Sunday, January 3, 2010

101 in 1001

Brittany recently posted on about she is setting a goal of doing 101 things in 1001 days. Seeing as it's a brand new year and to say I had a tumultuous 2009 would be an understatement I really want to, need to, do something to change the way things are going. So here is my 100% realistic goals to make in 1001 days that I will complete. Thank you Brittany for the inspiration and thank you in advance everyone for the support when I moan, and groan and bitch and complain about doing it all...

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. 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 (about 2.75 years) 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.
Start Date: Friday, January 1, 2010
End Date: Friday, September 28, 2012

Plain - To Do
Bold Strikethrough - Completed Item
Italic - In progress

Start small
001- smile at every passing stranger for a full day
002- buy a new beta fish
003- hang up pictures laying on the floor on the wall
004- take my 3 tiny dogs out for a walk
005- bake 100% homemade bread
006- have a $75 shopping spree at on books at Half Price Books and
007- start a conversation with a complete stranger
008- bake a batch of cookies for someone who needs a big smile on their face
009- wear fake eyelashes to somewhere fancy
010- rock bright blue sparkly eyeshadow
011- get my rockstar haircut and style
012- buy a charm bracelet
013- buy a charm for everyone of my big goals achieved
014- spend a full day without turning on the TV
015- get a clock or ipod speakers for my bathroom to optimize singing

Get a little bigger
016- finish decorating the bathroom
017- redecorate my bedroom
018- take down my closet doors and instal curtains
019- buy and watch all seasons available of Dexter
020- dress up like a Disney princess for Halloween
021- spend an afternoon with my nieces, just the 3 of us
023- do a blog giveaway
024- write a positive email to someone I don't really like
025- make valentines for my good friends
026- make a blog award
027- learn to crochet flowers
028- go see a play at my old HS
029- see the Nutcracker
030- donate my hair to locks of love
031- buy an original art piece
032- own every Queen album
033- own every Muse album
034- go see Muse live
035- go to a free outdoor concert
036- sped a full day just me and my mom
037- spend a full day just me my sister and my mom
038- spend a full day by myself
039- buy an outfit that makes me feel pretty and edgy
040- sew an apron

Lets make it interesting
041- go skinny dipping
042- play paintball
043- go on a picnic
044- make a picture collage to put on my wall
045-kiss a stranger
046- sing Karaoke Glee style
047- audition for community theatre
048- go to The Rocky Horror Picture Show live in Tempe
049- see male stripers with my sister and mom
050- buy a garter belt and thigh high stockings
051- get a retro style bathing suit
052- road trip with a friend to Sedona
053- gage my ears to 3/4 of an inch
054- find the perfect red lipstick
055- wear perfect red lipstick for a week
056- go to a shooting range
057- stop eating meat for a week
058- have a tie-die session
059- go to a skating rink with old school skates
060- bake sugar cookies and decorate each and every one
061- meet a blog friend in real life
062- get one more piercing
063- go to the movies by myself

big ones
064- learn to read crochet patterns like an expert
065- crochet a beanie
066- open up an etsy shop
067- make a wedding cake
068- sew a quilt for my nephew
069- sew a legit piecework quilt
070- sew a sock monkey
071- crochet an amiguri
072- buy The Pioneer Woman cookbook and cook all the recipes
073- buy a Kitchen-aid stand mixer
074- sew a blanket with my niece
075- post everyday for a month
076- make christmas cards
077- create and use thank you cards
078- send out birthday cards
079- start and finish a full scrapbook
080- lean how to make smoke rings
081- sew together a skirt
082- wear an outfit made completely by me
082- take a picture everyday for a year
084- get a new legit Nikon camera
085- learn how to play the piano

the ones that change your life
086- graduate from college
087- go to grad school
088- travel to Mexico City
089- travel to another country besides Mexico
090- take a road trip with just friends
091- fall in love
092- go to Disneyland with just friends
093- hit my goal weight
094- move out of my parents house for good
095- buy a new car
096- go skydiving
097- finish the 3/4's sleeve on my arm
098- get the portrait of my mom done
099- road trip up the west coast
101- finish this list and love myself doing it

Has anyone else started one of these list? any advice or perhaps items I'm missing!?! Hope everyone is having a happy new year so far...

I'm having the time of my life so far..


Rasha (andthisiswhatshesaid) said...

This is awesome and really cool... I think I should do something like this too... It's good to have something to strive for.

I love #22.... I so wanna do #41 - even though the thought of it makes me squeamish.. (i don't do naked well) #42... My friend works at one and I really wanna go, so lets! #56: Umm hello natt + guns = what he lives for... he will take you!

Sooo many more I want to do and talk to you about... I love you girlie!!!


Cant wait to see you accomplish your goals!

Laura said...


I can't wait to see you accomplish these. I might need to steal some for my own list. I started following a kid on twitter (@jesse_harding) who has a website all about his life list. I linked to him in my goals post, you should check it out.

Good luck, Mari!

Gabby said...

SO glad you're doing this! I actually started my list almost a year ago - I should do a post on where I am now. I really like having the list to look back on. :) Best of luck, lady!

brittany said...

ok first of all, LOVE numbers 9, 20 {i would say you're jasmine}, 41, 45, 61, 82, and of course 101!

second, dexter is my absolute FAVORITE. you're going to love it too, i'm sure. :)

and third, so happy to hear you're having the time of your life, love. you deserve it! xoxo!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Way to be, way to be! I just read through them all and I'm glad you have a good blend of lofty and easier goals. You can do it! I believe in you!

Mari said...

thank you guys for all the well wishes and positive thoughts...I'm going to go attempt some now! =)

Bathwater said...

Just stumbled upon your list and I am looking forward to the stories that go with completing each task!

Mrs. W said...

oh my gosh, I absolutely love this! maybe I will attempt it this week. Such great goals and so un-cliche. if that makes sense? Best of luck accomplishing each and every one! i heart your blog, btw. thanks for all the comments on mine dear!

Elizabeth Marie said...

So awesome...I think I need to do one of these. Your list is AWESOME...I love how the "things" get progressively more life changing! I can't wait to read all about it!

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