Challenge, Family, Life

101 Goals in 1001 Days

Inspiration Credit: It Keeps Getting Better Image Courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

The Challenge: 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 your part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. 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, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

Start Day: October 27, 2013 End Day: July 24, 2016


101 goals

  1.  Adopt a child.
  2. Read regularly with my daughter.
  3. Volunteer at Blessings Under the Bridge.
  4. Throw a theme party.
  5. Donate the things that we no longer want/use/need.
  6. Finish updating my living room
  7. Finish updating my office.
  8. Finish updating kitchen.
  9. Finish updating bathrooms.
  10. Finish updating my bedroom.
  11. Finish updating baby’s room.
  12. Finish at least one of the books I have started writing.
  13. Lose 100 pounds.
  14. Spend time in Uganda.
  15. Start my Master’s Degree.
  16. Complete my Master’s Degree.
  17. Complete Baby Step 1 (Dave Ramsey).
  18. Complete Baby Step 2 (Dave Ramsey).
  19. Complete Baby Step 3 (Dave Ramsey).
  20. Read 1 book a month for at least a year.
  21. Publish an e-book.
  22. Fast.
  23. Try geocaching.
  24. Complete 50 random acts of kindness.
  25. Go to one social outing per month for a year.
  26. Go on 5 dates (same guy, different one – doesn’t matter). (Completed 1 of 5)
  27. Grow my blog.
  28. Blog more consistently and/or use a blog schedule.
  29. Try a new fruit.
  30. Try a new vegetable.
  31. Take (and complete) a class.
  32. Go to a waterpark that we have never been to.
  33. Go on a day trip.
  34. Have a family photo shoot.
  35. Spend a week only buying absolute necessities (fuel to get to work, groceries, etc.)
  36. Watch the sunset over the ocean.
  37. Watch the sunrise over the ocean.
  38. Create organization that works in each room in our home.
  39. Make our backyard a place we want to be.
  40. Create more curb appeal on our home.
  41. Stop drinking soda.
  42. Develop a habit of clean eating.
  43. Streamline social media and online activities.
  44. Make bread (grandma’s recipe!).
  45. Help Shay & Fiona with their project — more to come on this!
  46. Have a passport.
  47. Get Fiona’s passport.
  48. Try a new recipe once a month for a year.
  49. Develop a daily exercise routine.
  50. Attend at least one conference per year. (1 of 3)
  51. Do something extravagantly special and personal for Fiona.
  52. Do something extravagantly special and personal for Daveid Michael.
  53. Do something extravagantly special and personal for my mom.
  54. Do something extravagantly special and personal for my dad.
  55. Do something extravagantly special and personal for Krysta.
  56. Do something extravagantly special and personal in memory of Dakota.
  57. Start a garden.
  58. Take a firearm safety class.
  59. Keep a journal and write consistently (at least once per week) for year.
  60. Complete FlyLady Beginner BabySteps.
  61. Find 5 new local things or places that I haven’t been to and go!
  62. Find 5 ways to simplify my life so I can spend more time living.
  63. Obtain 501 (c) 3.
  64. Create an action plan for organization.
  65. Recruit 10 solid members for organization staff and volunteers.
  66. Quit smoking. (Completed 6/1/14!!)
  67. Complete dental work.
  68. Read through the Bible.
  69. Make a workable home office.
  70. Get LASIK.
  71. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  72. Try Zumba.
  73. Complete a 5K.
  74. Run Bloomsday.
  75. Run SpoKenya.
  76. Create a weekly meal plan for a month.
  77. Take The Joy Dare.
  78. Have a will and a living will.
  79. Go on an African Safari.
  80. Visit Leavenworth at Christmastime.
  81. Release a floating lantern. (Done May 2014 & May 2015)
  82. Create a Bucket List.
  83. Run the Dirty Dash.
  84. Run the Color Run (or a similar one).
  85. Mail a flip flop to a friend.
  86. Take a spontaneous trip.
  87. Go on a Zip line.
  88. Get a pedicure.
  89. Get a massage.
  90. Get a facial.
  91. Meet someone I really admire.
  92. Have a girl’s weekend. (Done June 2014.)
  93. Do something significant to raise awareness about orphans.
  94. Spend a weekend technology free.
  95. Give a speech.
  96. Complete a goal that is meaningful and relevant (I already have this goal, but I am not ready to talk about so this is not as vague as it sounds here! More details to come!)
  97. Complete bucket list in correlation with Goal #96 (more to come!).
  98. Learn to take better pictures and have the right tools to do so.
  99. Start an investment.  Even a small one.
  100. Ride a segway.
  101. Start a new list when this one is finished!
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Day 2 & 3: Kindness is FUN

Day 2:  I knew today was going to be a busy day…I was right!  We had planned to go to the living Nativity near our house and we were so blessed to have not only my nephew join us, but my parents AND my sister!  My parents took us a couple times when we were little (10 and 7) and I still remember it, so I had high hopes these kiddos would love it too.  And they did!!  We decided to grab an early dinner together…perfect for today’s act of kindness!

We got our Random Acts cards ready with quarters and candy canes so we could tape them to the candy machines.  Daveid Michael (my nephew) really wanted to give one to someone…his mom.  He wanted to bless her and I thought that was super sweet of him.  Then, off to church.  It was an awesome living Nativity, that was cold but soo much fun!  They do a great job and it was well worth getting chilled for!

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Today’s verse was Genesis 3:6-8.  The theme was learning why Jesus came, that we needed a Savior because our sin separated us from God.  We also read Isaiah 9:6.  We learned that one of God’s name is Wonderful Counselor.

From our calendar (I will post them again after Christmas):  Sunday, December 2Verse:  Genesis 3:6-8 (Why Jesus came); Isaiah 9:6 (Wonderful counselor).  Tape quarters to candy machines.

Day 3:  Catching up from the whirlwind of the last couple of days.  Today was the planning meeting for the Spokane Orphan Summit and once I got home, it was a bit of a rough day for me!  So, we redeemed the day by spending some quality time together.  One of the reasons that I didn’t list our events before we do them, is that they are constantly changing.  So far, we have changed them around every day.  We had a little shopping today and decided today would be a great day to be “coupon fairies.”  We put out tons and tons of coupons that will *hopefully* bless future shoppers.  And we got some great deals so I was able to bless Fiona too.  And we got some great deals for upcoming Random Acts so that’s awesome too.

coupon fairy



Today’s verse was Isaiah 60:1-3.  The theme was learning about how our world needs God.  We also read Isaiah 9:6.  We learned that one of God’s name is Mighty God.

From our calendar (I will post them again after Christmas):  Monday, December 3Verse:  Isaiah 60:1-3 (World needed God); Isaiah 9:6 (The Mighty God).  Be a coupon fairy!  Take all of our extra unneeded coupons and put them with the right item for a customer!

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Thankful. Inspired. Excited.

What a great time of year.  My favorite.  I love the thankfulness that Thanksgiving inspires in so many people, including myself.  Posting daily what I am thankful for wasn’t hard…it was hard to limit the amount of daily posts.  The last few months have taught me so much about what is really important in life.  It’s not about stuff.  It’s all about Jesus.  And loving others.  That’s it.  I couldn’t care less about the “American Dream.”  I don’t want my life to be spent collecting stuff.



This time of year also inspires people to be better versions of themselves.  While at times it can seem that people are just focused on consumerism and greed, there are also a lot of really inspiring acts of love and kindness.  I am sure they happen all the time (I am optimistic like that) but I think we really look for them and celebrate them at Christmas.  There is this really fantastic website that I would encourage everyone to check out.  They inspire me.  And this picture brings tears to my eyes.  I cannot express just how deeply it moved me.

NYC Police Officer bending down to help this homeless man put on his new boots, a gift from the officer himself.
NYC Police Officer bending down to help this homeless man put on his new boots, a gift from the officer himself.

And I am SO very excited to start our Random Acts of Kindness Advent Season tomorrow.  I have been waiting with anticipation.  I want to share the love of my Savior in a meaningful way.  In a fun, happy way.  No pressure, just sharing His love with others.  I love seeing Fiona’s face light up when she has an idea or gets inspired.  She has such a beautiful and tender heart.  I couldn’t be more proud of her.

I will be posting here dailyish…as daily as I can!  To share our journey “in real time.”  And coming up December 9 – 15, I will be blogging for the launch of Doug Bender’s new book, Live Second:  365 to Make Jesus First.  (I will be blogging on Kupenda 127, but I will reblog them here.)  Check out I am Second for the more details.


Challenge, Christmas, Family


I love challenges.  I constantly sign up for new e-mail challenges, Christmas, stress-busters, health, you name it.  And that was just this month.  I don’t know if it’s the challenge themselves, just to prove I “can” do it or something else.  I think it’s probably a mix, a desire to better myself and to push myself.


I would encourage you to check out Karen’s blog and challenge.

Here’s a few things I learned from it:

Day 1:  I didn’t necessarily learn this entirely today, but it does apply.  I am a control freak.  Holidays, especially Christmas, included.  It’s not specific items I want to control, but mainly, I don’t want my important things forgotten.

I do find it a bit challenging to give up all control of the holidays to my ten year old.  (The challenge is backing off on making any holiday decision.)  But I can commit to backing off of some and including her more, backing off completely at time.  Part two of the challenge, I did include having Fiona’s input on our Random Acts of Christmas Kindness — and I changed some of them to better suit her.  I want her to enjoy it, so she should be in on the planning and this year I will let her do it her way.;  🙂

Day 2:  Today was a good one for me!!  I think it was a good reminder of what’s really important!  The holidays (any holiday) doesn’t have to be “perfect.”  Especially when our standard of perfect comes from HGTV, a magazine, or Pinterest.  Sometimes imperfection makes the best memories…sometimes way better memories than the “perfect” ones.  Change your focus from the external to the internal.

Christmas at my actual home has never been perfect, rarely ever lived up to my expectations.  And in the past, that’s always made me sad/frustrated/discouraged.  This year, thanks to the challenge, I hope to resolve that.  Instead of the old standard, this year we will focus on others.  Our “measuring stick” will be the joy that we see.  In the big picture — and really, truly, the important Eternity picture — nothing else matters.  It’s about loving family and celebrating Jesus’ birth. It is not about gifts, lights, decorations, food, or whatever.  And refocusing makes all the difference in the world.

Day 3:  Ooh!  I love the Bible.  Today’s verse really hit me — Mark 7:8.  Check it out.  Traditions are a funny thing.  We really stuck to them more when I was a kid, then the last few years have been this weird in-flux time in our lives.  A couple things have remained, but not really a lot of our traditions.  I did have a family meeting with Fiona and we together decided what this would look like for our family this year.

The tradition that knocks me out is the amount of gifts.  Too much money, too much time shopping, too much wrapping.  It’s just too much.  This year we are downsizing.  And grabbing a new perspective?  Done.  Love others.  Seek peace.  Don’t worry.  Love this…I am enjoying this Christmas more already!!

Day 4:  Ah, family…what would Christmas be without them?  And I am lucky to have one pretty amazing family.  Not perfect.  But perfect for me.  However, that being said…our holidays have often been overshadowed by conflict and a lot of tears.  Today reminded how often I should be praying (constantly!) about interacting with challenging people.  Another good reminder — I can’t control everyone’s actions and responses, but I can control mine.  My reactions and actions.  I can make sure that my actions are not hurtful or cruel, that they are pleasing to God.
I won’t name names on who my difficult family members are, wouldn’t that be hurtful?  But I can remind them, as well as the other members of my family that Jesus loves them unconditionally — and I do too.  Even when they hurt me or betray me, not just because they are in my family — because I want to love like Jesus does.
Day 5:  Loved today!  Loved it!!  You see, I LOVE to buy gifts for people.  One of my favorite things to do…give someone a gift.  But today, really helped remind me of something — give purposefully.  It’s not about quantity, but about the thought and love behind the giving.
The challenge today was to do one act of kindness for someone in need, but one of the things that we have decided to continue as a tradition is our Advent Calendar — Random/intentional acts of kindness from Dec 1 to Dec 25.  It’s about making ourselves focus on other’s throughout the holiday season.  And it’s FUN.
Thanks for letting me share about this challenge and how it influenced me…I hope you sign up and then let me know what you think.  🙂
God bless…Katie

It’s been awhile…

So, I had good intentions when I started this blog…but it just didn’t happen.  I also happen to blog at about my work in orphan care, however I felt like my more personal, non-orphan care related blogs belonged somewhere else…like here.  🙂  So, I am back and recommitted to this blog.

It’s been a year since I wrote and lots of things have changed in our lives!  I left my job at the YWCA of Spokane in March 2012.  Also in March, Fiona started homeschooling.  She still loves to draw, sing, read, dance, and all other things that tween girls enjoy.  She lights up my life and brings me so much joy!  She has the most precious and tender heart!

So much, much more to come!

I thought I would add a “recent” family pic…I love my fam!




Welcome to our page

My daughter Fiona and I have decided to start this blog to write together and share our journey with you…

Fiona is nine and in fourth grade.  She loves art, the Sims, singing, reading, movies, tv, the internet, and a million other girly things.  She’s a fan of Selena Gomez, Kesha, and Lady Gaga…Disney and Cartoon Network.  She is a huge fan of Erin Gruwell and has the opportunity to spend some time with her.  She’s an advocate against bullying and is a leader in her school.

We are starting some new traditions in our family and continuing some older ones, so we hope that you will enjoy this journey with us….


Katie & Fiona (KaFi)

Here we are!