101 Goals in 1001 Days

Without further ado, my list of goals for the Day Zero Challenge (a.k.a. 101 goals in 1001 days)!  The items are due Monday, May 13, 2013, 1001 days from today.

My plan is to keep the list in this post updated (crossing off items as I complete them, or listing partial completions for those that require multiple actions) and also create posts when I complete certain goals.  Now on to the list…


1. Organize the garage/basement {no link, but did this many times over}

2. Organize the spare bedroom (Move craft stuff to craft room and holiday stuff downstairs or to the garage) {link}

3. Find something useful to do with the spare bedroom {link}

4. Finish the guest bedroom/craft room {link}

5. Create an emergency kit

6. Get a fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector, and smoke alarms {link}

7. Hang at least three pieces of artwork/pictures in my house {link}

8. Accessorize the fireplace and mantle {link}

9. Decorate master bathroom

10. Make my basement the awesome hangout space I know it can be {link to come}

11. Create an inbox/organization center for mail/magazines/etc {link}


12. Build a piece of furniture {a little late, but link}

13. Transform a curbside find

14. Transform a thrift store find {link}

15. Sew an article of clothing

16. Make an accessory {link to come}

17. Do an IKEA hack {link}

18. Make a dollar store craft

19. Give at least one handmade gift to close family and friends {1, 2}


20. Buy a nice camera {no link, but I got a Canon S95!}

21. Buy a chest freezer {decided we don’t need one right now; it would likely become a bottomless pit of forgotten food…}

22. Purchase 10 handmade items from Etsy or other venue {link}

23. Get a patio/deck added on to our house {link}


24. Host a holiday meal for the family {link}

25. Host or attend a murder mystery dinner {link} (I still want to host one, though!)

26. Organize or participate in a scavenger hunt

27. Host a poker night

28. Host another Halloween party {link}

29. Put together a creative costume for said Halloween party {link}


30. Create a binder of important information {link}

31. Learn to screen print

32. Read 10 books {1, 2 & 3, 4 & 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & more}

33. Send out Christmas cards to family and friends at least once {no link, but I did send out cards for Christmas 2010 and 2011 & 2012!}

34. Take a class at a community college for fun

35. Take more pictures and print the best ones for albums {created photo books, link to come}

36. Buy a complete outfit at a thrift store {link to come}

37. Don’t complain about anything for a week

38. Watch 10 documentaries {1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8, 9&10}

39. Learn how to do my hair in a different way than normal

40. Get back into the habit of giving thanks before every meal

41. Consolidate and organize digital photos and create backups {no link, but did back photos up to hard drive}

42. Participate in a competition {link}

43. Win a competition {link}

44. Floss more often than the day of each dentist appointment

45. Remove makeup nightly

46. Dye or highlight my hair at least once

47. Record an full CD’s worth of covers with “The Occasional Brazilian Steakhouse” on Garage Band

48. Go ice skating outdoors


49. Try Once a Month Cooking {link}

50. Make a birthday cake for someone

51. Add 10 new recipes to my recipe binder and try them at least once {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-10 and more!}

52. Refrain from eating out for a month

53. Eat nothing fried for one month

54. Learn to make delicious beverages with my espresso machine {didn’t use it enough… sold it on Craigslist and used the proceeds to pay for my new camera}

55. Enjoy dinner outside once we get the patio at least once per week during summer {typically, we eat dinner inside, then go outside afterwards to relax, read, watch Eddie play, etc…}


56. Run a 7 minute mile

57. Bench press 100 pounds for 2 reps

58. Do 5 consecutive chin-ups

59. Use only stairs, no elevators or escalators, for one month (unless it is not an option) {no link, but completed during January and February of 2011}

60. Refrain from drinking adult beverages for one month {no link, but it’s done}

61. Refrain from drinking soda, a.k.a. Cherry Coke Zero, for one month {no link, but it’s done, went without soda for many months}

62. Drink nothing but plain water for 1 week

63. Get back to my goal weight

64. Take vitamins and fish oil daily {link}


65. Go camping in a tent {link}

66. Go skydiving

67. Go on a road trip

68. Go on a cruise

69. Go to Europe {London Part 1, 2, 3; Paris Part 1, 2, 3}

70. See a drive in movie

71. Go rock-climbing {link 1, link 2}

72. Attend a Colts game {with Peyton gone, what’s the point?!}

73. Attend another music festival {purchased tickets for the Laneway Festival this summer!}

74. Go snowboarding {link to come}

75. Go backpacking {link} (…what a FAIL!)

76. Go to New York {link}

77. Go skiing

78. Go snorkeling

79. Go see an aspiring local band

80. Go zip-lining through the jungle {went zip-lining at the Kalahari Waterpark, so that only halfway counts…}


81. Make 100 sales on Etsy/Artfire {link}

82. Get a promotion at my day job {done}


83. Start a blog {I promise I wrote this list before I started this blog!}

84. Write at least 3 blog posts per week on average, 429 posts total {~200 posts total, way less than my goal but way more than I realistically expected}

85. Create a blog entry for each completed goal

86. Get 100 followers for the blog {done, thank you!}

87. Inspire 3 people to do the 101 goals in 1001 days challenge

88. Have at least 10 bloggers put me on their blog roll {1, 2}


89. Pay off student loans {done}

90. Pay off car #1 {done}

91. Pay off car #2 {done}

92. Buy at least one stock {I guess this counts since we have 401K’s}

93. Put valuables in a safe deposit box {link}

94. Stick to the budget for at least 5 months overall

95. Be officially debt free except for mortgage {done}


96. Donate unworn clothes {have done this many many times}

97. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

98. Cook a meal for the Ronald McDonald House

99. Donate blood {I tried, my iron was too low… I’ll try again…}

100. Donate $5 to charity for every goal not completed


101. Move all applicable unfinished tasks into a new 101 goals in 1001 days challenge list and do it again

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7 Responses to 101 Goals in 1001 Days

  1. Katy says:

    Krysten shared your site with me and I love it. I think I may steal your silhouette idea! Also, check with her because we did a murder mystery last year and it was really cool. I think my mom has the kit that goes along with it and you can totally borrow it! Keep up the awesome work! The house is really coming together!

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  4. exploringourworld6 says:

    Love you 101 goals list and that you have it all organized! Great blog!

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