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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just meI'm grateful for a positive self-image.

One of my earliest memories is sitting on my mother’s bed while she changed clothes in front of a mirror and moaned about being so fat. (She was not even remotely overweight.) I saw her as the most beautiful woman in the world and it puzzled me that she saw something different.

I am so tired of seeing talented, beautiful, intelligent women abuse themselves because they don’t fit society’s mold of the perfect female figure!

I love my body! True, I’m a little overweight at the moment. I carried a child for 9 months and have spent every second of the last 7 caring for that child. I don’t have a lot of time for exercise. And as far as food goes, I’m more concerned with affordable and family friendly than low-fat. Besides, I love that my hips are wide and soft. It’s like they were designed just for Joshua to have a place to sit while mommy’s busy.

I’ve been thinner in the past and I felt beautiful. But I’ve been heavier too and I felt just as beautiful then! There are times when I get frustrated with my weight and none of my clothes are fitting well. I don’t even want to leave the house! But I always remember my mother, and then I think of how my daughter looks at me, and I can see myself clearly again. 8 years ago

just meWhat a day!

My self-esteem had such a boost today, I’m feeling 100 feet tall! It was the first day of school for my daughter and I came in early to meet her teacher and discuss the diabetes treatment plan. She was frantic because her translator had not shown up so I helped check in the Spanish students and show them to their seats. I was feeling quite proud of myself.
Then the school secretary showed up to check in her daughter and she had her new baby with her. He’s only 6 lbs. and the cutest thing ever! My daughter’s teacher introduced us (she didn’t know we’d already met) by saying “This is Rachel’s mom, she’s such a neat parent!” I think I blushed.
As if that weren’t enough, the secretary said she wanted to talk to me and asked if I would consider babysitting her newborn. Of all the parent’s in the school to trust with her child, she thought of me! I was so flattered I didn’t even know what to say.
And to top off my wonderful day, I just received the most beautiful comment from TaiChiTer on 43people. I’m speechless. It’s so encouraging to know that someone feels that way about me. I will definitely reread this next time I’m struggling and feeling down on myself. Thanks!
I hereby declare myself to be Supermom for the rest of the week! 8 years ago

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