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101 in 1001 July Update

Hello! I’ve promised to update every month so  here is the first one.  A few of these have proved easier than I anticipated and others harder.  It’s been a fun challenge to myself so far but I’ve barely begun!  Also, as a side note about life, I completed my VISTA term of service today.  So bittersweet!

I’ll try to keep track of these as follows:  In ProgressCompleteFail

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 – Working on it right now!
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 – Ok so this one was obviously MUCH easier than I thought it might be.
15. Visit the Joslyn Art Museum
16. Make my own yogurt
17. Lose 15% of my starting body weight – This isn’t going so well yet but it has been on my mind.
18. Go to 10 local restaurants I haven’t yet tried – 3 so far: California Tacos, El Alamo, and Lansky’s
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 – Yay!
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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Imagine my surprise when I looked at the date and realized that while I had started a few drafts, I hadn’t posted a single post this month!  That just will not do.  Especially as a result of #10.

What a lot of surprises this summer has brought with it.  I’ve (finally) purchased a car.  I’ve moved (again) into a new apartment.  I’ll have 2 new roommates, one whom I’ve never met in person, and school starts so soon! This whole renting and car ownership thing is complicated lol.  It probably doesn’t help that I am trying to coordinate bill paying across 2 states and 3 people. I think things will settle down once we are all in the same place.  Also, our property manager not returning phone calls or emails isn’t super helpful 😉  But enough about her.

Lots of beginnings and again, an end.  My extended VISTA term will be over on Friday.  I’ll truly miss my friends and colleagues.  I’ve had some amazing opportunities during my time as a VISTA and met wonderful people.  I honestly think I will be a little lost at first.  When people ask me what I do, I know my first reflex will be to say “I’m an AmeriCorps*VISTA.”  I never thought it would be such a cool time for me.  I have a feeling that once you are a VISTA, you are a VISTA forever.  I think it’s just one of those things.  You (hopefully) never forget the lessons you learned.

The only thing constant is change.

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