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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DayDreamer37Got another compliment today!!!

”...Your hair is Black and BEAUTIFUL looks PRETTY thick too me!! And you have Edges…”

and then she said: ” if I could get my hair like yours!!! GIRL I will be happy I love your hair!!”

Ohhh,I am so, so humbled. So humbled and grateful…

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.”
- Anne Frank 5 months ago

DayDreamer37I recieved a HUGE compliment today...

A lady who I truly admire complimented me on my twists. She said: ” So luscious and juicy! Love them!!!!!”

This made my day!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a lady who knows her stuff and she said that my hair was healthy. Then she said: “You have the thick twists that most of us want.”

And yesterday a friend of mine and her daughter said they liked my hair.

I feel like I graduated or something. Like I’ve reached a new level with my hair care. Like all of my hard work is paying off and being recognized.

I am so grateful and thankful. So much so that I’m ready to continue the hard work that will lead to more healthy hair growth. So many times I took compliments for granted I didn’t realize that genuine, unsolicited compliments don’t come every day and should be remembered and treasured.

“If we don’t change the direction we’re going, we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.”
- Chinese proverb 5 months ago

DayDreamer37Lately just about every time I go out...

I see someone that I knew a long time ago. I’m coming out of my shell…out of my seclusion… 19 months ago

DayDreamer37The "unexpected" just doesn't happen to me anymore...

Not much comes completely out of the blue anymore. Things happen to me now because I took some action—did some research, made an inquiry, wrote a letter etc.

However the magic and wonder are still in my life and are here to stay. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37 3 years ago

DayDreamer37I wrote a favorable review on amazon...

and the author of the book emailed me and said she’d send me a free book! This counts as magical and unexpected… 2 years ago

DayDreamer37I was going to remove this...

I was either going to “give up” as things don’t happen to me completely unexpectedly at mid-life, rather they happen because I put something into motion.

Since August 2011 was like a dream and from Nov 6 thur Dec 6 were magical—so many good things happened BLD and the free weekly MC, MH, C21, WF1, the end of C etc I’d describe it as almost magical and by far the best month I’ve had in years. Actually there were probably others but I was not conscious of the good things that were raining down on me.

But I am now.

I’ll keep this on the list to continue chronicling the magic… 3 years ago

gengu 3 years ago

DayDreamer37A family member gave us a gift this week...

This counts as a magical, unexpected and wonderful thing!!! 3 years ago

DayDreamer37Putting this on hold...

I’m going to put this on hold in the “I give up” folder. My life is very structured and planned and I do not like it when the unexpected happens. When I get a call back from a resume or a contract in the mail, While its FANTASTIC, it’s not MAGICAL as I did something (submit a story or a resume) for this to happen. Magic happens without any effort on my part.

Magic happens when I get a phone call out of the blue saying I won a three part trip or a phone call out of the blue saying I won a scholarship. This hasn’t happened to me in years. I think it’s because I’m more in tuned with what I want so I go after it instead of waiting for something to just fall into my lap. 3 years ago

DayDreamer37I wonder what adventures await me?

Latelly, the goals that I’m crossing off my list are those that require a change of mind or courage—ie motivate myself, talk to myself as a friend instead of a critic, commit to a career etc. Only one or two that I completed recently required actionable steps ie read two books on assertiveness and use the information and keep a problem solution journal.

My new challenge requires a little bit of money. I actually have to BUY a book (which I hardly ever do unless it’s some sort of test prep guide) and have it signed. I think after that I’ll ride in a carriage which shouldn’t be too difficult since I live in NYC and Central park is right there.

I have several goals that I’m starting to see now are linked: Be part of a studio audience, be part of a documentary, take the community producer class etc. I think I’ll do those things in 2012. Or at least start putting them in motion.

I wonder what adventures await me?!? I’ll also post this under “take one step at a time”, “choose wisely” and “visit 43things every day goal.” 3 years ago

DayDreamer37I was in the laundromat when my phone rang...

I thought it was my daughter’s school so I picked it up. It wasn’t, it was a HR rep from a company where I applied for a PT job. She asked if I had time and I said yes though the driers were rumbling and the washing machines were churning. I could barely hear her. So I stepped outside to suffer worst conditions. An ambulance roared by and a noisey truck idled like forever where I was standing. So I went up on someone’s porch, practically up to their door. I think it’s the owners of the laundromat that lived there. And I could hear slightly better.

Well I heard enough to be invited in for a group interview. I wrote down the details on a library reciept. I’ll keep it forever.

This happened on a Monday, the group interview was on Friday. So I had four days to pull together skirt, blouse etc. It was fun! Also they asked us all to do a 1 minute presentation. I was nervous but not as nervous as I usually am when asked.

The next Monday I was in the laundromat again thinking about the magical thing that had happened to me the week before.

I was invited back for a second interview but turned it down today. It would interfere with my son’s summer activities. He’s only 12 years old once and if they are hiring at this place I think means that there will be hiring at other places. So I don’t have to sacrifice his summer for that job, there will be others. 3 years ago

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