101 in 1001

The Challenge:
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 your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. 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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

Underlined items link to other posts.

Items in italics are in progress.

Hatched items are complete. (Completion date in parenthesis following.)

Started: January 6th, 2010

Ending: October 4th, 2013


1. take an actual knitting class & re-learn how to knit.

2. finish the quilt that I intended to make.

3. Take a photography class

4.  Finish Chandra’s scrapbooks

5. Finish Jodie’s scrapbooks

6. completely organize photos on Corel, upload into shutterfly books and have printed through current date.

7. Completely update blog, with a new look and organization

8. Make the dolls::Kit, Chloe and Louise from the patterns I bought from Wee Wonderful {0/3}

9. Do 30 blog posts in 30 days {0/30}

10. Set up my holiday/monthly binders and utilize them.

11. finish the apron I started about 4 years ago.

12. Complete my sets of sandwich bags {use up all the liner and velcro I have left}

13. Go to a scrapbook retreat

14. Pick a degree and go back to school.

15. Encourage Ashley to restart her blog and keep up with it.

16. Fix my cello, and sell it.

17. Take a sewing class

18. Take Ali Edwards Yesterday and Today class at Big Picture

19. Learn how to do genealogy with my mom.

20. Take Stacy Julians’ Library of Memories class at Big Picture

21. Write the children’s book I have been working on and have it published.

22. Sign Isabella up for voice lessons

23. Sign Isabella and Brandon up for guitar lessons.

24. Sign Ashley up for photography lessons, see if she can shadow our photographer friend, Chandra.

25. Throw a Christmas party for my kids and their friends

26. Throw a summer party for my kids and their friends

27. Learn how to play a game of chess and teach my kids how to play

28. Make the “buttercup bag” from the pattern I got from Made by Rae

29. Sew the “Margaret Bag” and gift to someone.

30. Sew the Amy Butler Tree Skirt

31.Learn Italian

32. Brush up on my French.

33. Sign Ashley up for Tennis lessons

34. Make napkins like thesethese, and these, oh & these too!

35. Make this and take the kids apple picking

36. Make these for the kids

37. Make a couple of these for Brandon

38. Make hot chocolate on a stick for gifts

39. Celebrate the Solstices

40. learn wet felting

41. go on a special “date” each month with each of my children to spend some one on one time together

42. Make these for the girls

43. completely clean out the craft room and start from scratch…paint, carpet, etc..

44. Revamp my itunes completely, with new songs and new organization


45. Finish reading all 7 Harry Potter Books to the kids {1/7}

46. Read all Narnia books to the kids.

47. Read 75 books {for my own reading} {2/75}

48. Read the bible completely

49. Join a book club


50. Make a savings account equal to 3 months salary

51. raise my 401k contributions by 1% each year.

52. Pay off my Visa

53. Pay off my Master card

54. Restart my kids’ savings accounts equal to $5 a week from the day they were born


55.  Visit all the GT Nature Conservancy Trails

56. Take the kids to Greenfield Village & watch an old fashioned baseball game.

57. Take the kids to Mackinac Island

58. Take a trip to the UP

59. go to a Tigers baseball game

60. take my first flight on an airplane

61. Visit Washington DC

62. Take the kids camping at least 3 times.

63. Take the kids ice skating

64. Take the kids skiing

65. Do the Mackinac Bridge walk

66. Take a road trip anywhere, maybe even leaving the state. {this will be hard, as I am afraid to drive}

67. Visit my Grandpas farm more during the summer…once a month?

68. Go para-sailing

69. Take the kids to Michigan Adventure

70. move into my own place

71. Discover 5 new {to us} beaches in our area & take the kids

72. Discover 5 new {to us} parks in our area & take the kids

73. Take my kids to Avalanche Bay

74. Take the kids to Michigan’s Adventure

75. Go mini golfing 3 times each summer.


76. Run 5 5ks

77. Move 3000 miles, by bike, foot, or swim {0/3000}

78. Take a dance class @ Soul Step Dance Studio

79. Practice yoga on a regular basis

80. Go to a yoga retreat or special class

81. Lose 20 pounds by March 25 (20/20)

82. Fit back in to the jeans I bought last year

83. Join an adult soccer or volleyball team

84. Take a boot camp class that my friend Jen teaches.

85. Go snowshoeing.


86. Set up our garden with some fruits and vegetables

87. Try a new recipe every other week.

88. Make pasta from scratch with the kids

89. Make bread from scratch with the kids

90. Create 10 meals made from only local ingredients {0/10}

91. Complete the 2011 Spice Rack Challenge

92. make freezer jam


93. Join a Disciple class

94. Volunteer with my children to serve other people.

95. Increase my United Way Donation to 1% of my income…through my employer

96. Find a mentor

97. Become a mentor

98. Make a list similar to this and do it.

99. Serve food with my children at a shelter or “soup kitchen”

100. Donate a dollar every time I pass the “red bucket” of the salvation army.

101. Finish this list in 1001 days and start a new one.


3 responses to “101 in 1001

  1. aastricker

    January 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    What kind of mentor do you need? Or, want to be? After I read your list I thought of a bunch of things I should have added to mine! They’re in my list for next time. 🙂 The Cherry Festival is doing a St. Patrick’s day 5k the Saturday before St. Patrick’s day.
    I dropped out of soccer last summer because it wasn’t as fun as the year before; the girls that were playing were too competitive. Some of the girls play on an indoor league, but I really liked the outdoor games. If I can find a less competitive group I’ll play again this year.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: