Monday, March 15, 2010

My new 101 in 1001 list

After seeing the 101 in 1001 challenge on several blogs, I was inspired to jump right in. I'll cross off the tasks as they are completed and blog about them along the way. Wish me luck!

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: March 18, 2010

End Date: December 13, 2012

My to-do list in no particular order…

29/101 Done

1. Work out 3-4 days/week.

2. Pay for the person behind me in the drive-thru

3. Submit art to nationally published magazine

4. Call my grandmother at least once a month for a year

5. Visit Chicago

6. Go camping

7. Go to New York City

8. See a show on Broadway

9. Go to a wine tasting

10. Renew my CPR certification.

11. Go a month without buying any clothes

12. Fill at least one book-bound journal every 3 months for 1 year.

13. Learn to apply eyeliner so that it doesn't look like crap.

14. Decorate the blank living room wall.

15. Find 2 chairs for the living room. 1 down, 1 to go

16. Write letters to 5 friends telling them what I like about them

17. Baby-sit for a toddler or younger for at least an evening.

18. Eat at home every meal for a week

19. Launch a website.

20. Take a picture to sum up the month every month for a year

21. Learn to drive stick

22. Try 8 new recipes. (8/8)

23. Throw a baby/bridal shower for a friend

24. Attend 4 musicals or plays. (0/4)

25. Take a day trip to Columbia

26. Attend at least 1 concert. WinterJam

27. Send 10 cards to friends just because. (4/10)

28. Send 10 cards to family members just because. (2/10)

29. Go somewhere new I went to see family in Oklahoma

30. Go somewhere familiar and pretend to be a tourist

31. Make something in our wok.

32. Go on a vacation.

33. Read 20 books. (20/20)

34. Go on a picnic.

35. Visit the zoo.

36. Visit a museum or art gallery.

37. Do something nice for Timmy 10 times. (10/10)

38. Play mini golf.

39. Try 10 new restaurants. (10/10)

40. Do something that I’m proud of.

41. Make a list of 25 things I like about myself

42. Get a facial.

43. Learn to juggle

44. Write a message with Chalk in a public place

45. Watch a movie starting with each letter of the alphabet. (0/26)

46. "Unplug" from the TV, computer and cell phone for 1 day.

47. Get Patio furniture

48. Have dinner outside.

49. Take a picture of what makes each season special

50. Put all spare change somewhere and not touch it until the end

51. Clear out computer clutter/delete old files.

52. Crochet a baby blanket I made one for baby Joslyn.

53. Do something I’ve never done before. I tried an inversion table at Dick's Sporting Goods. Weird.

54. Donate to Goodwill I'm moving. Does that explain things?

55. Take 20 pictures of things that make me happy. (5/20)

56. Have dinner by candlelight

57. Be agreeable for one day

58. Paint on canvas.

59. Take a creative class of some sort.

60. Send a secret to PostSecret.

61. Learn to ride a bike

62. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years

63. Go to a piano bar.

64. Make a wedding album.

65. Take a bubble bath.

66. Tie a note to a balloon and let it go

67. Carve my name on a tree

68. Color an entire coloring book

69. Find 10 things to love about living in Charlotte/ South Carolina. (1/10)

70. Find out my blood type

71. Attend a Knights game.

72. Attend a Checkers game

73. Forgive those things I may still be hanging on to

74. Write all my bad memories on paper, burn paper afterwards

75. Get a library card

76. Participate in Operation Beautiful 5 times. (1/5)

77. Participate in d365

78. Watch 5 of Timmy’s favorite movies that I haven’t already seen. (3/5)

79. Paint pottery.

80. Use reusable grocery bags at least 15 times. (0/15)

81. Do something nice for my mom.

82. Visit a new state OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOklahoma!

83. Read the entire bible

84. Buy 5 things on Etsy. (1/5)

85. Learn a new craft. I learned how to crochet.

86. Join a book club

87. Participate in 40 bags in 40 days

88. Visit somewhere that requires a passport.

89. Do research on Adoption

90. Keep tight control for future babies :)

91. Pay off debt

92. Lose some weight

93. Go to a wine festival.

94. Compliment a stranger.

95. Get together with an old friend that I haven’t seen in over a year.

96. Eat dinner at home for a week

97. Bake my own bread

98. Print and frame a photo that I took.

99. Host a game night

100. Inspire someone else to do a 101 in 1001 list

101. Donate $5 to the JDRF for every task not complete.

If you can help with any, please let me know!


  1. Cross number 100 off your list! Done! Because I am going to do one. I have also saved yours and am going to help you accomplish some when you come to town. Love Teresa

  2. We can do SO MANY of these together!
    -Abby England, who is reading your entire blog and has made it to this point, starting in 2009 (Slow reader)

    1. You should check out for the most up-to-date list! :)