101 Things in 1,001 Days

101 Things In 1,001 Days

Start Date: June 6, 2011

A while back, I saw that my sister Hilary had compiled a “101 things in 1,001 days” list. Since then, I have seen it on many blogs across the Internet. My husband David and I have been working on a goals list for ourselves – things we want to accomplish in the next 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 5 years and 10 years. I’ve married our shorter-term goals to my own personal ones for this life list.

End Date: March 4, 2014
Last updated: March 25, 2014

Currently: 50/101 things completed

Things Involving Money…

  • Replace my station wagon’s alternator (sold car – July 2011)
  • Buy new vehicle to replace Saturn (done, replaced with PT Cruiser – July 2012)
  • Move to a larger home. (done, moved into 2 bedroom apartment – August 2012)
  • Save (at least) $1000 in an emergency fund. ($0 towards this goal – September 2013)
  • File to have child support through the court. (done – November 2012)
  • Sell something on Craigslist. (done, sold futon – July 2011)
  • Buy a sofa. (done, though we inherited a sofa, rather than buying one – August 2012)
  • Keep up with monthly Insane Goals list! (so far, so good – September 2013)
  • Buy a new TV (current one is very old). (done – February 2013)
  • Upgrade/replace computer. (done – January 2012)
  • Buy a great camera. (done – January 2012)
  • Pay off 50% of past debts.
  • Increase blogging income significantly. (2013)
  • Replace our mattress. (done – March 2012)

Things Involving Health (Physical & Mental)…

  • Stay sober & stable. (Completely sober since February 2010!)
  • No cutting or self-harm. (with much effort, since January 2011!)
  • Quit smoking, permanently. (Done, effective August 2013)
  • Lose 50 lbs. (not counting baby weight).
  • Stop drinking soda for 30 days.
  • Eat a salad from our garden. (July 2011)
  • Bike or walk/run (at least) 1 mile per week. (Summer 2013)
  • Buy personal medical insurance for David & I.
  • Dance in public. (done – many times)
  • Buy a blender to make smoothies. (August 2013)
  • Cook holiday turkey/ham at home. (November 2012)
  • Organize pantry. (done – August 2012)
  • Plant a fruit tree.
  • Re-plant garden (had to leave ours behind when we moved).

Things Involving Others…

  • Participate in Greenville’s Zombie Walk
  • Go to Artisphere.
  • Make more real-life friends. (done, but more would be even better – September 2012)
  • Attend Indie Craft Parade.
  • Participate in Relay for Life.
  • Attend a Counting Crows concert. (done – June 2012)
  • Attend a Cowboy Mouth concert. (done – June 2013)
  • Take the girls to their first live concert. (done – June 2012)
  • Have girls’ friends over for a sleepover party. (done, several times, starting December 2013)

Things Involving Creativity…

  • Knit a pair of socks for each of us before it gets cold. (done – December 2012)
  • Knit cardigan sweater for David
  • Frame David’s original artwork. (done – August 2012)
  • Do (at least) 1 art show with David. (done – October 2012)
  • Frame our original Ruth Thompson artwork.
  • Go to the Renaissance Faire in costume.
  • Attend a Halloween costume party. (done – October 2010)
  • Rebuild aquarium. (2 small ones – February 2013)
  • Plant roses.
  • Donate knit blankets to parents dealing with pregnancy and infant loss. (July 2013)
  • Donate Teeny Tears diapers to parents dealing with pregnancy and infant loss. (July 2013)
  • Buy/pick fresh flowers for the house at least once a month. (done, starting July 2012)
  • Bury a time capsule.

Things Involving Adventure…

  • Take a family vacation to Washington, DC
  • Take the girls to a theme park
  • Visit Patsy’s grave again.
  • Visit Biltmore House
  • Wiggle my toes in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Visit an aquarium.
  • Go to the zoo. (done – October 2011)
  • Take a ghost tour.
  • Take the girls to MagiQuest.
  • Go to Charleston, SC.
  • Go to DragonCon in Atlanta, GA.
  • Play putt-putt golf.
  • Take a boat ride.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Family go-karts!
  • Go fishing.
  • Shoot fireworks. (done – January 2012)
  • Play laser tag with David.
  • Go tubing on the Green River in North Carolina.
  • Ride a roller coaster.
  • Sing karaoke.
  • Go hiking.
  • Go on a picnic. (done – May 2012)
  • Chase fireflies with the girls. (Summer 2013)
  • Watch all 8 Harry Potter movies. (done – November 2011)
  • Feed the ducks at Furman University.
  • Feed the koi at Clemson Botanical Gardens. (done – 6/15/2011)
  • Vote in presidential election – 2012. (done – November 2012)

Things Involving Learning…

  • Teach Lakin to ride a bike/scooter.
  • Teach the girls to crochet/knit. (done – February 2012)
  • Read at least 6 books/year with David. (Read 6 as of December 2013)
  • Buy/build a set of dining room chairs. (done – September 2012)
  • Build an art desk for David.
  • Learn to play guitar.

Personal Things…

  • Meet my new nephew Avery. (done – 7/2/2011)
  • Lose 50 lbs. permanently.
  • Give birth to a third child. (done – 7/1/2012, though she was born still.)
  • Give birth to a fourth child, our rainbow baby. (due April 2014!)
  • Have a wedding ceremony.
  • Dance at our wedding ceremony.
  • Swim naked.
  • Stop biting my fingernails.
  • Get another tattoo.
  • Buy (and wear) a red dress.
  • Dye my hair a crazy color (again). (done – 6/10/2011)
  • Welcome my brother Zeb home from Afghanistan. (done – 9/9/2012)
  • Go hear Handel’s Messiah with Mama at Christmas.
  • Buy new jeans. (done, October 2011)
  • Taste absinthe.
  • Eat watermelon. (done, September 2012)
  • Meet a real-life superhero.

Have you participated in a challenge like this? If so, how did it work out for you? I’m hoping it helps us really re-focus on our goals and stay on target to reach them. Wish me luck!

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two tween girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet rainbow baby girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!
  • http://destinymanifest.blogspot.com/ eatherhaelo

    Thank you! I have a friend who swears that absinthe is just the best stuff ever… and I’d like to taste it once, just to settle the debate in my mind. ;)

  • http://destinymanifest.blogspot.com/ Heather O.

    Thank you! I have a friend who swears that absinthe is just the best
    stuff ever… and I’d like to taste it once, just to settle the debate
    in my mind. ;)

  • http://destinymanifest.blogspot.com/ Heather O.

    It was a lot of fun coming up with the list… you should make one too!

  • http://destinymanifest.blogspot.com/ Heather O.

    Thank you so much Jenn! I am no superhero… but it’s nice to hear, all the same. ;)

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