Evergreen Goals

The Mission:

Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. I never realized how many hours it would take to think of 101 goals.  Right now, the list is complete after 6+ hours of thinking, perusing, and soul-searching.  I have started more than I thought and I am learning so much in the process.  All of my New Years' Resolutions have fallen by the wayside by this time already, but I am still working on these.  The extended time line helps as well as the idea of self-improvement. 

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.

Inspiration:  Movie "Day Zero"
                     BlogHer Group 101 in 1001
                     The Bucket List

Date Initiated:  January 1, 2011
Date to be Completed:  August 19, 2013 (My 33rd Birthday)

Legend:  Goals for Completion
               Goals in Progress
               Goals Completed

Complete an Alphabetical Personal Art Journal
Create a dozen Artist Trading Cards based on the Hamsa
Create a Shadow Box for a personal gift
Create an article of clothing or accessory on a sewing machine
Crochet/knit a scarf
Create and publish a photographic coffee-table book
Learn to sketch a human face and create a portrait of a loved one
Prepare a yearly Vision Board
Make a Creativity Shrine   January 15, 2011
Complete a Vegetarian Recipe Book as an heirloom
Create a Mandala coloring book
Cross-stitch a Afkhan based on Biblical verses as a keepsake
Decorate the walls of my home with actual art
Have Klimt art appraised
Create an art room for my own personal use
Make a quilt out of old T-shirts
Create a Sabbath bread cloth
Create an Afikommen sack for Passover Seder
Make personal hair accessories based on the flower
Create two pieces of art based on the prayers for Sukkot

Engage in one planned social activity per month
Finish reading the complete works of Paulo Coelho
Create a gratitude list of 101 items
Learn to make one new vegetarian dish per month
Contribute to a journal daily
Learn to Meditate
Purchase one frivolous item/service per month for a year
Reduce clutter in the home
Spend $50 per month on local and/or organic foods and produce
Create an herb garden with at least 10 herbs for home use   May 7, 2011
Complete an e-book for Fibromyalgia Under 30
Become a Designated Driver for Girl’s Night Out
Start a Compost Bin for use in the home garden
Participate in at least one Meetup Group
Download and listen to one free Podcast per week
Prepare an ancient vegetarian dish using authentic herbs
Add one accessory to my wardrobe before heading out on each date for a year
Paint a Hope Chest for myself
Learn to play “New Orleans Ladies” on the guitar
Find a dance partner

Write a formal business plan for a tutoring agency
Apply for a job teaching Latin in North Carolina
Help my tutoring student attain an A in Latin   (January 15, 2011)
Finish all courses required for a NC Teaching License
Make an A in a graduate level Latin course   (January 31, 2011)
Attend a conference in teaching foreign language
Observe a fellow Latin teacher and write a peer review
Join a professional organization for Latin teachers
Attend a guest lecture for the Classical Studies Department at UNCG (March 19, 2011)
Create a digital teaching portfolio for M.Ed. program in Latin

Spend one day alone with my nephew every month
Create a family calendar for a Holiday Gift
Convert family photos into a digital album for posterity
Teach Danielle to use watercolor pencils
Write a personal note to all loved ones thanking them for their specialness
Design a family Jewelry Box for my mother
Create a family memento for Danielle
Tour Chinqua-Penn Plantation with Danielle
Design a Gwarek family tree
Help Mandy plan a wedding ceremony (create her bouquet)
Create a Last Will and Testament

Renew my Passport
Climb to the top of the Capitoline Hill in Rome
Tour San Francisco on $40 per day
Spend a day shopping for used books in the French Quarter in New Orleans
Eat at The Grit in Athens, Georgia
Tour the Getty Museum in Malibu
Plan a seasonal road trip with my family
Enjoy a Champagne brunch at The Palace Cafe  (May 29, 2011)
Tour the Biltmore House at Christmas time
Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

Light Shabbat candles for an entire year
Contribute weekly to a Tzedakah Box
Read the Parsha for each week of the Jewish Year
Build a Sukkah
Celebrate all Jewish holidays for an entire Jewish Year
Host a Passover Seder for my family and friends
Host a Tu B’shevat Seder
Give a copy of The Giving Tree to Travis for Tu B’Shevat
Create a Tzedakah Box for all of the children in my life
Take a course in learning Hebrew

Participate in the 3/50 Project each month
Support the Local Farmers’ Market
Raise money for Literacy through use of the Internet
Donate money from a yard sale to a local charity
Attend First Friday event on Elm Street.
Donate at least 20 items of Clothing/Accessories to Dress for Success
Volunteer at a local bake sale
Volunteer at a local charity
Participate in a Community Garden project (May 2, 2011)
Donate cat toys to an animal charity

Pay off my Discover Card
Have Undergraduate Student Loans cancelled
Put full insurance coverage on my vehicle   (January 13, 2011)
Pay off my Vehicle Emergency Credit Card
Pay off all hospital bills to date (April 25, 2011)
Find a part-time teaching job
Create a monthly budget
Deposit $25 monthly into a Travel Savings Account
Save $1000 for a travel account
Contribute $100 financially to the household every month for a year

Final Goal
Record the progress of each goal and publish in the form of a journal and a blog.