My 101 in 1001 days

About The Project

Sponsored by Day Zero, the home of the 1001 Day Project. A unique challenge that inspires you to set and achieve your personal goals in life.

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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.
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Start Date: March 17, 2011
End Date: December 13, 2013

Bold- Goals that are in progress
Strikethrough- Goals that have been completed.

1. Compliment someone (does not have to be the same person :))everyday for 10 days straight.
2. Pay for someone else’s food behind me at the drive-thru.
3. Develop a workout routine.
4. Finish our basement. (drywall and carpet) completed on September 24, 2012- pics to come!!
5. Plant more flowers around our house in the Spring of 2011 and 2012. 2/2
6. Attend church at least 2 times a month for a year 1/24
7. Buy something from Etsy.
8. Buy a DSLR about it here
9. Cook Thanksgiving dinner. I did this on 11/24/10, but hope to do it again :)
10. Take our dog Macy on more walks, nights when I am home, weather permitting.
11. Pay off a credit card(s). paid one off on June 30, 2011 :)
12. Go skydiving.
13. Go to Disney. Will be going in April 2013!
14. Have a baby. Baby Adams is growing, due November 2, 2013!
15. Participate in a 5K race. Run all or some, just finish :)  Color Run DSM 10/6/12
16. Update my passport.
17. Learn basic sign language.
18. Take a cooking class.December 6, 2011
19. Host a cookie exchange around the holidays.  Will be on December 19 2011 at work :)
20. Do Farrells Extreme Body Shaping 10 week class.
21. Visit Niagara Falls.
22. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all. 12/20 Taking suggestions, please leave your recommendation below :) Heaven is for Real, Todd Burpo. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen. One for the Money, Janet Evanowich. Still Alice, Lisa Genova. Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin.The Help Kathryn Stockett. Last Night at Chateau Marmont, Lauren Weisberger. Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins. 50 shades of Grey, E. L James. Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn. Think Twice, Lisa Scottoline.
23. Take a photography class. Signed up for a class it starts on March 27, 2013
24. Start a new family tradition.
25. Start saving more for retirement. Thanks to IPERS, and more investment by me, i am looking good for retirement :)
26. Get 100 followers on my blog. 41/100
27. Buy new energy star appliances for kitchen. 2/4. We decided we NEEDED (and we really did) a new dishwasher and Refrigerator, we got an invite to an extra 15% off, can't beat sales!! :) 2 down 2 to go.
28. Adopt another 4 legged fur baby.
29. Not log in to facebook for a week (7 days)
30. Quit biting my nails. Quit 5/15/11 hopefully it will last :)
31. Add some color (paint) to our living room walls
32. Get someone else to do the 101 in 1001 days. Jaime over at Life in the Fast Lane :)
33. Donate a toy for toys for tots. Donated 4 items to our Dentist for Holiday season 2011
34. Try a new recipe every month for 6 months. 5/6 1."Amish Friendship bread"  i made this bread in January, it is really good just like the friendship bread without the passing of the starter bags! 2. Pumpkin bars i made these for Joe in October, they were very good! 3.Sugar cookie bars. These are wonderful! I made them in May of 2012. 4. Starbucks "Passion tea" This is exactly like the tea from Starbucks, i added a little lemonade to make it more like the shaken tea lemonade! :) 5. Chicken Biscuit recipe it was ok, need to make some changes for my liking!
35. Participate and complete a "boot camp." Started April 4th :)
36. Learn to crochet.
37. Buy a new lap top computer.  1/28/2012 :)
38. Use more coupons. Cutting and starting to use them! Not in my normal routine yet though!
39. Get a massage.January 3, 2012 :)
40. Get a facial 2 times. 1/2 1.) 5/18/2011,
41. Enjoy a day with NO TV. December 28, 2012
42. Decorate my work space at work.
43. Attend a home and away Iowa Hawkeye Sports (Football or Basketball) game. 0/2
44. Make homemade pasta. Found a recipe!
45. Try something new off the menu at 3 restaurants we go to frequently. 3/3 1. The Overlake at Grantie City 2. Cheese Wontons at Irish Democrat 3. Chicken Brushetta flat bread pizza Red's (YUMMY!)
46. Have a garage sale.  In the planning stages, hoping to set the date for August :)
47. Improve my posture. Reminding my self to sit up straight :)
48. Blog every day for a week. The week of April 4-10 2011
49. Swim with dolphins.
50. Visit a zoo. Going to the Brookfield zoo on August 4th! read about it here
51. Sing karaoke.
52. Go para sailing.
53. Buy a bicycle. Bought a bicycle on April 9, 2011
54. Complete the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) class.
55. Attend the Iowa State Fair in 2011 and 2012.
56. Eat Sushi, try 2 different types. 1/2 1. Shiitake Mushroom Maki 4/8/2011
57. Take a unplanned weekend road trip with the hubby.
58. Buy a sewing machine and learn how to use it.
59. Give up soda for 3 months. No soda since March 30, 2011, 3 months reached June 30, 2011
60. Go to our local farmers market and buy local /fresh produce.
61. Turn my phone off for the weekend. 5/4/2012-5/6/2012
62. Leave a 100% tip.
63. Recycle more, We have 2 recycle bins and maybe only throw 1 bag of trash a week!! :).
64. Write a hand written letter to my friends instead of emails. 1/5 1. Sarah
65. Stop using plastic bags, use reusable bags.
66. Mow the yard.
67. Write a living will.
68. Get family pictures taken. Taken on 10/30/11
69. Go 5 days (a work week) without spending money.
70. Bake cupcakes from scratch. I have the recipe, now i just need to make them! completed May 7, 2011 blog post here.
71. Try a spinning class.
72. Buy new glasses. Bought new glasses on April 22, 2011
73. Dress up for Halloween.
74. Plant a vegetable garden.
75. Go to the top of Willis Tower in Chicago
76. Stay at a bed & breakfast.
77. Take a vacation with my hubby.
78. See a movie in 3D.
79. Plant a tree in our backyard.
80. Save $5 for every task I complete. 115/505
81. Develop a better skin care routine.
82. Travel to and eat at 3 restaurants featured on Diner's, Drive-In's and Dives. 0/3
83. Ride in a hot air balloon.
84. Visit a state or location (not in Iowa) I have never been to. Went to Washington DC on 4-17 until 4-20 2011
85. Make a wish at 11:11 on November 11, 2011. We had a staff retreat this day, so the entire staff stopped at 11:11 to make a wish, how fun!!
86. Send anonymous flowers to someone who is having a tough day.  5/19/2011
87. Attend the midnight premiere of a movie. Attended Breaking Dawn Part 1 Premiere on November 18th at 12:00 a.m.! Can't wait for part 2.
88. Attend the Des Moines Farmers Market.
89. Kiss in the rain.
90. Explore 3 towns in Iowa, that we have ever been to.3/3 Wyoming, IA, Ottumwa, IA, Albia, IA
91. Attend a wine tasting.
92. Host a giveaway on my blog, when I reach 100 followers or 50 :)
93. Try 5 new restaurants. 4/5 1. Quintons 2. Moe's Southwestern Grill 3. La Cava 4. Coffee Talk Cafe 5. Noodles .
94. Expand my vocabulary by 100 words. 0/100
95. Subscribe to 3 new magazines. 3/3 1. Everyday Food. 2. Redbook 3. Self
96. See 10 movies in the theatre. 10/10 The Help, Breaking Dawn Part 1, The Vow, Hunger Games,Ted, Magic Mike, The odd life of Timothy Green, Breaking Dawn Part 2, Identity Thief, Safe Haven.
97. Get a professional teeth whitening. I did this on March 6, 2012... i was not thrilled with the difference, i have the take home trays and gel, so maybe that will help, i did the laser whitening at my dentist office....
98. Fill our empty picture frames and hang them. read blog post here
99. Walk/Ride and raise money for the JDRFor ADA. To help find a cure to Diabetes! I gave myself a week to raise $500 for the JDRF walk and surpassed my goal, i raised $640 in a week!
100. Buy a treadmill-  Hopefully we will be picking it up this weekend 3/1/2013
101. Black Friday shop! Read about my shopping here.
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