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101 in 1001

A lot of resolutions, from the mundane to the truly ambitious, are being made today. What are your New Year's resolutions? Do you think you're likely to stick to them past the month of January?

So, I joined the mission101_2009 community. The premise of the community is to make a list of 101 tasks or goals that you'd like to achieve and set out to accomplish them over a period of 1001 days. My apologies to those of you that saw a version of this list last year.

My problem with New Year's resolutions before was that I set very unrealistic goals and always got discouraged because I'd basically set myself up to fail. You know, the whole "I'm going to be a size 2 by Summer". Yeah, not gonna' happen. Well, this idea appealed to me because I have forced myself to really define what I want over the next few years and determine what is necessary to make each of the ideas happen. Some are small, some are large, but each are significant to me. Posting here, just in case any of my newbies were curious.

Health and Fitness
1. Lose five pounds per month, until my goal is met.
2. Walk a minimum of three times per week, at least a mile each time, gradually increasing in speed and duration.
3. Spend at least thirty minutes each week stretching to increase flexibility.
4. Buy resistance bands to use during low impact exercise. Alternate exercise on weekdays when not walking.
5. Drink one glass of water per day, increasing by one additional glass each week until I am consuming eight glasses per day.
6. Eliminate soda. (Ongoing, 9/15/09)
7. Eliminate all remaining caffeinated drinks.
8. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our meals, making a concerted effort to try those that we aren't familiar with or very seldom use. (Ongoing)
9. Prepare at least two meatless meals per month. (Ongoing)
10. Explore regional/ethnic cuisines, with an emphasis on healthy eating. (Ongoing)
11. Address any health concerns that persist.
12. Make and keep annual appointments (dentist, ophthalmologist, etc).
13. Make a commitment to floss and take a multi-vitamin daily.
14. Take the time to moisturize, exfoliate and wear sunscreen.
15. At the conclusion of the challenge, do something physically demanding that I wasn't capable of before. (rock climbing, an extended hike, a half-marathon, etc)

16. Discipline myself to sit down and put words to paper every single day, no exceptions.
17. Research RWA chapters in my area.
18. Sell one piece of writing, no matter how small.
19. Consider joining a crit group.
20. Discover ten new authors.
21. Finish my TBR pile.
22. Pay my library fines and don't incur any more.
23. Try Book Crossing.

Cookie Chef Creations
24. Educate myself on Search Engine Optimization.
25. Consider making a teaser blog on another high traffic social networking site to drive visitors in.
26. List with food specific blog directories for more visibility.
27. Find reputable suppliers/vendors.
28. Update content at least once a week.
29. Update gallery at least every other week.
30. Find a nearby commercial kitchen rental.
31. Talk with Cher about making the site fully functional (checkout in addition to a gallery).
32. Introduce a new gourmet each season.

33. Learn to quill.
34. Learn the art of pysanky.
35. Take a second stained glass class.
36. Learn to throw pottery.
37. Make decorative soaps.
38. Experiment with sugar scrubs and bath bombs.
39. Read up on candle making.
40. Have a working knowledge of sewing, even if I never become proficient.
41. Learn to etch glass.
42. Take a flower arranging course.
43. Learn tatting.
44. Make kusudama ornaments.
45. Make spirelli cards.
46. Attempt a spiral or twisted tube peyote stitched necklace.
47. Create quilted ball ornaments for Christmas 2009 gifts. (Ongoing, 1/11/09)
48. Learn to wire crochet.
49. Explore Japanese paper cutting.

50. Make a living wreath or topiary.
51. Grow an herb garden.
52. Begin container gardening.
53. When space allows, plot a square foot garden with seasonal rotations.
54. Compost.
55. Use environmentally friendly pesticides.
56. Plant a tree.

Patriot Pen Pals
57. Update a minimum of once weekly. (I've neglected this for nearly a year now)
58. Do regular features on veteran's organizations and military hospitals to spread awareness and encourage volunteer involvement.

59. Pull credit report and resolve any discrepancies, rectify any problems. (8/25/09)
60. Change beneficiary information where applicable.
61. Make decisions on Fidelity Fund. (8/25/09)
62. Sit down with Darryl and outline a plan for us to save aggressively for retirement.
63. Become educated on stocks, investments and building a strong financial portfolio.
64. Have a will drafted.
65. Reduce our grocery bill by at least 20% every year.
66. Buy a home. (Friday, 11/13/09)
67. Really consider the implications--financial and otherwise--that 'growing' our family might have. (Ongoing, 3/24/09)

68. Try my hand at panamora/sugar eggs.
69. Improve my string work, sugar paste and pastillage skills.
70. Make a sculpted turkey cake for Thanksgiving.
71. Buy a Sugar Veil system.

72. Send resume to TOH for the Field Editor position.
73. Finally leave my job in pharmacy. (11/24/09)
74. Learn to use our digital camera and all of its features.
75. Have a 'disconnected day' at least once every other month (no phone, internet, etc). Challenge myself to see how much I can get accomplished on these days.
76. Purge my Inbox and keep it at a reasonable level.
77. Get professionally fitted for a bra.
78. Begin eliminating harsh and abrasive store bought household cleansers and replacing them with environmentally responsible homemade cleansers.
79. Learn at least rudimentary conversational Spanish.
80. Take advantage of and explore our state. Find at least ten new experiences to enjoy. (Ongoing)
81. Celebrate the seasons! Attend a parade, watch a fireworks display, go to a festival or fair, carve a pumpkin, construct a gingerbread house, make a snowman (Ongoing, 1/20/09)....
82. Create at least 1/2 of my Christmas gifts each year (food gifts, ornaments, cards, etc)
83. Buy a bento box and begin using it.
84. Continue buying produce locally when possible. Look for a co-op in the area. (Ongoing)
85. Learn to use a photo editing program properly.
86. Learn photography basics.
87. Make a second list of 100 things that make me happy. (10/23/09)
88. Have chosen family photos made into black and whites and assemble them in a wall grouping.
90. Subscribe to one or more magazines that I would normally buy at the newsstand. (Fall 09, Southern Living)
91. Subscribe to Consumer Reports. Become more educated about the products I buy and services I use.
92. Revive the Household Challenges filter. Continue organizing, streamlining and decluttering our home. (7/19/09)
93. Take a ride in a horse drawn carriage.
94. Take a ride in a hot air balloon.
95. Enter a food item for judging in the state fair.

Paying It Forward/Giving Back/Keeping in Touch
96. Compliment at least one random stranger every other week.
97. Send a 'Thinking of You' card to someone who would least expect it. Do this a mi five times.
98. Write a letter of praise to a supervisor, manager and/or corporation about someone who deserves it.
99. Research and choose one charitable organization to donate either time, money or resources to.
100. Practice RAK at least once every month.
101. Call my mother at least once a week.
102. Write letters to far away friends and family once a month. Call at least every three months.

103. Have an inexpensive planned date (picnic in the park, matinee movie, etc) at least every other week.
104. Set aside time for a long weekend and visit the Biltmore.
105. Celebrate Sweetest Day and Husband Day, as if they were nationally recognized holidays. Repeat annually. Crown him King for a Day. Take him on a blindfolded romantic adventure. Surprise him with a 'half birthday'. Create a treasure hunt with local businesses participating, the date location being his destination. Do 101 notes. Create a Mission Impossible tape. Challenge myself to find at least fifteen other creative ways to tell him that I love him.
106. Find a third hobby we can enjoy together.
107. Have portraits taken of the two of us no later than October.
108. Read at least two 'preventitive maintenance' books per year about ways to strengthen our relationship, maintain intimacy and keep the romance ignited.

Time Management/Productivity/Miscellaneous
109. Research and consider buying a pressure cooker.
110. Find at least fifteen new recipes per year that will utilize my crockpot. Incorporate those into our existing meal plans. (1/09)
111. Use the same principles of OAMC and begin 'feeding the freezer' for days when I am sick, do not feel like cooking or time is at a premium. (Ongoing)
112. Keep a roster of weekly meals that work for us, including shopping list, and use them when I do not have the time, energy or inclination.
113. For every item on accomplished on my To Do list each day, allow 15 minutes web surfing time. Otherwise, minimize the time spent in front of the computer.
114. Similarly, check e-mails only three times per day. Turn off audible alerts.
115. Reward myself each month for goals accomplished. Buy something I want or need.
116. For each goal not accomplished, at the conclusion of the challenge, donate $1 to a charity.
117. Embrace my inner bombshell.
118. Finally do something with the Dinner Diva concept.
119. Leave 100 Operation Beautiful notes.
120. Do a minimum of four home improvement projects or make needed purchases per year. (3/31)

Home Improvement Projects
1. Finish driveway
2. Install deadbolts/peephole
3. Storage building
4. Have electrician wire storage building
5. Privacy fence
6. Alarm system
7. Motion sensor/flood lights
8. Gutters installed
9. Brick paver patio
10. Landscaping
11. Security film on back windows and French door
12. Granite countertops in kitchen
13. Travertine or ceramic tile in kitchen
14. Backsplash
15. Window treatments
16. Blinds
17. Fridge
18. Silicone, front landing
19. Sealer back deck, time to cure?
20. Dining room
21. 2nd guest bedroom furniture
22. Tree removal
23. Underbrush in back cleared
24. Mulching mower
25. Bar stools
26. Wood floors in living room/hall
27. Square foot garden
28. Patio furniture
29. New fixture above dining
30. Under cabinet lighting in kitchen
31. Addt'l main switch in kitchen


( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 1st, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Your list is much better than mine! I started my 101 in 1001 last year, I keep it in a separate journal (gypsybutterfly5) to keep everything organized.

ETA to fix tag

Edited at 2009-01-01 06:49 pm (UTC)
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
I should probably do that but, honestly, I do well to keep up with one journal at a time. How are you doing on your list?
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'm working fairly steadily on my list. 29 completed so far (and I started March 29, 2008) . I'm not always that great about updating my 101 journal though.
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Jan. 4th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Jan. 1st, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Your goal list makes my goal list feel inadequate *L*

If you want any help on crochet wire, I'd be happy to give you a few pointers. It's pretty simple once you get the hang of it- especially the method in that book since it's all braided chains!
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
I may take you up on that. It's been years--probably a decade or more--since I've crocheted with yarn.
Jan. 4th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
I have a hard time crocheting with yarn after I've been crocheting wire necklaces- it's just too floppy *L*
Jan. 1st, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
what is patriot pen pals?
And yay for household challenges!

If you need stationery to inspire you to write to friends and family (or as a thinking of you note), you know I do that, right?

Aaaand... that's a killer list! Good luck with everything. :) Even if you only do half of it, think of how awesome that would be.

I'm trying the Couch to 5k program for starting to run... just did my day 1 today. It pushed me, but didn't kill me, so I suspect this is a good place to start. If you've run before, I'm not sure you'd need this program, but I've never run in my life, so it's a good setup for me.
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Patriot Pen Pals (or PPP or P3 as some of the volunteers have come to call it), is a group I started a few years back when two friends of mine returned home safely from the first wave of OIF. It just broke my heart to hear that there might be troops serving overseas without the support of friends or family. Not having many ties to the military anymore, I didn't know how to go about continuing to support these men and women. By that time, because of security concerns, they'd dismantled the Dear Abby program. Long story short, I was finally able to link with some units and began pairing up prescreened applicants and schools with men and women that were deployed to Korea, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. Each year, over 200 children participated in the program. These volunteers were assigned to one person or group and vowed to support them with cards, letters and/or care packages until they returned to the US.

I pop by your shop peridocally to take a looksee. I love that you made the Christmas design into a regular stationery set. Truthfully, I have a box of cards that need to be used. However, when pennies aren't quite so tight--D's truck ended up being just shy of $700 yesterday--then I'll definitely swing by again.

Thank you about the list.

My lung capacity and endurance is pretty poopy. We are doing a modified C25K, with lots and lots of days repeated.
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
I'd be willing to help if you need any with PPP. I live next to Fort Bragg, and just got out of the military myself. I have never heard of PPP, but I think it is an awesome idea. I know when my husband was over, a lot of the guys thought I was the coolest because I always sent the best care packages. There was always plenty to go around. A lot of guys he was with didn't get much, and that was quite depressing to me. Stuff like that keeps you going over there. Let me know if you need any help! :)
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I certainly will.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Wow, great list...and quite ambitious! Cheers to a wonderful, productive New Year!
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Belated Happy New Year to you too.
Jan. 5th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Wow! Your list is very ambitious. I say I'm going to do some of the stuff on your list (too) but things tend to come up and I don't. This year may be a new beginning. First I need to come up with a list.
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
It took me a while to do my list. I think part of reaching goals, at least for me, is to make sure that what I want is clearly defined and not something so outrageous that it isn't achievable. I'm a huge list maker also, even if it just pertains to running errands or Spring cleaning. It helps me to stay on task.
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
I have to tell you... I LOVE goal #75. I may try that myself! :)
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Re: #75
It will be a challenge but I think it'll be well worth it.
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
I like this idea. I'm definitely going to have to do my own list. If you don't mind I think I'll use your list as a jumping of point. :)
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Sure thing. I'd be flattered. I just added to it (see most recent post).
Jan. 14th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
that's a great list!!!!

for your patriot pen pals; an idea would be to encourage people to deliver a homemade meal to the closest fisher house.
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Great idea and thank you.
Jan. 17th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
I like your list! Good luck with it!
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Jan. 17th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
i like your 101 list and it gave me some ideas i wish i had put into mine. i'm living in NC as well (Greensboro). where abouts are you?
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Mine is a work in progress. We're in Cary.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
Very cool list. How's it going? I've been working on my list too but I already want to tweak the list. :)
Dec. 28th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
New Year, Renewed Goals:)
Great list, I will go back to this and perhaps add some to mine if you don't mind:) I like how you broke them up into categories. Planning is how it happens. I am terrible at planning and even worse at following through so I have my work cut out for me:) I love the Operation Beautiful idea. That is really cool. It is basically free. You can always bum tape, use a scrap of paper and a pencil. Such a simple act may make a huge difference in someone's life. I love it when my words boost a person's feelings about themselves. That is way cool!
Dec. 28th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
This is a great idea! I'm going to make one this year. :)
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