Thursday, February 20, 2014

101 Things in 1001 Days

A few times a year I am asked to write an article for the Scrap Girls newsletter. I had one of my articles published in the newsletter this week and wanted to share it here. You can see the entire article as part of the newsletter HERE or scroll below to read it. And I'm including the layout I created to accompany the article here, as well.

All supplies used to create this layout can be found in the Ang Campbell section of the Scrap Girls Boutique 

Two years ago, I clicked on a link shared by one of the community members in the Scrap Girls Forum. That link sent me on a journey that has now been two years in the making, with several months left of the experience to look forward to! I wish I could remember who shared the link to the Day Zero Project because I would thank her personally for the adventure I've been on! Whoever you are, THANK YOU!

Day Zero Project is a free service website that claims to be "the largest community of challenge-based goal setters in the world." Whether that's accurate or not mattered very little to me. What I loved about the Day Zero Project was the spark it ignited in me personally to set goals, big and small, and start conquering them. The criteria was simply to choose 101 realistic but challenging tasks I wanted to complete with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined and to complete those 101 tasks within the 1001-day time frame.
Creating my list of 101 tasks was trickier than I expected, but it was fun. I set simple goals and lofty goals, silly ones and serious. I decided on skills I wanted to learn and talents I wanted to refine. I chose tasks that would introduce me to new places, flavors, experiences, and cultures. The site provides an easy tracking system for marking off tasks as they're completed, and as the months have gone by, I have thoroughly enjoyed completing tasks and proudly checking the box to show that I've done it! I still have a lot of tasks to complete in 2014, but with my 1001-day deadline looming on November 21, I'm moving forward with determination! I've already decided that if for some reason I don't quite complete all 101 tasks, I'll add those incomplete tasks to a new list of 101 tasks that I will begin on November 22!

I know that it's impossible to read all those itty-bitty words on my layout, so I figured I better share a little sampling of my 101 tasks so you know what I've been up to and what I'll be working on this year!

A few tasks I've already completed (in addition to those pictured and described on the layout):

  • Participate in 12 races in 2012
  • Watch the sunrise and sunset over the ocean in the same day
  • Take part in a "real life" book club discussion
  • Reach 100 followers on my blog
  • Be a Scrap Girls Club featured product designer
  • Get a mammogram for the first time
  • Take each of my kids on a one-on-one "date"
And here are a few tasks I look forward to still completing:
  • Pay off my personal credit card
  • Make a special treat for my kids for each major holiday for a year
  • Memorize and learn to play by heart the song Tribute by Jon Schmidt on the piano
  • Run a total of 1,000 miles
  • Audition for something
  • Get my eyebrows threaded
  • Learn to tie a tie

You can check out my entire list of tasks here. And better yet? Create a list of your own and start your personal journey of 1,001 days!