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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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sarahinparisExpectations

Expectations of motherhood are a hard element – what you expect of yourself, what you think others think is a good mom. I’ve found it really important to cut back my expectations and just go with the flow. I also have been helped in the “being fully present” task by trying to have one 15 minute session a day with my toddler deciding what we will do – I am simply his playmate then, not directing anything. Of course at other times, most of the time, I’m directing, teaching, leading, mothering, feeding, caring for him, etc, but this gives us some peer time, some play time that feels nice. As he gets older it will be longer stretches, and not every day. (Who am I kidding, it’s not every day now!).

For my baby daughter, it’s different. She’s so happy to watch her brother, the activity of the family, and is a pretty easygoing baby (during the day – she demands much more attention at night!). I’ve made a goal of reading books specifically to her daily. I realized she was along for the ride on the toddler’s books, but I think his advanced language skills are in part due to the fact that we always read to him a lot, and she’s definitely getting less of that. So my focus with her is the reading, which means one on one cuddle time, and starting to understand which books interest her the most. With one child it was easy to see this, with two its more challenging. 5 months ago


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Trashcan FashionistaA good day yesterday!

Annette and I went to story time at the library, got some unpacking done, took a long walk with the dog and played. I considered it a good day and it must’ve tired her out because she slept an extra hour today! 18 months ago


Trashcan FashionistaMommy/baby massage

We had a great time at our massage. Annette was so relaxed and good. I started reading more books to her too. We started a routine in the morning. We both like it. Today was her two month check-up and everything went well! She got a few shots and she slept most of the day. We took a nice long walk tonight with the dog too. 2 years ago


Trashcan FashionistaMommy/baby yoga

We’ve started going to yoga together and on Monday we have a massage scheduled! I can’t wait.
The yoga really makes me feel better and helps with my flexibility. She likes it a lot too and she gets extra tummy time in.
We’re getting a locals discount on yoga and the massage is half off because we helped them shoot some promotional photos. We’re going to be on their website :) 2 years ago


sarahinparisMama baby yoga

I have a vision of being an active, fun mom. Of crawling around with my kids, sitting on the floor comfortably.

Current reality is not so fun, my body aches when I sit on the floor too long, and my flexibility in general sucks. I’d love to be able to go to mama baby yoga classes with my on but right now I feel too out of shape to start.

So I started by setting a goal to do some short DVD sessions at home with my son at my feet. This is week two, and it’s fun. I have a long way to go to have the stregnth to do a lot of the poses, and my heels are frighteningly high for downward dog, but it’s nice to be moving towards a goal. 2 years ago


sarahinparisMilestone : First Haircut

My son had his first haircut today – he’s 8 1/2 months old.

We went to my hairdresser, just down the street (he’s the papa to a baby just a few months older).

My son did great, enjoyed the experience, was pretty cooperative for a baby, and (sniff sniff) looks more like a little boy than a baby now. (Of course, before he was looking like a scruffy little boy who might be a little girl in fact with that long hair).

Really, truly, they grow up so fast! 2 years ago


sarahinparisMilestone : First Haircut

My son had his first haircut today – he’s 8 1/2 months old.

We went to my hairdresser, just down the street (he’s the papa to a baby just a few months older).

My son did great, enjoyed the experience, was pretty cooperative for a baby, and (sniff sniff) looks more like a little boy than a baby now. (Of course, before he was looking like a scruffy little boy who might be a little girl in fact with that long hair).

Really, truly, they grow up so fast! 2 years ago


sarahinparisReally ENJOY Motherhood

I’m glad I found a phrasing for this that is better than “be a good mom”. Of course I do want to be a good mom, but I really want to enjoy the process.

I am so lucky to be able to stay home with our baby (born May 2011) and we had a very hard path to have him, and I am very grateful for getting to experience my dreams of motherhood.

I want to do my best to appreciate this phase of life, and my son. 2 years ago


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