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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I'm doing 17 things

How I did it
How to learn and teach Torin some easy signs to communicate with him before he starts to speak
It took me
5 months
It made me

How to plan and go on a family holiday (in France)
It took me
21 days
It made me

How to buy a Bakfiets
It took me
2 months
It made me
free and mobile

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find/create my own name sign and name signs for my children
The children were easy.

Torin’s name sign is a combination of the handalphabet letter “t” and the sign for dancing. He’s been busting amazing moves and I decided that we will call him “Dancing T”.
Maebh, being the wee baby she is, having not shown any particular ambition in life, remains to this day “Sister M”, so again a combo of the letter with the sign for the word “sister”.

I still haven’t found one for myself.
Any suggestions? It could be anything from an animal (I like turtles) to any sort of characteristic typical for me, so if you feel so inclined, hit me!

Celebrate my 6 years on 43 things
6 years on 43 things

The truth is… I haven’t posted much lately. For various reasons. But not to worry, I will again in the near future. Until then I am taking this moment in my life to literally (one moment…) dance in my kitchen (I really did a little jig just now!) and thusly commemorate my 6th anniversary of signing up on

Create my own baby signing business (read all 4 entries…)
Oh, it's gonna happen, it's gonna!!!

I’ve sent out invitations to a few parents to ask them to book the course, and two parties have signed up. One has actually paid!!!
However, there are still two open slots and I really need to turn the marketing a notch higher.
I’ve also learned the hard way, right at the start, that people who are seemingly interested and enthousiastic about learning how to sign with their babies when they are talking to you, face-to-face, are much less so when they are invited to commit to attend a course and paying a fee for it.
Oh well.
I have bought an A3 presentation folder which I will prop up on a table in the lovely location I have found (my children’s crèche).
The presentation bullet points itself I’ve also finished, still need to find out if print shop can open “Open Office” files. If not, I have to do it on a public pc which has MS Office.

Tomorrow, I can test my speaking chops as I will be hosting the info table at a small conference about raising multilingual children. Stoked!

Furthermore, I have designed my own company logo, OK, it’s not finished, but it looks cool, so far. Or rather cute.

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