101 in 1001—an update

On Sunday I will hit the one year mark of the day I started my 101 in 1001 list. It has been fun, challenging, and amazingly rewarding. I know that if I hadn’t made this list there are many things I would not have done. I’ve also discovered a nice side effect of the list—caring more about myself and my future. It’s been an great journey and I look forward to marking each one the the remaining items off the list. The list is updated below with all completed items marked in red with the date completed and any details I felt necessary.

The reason I’m doing this is here.

The main reason? To become a better, more fulfilled person. The list took quite awhile to put together. I wanted all of my items to be something I could accomplish but nothing too easy. Some will be cake compared to others if I just do them. As I complete each item I’ll be referring back to this master list to check them off. Because I’m Obsessive-Compulsive I’ve arranged my list items into categories. I did this not only for the orderliness of it, but also to make sure that I didn’t have any one area too heavy with to-dos. I fell a bit short in the “meet new people” section. I guess I need to work on that next time.

There are all sorts of reasons that these items are on my list. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them. Wonder why I put something on my list? Just ask. See something on there you’ve always wanted to do? Let me know in the comments. Think I’m crazy? Well, that’s a given.

Here we go…

101 in 1001

Start date: Saturday, April 19, 2008
Finish date: Saturday, January 15, 2011

Updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2009

For Others
1. Participate in a walk for charity
2. Volunteer for a least one hour somewhere
3. Donate to a worthy cause (12.03.09–Sparrow’s Nest)
4. Write a letter to someone
5. Send a “just because” package to a friend
6. Send a “just because” package to a blogger buddy (5.13.08)
7. Give $5 to a stranger in need (4.10.09—Spohr family)

Health & Nutrition

1. Get back to goal weight
2. Exercise (cardio) 3 days a week for one month
3. Do Strength Training 2 days a week for one month
4. Do Yoga 3 days a week for one month
5. Eat whole foods (nothing processed) for one week
6. Buy bikes (again) and go on a long ride (6.07.08 rode to Penguin Palace & back—approx. 7 miles)
7. Shoot my bow
8. Do 10 “regular-style” pushups
9. Eat breakfast (by 10 am) everyday for one week (7.18.08)
10. Do not eat after 10:30 pm for one week (7.18.08)

Family Time
1. Take G-tot to Butterfly House 8.05.08)
2. Take G-tot camping (just the 3 of us)
3. Travel overnight with G-tot (3.5.09–3.8.09—Rockford/Chicago)
4. Go to a corn maze
5. Take a hayride (9.26.08)
6. Take G-tot to Storytime at the library (9.18.08)

7. Take G-tot to the Art Museum
8. Have a picnic with JQ & G-tot (7.11.08)
9. Become Zoo Members (4.27.08)
10. Take G-tot to an outdoor music event (7.11.08)

11. Get a family portrait taken
12. Take G-tot to the pool/beach (6.12.08)

Cooking & Entertaining
1. Make bracciole
2. Make a cake and frosting from scratch
3. Can something (homemade pasta sauce, homemade pickles, etc.) (6.29.08, rum soaked cherries)
4. Make creme brulee
5. Host an “Appetizers” party
6. Host a wine and cheese party
7. Make homemade ice cream (6.14.08)
8. Showcase the harvest from our garden in one meal (7.10.08, 7.15.08)

Arts & Crafts
1. Make a wooden “g” for G-man’s door
2. Take an art class (preferably glass blowing)
3. Learn CSS (fall 2008)
4. Edit home movies into DVD’s
5. Learn Screenprinting
6. Letterpress something again
7. Sketch everyday for one week (6.30.08)
8. Enter a photography competition
9. Exhibit my artwork in a gallery setting
10. Create a short art film (abstract, documentary, or conceptual)
11. Create photo books
12. Make plaster hand print (G-man’s)

1. Grow Melons or Pumpkins
2. Finish bird sanctuary in backyard (7.05.08)
3. Plant bulbs (4.19.08)
4. Enlarge garden (5.9.08)
5. Make a worm bin (composting)
6. Make a rain barrel
7. Make a yard compost bin
8. Build a platform bird feeder
9. Build a birdhouse
10. Make homemade suet cakes for birds (11.22.08)
11. Grow a root veggie (spring/summer 2008, green onions)

Domestic Life
1. Remodel bathroom (11.26.08)
2. Repaint the living room (7.24.08)
3. Create prints for the bedroom
4. Tile the back steps
5. Compile an emergency kit for home
6. Organize the office
7. Put up cabinets in office
8. Sell or donate unwanted items in basement (12.29.08)
9. Get all items from Gam’s that belong to us (7.26.08)

Meeting New People
1. Meet neighbors (Toby’s wife & son) (Christine & Chase 11.12.08)
2. Befriend Amanda (other neighbor) (Fall 2008)
3. Network at a design function (1.29.09—AIGA Toledo event)
4. Contact a stranger for a student group function (10.14.08 Madhouse)

Enriching our Lives
1. Canoe
2. Take a train ride
3. Visit an aboretum (preferably w/ japanese gardens)
4. Go to planetarium
5. Meditate on regular basis (2-3 times per week for one month)
6. Learn to play Chess
7. Play Risk with JQ (12.25.08)
8. Go on a guided tour (park, museum, etc.)
9. Attend two Summer/Fall Festivals (Blackswamp, Crosby Gardens, Apple Butter, etc.)
10. Take at least one class towards my Master’s Degree
11. Take a dance class
12. Attend a religious service
13. Go to a book/poetry reading
14. Go to an open mic event at a cafe/coffeeshop
15. Attend a play put on by a local theatre group
16. Learn to play a kid’s tune on the guitar

1. Obtain domain and launch website (2.02.09 & 3.24.09)
2. Launch Etsy shop (9.06.08)
3. Sell something on Etsy (9.11.08)

4. Write reviews of books (Sourcebooks)
5. Enjoy a cup of coffee with a sunrise
6. Read 10 books in 2008 (8.21.08)
7. Read 15 books in 2009
8. Get up by 7:30 am every morning for one week (7.26.08)
9. Take public transportation (or walk/ride bike) for an entire day (5.27.08)
10. Wear fingernail polish for entire week (11.20.08)
11. Wear toenail polish for entire week (5.31.08)

12. Write a reflective essay about the process of 101 in 1001

8 comments to 101 in 1001—an update

  • speaking of meeting new people, will you be going to Kentucky in June? We’re going to try to make it.


  • Nobody—I don’t think so. We really, really want to—(at least I know I do)—but I just don’t see it happening. Which sucks because I could meet a huge number of people I’ve been wanting to in one convenient location. People have “send me to Blogher” donation buttons, right? Maybe I should have a “send me to “ConFab” button. ;)


  • Why not? I’d donate to that cause!


  • This is seriously inspiring! I remember when you did most of this stuff…well, when you blogged them, anyway. The suet cakes for the birds stick out in my mind. I learned Something New(TM) that day; I’d never heard of those before. So you see, you have also been educating the blog world, as well. Go, you!


  • Nobody—With the little guy, it’s about more than just the money.



  • I can not believe how much you have done already! You may have this list done early. :) I still want to do this, however making this list would be one of my 101 things since I can’t seem to get myself in gear to do it.


  • I think some of your meeting people stuff ended up in other categories, but you could always take a class or join a club, if you need ideas.


  • [...] I haven’t done in a long time. Years in fact. So long that I put it down as an item on my 101 in 1001 list to remedy that matter. Because obviously if it’s on the list it will get done. Right? [...]

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