101 in 1001

All of us have had some kind of goal we have set for ourselves. Even if it was something small...we all have had something we have wanted to do or accomplish in our lives. I know I have. Whether it was to finish school, start my own business, or even something as small as washing my car at the end of the week. Now that I have my daughter, I notice that a lot of the goals I have set for my life have slowly vanished. My life has now become a very familiar day-to-day routine, and I am now known simply as 'Mommy'. And I am not complaining about this at all. In fact, I LOVE it! Just having my daughter was everything I needed to accomplish in my life. However, I do not want all of my hopes and dreams that I have for myself and my family to get lost in the crazy cycle that takes place day after day. That is why I was so excited when I found this website. I have always wanted to do something more...something to make a difference. And now I feel like I actually can. Here is a little information about this project, taken from the website.

The Challenge:
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 your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple challenges such as New Year's resolutions or a 'Bucket List'. 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, study semesters, or outdoor activities.


So here is my list of goals. I realize that some of these are going to be pretty easy and some are going to be extremely difficult. This is more like a bucket list for me as opposed to things I would like to do in the next 2 1/2 years. But I am going to try, nevertheless!

For Myself
1. Take better photos with my camera using only 'manual' mode 
2. Take another cross-country road trip
3. Have the licenses and permits needed to start my business
4. Find {and move into} a nicer apartment/condo
5. Get a passport
6. Use said passport and take at least one vacation
7. Take a nap in a hammock
8. Watch a sunrise
9. Watch a sunset
10. Get a massage
11. Attend a weekend wine tasting
12. Go to Disney World
13. Go camping at least 3 times (0/3)
14. Print at least 20 pictures each year {and not just keep them on the computer} (0/60)
15. Host something in my home at least twice (1/2)
16. Stay at the Bellagio in Las Vegas
17. Stay at a bed & breakfast
18. Walk around inside a light house
19. Get pictures of at least 5 different lighthouses {yes, I am obsessed with lighthouses!} (0/5)
20. Expand my Disney movie collection by 6 movies (2/6)
21. Buy 5 cookbooks (5/5)
22. Go "walking in Memphis" and eat some barbecue
23. Go to New Orleans
24. Get a dog
25. Go horseback riding
26. Cater at least one event {even if it is small} 
27. Try 5 new non-chain restaurants per year (11/15)
28. Go on a cruise
29. Attend a food/culinary fair
30. Beat 3 video games (2/3)

For My Mind
31. Go back to school
32. Take a self-defense class
33. Learn to change a car tire
34. Create 7 photo books/scrapbooks (0/7)
35. Make 2 cakes for two different special occasions (0/2)
36. Start {and complete!} a 365 photo challenge
37. Try at least one new recipe every week 
38. Use my library card at least 5 times  (5/5)
39. Go to Barnes and Noble once a month to read/relax (10/33)
40. Learn ALL of 'Moonlight Sonata' on the piano
41. Write a children's book 
42. Find all of my old lesson plans and organize them 
43. Get all recipes out of my magazines and organize them into books
44. Read 10 books {I lowered the number since I need to read the entire Bible} (2/10)
45. Ride a dirtbike
46. Sign up for goodreads.com and keep track of books read 

For My Soul
47. Go on at least one mission trip
48. Read the Bible from beginning to end 
49. Get together with friends at least once a month (20/33)
50. Identify 100 things that make me happy and make a list of them
51. Volunteer time to our church 
52. Take a dance class 
53. Remember to pray my own prayer {not just with my daughter} every single night
54. Visit an apple orchard and pumpkin patch every fall season
55. Always have apple cider and egg nog in my refrigerator when they are in season 
56. Move out of state {this one may not be possible} 
57. Go at least one week completely "worry-free" 
58. Attend at least 2 concerts (0/2)

For My Relationship
59. Have a date night once a month (18/33)
60. Attend {and finish!} pre-marital counseling with Jon
61. Take a picture of Jon and I every month (24/33)
62. Get bicycles for us and go for a bike ride
63. Attend a hockey game {where the Ducks are playing} with Jon 
64. Pray for us daily --- ((I'm really not proud of this one at all. I had so much going on, in such a short amount of time. I was praying so much for so many other things and many times I left our relationship out. I fell short and need to see this as a reminder of how important it really is.))
65. Have a picnic

For My Daughter
66. Join a new playgroup
67. Create and finish Punkin's 2nd and 3rd year scrapbooks (0/2)
68. Buy {or make!} Punkin at least 2 outfits that are personalized just for her (0/2)
69. Go ice skating with Punkin 
70. Have her dedicated 
71. Add change to her piggy bank once a week --- ((I still add change to her piggy bank pretty often...but with everything we had going on and with us moving, her piggy bank was in a box for a while! Oops!))
72. Enroll her in a toddler/preschool dance class 

For My Health
73. Participate in a walk-a-thon
74. Wash my face EVERY single night for 1 month
75. Walk for at least 30 minutes a day at least twice a week
76. Lose at least 20 pounds {pre-baby weight} (5/20)

For My Wallet
77. Have school loans {at least} halfway paid off 
78. Find 5 events that are free in Southern California and attend them (3/5)
79. Have at least one garage sale 
80. Sell something on eBay 
81. Learn to use and utilize coupons
82. Put any little extra cash I have into my savings account and don't touch it for a whole year 

For My Blog
83. Find 15 new and interesting blogs to follow (15/15)
84. Write a blog post for every goal completed (0/101) --- ((Every goal? Really? What was I thinking?))

For Others
85. Take my parents out to dinner
86. Donate 1 million grains of rice on www.freerice.com (11,710/1,000,000)
87. Visit a children's hospital with the kids and donate books and toys
88. Volunteer in a soup kitchen
89. Send a care package to a soldier
90. Send 3 postcards to people when out of town (0/3)
91. Donate/give away at least 15 items of MY own clothing (30/15)
92. Leave a bible verse with the tip money at a restaurant on 4 occasions (1/4)
93. Buy something from and support 5 small business establishments (0/5) 
94. Host a bake-a-thon for a charity
For Our Home
95. Make the bed every day for a whole month 
96. Create a garden and grow at least 5 different vegetables (3/5)
97. Vacuum AND mop once a week. No excuses!
98. Start making and canning my own sauces 
99. Gather and sort all of Punkin's old baby clothes {just in case!} 

For The Environment
100. Plant a tree
101. Recycle for a whole month

Begin Date: March 23, 2011
End Date: December 19, 2013

Normal = haven't started yet
Italic = in progress
Bold/Strikethrough = completed
Red = did not complete

*I created this list as something for me and no one else. That is why it is important for me to be as honest with myself as possible. Life happens and sometimes time flies by faster than we think. I want to be honest in the things that I was not able to complete, even if it hurts and/or frustrates me. This helps me to see my shortcomings and things I need to work on.

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