Friday, May 28, 2010

Here is an exert from my new blog: 101 Ways in 1001 Days

101 Was in 1001 Days: a better me from the inside out, by LeeAnn Schaefer.

I have decided that it is time for me to really keep track of my life and who I am.  This will be my tool: 101 in 1001. Here is some information on it if you haven't heard of it before.

Welcome to Day Zero, the home of the 1001 Day Project. A unique challenge that inspires you to set and achieve your personal goals in life.

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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.
 I have spent many hours seriously considering what I want on this list. I wanted all of my tasks to be achievable and practical.  My start date is today: 28 May 2010, my finish date is 23 February 2013.  Before I started making this list I thought to myself, "What will I be doing [hopefully] in February of 2013?" Well if everything goes according to plan, I will be out of college for a mere 2 months.  Keeping this in mind, I wanted to make goals that did not involve money if at all possible. In order to do this I focused on what I am doing now and perfecting myself and making myself into an adult.  Another thing I considered is that I will be turning twenty in about five days.  This means I will no longer be a teenager.  It's time I start really being the adult I think I am.  Without further delay, here is my list:

Educational/Carree/Financial Goals: 1-10
Artistic Goals: 11-39
Cooking/Baking/Diet Goals: 40-57
Living Active Goals: 58-64
Just for fun Goals: 65-90
Social and Relationship Goals: 91-98
Housekeeping Tasks: 99-101

  1. Make it into upper division
  2. Raise or maintain my GPA every semester
  3. Graduate from College
  4. Attend an Islamic religious service
  5. Begin school again the semester after I graduate (at least one class)
  6. Update my resume
  7. Do not buy anything from Starbucks for three months (excluding Tuesday nights at Barnes and Nobles with my mom only)
  8. Donate $5 to charity for each task I do not complete (unless that amount is more than I have)
  9. Move out of my parents house
  10. Start paying my parents back for college loan
  11. Organize all of my knit and crochet materials and yarn
  12. Knit a pair of socks (0/10)
  13. Knit a sweater
  14. Knit something that is lace
  15. Make 11 shawls in 2011 (0/11)
  16. Paint a picture
  17. Take a cake decorating class
  18. Complete the 365 day photo challenge
  19. Host a knit/crochet group meeting of some form at least once a month (0/32)
  20. Knit or crochet at least once every day for a year (0/365)
  21. Do a knit or crochet -along
  22. Crochet a piece of clothing
  23. Crochet or knit a doily or table runner
  24. Do at least one pattern from each magazine/book I own
  25. Hand-make every gift I give away one year for Christmas
  26. Learn three new crochet techniques (0/3) Tunisian Crochet?
  27. Learn three new knitting techniques (0/3) cables, English method, lace?
  28. Find a LYS that I love and can go to without going on a plane
  29. Go to a knit/crochet/yarn/Ravelry event (preferably with mommy)
  30. Create an inspiration board (whether for me or for someone else)
  31. Complete a puzzle that I own
  32. Learn to write in calligraphy
  33. Get into the habit of recording all I do during a knit/crochet project as I go (including all mods)
  34. Make a gift to an expecting couple to welcome a baby into the world (blanket/clothes)
  35. Reduce my stash by making a quilt-like blanket with knitted and/or crocheted squares (0/30)
  36. Make myself a WIP project bag
  37. Draw or paint a self-portrait
  38. Take a pottery class
  39. Knit/crochet in 20 different public places (0/20)
  40. Bake with 5 new recipes (0/5)
  41. Start a herb garden
  42. Expand my garden to vegetables
  43. Expand my garden to flowers (can be in pots too)
  44. Make a birthday cake for someone
  45. Bake ginger bread cookies at Christmas
  46. Make bread from scratch (0/5 recipes)
  47. Bring my neighbors a plate of sweets or something home-cooked this Christmas (0/3 neighbors)
  48. Make pickles
  49. Keep a food diary for a year (0/365)
  50. Prepare an entire meal (multiple courses) for my family, entirely by myself
  51. Make banana bread from scratch one year for Vlad for Christmas
  52. Learn to barbecue
  53. Make a pie from scratch
  54. Carve a pumpkin and make something from the insides and eat it
  55. Make and eat banana pancakes
  56. Drink 64 fluid ounces of water a day for a month (0/31)
  57. Do not drink any soda for three months (0/3)
  58.  Get to the point where I am walking a mile a day no later than 2011
  59. Start running no later than 2011
  60. Improve my posture
  61. Take a Yoga class
  62. Take vitamins every day (habit established no later than 2011)
  63. Do the Eowyn Challenge
  64. Do the 100 push-ups challenge
  65. Kiss in the rain
  66. Dance in the rain
  67. Pay for someone else's coffee/parking/meal/etc. (0/5)
  68. Read 10 of the books that I currently own and have not read yet (0/10)
  69. Sleep under the stars
  70. Go on a road trip
  71. Visit a museum
  72. Go camping
  73. Climb a tree
  74. Try snowboarding
  75. Get into a snowball fight
  76. Build a snowman
  77. Have a complete Star Wars marathon in one day/night (in this order: IV, V, VI, I, II, III)
  78. Read The Hobbit again and read The Lord of the Rings entirely
  79. Actually swim in an ocean instead of just playing in the waves
  80. Go on a hike on a mountain with my family and/or Vlad
  81. Learn 10 constellations so that I can identify then when I go camping
  82. Go ice skating with Vlad or my family
  83. Get my concealed weapons permit
  84. Go on a picnic with Vlad
  85. Own a SLR camera
  86. Catalog all of the books that I own
  87. Watch all of the Audrey Hepburn movies that I have not seen yet
  88. Go rollerblading
  89. Do an event that celebrates my culture (Irish/German) with my family at least once a year, each year, for each culture  (0/4)
  90. Go to an Irish pub
  91. Get married, engaged, or set a more definite date by the end of 1001 days
  92. Allow myself to make new friends (030)
  93. Have a party for my 21st birthday
  94. Continue to send out Christmas cards every year
  95. Send birthday cards to all of my close family members during a year (0/?)
  96. Be a great pen-pal to my Aunt Loretta
  97. Spend time with my grandma at least once every two months (0/24)
  98. Volunteer (at a Pet Shelter probably) at least once
  99. Document each completed task (and progress on tasks) on this blog
  100. Really truly organize the cabinets and drawers under the bathroom sink
  101. Make another list!

 p.s. remind me to get my finger-printing card mommy and daddy


Anonymous said...

Great list! Some will be quite the challenge. Others will be fun to fit in :)

LeeAnn Schaefer said...


Yeah, I really think I can do this list.
I'm actually pretty nervous about the 11 shawls in 2011! (#15)