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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la_letterataWE DID IT!

Well, it took four year, two months and one day, but on May 28th we completed on our adoption of four siblings—ages 8, 7, 7, and 5.

We always wanted to adopt (from the outset) but we proceeded through the foster care system, which meant that it was possible that the children would not be legally free for adoption. They were not, so we started out as foster parents—and stayed foster parents to our kids for 4 years (officially!!) until they were made ours last month.

This was a long process, but most DCF adoptions are not this convoluted. However, none of them are “simple” and straightforward, as all children come from another family and that means they will have future questions about that family, about an idea of loss and grief, and perhaps even a feeling of rejection.

Regardless of these downsides, our children are SO happy and loved! They were in danger in their previous lives, and we are proud to have provided them not only safety, but a future filled with possibility! 18 months ago

la_letterata 6 years ago

la_letterataIn the Process

We are still living with our four little ones… they are not adopted yet but we are working on it! It’s been three years! I told my husband that I posted this “to do” item here before we even filled out the forms. I believe INTENTION is a strong part of will. Here is the intention, and I received sweet little reminders in my inbox every couple of weeks.

Now I have those sweet little reminders everyday!

Peace to you all. 2 years ago

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