With a little bit more than one year left in my 101 in 1001 challenge, January is a good time for a checkpoint. I haven’t updated my online list since last April, even though I’ve completed several challenges. I apologize for what looks like a laundry list but it actually feels very good to cross so many challenges off the list.
4) Grow food plants in the garden (Summer / Fall 2012) (1/1)
Here’s the thing: I did manage to grow food in my garden this past summer and fall. The problem is, we didn’t get to enjoy it as much as we planned because the critters ate most of it. Before I plant more this spring, I need to find yet another way to protect our crops, mostly from the darn squirrels.
7) Plant flowers/flowering plants in the backyard (1/1)
Water is extremely expensive in California and I’d rather use it to grow something I will eat rather than flowers. But… I love clipping flowers from the garden and bringing them into the house, so this past summer I bought a couple of rose trees. I enjoyed fragnant roses in front of my kitchen window for months. Completely worth it!
20) Clean out and organize the kitchen cabinets and pantry (1/1)
This was a big project but I got it done. I ended up with a couple of empty cabinets now that I’ve reorganized and emptied out unnecessary items, or moved things around. I see the result of well-organized kitchen cabinets every day.
22) Clean out our bedroom closet (1/1)
I’ve actually done a lot more than that in our house, since I’ve moved our bedrooms around. My bedroom closet now only contains what’s necessary and I’ve put together bags of items to donate. The only problem is, I’ve moved the clutter to the garage and it’s been piling up there. I do have it on my list to clean up the garage, so technically, I have a year to do it, right?
26) Store the kids’ artwork in storage boxes (1/1)
I took me a while to gather my various piles of kid artwork, go through all the papers and keep the best, sort them in some kind of chronological order and file them. But I’ve done it and now I have room for more artwork in those boxes. I bet it will be fun for the kids to look back at what they did when they’re grown up.
51) Create a new website for my nature photography business (1/1)
I added on this challenge about a year after I originally created my list. This is definitely my proudest accomplishment so far on my 101 in 1001 list. If you haven’t visited my nature photography website, go take a look and let me know what you think. I still have a lot more to do regarding this business, but the website is where it all starts from.
63) Go apple picking (1/1)
We went apple picking this fall with my friend and her two kids near the town of Julian, California, which is famous for its apples. It was quite an adventure to guide four young kids to pick specific apples and not just pull every single one from each tree. It cost us a good amount of money to do this, but considering how many apples everybody snacked on during our outing, it was probably worth it. I made delicious apple sauce with some of the apples and we ate the best ones raw. A great idea!
101) Develop 3 new friendships (3/3)
2012 was the year of new friendships, as well as reinforced friendships, for me. As a part of my world seemed to fall apart, I found myself surrounded with wonderful friends, offering their support, help, shoulders to lean on, and anything I asked for or seemed to need. In 2012 I made many new friends not just in my town but also in the blogosphere. I realize this is a wonderful world we live in, where we can connect with people who live half a world apart (or a few states away). I am blessed to have so many wonderful friends and I’m looking forward to spending more time with them and getting to know then better in 2013.
As I reviewed my 101 in 1001 list and crossed off the items above, I realized that, with a year to go, I want to make some changes to my list. I’d like to remove some items that don’t seem relevant two years after I started this project, and add some items I recently thought about. With a new year starting and some upcoming changes in my life granting me a fresh start, I feel the inspiration to make my list an inspiration for the last year of this challenge. I hope to update my list over the weekend and share it with you early next week. I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say about it!
If you’re doing the 101 in 1001 challenge, how are you doing with your list? Are you finding yourself making changes to the list as the months go by? What about new year’s resolutions? Are you taking any specific steps this year that are different from all the years before? Are you feeling inspired or jaded with new year’s resolutions?