101 things in 1001 days challenge

Ok, so my cousin had talked to me about this 101 goals to complete in 1001 days.  I started Monday, October 12, 2010.  Here’s the basics:

 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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities

For more information, click here.  So now I’m challenging you – who else is up for this?? 

Start 10/12/10 finish 7/10/13

1 Create (and maintain) a blog – which will keep updates on this bucket list among other life happenings) – in process and will be the entire time I’m doing this list

2 Stop a soldier out in public and say thankscomplete 07.03.11

3 Write& mail 3 thank you cards to 3 people I feel blessed to have in my life

4 Run the Broad Street 10 mile run in Philadelphia – fail for 2011; Completed 5/6/2012

5 Finish cleaning out and organizing the basementcomplete 09.05.11

6 See the Statue of Liberty

7 Go see the Mets in Chicago (bonus if Val/Meg comes with us!!!)

8 Spend a day volunteering at either Gloucester County/Camden County Animal Shelter – started researching on 10/31, sent an e-mail to Camden County; waiting on their response; 11/9/10 update – shelved until after the holidays

9 Plant a perennial garden in my yard – Complete Summer 2012

10 Have a picnic with the hubby at Red Bank Battlefield

11 Take a cooking class – Complete – 2/25/13

12 Become 1st Aid Certified

13 Keep a swear jar for 2 weeks.  Every time I curse, I deposit$.25 and will donate the amount to a charity of my choosing (I’m thinking if I do this @ Christmas, I will buy toys for the ‘Toys for Tots’ program)complete 11/22/10; raised $30.25; toys purchased and donated

14 Watch the sunrise from the beach

15 Be part of a studio audience

16 Re-finish a piece of used furniture for the spare bedroom (in process; shelved until after the holidays)

17 Carve a pumpkin for Halloween Done 10/24/10

18 Take a picture for every day of the month and blog about it – Done 2/15/13

19 Put up some wall décor in my living roomdone 9/10/11

20 Cook for a whole week; no take outdone 9/17/11

21 Find my birth father

22 Write a list of 10 things I’m thankful for and hang it up on my refrigerator and cubicle to remind me how lucky I am done 10/17/10

23 Take a sewing class and DIY a project (pillow, quilt, etc)

24 Color an entire coloring book

25 Get a family photo at Christmas – Fail; did not get one in 2010, 2011, or 2012

26 Write a letter to Eddie for him to open on our 10 year wedding anniversary (8.17.12) – done 8/17/12

27 Bake a pie from scratch

28 Take a road trip to the Brooklyn Brewery

29 Spend a day at the art museum in Philadelphia

30 Put change in an expired parking meter for someone else

31 Have my picture taken with Santadone 12/3/11

32 Visit Holocaust Museum in Washington DC

33 Organize my pictures into albums

34 Host a cookie exchange

35 Pare down and organize my favorite articles from magazines in my hall closet – done 1/9/2011

36 Cycle out old photos in frames and put in new ones

37 Have one weekend a month for an entire year without any commitmentsdone 12/10/11

38 Spend a week in Texas visiting family and friends

39 Play basketball with Eddie

40 Go see ND/UM football game with Eddie in 2012 – Complete; Went to Chicago 10/4/12 – 10/7/12

41 Learn how to make fajitas

42 Visit Renault or Tomasello Winery

43 Watch all Godfather Movies – I’m 2/3 as of August 2012; need to see part III

44 Watch all Rocky Movies

45 Go see a Broadway show

46 Eat Indian Food

47 Run Ben Franklin Challenge – Complete 11/4/12

48 Run ½ Marathon – Complete 9/16/12

49 Paint ½ bathroom – Complete 11/24/12

50 Update the laundry room with new paint/flooring/sink

51 Take a week off from work and have a ‘staycation’ where I either just relax at home, do road trips or a combination of both

52 Go see 5 movies in the theatres – 3/5 ‘No Strings Attached’; ‘Hangover 2’; ‘Horrible Bosses’

53 Go a full day without text/e-mail/internet (work related is excluded if a Monday-Friday)done 1/8/2011

54 Try 10 new recipes Complete 2/17/13 (7/10 Val’s Feel Better Soup 11.13.10, chicken & dumplings 11.21.10; homemade mac & cheese 1.2.11;  Creamy Pesto Chicken and Bow Ties 9.15.11; Shepherd’s pie 9.25.11; Spinach Ravioli Bake 10.11.11; chicken noodle soup 10.12.11; Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup 1/5/13; Santa fe turkey stuffed peppers 1/28/13; Parmesan Chicken 2/17/13)

55 Eat lobster – Complete 8/17/12

56 Read 5 books

57 Go to Carlos Bakery – home of TLC’s Cake Boss done 10/24/10

58 Get involved in a community service activity – Complete 8/4/12
59 Get at least 3 people to do this listDone 10/26/2010

60 Paint Dining Room complete 11/14/10

61 Make homemade Christmas decorations for tree

62 Give up social networking for 1 week (i.e. Facebook)Done, completed 11/12/10; may do again for fun of it 🙂

63 Go to see Mets in Pittsburgh

64 Go to see Mets in Washington DCComplete 7/31/11

65 Donate Blood  Complete 10/13/10

66 Take a spa day (facial/massage)

67 Find a local boot camp workout and complete it – went to my first class last night 12.21.10; it’s weekly at my gym.  I won’t count it complete until I’ve completed 10 classes – completed 3 as of 1.4.11

68 Run a sub 29 min 5k (I’m working towards this.  I’ve been running with Road Runners Club of Woodbury.  1st Race (Broad Street Run, Woodbury 10/2/10) 30:02; 2nd Race (Pancreatic Cancer Run 11/6/10) 29:18 *unofficial, no clocks, but timed myself on my iPhone)

69 Host Thanksgiving Dinner – Complete 2010 and 2012

70 Cut my hair short (meaning between chin/shoulder length)

71 Save $1 for each completed task 

72 Pay off remaining credit card debt

73 Organize office; shred old bills and set up a yearly expand-a-file for all current bills, med receipts, etc – bonus if we can go paperlessComplete February 2011

74 Set up a compost bin in the backyard

75 Change all lightbulbs over to CFL bulbs – most energy-efficient; In Process

76 Create a will

77 Write a letter to myself early in this challenge and don’t open it until the last day complete 11/1/2010

78 Go see Mets/Rangers in Arlington June 2011 (and yes, I will be indulging in garlic fries!)FAILED

79 Go to a political rally

80 Host a brunch for my girlfriends complete 3/27/11

81 read my camera book and learn how to actually use it (w/o the triple flash – mildly annoying)

82 Go 24 hours without a sarcastic comment – completed 10/20/10

83 Invest in good china

84 Upgrade remaining Ikea living room furniture – complete

85 Clean out and organize iTunes Library – Done 2/2012

86 Paint Living Room

87 Decorate Spare bedroom on repurposed finds from Yard Sales/Thrift Shops

88 Have a yard sale for the stuff in basement/garage that is not being used –  Complete 09.17.11

89 Clean out garage  complete 3/2011

90 Paint MB Closet & Bathroom doors white

91 Renew wedding vows in NYC and follow-up with a delicious dinner @ Carmines – fail since we went to Boston on 10 year anniversary

92 Go to the shore at least 3 times in summer 2011Complete; All to Atlantic City 5/29/11, 7/16/11, 8/5/11

93 Do a Christmas club

94 Learn how to properly apply makeup

95 Read a book series – done May 2012; Read “Fify Shades of Gray Trilogy”

96 Paint a piece of pottery for display in my house – complete 1/12/13

97 Learn how to make guacamoleComplete 9/12/11

98 Buy a new pair of Coach Sunglasses (I’m overdue)complete; purchased by Eddie for Christmas 2010; thanks babes!

99 Keep a journal for a month and write down at least one thing that makes me thankful every day (bonus if updated periodically after the month expires)done 10/24/11 – 11/24/11

100 Private

101 Donate $1.00 for each task not completed


6 responses to “101 things in 1001 days challenge

  1. Awesome!! I’m so with you on most of these (especially 7 & 78)!! Good luk and def keep me posted 🙂

  2. Now it’s your turn to start a list 🙂

  3. Think it’s a great thing although the 24 hours without sarcasm is a toughy for you!

  4. hmm.. bucket lists sound hard to do…. its stilll pretty cool that you are doing this. wish ya luck

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