101 in 1001 – Take Two

Two years ago, I sat down and created a list of 101 goals that I wanted to complete in 1001 days. I had just been released from the Air Force and needed some direction in my life. Yesterday, my 1001 days ended. Today, I started a new list.

According to my tally, I completed 57/101 goals. Some of those included trips to new states, getting cats and a dog, and cutting my hair for donation. I also tried new foods, ran a half marathon, and read a bunch of new books.

As I’ve mentioned before, some of my goals became irrelevant over the course of the last 2 years. I no longer want to score high on the Air Force’s physical fitness test or run a marathon, and biking as an alternative to driving isn’t a viable option in this area.

Other goals were simply neglected, and some of these goals have made their way onto my new 101 in 1001 list!

As a quick recap, the mission at hand is to complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. Tasks must be specific (i.e., no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e., represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 days? Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 days 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 or outdoor activities.

So, without further ado…

101 in 1001 v.2

start date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

end date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

  1. Travel to Iceland
  2. See the Northern Lights
  3. Skydive
  4. Go to Massachusetts in the fall and see a cranberry bog
  5. Hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail
  6. Hike a section of the Florida Trail
  7. Visit the Atlantic Ocean
  8. Visit family in New York
  9. Visit 3 new states
  10. Go to a space observatory
  11.  Visit my local museum
  12.  Visit a castle
  13.  Try rock climbing
  14.  Go to Ponce de Leon Springs
  15.  Go backpacking in Alaska for a week
  16.  Go to Mt. Saint Helens
  17.  Go to Mt. Rainer
  18. Backpack down into the Grand Canyon
  19. Take Mackenzie on a graduation trip
  20. Take Taryn on a graduation trip
  21. Take a Hawaiian vacation with Spencer
  22. Send 10 letters to elected officials
  23. Attend a protest/political rally
  24. Volunteer for the next presidential campaign
  25. Volunteer to decorate the community entrance for Christmas
  26. Drink only homemade lemonade and sweet tea (as opposed to store bought)
  27. Catch and eat a fish
  28. Make good Thai fried rice
  29. Make my own jam with my own berries
  30. Get an ice cream maker, and make gelato
  31. Learn to make sushi
  32. Make good pad thai
  33. Try cooking with 10 new fruits or vegetables
  34. Make a sourdough starter
  35. Make cheese danishes
  36. Obtain 3 pieces from Le Cruset
  37. Build up a 3 month emergency fund
  38. Pay off all debt currently under $10,000
  39. Put $10 into and IRA or CD account for every completed goal
  40. Update the bedroom curtains and duvet
  41. Build a desk for the office
  42. Buy a proper dresser for the bedroom
  43. Change all light bulbs in the house over to LED
  44. Flush the hot water tank once a year
  45. Build 3 planter boxes and plant a garden
  46. Plant lavender in a windowsill box
  47. Design some sort of patio that is larger/better than the current one.
  48. Expand the backyard to it’s full size
  49. Buy and learn how to use a jig saw
  50. Redo the flowerbeds in the front yard
  51. Build a fence for the back yard
  52. Build a picnic table
  53. Fill in the backyard floodpit
  54. Replace the front door
  55. Create a more cat-friendly office
  56. Plant a tree
  57. Go out to see 6 movies a year with Spencer
  58. Go to a Blue Wahoos game with my husband
  59. Throw an awesome promotion party for Spencer
  60. Go out for drinks/shoot pool with my husband once a month while I’m in FL
  61. Carve pumpkins with my husband
  62. Take a dance class with my husband
  63. Begin a doctoral program
  64. Be published in a psychology journal
  65. Complete a grant proposal
  66. Read 100 journal articles relating to sexual assault or assault in the military
  67. Make my own business cards
  68. Read an article a week from a psychology journal and review it on my blog
  69. Volunteer for a women’s shelter or rape crisis hotline
  70. Attend a psychology conference
  71. Take another statistics class
  72. Become fluent in Spanish again
  73. Start a group where gay and lesbian military spouses feel welcome
  74. Get a massage a month for a year
  75. Run another half marathon
  76. Get a bike, and use it as a form of transportation and exercise
  77. Go paddle boarding 10 times
  78. Take a surfing lesson
  79. Learn to snowboard
  80. Go to a chiropractor
  81. Read my 25 Classic Books
  82. Attend 10 local plays
  83. Attend 10 local concerts
  84. Wake up no later than 8am on weekdays, and 10am on weekends
  85. Get my own personal stamp
  86. Read 15 books just for fun
  87. Join a book club
  88. Take a yoga class every Friday for 3 months
  89. Post to Wilder Women once a week
  90. Send 50 handwritten notes to friends and family
  91. Buy a filing cabinet and start a good filing system
  92. Take a self defense class
  93. Read every Jane Austen novel
  94. Buy new glasses that I really like
  95. Go a month without Facebook
  96. Answer the 50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind in 50 blog posts
  97. Bike 50 miles a week for a month
  98. Revamp my wardrobe with a better selection of business professional attire
  99. Get a DSLR and figure out how to use it
  100. Finish our road trip scrapbook
  101. Keep up-to-date with hair cuts

And that’s it! I can’t wait to start. If you’ve ever felt as though you need a little more motivation in life, you really should consider making one of these lists. There are thousands of other 101 in 1001 lists out there if you need any ideas!

4 thoughts on “101 in 1001 – Take Two

    • Prior to moving to Florida, I lived about 30 minutes away from Mount Baker…I had the most wonderful view of it outside my bedroom window. Here in Florida the highest point in the state is 345 feet. I miss my mountains! Do you have any recommended hikes on either Rainier or St. Helens?

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