Monday, March 7, 2011

My 101 in 1001

I have a confession to make (yes. another one.). I don't consider myself a very goal oriented person. I make goals for myself and I break them. I always marvel as those people who set some crazy goal for themselves and then actually attain it! What commitment and determination! This is definitely and area of my life that I would like to improve in.

I had seen on a couple of my friends blogs (here and here if you are interested) the 101 in 1001 project. What a fun idea! So the past couple days I have been working on my list. It was no easy task to come up with 101 things. My 65 I was completely clueless as to what else I could put on there. Several of the things on my list are in hopes that if I do it regularly enough it will become habit. I have some fun things and some things that will really challenge me. I am going to share it here as a way of keep me accountable ya'll!

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).

My Marriage
1. Kiss John in the rain
2. Give John a foot rub once a month
3. Make john's favorite meal once a month
4. Daily pray for John while making the bed
5. Have an "at home" date with John 2x a month for 3 months

My health/happiness
6. Learn to embroider
7. Don't eat fast food for a month
8. Lose 30 pounds
9. Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind"
10. Give up all sweets for one week
11. Have a bonfire
12. Go to corn maze
13. Buy a camera
14. Go to farmer's market regularly
15. Read 10 new books
16. Drink enough water every day for 1 month
17. Go on a walk 3 times a week for 6 months
18. Take more pictures
19. Learn more about adoption and begin the process
20. Do a cleanse
21. Buy a tea set
22. Try 5 new restaurants
23. Visit a museum i've never been to
24. Learn to change a tire
25. Write at least one book with John and publish it
26. Take a family trip to the ocean
27. Make 10 new crafts I've never made before
28. Go geocaching
29. Identify 100 things that makes me happy
30. Reunite with the "coffetalk girls"
31. Get some chickens

My outreach
32. Donate blood
33. Send a surprise care package to 5 people just for fun
34. Use reusable shopping bags regularly
35. Participate in at least one Craft Hope project
36. Write "Jesus love notes" and leave them in library books
37. Give a heifer international gift
38. Participate in Operation Beautiful
39. Send birthday cards to everyone on my birthday calendar for one year
40. Sponser a child through Compassion

My kitchen
41. Organize my recipes
42. Organize spices
43. Make bread once a month
44. Bake a new recipe once a month
45. Make pickles
46. Learn to can
47. Cook ahead for a month and freeze meals
48. Find a from scratch tomato sauce recipe that I love
49. Make a pie crust from scratch
50. Grow herbs and actually use them
51. Try at least one recipe off of FoodGawker a month
52. Make homemade ice cream

My Family
53. Go camping with the children
54. Take a family photo every 6 months
55. Create a scavenger hunt for the children
56. Make the boys a keepsake item
57. Go out for coffee with my mom when we are visiting
58. Go on a family hike
59. Call my brother at least once a month
60. Have art time with the children, once a week
61. Have a full blown tea party with Lilly
62. Visit my family in Texas
63. Make aprons for the girls
64. Take the children on at least 2 big field trips
65. Have a slumber party with the girls
66. Go on a family picnic (not in the front yard)
67. Do at least one polished cornerstones activity with Lilly weekly

My faith
68. Keep a journal that I write in at least three times a week for a year
69. Memorize Psalms 23
70. Start a devotional...and finish it
71. Pick someone to pray for for a week straight. Repeat.
72. Have family devotions at least 3x a week
73. Pray for the children every day for a month
74. Fast for 24 hours once a month for a year
75. Start a prayer journal for the children
76. Have 30 minutes of personal devotion time every day for a month

My Blog
77. Blog at least once a week
78. Blog a picture a day for 1 month
79. Update blog design
80. Participate in "Simple Woman's Daybook" every week for 3 months
81. Update my 101 things on my blog monthly
82. Finish header for blog
83. Add pictures to blog
84. Learn to do a scratch through

My Home
85. Paint dining room buffet
86. Clean out fridge once a month
87. Decorate my bedroom
88. Create a house cleaning schedule and keep it
89. Get bookshelves for children's books
90. Help John make a farmhouse table for dining room
91. Organize children's clothing that is in storage
92. clean all of the baseboards in the house
93. Clean out van every two weeks
94. Organize linens
95. Clean the kitchen every night before I go to bed for 1 month
96. Pick up my room ( at least a little) every day for 2 months
97. Make bunk beds for the boys

My Pocketbook
98. Save money for buying land
99. Cash in loose change from jar
100. Stick to our budget for 6 months (No going over!)
101. Sell the blue van

There it is! I'm starting today and will end Dec. 3, 2013. Here we go!


StacyJean said...

I saw sponsoring a kid through Compassion on there!! I just met my girl last week in El Salvador!! Such an amazing adventure and such a blessing!!! I also began sponsoring another girl while I was there...they are just too precious! Good luck on all your tasks!

John said...

That's awesome! We had sponsored a child before but, unfortunately, when John lost his job we had to stop. It absolutely Broke. My. Heart. So I am really looking forward to sponsoring again! I didn't know you went to El Salvador. I know you have one! I'm not on Facebook anymore lady! I need my Stacy Jean updates! :)

Amanda said...

Whoops! Didn't realize I was signed in as John! I'm sure he wants some Stacy Jean updates too. :)

Tenessa said...

Yea! I'm so glad that you decided to do it! 1001 days is actually a really long time!

TheBorman5 Plus1 said...

How fantastic! You have such great goals. I might just have to look into doing this as well. Thanks for sharing!

Jenn said...

Great list! Very thought provoking! I think I might make my own. I could check off make homemade pie crust...girl it's the only way to go! :) And we sponsor 2 kids from Kenya, through World Vision. :) Amazing organizations, World Vision and Compassion!
And anytime you wanna talk about the adoption process let me know! :)