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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wildefae's Life List

  1. 1. stop hating myself
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    474 people
  2. 2. get more tattoos
    1,681 people
  3. 3. finish a novel
    123 people
  4. 4. get over my fear of photographing strangers
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    27 people
  5. 5. adopt a dog
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    590 people
  6. 6. learn to speak welsh
    65 people
  7. 7. go to wales
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    35 people
  8. 8. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
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    21,500 people
  9. 9. see the northern lights
    19,115 people
  10. 10. go sledding
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    46 people
  11. 11. go to alsace
    1 person
  12. 12. play my guitar more
    229 people
  13. 13. Go to Comic Con
    89 people
  14. 14. Visit Australia
    2,841 people
  15. 15. see more concerts
    77 people

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get legally married
technically, we got civilly united

So, we’d still like to get married when it’s federally feasible…

But this’ll do :)

We were among the first in line to get our licenses on June 1 here in IL, and got married 11 days later after having planned for years and majorly scaled back. We had basically no budget, but that actually made it better in some respects. We had a tea party (neither of us drink, so it removed the impetus of having to have alcohol) with about a dozen of our closest friends and family. My dress was vintage, Jess’s was etsy-commissioned and then altered by a friend here.

We rented a vacation home so that both our families and a friend could stay in the same place that we had the ceremony and reception and we could still have a nice outdoor place. One of the best things was having friends come in from all over the country, some who had never met, and hang out, play games, get to eat some of our favorite food and exchange emails by the time they left. Some went back to each other’s hotels to hang out more after the party! Parents helped with food prep, my brother in law and both fathers hung things; everyone read at the ceremony. My dad spent the night before hand-writing the readings because my printer broke! It was really inclusive and great. There wasn’t a ton of dancing (except for us) but everyone talked, we had time to talk and eat…I totally suggest small weddings with people you really love.

Tips on saving: We put an ad out stipulating that we had a low budget, were queer, tattooed, fun—got a great student photographer who was willing to work for free (we paid them!). We got flowers from Whole Foods, arranged ourselves; decor from dollar stores and party stores as well as a chinese lantern warehouse. We made all our own food, including plenty of food for everyone with special needs – our vegan photographer told us it was the first time she’d ever not had to worry about that kind of thing and that it was delicious, and our gluten-free friend also enjoyed himself and was able to have some dessert!

The cake and some treats were supplied by one of our favorite bakeries in town, and they ended up with more than they needed so we got a HUGE CAKE with a whole extra tier. We DJ’d our own playlist with an iPod.


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