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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nefret's Life List

  1. 1. see the aurora borealis.
    2,010 people
  2. 2. see blue man group live.
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    2 people
  3. 3. find a job I like & feel that I am meant to be doing.
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    1 person
  4. 4. climb the pyramids.
    16 people
  5. 5. fall madly in love -- with the right person this time.
    1 person
  6. 6. go to Pennsic.
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    15 people
  7. 7. let go of bad things, and hold on to good things.
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    1 person
  8. 8. be debt-free.
    145 people
  9. 9. write and publish a good book.
    1 person
  10. 10. be warm, friendly and open.
    1 person
  11. 11. be a really good dancer.
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    5 people
  12. 12. have gorgeous long hair down to my elbows.
    1 person
  13. 13. go scuba-diving with humpback whales in the Dominican Republic.
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    1 person
  14. 14. fast semi-regularly.
    1 person
  15. 15. go to Greece.
    1,137 people
  16. 16. get gorgeous nude photos taken.
    1 person
  17. 17. perform (and perform well) at Darbukastan.
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    1 person
  18. 18. learn to play the tin whistle really well.
    1 person
  19. 19. find a spiritual practice I connect with, and follow it.
    1 person
  20. 20. go to Burning Man.
    1,610 people
  21. 21. study with Suhaila.
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    1 person
  22. 22. walk on my hands.
    140 people
  23. 23. learn to play the harmonica
    987 people
  24. 24. see an Alvin Ailey dance co. performance live
    2 people
  25. 25. Develop a budget and stick to it
    6 people
  26. 26. dress how i feel
    3 people
  27. 27. find a fulfilling job near a bunch of people I love that pays me enough to save AND pay off debt AND buy pretty dresses AND do cool things AND travel.
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    1 person
  28. 28. visit Ireland and Scotland and England.
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    1 person
  29. 29. Live in Paris for a few months
    3 people
  30. 30. start dancing again
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    186 people
  31. 31. eat only whole foods for the month of September.
    1 person
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go hang-gliding

Last weekend. It was like the opposite of the feeling of a roller coaster—right when you were terrified the world was going to drop out from under you, it carried you instead, and you felt free.

study with Suhaila.
so close....

Well, I almost accomplished this one last week. Almost.

My wonderful boyfriend signed me up for a private lesson (!!!!!!!) with Suhaila as a birthday present. I was SO excited. I have ALWAYS wanted to study with Suhaila—seeing a performance of hers is what made me first get interested in the dance, she’s an amazing dancer who’s done really cool things for the art form, plus I figured with her extensive muscle technique/dance knowledge, she could help me figure out how to dance safely after my back injury. We went to San Francisco for a mini-vacation just for that lesson.

And then…the day before I was scheduled, we got an e-mail. At the last minute, she couldn’t make it.


On the plus side, I did get to go to two group classes at her studio, which I’m counting as half fulfilling this—she didn’t teach them, but it’s HER studio, right? The class was really good, and cemented my decision to budget so I can sign up for her online classes to help me build my stamina back up.


ride on the back of an elephant

It does help to have a caring, creative and resourceful boyfriend.

When I first decided I needed (yes, needed) to ride an elephant (thanks to a burgeoning interest in the idea of totem animals, ones that we’re drawn to at specific points in time because of the lesson(s) they can teach us), I went on a Google-searching frenzy that led me to believe that this was only possible if I went to Thailand.

So I put this one on hold for a while, finding it useful for small talk on first dates (men find it a cute-yet-cool answer to “name one thing you want to do before you die”).

Fast forward two years. I’d mentioned it to my current boyfriend when we first met (see above paragraph), and never brought it up again. One year later, he plans a trip to Virginia for our anniversary, won’t tell me where we’re going.

I couldn’t guess, but at this point, you can.

It’s like riding a living boulder, a mountain with giant ears that engulf your legs and huge bones you can feel shifting underneath you supporting a back so wide you can barely straddle it. Petting it is a bit like giving a friendly pat to the planet earth. Being up so high, on top of such a huge animal with so much power and size…I’m totally selling my car and getting an elephant.

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