Results and a lot of waiting

* In this post I will be discussing my journey with our fertility specialist.  I may be going into detail of things done during the appointment, so please be aware that very little will be filtered. If you are not … Continue reading

101 in 1001 Progress update

101 in 1001 challenge progress
UPDATED ON: 2/22/2015
1.  Ride in a hot air balloon.
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2.  Host a family dinner party.
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3.  Take a yoga class once a week for a month.
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4.  Send a message in a bottle.
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5.  No Facebook for 7 consecutive days.
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6.  Volunteer at an animal shelter.
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7. Complete 25 random acts of kindness in 1 month. (0/25)
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I’ve been really good about doing various acts of kindness, but I am awful at remembering to jot them down!  I have no idea if I have hit 25 in one month.  This needs to be changed to “Keep track of 25 random acts…”  🙂
8.  Order our wedding album.
We finally started working on the draft!  Hope we have it ordered by our 2nd anniversary.
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9.  Try 10 new restaurants. (1/10)
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I know I have tried several new places since July, sadly I have not kept very good track,
1. 7/27/14
2._____ 3. _____ 4._____ 5._____ 6._____ 7._____ 8._____ 9._____ 10. _____
10.  Try 10 new foods. (2/10)
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1. February 3, 2015: Conch
2.February 20, 2015: Bison
3. _____ 4._____ 5._____ 6._____ 7._____ 8._____ 9._____ 10. _____
11.  Send out Christmas cards.
Completed on: December 2014
12.  Go to the optometrist.
Completed on: December, 214
I was happy to discover that after almost 5 years my vision had not changed very much!
I cannot wait to pick out new frames and order my contacts.
13.  Take Madigan hiking.
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14. Have a picnic.
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15.  Start a new tradition.
Completed on: December 2014
Tagging and cutting down our own Christmas tree.
16.  Go a month without eating at a restaurant / getting take-out.
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17.  Make a drastic hair change.
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 The plan is Summer 2015!
18.  Get a hot stone massage.
Completed on: August, 2014
I received my first hot stone massage while away on vacation with some girlfriends.
While I really enjoyed the massage, I do not think I would get one again.
I missed my knots being worked out!
19.  Spend a weekend with no technology (cell phone, tv, iPad, laptop, kindle)
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20.  Attend my graduation.
Completed on: N/A
Unable to complete, while I finished my school program I ended up not attending graduation.
21.  Visit 3 different churches and select one to go to on a regular basis. (1/3)
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 1.   7/27/14       2._____      3. _____
22.  Go an entire day without complaining, repeat this on 5 different days.
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23.  Switch to only reusable bags for grocery shopping.
Completed on: October, 2014
 I am so happy i made the switch!  Not only do I feel like I am doing a small part to help the environment, but not I am able to utilize the scanner system and ring my items up as I am shopping.  It is so wonderful to walk up the the registers and already have everything scanned and bagged.  I almost enjoy grocery shopping now.
24.  Finish Disc 1 of Rosetta Stone.
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25.  Find out my blood type and donate. (1/2 completed)
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Thanks to my mom, I have discovered I am A positive.  Now I need to find strength (I’m not a fan of needles) and a blood drive!
26.  Exercise 3x per week for 2 months.
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27.  Visit 5 places I have never been to. (0/5)
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1. January 2015: Disney Land, CA  2._____ 3. _____ 4._____ 5._____
28.  Find my perfect foundation color & brand.
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Still on the hunt!
29.  Attend a live taping of a tv show.
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I had tickets to visit the set of Rachel Ray, but a bad snow storm kept my friend and I from traveling to NYC.
Hopefully another opportunity will come soon.
30.  Blog 3x per week for a month.
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31.  Update address book with mailing addresses and important dates.
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 In progress: I have updated all my mailing addresses, but I still need to fill out the important dates.
32.  Create a fairy garden.
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33.  Create a 101 in 1001 journal.
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34.  Paint the upstairs hallway.
Completed on: November, 2014
 A huge thank you to my wonderful mother-in-law who came over and painted this for us!
35.  Organize the coat closet.
Completed on: December, 2014
36.  Complete an Instagram challenge.
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37.  Organize my bedroom closet.
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38.  See a drive-in movie.
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39.  Attend a cooking class.
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40.  Participate in a 5k, without walking.
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41.  Catch up on our yearly family photobooks.
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 Sadly, I am now another year behind.
42.  Let go of an unhealthy friendship.
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This has proven to be a lot more difficult that originally expected!  It amazes me how I know what is good for me and how I deserve to be treated, but lack the confidence to stand up for myself.  Clearly, I still have some areas I can grow in.
43.  Complete dailyburn.com training program.
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44.  Send 10 “just because” cards to 10 different people one month. (0/10)
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1._____  2._____ 3. _____ 4._____ 5._____ 6._____ 7._____ 8._____ 9._____ 10. _____
45.  Make 5 new friends. (2/5)
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46.  Take dogs for a walk daily for a month.
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47.  See a dentist re: shifting teeth.
Completed on: January 2015, hello Invisalign!
48.  Order curtains for the kitchen.
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49.  Complete 10 recipes found on pinterest. (0/10)
I will eventually post a link and review on each of these meals.
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1. August 2014: Kung Po Chicken
2. September 2014: Sesame Chicken
3. October 2014: Artichoke & Spinach Chicken
4. November 2014: Chicken Parmesan Soup
5.December 2014: Cheesy Tortellini Crockpot Soup
6. February 2015: Chicken & Broccoli with Noodles
6._____ 7._____ 8._____ 9._____ 10. _____
50.  Create and follow a monthly meal plan for 2 months.
Two months, what was I thinking?!  I’m having a hard time planning 2 weeks.
Luckily I still have plenty of time to work this one out.
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51.  Wake up by 7:30am for 2 weeks.
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52.  Go to bed with no technology for 2 weeks.
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53.  Drink 100 ounces of water each day for a week.
Completed on: August 2014
I have really enjoyed completing this challenge.
I have noticed a huge difference in how I feel on days I reach my water goal compared to days I do not.
For starters, I get headaches a lot less that I use to!
54.  Organize my seasonal clothing storage.
Completed on: January 2015
It felt really good to go through my clothes and donate several large bags of things.
55.  Create a weekly household cleaning plan and follow it for 2 weeks.
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I have created a plan, now I just need to stick to it!
Update: I have SO much trouble sticking to a plan!  I may need to revisit my schedule and figure out a better system.
56.  Vacation alone for a long weekend.
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57.  Plan a full course romantic dinner by candlelight.
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58.  Complete the Princess Half Marathon.
I have started training, that is a great first step.
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59.  Complete a 2 minute plank.
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60.  Do 25 sit-ups every day for a month.
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61.  Complete the Wine Trail Passport.
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62.  Leave 100 notes for operationbeautiful.com
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63.  Send 25 cards/letters to soldiers overseas / OR / Adopt a soldier for one year.
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64.  Send 10 care packages to soldiers during a non-holiday season. (0/10)
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1._____  2._____ 3. _____ 4._____ 5._____ 6._____ 7._____ 8._____ 9._____ 10. _____

65.  Introduce myself to 5 neighbors I have not met yet. (3/5)
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1. 7/17/14 while I was walking Madigan

2. 7/19/14 Introduced ourselves to the couple that recently moved into neighborhood

3. 7/20/14 – while doing yard work I introduced myself to a neighbor who was walking her dog

4._____ 5._____

66.  Host a neighborhood BBQ.
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67.  Be part of a flash mob.

I’ve been having a hard time finding something local and honestly I do not have much interest in this anymore.  I may try to come up with an alternative for this one.

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68.  Photograph a landscape from the same location each season and frame the pictures.

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69.  Complete the “50 questions that would free your mind”.

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70.  Attend one meetup event every month for a year.

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71.  Complete the couch25K program.

I began using this training app on January 26, 2015.

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72.  Have a date night each week for a month; get dressed up no matter what the activity is.

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73.  Do my hair & makeup every day for a week.

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74.  Have professional pictures of the family taken.

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75.  Start a family.

On November 24, 2014 we found out we were expecting.  Sadly, our precious little one has since returned to the hands of God.  While we do not have a baby to hold, I cannot ignore the fact that we had in fact started our family.

Completed on: November 2014

76.  See a dermatologist.

Completed on: December 2014
I got a lot done in December before out insurance deductible restarted on 1/1/15.

77.  Come up with weekly blog topics and write about them weekly for 2 months.

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78.  Print & frame travel photos.

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79.  Stay at a bed & breakfast.

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80.  Visit a country I have never been to.

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Do the Bahamas count?

81.  Complete therapy dog training with Madigan.

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82.  Go ice skating in NYC.

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83.  Spend an afternoon traveling the state taking pictures.

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84.  Complete 10 projects found on Pinterest. (0/10)

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1._____  2._____ 3. _____ 4._____ 5._____ 6._____ 7._____ 8._____ 9._____ 10. _____

85.  Comment on one random blog each week for 2 months.

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86.  Find an organization in my town to volunteer for.

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87.  Write a yelp review the next 10 times* I use the app to help me decide where to go. (3/10)
(* I realized I did not have a qualifying “goal” attached to this, so I have edited it to doing this 10 times)
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88.  Get professionally fitted for, and purchase, good quality running shoes.

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89.  Document “A Day In My Life” in pictures.

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90.  Say “no” to one thing each week for 2 months I would normally agree to just to keep people happy.

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91.  Take a cake decorating class.

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92.  Walk 10,000 steps every day for a month.

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93.  Visit 5 different National Parks. (0/5)

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1._____  2._____ 3. _____ 4._____ 5._____

94.  Go to a professional football game.

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95.  Try Reiki.

Completed on: 2014 (I can’t seem to find the exact date)
I attended a Reiki Open House with a friend and have had several sessions with another Reiki practitioner since.
I truly find it relaxing and look forward to exploring this more in the future.

96.  Cut down our Christmas tree ourselves.

Completed on: December 2014
This has officially become a new tradition, and I already cannot wait to search for a get our next tree for 2015.

97.  Hand-make at least 50% of my Christmas gifts for others.

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98.  Finish the afghan.

Completed on: October 2014
It only took several years, but I finally dug the afghan out of storage an finished it.
After this extra cold winter I am extremely thankful I did!

99.  Go kayaking.

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100.  Ride every ride in Walt Disney World.

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 In progress, I have less than 15 rides to go!

101.  Create new 101 in 1001 list!

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*Bonus*
102. Go skydiving with my Mother-in-law!
Completed on: unable to complete.
I had to back out of our skydiving trip due to a medial reason.

Made to thrive

In the last year, I have spent a great deal of time getting to know myself.  I mean really know myself.  I have come to see my strengths and my faults; I have learned what it means to have a solid support system around you; I have learned what it means to let go and have faith; I have learned what it feels like to be in a room full of people and feel loved instead of alone.  I am no where near finished with my journey, but I have certainly come a long way.  I have found my own voice in difficult situations.  I have been open and honest about my feelings and concerns.  I have allowed myself to be vulnerable and afraid, and I have allowed myself to ask for help.

While I stumble along my journey of self-discovery, I have realized I spend far too much time and energy worrying about things that do not really matter, and not enough time and energy on the people and things in life that do.  I am embarrassed to admit, I have let other voices sway my opinions and alter my actions.  I have not stayed true to my own thoughts and feelings, and as such – I have not stayed true to myself.  It is time I forgive myself and move forward.

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, I have come to realize that we all have that friend who is the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing.  With a sorrow in our voice, we tell ourselves it is time to move on.  It is time to let go of the false prophet and the illusion which has been created.  It is time to take the energy once spent on this wolf and spread it amongst your fellow sheep.  It is time for a new beginning.

As I look around I see so many people who I am thankful to have as part of my life.  I do not remember the last time I felt so blessed to have such a great network of family and friends surround me.  A year ago I dreaded turning 30, although as I now approach my 31st birthday I realize that I am exactly where I always wanted be in life.  I am surrounded by friends and family who love me and a new sense of faith that allows me to love myself, faults and all.

 

We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

Casting Crowns – “Thrive”

 

 

101 in 1001

What feels like a completely different lifetime, I had started the 101 in 1001 Challenge while I was in college.  As time went on, I completed about half of the items on my list, although some unexpected bumps and turns caused me to stray away from the project.  Many years went by and somewhere along the way my journal, which held my only copy of my goals and my progress, had gotten lost.  (One of the downfalls of being so very “old-tech”!)   Over the last several months I have been toying with the idea of starting a new 101 in 1001 challenge.  I am not sure what took me so long to begin, but it finally felt like the right time to sit down and create my list.  Maybe it was an inspiration found in the book I am currently reading, or maybe it was my desire to put a little more focus on the fun and happy side of life.  Maybe it was my continued attempt to not be afraid of failing.  Whatever the reason, I am thrilled to be sharing my personal journey of the next 1001 days with you! For those of you who have not heard of the 101 in 1001 challenge, it is a list of 101 goals you wish to accomplish in 1001 days (which equals about 2.75 years).   Similar to a bucket list, but with an end-point (that doesn’t involve death, as my husband jokingly pointed out).  How many times have we all said: “One day, I’m going to _________”?  Days turn to months, which turn to years, and we never did check that some-day goal off our list.  This challenge helps turn all of those some-day goals into reality.  I had so much fun the first time I did the 101 in 1001 challenge, I can’t wait to see where the next 2.75 years leads me.  Here is an official explanation of the project, copied from Day Zero Project’s website:

The 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge

Day Zero started out with the catchy challenge of completing 101 things in 1001 days. This has been enormously popular with tens of thousands of people getting involved and sharing their lists. We now offer many more types of challenges, but here are the original guidelines for the challenge:
 
 
The Challenge:Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.The Criteria:Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).
 
Why 1001 Days?Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. 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, study semesters, or outdoor activities. (source: Dayzeroproject.com)
 
So without any further delay, and in completely random order, here is my list!
 
101 in 1001
 
1.  Ride in a hot air balloon.
2.  Host a family dinner party.
3.  Take a yoga class once a week for a month.
4.  Send a message in a bottle.
5.  No Facebook for 7 consecutive days.
6.  Volunteer at an animal shelter.
7. Complete 25 random acts of kindness in 1 month. (0/25)
8.  Order our wedding album.
9.  Try 10 new restaurants. (0/10)
10.  Try 10 new foods. (0/10)
11.  Send out Christmas cards.
12.  Go to the optometrist.
13.  Take Madigan hiking.
14. Have a picnic.
15.  Start a new tradition.
16.  Go a month without eating at a restaurant / getting take-out.
17.  Make a drastic hair change.
18.  Get a hot stone massage.
19.  Spend a weekend with no technology (cell phone, tv, iPad, laptop, kindle)
20.  Attend my graduation.
21.  Visit 3 different churches and select one to go to on a regular basis.
22.  Go an entire day without complaining, repeat this on 5 different days.
23.  Switch to only reusable bags for grocery shopping.
24.  Finish Disc 1 of Rosetta Stone.
25.  Find out my blood type and donate.
26.  Exercise 3x per week for 2 months.
27.  Visit 5 places I have never been to. (0/5)
28.  Find my perfect foundation color & brand.
29.  Attend a live taping of a tv show.
30.  Blog 3x per week for a month.
31.  Update address book with mailing addresses and important dates.
32.  Create a fairy garden.
33.  Create a 101 in 1001 journal.
34.  Paint the upstairs hallway.
35.  Organize the coat closet.
36.  Complete an Instagram challenge.
37.  Organize my bedroom closet.
38.  See a drive-in movie.
39.  Attend a cooking class.
40.  Participate in a 5k, without walking.
41.  Catch up on our yearly family photobooks.
42.  Let go of an unhealthy friendship.
43.  Complete dailyburn.com training program.
44.  Send 10 “just because” cards to 10 different people one month. (0/10)
45.  Make 5 new friends. (0/5)
46.  Take dogs for a walk daily for a month.
47.  See a dentist re: shifting teeth.
48.  Order curtains for the kitchen.
49.  Complete 10 recipes found on pinterest. (0/10)
50.  Create and follow a monthly meal plan for 2 months.
51.  Wake up by 7:30am for 2 weeks.
52.  Go to bed with no technology for 2 weeks.
53.  Drink 100 ounces of water each day for a week.
54.  Organize my seasonal clothing storage.
55.  Create a weekly household cleaning plan and follow it for 2 weeks.
56.  Vacation alone for a long weekend.
57.  Plan a full course romantic dinner by candlelight.
58.  Complete the Princess Half Marathon.
59.  Complete a 2 minute plank.
60.  Do 25 situps every day for a month.
61.  Complete the Wine Trail Passport.
62.  Leave 100 notes for operationbeautiful.com (0/100)
63.  Send 25 cards/letters to soldiers overseas / OR / Adopt a soldier for one year.
64.  Send 10 care packages to soldiers during a non-holiday season. (0/10)
65.  Introduce myself to 5 neighbors I have not met yet. (0/5)
66.  Host a neighborhood BBQ.
67.  Be part of a flash mob.
68.  Photograph a landscape from the same location each season and frame the pictures.
69.  Complete the “50 questions that would free your mind”.
70.  Attend one meetup event every month for a year.
71.  Complete the couch25K program.
72.  Have a date night each week for a month; get dressed up no matter what the activity is.
73.  Do my hair & makeup every day for a week.
74.  Have professional pictures of the family taken.
75.  Start a family.
76.  See a dermatologist.
77.  Come up with weekly blog topics and write about them weekly for 2 months.
78.  Print & frame travel photos.
79.  Stay at a bed & breakfast.
80.  Visit a country I have never been to.
81.  Complete therapy dog training with Madigan.
82.  Go ice skating in NYC.
83.  Spend an afternoon traveling the state taking pictures.
84.  Complete 10 projects found on Pinterest. (0/10)
85.  Comment on one random blog each week for 2 months.
86.  Find an organization in my town to volunteer for.
87.  Write a yelp review whenever I use the app to help me decide where to go.
88.  Get professionally fitted for, and purchase, good quality running shoes.
89.  Document “A Day In My Life” in pictures.
90.  Say “no” to one thing each week for 2 months I would normally agree to just to keep
       people happy.
91.  Take a cake decorating class.
92.  Walk 10,000 steps every day for a month.
93.  Visit 5 different National Parks. (0/5)
94.  Go to a professional football game.
95.  Try Reiki.
96.  Cut down our Christmas tree ourselves.
97.  Hand-make at least 50% of my Christmas gifts for others.
98.  Finish the afghan.
99.  Go kayaking.
100.  Ride every ride in Walt Disney World.
101.  Create new 101 in 1001 list!
 
I will be updating this list as time ticks along, adding when the goal was accomplished and a link to any related posts.  Have you started and/or completed your own 101 in 1001 challenge?  Post your link in the comments, I would LOVE to see what goals you included and how you kept track of your progress!
 
 
source: pinterest.com

source: pinterest.com