101 Goals in 1001 Days

Somewhere around two years ago I first saw someone’s post about completing 101 things in 1001 days. I’ve seen a few others in the meantime, but nothing ever seemed to come of the posts. Then, a few months ago, I saw one of Krista’s posts updating her 101 in 1001 list. I was quite impressed that someone was actually working on completing her chosen tasks!

Then Kathleen asked if anyone wanted to join her in completing 101 goals in 1001 days and I was inspired to join in. Kathleen has already been making great progress in the time that it has taken me to just make my list, but at least it is finally done! Who knew that just making goals could be so hard for some people (read: me)?

Anyway, thanks to their encouragement, here is my list!

Starting: May 9, 2009
Ending: February 5, 2012


1. Run a half-marathon
2. Pay off all current debt
3. Hike Mt. Washington
4. Hike Mt. Katahdin or equivalent
5. Get my husband’s wedding ring re-sized

6. Eat only raw food for two weeks
7. Procure curtains for bedroom
8. Donate blood five times (0/5)
9. Re-certify for CPR etc.
10. Do 15 push-ups in a row.

11. Host a dinner party.
12. Spend a night outside (tents not allowed)
13. Design and implement photo storage system
14. Design and order photo book
15. Have “living will” talk with husband about what we’d both want.

16. Make “Thanksgiving dinner” when it is not Thanksgiving
17. Make bedroom homey (or at least livable, not just sleepable)
18. Give my mother roses in a teapot
19. Send mother-in-law flowers for her half-birthday
20. Go canoeing

21. Buy new running shoes (0/3)
22. Buy running shorts
23. Stop using tampons/disposable pads
24. Make grocery bags (inspired by Taryn!)
25. Transfer to using only natural cleaning products

26. Visit Niagara falls with my husband
27. Visit the Alcott house
28. Visit Nova Scotia
29. Visit Florida with my husband
30. Visit the White Mountains

31. Procure and drink peach black tea with honey and milk
32. Take a bath every day for a month
33. Take ballroom dance lessons
34. Have a picnic by ocean


35. Start discerning lay Carmelite vocation by following prayer schedule
36. Give up internet for either an Advent or Lent (except while needed at work)
37. Go for two weeks without using my cell phone

38. Read The Ascent of Mount Carmel
39. Read The Dark Night
40. Read Interior Castle
41. Read The Way of Perfection
42. Read The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself
43. Read Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton
44. Read Something by Chrysostom

45. Volunteer at a meal center
46. Pray the full Liturgy of the Hours every day for a month
47. Watch six movies with my husband, at a theater (0/6)
48. Paint. Something, anything, but it must count as artistic rather than functional.
49. Make a sandcastle

50. Examine conscience nightly (10 passes while getting into the habit)
51. Attend liturgy at an Orthodox Cathedral
52. Make an Advent wreath
53. Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
54. Spend a night at a monastery/retreat house

55. Spend two days in silence
56. Visit Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal
57. Visit Russian Icon Museum
58. Visit Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
59. Visit St. Anthony Shrine  Boston

60. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Boston
61. Visit Rome
62. Attend a Melkite Greek Catholic Liturgy
63. Attend a Maronite Catholic Liturgy
64. Visit four monasteries (0/4)

65. Mail Christmas cards with personal notes
66. Pray complete rosary in one day (20 mysteries)
67. Plant a rose bush
68. Visit four cathedrals (0/4)


69. Learn basic CSS
70. Back up all of my computer files (totally stolen from K, thank you!
71. Achieve intermediate Italian
72. Volunteer to teach religious education class
73. Learn to type reasonably quickly with the numeric keypad

74. Spend 10 hours brushing up on all the basic math skills
75. Take a practice GRE
76. Spend 25 hours on areas most needed to improve score
77. Take GRE
78. Write a defense of celibate marriage

79. Learn 50 new English words
80. Read 5 complete issues of the Economist
81. Write 20 letters to people I’ve not been in contact with for years (0/20)
82. Send thank you notes to past professors (0/6)
83. Read 100 poems (0/100)

84. Take a science class
85. Learn something about wines. Anything
86. Achieve basic photography competence (my standard)
87. Learn two prayers in Latin
88. Read three books cited in She Who Is (0/3)

89. Watch something related to art history
90. Read a personal finance book
91. Read ten encyclicals (0/10)
92. Research vaccines
93. Read something by Virginia Woolf

94. Read something by Turgenev
95. Watch Onegin
96. Go to five museums (0/5)
97. Read a new book recommended by someone online
98. Memorize all of the countries in Central America

99. Go to see a play.
100.Read a complete issue of Communio
101. Read/listen to The Hobbit

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12 thoughts on “101 Goals in 1001 Days

  1. Jenna

    I really, really want to do one of these, but it’s taking me so long to complete my list. I find these lists very personal and rather fascinating.

  2. Kathleen

    This is great! I’m so excited you’ll be doing it with me. :)

    I’m really curious: how are you going to stop using tampons or disposable pads? What is an alternative that isn’t gross?

    1. Rae Post author

      Not sure if this counts as not gross, but I’m hoping to start using the diva cup. I already use instead cups occasionally, so I figure that it can’t be that hard of a change now that I’ve gotten used to the whole dealing with a cup of blood thing. The main thing stopping me so far is that I’m a bit concerned about germs, so it seems like a pain to clean it as thoroughly as I’d want to between each use. But I also think that it is probably a lot better for the environment, so I should just deal with my issues and change.

  3. Taryn

    I absolutely love you list. Love it.

    Are you going to Grad School? (The GRE thing kinda tipped me off.) Where / Why / For What do you want to go?

    I can recommend a poetry book- so you can knock two goals off your list. = ) I just read a poetry book yesterday! I have totally rekindled my love of poetry. It is for teens/young ladies but I still struggle with body image and popularity and other things that plague younger women- so I loved it. Just in case you want to read it- it is “How to (un)cage a girl” by Francesa Lia Block.

    Good luck on your list. I might just have to make one myself. I need a bit of direction.

    1. Rae Post author

      I really don’t know about grad school. It is one of those things that I would really like, but does not seem practical for many reasons. But I realized that working on the GRE isn’t that large of a commitment, and grad school might seem much more reasonable with a good score on file. I would love to study theology, but I don’t necessarily want a job that directly requires a theology degree, so it would have to be something of a side project, at least for the foreseeable future.

      Thank you very much for the book recommendation. I am ILLing it right now.

  4. Snow White

    what a great list — I love how it is divided into categories.. gave me lots to think about!

    thanks for stopping by by blog — as for breakfast pizza, yes, just under cook the eggs a bit to prevent them from drying out. happy cooking!

  5. Christy

    Thanks for your compliments on my flowers!

    As someone who shared the “Twilight” series with many of my students, I can now offer up a series that one of my students introduced me to! The Bayern books by Shannon Hale are a good fantasy read. They include “The Goose Girl” “Enna Burning” and “River Secrets.”

    i love the idea of this list, but don’t know if I could come up with 101 things. I might have to think about this.

  6. Mindy

    Very impressive… I am loving these lists. I think I need to make my own… :) Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve stopped by–life has been busy! I look forward to catching up on your other posts.

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