101 in 1001

The 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge

Day Zero started out with the catchy challenge of completing 101 things in 1001 days. This has been enormously popular with tens of thousands of people getting involved and sharing their lists. We now offer many more types of challenges, but here are the original guidelines for the challenge:

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 (i.e. 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.

Without further ado, here is my list:

Start Date: August 1, 2012
End Date: April 29, 2015

1. Move back to the USA [10.18.2012]
2. Go to New York City
3. Take Javier to Disney World
4. Go on a cruise
5. Bring Javi's parents to visit us in the U.S.A.
6. Go on a road trip (Indiana to D.C. in October 2013)
7. Go on a romantic weekend in Chicago
8. Visit Washington D.C. with Javier

Cooking & Food
9. Eat Chicago Deep Dish pizza [Giodarno's - Chicago Christmas Trip - December 23, 2012]
10. Try sushi (With my coworker, Nov 2013)
11. Make homemade ice cream
12. Learn how to make homemade jam/jelly
13. Make spaghetti sauce that Javier likes [My mom's recipe - November 2012]
14. Learn how to make semitas
15. Learn how to make pastelitos
16. Eat an elephant ear (Allen County Fair, Aug 2013)
17. Pick strawberries
18. Take a cooking class
19. Try five new restaurants (1/5) 1: Colts Grille Indy [10.27.2012]; 2: Tucanys Chicago [November 2012]; 3: Cosmo's Restaurant [February 2013]; 4: Mad Anthony's [March 2013]; 5: Koto [March 2013]
20. Learn to make tres leches cake [April 2013 - Thank you to my husband's mom!]
21. Make bone-in rib roast [Helped my mom on Christmas 2013]

22. Get married
23. Have a child
24. Treat my sisters and mom to a spa day
25. Record my grandpa's stories
26. Go fishing with my papa
27. Treat someone to a really nice dinner
28. Send a package to an overseas friend every six months (0/5)
29. Make a photo gift for my granny and papa
30. Deliver flowers to my mom and grandma for special occasions
31. Call my granny and papa one time a month (9/32)
32. Send birthday cards

33. Get in shape
34. Start doing pilates again
35. Do the Couch to 5k program

Getting Crafty
36. Grow tomatoes
37. Learn to knit
38. Knit a blanket
39. Finish my cross-stitch project [Welcome/Bienvenido Project - Finished: December 24, 2012]
40. Start making jewelry again
41. Open Etsy shop to sell jewelry
42. Learn how to sew (this is in process...)
43. Learn calligraphy
44. Do 10 crafts from Pinterest (0/10)
45. Buy fabric and make pillows (my first sewing project - done!)

Money Wise
46. Save $10,000
47. Buy a car (Javi's car: Oct 2013)
48. Buy rollerblades
49. Go to the casino
50. Buy proper pajamas [Christmas gift 2012]
51. Pay for the person behind me in line
52. Buy wedge sandals
53. Buy 5 new dresses (1/5) 1: dress for Anne's rehearsal dinner; 2: dress for Anne's graduation; 3: dress for summer
54. Save all daily change until end of this challenge, then deposit it in my savings account

 Give Back
55. Donate clothes and other items to Goodwill
56. Volunteer to teach ESL/give free lessons (Helped Jo at Amistad - Aug to Nov 2013)
57. Do Angel Tree every Christmas (2/3)
58. Donate to 5 charities (0/5)

59. Stop drinking soda for 1 month [10.29.2012 - ongoing]
60. Drink only water for 1 month
61. Stop peeling skin around fingers for 1 month (yuck, I know... but it's a horrible bad habit)

62. Put all home movies of Mom's on DVDs
63. Organize recipes
64. Back up photos to the hard drive
65. Create a full address/phone book

For Fun
66. Learn to scuba dive
67. Become a fluent speaker in Spanish
68. Read a book in Spanish without translation
69. Watch a movie in Spanish without subtitles
70. Get a professional massage
71. Watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy
72. Read 10 books (2/10) 1: Game of Thrones Book 2; 2: Game of Thrones Book 3
73. Go ice skating
74. Ride a horse
75. Take guitar lessons
76. Plant a tree
77. Go on a picnic
78. Watch fireworks with Javier
79. Take Javier to a professional soccer game
80. Go to a Cubs game
81. Go to a Blackhawks game
82. Start a blog and keep up with it
83. Get a manicure [11.10.2012]
84. Get a pedicure [11.10.2012]
85. Go wine tasting [11.03.2012]
86. Go to a drive-in movie theater
87. Win a game of bowling
88. Go geocaching
89. Go on a "technology-free" weekend
90. Build a snowman with Javier
91. Go to a concert
92. Go on the ferris wheel at Navy Pier
93. See a play or musical
94. Go to a live comedy show [11.03.2012]
95. Go to the aquarium
96. Ride an elephant
97. Go to the zoo [Took Javier to the Fort Wayne Zoo on April 27, 2013]
98. Set up the hammock
99. Throw a surprise party for someone
100. Go to the horse racing track
101. Ride in a hot air balloon

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