Friday, May 7, 2010

My 101 Things to do in 1001 Days

Have you heard about The Day Zero Project? It's a project concept that was started by a blogger from New Zealand in 2003 that is meant to challenge, encourage and inspire you to set and achieve 101 personal goals and accomplish them in 1001 days.

What's so special about that? you ask. Well, this is what I think is so special about the project that made me want to do it.

One. The time frame. 1001 days is about 2 3/4 years, which gives you ample time to plan and carry out your goals and also spans over several changes in the season. This affords you the time you may need if you fail the first time on a task (hopefully not parachuting) or fall short on a task (like growing your bangs out), you can keep trying until you get it done. It also gives you the chance to accomplish a goal that is season dependent (like gardening or skiing).

Two. The number of tasks. Yes, 101 goals is a lot of goals, which I think is beneficial. Why? Because it gives you the opportunity to come up with short and long term goals, easy ones and challenging ones, and hopefully even a few that today may seem near impossible to you. As you tackle the easy ones, it will give you confidence to work on the more difficult or time consuming ones. As you tackle those goals, it'll motivate you even more to work at the next level goals. Before you know it, you'll be checking off so many of your goals that you'll be empowered and determined to reach every single one of your goals--even the ones that seem far reaching today. Well, that's what I'm hoping for, anyway. ;)

Three. 101 Things to do in 1001 encourages you to be creative with your goals and finally accomplish things that you've always wanted to do, but just never followed through with.

Several months ago, I came across a 101 Things to do in 1001 post by a young woman named Brandy with whom I crossed paths on the Tasty Kitchen Forums. I loved the idea of the project and have been working on my list on and off for a couple of months already. I am finally ready to get started! Here it goes . . .

My 101 Things to do in 1001 Days

Today is Day 1 of the next 1001 days and this is my list of 101 things I plan to accomplish in the next 1001 days.

Friday, May 7, 2010 is Day 1.

Friday, February 1, 2013 is Day 1001.

1. Lose 10 lbs.
2. Participate in a triathlon Sept. 11, 2011 Finished in 1:28:44 
3. Conquer my cycling loop through the reservation, climbing all the hills without stopping
4. Run a 5K race in 33 minutes or less. Ran a 5K Race in 30:44.60 on Feb. 27, 2011 
5. Have at least one date night with my husband every month
6. Establish a monthly family game or movie night
7. Run 500 miles
8. Bike 1000 miles
9. Learn how to play chess
10. Hike the Sierra trail in the Reservation.
11. Design spare bedroom to be a study & craft room
12. Get backyard fence put up
13. Find the perfect bra
14. Find the perfect pair of jeans
15. Make homemade vanilla extract
16. Re-establish my herb garden
17. Re-establish my vegetable garden
18. Re-establish my perennial garden
19. Plant 100 tulip and daffodil bulbs
20. Learn how to knit
21. Lose 10 more lbs.
22. Finish the kitchen cross stitch sampler I started ages ago
23. Finish the love cross stitch project I started ages ago
24. Frame the moongate print from Bermuda
25. Learn how to cross country ski
26. Learn how to play Majong
27. Design and install storage system for the master closet
28. Organize the garage {hello bike rack}
29. Get a ping pong table :)
30. Stitch a personalized sampler for youngest daughter
31. Clear out, fix up and sell father-in-law's vacant condo
32. Host a cocktail party
33. Organize our digital photos
34. Use iPhoto (instead of desktop folders)
35. Create a gallery of family photos on one wall in the house
36. Graduate from Medium to Hard on RockBand Band. :)
37. Figure out how to use Home Sharing in iTunes
38. Go camping
39. Lose 10 more lbs.
40. Read the last Harry Potter book
41. Knit a hat or scarf
42. Use the good china just because
43. Plant raspberry bushes
44. Refinish the bureau in the girls' bathroom
45. Treat myself to a spa day
46. Find the perfect little black dress
not yet... but I found a pretty hot purple one! ;)
47. Make my own yogurt
48. Organize eldest daughter's closet
49. Organize youngest daughter's closet
50. Landscape the side yard
51. Landscape the other side yard
52. Plant at least one fragrant rose bush
53. Plant peonies
54. Plant the rhubarb in a permanent spot
55. Do some craft project with all those seashells I keep collecting
56. Do some craft project with all those pinecones I keep collecting
57. Complete a mosaic project
58. Enforce a chore schedule for my daughters
59. Go to the MOMA
60. Take a trip to Acadia National Park in ME
61. Plant a fruit tree
62. Press flowers and make something artsy with them
63. Find a yoga class or video that I really love
64. Lose 10 lbs.
65. Put one of those new biodegradable SunChips bags in the compost pile and see how long it takes to decompose
66. Get sewing machine fixed
67. Sew something Powerpuff girl costumes for Halloween '10
68. Visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
69. Make our family tree
70. Make lemon curd from scratch
71. Read all of the currently published In Death books by J.D. Robb
72. Make homemade gnocchi
73. Complete a block printing project
74. Make a travel scrapbook album
75. Make homemade candles
76. Grow LOTS of basil and make LOTS of pesto to last the whole winter
77. Complete a wire working project
78. Explore Central Park north of the Great Lawn
79. Make some botanical rubbings
80. Get everyone's passports updated
81. Travel somewhere off the continent Family vacation to Europe Aug. 2011
82. Install new weather proofing on front door
83. Start writing a memoir for myself
84. Buy a new slipcover for the sofa... or buy a new sofa!
85. Create 12 unique ice cream recipes {seasonal flavor of the month}
86. Tap the maple trees in the yard and make homemade maple syrup
87. Visit SoCal for a weekend
88. Grow alpine strawberry plants from seed
89. Make my own time lapse photography video
90. Lose those last 8 lbs.
91. Treat myself to a new wardrobe
92. Buy a bathing suit that I love
93. Attract hummingbirds to the yard with feeder and flowers
94. Photograph a hummingbird in the yard :)
95. File next year's tax return by March 1
96. Create my own unique header graphic for my blog
97. Buy a new canning set for processing homemade jams
98. Make several varieties of homemade jams & jellies for Christmas gifts
99. Bake homemade bread from scratch
100. Go running in Liberty State Park
101. Complete a 365 Photography Project

Goals highlighted in orange have been achieved!

Cheerleaders always welcomed. :)

What about you? :)


  1. Wait you have like loose 10 lb like 4 times.. first of all that is only 97 then.... second you do not have that much to loose unless you are planning to gain it.

  2. I'll definitely cheer you on! Happy Mother's Day!

  3. Hi Kathy!
    Thanks so much for visiting. :)

    I actually have that goal in there 4 times! Plus one for those last 3 lbs. ;) It's one of those goals that would be more motivating for me to reach in stages. And how sweet of you to say I don't have to lose that much unless I plan on gaining it! Thank you for saying that... but the scale doesn't lie! Neither do my jeans! LOL.

    Mariana, thank you!! Happy Mother's Day to you, my dear! xo

  4. Impressive list. I think you have a lot of things there that are easily attainable and should keep you motivated. Good luck!

  5. GO CHRISTINE GO CHRISTINE I'm so there as your cheerleader. This does make a person think... I might have to look into this!

    Anyway GO CHRISTINE you can Do it!

    Oh and have a wonderful Mother's Day!!!

  6. Thanks Phyl! Motivated AND busy! =)

    Aw, Sarai! You're so sweet! I can practically see your pom poms from here. Thank you!

    Oh, definitely think about doing your own list!!! Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes! :)

    p.s. Love your new avatar!

  7. Wow Christine this is such a good idea! I hope you reach all your goals (even losing 10lbs 4 times! LOL)
    I've been thinking a lot about you lately cause I need to lose 10lbs twice and it always reminds me of that app for the iPhone you once told us about. I downloaded it, but never used it :)

    I will write my 101 goals later today! You should put the link to yours on the sidebar so we can check how you're doing and keep cheering you on!

    Good luck hun!

  8. I will look at you and cheer--constantly.

    I will not come up with my own list, however. I'm a life-drifter, myself. ;-)

    Happy Mother's Day, Christine! *hug*

  9. Christine! That's a wonderful list. I'll be cheering you on all the way. :D

    Happy Mother's Day to you! xoxo

  10. Hilda: You should open that app and start using it! Although, the units are for the US only (cups, not ml stuff like that) so you may have to do some mental adjustments. If you get in the habit of using it every time you eat something, you will be able to stay on task.

    I'll be looking for your 101 goals!!! It'll be great to have some company on this project for the next 1001 days! LOL! And I'll make a link on my sidebar. Good idea! :)

    azteclady: Thanks for the cheers! :)
    I love the life-drifter style, too... but I derive a lot of satisfaction of crossing things off a list! ;)

    Happy Mother's Day to you, too! *hug*

    Hilcia: Thanks for the cheers!
    Happy Mother's Day to you, too! xoxo

  11. Go Christine! Go Christine!!

    Give me a C, a H, a R, an I, a S, a T, another I, a N and an E - Christine!

    LOL, yeah, that's pretty much all I'm going to do, Christine. Cheer you on :D I really hope you make it, but wow woman. You do enjoy challenges!!

  12. LOL! Thanks, nath! I so love having a personal cheering squad. ^_^

    I think I'm simply fond of making lists more than anything. LOL. I'm also a serious procrastinator. Yet I know how rewarding it is actually get stuff done and even better to meet some challenging goals... So that's what motivates me to do challenges. Whatever works, right? :)

  13. That's one amazing list - all the best! Am sure I can find some pompoms!

    I like the 'Run 5 km in less than 33 minutes' goal...

  14. Hey, this is a fantastic list! There are so many things I identify with, especially the cross-stitch projects! :D This really makes me think about my own 101 things - perhaps I'll even be brave enough to take up the challenge! ;)

  15. I love this list! I thought it was very funny how you put "lose 10 pounds" multiple times. That is something I would totally write on my list! I am so inspired by this idea that I am going to create my own 101 goals in 1001 days list!


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