101 in 1001.

the mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

the criteria: Tasks must be specific (i.e., 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 my part).

why 1001 days?: Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. 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 or outdoor activities.

start date: Friday, January 14, 2011
end date: Friday, October 11, 2013

buy. {1 – 9}

create. {10 – 18}
  • complete the 365 project
  • get my scrapbook up-to-date
  • have a font of my handwriting made
  • inspiration board
  • organize the pile of recipes I’ve collected into a book
  • pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and carve it
  • publish the photos from the 365 project into a coffee table book
  • send a postcard to PostSecret
  • set up an Etsy site for photography
culture. {19 – 24}
  • attend the ballet {done}
  • attend the opera
  • go to a U2 concert {June 26, 2011 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan]
  • listen to every song in my iTunes library (6,500+ songs!)
  • listen to the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (my progress)
  • watch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1983) (my progress)
faith. {25-28}
  • memorize 30 verses
  • memorize Psalm 139
  • read the entire Bible
  • watch and reflect on all 24 Nooma videos
fitness + running. {29-38}
  • comfortably fit into a size 4 pair of jeans
  • complete a triathlon {done}
  • complete the 100 push up challenge
  • finish running 30 races before my 30th birthday {done at the Indy Women’s Half}
  • reach my goal weight
  • run a sub 30:00 5k {done}
  • run a half marathon {done}
  • run a marathon
  • successfully hold crow pose for at least 10 seconds
  • try a spin class {June 2011}
food. {39-44}
  • bake an apple pie (crust and all)
  • eat dessert first at a restaurant
  • grow my own tomatoes and use them to make homemade salsa
  • make a loaf of bread from scratch (sans bread machine)
  • make homemade jam
  • take a cooking class
give back. {45-51}
  • become a part of the Lubbers Society at my alma mater (donating 3+ years) {done}
  • buy coffee for a stranger
  • donate blood
  • leave a 100% tip {done}
  • participate in One Day Without Shoes
  • plant a tree
  • send flowers to a friend
go without. {52-58}
  • cancel all unnecessary credit cards
  • eating out for a month
  • give up chocolate for Lent
  • hitting snooze everyday for a month
  • no soda for 6 months
  • no television for a month
  • spend one day without my phone/iPod/computer/television/etc
just because. {59-69}
  • do a wine tasting tour {done}
  • get a second tattoo {done, October 10, 2011}
  • get my nose pierced
  • go skydiving
  • have a real Christmas tree
  • increase my savings account to (at least) a four month emergency fund
  • make a wish at 11:11 on November 11, 2011 {missed it! both times it came around!}
  • meet Taylor Swift
  • movie theater marathon:  3 movies, 1 day
  • see a movie at the drive in
  • sleep under the stars
learn. {70-76}
  • alphabet in sign language
  • finish a New York Times crossword puzzle
  • get certified in CPR
  • how to golf
  • how to play poker
  • my blood type
  • take the GRE
michigan experiences. {77-80}
travel. {81-88}
  • attend a taping of Ellen
  • be in Times Square for the NYE ball drop
  • get a stamp on my passport
  • go on a solo road trip {done-ish. A couple short trips, not quite what I had in mind}
  • go on a trip with my mom
  • ride in a hot air balloon
  • ride in a limousine
  • visit 3 states I’ve never been to before {1. Pennsylvania 2. Massachusetts 3. TBD}
write + read. {89-100}
…and finally. {101}
  • make a brand new 101 in 1001 list

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Beth January 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

I loooove this so much! I’m going to make one, I think. Also, I can teach you the alphabet in sign language if you want. As well as a few nonuseful, but entertaining phrases like “ugly people bar,” brontosaurus, and “drunk sex.” I have a deaf friend, but she can read lips and talk so I’ve never had to learn anything useful…


mindy @ just a one girl revolution. January 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm

You totally should! It was harder than I thought to think of 101 ideas! I might have to take you up on that offer! 🙂


It All Changes January 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I love your list. I have all the Nooma videos because we use them in our church for Bible study, sermon illustrations and just to watch and be filled as pastors. I purchased most when I was a broke seminary student 🙂


mindy @ just a one girl revolution. January 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I actually go to Rob’s church and got to be an extra in two of them (Shells and Open)! It was a fun experience!


Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt January 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I love the list! Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how your adventures in achieving these goals turns out!


andi January 15, 2011 at 4:04 am

I LOVE this! I have had a partial list made for a while … I *should* just finish it, but it’s hard. good luck with the list!! let me know if you want company for any of the items (like 38 … or 59 … or 31!). 😉


mindy @ just a one girl revolution. January 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I would LOVE company! 🙂


Heather January 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm

1. don’t pay to have your handwriting/print turned into a font – use Amanda instead – she’s BRILLIANT – http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/


mindy @ just a one girl revolution. January 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm

And this is yet another reason why I love my blends!! Thanks girl!


Heather January 31, 2011 at 8:03 pm

2. I love the culture list and especially the 3 you are tracking in the spreadsheet. After this October, if I feel compelled to make a new list, I may be adding these 🙂


Theodora February 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I love this!!


Shelly February 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

This inspired me to write a list of things too!! One in particular is to take a baking class at Zingerman’s Bakehouse….possibly this could be #44 on your list! We should sign up to do one together!!!! We could even take a bread course and cross of #42 on your list as well!!!!


mindy @ just a one girl revolution. February 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Yes! Let’s do it sometime!! I would love that!


lisa March 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Hi Mindy! I just came across your blog 🙂 I love your whole list! And I could teach you the ASL alphabet! lol. I’m going to school for Speech Pathology and I’m in the process of becoming fluent in ASL. It’s really fun. you should consider taking a class! 🙂


mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 19, 2011 at 12:01 am

Hey Lisa! Thanks for checking out my blog!! 🙂
I have actually looked into taking a couple classes – I just need to re-motivate myself back into the school mode first…


Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) January 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Awesome list of goals! I just added you to my blogroll. Hope that’s OK.


mindy @ just a one girl revolution. January 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

That is definitely okay – thank you SO much! 🙂


Sarah January 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Glad to see you are doing a 101 in a 1001.. It is so much fun! Good luck!
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dianapantz March 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm

oh gosh ; our lists are SUPER similar!!
we h a v e to be friends! 😉
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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Yessss!!! I love new friends! 🙂


Sara August 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I think it’s time to update this list, because I can think of one tummy that has seen a little more sunshine this summer than it may have in the past. 🙂
Oh and maybe just a couple more things.


Amy August 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

I LOVE this list! You rock girl!!


Krissy September 23, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi there! I found your site by Googling 101 in 1001 and can I just say how happy I am that I did? I’m in the process of making a goals list and yours is one of the best I’ve ever seen! I also appreciate the link to making your own font–that’s definitely going on my list. I’m love your list because one of my life goals was to see U2 in concert; I was at the Spartan Stadium concert as well! Fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration!
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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Hi Krissy! Thanks for commenting!! How awesome was the show at Spartan Stadium – and what a cool venue to see them play!!


Krista Blanks September 1, 2013 at 5:35 am

You have inspired me to start my own 🙂
Thanks so much!

Check out my 101 in 1001 . I borrowed quite a few of your ideas and linked you at the bottom too x


Ash July 31, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Thank you for the great list! Some of yours really isnpired mine 🙂


Rissa December 7, 2014 at 2:00 am

Thanks for sharing your list! I got some good ideas to use for my own list!

I am blogging about my own project 101 in 1001 on my blog at: http://www.rissajaneen.com


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