After a long period of lurking and procrastinating, I’ve decided to complete the Mission 101 project, where you attempt to complete 101 tasks in 1001 days.  I feel like there is so much I want to do and I’m never going to get it done if I don’t write my goals out.  The lovely thing about this project is that it is okay to fail — it’s not trying that’s unacceptable.  Anyway, after much thought, I finally came up with a list that I think will work for me.  I think I did a pretty decent job of setting attainable, interesting goals that will make me a better, smarter, more creative, more focused person. 

On that merry note, here’s my list. 

BEING PRETTY AND TAKING CARE OF ME:
001. Dry brush daily. (0/1001)
002. Floss once a day. (0/1001)
003. Get another tattoo.
004. Get my teeth whitened.
005. Buy new, pretty lingerie.
006. Microdermabrasion once a week. (0/143)
007. Model in at least three photoshoots. (0/3)
008. Take a multivitamin with biotin daily. (0/1001)
009. Maintain my weight between 115 and 122 pounds.
010. Give myself a manicure and pedicure once a month. (0/143)

CRAFTY DOES NOT HAVE TO EQUAL TACKY:
011. Learn to crochet.
012. Learn how to and make a quilt.
013. Learn to throw and glaze pottery.
014. Knit a garment that is not a scarf.
015. Make at least one item of clothing every month. (0/143)
016. Find a piece of second-hand furniture and restore it.
017. Repaint and choose new knobs for the dressers and dressing table.

EATING’S A NECESSITY, MIGHT AS WELL HAVE FUN WITH IT:
018. Make my own pasta.
019. Go vegan for a month.
020. Throw ten dinner parties.
021. Try two new recipes a month. (0/66)
022. Bake non-bread machine bread.
023. Learn to cook in my crock pot.
024. Fast for two days once a month. (0/66)
025. Grow my own tomatoes and bell peppers.
026. Learn to make five different types of dim sum.
027. Pack a bento lunch at least 3 days per work week. (0/429)
028. Take three cooking classes (anything from knife and cooking skills to pastry making to certain types of cuisine). (0/3)

FUN LITTLE THINGS THAT MEAN NOTHING IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS:
029. Do a cartwheel.
030. Go on a picnic.
031. Send a secret into PostSecret.
032. Take pictures in a photobooth.
033. Colour every page of a colouring book.
034. Climb past the first set of branches in a tree.
035. Create my dream house/apartment on Google SketchUp.

IN THIS CATEGORY I PRETEND TO BE AN ARTIST AND DEEP THINKER:
036. Sketch once a week. (0/143)
037. Train my voice.
038. Take a photography class.
039. Get a better camera (SLR).
040. Learn to watercolour paint.
041. Write at least one poem per week. (0/143)
042. Write out comedy sketches and film them.
043. Read the Koran, the Torah and the Bible.
044. Watch one Criterion Collection DVD per month.
045. Document one whole day each month in photographs. (0/33)
046. Attend Shakespeare in the Park at Lake Las Vegas.
047. Get a fisheye camera/Holga and learn to use it well.
048. Write at least five short stories (no shorter than 8 pages each). (0/5)
049. Participate in the 365days project (take one self portrait every day for a year) (0/365)
050. Read at least 100 books from the Great Books list.
(0/100)

IT’S TIME TO BE A LITTLE MORE GROWN-UP:
051. Finish my BA.
052. Use my daily planner.
053. Make up a living will.
054. Create a budget and stick to it.
055. Update files and re-organize file cabinet.
056. Put at least 10% of every paycheck in savings.
057. Write a card to my grandmother at least once a month. (0/33)
058. Get my eyes checked again and possibly get new glasses.
059. Buy a domain and set up a personal website/blog/writing and art portfolio.
060. Transfer all music to new harddrive, update master list and back up to data discs.
061. Go through my things and get rid of excess (clothes, notebooks, papers, etc.) Simplify!

MAKING THE WORLD A GREENER, BETTER PLACE:
062. Adopt a cat or dog.
063. Go on a trash pick-up outing.
064. Donate to Heifer International.
065. Donate to Doctors Without Borders.
066. Fundraise for and participate in a charity run.
067. Bring cloth bags everytime I go grocery shopping.
068. Learn to camp and go camping at least three times. (0/3)
069. Find a recycling center and recycle everything they will take.
070. Take my Nalgene bottle with me rather than buying and accumulating plastic water bottles.
071. Walk or bike as many places as possible to avoid wasting gas, polluting and clogging the roads.

MY MIND IS A RAGING TORRENT OF THOUGHT:
072. Meditate daily. (0/1001)
073. Become CPR certified.
074. Learn to play the guitar.
075. Relearn Hiragana and Katakana.
076. Learn to speak conversational Spanish.
077. Learn to identify at least 10 constellations. (0/10)
078. Buy and study at least five Teaching Company courses. (0/5)
079. Study for and pass the ACE personal trainer certification exam.
080. Learn one new word every day on The Princeton Review’s site
(0/1001)
081. Study and be able to identify the major artists from at least three schools of art. (0/3)

PLACES TO SEE, THINGS TO DO:
082. Go to the Grand Canyon.
083. Visit Sara in New Mexico.
084. Take at least five road trips. (0/5)
085. Visit at least five ghost towns. (0/5)
086. Go to at least five art museums. (0/5)
087. Go to Disneyland and Disneyworld.
088. Take Jesse on his first trip out of the U.S.A.
089. Go to Pittsburgh to see the ‘Life on Mars’ exhibit.
090. See at least five different artists/bands in concert. (0/5)
091. Visit at least ten national parks that I’ve never been to before. (0/10)

PUSHING MY BODY TO THE LIMIT:
092. Run a 5k.
093. Learn to pole-dance.
094. Row in a dragon boat race.
095. Find and attend a tai chi group.
096. Be able to do front splits again.
097. Hike part of the Lost Coast in California.
098. Practice yoga daily (at least 30 minutes). (0/1001)
099. Find tennis partners and start playing again.
100. Get my SCUBA certification.  Dive at least once.
101. Become a better cyclist — stop being afraid of it, be able to ride on all terrains, take longer rides.

** 143 weeks in 1001 days.  32.8877661 months in 1001 days so I’m claiming 33 months. 

*** With daily tasks, doing them 5x/week can count as success, but I will work towards doing them every single day. 

So, what do you think?  I start tomorrow, on May 21st, 2008 and will end on February 16th, 2011.  Just be warned — there will be periodic updates and probably some whinging related to this project.

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