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101 in 1001 Days Challenge

December 13, 2018

The Challenge

The goal of the Day Zero Project or 101 in 1001 Days Challenge is “to complete 101 preset tasks in 1001 days (or 2.75 years)”. The rules are also very straight forward, “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).”

I love this idea, because in three years I will be creeping closer and closer to 50. Yikes! I hate to even type that. But I figure if there are things I really want to do, now is the time to do them.

My 101 in 1001 Days Challenge List

Making this list was not as easy at it may look. At about 60 things I blanked out. So, after many hours of thinking about what I wanted to include on my list and making the list as realistic as I could (I left off the things that are completely out of my control), here it is. . .

Complete the list on September 9, 2021

1. Re-evaluate the list on a yearly basis and adjust outdated goals
2. Blog about every completed item on this list (0 of 101)

Creative/Art

3. Weave a large wall hanging
4. Sew a pillow with a sewing machine
5. Sew a piece of clothing with a sewing machine
6. Crochet a sweater that I can wear
7. Publish my novel
8. Win NaNoWriMo by finishing novel
9. Send publishers queries about my novel
10. Learn to tapestry crochet
11. Keep an updated Traveler’s Notebook for a year
12. Draw, paint, or craft a picture and hang it on the wall
13. Learn to macrame
14. Learn to read a crochet chart
15. Sew cushion for window seat (0 of 2)
16. Crochet a hat I can wear
17. Make 20 crafts from craft books, see #88 (0 of 20)
18. Crochet a boho blanket
19. Listen to an artist a month for a year (0 of 12)
20. Design a pop culture craft a month for a year (0 of 12)

DIY/Around the Home

21. Paint downstairs living room
22. Paint bedroom
23. Paint half bathroom
24. Paint master bedroom and bath
25. Paint hall
26. Paint 2nd bathroom
27. Paint or replace kitchen window frames
28. Clean out and organize attic
29. Paint window seat
30. Fix and paint deck
31. Paint record player stand
32. Update wardrobe with “staple” items
33. Caulk entire house inside and outside
34. Clean and purge under bed
35. Donate unwanted craft supplies to nonprofit

Blog/Business

36. Send a craft project or idea to a magazine/website/publisher for publication
37. Make $100 off of my blog
38. Get 10,000 blog views a day
39. Write a guest post for a blog/website
40. Host a craft-a-long
41. Get 1,000 Pinterest followers
42. Open Melissa Ann Makes shop
43. Make 50 items for shop
44. Sell 50 shop items in first year
45. Sell remaining items in Etsy shop or donate
46. Order business cards for blog and business
47. Transfer old blog to WordPress
48. Assign SEO to important posts on old blog
49. Set up a blogging monthly calendar for 2019
50. Set up a shop monthly calendar for 2019

Personal

51. Start and stick to a beauty regimen
52. Finish my will
53. Update my resume
54. Take a daily vitamin & Vitamin D supplement every day for a month (0 of 30)
55. Work out 6 days a week for 1 month (0 of 24)
56. Lose 20 pounds (0 of 20)
57. Walk 300,000 steps in a month

Spiritual

58. Go to church every Sunday for 2 months (0 of 8)
59. Read & study a daily devotional for 1 month (0 of 30)
60. Read the entire Bible
61. Learn 25 Bible verses (0 of 25)
62. Visit with a pastor
63. Volunteer for a church function
64. Choose 5 books of the Bible and study them (0 of 5)

Fun

65. See 10 different performers in concert (0 of 10)
66. Visit 10 new places around town (0 of 10)
67. See the Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras
68. Ice skate 5 times (0 of 5)
69. Take a cruise
70. Visit Astoria, Oregon
71. Walk around the lake in the fall
72. Walk through a corn maze
73. Go to a minor league baseball game
74. Throw a costume party

Food & Drink

75. Make homemade pierogies
76. Drink no soda for a week
77. Make homemade lemoncello
78. Drink 8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day for a month (0 of 30)
79. Try 10 different dishes I wouldn’t normally try (0 of 10)
80. Cook 25 new healthy recipes I have never cooked before (0 of 25)
81. Make homemade energy balls/bars
82. Eat no meat for a week
83. Learn to cook a meal with tofu

Knowledge

84. Learn 5 phrases in Italian (0 of 5)
85. Learn to use my digital camera to take close up photos
86. Read or re-read 20 classics (0 of 20)
87. Read 50 fiction books I read as a preteen/teen (0 of 50)
88. Read 20 craft books (0 of 20)
89. Learn about constellations for novel
90. Learn an Evanescence and Tori Amos song on my keyboard (0 of 2)
91. Memorize 5 poems (0 of 5)

Miscellaneous

92. Keep an emergency fund of $1000
93. Pay back IOUs
94. Save all spare change for 6 months
95. Buy a new laptop
96. Donate 25 handmade items to charity (0 of 25)
97. Adopt the idea of Minimalism
98. Organize photographs
99. Donate old magazines
100. Complete a 30-Day Minimalism challenge
101. Put $5 in savings for each completed task ($0 of $505)

Some of the items on my 101 in 1001 Days Challenge will be completed in the next few months, while others will probably take me the full 1001 days. But, that is what this list is all about, and I feel up to the challenge!

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