Saturday, November 29, 2008

101 in 1001


1. Do my back exercises 3 times per week (0/429)

2. Use the Wii Fit 3 times per week (0/429)

3. Lose 10 lbs. 5 times (0/5)

4. Cardio Workout 2 times per week (0/286)

5. Eat at least one whole piece of fruit per day (0/1001)

6. Eat at least one fresh vegetable per day (0/1001)

7. Not eat any fast food for a month 6 times (0/6)

Exercising My Brain

8. Listen to at least 60 hours of Spanish language CD’s (0/60)

9. Beat my personal best score at Scramble

10. Go to the library once a week (0/143)

11. Read a book for at least 20 minutes every day (0/1001)

12. Read 30 books (0/30)

13. Read all of the Harry Potter books (0/7)

14. Read 10 books recommended by 10 of the most important people in my life (Important people, please to not rec. religious material) (0/10)

15. Make a blog post at least once a week (0/143)

16. Take either the LSAT or the GMAT

No More Excuses

17. Go to the dentist & take Braeden to the dentist annually (0/6)

18. Take Braeden to the dermatologist

19. Get glasses

20. Have a family picture taken twice(0/2)

21. Make a will

22. Purchase an additional life insurance policy

23. Invite my mother-in-law to see our place and have lunch at a restaurant she can eat at

Improving Culinary Skills

24. Make a pie from scratch

25. Make every recipe in one of my cookbooks

26. Make one recipe out of every cookbook I own, if I do not make a recipe out of it donate the cookbook to charity at the end of the challenge

27. Make one of the recipes I see on the Food Network

28. Can something

29. Master the soufflé

30. Be able to execute a signature dessert and signature dish

Bad Habits Die Hard

31. Change my sheets every Saturday or Sunday (0/143)

32. Don’t leave my clothes on the bathroom floor (0/1001)

33. Floss my teeth every night (0/1001)

34. Do laundry at least twice a week so it doesn’t pile up so much (0/286)

35. Do my nails at least once a week (0/143)

36. Pay off all of my credit cards

37. Pay off $1000 dollars toward one of my student loans

38. Get all of my film developed

39. Send Christmas cards out

40. Whiten my teeth with GoSmile

41. Spend at least $50 on groceries once a week (basically force myself to grocery shop for more than milk and eggs once a week) (0/143)

Outside My Comfort Zone

42. Go through a car wash by myself

43. Rent a car NOT from Enterprise

44. Take golf lessons

45. Go skiing

46. Hire someone to clean my house at least twice (0/2)

47. Find 50 new songs I like and put them on my ipod myself (0/50)

Acquiring things I need

48. Buy a nicer digital camera

49. Buy a knee pad and use it for work

Cutting Down on the Consumerism & the Clutter

50. Finish and not replace 50 beauty products (0/50)

51. Use up 50 candles (0/40)

52. Use up 3 perfumes (0/3)

53. Use up 5 body sprays (0/5)

54. Use up 150 sample sizes (0/150)

55. Sell 50 things I ALREADY own on eBay (0/50)

56. Get rid of 40 pieces of clothing (0/40)

57. Not purchase any candles for 6 months (0/2)

58. Not purchase shower gel or lotion for 30 consecutive days twelve times (0/12)

59. Deal with everything on my swap list, either swap it, give it away, throw it away, or use it up

Let’s Be Sociable

60. Visit my Grandma’s for no reason (0/10)

61. Hold an open invite Scrabble weekend

62. Play a game with Braeden once a week (0/143)

63. Play a game with Braeden on the Wii all the way through

64. Have a mommy day or evening with Braeden once a month (0/33)

65. Leave comments on blogs I read (0/2000)

66. Play each board game we own and donate any that weren’t played at the end of the challenge

67. Email my Grandma at least once a month (0/33)

68. Talk to, write, or email an old friend once a month (0/33)

Misc. Oddities

69. Mail a secret to Post Secret

70. Laser hair removal

71. Sell a greeting card

72. Plan and carry out a fun staycation

73. Not complain about $5 cups of coffee 10 times (0/10)

74. Not use my computer one day per month (0/33)

75. Take a day off of work and only spend it playing on my computer, reading, watching TV, and pampering myself

76. Use coupons and rebates to get 100 items we need and use for free (0/100)

I’m Local! Or Loco?

77. Go to 30 new restaurants and write review for them (0/30)

78. See 10 Sundance movies (0/10)

79. Go to 30 local events (0/30)

80. Go to the zoo

81. Join a CSA

82. Eat only made in/grown in Utah food for 1 week

83. Take Braeden to Utah Olympic Park in Park City

84. Go Camping


85. Get a passport

86. Take Braeden to California

87. Travel outside of the United States for the first time

88. Travel somewhere I don’t have to for work (driving)


89. Leave a 100% tip for excellent service

90. Volunteer at Braeden’s school 3 times (0/3)

91. Be a poll worker

92. Participate in the Food Stamp Challenge & donate the money we would have spent on food for the week to a worthy cause

93. Donate blood

94. Take a raw food class and make something from it for my Mother-in-law

95. Donate to a cause I believe in 6 times and Ryan believes in 6 times (0/12)

Professional Growth

96. Ask for a LinkedIn recommendation 3 times (0/3)

97. Update my professional resume 5 times (0/5)

98. Learn the names of 500 Kroger employees

99. Add 20 people to my professional network

100. Send in my receipts for work every month (0/33)

101. Know all store numbers associated with each of my stores

Making it Count

I have struggled with this idea of 101 in 1001. I have a hard time making goals because I really beat myself up over failing at something. I have mulled this over, thought about, written, and revised my possible list for a couple of months now. During this time I have found myself thinking about and actually completing a few things that had been on my "to do list" in my mind for years. I found that writing them down and admitting what I really needed to and wanted to do made a big difference to me.

I'm giving myself permission here and now to do my best but not beat myself up if everything doesn't get completed 100%. Yes, I was the child who wouldn't sign the "I won't do drugs" pact in Primary because I thought it would be so much worse if I used drugs and said I wouldn't than if I just used drugs. Don't even ask how crazy my teachers thought I was!

So here is the premise of 101 in 1001

The Mission:
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 my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. 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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I've been thinking about going back to school for a long time. The problem is that I really hate wasting money and time on something that I am not 100% sure about. The moment I decided I was going to go to college in the first place went something like this. (This is honestly one of the defining moments in my life).

Me a buyer at a Kid to Kid (kind of like a consignment shop except the merchandise is purchased outright from the people who bring it in so a buying mistake means the store eats the loss). Space is tight in the store and there is never enough room to put everything.

Me talking to my boss:

Me: "You know, that plastic toy chest you purchased has been sitting for 2 months"

Boss: "Well maybe it is priced a little high but it still should be moving"

Me: "I don't think we should purchase any large items that we can't price so low as to move them in less than a week"

Boss: "We do really well on large items"

Me: "It doesn't make sense when you consider we have many large items that have been sitting for over 2 months. If you calculate just the cost to store them for those 2 months by taking the rent and dividing it by the number of square feet in the building to get a cost per square foot, then multiplying that by it by the 4 square feet it is taking up (Prime location by the way so it should actually be more) and then add in its portion of utilities, plus the time to process and clean the item we have already essentially lost money."

Boss: "Well it doesn't work like that. We do really well on big items"

At this point I just gave up and decided I needed to go to college. I was wasting my life and could at least do better than this.

So knowing exactly what I wanted to do and 4 years 121 credits later (needed 120 to graduate) I was a college graduate.

The problem is that this time things haven't been so clear cut. I don't want to waste time and money and not know if the opportunity cost is worth it. I think I would like going back to school, but would I like my career options after the schooling is done or am I just avoiding the inevitable (working at something I don't want to do) for a couple more years?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Proud to be an American

Work has been extremely busy lately so I am MIA in the blogger world. I just had to find a quick moment to comment about the election.

While I realize that not everyone feels the same joy that I felt when Senator Obama became President Elect Obama I think that most people can feel the historical significance of this election. I am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America tonight and am thrilled to see what the next four years are going to bring.

I have heard so much cynicism about Obama and what change is really going to happen. While I don't agree with every single issue that Obama stands for, I have been a big supporter of his from the beginning. I will stand by my vote for the next four years and realize that everything is not going to be perfect, but put my trust in what I felt was right. I hope that both parties can work together and make this an even greater United States of America.