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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Improve my marriage

I don’t feel like he’s my one anymore. I want him to be, but he doesn’t feel like it.

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)

~ My beautiful little girl. She is healthy and gorgeous.
~ Getting some things done
~ Not feeling as tired as yesterday
~ A comfortable home
~ Hubby coming home for lunch
~ The cats coming alive again
~ I am lucky

set priorities every day (read all 7 entries…)
Working on this

Finally getting some time to myself with the baby this week. Trying to set some manageable priorities every day. It’s tough with the baby as she needs me so much of the time, and I am exhausted as a result, and everything is in disarray because of the fraught house move, but I think once I get into a rhythm I will rediscover some of my mojo. One step at a time. :)

make 2012 my best year yet (read all 4 entries…)
Update (updated)

1. Become a wonderful mother
Trying hard with this and mothering is now starting to get fun after 4 months! She seems like a happy healthy baby so far, smiles are aplenty and she started giggling yesterday, so I think things are going well.

2. Find peace
Not yet. How does one do this? I don’t want to be searching for inner peace for the rest of my life, but perhaps that is part of the inevitable struggle of life.

3. Ride the waves and stay calm
Certainly riding the waves; not sure about staying calm though. I realized I’m not very good at dealing with change in life, and there have been a lot of monumental changes lately.

4. Get through my clutter
Yes, have made great progress on this front but will keep going as am very close to being decluttered.

5. Become an optimist
This is a worthy goal, but I don’t know how I am going to achieve this. On paper, my life is wonderful and I should be happy and hopeful, but in practice positivity doesn’t come easily to me.

6. Like my body
Have lost all but about 3lbs of my baby weight and like the way it looks (dont seem to have been too ravaged by childbirth and I can live with the changes I see!). Now that things are calming down a bit I intend to hunker down on healthy eating and regular exercise and harden up a bit.

7. Go part-time
Yes, finagled! It’s funny what comes to you when you are clear-minded and let go.

8. Stop commuting horrible distances every day
Move is done and I’ll be working from home most of the time! Goodbye daily commute.

9. Feel rested
Well, the baby is now sleeping through the night so life has got a whole lot better in terms of sleep. I don’t think I will feel truly rested for about another 4 years but want to focus on getting to bed and waking up at a structured time and making the most of sleeping when the baby sleeps.

10. Embrace my pretty side
Since the baby was born it’s a good day if I get to take a shower or comb my hair, let alone keep the vomit/dribble off my clothes. Prettiness has taken a back seat but I realize its important for me and my husband for me to make more of an effort. Will try if I get a spare minute!

11. Play the piano
Not yet, hopefully soon…

12. Study French
Done a little but this would be fun to pursue

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Recent positives

~ Nearly finished packing
~ Our first family picnic with her
~ Enjoying our garden one last time
~ Hubby having fun
~ Knowing that it’s all normal
~ Sweet kisses and smiles
~ The kitties came home

set priorities every day (read all 7 entries…)
Newborns and control don't go together

Having a newborn baby has sent all of my previous priorities out of the window. Plus moving house when she is just 3 weeks old has made things even more manic. She needs so much care and attention that I have to focus on her most of the time and hardly get time to wash or dress each day, let alone get lots of other things accomplished. As an “A type”, I am learning to readjust my priorities. My need for control must go unfulfilled and all the “little” things I worried about before must be put aside. That is difficult, but part of the journey. It is a big change but hopefully a worthy one. We are everything to her, her whole world, and that means everything. She is my priority now.

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)
Recent positives

~ A good day
~ Life is full
~ Life is good
~ Friendship
~ A great network of family and friends

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)
Recent positives

~ Got all the new utilities set up
~ Support from family
~ Our little one
~ Making progress on packing, slow but sure

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)
Recent positives

~ First trip out on my own since the birth
~ Making progress on tasks slowly but surely
~ Soothing her
~ Getting back into shape

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)
Recent positives

~ Our beautiful baby. She is perfect in every way.
~ A natural, wonderful birth and giving her the best possible start
~ All of our preparation and hard work paid off in the most beautiful way
~ She is breastfeeding perfectly
~ Falling in love with her, bit by bit, day by day
~ So many people who care
~ Life changing in an instant

Have a baby (read all 11 entries…)
Our darling has arrived

She is gorgeous. I had a record-short labor. Had the midwife arrived 10-15 minutes later, we would have ended up delivering on our own! All went beautifully and she was born at home in the most natural way possible. Our “day” of labor ended up being a relaxing day with family. I have been on a high for days. She is perfectly formed and adorable. Life has changed in an instant. Our hearts have found a new dimension.

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)
Recent positives

~ Yummy quick dinner
~ Getting through tasks on the list
~ Nice lunch
~ Well wishers
~ The baby is on its way soon!

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Recent positives

~ Time with a friend
~ In good health
~ Cute stuff for the baby
~ The cats playing with each other
~ Very nice lunch with hubby
~ Compliments on how good and healthy I look

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)

but falling into some darker feelings at the moment. Lots of things converging. Life changes. Difficult people. Uncertainty. Not sleeping. Feeling heavily pregnant and tired.

I will fake it until I make it.

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)
Recent positives

~ Babba and Daddy having fun
~ Spy games
~ Nice compliments
~ Got through the review, good feedback
~ A productive day
~ Soft kitties
~ Yummy dinner

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)
Recent positives

~ A very relaxing day! Unexpected and happy, perhaps some of our last special us moments before the baby arrives
~ Time with family
~ Time with hubby
~ Laughs and sweetness
~ Not worrying about other stuff too much

make 2012 my best year yet (read all 4 entries…)
We are moving

Moving out. Moving on. Moving up. Moving along into a new phase of life, becoming parents. It’s very exciting and interesting. I know there will be some changes I don’t like, and some that I absolutely adore. I can’t wait to meet our little baby. I can’t wait to smile and share in simple joys, hopefully more and more often.

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)
Recent positives

~ Cute baby stuff!
~ Making progress
~ Kitties
~ Midnight feasts
~ People who I can rely on and value me
~ Baby getting ready to join us! I love my belly :)

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)
Recent positives

~ My lovely furry friends
~ Giving thanks to family and friends
~ Savings in the bank
~ Extra room to breathe after an extension on a project
~ Moving things along, making progress
~ A great review at work

be more positive (read all 23 entries…)
Decided to re-add this goal

to help me focus on being positive!

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