101 in 1001

(Transferring from my personal blog – written November 13th, 2013)

I’ve had so many changes the last few months. Maybe I’ll get around to sharing them, maybe I won’t. However, I am in a completely new place in life. Fresh start so to speak. I’ve seen these lists around the www and feel like it’s a perfect time for me to make one for myself. Challenge myself to get the most I can out of life. Obviously, as a mother I have tons of goals relating to motherhood – but this one I am keeping just for me – because as mothers so easily forget – being a mother is not all there is to me.

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: November 3rd, 2013
End Date: July 16th, 2016

  1. Carve my name in a tree
  2. Go on a picnic
  3. Go apple picking
  4. Visit 5 museums/art galleries
  5. Run a 5k
  6. After doing a few of those ^ , tackle a 10k
  7. Kiss under mistletoe
  8. Go to a shooting range
  9. Solve a Rubik’s cube
  10. Send a care package to a random service member overseas
  11. Pay for a stranger’s coffee
  12. Go on a segway tour – maybe in Austin?
  13. Get CPR certification
  14. Go for a girls’ weekend in another city with a friend
  15. Learn how to tell what’s going on in football games (no, I still don’t know)
  16. Once above is complete, go to a college football game
  17. Achieve & maintain my weight loss goals
  18. Do a city scavenger hunt with a date
  19. Go to a drive in movie
  20. Do a wine tasting tour
  21. Buy a potted plant – & keep it alive. My mama would be proud!
  22. Fly a kite
  23. Learn to Two Step {11.15.13}
  24. Save for & buy a Mac
  25. Actually meet at least 3 of my amazing friends I’ve only known online
  26. Go camping
  27. Obtain my associate’s in Child Development
  28. Get certified in – something.
  29. Have a birthday party for myself – even if I have to do all of the planning.
  30. Learn the “Smokey Eye” makeup technique, and pull it off
  31. Go to a circus
  32. Learn to do a sock bun successfully
  33. Buy a new DSLR camera {11.15.2013}
  34. Go horseback riding
  35. Learn to french braid
  36. Sew a quilt from my girls’ baby clothes they’ve outgrown
  37. Have a technology free weekend
  38. Go on a cruise
  39. Write up a living will – & have it notarized – & make sure people know where to find it
  40. Dress up for Halloween (not just silly makeup)
  41. Get involved in a women’s Bible Study
  42. Take a kick boxing class
  43. Catch up on all 4 of my girls’ scrapbooks, and stay current. (is that even possible?)
  44. Finish our Project Life 2013 album
  45. Finish our Project Life 2012 album
  46. Go on an overnight trip to the beach – without kids.
  47. Go for a sunset walk on the beach
  48. Go for a sunrise walk on the beach
  49. Make a Christmas wreath
  50. Sew a skirt for myself, and wear it.
  51. Go zip lining
  52. Read the bible chronologically – all the way through
  53. Take a drive to Fredericksburg and spend the evening at the creek my Dad used to take me fishing as a kid, reflect on special memories with him – and document them.
  54. Learn how to change a tire
  55. Tip someone 100% of my bill
  56. Make a list of birthdays  of friends/family & prefill with handmade cards to send – so maybe I can actually get cards sent out on time
  57. Take a weekend trip to Las Vegas, just so I can say I’ve been.
  58. Find a new “home church”
  59. Go on one of those romantic horse carriage rides – even if it’s alone.
  60. Learn American Sign Language
  61. Go to 3 concerts
  62. Buy a house
  63. Pay off all debt (aside from above mentioned house, obviously)
  64. Write a letter to my 16-year-old-self.
  65. Sponsor a child at Christmas (Angel Tree type program)
  66. Go tubing with friends
  67. Volunteer at a shelter that I’ve lived in (yep, you read that right)
  68. Buy a matching set from James Avery (necklace pendant, ring, earrings, maybe bracelet too)
  69. Take a train somewhere – anywhere
  70. Go hunting – preferrably with someone who knows what they are doing
  71. Throw a dart on a map of Texas & visit that town
  72. Learn about stocks & open an investment account
  73. Go to – & hike up – Enchanted Rock
  74. Fall in love. (Yes, I really said that)
  75. Take a cake/cupcake decorating class
  76. Go makeup free for an entire week
  77. Ride in a helicopter
  78. Tour a brewery
  79. Kiss in the rain
  80. Stay at a Bed & Breakfast in the hill country
  81. Reconnect with an old friend
  82. Go Ice Skating
  83. Go to an amusement park & ride the rides that make my skin crawl just looking at them
  84. Complete a juice cleanse
  85. Purge & organize all email inboxes
  86. Go fishing
  87. After fishing, cook a fish that I caught - even though I don’t like fish
  88. Watch all the seasons of Friends
  89. Take family photos
  90. See a comedy show
  91. Find out – & memorize – my blood type
  92. Buy a typewriter
  93. Read 25 new books
  94. Learn how to curl my hair (don’t judge me, I just can’t seem to get it right!)
  95. Ride in a limo
  96. Make a new friend – lifelong quality type of friend, not the kind that come & go with the seasons
  97. Learn Spanish
  98. Go on a simple country date. Dirt road, maybe a river, bonfire, smores, etc… Ya know, the kind in the love sick country songs.
  99. Go skinny dipping – & not tell my girls about it til they are much, much older.
  100. Put $10 in a jar for every item I cross off this list