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“101 in 1001” challenge – June 2011 update

When I started the 101 in 1001 challenge just over a month ago, I wasn’t sure how easy or tough it would be to get things done. It turns out so far, there’s a good reason it’s called a challenge. I’ve made some progress in my first month, but there’s a lot more to be done.

If you’re interested in joining this challenge, stop by Sarsm’s Blog for all the details. There are six of us on board, so you’ll get our support if you sign up:

Here’s a quick update of what I’ve accomplished so far and what I’m struggling with.

1) Grow food plants in the garden (Spring 2011) (0/1)
I’ve planted, things are growing but there’s nothing to gather yet. I hope to cross this task off my list within a month or two, when we’ll be enjoying fresh, organically grown produce.

34) Spend 3 hours a day on writing activities (paid or not) during the week, 2 hours a day on weekends (15/1001)
I struggled with this task at the beginning but I’m starting to dedicate assigned timeslots daily, so I think I’m getting the hang of it.

36) Post once a week to my Perfecting Motherhood blog (7/143)
After neglecting this blog for a while and not posting as often as I wanted to, the task above has helped this one tremendously.

38) Post once a day to my Every Day I See a Cow blog until December 31, 2011 (33/244)
I never run out of materials to post on a daily basis, so you don’t have to bend my arm. Plus I’ve been posting every day for five months, so it’s pretty much a habit now.

39) Post 2 to 4 times a month to my Buy Products From France website (1/72)
There’s obviously room for improvement.

44) Read one book a week (8/143)
This is the task I’m having the most success with. Since I love reading so much, it’s given me permission to do something I enjoy, guilt-free!

47) Read 5 to 7 new books with my kids every week (5/143)
I make sure we visit our local library at least once a week and I order new books through the system to keep our book shelf full. My kids love reading and I enjoy the stories too. My oldest is going to kindergarten in the fall and I hope he gets a nice head start by learning to read on his own this summer.

48) Learn 3 to 5 new words every week and keep a log of them (5/143)
As a non-English native speaker, I’m glad I put this task on the list. How else would I learn new words such as perfidy, gumption and daft? And reading at least one book a week helps me discover new words, so what’s not to like?

50) Update my LinkedIn profile to highlight my writing skills and experience (1/1) – DONE!
This task took only 30 minutes to complete but it sat as an untouched project for two months before I started the “101 in 1001”. It felt very good crossing it off.

54) Spend one-on-one quality time once a week with my oldest (4/143)
55) Spend one-on-one quality time once a week with my youngest (4/143)
This is not always convenient to do but my husband and I are working on it. Even when we all go out together, we sometimes split the family so each kid spends one-on-one time with a parent. I really enjoy these private moments.

56) Establish 2 French-only days a week with my kids, including story time (4/246)
This looks easy but I found out it’s not. Definitely something I need to work on.

57) Cook one large family dish every week (1/143)
58) Make/bake one family dessert every week (3/143)

I love cooking but this task is not going well. Somehow it’s hard to make something everybody will want to eat (I have two picky eaters, my youngest and my husband). I so need help with this one.

74) Email or call my sister at least once a month (1/33)
I sent my sister an email on the last day of May. Pitiful, and not what I want our relationship to be.

87) Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night (15/1001)
This was extremely hard to do the first weeks of the challenge. Reading gets in the way of sleeping. I’m working hard to get in bed earlier so I still have time to read and sleep long enough. Something must be working though since I don’t feel as tired as I used to be.

88) Take my vitamins every day (26/1001)
89) Eat at least one good source of protein every day (28/1001)
I’m glad these two are on the list. They seem simple enough, and yet I do forget sometimes…

90) Drink Diet Coke on weekends only (1/143)
I can’t believe I ever put this on the list!!! I do want to restrict my Diet Coke habit to the weekends, but I love the stuff too much to give it up the rest of the week yet. Argh…

91) Exercise (strenuously) at least 2 times a week (7/246)
I suffer from chronic back pain – this means my pain fluctuates from moderate to severe every day, so strenuous exercise is the last thing on my mind. I’m happy to have accomplished this much so far. My exercise level may not seem strenuous enough to some people, but with my limitations, I’ve exercised more in May than the previous months.

92) Check my blood pressure twice a week (2/246)
I’m not sure why I can’t get this done since I have the blood pressure monitor right at home. Maybe it’s the borderline high numbers that scare me off. And yet, that’s exactly why I should do it. I’m obviously working against my best interest…

I’m not sure I’ve accomplished a lot so far, but I’ve got 32 more months to go!

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I’m signing up for “101 tasks in 1001 days”

May 1, 2011 will be the start of an interesting adventure and experience for me, as a person, a woman, a mother, a wife, a friend, and a writer. 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

Home & Organization

1) Grow food plants in the garden (Spring 2011) (0/1)
2) Grow food plants in the garden (Summer / Fall 2011) (0/1)
3) Grow food plants in the garden (Spring 2012) (0/1)
4) Grow food plants in the garden (Summer / Fall 2012) (0/1)
5) Grow food plants in the garden (Spring 2013) (0/1)
6)Grow food plants in the garden (Summer / Fall 2013) (0/1)
7) Plant flowers/flowering plants in the backyard (0/1)
8) Grow strawberries (0/1)
9) Decorate our living room’s bare walls (0/1)
10) Decorate our bedroom’s bare walls (0/1)
11) Make my office an organized, well-decorated, comfortable place of inspiration (0/1)
12) Buy new tools to replace those missing from my tool box (0/1)
13) Patch the numerous small holes that decorate our walls throughout the house (0/1)
14) Install the new curtains and curtain rod for our sliding window (0/1)
15) Install microwave oven over the stove or repair the current oven (0/1)
16) Get our stove gas burners fixed (0/1)
17) Sell the baby crib by end of spring 2011 (0/1)
18) Sell or donate the baby toys and clothes in the closet and garage by end of summer 2011 (0/1)
19) Clean out and organize the kids’ closets (0/1)
20) Clean out and organize the kitchen cabinets and pantry (0/1)
21) Redo the varnish on the bathroom vanity (0/1)
22) Clean out my bedroom closet (0/1)
23) Clean out the garage (0/1)
24) Repaint the walls of my dining room and kitchen in a color I like (0/1)
25) Create a kid’s art & craft box easy to access (0/1)
26) Store the kids’ artwork in storage boxes (0/1)
27) Clean out my various email inboxes and folders (0/1)
28) Unsubscribe from emails I never read (0/1)
29) Organize and clean up my internet browser bookmarks (0/1)
30) Edit and save all family / kid photos I took since the birth of my first child in 2006 (0/1)
31) Upload the saved photos onto albums on the Shutterfly website to share with family and friends (0/1)
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)
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)

Writing

34) Spend 3 hours a day on writing activities (paid or not) during the week, 2 hours a day on weekends (0/1001)
35) Send 100 article queries to magazines and publications (0/100)
36) Post once a week to my Perfecting Motherhood blog (0/143)
37) Post once a week to my new freelance writing website’s blog (see task #51) (0/143)
38) Post once a day to my Every Day I See a Cow blog until December 31, 2011 (0/244)
39) Post 2 to 4 times a month to my Buy Products From France website (0/72)
40) Attend a writers’ meeting several times a year (0/10)
41) Join a book club (0/1)
42) Write my first book (0/1)

Reading

43) Update my list of read books on Goodreads  (0/1)
44) Read one book a week (0/143)
45) Read 30 literature classics (0/30)
46) Re-read all of the Harry Potter books in a row (0/7)
47) Read 5 to 7 new books with my kids every week (0/143)
48) Learn 3 to 5 new words every week and keep a log of them (0/143)
49) Put a list of my 20 favorite quotes together (0/20)

Career

50) Update my LinkedIn profile to highlight my writing skills and experience (0/1)
51) Create a new website for my freelance writing business (separate from my marketing website) (0/1)
52) Create an Excel spreadsheet for my business expenses and income for 2011 (0/1)
53) Track and document my business deductions and receipts for 2011 (0/1)

Family & Leisure

54) Spend one-on-one quality time once a week with my oldest (0/143)
55) Spend one-on-one quality time once a week with my youngest (0/143)
56) Establish 2 French-only days a week with my kids, including storytime (0/246)
57) Cook one large family dish every week (0/143)
58) Make/bake one family dessert every week (0/143)
59) Try 10 new recipes (0/10)
60) Bake Christmas cookies and share with friends and family (0/3)
61) Have 10 family picnics (0/10)
62) Try 10 new restaurants (0/10)
63) Go apple picking (0/1)
64) Shop at a farmer’s market (0/1)
65) Sing in the rain (0/1)
66) Enjoy some outdoor/indoor music (0/1)
67) Go whale watching (0/1)
68) Take two family vacations (0/2)
69) Make birthday cakes from scratch for every family birthday, including mine (0/15)
70) Make sure my oldest learns how to swim (0/1)
71) Make sure my youngest learns how to swim (0/1)
72) Watch one new movie with my husband every other week (0/72)
73) Watch 50 of IMDB’s Top 250 movies (http://www.imdb.com/chart/top) I haven’t seen yet (0/50)
74) Email or call my sister at least once a month (0/33)
75) Pet a dolphin (0/1)
76) Pet a horse (0/1)
77) See a waterfall (0/1)
78) Walk in a forest (0/1)
79) Make a snowman (0/1)
80) Stargaze and look for shooting stars (0/1)
81) Visit a botanical garden (0/1)
82) Go to Disneyland California (0/1)
83) Go to Legoland California (0/1)

Finances

84) Rollover the 401K from my most recent job into my personal IRA (0/1)
85) Set up college savings accounts for my two kids (0/1)
86) Write a will (for myself and my husband) and get life insurance (0/1)

Health & Personal Growth

87) Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night (0/1001)
88) Take my vitamins every day (0/1001)
89) Eat at least one good source of protein every day (0/1001)
90) Drink Diet Coke on weekends only (0/143)
91) Exercise (strenuously) at least 2 times a week (0/246)
92) Check my blood pressure twice a week (0/246)
93) Get 2 mammograms (1 a year) (0/2)
94) Go a whole day without saying no (0/1)
95) Not swear for a whole week (0/1)
96) Spend a whole weekend without computer or internet access (0/1)
97) Complete 5 Sudoku puzzles (0/5)
98) Get one or more massages (0/1)
99) Take a class to learn something new (0/1)
100) Do some volunteer work (0/1)
101) Develop 3 new friendships (0/3)

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

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