day zero project

Start Date: March 1, 2014
End Date: November 26, 2016
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.
Why
When Brian and I were visiting Nashville, I realized how much fun we were having during an art crawl. The thing is, though, that there are art crawls in our own city every month! I started thinking about how I wanted to be intentional in creating memories, making myself healthier, and using my time wisely.
expectations
I don’t think that I will necessarily finish all 101 items, but I am going to try! Some of the goals work together–mostly health goals. I didn’t want to pick arbitrary goals that didn’t mean anything to me. Instead, I threw in experiences that I wanted to have, personal achievements, and things that will enhance my quality of life. Ever since I got sick, there has been a sense of loss of control over my life. I don’t want to float through life! Most of these goals seem selfish because they needed to be quantifiable goals (Did I read that many books? Did I run that many races?). Be assured that my life has other–greater–goals.
I had a ton of fun researching my goals. I browsed through many other blogs and lists to see what other people were doing. I was happy to see goals that I’ve already accomplished or things that I had never thought about. I even learned about a few new things that I would like to do!
{Note: I will cross things out as I do them and put them in italics is they are in progress.}

Travel

Visit the Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta

See a Braves Game

Visit Nashville

Visit Savannah

Take an Audio Tour of the Biltmore House

Visit Charleston Again

Visit Cincinnati

Health

Join a CSA for one season

Weight 140 Pounds

Run 10 5ks (1. GoJenGo March 1, 2014, 2. Know Your Craft, April 5, 2014)

Go Hiking at Crowder’s Mountain

Walk 10,000 Steps 10 Days in a Row

Change my Daily Goal to 12,000 Steps

Finish a half marathon

Exercise in the Mornings for three months

Complete a 30 Day Plank Challenge

Do 10 real push ups

Run the Cooper River Bridge Run

Organize Daily Vitamins (Take them for 2 months straight)

Try a Pilates Reformer Class

Try Meatless Mondays for 2 Months

Maintain Goal Weight

Take a Hot Yoga Class

Strength Train Twice A Week for Two Months

Complete a minimum of 4 gympact exercises a week for 6 months

Organize/House

Donate 101 Things that I Don’t Need

Set up my own office

Create a Weekly Cleaning Schedule and use it for a month (or longer!)

Use my Sewing Machine

Plant Flowers

Organize the Bathroom/Purge Unused Items

Help Brian Build a Cabinet for the Kitchen (April 4, 2014)

Use our Kitchen-Aid Mixer

Paint my Office

Experiences

Have Dessert at Nona’s in Columbia with Brian

Attend the NODA Art Crawl

Zipline at the Whitewater Center

See a Shakespeare Play

Ceramics Painting (April19, 2014)

Painting Class

Go to a Drive-In Movie

See the Charlotte Symphony

Go to a Jazz Concert

Go to a Dueling Piano Bar

Take Brian Wine Tasting

Go to a University of South Carolina Football Game

Visit Brattonsville (South Carolina) (April 12, 2014)

Go to the Carolina Shag Club

Spend a day taking photos in the country with Brian (April 12, 2014)

Go to the Farmer’s Market

Go to PC Christmas Musical

Go to 5 Year College Reunion

Go on a Picnic (April 12, 2014)

Host a Christmas Party

Throw a Murder Mystery Party

See a Non-Shakespeare Play

Take a Trip With a Friend

Go Apple Picking

See the Nutcracker

Take Boat Cruise (Charleston, White Water Center, etc.)

Go Kayaking

Go Tubing Down a River

Ride in a Limo

Ride a Horse

Go Ice Skating

Build and Fly a Kite with Brian

Host a game night

Go on three double dates

Go to Carowinds

Visit Discovery Place

Try Rock Climbing

Go to the Mint Museum

Other

Find a regular place to volunteer with my life group

Establish a Family Tradition

Send Christmas Cards

Find the Perfect Red Lipstick

Find the Perfect Black Dress

Take Anniversary Pictures at PC

Take a Picture of Each Goal (if possible)

Create 5 New Works of Art for the House

Plan Something Special for Brian

Make Breakfast in Bed for Brian

Give Our Dogs a Successful Haircut (This was NOT it).

Organize a Dog Playdate for All of My Friends with Dogs

Keep Nails Painted for a Month

Don’t Sit At My Desk For Lunch for One Month

Knit something

Find a Place to Play the Flute

Make Christmas Cookies

Plan an Original Girls’ Night

Reading/Writing

Read 10 More Books from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list

Read Through the Bible in a Year

Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days is over (March 6, 2014)

Stick with blogging for 1001 Days

Start a Personal Journaling Habit

Take a Class (Anything)

Participate in NaNoWriMo

Read 20 books each year (2014-2016)

Read 5 Non-Fiction Books

Finish All Unread Books on My Shelf