The great Jimmy Buffett. Some like him, some don’t, but I was raised in Florida and the Buffett classics hold a very close place to my heart, and possibly run through my blood. Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes is one of those classics that brings new meaning every time I listen.
I am in my prime, so they say. These are the years when a person can choose to be content with everything they have, and coast through their remaining years, not worrying about enhancing their mind, or experiencing anything new. I have a beautiful home, the best boyfriend I could have dreamed of, and a dog I would give my leg to if she needed it. But with those things at my side, I have so much more to do and to see and to be!
When you are happy in your life, it is easy to not push yourself. Enter the 101 in 1001 (www.dayzeroproject.com). In April 2010, a friend sent me her blog about her adventure with the 101. I was instantly inspired! The premise is that you make a list of 101 things you would like to accomplish in 1001 days. I looked at many other people’s lists. Some had things that were unrealistic to accomplish in 1001 days (ie: get married. Come on now! If you are going to make that happen in 1001 days, I am guessing your marriage won’t last another 1001!) or things that were completely out of budget (ie: Visit every continent. Now that would be nice but…). There were also tasks that were just ridiculous (ie: kiss in the rain). I decided I would take a much more logical approach to my list. I wanted only items that actually could be accomplished with a little dedication, and mean something to me once they are completed. I did not want a task that an outside force (money, time, other people) would hold me back from accomplishing.
So here it is, my 101! May 16, 2010 is my start day. 1001 days from now, February 11, 2013, is my end date. It is going to take a lot of dedication from me, and the BF, to get this accomplished. Thank you for joining me on this journey. I welcome your comments, and any help you may be able to give me along the way!
“Let the winds of change blow over my head
I’d rather die while I’m living then live while I’m dead” -Jimmy Buffett
Below is my complete 101 in 1001 list! To be completed after 1001 days (aka 2/11/2013). Click on each completed item to read how I did.
- Attend trivia night at a bar/ restaurant
- Go camping
- Go sledding
- Go cross country skiing
- Go to a Celtics game
- Go to a Bruins game
- Go to a NE Revolutions game
- Snowboard down a blue trail
- Kayak or canoe the Charles River – Did this 8/13/11 (Need to blog)
- Bowl over a 220 on Wii Bowling
- Go to the Big E
- Visit at least 2 haunted houses each Halloween
- Ice skate on a natural pond/lake
- Attend a multi-day music festival for multiple days
- See James Taylor in concert
- Snowboard/ski on 3 mountains I have never been to
- Picnic in the Boston Common
- Organize a kickball or wiffle ball game
- Organize a pet first aid class
- Create a dance routine with the BF for our first dance when we get married
- Write a letter to the BF and myself to open in 2020
- Take the bf on a weekend somewhere he has never been.
- Produce a custom recipe book
- Host a tea party
- Enter my chili in a contest
- Yelp about a local restaurant an average of once per month (33 reviews)
- Cook with 7 vegetables I have never used before
- Eat with only chopsticks for one week
- Grow a vegetable and eat it
- Find out my blood type
- Donate blood
- Become certified in first aid
- Become certified in CPR
- Take vitamins for one month straight
- Have my teeth cleaned – Done! Not really blog-worthy!
- Drink only water for one month
- Reach and maintain my goal weight
- Complete a spinning class
- Run 10 miles in one session
- Be able to complete 30 push-ups in a row
- Use only stairs, no elevator or escalator, for one week
- See 10 classic movies I have never seen
- Renew my passport
- Learn about food & wine pairings
- Become familiar with all politicians running in major elections
- Volunteer in the town I live in
- Attend a Unitarian ceremony
- Attend Sabbath service at 3 different synagogues
Education / Career
- Learn how to change the oil in my car
- Learn how to change a car tire
- Complete the GRE
- Join a professional organization
- Submit something to be published
- Write an average of one blog per week (143 blog entrees)
- I am well on my way, and if you are reading this you probably are aware of that!
- Volunteer once per month (33 times)
- Learn 10 phrases in German
- Subscribe to 2 professional journals and read them
- Find a mentor within my Masters program
- Write a business plan for a tea house and show it to some one for advice
- Spend a day in silence
- Read a book by some one I disagree with
- Don’t gossip for one full week
- Apply to Mensa
- Read 3 non-fiction history books
- Pick up one piece of litter per day
- Get pictures for my office and hang them
- Open a savings account
- Talk to a financial planner
- Start an account with a consignment store
- Do not spend any money, outside of bills, for one week
- Put $10 per completed task into my savings account
- Start a retirement account
- Done! I started my 401k at work back in October 2010. Also not blog-worthy!
- Create a budget and stick to it
- Update August 2011: I have been doing this for over a year now, and it has been a life saver! I will blog about it soon!
- Buy at least one stock
- Transfer my old 401k
- Update August 2011: I have started the wheels rolling on this. I got through some red tape, and just need to finish the process.
- Work on getting all the negatives off of my credit report
- The budget has helped with this tremendously! We were even able to buy a car with a fabulous interest rate!
- Replace my broken digital camera
- Done! I bought a Sony Steady Shot (point & shoot) and cannot be happier with it. I am not, however, happy with the fact that I did not document my new camera purchase ANYwhere on this blog! I don’t even remember when I bought it!
- Buy a complete outfit from a thrift store
- My sister was here in August 2011 and we hit every Second Time Around store in Boston! I scored some VERY cute dresses, but no complete outfit yet!
- Buy a pair of jeans I fall in love with
- Buy a new set of pots and pans
- Buy new running shoes
- I bought a couple new pairs that just haven’t worked out. I think I need to have my gait evaluated.
- Make a blanket
- Learn to hem my own pants
- Throw a themed dinner party
- Throw away all socks that don’t have a match
- Done once in 2010, TOTALLY un-blogworthy!
- Update August 2011: Apparently this one needs to be done every 6 months. Where are all these socks coming from?!
- Clean out our “Monica Closet”. (See “Friends” season 8 episode 14 if you have no idea what I am talking about)
- Scrub my bathroom every weekend, unless on vacation
- Get my Bachelor’s Degree framed
- I have put in a request to get this for my EdM graduation. I have also, pre-emptively, put in a request to have my EdM framed as a graduation gift as well.
- Have Sunday dinner, at the table, with candles, at least once per month
- Paint a picture for the house and hang it
- Take a photograph, blow it up and hang it in the house
- Research and draw my family tree
- I started working on this and it will take WAY longer than expected
- Research and draw the bf’s family tree
- Write a letter to my mom about how much I enjoyed my childhood
- I completed this for my mom’s 60th birthday in August 2010
- Write a letter to my dad about how much I enjoyed my childhood
- Write a short story about my family childhood road trips and submit it to be published
- Get all the writings of my Oma and Opa
- Type up all of Oma and Opa’s writings and send copies to the family
- Get my dad to come visit me again
- Take Chad to a concert or sporting event
- Take Emily to a live show