Tuesday, March 29, 2011

An Update


[For those who don't know, the link is at the top toward the left. The point of the list is to set 101 goals you'll complete in 1001 days.]

I could make the "I've been busy!" excuses (I have been), or insist that "I'm trying, really!" (I haven't been). But really, recently, I've just kind of forgotten about my 101 in 1001 list.

I know, I know. SHAME.

But, hey, here's how I'm doing so far:

Start date: 09/09/09
Finish date: 06/07/12

Not Yet Started
In Progress


Total (46/101) <--Not too shabby. I have a year and some change left.

Travel (6/14)
1 Go to China
2 See Boston again
3 Take a road trip
4 See Niagara Falls
5 Go to Austin twice
6 Go to D.C.
7 Go to Canada
8 Keep a travel journal
9 Visit Travis in Lubbock
11 Take a spontaneous day trip
12 Rent a cabin in the mountains and go snowboarding
13 Go fishing
14 Send five people postcards from a trip

Job/Education (4/10)
15 Study abroad

16 Work my butt off to kind of understand Mandarin Chinese
17 Take the LSAT
18 Take a fun class, just for kicks
19 French 101
20 Apply to work at Sky Ranch/another Christian camp
21 Graduate from Texas A&M
22 Lead a Bible study
23 Apply for graduate school

Health/Wellness (6/19)
25 Lose 10 pounds
26 Go one week without cheese
27 Spend one week as a vegan
28 Drink only water for one week
29 Start and finish out a yoga class
30 Workout five times a week for six weeks
31 Go for a walk 20 times (9/20)
32 Give up coffee for 2 weeks (separate from #29)
33 Do 100 sit-ups, 3 times a week, for six weeks
34 Donate blood at least twice. (2/2)
35 Do 15 pushups a night for two months
36 Do 20 pushups a day for two months
37 Do 25 pushups a day for two months
38 Master a basic jump in snowboarding
39 Play tennis once
40 5K
41 Bike everywhere for a week
42 Go kayaking
43 Try skiing
44 Eat ice cream and don’t feel guilty afterward

Blog (3/3)
45 Get a blog makeover
46 Blog every day for one month
47 Meet a blog/internet friend in real life

Writing/Photography/Hobbies (3/7)
48 Find a new hobby
49 Write every day for a month
50 Finish a story!
51 Send said story to publishers
52 Enter a photography contest
53 Buy a Canon EOS Rebel XSi (or better).
54 Complete a Wreck This Journal

Personal/Random. (22/39)
55 Fill a stack of post-its with inspirational messages and leave them somewhere
56 Donate to Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths
57 For everything I don’t do, donate $1.
58 Go to a concert.
59 Call Mom every day for a month
60 Cook a fancy meal
61 Clean out my closet and give away clothes
62 Attend a music festival
63 Attend an art festival
64 Go horseback riding
65 Go on a picnic
66 Fall in love.
67 Suck it up and get my eyebrows waxed
68 Get at least one tattoo
69 Spend at least six months single
70 Donate $150 to a non-profit
71 Send off one friend (of many) joining the military
72 Send someone flowers totally randomly
73 Volunteer at an elementary school
74 Plant a mini-garden.
75 Plant a tree
76 Get a bike
77 Go one week without making a list
78 Watch the sunrise with someone important
79 Live alone.
80 Sing karaoke.
81 Buy something at a flea market
82 Send 5 secrets to Post Secret (1/5)
83 Watch 100 new movies (73/100)
84 Listen to 30 songs produced before 1990 (Beatles don’t count) (30/30)
85 Write my future self a letter (via futureme.org)
86 Watch the sunset
88 Sit by a window in a café on a busy street and people-watch for a whole day
89 Buy another pair of TOMS
90 Start and finish an Ayn Rand book
91 Donate 1,000,000 grains of rice on freerice.com (11,000/1,000,000)
92 Take pictures in a photobooth
93 On the last day, read my letter from #85
94 Do some kind of sky-diving/bungee-jumping type thing

Grown-up things (2/7)
95 Pay rent early every month for a year
96 Write my will
97 Buy more professional clothes
98 Buy nothing but food for two weeks
99 Pay off loan
100 Learn how to cook Thanksgiving dinner from start to finish
101 Try 20 new recipes (10/20)
I'll be posting pictures of the most recent recipe (#101) I've tried soon (it's amazingly delicious), as well as the garden I'll plant as soon as I have some dirt (#74). 
I changed "become fluent in Mandarin Chinese" to "work my butt off to kind of understand Mandarin Chinese" because, let's face it, this language is almost impossibly hard and I'd just like to get to a point where I can function in China without DYING (#16). 
Project 365 (#87) is going well.
I leave to study abroad in China on May 20 (#1 and #15) (alkdjfa;lsdkjf ;dlkj). I'll be buying a bike (#76) and riding it every where while I'm there (#41).
I'm giving up coffee (#32) starting tomorrow (isn't that what I always say)? 
And once I have le boy's birthday present figured out, I'll do #98. 
I'm planning on entering National Geographic's photo contest this coming August (#52). 
I'm officially graduating from Texas A&M (#21) next December (barring all catastrophes)! (!!!) And that means applying for graduate school pretty soon (#23). (!!!!!)
Being honest, I've changed and adapted some things over time. At one point, something about learning to play guitar was on there. I've decided to be honest with myself and just give the heck up on that. My hands are too small, and as much as I like listening to music I'm really not good at playing it. I also keep changing the places I want to visit (Seattle...D.C....Knoxville...Paris...). We'll see if D.C. is where I want to go now. I also changed 1/2 marathon to a 5K because, frankly, my wimpy knee will never allow me to run that far. Which I'm okay with. 

I don't think I learn to cook all of Thanksgiving dinner, reading Ayn Rand feels a little like low-grade torture to me, and I'm not sure how sending a story to publishers is going to go since I haven't touched a piece of writing in several months. But, this was an experiment. I'm not looking at the ones I don't complete as failures, I'm looking at them as opportunities, choices I had but didn't feel the need to make. 

Are any of you doing a 101 in 1001 challenge?

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