Challenge

101 Goals in 1001 Days – Part 2

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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 1, 2016  End Day: June 30, 2019

I haven’t changed many, but I am hopeful about this round! Biggest accomplishment of the last round – I quit smoking!

101 goals
  1.  Start right where I am at and watch for ways to love like Jesus.
  2. Read regularly with my daughter.
  3. Volunteer somewhere.
  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 the guest 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).
  27. Grow my blog.
  28. Blog more consistently and/or use a blog schedule.
  29. Try 3 new fruits.
  30. Try 3 new vegetables.
  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. Complete a ministry project.
  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. Consistently work out at least 3 days per week.
  67. Complete dental work.
  68. Read through the Bible.
  69. Make a workable home office.
  70. Get LASIK.
  71. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  72. Complete a 10K.
  73. Complete 5 5Ks.
  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. Create a time capsule.
  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.
  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!
Challenge, Life

Effects of Intentional.

So, last year I did something different.  No resolutions, just one word.  I chose Intentional.  You can read about that here.

Now is the moment of truth…did it work?

Unequivocally the answer is – YES.

I am sure that I could have been more intentional and made more, bigger changes.  But in the end, I feel that it made a lasting change.  Just because I have a new word for 2014, living intentionally is something that I do every day now.

I did become more involved in the community and I am more intentional about making a difference every single day.  

I made intentional choices to move towards better health.

I live more simply.  And I focus more on people and less on things.

I successfully met my goals.  There is still room for improvement, but it’s still success.

I can’t wait for 2014.

Challenge

Stress Detox Challenge Part 1

This challenge comes from the beautiful Tracie Miles.  (Check her blog out at http://traciemiles.com/.)

I love that this isn’t a “how to,” that it’s deeper and gets to the core of stress.  It isn’t about getting rid of stress by removing the stress, but how to OVERCOME stress for good.

 

 

 

Day 1:  Great start!!  Getting away from blaming stress on others or our situations and start relying completely on God for His peace and guidance.

There are a lot of things in my life that could/are causing me stress:  unemployment, health, parenting, grief, debt, money (in sooo many ways!).  They do cause me stress, sometimes more than others.  Surrendering them to God gives me courage, hope, and a fresh ability to take on the day it’s challenges — not borrowing stress of tomorrow’s.

Day 2:  Peace.  We all want peace — peace in our lives, peace in our relationships, world peace.  But today was a GREAT reminder that true peace comes from God and can be in ANY circumstance, not just when we are living without conflict or struggle.  Because we will face struggles in life, finding that peace from God will help us to maintain no matter what is going on in our lives.

My view of peace today:  a simple life.  No drama.  Just living for Christ and loving others.  When I think of peace, I think of being outside, a slight breeze, warm sun on my face, and resting in the love of Jesus for me.  I don’t have to have the physical parts of my scenario…I only need the resting in Jesus part.

Day 3:  Reclaiming our identity in Christ and not how the world sees us or how we see ourselves.  This could be life-changing for many (me included!).  I am not perfect, nor will I ever be.  And I can beat myself up over those imperfections or I can accept God’s love and forgiveness despite my shortcomings.

Today I am choosing to embrace and reclaim my identity in Christ.  I don’t have to prove my worth.  My identity has not been my identity in Christ.  It has been wrapped up in proving myself and striving for perfection.  I struggle with this more than anything else.

Day 4:  Negativity.  The old glass half full/glass half empty debate.  The beauty is that you get to choose your view.  You get to have complete control (!) over this area of your life.  You may not be able to control what happens — but you can control your reaction.

My mom likes to remind (nag) me in this area.  She is consistent in reminding me to have a positive outlook.  I am blessed to have her to quickly reshape my attitude (even when it annoys me or I want to wallow in my own pity).  Negative attitudes = stress, positive attitudes = peace.  No matter what the circumstances are.

Day 5:  Trained to be stressed.  Fed lies about productivity and accomplishments being the measure of our worth.  Our society has programmed us to believe that it’s every man for himself, we must be the most productive, most accomplished, most successful to be significant or have worth.  That’s not Biblical, that’s not what God says about our worth or our value to Him.

Spending time with Jesus gives us strength and yet so often, we don’t spend time with Him because we don’t “have time.”  (Being a Martha, not a Mary.)  So relevant to really readjust our priorities and see what we define as being more important than our time with Jesus.  We need to follow God’s leading as we seek to redefine what activities we participate in and what our priorities should be.  Being in the middle of God’s will brings peace and comfort.

Part 2 coming soon!!  And I encourage you to sign up and do this challenge too!  It has been AMAZING.  God bless!!