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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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Hernan LopezI want to be the father mine never was

I have two kids, i don’t live with her mother, and i see them every two weeks, and it sucks, it’s very hard for a father not to be with their sons, playing everyday after school, be there when they have problems, teach them some things about life, support them. That really sucks, I never have my father and all i want everyday of my life is be there to my kids, and become a great father. 9 months ago

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Method_madness 10 months ago

johnestMuch calmer today

He even feel asleep in the Bjorn while listening to Led Zep Ten Years Gone10 months ago

johnest 22 months ago

johnestZeke was very mad today

These days I take care of Zeke from 9am to 730pm completely by myself. I’ve done this since January 2nd when my wife went back to work. I am supposed to be getting a job too (as a teacher) but it’s difficult even to section time to print, fill-out and turn-in the proper forms. I’m doing it though. I’m taking care of him, and it’s fun most of the time but these unrelentingly cold days stuck inside the house are taking their toll on both (all 3) of us. My little guy loves to go outside but it’s irresponsible to have him out for more than a few minutes when the weather is so cold and wet, and very dangerous to take him anywhere in the car. On the bright side, the house is intensely clean. I have reveled in the tiny victories I’ve made around here but my guy and I have an acute case of cabin fever; it’s way better than being actually sick though. G took off from work an hour early and now they’re in the bedroom calmly cooing at one another; my boobs don’t work near as good. Here’s a picture of a rare happy time today. 10 months ago

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RkTkFxThis is a need, not a want

I am disconnected from my kids. They are loving and sweet, but I am always trying to find “me” time, to the point that I push them away. I’m foolish for that, and I’m going to work on being better. How? I’m not sure just yet, but I’m looking for an answer, and I’m sure I’ll find it. 12 months ago

RkTkFx 12 months ago

johnestTime out

I only have two class days left until I’m out forever. At which time I want to redouble my efforts at mastering this goal. My last possible day for all projects to be turned in is Dec. 6th and then I’m free! I should be working on said projects now and the entirity of Thanksgiving break but I wanted to jot down the few ideas I have in this category before they leave and I forget them:
  • wake up by at least 6-7a.m. when my son does and take him from my wife so she can sleep in for the rest of her FMLA leave Dec.31st
  • institute a regimen of daily exercise and meditation for my wife and me wherein we trade watching Z while we do these
  • stop watching TV as a habit and take that time for the aforementioned practices as well as all types of other fun family things in the winter evening hours
  • start working doubly hard on the house, inside and out, to get it to an acceptable level of comfort
  • finish school strong so that it’s all over and done and can’t hurt me any more
  • look for any/all work so that I can make enough money not to feel guilty and offset the cost of the HI trip that I am being coerced into
  • study cars and car buying like it is a class and just know what to say and do when we start car shopping in Feb.
  • don’t take naps when possible and try to go to bed early w/ Z
  • learn to take care of Z to the utmost13 months ago

rickstevenSon is amazing

I can’t take much credit, but my son is an amazing success- he has his Masters, PhD, a career and a perfect wife.

Now I’m working to improve my own situation so he is proud of where I’m at and our relationship—14 months ago

nearchos 14 months ago

johnestThoughts and actions

I have been trying to wake up and change Zeke’s diaper as often as my wife does, even if she is changing it I still try to get up and assist.
Also, when he is not actively feeding I try to hold him so that she is able to get up and move around a little. These only cover his and her immediate concerns however. Being a good father in the future will have to depend on striking a balance between supporting him financially and spending time with him so that I don’t turn around, and all of the sudden, he is all growed up. These concerns will be paramount as I begin my foray into the working world. 14 months ago

icetruckman24cometh 14 months ago

bernard_leverette 15 months ago

johnest1 week w/ Zeke

Have become a diaper and swaddling master and I’m getting pretty good at calming his crying (I basically play a game where we act like he is bouncing off of everything). I hold him as often as I can to give my wife a break between feedings and I have also become a master burper. 15 months ago

johnestSo far, so good

I’ve learned to swaddle and diaper and my skills are slowly improving but I still haven’t reached master status;). G seems very pleased though, so that’s good. Ezekiel’s plaintive cries are so sweet and remedying his various grievances is my main concern right now. I must admit that I love him already! Plenty of pics to come. 15 months ago

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