101 in 1001

Inspired by my fellow bloggers at Sarsm’s Blog and The Laughing Housewife, who themselves were inspired by the Day Zero Project, I’m taking on 101 tasks in 1001 days.

Why am I doing this? After much soul searching these past few months, and so much going on at home every day, it’s time to bring focus into my life. There have been lots of things I’ve wanted to do, but they never seem to get done. Lots of things I’d like to start working on, but I never start. Most new year’s resolutions don’t get completed because people don’t write them down. I believe the same thing applies to anything you want to do with your life, big or small. By writing them down, they become real, touchable, and we in turn become accountable, and hopefully motivated.

So I’m taking on the day-to-day challenge with my fellow bloggers Sarah and Tilly Bud. I’m counting on their support to make it through the next 1001 days and end up proud of what I’ll have accomplished. Some things on my list may seem trivial, others out of reach or unrealistic, but they’re all on it for the same reason. I want every single task (fun or not) done.

The three of us would be very happy to have you on board with us, if you’re interested in taking on the challange. Just visit Sarsm’s Blog for more details.

Deep breath… Here are the 101 things I want to accomplish in 1001 days.

Start date: May 1, 2011
End date: January 27, 2014
1001 days equal to:
– 2 years, 8 months, 26 days
– Almost 33 months
– A little more than 143 weeks

Updated: January 31, 2014, after completion of the challenge. Read my final review of the 101 in 1001 challenge here.

Home & Organization

1) Grow food plants in the garden (Spring 2011) (1/1) – DONE
2) Grow food plants in the garden (Summer / Fall 2011) (1/1) – DONE
3) Grow food plants in the garden (Spring 2012) (1/1) – DONE
4) Grow food plants in the garden (Summer / Fall 2012) (1/1) – DONE
5) Grow food plants in the garden (Spring 2013) (1/1) – DONE
6) Grow food plants in the garden (Summer / Fall 2013) (1/1) – DONE
7) Plant flowers/flowering plants in the backyard (1/1) – DONE
8) Grow strawberries (1/1) – DONE
9) Decorate our living room’s bare walls (1/1) – DONE
10) Decorate our bedroom’s bare walls (0/1) – DONE
11) Make my office an organized, well-decorated, comfortable place of inspiration (1/1) – DONE
12) Buy new tools to replace those missing from my tool box (1/1) – DONE
13) Patch the numerous small holes that decorate our walls throughout the house (1/1)
14) Install the new curtains and curtain rod for our sliding window (1/1) – DONE
15) Install microwave oven over the stove or repair the current oven (0/1) – DONE
16) Get our gas stove burners fixed (0/1) – DONE
17) Sell the baby crib by end of spring 2011 (0/1) – DONE
18) Sell or donate the baby toys and clothes in the closet and garage by end of summer 2011 (0/1) – DONE
19) Clean out and organize the kids’ closets (1/1) – DONE
20) Clean out and organize the kitchen cabinets and pantry (1/1) – DONE
21) Redo the varnish on the bathroom vanity (1/1)
22) Clean out our bedroom closet (1/1) – DONE
23) Clean out the garage (1/1) – DONE
24) Repaint the walls of my dining room and kitchen in a color I like (1/1) – DONE
25) Create a kid’s art & craft box easy to access (1/1) – DONE
26) Store the kids’ artwork in storage boxes (1/1) – DONE
27) Clean out my various email inboxes and folders (1/1) – DONE
28) Unsubscribe from emails I never read (1/1) – DONE
29) Organize and clean up my internet browser bookmarks (0/1) – NOT DONE
30) Edit and save all family / kid photos I took since the birth of my first child (0/1) – NOT DONE
31) Upload the saved photos onto albums on the Shutterfly website to share with family and friends (0/1) – NOT DONE
32) Print memorable photos of my oldest child for the large photo collage frame I bought and put it on the staircase wall (0/1) – DONE
33) Print memorable photos of my youngest child for the large photo collage frame I bought and put it on the staircase wall (0/1) – DONE

Writing / Photography / Art

34) Spend 2 hours a day on writing activities (paid or not) during the week, 1 hours a day on weekends (740/1001) – NOT COMPLETE
35) Participate in the Project 365 – 2013 by posting new photos two to four times a week on my Facebook page and the Project 365 – 2013 Facebook page (123/156) – MOSTLY DONE
36) Post new photos on my Pinterest page 3 times a week (65/168) – NOT DONE
37) Post three times a week to my new nature photography website (184/168) – DONE
38) Post once a day to my Every Day I See a Cow blog until December 31, 2011 (244/244) – DONE
39) Create new products for sale on my Zazzle store twice a week (2/112) – NOT DONE
40) Identify up to two other websites to post my photos for sale and post new photos once a week (0/56) – NOT DONE
41) Join a book club (1/1) – DONE
42) Write my first book (0/1) NOT DONE (but I did complete several drafts)


43) Update my list of read books on Goodreads  (0/1) – NOT DONE
44) Read one book a week (152/143) – DONE
45) Read 30 literature “classics” (2/30) (The Awakening; The Giver; Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret; And Then There Were None; A Wrinkle In Time) – NOT DONE
46) Re-read all of the Harry Potter books in a row (0/7) – NOT DONE
47) Read 5 to 7 new books with my kids every week (143/143) – DONE
48) Post book reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon (0/1) – NOT DONE
49) Put a list of my 20 favorite quotes together (20/20) – DONE – read my favorite quotes here


50) Update my LinkedIn profile to highlight my writing skills and experience (1/1) – DONE!
51) Create a new website for my photography business (1/1) – DONE
52) Create an Excel spreadsheet for my business expenses and income for 2011 (1/1) – DONE
53) Track and document my business deductions and receipts for 2011 (1/1) – DONE

Family & Leisure

54) Spend one-on-one quality time once a week with my oldest (143/143) – DONE
55) Spend one-on-one quality time once a week with my youngest (143/143) – DONE
56) Establish 2 French-only days a week with my kids, including storytime (44/246) – NOT DONE
57) Cook one large family dish every week (143/143) – DONE
58) Make/bake one family dessert every week (143/143) – DONE
59) Try 10 new recipes (14/10) – DONE
60) Bake Christmas cookies (2/3) – NOT DONE
61) Have 10 family picnics (18/10) – DONE
62) Try 10 new restaurants (14/10) – DONE
63) Go apple picking (1/1) – DONE
64) Shop at a farmer’s market (2/1) – DONE
65) Sing in the rain (0/1) – NOT DONE
66) Enjoy some outdoor/indoor music (1/1) – DONE – read about our outdoor concert experience here
67) Go whale watching (0/1) – NOT DONE
68) Take two family vacations (2/2) – DONE
69) Make birthday cakes from scratch for every family birthday, including mine (3/10) – NOT DONE
70) Make sure my oldest learns how to swim (1/1) – DONE
71) Make sure my youngest learns how to swim (1/1) – DONE
72) Watch one new movie every other week (72/72) – DONE
73) Watch 50 of IMDB’s Top 250 movies (http://www.imdb.com/chart/top) I haven’t seen yet (1/50) – DELETED
73) Email or call my sister at least once a month (20/33) – NOT DONE
74) Pet a dolphin (1/1) – DONE
75) Pet a horse (0/1) – NOT DONE?
76) See a waterfall (0/1) – NOT DONE
77) Walk in a forest (1/1) – DONE
78) Make a snowman (0/1) – NOT DONE
79) Stargaze and look for shooting stars (1/1) – DONE
80) Visit a botanical garden (1/1) – DONE
81) Go to Disneyland California (0/1) – NOT DONE
82) Go to Legoland California (3/1) – DONE


83) Rollover the 401K from my most recent job into my personal IRA (0/1) – NOT DONE
84) Set up college savings accounts for my two kids (0/1) – NOT DONE
85) Write a will and get life insurance (0/1) – NOT DONE

Health & Personal Growth

86) Go to sleep by 11pm every night (687/1001) – NOT DONE
87) Take a relaxing bath once a week (0/93) – NOT DONE
88) Stop biting my nails (0/1) – NOT DONE
89) Eat at least one good source of protein every day (894/1001) – NOT DONE
90) Write three things I’m grateful for every day, for a month (30/30) – DONE
91) Exercise at least 2 times a week (246/246) – DONE
92) Check my blood pressure once a week (30/246) – NOT DONE
93) Get 2 mammograms (1 a year) (1/2) – NOT DONE
94) Go a whole day without saying no (0/1) – NOT DONE
95) Not swear for a whole week (0/1) – NOT DONE
96) Spend a whole weekend without computer or internet access (1/1) – DONE
97) Complete 5 Sudoku puzzles (0/5) – NOT DONE
98) Perform 52 intentional / random acts of kindness in 2013 (52/52) – DONE
99) Take a class to learn something new (1/1) – DONE
100) Do some volunteer work (1/1) – DONE
101) Develop 3 new friendships (3/3) – DONE

Now, as the Nike people say, “Just do it!”

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  7. I love this list! I’m going to try and re-read Harry Potter as well.

  8. How are your tasks coming along? :)

  9. Wow your list is brilliant I especially like 69 your cake looks yummy ;)

  10. Wow, after reading your list, I’m inspired. I think for me, in some ways, making the list would be the most difficult thing. Thinking of all the things I want to do and writing them all down…

    • Oh,don’t feel bad about coming up with the list right away! It took me a couple of weeks to get mine done. Other 101 in 1001 challengers have actually written “put together my 101 in 1001 list” as one of their tasks, and they still haven’t completed it. Finding 101 relevant tasks shouldn’t stop you to start the challenge. I love that it lasts 1001 days so you don’t feel pressured to do a lot in a short amount of time and can plan for a few tasks that will get a while to get done. It’s really a process and a way to track things that are important and relevant to you only. Being able to cross things off the list feels wonderful. I’m managed to get some things done that I’d be procrastinating on for months, even years. Written them done made them visible, and me accountable. I was wondering if this was the right thing for me. It’s definitely one of the best things I’ve started this year!

      Give it a thought and see if it’s right for you. You can click on the 101 in 1001 challengers in my right sidebar and see what their own lists look like. Let me know if you decide to do it and you’ll have a bunch of supporters with you.

  11. Hi, I am a new 101er and I just want to meet everyone in Sarah Sarsm’s blogroll. You have a lot of great ideas for your list. Good luck with them :)

    • Thank you and welcome to the 101 in 1001 challenge! I hope you get to enjoy the ride. It took me a while to come up with my whole list and I didn’t start until I had every item on it. Almost a year later, I know I need to change some of them (remove some, add new ones) because external circumstances change and challenges/goals need updating. I like this list being mine and mine only, so I can make sure it matches what I want to accomplish.

  12. Wow, that’s very inspiring. It’s really fun to look within myself and list down things I want to experience. Sometimes, I surprise myself by wanting exciting and brave things that I won’t usually go for. It’s a great journey. I support you with yours and may you continue to grow as a person and as a blogger ;)

  13. I was meant to read this today. Lately, life not only is busy hectic for me but mix with trials that have me Spinning and gasping. It is good to create goals. Normally I don’t but this year, me and my wife trying to embrace a positive way of thinking. No matter how hard times get or how many people try to hurt us, we simply shrug it off, smile and say,” stay positive. ” part of our journey to wellness. God has his reasons why things happen and I believe he has something bigger and better in store for us. And I agree, what matters is we have our family to love and love us back. They are our pillars of hope and strength. All the best to you and family.!

    • I think it’s important to evaluate your life and where it’s going on a regular basis, to make sure you’re following a path that will make you and your family happy. I changed those 101 in 1001 projects as I went along and now I have even different life and career goals than I did almost 3 years ago. I know what I want and I have a lot of work to accomplish to get there and a tremendous amount of obstacles in the way, but it will be worth it down the road. I hope you and your wife can find peace of mind and happiness, even through your struggles.

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