101st Post and 101 Things to Do

This is my 101st post! Woohoo! To mark this milestone, I plan to not only listen to the Depeche Mode album of the same name, but I also joined the Day Zero Project. According to the website, “Day Zero is a place to record your goals, discover new challenges, and gain motivation to achieve them.” In other words, I created a list of 101 things I want to do in the next 1,001 days. Because as we already know, I am clearly insane. (many thanks to my friend Stoopmama for the inspiration! The Day Zero Project inspiration, not the insanity inspiration. I get that all on my own, thankyouverymuch.).

I’m not sure why I’m a fan of milestones. My type-A self is perhaps reassured to have a before and after point; ways to measure progress (or lack of) and accomplishments (or, once again, lack of). This post’s milestone, as post #101, hopefully illustrates that I am, in fact, committed to this blog and, more broadly, my writing. Yay! While I am fully aware that I have mixed success in terms of meeting such lofty goals (see, Triathlons and 365Project), I think these 101 things are perfectly attainable in 1001 days: between today, Tues. Nov. 22, 2011, and  Tues., Aug. 14, 2014. (holy shit I’ll be 39 then. maybe I need to add more plastic surgery goals to this list??).

So who out there is with me and Stoopmama? We can track our miserable lack of progress together!

Here is additional information from the Day Zero Project website:

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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

So for better or for worse, I pasted my list (in no particular order) below. You can also track my project here. In my typical fashion, I will be brutally honest about how I’m doing. Because that’s how I roll: I don’t need to add it on my list of things to do 🙂

  1. Become Yoga Alliance-certified
  2. Teach yoga classes at a yoga studio
  3. Become “intermediate” flying trapeze student
  4. Run a 10 mile race
  5. Read Anna Karenina
  6. Finish my brother’s photo album
  7. Adopt a dog
  8. Attend my 20th high school reunion
  9. Visit Lafayette College
  10. Pay off my credit cards
  11. Visit my grandparents’ graves at least four times a year
  12. Attend a Buffalo Bills game in Buffalo
  13. Go to Hawaii
  14. Build a photography portfolio
  15. Expand my business
  16. Buy my first home
  17. Get another tattoo
  18. Bake bread from scratch
  19. See a Broadway play
  20. Visit a new Smithsonian museum
  21. Spend a holiday volunteering at a food bank
  22. Meditate
  23. Bake vegan cupcakes
  24. Host a vegan dinner party
  25. Master a handstand
  26. Learn how to apply false eyelashes
  27. Be an extra in a movie
  28. Begin writing a book
  29. Build the “Life After Normal” brand
  30. Get new veneers
  31. Stop parking illegally
  32. Go to Australia and New Zealand
  33. See a Broadway musical
  34. Make my own jewelry
  35. Dress up for Halloween
  36. Donate blood
  37. See 10 classic movies I’ve never seen
  38. Pet a lion or a tiger
  39. Sing karaoke
  40. Wear makeup more often
  41. Dress up for no reason
  42. Mentor a younger PR professional
  43. Mentor an at-risk youth
  44. Drive less. Bike more
  45. Grow a vegetable
  46. Watch all six Star Wars movies
  47. Watch all the Harry Potter movies
  48. Vote for an American Idol
  49. Vote for Obama
  50. Go to Spain
  51. Improve my Spanish
  52. Learn basic French
  53. Write a thank-you note
  54. Send more greeting cards (snail mail, not e-mail)
  55. Live authentically
  56. Use Twitter regularly
  57. Be featured in another magazine
  58. Learn to play the guitar
  59. Play the piano regularly
  60. Perform on the piano in public
  61. Re-learn Rachmaninoff’s Prelude Op. 32, No. 2
  62. Do 10 chin ups
  63. Take a vacation with my girlfriends
  64. Wear the “sexy” underwear for no reason
  65. Drink champagne for no reason
  66. Go on a vacation by myself
  67. Visit the GWU bookstore
  68. Visit the new MLK monument
  69. Publish an article with MY byline
  70. Go to a jazz club
  71. Max out my 401(k) contribution
  72. Try Bikram Yoga
  73. Try Ashtanga yoga
  74. Try Iyengar yoga
  75. Try vinyasa yoga
  76. Play softball
  77. Go to a NHL hockey game
  78. Call my grandma
  79. Call my mother
  80. Call my father
  81. Have a birthday party
  82. Finish a crossword puzzle
  83. Do a 5-day juice cleanse
  84. Sunbathe at a nude beach. Nude
  85. Attend a formal black tie event
  86. Cheer on people running a marathon
  87. Go out dancing
  88. Get professional headshots
  89. Go snowboarding
  90. Go wakeboarding
  91. Visit a state I’ve never been to before
  92. Sew something
  93. See a taping of the Ellen Show
  94. Create my wedding album … regardless of what happens with my marriage
  95. Use Wii Fit
  96. Play the lottery
  97. Play video games
  98. Get botox
  99. Learn to play chess
  100. Go hiking
  101. When I start dating again, be completely honest in terms of what I feel. No games

Life After Normal

2 Replies to “101st Post and 101 Things to Do”

  1. For #37 – may I suggest (if you haven’t already seen these):
    The Third Man
    The Thin Man
    Singin in the Rain
    All About Eve
    North by Northwest
    It Happened One Night
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    The Apartment
    Bringing Up Baby
    The Lady Eve
    Anatomy of a Murder
    The Philadelphia Story

    • Laura, This is so great! You have motivated me to think of doing the same. And congrats on the 101st5 post!! I love your blog.

      For #20, I recommend the National Museum of the American Indian — helped do the PR when it opened when I lived in DC! Beautiful and they have a GREAT cafe!

      For #24, Please send me an an invite! 😉

      For #45: I hear tomatoes are easy. 🙂

      For #62: You go girl, my goal is just to do ONE unassisted chin up!


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