Using a highlighter has never felt so good

This summer has been great for getting things completed on my 101 things in 1001 days list. I’ve managed to accomplish 7 goals since June (and several others since my last update) with a few of the goals requiring an entire month of commitment before I could cross them off. My experiences have been really great. JQ’s band, The Eight Fifteens, was part of  an open mic event that helped me cross that goal off my list. I saw The Full Monty for my performance put on by a local theater group. Not only was it hilarious, but one of my recent graduates had a role in it so I felt like I was supporting multiple good things. And having my work exhibited in a gallery again? Well you know how I feel about that.

I still keep a list taped to the kitchen cabinets that I date and mark off items with a yellow highlighter as I complete them. I love seeing all that yellow.

The list is updated below with all completed items marked in bold with the date completed and any details I felt necessary. Items completed since my last update are in red. The blip preceding the list was written back when I originally wrote the list. There is also a link to a post that explains in more detail why I’m doing it.

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: Saturday, August 1, 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 (4.19.2009)
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 (6.5.09–7.5.09)
3. Do Strength Training 2 days a week for one month (6.5.09–7.5.09)
4. Do Yoga 3 days a week for one month (6.5.09–7.5.09)

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 (7.31.09)
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 (5.13.09)
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 (Madhouse 6.18.09–6.30.09)
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 (Artomatic 4.18.09)
14. Go to an open mic event at a cafe/coffeeshop (8:15s @ Manhattan’s 7.20.09)
15. Attend a play put on by a local theatre group (The Full Monty @ Toledo Rep 7.24.09)

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

11 comments to Using a highlighter has never felt so good

  • Amy

    I think this is great, Holly! And, I’m impressed with how many you’ve crossed off your list already. I hear a lot of talk about “life lists” but I think they would invite procrastination since most of assume we’ll be here for a long time. Giving yourself a specific time-frame is smart! Looks to me like you’re on schedule to finish early, too. Look forward to future updates.


  • Cindy

    Can not wait until you guys get up here and we can cross off some things on your list.


  • Do the compost bin next! I’m thinking of building a “compost tumbler” myself. If only I didn’t have so many projects going on already..


  • You have done so much! And some of the ones left can be done this upcoming fall (Corn Maze, pumpkins) I still would love to do this but fear I do not have the persistence to finish it.


  • Amy—Thanks! I counted this morning and I have 51 items completed. Over half way there!

    Cindy Mom—Me too! Not too long now!

    —We can’t really do that until JQ paints the house. Which he is working on now. At least the prep stages.

    Vegas Princess—I’m looking forward to those Fall items!


  • amyfidler

    I am very inspired by this! I admire your vision & persistance. I might have to try this… (will give you due credit). i just had an idea for you… [email to follow]


  • Amy

    Love the idea of this list with a specific time frame. I’ve started many similar open-ended lists and haven’t gotten very far. Will need to rethink with deadlines in mind. Great job on completely so many items so quickly too!


  • oh, fine. but I’m rounding up my barrel right now to make a compost tumbler.


  • Amy F—I can’t take credit for the idea, but I’m glad my participation is inspiring.

    Amy—The time frame is the key for me. I don’t want to fail so it keeps me accountable.

    Nobody—Couldn’t you just make 2 and send us one?


  • the shipping cost would be a bit high! all you need is some 2×4′s, a pipe, and plastic 55 gallon drum. I found a black one I’m gonna use, which should help it stay nice and warm.


  • Nobody—Then driving it here would be the perfect excuse to come visit. :) But seriously, we need to get that and the worm bin done. I’m tired of throwing organic material into the trash.


Leave a Reply




You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>