my beautiful hair cut off.

And I HATED it!

More than half a year later, I’m finally making peace with that action and this goal.

It’s just hair, it’ll grow back, and it’s for a good cause, but maybe cutting my long, beautiful locks off while feeling very fat, very hormonal, and very pregnant was not a good idea.

As silly or superficial as it may sound, it really shook my sense of self and made me feel very unattractive. The fact that I had a horrible haircut didn’t help either. The stylist seemed to misunderstand what I wanted, and after she cut and styled my hair, I was too upset to try to get her to fix it.

Just this last week, my hair has grown to the point where I can put it up in a (very short) ponytail. And after a few trims, the horrible cut has somewhat righted itself. That and losing most of my baby weight plus having more stable hormones has brought me back to no longer feeling unattractive, but for a while, it was really bad.. like so bad that when my daughter was born, I wanted no pictures with her, and I really regret that now.

I wish I had considered the effect that being pregnant may have while cutting my hair off for donation. I may or may not grow and donate again, but I will not do so while pregnant.

I’m now okay talking about it without bursting into tears, and I just took my hair out of the salon bag and put it in a food storage bag in preparation of sending it out tomorrow.

buy some land (read all 3 entries…)
I've had this goal in my head.

The Husband and I have been talking about and passively searching for a piece of dirt for the last few years, and when we moved back to the US in 2012, we began actively searching for the right parcel for our tiny farm.

Over the years, we’ve made a couple offers on places.

Yesterday, we found out that our offer on our most recent bid was accepted.

The Husband is on his way right now to deliver our earnest money, and we close at the end of March.

find my passion
The more I think about this goal..

I added this goal quite some time ago, and the more I think about it, the more obvious the answer is.

While I love so many things in life, the ones that I keep coming back to are teaching, travel, and more and more so lately, cooking/food. I have come to define myself by these things, and if I don’t have enough of them in my life, I miss them immensely.

I quit my main teaching job last month to stay home with my daughter, and I’m not looking into local volunteer ESL opportunities because it’s not about the money, it’s my passion.

At any rate, I’ve known this for a while now, and I no longer feel the need to have this listed as a goal.

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