Sunday, December 28, 2008

rough draft

Here goes... I am almost completely finished making my 101 in 1001 list. I even tried to separate the items into different categories. I don't feel like I am completely done. I definitely need to edit the list. I want to make a few things a little more clear and measurable. I also might get rid of some of the ideas, and add new ones.

I'm posting this on here so I can get some editing help from you all before I begin. Help me out. What goals sound weak? How can I improve on the items in this list? Can you think of anything I should add. Critique it; share your opinions....

Rough Draft:

Leave a note giving someone completely random a nice compliment
Participate in a Habitat for Humanity Project
donate 100,000 grains of rice on (0/100,000)
donate 50 malaria nets (0/50)
Send flowers to 3 different people for no reason (0/3)
Spend under $10 on a meal and give a $10 tip
Donate 10 bags of clothes, etc. to Salvation Army or a similar place. (1/10)

Get an address book and keep it up-to-date
Start to trace my family tree
Make a household inventory, including pictures and serial numbers, for insurance purposes
transfer all of my paper files onto my hard drive, and then make a back up of all of my digital files:
documents, music, pictures, etc
Organize Bills and stick with a system
Clean out bookshelves and come up with an organizational system for books
catalogue all the books I own
organize all of my digital photos, then print them and organize into actual photo albums (and make
sure to back up the photos on the computer.)

Throw a party with a clever theme
Go paintballing
Befriend someone over 70 years old.
Cook a nice dinner for 5 friends. (0/5)
Eat at 20 restaurants I have never been to before. (0/20)
Have at least 6 summer parties at my cottage. (0/6)
Go camping, in a tent, with a group of friends.
Get fenway some type of training, preferably in socialization
take fenway on five doggy dates. (0/5)
Go grape stomping
Complete the local wine tour.
Go to a drive in movie at least once per summer (0/3)
Drink at 5 different breweries (0/5)
Support local artists, whether it be musicians or artists, and non-chain restaurants as often as
Have a wine tasting party.
patronize one new to me independent local business each month (0/33)
ask a stranger out on a date

Have a go at mosaic making
Photograph a day in my life, and blog it
learn to knit (well, i know how to knit, but i need to learn how to start off)
Enter a photo contest.
create a cookbook of recipes i make up, or ones which were given to me by other people. i must
actually cook the recipe in order to put it in the cookbook, and to be clear, this is just a personal cookbook, nothing i want to publish
mail a secret to postsecret
make a wine cork filled frame from corks of wine bottles i have shared. on each cork, write the date.
and who i drank with. try to take pictures of at least a few of the cork experiences.
Create inspiration board
make scrapbooks for all of the following: trips to virginia, living in virginia, college during my
bachelors degree, my time in high school, FEA trips
make a “mixtape” of my favorite song each week for one year. that’s only 52 weeks. (0/52)
Take a picture of myself twice a month for the time period to show a change in myself over 2.75
years (0/66)
Complete the urban alphabet photograph project.
Sing in a concert, play or something of the sort.
Act in a play or a monologue show
Complete 100 snapshots @
buy more from etsy stores. Think about building your own
Build a time capsule, which should be completed before i’m 25, have some people write letters &
include other random things pertinent to the past 25 years of my life, and the current, open
when i am 30

participate in “gimmie your stuff.”
Go on a cruise
take a girls trip
go on a train ride
send my parents on a trip
get a world map and mark it somehow with places i want to visit and places i have visited
Take a completely impulsive, spur of the moment road trip.
Do 5 "tourist-y" things in my city (0/5)
See a production by Cirque de Soleil
Get a passport
Travel to 5 states I haven’t been before.

Get a piece of writing published
Write down childhood memories in a journal
Write a handwritten letter to my ten favorite living authors, telling them how they changed my life
Complete 5 more nablopomo’s. (0/5)
write a journal entry in an actual paperbound journal once every week. it doesn’t matter if it is a
boring entry or a fantastic one
write a review of every single book i currently own. to take this a little further, also write a review for
every book you read from this point forward, or have read in the past. the minimum number of reviews i need by the end of 1001 days is _?__.
Complete a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month
List one thing I am grateful for, every day for a year (0/365)
start or join a writers’/readers group
attend a book signing
send 100 personal letters to friends. (0/100)
read all of the current _?__ books you have purchased, but not actually read.
Write a love letter


go to red sox spring training
take a stadium tour of fenway park
Attend 20 red sox games

Apply to graduate school
Get my teaching certificate.
Learn American Sign Language
learn how to drive standard.
learn how to tie a tie. i know, i’m not a man. but i always think it is so romantic for a woman to tie a mans tie, and i do not know how to do it.

Find the perfect red lipstick
Laser eye surgery
Walk, run or jog in a 5K
Take vitamins daily per month
either get a third tattoo or change/redo my second tattoo.
Sleep 8 hours or more for one week a months in four months
Find a place with a real diving boards and do some dives (safely)
Learn to pole dance. (i'll explain this later. my friend, who also teaches sunday school, teaches pole classes. i want to go for myself. it will boost self esteem and make me feel sexy! i don't plan on being a stripper, lol. i promise.
Take a self defense class

pay off credit cards
save __?___ for a down payment on a house
Download all my credit card usage into MS Money and keep it up to date
pay off my car
Put $5 in savings for each completed task and $10 for every uncompleted one.
Get a living will/power of attorney

Dance in the rain.
Ride in a hot air balloon
Ride an elephant
Go to a planetarium
Go to the movies alone

Make a new 101 list for the next 1001 days!!
get 5 people to start a 101 in 1001 list (0/5)
try to photograph each task and then make a scrapbook out of the completed experience
start a new list

Friday, December 26, 2008

i am a tease

so here are just a few ideas. i'm even having trouble figuring out what ideas i want to share before i start!!! lol. well i'm up to about 85 on my list, so thats good... i'm almost there. once i get to 101, i just need to edit it (you'll see why when you see my rambling ideas to follow), post it and then begin.

so here are some ideas. for those of you which know me through my other blog there and back again, do you have any ideas for me? is there anything you think i should add to my 101 in 1001??? all ideas will be very welcome!

random ideas i have so far:
1. make a wine cork filled frame from corks of wine bottles i have shared. on each cork, write the date and who i drank with. try to take pictures of at least a few of the cork experiences.

2. make a “mixtape” of my favorite song each week for one year. that’s only 52 weeks

3. learn how to tie a tie. i know, i’m not a man. but i always think it is so romantic for a woman to tie a mans tie, and i do not know how to do it.

4. go grape stomping and make wine.

5. complete the urban alphabet photograph project

6. support local artists, whether it be musicians or artists, and non-chain restaurants as often as possible.

7. ride an elephant.

8. send flowers to 3 different people for no reason

9. write a handwritten letter to my ten favorite living authors.

10. do 5 "tourist-y" things in my own city, or very close to home.

being a tease at heart, i will leave you with that for now... don't forget to share your suggestions!

Monday, December 22, 2008

when to start?

well hello again! i guess its time for an update, even though i do not have very much to say...

originally, when i asked erik if i could join in on the 101 in 1001 project, my idea was to begin on january 1, 2009. i figured, with the holidays and all, i'd be busy and probably not put much effort into starting my goals. plus, we're always more motivated to accomplish goals in the early stages, so i didn't want to start out on the wrong foot. yesterday, i was getting so excited about starting the project that i had hoped to begin it today.

that won't be possible.

i'm only at about 51 goals out of the 101. i think i'm trying to make them specific, while at the same time making sure i don't forget anything. i'm actually worried i might be making these goals a little too hard to accomplish. but you know what, you've go big or go home.

so, who knows when i will start. i plan on absolutely starting the 1001 days on january 1st at latest. if i can finish my list before then, i'll start before that date.

either way, i've got one exciting 1001 days in my future.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

and so it begins...

well, well, well. it looks as if i have a project to begin. i've been browsing through the blog community and happened to stumble upon an idea i really wanted to steal. but seeing as how stealing is actually not a nice thing to do, i decided to ask for permission to join erik and his friends in challenging myself as well.

here is the idea for 101 in 1001 as defined by erik.

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (i.e., no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e., represent some amount of work on your part)

this is what i would like to add to that...

my rules: try and photograph each task. must photograph 75% of the tasks. For every task that i do not complete. i am going to donate 5 dollars to a charity of my choosing. i was thinking about picking just one charity, but i’ve changed my mind. i’m going to pick a few different charities. i’ll make sure to post which ones i choose as soon as possible. thats all i have for the time being!

p.s. along with erik, i should probably thank his friends brandon, collins, jaime (especially because he is a red sox fan!), and kenny for having such interesting lists which helped inspire mine. oh, and good luck guys. let me know if there is anyway i can help you with your lists :)