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101 in 1001

Have you heard of the 101 things to do in 1001 days?  I hadn’t until recently, after which I immediately starting writing my list.  The concept is simple and the title says it all.  Complete 101 goals in 1001 days.  I LOVE making lists.  Especially ones that relate to goals, things to do, challenges I want to complete…I’m really good at thinking about them, and writing them down but, not so good at actually completing them.

I’m horrible at keeping myself on track and staying focused.  Insert someone to monitor my progress and I’m suddenly checking off items left and right.  That’s where you, blog world, come in.  I post maybe once every 5 years, and even if no one ever read this, it’s out there.  Someone might check to see where I’m at and that’s enough to keep my train chugging along.  So, here it is!  My 101 things to do in 1001 days.

Start:  3-1-16

End:  11 – 27 – 18

  1.  Go skydiving – 3.14.16 (I shit you not, this is the craziest, most unbelievable thing I have and will ever do.  And, everyone should do it…at least once.)
  2. Hike Squaw Peak
  3. Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion
  4. Try 5 new restaurants
  5. Go rock-hounding
  6. Visit a new state
  7. Visit a new city
  8. Tour New Orleans
  9. Go to the ballet
  10. See the Grand Canyon
  11. Journal daily for 30 days
  12. Wake up at 6 am every morning for a week
  13. Stick to a nightly routine for 30 days
  14. Sell a piece of art
  15. See a movie solo
  16. Read 30 new books – 5/30
  17. Unplug totally for 24 hours
  18. Go to bed before 10 pm every night for a week
  19. Take a self defense class
  20. Attend Holi Colorfest   3.26.16
  21. Start a yoga practice
  22. Watch the sunrise somewhere special
  23. Grow a garden
  24. Meditate daily for a month
  25. Attend a festival
  26. Create my own sacred space
  27. Read tarot for someone
  28. Take family photos
  29. Family vacation to new national park
  30. Disneyland
  31. Mail package to Whitnee in Nicaragua
  32. Send flowers to Grandma Uleta
  33. Visit Grandma Sandy’s grave
  34. See an outdoor movie
  35. Take a girls trip
  36. Go to KU football game in Kansas
  37. Document A Day in the Life
  38. Pay off all debt
  39. Buy a Jeep  5.6.2016
  40. Go a full week without spending any money
  41. Purchase a house
  42. Have a credit score of 650 or higher
  43. Pay for the customer behind me
  44. Stick to a budget for 3 months
  45. Have a $5,000 emergency fund
  46. Enter a writing contest
  47. Attend a writing workshop
  48. Win NANOWRIMO again
  49. 30 day drawing challenge
  50. 30 day photo challenge
  51. Create and hang a vision board
  52. Get published somewhere – anywhere!
  53. Attend a book reading by the author
  54. Start my memoir
  55. Attend an art exhibit
  56. Walk 70,000 steps in a week
  57. Take a walk in nature daily for a week
  58. No soda for 30 days
  59. 30 day fitness challenge
  60. One month  with no sugar
  61. Drink 8 glasses of water daily for 30 days
  62. Stick to a meal plan for one month
  63. Achieve target weight
  64. Hair, makeup, outfit (with effort) daily for one week
  65. Learn how to Dutch braid  4.15.16
  66. Take a cooking class
  67. Date night once a week for a month
  68. Have a weekend getaway with no kids
  69. Create a will
  70. Write a love letter
  71. Recreate our first date
  72. Surprise someone with something great  5.17.16
  73. Try something new together
  74. Get drunk and make out like teenagers
  75. Write 20 letters
  76. Finish KonMari
  77. Donate blood
  78. Donate to a cause I believe in
  79. Host a party at my house  4.22.16
  80. Take a dance class
  81. Organize photos
  82. Shoot a gun
  83. Buy a lotto ticket
  84. Bake someone cookies 5.15.16
  85. See a drive-in movie
  86. Finish painting the house
  87. Meet someone that inspires me  3.10.16
  88. Start a dream journal
  89. Hike Stairway to Heaven
  90. Watch 10 new documentaries – 4/10
  91. Spend a weekend alone
  92. Solve a mystery
  93. Help someone in need
  94. Get a tattoo
  95. Play Blackjack in Vegas
  96. Go camping
  97. Ghost tour Salt Lake
  98. Color an entire coloring book
  99. Buy a new pair of glasses
  100. Write a letter to myself to open at the end of 1001 days 3.1.16
  101. Make a new 101 in 1001 list!

There it is folks!

Interested in making your own?  Check out http://www.dayzeroproject.com.



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The secret of it all…

The secret of it all...

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Caffeine and Creativity


I’m a caffeine junky…I’ve tried to kick the habit more than once with not much luck. My day usually starts off with a cup or two of coffee, and I’m always within arms reach of a diet coke throughout the rest of the day.

My pounding head reminded me this morning that I had skipped my morning dose. Needless to say, no brilliant ideas were breaking through, which got me thinking about the relationship between caffeine and creativity.

After a quick Google search, I was surprised at the number of articles I found on the subject. I’m not educated enough to say if there is any connection, but there was plenty to be said either way. I don’t plan on giving up my writing juice, but maybe cutting back couldn’t hurt?

What are your thoughts? Do you need a cup of coffee to get your fingers moving?

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Writing resolutions

I stumbled across an article written by Kimberly Turner on LitReactor suggesting 13 resolutions to make you a more productive writer in 2013.  She suggests tackling your resolutions one month at a time instead of trying to do a massive overhaul all at once.  I chose a couple of her suggestions to focus on in January.

  • I will finish a chapter in my novel.

I’m basically starting my novel from scratch, using my very rough draft as more of an outline.  With some extra motivation and creative time management, my goal is to complete one chapter a week. 

  • I will improve my writing space.

I get distracted easily.  My couch or bed tends to be my usual writing space, which is fine every once in a while.  I know I’d get much more down if I took a more professional approach.  It’s too easy to flip on the TV and lose my train of thought.  Everything needs a home, my creativity included!

Have you thought of any writing resolutions for 2013?  Don’t be shy.  I’d love to hear your goals for the new year!

(You can read the full article at www.litreactor. com!)

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