The End Is Near!

16 Oct

Way back in March of 2007, I started the 101 in 1001 challenge. I made a list of 101 goals I hoped to complete in 1001 days, or, roughly 2.5 years. November 26, Thanksgiving, is my 1001st day. I’ve got exactly 41 days to finish my goals. And now, seeing as it’s the middle of October, I’m realizing that it’s just not going to happen. But maybe that’s okay.

The biggest lesson I learned while attempting this challenge, is that life changes. A lot. Two and half years is a long time. A lot can change.

I got married (for the second time – shhhh, don’t tell anyone!). I started my first real job. I bought a house. I landed a great job. I went back to college.

Life happened.

I wrote, in 2007, “Buy a House” as number 56 on my list of goals. But I never thought it would happen. Not in a million years. It was a stretch to say the least, but it happened.

I never, in a million years, expected things to just fall into place. When Andrew and I left Kosovo in the first week of November 2007, we didn’t have a house. We didn’t have jobs. We didn’t even have a plan. And yet, somehow, someway, things happened. Things worked themselves out.

What’s Left to Accomplish:

7. Get another tattoo. 

13. Pay off my car.

14. Update my will. 

22. Collect at least 50 quotes that inspire me. [34/50

24. Go on a road trip by myself. 

28. Discover 5 new poets who inspire me. [1/5] 

29. Create a scrapbook about the Kosovo deployment. 

34. Buy a fire proof safe.

35. Write letters to David and Joe, then burn them. [0/2] 

41. Go out to dinner by myself. 

43. Stay a size 4. 

46. Make a list of at least 25 songs that mean the world to me, then blog about each one. [8/25]

47. Take a class that is totally unrelated to my major, just because. 

48. Get a library card. 

49. Re-visit New York City.

50. Get waxed.

53. Visit David’s grave. 

61. Become a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters

65. Go back to Asheville, NC. 

72. Go back to Athens, Ohio. 

88. Donate at least $100 to charity. [$65/$100] 

94. Read at least 15 banned or challenged books. [8/15

100. Drive part of the Skyline Drive

101. Start over with a new 101 in 1001 once this one is complete. 

Twenty-four goals. That’s almost 25%.

I better get a move on.

101 in 1001

Mission Statement

Start: March 1, 2007
End: November 26, 2009

Striked – Completed
Bold – In Progress

1. Send a secret to Post Secret. [8.21.08]

2. Adopt a dog. [4.07.08]

3. Stargaze. [10.09.09]

4. Swim in the ocean. [1.15.08]

5. Blog at least three times a week for 20 weeks. [20/20] [Done week of 5-11.8.07]

6. Participate in the 26 things project. [March ’07]

7. Get another tattoo.

8. Bake a batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. [5.06.07][see them]

9. Create a big collage and actually display it. [Created January ’08]

10. Host a dinner party. [June ;09]

11. Move away from home. [February ’08]

12. Visit 5 states, other than my own. [6/5][Michigan May ’07; Nevada + Arizona January ’08; North Carolina October ’08; South Carolina February ’09; Wisconsin July ’09]

13. Pay off my car.

14. Update my will.

15. Successfully complete Warrior Leader Course. [9.18.07][Tell-All Tale Part 1, 2, 3]

16. Sew something with my sewing machine. [1.22.08 – A pillow.]

17. Go back to college. [8.24.09]

18. Visit a lighthouse. [April ’09]

19. Vote. [11.04.08]

20. Take at least one picture a day for a full month. [4.07.07] [Go Look]

21. Plant a tree. [April ’09]

22. Collect at least 50 quotes that inspire me. [34/50]

23. Go on road trips with one of the most important people in my life. [May ’07]

24. Go on a road trip by myself.


6 Responses to “The End Is Near!”

  1. Margaret October 16, 2009 at 4:20 PM #

    You are an awesome woman.

    Poet – Rod McKuen
    YES! to the library card
    Kosovo scrapbook 🙂
    YES to your charity contributions
    You will make a great mentor for a child

    regarding your white bathroom – have you thought about getting an Ansel Adams poster and decorating in black and white?


  2. san October 16, 2009 at 4:35 PM #

    This is amazing… I should do the 101 things – challenge, although so many (unexpected)things happened in the last 2,5 years for me, that I believe I wouldn’t be able to finish even 50%.

  3. taraSG October 16, 2009 at 5:43 PM #

    Wow really amazing job! Good luck finishing out some goals before the end of your 1001!

  4. CuppyCakes October 17, 2009 at 6:01 AM #

    I’d love to do this thing.. but my staying power is pretty crappy…

  5. Ms Alex October 20, 2009 at 7:18 AM #

    Good luck on clearing off the remaining goals. I’m coming up to Day 300 of my own 1001 days and I’m having a blast. 🙂

  6. butterfly effect :@ October 21, 2009 at 11:56 AM #

    wheew! this is awesome! good luck to the rest of your goals… you have come this far… no doubt the rest are just “easy” 🙂

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