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I’m a disgruntled Metro-North commuter by morning, real estate journalist by day, insomniac by night, and cancer butt-kicker for life.

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101 in 1,001 – The Results

For the past 1,000 days, I participated in Day Zero’s 101 Day Project, a unique challenge that inspires you to set and achieve your personal goals in life. My friend Caitlin had started one, and I was intrigued. At that point, I had been in five years’ remission from cancer and was basically a lump when it came to goal setting. The diagnosis had resulted in my having a hard time looking in the future, as I got in the mindset of “Well, anything can change quickly.” I thought that starting the list would be better than a so-called bucket list in inspiring me to look forward again. (And I’d just beaten cancer… why would I want to think about kicking the bucket?)

The challenge runs 1,001 days—I started September 12, 2010 and ended today, June 9, 2013. To count, tasks must be specific with a defined result that represents some amount of work on my part. Here’s a summary of my first list and what happened. Bolded items are ones that were completed. Not bad for my first try, with 54 of 101 goals achieved. I start Part II tomorrow, and will aim for 75 next.


I got five out of seven tasks done. I was so close to volunteering at a soup kitchen, but the shift I had volunteer for at the Cardinal Spellman Center in Manhattan. I’m going to attempted to do a Team In Training event for 2014, as I was not physically fit enough to join one. My next big goal is to raise $10,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Societ for my 10th anniversary of remission, which is in 2015.

1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
2. Raise $5,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (09/14/10)
3. Participate in a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training Event
4. Participate in a Habitat for Humanity project (05/05/12)
5. Donate to a different charity each month (06/02/13)
6. Buy a homeless person a meal (04/08/11)
7. Participate in 10 charitable events (12/16/12)


I got eight out of 15 tasks done. A big problem for me here was a time and space crunch. Most of the unattainable goals I’ve transferred to my second list, and should be easier to get done when I close on my own house.

8. Get CheaperNYC.com up and running
9. Put together a collage of my Journey memorabilia
10. Bake five different cookies and give them away as gifts (12/18/11)
11. Create an LLC
12. Create an Etsy account to sell jewelry (12/01/10)
13. Buy five things from Etsy that others have created (01/23/10)
14. Create 10 new items for my Zazzle store
15. Crochet a blanket (01/13/11)
16. Paint a large acrylic painting
17. Buy a new lens for my Nikon D40 (11/12/10)
18. Organize my books by subject
19. Buy five people The Book of Awesome (11/26/12)
20. Make my own list of 100 things that are awesome (06/09/13)
21. Build a display case for my R40 roll sign
22. Build a snowman (12/27/10)


I got five out of 12 tasks done. Again, it was another problem of a time crunch. There’s so much I’d like to learn and too little time to do so! I do hope it’s easier once I get my own house.

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
27. Learn HTML 5
28. Learn how to draw vector art
29. Learn how to properly knot a man’s tie (06/02/13)
30. Teach a class or seminar
31. Learn 10 new recipes (12/18/11)
32. Learn how to play a new card game (07/20/12)
33. Take three classes (06/02/13)
34. Learn and become certified in CPR (06/02/13)


I hit four out of eight in this category. I was mostly disappointed that I didn’t reach the biggest reading goals. When I started the list, I was commuting back and forth to the city often and had a lot of reading time. But I was promoted to editor and started working from home more often, and it just seemed that there was so much that needed to get done here. I didn’t have that forced time to read. That will change at the next go round!

35. Go to three concerts of bands I’ve never seen before (05/20/12)
36. Watch 10 movies I’ve never seen before (09/17/10)
37. Watch three independent or foreign films (02/04/11)
38. Attend three local performances
39. Read at least 20 books that I haven’t read yet from Newsweek’s “Top 100 Books
40. Read 10 new books not on the list above (10/08/11)
41. Read five books suggested to me by others
42. Host a dinner-and-a-movie party


I did the best in this category, with nine out of 11 goals reached. I almost got the photo booth done, but the week after I discovered a photo booth (at Westfield South Shore Mall on Long Island), it was taken out so the mall could continue with renovations. I hadn’t found another photo booth in time.

43. Go camping
44. Go on a picnic (07/05/11)
45. Go hiking (12/15/12)
46. Try 10 new restaurants on Long Island (03/24/11)
47. Try 10 new restaurants in New York City (04/10/11)
48. Try White Castle (07/03/11)
49. Send a message in a bottle (06/08/13)
50. Participate in a parade (03/31/13)
51. Go apple picking (10/14/12)
52. Get photos taken in a photo booth
53. Try karaoke (03/29/12)


I was also pleased with the progress I made in this category, with six out of 11 goals achieved. A lot of these were a far reach for me, but I pushed. I’ve been going to the gym on a fairly consistent basis, so I hope to achieve even more of these goals next time.

54. Start and successfully complete the Couch to 5k program
55. Participate in a 5k
56. Complete 30 push-ups (11/28/12)
57. Buy Rollerblades (07/17/11)
58. Learn to Rollerblade
59. Don’t drink any soda for a month (01/31/11)
60. Don’t eat any fast food for a month (05/28/12)
61. Go vegetarian for two weeks
62. Take a Zumba class (06/20/11)
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 a week (01/09/11)

New York City

This was the category I was most disappointed in—only one out of eight! Considering I live close enough, this was inexcusable. Problem is, I started working from home, so I wasn’t in New York City as often. Then Hurricane Sandy busted my plans to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, which I’d planned for last November. This will be a big push in my next try.

65. Visit the Statue of Liberty
66. Visit Ellis Island
67. Visit Hayden Planetarium (10/30/11)
68. Visit the Cloisters
69. Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center, Wollman Rink, or Bryant Park
70. Attend three Broadway or off-Broadway shows
71. Spend a day in the city doing nothing but taking photos
72. Spend a day in NYC for less than $20, minus LIRR and subway/bus fare.


This one had another group of lofty goals, but five of 12 were completed. The marriage goal is happening soon—but a few months past this list’s expiration date. Most of these I transferred to my new list.

73. Buy a car (10/10/10)
74. Get married
75. Get my bedroom organized
76. Pay off my student loan debt
77. Save three months’ salary for a cushion fund
78. Reconnect with a friend I haven’t spoken to in years (05/22/11)
79. Teach Obi a new trick (11/06/10)
80. Walk Obi once a day for a month on good weather days (05/28/11)
81. Organize my  photo collection
82. Get a full-body massage (06/04/11)
83. Get my copies of Commercial Property News bound into hard copies
84. PDF every one of my Bisnow issues


Another category I was pleased with, having reached five out of seven goals. If only the states and countries were reversed! I visited three countries thinking I’d visit only one, and one state, thinking I’d visit three.

85. Visit three new states
86. Visit a new country (10/08/11)
87. Go on a cruise
88. Ride a sleeper train (09/27/11)
89. Take a mini-road trip that hits at least five states (09/26/10)
90. Visit Washington, DC during cherry blossom season (03/27/11)
91. Go on 10 field trips with Lexcie to places I’ve never explored before (05/13/11)


This group was plenty of fits and starts, now full of half-finished projects. I hope to finish what I’ve started the next time around. Six out of 10 were reached.

92. Finish my book
93. Get my book published
94. Get paid for a published article or story (10/20/10)
95. Get an article or story published somewhere besides Bisnow (10/20/10)
96. Participate in NaNoWriMo (11/30/10)
97. Blog at least once a day for 30 days (03/31/13)
98. Complete my Wreck This Journal
99. Complete my All About Me
100. Write five letters of praise about a good service or product (06/05/13)
101. Write a new 1001 in 101 List (06/03/13)

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