Friday, December 26, 2008

1001 Day Project

Ever since I stumbled across Daisy's blog, the one thing that I wanted to do was create my own 101 List. Now, I never make New Year's Resolutions because I don't believe in being forced to make a promise that I will never wholly commit to. I was drawn to this project because I thought it was a good way to organize what I consider important. It's no secret (or shame) that one reason I'm moving to Australia is because I don't really know what to do with my life. This list was able to help me identify goals that I have for myself that don't necessarily have to do with my life's direction, whatever that may be. I will be blogging about each task upon completion (which is one of my goals) and so this post will be referenced again in the future. Without further ado...


The Mission:
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 my part).

For information on starting your own 1001 Day Project, visit this website.

(in no particular order)

BOLD – Completed
ITALICS – In Progress
NORMAL – Not started

1. Visit Thailand
2. Go to Napa Valley
3. Cruise to Alaska
4. Tour the US National Parks
5. Visit Tasmania
6. Participate in the authentic Oktoberfest in Munich
7. See the Aurora Borealis
8. Visit the Equator
9. Visit Perth
10. Visit Kangaroo Island
11. Visit New Zealand
12. Attend La Tomatina in Valencia, Spain
13. Visit one friend from home while they're abroad

14. Participate in Bikram Yoga weekly for one year (0/52)
15. Complete the Couch to 5K
16. Compete in a triathlon
17. Keep an accurate log of food and exercise for one month (0/30)
18. See an acupuncturist regularly for one year
19. Take B2 vitamins daily for three months (to start) (0/90)

20. Organize and update professional portfolio
21. Join PRSA
22. Get three professional recommendations for portfolio (0/3)
23. Learn how to create a website (Dreamweaver, InDesign, FrontPage) (0/3)
24. Create a professional website as a portfolio tool
25. Write two blog posts per month pertaining to public relations for one year (0/24)
26. Get something published (anything with a byline

27. Plant (and keep alive) a flower
28. Complete the 26 Things project and post the final product
29. Organize Hard Drive
30. Scrapbook old letters and postcards
31. Brew my own beer
32. Keep a journal while living in Australia
33. Grow an herb garden

34. Join or start a book club and participate for six months (0/6)
35. See a movie in a movie theater – Slumdog Millionaire
36. Become a regular at a local coffee shop
37. Climb Sydney Harbor Bridge (May with Emily)
38. Dive The Great Barrier Reef (July with Madre)
39. Take the Indian Pacific Railroad
40. Omitted
41. Go White Water Rafting
42. Hike the Appalachian Trail
43. Go Skydiving
44. Start taking violin lessons again
45. Take a sailing refresher course

46. Go to a Temple-St. Joe's game as an alum
47. Make a bracket for March Madness
48. Go to another Eagles Monday Night Football game
49. Go to Phillies Spring Training in Clearwater, FL
50. Attend a cricket match

51. Learn to Surf
52. Complete Rescue Diver Certification
53. Complete Divemaster Certification
54. Complete Dive Instructor Certification
55. Read 100 books (5/100)
56. Learn French
57. Learn how to drive stick shift
58. Learn the basics of Aussie Rules Football
59. Learn to drive on the left comfortably
60. Learn Hebrew
61. Take the New York Times weekly news quiz for one year (0/52)

Giving Back
62. Donate to an Eating Disorder Awareness Fund
63. Complete 100 hours of community service (at any time interval) (0/100)
64. Send a public display of "Thanks!" to my neurologist
65. Take Hazel out to dinner
66. Pay for someone in the drive through behind me
67. Adopt an animal
68. Serve breakfast in bed

For My Own Good
69. Omitted
70. Write an article about life with migraines
71. Buy a pajama set
72. Go to a day spa
73. Own every item in Tim Gunn's Essential List (0/10)
74. Learn how to curl hair properly
75. Purchase all of Manu Chao's CDs
76. Buy a red dress
77. Live in NYC
78. Purchase a piece of art
79. Make a list of 22 characteristics that I like about myself
80. Reunite with ten people I met in Europe (7/10)
81. Reconnect with distant family members

Simplify My Life
82. Sort through boxes from 904 Spruce in the basement
83. Go through bookshelf and donate excess
84. Make an excel sheet of addresses, phone numbers, and passwords
85. Go through closet and clear out excess
86. Organize iTunes library
87. Deep clean childhood bedroom
88. Spend one week without facebook - four times (0/4)
89. Recycle
90. Learn five new ways to go green and apply them (0/5)

91. Learn to make Tria's Grilled Asparagus Salad
92. Perfect the sandwich from Spanglish
93. Make a McHugh-style "Big Breakfast"
94. Complete 52 recipes from OvenLove (0/52)
95. Make bread
96. Make the perfect batch of hummus
97. Host an American Thanksgiving Feast for Non-Yanks
98. Have a Shabbat dinner every Friday for three months (0/12)

Project Itself
99. Blog about each completed task (0/101)
100. Inspire ten people to participate in the 1001 Project (3/10)
101. For every completed task, put $5 in savings (0/101)

My 1001 Project ends on September 26, 2011
3 down, 98 to go


Jessica Lawlor said...

Yikes! Good luck!! I was going to do this but it makes me too nervous, and I can't even think of 101 things, lol! I love you list though.

Natalie said...

Linds! This is incredible. I'm so excited to see you work through the list! I think you might have inspired me to make one of my own.. :)

Daisy said...

Your list is AMAZING!!! I can't wait to read about the tasks as you complete them. :)

Very impressive! wow!

Amanda Walsh said...

Thank you for your faithful comments on my blog. It always makes me smile to see your name after a post. This idea and list is SO YOU! I cracked up as soon as I saw it and have (of course) been inspired to think of my own (since we're the same person, ya know!) Good luck with all of this aspirations. One at a time and I have all the faith that you'll complete them all. :) Miss you!

Amanda Walsh said...

P.S.- 73 and 84 could be accomplished at once.. by coming to Espana while I'm here!

nicoleantoinette said...

I have a life list which is basically the same idea, and a bunch of ours are the same! Clearly we should do them together :)

Natalie said...

Remember when I said you might inspire me to do my own project? Well, you inspired both Nick and I to start writing our lists, and I started a new blog to track my progress. So you can mark two people off your list of 10 people! Love you!!

Lindsay McHugh said...

Thanks to everyone for their support and enthusiasm! It definitely took me a while longer than anticipated to think of 101 goals, but I think that they are all feasible and will help me to learn more about myself.

Mands: If I could visit you on my way to Aus you know I would! By the time I make my return (?) you'll be... somewhere else! Where that will be is to be seen :)

Nat: I'm so excited to read about both of your lists! Good luck making them!