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101 in 1001

I have read a lot of blogs lately talking about doing 101 things in 1001 days.  It’s a way of creating long term goals and sticking to them.  You can read more about it here.  I thought it seemed like an intriguing idea so I am going to attempt my own.  Now there are many reasons I haven’t filled in the entire list and I realize many people might tell me this defeats the purpose. However, I am starting a graduate program in the fall and have no idea what my time constraints may be so I am going to leave some of the list blank so I don’t end up with ridiculous goals that I could never hope to achieve.

I will be starting my 1001 days on Wednesday, July 1, 2009.  This puts my end date on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.  (I used this handy calculator found here if you need one!)

I will be filling you in on the progress once a month and we’ll see how it goes 🙂 Let me know in the comments if you have ever done one of these or hope to in the future!

1. Take at least one yoga class
2. Learn how to cook 5 new dishes
3. Bake my own bread 6 times
4. Walk the distance of the Appalachian trail
5. Graduate from my master’s program
6. Write a letter to 3 friends for no reason
7. Read 10 books for fun
8. Go to 3 movies by myself (I never do this)
9. Go to at least one concert
10. Write a blog post at least twice a month every month
11. Try to grow my own indoor herb garden
12. Update my progress on my 101 in 1001 every month
13. Be active for 30 minutes at least 3 days a week
14. Patronize local vendors at least 6 times a year
15. Visit the Joslyn Art Museum
16. Make my own yogurt
17. Lose 15% of my starting body weight
18. Go to 10 local restaurants I haven’t yet tried
19. Participate in one “walk” (eg. Crop Walk, Walk for a Cure, etc)
20. Donate blood 6 times
21. Create a recipe & post it on my blog
22. Spend 6 weekends without going online
23. Find a religious community I feel comfortable with
24. Attend that community every Sunday for a month
25. Track all my expenses for 2 months
26. Create a budget that reduces my current expenses and increases my savings
27. Buy an article of clothing or an accessory in a color I never normally would
28. Have a picnic
29. Spend 15 minutes in nature outside the city doing nothing but listening
30. Organize my digital world. My files are a complete mess!
31. Learn to make 4 new vegetarian or vegan recipes
32. Take the bus instead of the car 10 times
33. Pass on a few things I want and do a Kiva loan
34. Floss. Every day. No excuses.
35. Go for one week without complaining
36. Replace one household or toiletries product with a more eco-friendly option
37. Learn how to wax my eyebrows at home (Don’t judge :-p )
38. Make potstickers: see here userealbutter.com

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Today would have been my last official day as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member. I have extended my term until the end of next month so I’m not done yet! I just can’t believe how fast the year went by.

It has been an amazing year. Full of new people, places, and experiences I never could have dreamed of. My term of service has had it’s ups and it’s downs but I wouldn’t trade it.  I’ve gained so much real-world experience, confidence, and life-long friends.

I’ve had the opportunity to present at and attend numerous conferences and workshops, visit friends in Hawaii, and find a school to persue my future.

I’m just so grateful for the chances I’ve been presented with.  I’m hoping that my last few weeks will be just as good as all the others!

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I made my first etsy order this past week. I was surfing through flikr and found some great artwork! I wanted to find out more about the artist and low and behold she had an etsy site! So I promptly headed over and perused the selections : ) Allison Strine has a lovely assortment of quirky and sassy prints, greeting cards, magnets, and glass pendants. I was so impressed I made four purchases!

Allison emailed me personally to thank me for my purchases and asked how I found her.  She was extremely personable and friendly.  She even sent me a tweet!  She has a blog too if you’d like to check it out.

My treasures arrived today. A very rapid turnaround. They are just as wonderful in person as they were online. Here they are!

ladybird 002

I got a print (8×10), 2 greeting cards, and a magnet.  They were wrapped with care and creativity and she even sent me a small magnet and a candy bracelet!  (It’s the small things that make me happy :-p)

All things said, Allison’s creative work speaks for itself but her customer service was just the icing on the cake! Kudos to Allison and those like her keeping interactions personal!

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