Sunday, 30 August 2009

101 in 1001

I've been meaning to do this for ages so at last here it is, the start of my 101 in 1001 challenge.

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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

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Start date: 30 August 2009
Finish date: 27 May 2012

  1. Research family tree
  2. After doing family history, visit some of the places my family lived
  3. Make my first quilt
  4. Build a website from scratch
  5. Get married!
  6. Have a go at geocaching
  7. Write a book
  8. Write menu plans- seasonal and cheap- every week for a month (0/4)
  9. Grow potatoes
  10. Join a screenprinting class
  11. Go on safari
  12. Move house
  13. Do something creative every day for a week (0/7)
  14. Do something creative every day for a month (0/30)
  15. Run 5K (run the whole thing)
  16. Eat 5 things I've never tried before (0/5)
  17. Cook 5 things I've never cooked before (1/5)- Liver!
  18. Make a scrapbook of my 30th birthday
  19. Make a scrapbook of my hen do
  20. Make a scrapbook of our wedding
  21. Try waxing (at a salon, not eyebrows)
  22. Write a routine for cleaning/house management
  23. Go to opera for the first time
  24. Go to the ballet again
  25. Donate blood again as soon as I'm able
  26. Volunteer 101 hours (3/101)
  27. Make & write thank you cards for Amanda & Kate
  28. Perform 101 random acts of kindness (1/101)
  29. Read the ones I haven't already from this list (Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy & To kill a mockingbird)
  30. Participate in a craft fair
  31. Blog daily for a week (0/7)
  32. Blog daily for a month (0/30)
  33. Finish the charity shop quilt I bought
  34. Make a zine
  35. Learn to make clip frame purses
  36. Learn to knit
  37. Learn to crochet granny squares
  38. Organise and tidy craft room
  39. Go to an auction
  40. Document my tea cup collection
  41. Get a promotion
  42. Climb Snowdonia
  43. Have another horse riding lesson
  44. Select & take part in a “big” charity event like the Moonwalk
  45. Take part in a beach cleaning event
  46. Get up at 7am every day for a week (0/7)
  47. Get up at 7am every day for a month (0/30)
  48. Learn another craft I haven't already done
  49. Set up bi-monthly craft nights/afternoons (0/16)
  50. Set up a water butt
  51. And a compost bin
  52. Take part in illustration friday, once a week for a month (0/4)
  53. Visit a farmers' market or farm shop once a month (1/33)
  54. Continue to run the Christmas giving tree at work every year (0/2)
  55. Treat myself to a 'treatment', either in a salon or DIY, once a month (0/33)
  56. Go to yoga once a week for a month (0/4)
  57. Make lunch to take to work every day for a week (0/5)
  58. Make lunch to take to work every day for a month (0/20)
  59. Write a love letter to Ben every month (1/33)
  60. Start a new collection- perfume bottles? Vintage clothes?
  61. Go on a picnic
  62. Visit a local attraction once a month e.g. beach, park, museum etc. (1/33)
  63. Update my blog template
  64. Make a skirt
  65. Make a dress
  66. Go to a classical music concert
  67. Polish up my French before next holiday in France
  68. Buy a Diane von Furstenberg dress
  69. Buy a vintage dress
  70. Donate something to freecycle, or a charity shop, once a month (0/33)
  71. Turn down plastic bags for a month (0/30)
  72. Make some reusable shopping bags to fit in my handbag
  73. Visit five countries (0/5)
  74. Write a letter to myself to be opened on my 33rd birthday
  75. Find a photo of myself that I like and frame it
  76. Make a cake for Ben's 36th birthday
  77. Have a session with a personal shopper
  78. Learn about a historical period (Tudors?)
  79. Read 10 biographies (0/10)
  80. Have a boudoir photo session
  81. Make something from each of my craft books- donate to charity any books I don't make anything from
  82. Finish working through the book, “ The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are”
  83. At least once a month, go to sleep without reading first (it drives Ben mad!) (1/33)
  84. Buy new glasses
  85. Go to New York again (with Ben)
  86. Re-stock etsy shop
  87. Find a new band/singer every month and listen to their album (1/33)
  88. Get my hair cut every 8 weeks (I hate having my hair cut) (0/17)
  89. Go to motocross or fishing with Ben once every 2 months without complaining (on average, season permitting!) (0/17)
  90. Eat a piece of fruit every day for a month (0/30)
  91. Pay my naughty library fine and don't get any more fines!
  92. Make something and give it to a friend for no reason
  93. Make 100 handmade presents (1/100)
  94. Plant a tree
  95. Have a spa day, just because
  96. Give snowboarding another try
  97. Watch 20 of the Times top 100 films (1/20)
  98. Read a newspaper every day for a week (0/7)
  99. Learn how to use my mac (I really need to learn the shortcuts I'm so used to with Windows!)
  100. Start an art journal
  101. Give £1 to charity for every uncompleted task

Sunday, 9 August 2009

I'm still here

No lame excuses (apart from the fact I'm planning the biggest day of my life) but I've just realised I didn't post here for the whole of July. I didn't blog about my 30th birthday, the fantastic Take That concert or the latest issue of UK Handmade magazine.

Today I've had a lovely day. I went for a wander around the shops followed by a panini and latte in my favourite coffee shop. Then I went strawberry picking and picked up some veggies & chicken for dinner from the farm shop.

I've also been pottering around the garden. Some flowers have been and gone (poppies and allium) but the vegetables are looking beautiful and so are the artichokes that have gone to flower.

1. Tomatoes, 2. Chillies, 3. Chillies, 4. Tomato, 5. Dried poppy heads, 6. Dried Alium, 7. Artichoke in flower, 8. Artichoke in flower, 9. Artichoke in flower


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