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The Beginning of it all…

August 15, 2009 Leave a comment

When I originally set out to start blogging again, I was simply going to write about the everyday happenings of the ordinary life I share with my husband and our feline friend.  Then I stumbled across this and was instantly intrigued.  Could there be a better way to document my life for the next 1001 days?

So now my goal, on top of the 101 things listed below, is to document the completion of this project  in words and pictures.   By the end of the 1001 days, and possibly many years into the future, I will be able to look back at the long journey I took myself on with a new-found appreciation for the adventure that is my life.

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: August 15, 2009
End Date: May 12, 2012

Marriage & Family
1.  “Date night” with Andrew once a month
2.  Call/visit my grandma once a month
3.  Visit and put flowers on the graves of loved ones
4.  Get a dog/puppy
5.  Visit my dad in Arizona
6.  Do something with my mom (dinner, etc) twice a month while my dad is gone
7.  Host at least 1 holiday gathering (Easter/Thanksgiving/Christmas) for our families

Mind, Body & Soul
8.  Bike the Grand Rounds
9.  Bike somewhere 50+ miles away
10.  Finish all 7 stages of my workout routine
11.  Get a massage
12.  Get a pedicure
13.  Eat dinner with the television off for one week
14.  Go a week without eating any sweets

Home Is Where the Heart Is
15.  Reorganize kitchen cabinets
16.  Finish the yard (put up a fence and expand the vegetable garden)
17.  Reorganize all the closets
18.  Clean out the file cabinet every spring
19.  Empty entire fridge and clean it once a month
20.  Get new blinds/curtains for the master bedroom
21.  Clean and reorganize the storage room in the basement
22.  Clean and organize the garage.
23.  Organize the laundry room.
24.  Hang a clothesline in the backyard.

Hit the Open Road
25.  Start a Newlywed Map
26.  Travel to at least 2 countries in Europe
27.  Travel to at least 5 different cities for weekend getaways
28.  Travel out of state 3 times

I ♥ Food
29.  Try at least two new recipes a month
30.  Host a holiday cookie swap
31.  Go to 10 different breakfast place
32.  Take Wilton cake decorating courses
33. Host a Dinner Party
34.  Eat a well-balanced breakfast every morning for a week
35.  Complete “12 Days of Cookies” at least once
36.  Organize all of my recipes

Friends Are Forever
37.  Get together with friends at least once a month
38.  Get together with “the girls” from Olaf at least 3 times per year
39.   Get together with “the girls” from M.A. at least 4 times per year
40.  Plan a girl’s getaway weekend
41.  Send birthday cards to friends/immediate family in 2010

Money, Money, Money
42.  Pay off my Wells Fargo student loan
43.  Bring savings up to at least $40,000
44.  Buy chair(s) for the living room
45.  Buy sectional for the basement
46.  Buy a Road Bike for Andrew
47.  Follow the Budget and track all purchases in the spreadsheet

Quest for Knowledge
48.  Thoroughly research something I know nothing about
49.  Learn the name and location of every known country in the world
50.   Learn to identify 10 constellations
51.  Relearn German
52.  Learn basic French
53.  Read the newspaper every weekend
54.  Take a photography course
55.  Watch 10 documentaries

Pay It Forward
56.  Pick a charity and donate regularly
57.  Volunteer
58.  Participate in Operation Beautiful
59.  Clean out closet at least once a year and donate old clothes to charity
60.  Participate in Operation Christmas Child each Christmas
61.  Fill the candy jar at work once a month
62.  Donate 500,000 grains of rice

Just for Fun
63.  Take a day off work and do nothing but read in bed
64.  Go skydiving
65.  Go on a police ride-along
66.  Play/Dance in the rain
67.  Have a Disney movie marathon weekend
68.  Go to a Drive-in movie
69.  Send a secret to PostSecret
70.  See the Nutcracker ballet
71.  Spend a day at the park/lake with a book
72.  Take part in a Progressive Dinner
73.  Have a slumber party (like in middle/high school)
74.  Make a list of: 101 things that make me happy, 101 quotes that inspire me, and 101 Favorite Memories.
75.  Re-watch every episode of the X-Files
76.  Spend a rainy day putting a puzzle together
77.  Make a sizable dent in my Netflix queue
78.  Make it back to St. Olaf for Christmas Fest

Hobbies & Skills
79.  Learn to sew
80.   Learn to drive a car with a manual transmission
81.  Get re-certified in CPR and first aid
82.  Read 200 books
83.  Re-read the Harry Potter Series (again!)
84.  Read 5 Banned Books
85.  Read 25 of the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
86.  Read all books in the “Prey” series by John Sandford
87.  Read all books in the “Alex Cross” series by James Patterson
88.  Have more than 25 followers at Laura’s Sweet Treats.
89.  Bowl a 200
90.  Crochet something

Capture the Memories
91.  Finish a 365 challenge.
92.  Make a wedding photo book
93.   Participate in 26 Things
94.  Get photos printed and framed for work
95.  Get photos printed and framed for the house
96.  Write a letter to me to be opened after the 1001 days is over

No More Procrastinating
97.  Get life insurance policies
98.  Get a bike helmet
99.  Finally make that honeymoon scrapbook!
100.  Change my voicemail at work
101.  Read the book that came with my camera

My progress on these tasks can be tracked on the “My Progress” tab.

I will donate $5 to charity for every item on this list I do not complete.

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