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MASSIVE FAIL

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Ok….so I started this blog and my 101 in 1001 project before PA school started. Let me clue you in to how naive that was! I have found myself with little to no time to call my own. I am enjoying school and the challenge immensely but it has left me neglecting lots of other areas of my life.

I am writing tonight (after finishing a test and a paper and before moving on to more studying) to say that I must put my 101 in 1001 on hold in order to do it justice. I know life will always be busy but I am hoping and praying that it won’t be 21 credits of grad school busy again for a long, long time.  I will try to pop in an update everyone from time to time but I am sorry to say, please don’t expect much for the next few months.  Thank you all for even stopping by in the first place and I hope to be back on here again in less than 3 months :-p

Image credit:  Nima Badiey

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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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101. Save or donate $5 for every goal not completed

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january-calendarHere we are at the end of January.  Some of us have already made and given up on resolutions.  I haven’t made any yet.  (Maybe I should make one to stop procrastinating!)  The end of January seems like a good time to reassess what we want to do with our new year!

I was looking through my Delicious bookmarks this week and found this blog post by Chris Brogan.  Chris writes about a new way to set goals for yourself.  His ideas of being able to strive for broader concepts that apply to more than one area of life appeals to me.  I loved the idea of this post when I read it the first time and I had every intention of writing my own post about it. (Procrastination again!)  So I decided it was better late than never.

My goals for 2009 are Posture, Openness, Positivity

Posture: I want to use posture in 2 ways:  to help me be mindful of my physical posture (which is horrible) and to  also to adjust the ‘posture’  or attitude I use when I approach other people  and new situations.  I want to maintain a posture and attitude of respect for others and myself. I want to make sure my ‘posture’ represents my true self and my beliefs.

Openness:  This has been an unofficial goal of mine since this time last year.  Joining Americorps*VISTA and moving to Nebraska (see my post here) were the product of keeping an open mind.  Being more open to possibilities and suggestions has made VISTA an amazing experience for me.  I hope to extend the same openness to other areas of my life.  I can be a very closed off person at times and I hope to become more open and accepting of some of the people who I truly disagree with.

Positivity:  My personality is strange in that sometimes I am Ms. Optimistic but other times I drive others crazy with my negativity and unfounded worrying.  I want to stop being so negative and focus on the good in my own life and in others.  Going along with Openness, sometimes my worrying prevents me from taking chances and trying new things.  Thinking positively and worrying less, I hope to just let life happen instead of worrying about things I can’t change.

After looking at my goals, I realized I was going to make 2009 POP!  Yes, it actually was unintentional but I couldn’t let it pass after I realized it.  So what will you do with 2009?

If you need any inspiration check out the comments from Chris’ post and see what others have said!

Photo credit to Rosa Say

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