When all is said and done, life comes down to one simple statement: This is what I've done. Every person has different goals in life, and different things they wish to accomplish. What is important to one person is not necessarily important to another, and vice versa. I've noticed it a lot this past year, especially is reference to some of my friends. We have different goals in life - not good, not bad, just different.
In any case, everyone has different goals. Some people don't complete their goals, or even realize their goals, until very late in life. Soem people never do. And yes, our goals change on a regular basis. Some are small and easy to undertake, while others are large and overbearing. I have a terrible habit of seeing things as small and insignificant, unless I am actually determined to complete them. This, in turn, brings in my "project." Today, day zero, marks the first day of law school for Sean. As he begins this long journey, I will be beginning one of my own. They will nearly parallel each other in length, which is incredibly challenging.
I've seen this project around on the blogosphere for quite awhile now (before I even had a blogger of my own!). It's about creating goals and sticking to them. I've seen it done on Heather Drive and Good Food, Good Friends, Good Life. I've been taking a lot of inspiration from these blogs, and this challenge is no different. There are 101 tasks, to be completed in 1,001 days (which is roughly 2 3/4 years). And I'm doing it.
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1,001 days.
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 - they have to represent some amount of work.
Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created to-do lists in the past - usually they are 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 is a better period of time, because it allows you several seasons to complete the task, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, and outdoor activities.
My Own Criteria:
1. I reserve the right to change these goals as life goes on. The project is nearly 3 years, and life is going to change for me. I want to be able to have meaningful goals the entire way through, not just at the beginning.
2. I will donate $5 to charity for each task I fail to complete.
3. I'll blog about each task once I've completed it, and link it up to this original post (hopefully)
4. The challenge will go from August 18th, 2010 to May 15th, 2013.
My 101 in 1001
Upgrade my camera
- Make a t-shirt quilt from my high school t-shirts
Buy a new Mac Watch a sunrise(I start work at 5:30 am - I see it every day now!) Transform my wardrobe from "college girl" to "adult world" (I have hardly any t-shirts now!) Try 20 new restaurants (20/20)
- Take a cooking class
- Take an art class
Complete 30 Days of Thanks
- Read 50 books (34/50)
Answer the "50 Questions that will free your mind"
- Complete the Day in the Life project (one photo, every hour)
Send a future email - for me to get on my wedding day Design a new blog header Take a trip outside of the United States Learn how to shoot a gun
- Switch to reusable grocery bags
Detail my car Buy a pair of designer heels Fly first class(okay, it was Economy Comfort, but I count it) Purchase something from Etsy(our cake topper!)
24. Complete both the Two Hundred Squats and the Two Hundred Sit-Ups programs (0/2)
28. Take a Bikram yoga class
32. Try a Netti Pot
For my soul:
34. Go to church, at least 3 times a month (32/33)
37. Have a night out, with someone other than Sean, at least once a month (32/33)
38. Send a secret to postsecret.com
39. Join a church group/young adult group/women's group
41. Have a date night once a month (32/33)
45. Go to a bed & breakfast for a weekend
49. Go through my closet at least once a year and donate clothes (2/3)
51. Pay for someone behind me in the drive-thru
52. Send a care package to a soldier
53. Create a birthday calendar for family and friends
54. Send a card to everyone on my birthday calendar
59. Give a meal to a homeless person
For my home:
63. Refinish our china cabinet
70. Complete a jigsaw puzzle - and frame it
For my wallet:
For my past:
87. Take a vacation to a state park
88. Go to a drive-in movie
89. Pick berries
92. Get a postcard from all 50 states
95. Go to a murder mystery dinner
97. Go to an opera
98. Go zip-lining
100. Learn to golf
Finally (I can't believe I'm writing this down), something that seems so far away in the future. However, it's absolutely feasible and even likely to happen...
101. Get pregnant