January 1, 2010 – September 27, 2012

As a tribute to the New Year, I’ve been challenged to create a list of 101 things I would like to get accomplished in the next 1001 days (about 2.75 years).

The Mission:

Make a list of 101 specific things, using clear wording to avoid ambiguity and encourage fulfillment, which you would like to accomplish in 1001 days. These can be things that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t; things you’ve started but never managed to finish; things you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t; things to reward yourself for hard work; things about clearing personal hurdles that have long stood in your way of being happy, successful, confident and comfortable. We all have our own personal demons and the only way to conquer them, in my mind, is to recognize that they exist and commit to battling them. That’s all we can do, really.

For some, the prospect of such a list could prove daunting, stressful. Others might simply be disinterested. But I’m a list person (as Rico can tell you!) and clearly marking a few goals for the future allows me to focus on an upcoming task (or tasks as they are).
So I’m giving it my best shot, not expecting to complete 100% of my list as some goals may not be financially possible, with my commitment to do the best that I can.

MY LIST (in no particular order):

1. Learn Photoshop Completed 4/5/10
2. Hang all framed photos in the house
3. Trade in Malibu for SUV
4. Ask for a raise
5. Pay off all credit cards
6. Meet Rico’s grandmother
7. Grow an herb garden
8. Renew my passport with my married name
9. Learn how to use the manual settings on my camera
10. Try skiing
11. Eat with chopsticks through an entire meal
12. Bake a cake 4/21/10
13. Climb to the top of a tree and take a picture of the view
14. Take a hot air balloon ride
15. Go snow tubing
16. Drink more water
17. Go to the gym 4 days a week for 3 weeks (3/3) Completed 4/24/10
18. Publish/sell one photo
19. Read 101 books (15/101)
20. Go to a concert
21. Contribute 3% to 401K Completed 1/3/10
22. Start a Keep The Change Fund
23. Learn to fly a kite Completed 4/10/10
24. Save $1001 (75/1001)
25. Sell wedding decor on craigslist
26. Buy a new bed (preferably Tempur-Pedic)
27. Go Skydiving
28. Clean out the closet and donate to Goodwill Completed 2/28/10
29. Stomp grapes (to make wine)
30. Go on a picnic
31. Go bowling
32. Spend either Thanksgiving or Christmas with my parents
33. Eat no desserts for 1 week.
34. Submit a photo to a photography contest
35. Watch 100 of the Top 250 of IMDBs movies (0/100)
36. Horseback ride Completed 4/10/10
37. Go on a road trip
38. Blow glass Competed 1/30/10
39. Build our Emergency Fund
40. Meet one of my e-friends
41. Go see the Troll under the bridge
42. Take a pottery class
43. Go whitewater rafting
44. Attend a public New Years Eve Party
45. Organize my music on my iPhone
46. Host or attend a Couples Game Night
47. Vote in the local politics
48. Shoot pool
49. Cook dinner for parents
50. Get pregnant
51. Host a girls night in
52. Move to Colorado Springs
53. Have a candlelit dinner with Rico at home
54. Try one new recipe per month (3/33)
55. Go target practicing
56. Clean off bookshelves – donating or selling used books we don’t need
57. Go to the Zoo
58. Walk behind a waterfall
59. Visit the San Juan Islands
60. Explore Portland, Oregon
61. Upgrade my laptop
62. Go to Canada Completed 3/14/10

63. Visit a state I’ve never been to
64. Join PostCrossing
65. Go Putt Putt Golfing
66. Complete our wedding/honeymoon scrapbook
67. Watch fireworks
68. Replace burnt out bulbs with energy efficient lights
69. Buy a new TV stand to organize our living room
70. Host a party
71. Get a dog
72. Go to a movie with Rico that I don’t want to see
73. Complete a food log for 1 month
74. Get a facial
75. Tip 50% for outstanding service (0/1)
76. Go to a comedy club
77. Start a snowball fight
78. Visit Las Vegas
79. Take a dance class
80. Go to Library and get books instead of buying
81. Eat at 10 new restaurants (1/10)
82. Write a Will
83. Weigh less on Day 1001 than I did on Day 1
84. Go on a zipline
85. Get new bedding
86. Get a manicure
87. Float down a river
88. Visit an Apple Orchard in Washington
89. Build a snowman
90. Lose 10 lbs
91. Lose 20 lbs
92. Lose 30 lbs
93. Lose 40 lbs
94. Lie in a hammock
95. Go skinny dipping
96. Get a pedicure
97. Stargaze in an isolated area (like Texas or Colorado flat lands)
98. Send a care package
99. Donate $1 for every task not complete at the end of 1001 days
100. As I complete my list, write about my experiences.
101. Make a new list of 101 things to do in 1001 days!

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