Sunday, November 13, 2011

Finally! My NEW 101 List:

Hello Again!

It's taken me a bit longer to finish this list than the last one, but this time around, I have a 4 month old son and a full class load. But never fear! I have valiantly plugged along, and now it is finished!

So, same rules apply:

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.

You can find more info and view the lists of lots of other people at

On to the list!!

For all intents and purposes, my journey with this list began October 1st, 2011 and will be complete on June 28th, 2014. Again I have broken it into several different areas and this time around, I might have a secret goal or two...

Mental & Physical Health:
1. Lose weight. (while this goal itself doesn't have a set amount, other goals will give clearer signs as to where I want to end up)
2. Ask for help when I need it.
3. Try to relax more; it's only life. (I believe my husband will be able to tell me if this is a success or not!)
4. Get a flu shot each year. (0/3)
5. Eat a salad every day for a month, twice. (0/2)
6. Take George for a walk at least once a week. (0/143) For the record, George is my son, not an animal. :)
7. Fit into Old Navy size XL or L.
8. No candy for 1 week.
9. No cookies for 1 week.
10. Stop wasting so much time!

Spiritual Life:
11. Complete a Bible study with Matt.
12. Finish reading the Bible.
13. 15 minutes per day of devotional time (reading the Bible, praying, etc.) for at least half of the days. (0/501)
14. Complete a Bible study with Ben and Stephanie.
15. Pray daily with Matt and George.
16. Mature in my faith.
17. Teach George the Lord's Prayer.

Caring for Others:
18. Donate 100,000 grains of rice on (0/100,000)
19. Donate one scarf per year to Knit Your Bit. (0/3)
20. Donate at least one Christmas Box per year. (0/3)
21. Do 10 nice things for people, without them knowing. (0/10)
22. Give free manicures to teens for dances at least once a year. (0/3)
23. Donate money to
24. Send personalized birthday and anniversary messages to friends and family.
25. Write Matt a love letter.
26. Donate 1 animal per Christmas to World Vision. (0/3)

Education/Life Skills
27. Learn to drive stick.
28. Take a self-defense class.
29. Graduate college.
30. Get my CPR certification.
31. Learn to french braid.

32. Actually use the re-useable shopping bags!
33. Recycle.
34. Use less paper towels.
35. Have a garden next summer.

36. Pay off credit cards.
37. Start a savings account.
38. Sell 20 items on Etsy in one year. (0/20)
39. Sell Matt's car.
40. Have 100 No Spending days, twice. (0/2)
41. Check our credit scores once per year. (0/3)
42. Save $5.00 for each task I complete.
43. Set up a budget, and STICK TO IT.
44. Shhh, it's a secret.

45. Take a young me, now me photo.
46. Start a nail polish blog.
47. Complete a cross stitch sampler.
48. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.
49. Dress up for Halloween twice. (0/2)
50. Complete a 31 Day Nail Challenge. (0/31)
51. Learn to crochet.
52. Get caught up with scrapbooking.
53. Send a secret to
54. Learn to make two more homemade soups. (0/2)
55. Furnish dollhouse, add inside door and attic stairs.
56. Journal at least once per week. (0/143)
57. Use my sewing machine to complete a project.
58. Take more family pictures.
59. Complete 25 creative writing prompts.
60. Try 10 new types of manicures. (0/10)

61. Take a picture on the Brooklyn Bridge, holding a copy of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.
62. Take a train somewhere.
63. Spend a weekend in Chicago with Matt and George.
64. See the Golden Gate Bridge.
65. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
66. Visit 5 new states. (0/5)
67. Visit Jeremy and Marissa in Italy.
68. Visit New York City.
69. Go on a BIG trip for our 10th wedding anniversary in 2013.

Culture, Mostly Pop: Music, Movies, and Books:
70. Buy new trivia books for the bathrooms. (0/2)
71. Find an original/very old copy of Joy in the Morning in a book store.
72. Complete 15 crossword puzzles, at least one hard. (0/15)
73. Go to 5 museums/art galleries. (0/5)
74. Make a list of 15 movies I want to see and watch them all. (0/1, 0/15)
75. Meet someone famous.
76. Go to a drive-in with Matt.
77. Listen to all 500 songs on the Rolling Stone's Greatest Song List (most recent edition). (0/500)

78. Go to an NFL game.
79. Go to an MLB game.
80. Re-learn and memorize all the state capitols. (0/50)
81. Learn and memorize the order of the US Presidents. (0/44)
82. Take George to the zoo.
83. Memorize George's SSN.
84. Wear each color of nail polish I have.
85. Buy living room furniture.
86. Print 1 new picture of George a month for a frame in the bedroom.
87. Re-do my Etsy shop.
88. Send 25 postcards through (0/25)
89. Organize pictures with Mom.
90. Brush Varmit once per week. (0/143)
91. Mow the lawn on a riding lawnmower without incident.
92. Put together a family recipe book.
93. Buy colorful rainboots.
94. Complete 10 MUA swaps. (0/10)
95. Shhh, it's another secret!
96. Get another tattoo.
97. Put together a list of Kolosovsky family contact information, birthdays, and anniversaries.
98. Write a letter to someone who changed my life.
99. Get a new digital camera, and learn to use all of the settings.
100. Have a rummage sale at the Inn.
101. Get a video camera.

There you have it! My new goals! I hope that they inspire you to reach for new things too.