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101 In 1001 – Part II

I’ve decided to participate in Day Zero’s 101 Day Project for a second go-round (my first went from September 10, 2010 to June 9, 2013) 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 1,001 days.  I’m starting June 10, 2013 and ending on March 7, 2016 (date calculator).

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.

The Key:

Italicized items are goals currently in progress, while bolded items are those that have been completed.

The List:

Charity (0/7)
1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
2. Raise $10,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Stupid Cancer for my 10th year of remission from cancer.
3. Participate in a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training Event
4. Organize a party to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Stupid Cancer.
5. Donate to a different charity each month
So far: Lola’s Cancer Treatment Fund (06/13); Survivor To Summit (07/13); Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (08/13); The Fordham Fund (09/13); The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (10/13); Movember (11/13); Women In Need (12/13); Cancer Strikes Back (01/14); St. Baldrick’s Foundation (02/14); Walk MS (03/14); St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (04/14); Sunrise Day Camp (05/14); LLS Man & Woman of the Year (06/14); American Cancer Society (07/14); David Carlucci’s Back-to-School Supply Drive (08/14); Alliance for Lupus Research (09/14); Lustgarten Foundation (10/14); Ronald McDonald House (11/14); Baker-Collyer Christmas Cheer Fund (12/14); End Polio Now (01/15); St. Mary School (02/15); CancerCon (03/15); Dancing Through Sunrise (04/15); The Ride to Conquer Cancer (05/15); Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (06/14); Bethel Home’s Music and Memory Program (07/15); Newspapers in Education (08/15); Take Them A Meal (09/15); CREW Network Foundation (10/15); a Christmas gift for a child in need (11/15); Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp (12/15); funeral expenses for a local family in need (01/15); Covenant House (2/16)
6. Donate money toward a child’s tuition at St. Mary School
7. Participate in 10 charitable events
So far: OMG/east 2013; Light the Night Walk; OMG Summit 2014; OMG/east 2014; Ossining Earth Day 2014; CancerCon 2015; Baruch Mentor for a Morning; OMG/east 2015

Creative (8/15)
8. Start a website to feature house and crafting projects
9. Put together a collage of my Journey memorabilia
10. Participate in a cookie exchange
11. Create an LLC (11/02/14)
My new freelancing business, Buzzmaestro.
12. Sell five items on Etsy
13. Buy five things from made by friends
So far: WOW Opalite Earrings; Earrings made by Kathy Seff of Colorful Visions; Trillionaire Earrings; Moonstone & Branch Earrings
14. Create my own font (06/10/13)
I used Your Font to make my own font. I downloaded a template, wrote out my letters with felt-tipped pen, uploaded it, and the voila, an instant font in my handwriting! It also includes your signature that you can easily dump into any document.
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15. Buy a sewing machine (12/26/13)
16. Copy five projects I’ve seen on Pinterest (09/26/13)
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken; S’more Graham Krispie Treats; Pumpkin Muffins; Flip-Flop Wreath; and Glitter Wall Letter
17. Upgrade my DSLR camera (11/19/14)
I upgraded from a Nikon D40 to Nikon D7100.
18. Build a piece of furniture from scratch (11/17/14)
I built a wooden cornice for above my dining room window.
19. Build a better rack for my earrings (05/31/14)
20. Build a scarf rack (09/01/13)
21. Build a display case for my R40 roll sign
22.Build a complex sandcastle

Education (2/12)
23. Buy Rosetta Stone software
24. Learn how to speak Mandarin
25. Learn how to navigate the stock market
26. Learn how to count to 10 and say I love you, hello, goodbye, please, and thank you in 10 different languages besides English
So far: Spanish
27. Learn HTML 5
28. Learn how to draw vector art
29. Learn how to use a sewing machine (01/01/14)
30. Teach a class or seminar
31. Learn 10 new recipes (02/03/14)
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken; S’more Graham Krispie Treats; Five-Minute Miso Glazed Toaster Oven SalmonRoast Duck; Best Pumpkin Pie; Crunch Top Apple Pie; Cranberry Orange Sauce; Cranberry Upside-Down Cake; Ginger-Glazed Cod; and Slow Cooker Family Favorite Chili
32. Learn how to knit
33. Take three classes
So far: Business consulting through Westchester Community College and Cardio Strength H20 at Club Fit

34. Participate in a panel discussion

Entertainment (4/8)
35. Go to three concerts of performers I’ve never seen before (12/17/13)
Heart, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience; and NY Philharmonic
36. Watch 10 movies I’ve never seen before (07/14/14)
 On Moonlight Bay; By The Light Of The Silvery Moon; Epic; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; American Hustle; Turbo; Pleasantville; Sliding Doors; Yankee Doodle Dandy; and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

37. Watch three independent or foreign films (12/04/14)
Pieces of April; Pink Ribbons Inc.; and Inequality for All
38. Attend three local performances (08/08/14)
West Point Band; The Dirty Stay Out Skifflers; and Mike Risko Band
39. Read at least 20 books that I haven’t read yet from Newsweek’s “Top 100 Books
So far: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey; Rabbit, Run by John Updike; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
40. Read 10 books not on the list above
So far: Model by Michael Gross; The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult; She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb; Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis, Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
41. Read five books suggested to me by others
So far:  
The Fault in our Stars by John Green; Empire Falls by Richard Russo; Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
42. Host a dinner-and-a-movie party

Fun (4/11)
43. Go camping
44. Walk the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail
45. Try 10 new restaurants in Westchester (11/29/13)
Quimbaya’s; Landmark Diner; China Ossining; Brother’s Fish ‘N Chips; King Buffet; Lucy’s Pizza; Yama Fuji Sushi; Pony Express; Bedford Diner; and Wobble Cafe.
46. Try 10 new restaurants on Long Island
So far: Fancy Lee; Dominick’s Pizza & Pasta; The Rolling Spring Roll; Tula Kitchen; Koi Kokoro; Artisan Eatery; Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza
47. Try 10 new restaurants in New York City (12/01/13)
Covo; Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies; Red Hook Lobster Pound; Menchanko Tei; Boi NoodlesLe Colonial; Cafe Henri; Marea; C & L Dumpling House; and Queens and Paupers
48. Organize a Tweetup
49. Collect five Fiesta pieces I don’t already have (11/18/13)
Large Canister; Medium Canister; Small Canister; Soup Bowl; and Extra Large Butter Dish
51.  Submit a puzzle to Games magazine
52. Get photos taken in a photo booth (07/06/13)
Lexcie and I found an old-timey photo booth in Hampton Beach, NH.
53. Start a garden railroad

Health (1/11)
54. Start and successfully complete the Couch to 5k program
55. Participate in a 5k
56. Complete 50 push ups
57. Learn how to properly swim freestyle
58. Learn to Rollerblade
59. Don’t drink any soda for three months (04/30/14)
60.  Take a yoga class
61. Go vegetarian for two weeks
62. Take a spinning class
63. Bring myself back down to the weight I was when I graduated high school
64. Get at least eight hours of sleep every day for two weeks

New York City (1/9)
65. Visit the Statue of Liberty
66. Visit Ellis Island
67.  Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge (10/15/15)
68. Visit the Cloisters
69. Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center, Wollman Rink, or Bryant Park
70. Attend three Broadway or off-Broadway shows
So far: Avenue Q

71. Spend a day in the city doing nothing but taking photos
72. Spend a day in NYC for less than $20, minus Metro-North and subway/bus fare
73. Take the Roosevelt Island Tram

Personal (4/11)
74. Buy a house (07/18/13)
75. Get married (07/19/13)
76. Private
77. Pay off my remaining student loan debt
78. Save three months’ salary for a cushion fund
79. Organize my computer documents
80. Meet with a financial planner (10/23/15)
81. Organize my books by subject (05/31/14)
82. Organize my photo collection
83. Get my copies of Commercial Property News bound into hard copies
84. PDF every one of my Bisnow issues

Travel (4/7)
85. Visit three new states (10/04/15)
Colorado, Montana, and Minnesota
86. Visit a new country (08/29/15)
Two in one trip: Ireland and Northern Ireland
87. Go on a cruise
88. Visit somewhere tropical
89. Take a mini-road trip that hits at least five states (07/07/13)
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York—all in one day!
90. Stay overnight at a beach town
91. Go on 15 field trips to places I’ve never explored before (02/28/16)
So far: Westerly, RI/Pawcatuck, CT; Downtown Mystic, CT; West Philadelphia, PA; Route 2 Corridor, MA; Kingston, NY; Saugerties, NY; Denver, CO; Boulder, CO; Walkway Over the Hudson/Poughkeepsie, NY; High Bridge, Bronx, NY; Dublin, Ireland; Rhinebeck, NY; Minneapolis, MN; Allentown, PA; and Bethlehem, PA.

Writing (3/10)
92. Finish my book
93. Get my book published
94. Get a published article or story in a popular magazine
95. Write five articles published elsewhere besides Bisnow (05/01/13)
The Typical Day Of A Kid In The Early ’90s in
Buzzfeed;  Annual Conference Shines in San Diego in BOMA Magazine; For Young Adults, Cancer Does Not End with a Cure in Cancer Fighters Thrive; Value, Opportunity, and Knowledge, on Display at BOMA’s Every Building Conference & Expo in BOMA Magazine; and The Budgeting Game: What Should Make the Cut? in Commercial Property Executive.
96. Successfully complete NaNoWriMo
97. Blog at least once a day for 60 days
98. Complete my Wreck This Journal
99. Complete my All About Me
100. Get an article to go viral on Buzzfeed (07/15/13)
The Typical Day Of A Kid In The Early ’90s
101. Make another 101 in 1,001 list (03/06/16)

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