My 101 Things in 1001 Days

My 101 Things in 1001 Days (about 2 years and 9 months)
Tuesday – January 1, 2013 thru Thursday, September 29, 2015

Go here (these are just a few) and get yourself some ideas if you need some:
http://101goalsin1001days.com/
http://sarsm.wordpress.com/take-part/
http://dayzeroproject.com/

Goal and (Deadline) Updated June 27, 2013

Health, Wellness & Fitness
1) Fit into my size 5 jeans, or at least a 7 (Spring / Summer 2013) - In progress
2) Get back into martial arts
3) Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night - Failed
4) Take our vitamins every day - Failed
5) Get at least 15 to 30 minutes of exercise six days per week (some/1001)
6) Eat at least one good source of protein every day - In progress (178/1001)
7) Get one or more massages
8) Eat no sugary food for a week

Outdoors
9) Grow Spring food plants in the garden (Pre-Spring /Spring 2014) – Changed dates
10) Grow Summer food plants in the garden (Spring /Summer 2014) – Changed dates
11) Grow Fall food plants in the garden (Summer /Fall 2013)
12) Grow strawberries (Spring /Summer 2014) – Changed dates
13) Grow corn (Spring /Summer 2014) – Changed dates
14) Grow tomatoes (Spring /Summer 2014) – Changed dates
15) Plant flowers / flowering plants in the side yards (Spring 2014) – Changed dates
16) Plant flowering trees in the back yard (Early Fall 2013)
17) Clean out, till, trim and prep garden when cooler (Winter /Spring 2014) Changed dates

Home
18) Decorate the living room’s bare walls (Winter 2013)
19) Decorate my bedroom’s bare walls (Winter 2013)
20) Repaint Hallie’s bedroom (Spring /Summer 2013)
21) Repaint bathroom (Spring /Summer 2013)
22) Repaint my home office (Spring /Summer 2013)
23) Make my office organized, well-decorated, comfy place of inspiration
(organized 2013/ painted & decorated 2013) - Changed date - In progress
24) Recaulk areas around windows throughout house and kitchen sink (Jun/Jul 2013) – Changed date
25) Find perfect curtains & rods for livingroom, buy and install (Jan /Feb 2013) - Completed (2/26)
26) Clean out and organize my office closet (Jul 2013) – Changed date
27) Purchase more comfortable couch (2013) – Changed date
28) Purchase more comfortable rocker/ recliner (2013) – Changed date
29) Have plumber fix leaky outside faucet (Jan/ Feb 2013) - Completed (2/15)
30) Clean out and organize kitchen cabinets and pantry (Jul 2013) – Changed date
31) Clearcoat the kitchen table (June/Jul 2013) – Changed date
32) Have handyman put phone outlet in home office (2013) – Changed date
33) Have handyman change all 2 prong outlets to 3 prong outlets (2013) – Changed date
34) Have carpenter & electrician reroute breakers and enlarge bedroom closet access
(Spring/ Summer 2013)
35) De-clutter 2 rooms of my house–hopefully permanently - Completed (2/2)
36) Learn how to re-finish wooden tables and re-finish my kitchen table
37) Downsize the stuff in our house - In progress

Travel & Family Vacations
38) Go back to Chattanooga, Tennessee
39) Go back to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (Oct/ Nov 2013)
40) Go back to Disney in Orlando (Nov /Dec 2013)
41) Visit Harry Potter Themepark at Universal Studios (Nov/ Dec 2013)
42) Set reservations for Disney in Nov/ Dec (plane tickets, dining) (May/ Jun 2013)
43) Go to Hawaii
44) Go to Paris

Other Structures Around Home
45) Clean out and organize barn (Spring/ Summer 2013)
46) Clean out and organize shop (Spring/ Summer 2013)
47) Clean out and organize storage room (Winter/ Spring 2013)

Family Time
48) Spend one-on-one quality time twice a week with Hallie (tv is not quality time) - In progress
49) Try at least one new recipe per week - In Progress (7/1001)
50) Have 10 family picnics
51) Try 10 new restaurants - In progress
Cock of the Walk was pretty good. The chicken. I’m not a fried fish fan. I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.  Restaurant was new to Hallie, not me.
Outback Steakhouse - only thing good was the salad (Blue Cheese Wedge). The food wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t good enough to ever go back. Service was ok. The so-called steak made us sad. It was tiny, skinny, not juicy, sort of bland. 1 out of 5 stars. I went to OS several years ago and it was better back then.  Restaurant was new to Hallie, not me.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit - AWESOME!  Fall of the bone ribs!  The turkey is awesome.  The barbecue baked beans totally rock!  The baked potato casserole is downright tasty!  We will be eating there again.  And inexpensive.
The Pig Shak (in Richland, MS) – best bbq eva!
Crossroads (in Poplarville, MS) – can I delete it from the list if it sucks rotten eggs?!  This goes for the food, the service and the ambiance.
52) Go fruit picking
53) Stargaze and look for shooting stars

Computer, Photography, Drawing, Writing, Ancestry
54) Clean out my various email inboxes and folders (2013) - In Progress
55) Unsubscribe from emails I never read (2013) - In Progress
56) Edit, save, and organize photos on flashdrives, and label all (Winter/ Spring 2013) - In Progress
57) Post at least once a week to my ‘adjusting your focus’ blog (52 weeks thingy)Failed
58) Write creatively for at least 15-30 minutes per day every day of the week - In progress
59) Post at least once a month to my ‘time for chow’ blog – (should have done that with The Cock of the Walk one, eh?) - Failed
60) Update my photo website at least once per month - Failed
61) Check my photo website email and main personal email account daily - In progress
62) Send and track 200 photo queries to magazines, stock sites and publications
63) Post at least once a week to my ‘become more me’ blog - (I’m thinking of just sticking to one blog.  Trying to simplify.) - Failed
64) Check my friend’s blogs at least once per week - In progress
65) Create an Excel spreadsheet for my business expenses and income for 2013 – In progress
66) Track and document my business deductions and receipts for 2013 - In progress
67) Send & track 200 writing queries (2013)
68) Compile 1st draft of my book - In progress
69) Publish my book
70) Learn about the settings on my camera and use them - In progress
71) Resubscribe to ancestry.com (could also go under Money)
72) Resume drawing: sketch some of my favorite subjects - In progress
73) Submit something to a writing contest
74) Take at least 30 photos per month of favorite family members, pets, our homes, our land, and different sorts of things - In progress
75) Finish weeding through my bookmarks
76) Scan in all unscanned photos
77) Print out all unprinted photos
78) Update all my lists

Reading
79) Read one book a week (Jan thru Dec 2013) - In progress
Read The Prayer of Jabez
Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

80) Read 30 literature classics - In Progress

81) Re-read all of the Harry Potter books in a row

Learning & Education
82) Relearn the constellations and teach them to Hallie
83) Learn the basics of French
84) Learn how to can tomatoes

Personal & Misc
85) Update will
86) Write three things I’m grateful for every day - In progress
87) Not swear for a whole week - Completed (2/14) (Made it 20 days in a row, then broke)
88) Spend a whole weekend without computer or internet access
89) Do some volunteer work
90) Dance in the rain
91) Go to the zoo
92) Go ice skating
93) Complete the 5000 Question Survey
94) Complete “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind” - Completed 01/11/13 YEAH BABY!!!!  BOOYAH!

Money & Finance
95) Get up to date with Hallie’s college savings account
96) Pay off all debt
97) Save money for vacation
98) Save money for Christmas
99) Save $5 for every task I complete
100) Start a new retirement fund
101) Acquire health insurance

In progress: 22
Completed: 5
Failed: 6

And onward to my new project – posting at least once per week (52 weeks) of accomplishing My 101 Things, and although I’m great at adding things to my To Do list and Projects list, I’m gonna try not to do that, and just complete all those tasks I’ve set for myself and just get those done.  There’s quite a bit to tackle, as you can see.  I’ve got almost 3 years to get it done, so I’m gonna work at it super duper hard, every single day.

Honestly, it’s a bit overwhelming, but not enough to strike fear into my heart, and not enough to start doubting myself.  Nope, I’ve worked on this list since July and I’ve narrowed it to those things that I feel most passionate about, at least for the next 2 to 3 years – the most important of those being Family (friends are included here), Health & Fitness, and Writing & Photography.  When I began the list, I had about 200 things I wanted to complete.  Glad the title is 101 Things.  ;)

So, at the end of this year, I would like to propose a toast:

To you, your friendship, your kindness, your inspiration, your genius, your talent, your health, your family, your happiness.

To me, my family, and all those same things.

I toast to us and all our greatest ambitions, to another year we made it through, and to this upcoming year, full of dreams, goals and anticipation.

May our new year of 2013 be filled with endless wonder, more laughter and good times than tears, more good health than sickness, and more productivity and accomplishments than failures.  Although, failures are not all bad.  They, too, have something to teach us.  And remember, if there is something you want to do, quit waiting as I have.  There is no failure in trying.  The sin is never trying at all.

God speed.  And I will be checking on each one of you and your accomplishments and in everything you try and I’ll be cheering you on!  What have you been putting off because of fear?  YOLO (You Only Live Once, or so they tell us).  GO FOR IT!!!  What would you do if you knew that you could not fail?  I believe in you.  And I believe in me.  And remember, “With God, all things are possible.”  We can do anything we put our minds to.  All it takes sometimes is adjusting your focus.  ;)

Cheers!  Drink up!

Love ya!  *smooch*

-Carol

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