Challenge

101 Goals in 1001 Days – Part 2

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 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

Less. So there can be More.

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Last year was the first time that I ditched resolutions for just one word.  You can read about that here and here.  I was inspired by both One Word 365 and My One Word.  Definitely check them out when choosing your word.

For 2014, I intend to remain “Intentional” and for me, during this season of my life, this means “Less”.  And “More”.  I spent weeks thinking and praying about my word for 2014. So many good ones to choose from!  But I kept coming back. Over and over. I want more from life, but there are so many things I keep tripping over (sometimes literally!) and so many things blocking my way.  In order to get to that “More”, there has to be “Less”.

Let’s start with “stuff”.  The clutter.  You know what I am talking about – those {big} piles of stuff that fill our homes. It is living on borrowed time in my house.  Every closet, drawer, and room in my home will be decluttered {and organized} by 2015.

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I will value quality over quantity. My home is a part of me and I want the message my home is sending to be one of openness, hospitality, warmth, and love.  Not chaos.  I want my home to be an inspiring place to spend time.  I want a home with space to actually live.  I want to look around my home and call it enough.  I want a place to recharge and unwind.  I want to live a more simple life, focusing on people rather than on things.

But…there is also the “More”. More relationship and connection.  But for there to be more of that, there must also be less.  Less stress, less preoccupation, and less  distractions.

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I want my heart and my life to be full of more love and more compassion for others.  I want to really focus on living second.  This life it’s not about me…it’s about serving God and loving people.  I want more of that. I want meaningful face to face connections with others.  I want to be content, no matter what circumstances I find myself in. Happiness and joy come from a place of choosing happiness and joy.  You can’t buy that at Walmart or even Nordstrom.  What I have and who I am in each and every moment needs to be enough.

So, here’s where the rubber meets the road.  I won’t include my complete action plan, but every goal had to be a S.M.A.R.T. goal.  I am committing to:

  • 2014 things gone.  Plus one additional item for each one that I bring in.
  • Less social media and technology – every day.
  • More face to face time with friends on a regular (at least monthly) basis.
  • Stick to my budget.
  • Healthier food choices and menu planning every week.
  • More exercise – daily doing something.
  • Prioritizing my tasks, cutting down where I can.
  • Nurture traditions and make memories.

Some helpful resources I’d love to share with you!!  This blog series was really inspiring to me on my journey to less (and more). I am participating in this 2014 Challenge to reduce the clutter in my life.

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, 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

Blue=ACCOMPLISHED   Teal=NO LONGER WISH TO COMPLETE    Red=NOT COMPLETED

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!
Challenge

Stress Detox Challenge Part 2

This is a continuation of the Tracie Miles Stress Detox Challenge…find it at www.traciemiles.com

Day 6:  Today’s theme of refreshment is a not a foreign concept to me.  In the world of social work, especially working in domestic violence, we talk A LOT about “self-care.”  It’s meant to refresh you, recharge you, prevent burnout.  But the things that we do (manicures, bubble baths, journaling, exercise, etc) are only a temporary fix.  Jesus is the only way to have true refreshment. I have used a lot of stress relief methods — some healthy, some not.  None of them gave me true peace, they simply took my mind off of my troubles or worries for a bit.  Finding true refreshment is in our relationship with Jesus.

My goals:  more time in prayer, more time reading my Bible, better church attendance, and true surrender.  My physical pick me up?  Today it’s Christmas worship music.  My absolute fave!!

Day 7:  Forgiveness.  Such an amazing concept.  There are a lot of really good books and songs out there too.  Check out Matthew West’s song and the story behind it.  Today was a great reminder.  Forgiveness (the real stuff) is COMPLETELY letting it go.  It’s gone.  No more hurt. no more resentment or anger.  And it’s not for them, it’s really for you.  It’s such a beautiful concept and although it can be one of the hardest things that you will do, it’s worth it.

While thinking of some of the ways that I have been hurt in the past, I realized that I truly have forgiven that person.  I am however hanging on to other things and I didn’t even realize that I was doing it.  Resentment can be sneaky like that.  Forgiveness doesn’t mean that they were right or that you were not hurt. it’s letting the anger and resentment out of us though.  The beautiful thing is…I can say anything to God, vent, get it off my chest, so that I can move on.  He can give me the strength to move past the hurt, to the healing.

Day 8:  When we spend our time and energy focusing on what stresses us, instead of on Christ — we lose sight of the big picture.  While sometimes we do need to deal with our stressors and work to eliminate them (or get through them), we can clearly focus on Christ while doing it.  Using His strength to get us through.  Instead of worrying or adding stress by simply focusing on the problem we are facing. Realizing what is actually causing you stress or making you feel hopeless is the first step.  Asking God to give you guidance and help you to see things through His eyes is the next.

I have been unemployed for the last eight months and the situation gets a bit desperate at times.  I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I am cranky and irritable.  But when I remember the promises of God’s Word — that He will provide for me and realize how He has repeatedly done that over the last few months, I can rest in that.  And it works.  I have to do my part, applying for jobs and whatever, but I can trust that He will be with me every step of the way.  Holding my hand — sometimes it’s carrying me completely.  But He doesn’t ever let me down or leave me.

Day 9: Today was fantastic.  We can choose to be a victim.  We may not have chosen our circumstances, but we do not have to become victims of them.  (Sometimes we do “choose” our circumstances, maybe not intentionally but we made poor choices that have landed us here.)  We can stand with Christ and be victors over our circumstances.  What power!  What joy!  It’s not easy, but it’s possible. We have to make a committed CHOICE to be a victor and not a victim.  This does not happen naturally.  We can’t do it without God.  We must stand firm in Him.  We can choose to be joyful in all things or we can allow others to take that from us.  We hold the power.

I have a picture in my bedroom that reminds me of this.  It says, “Today I choose joy.”  Because each and every day I have to choose whether to keep or give my joy away.  And I choose joy.

Day 10: Real, true happiness is a choice.  Money can’t buy it.  No one can give it to you.  No one can “take” it from you.  You choose to be happy or not.  Life is going to be stressful, there are going to be challenges.  And we might not feel happy 100% of the time, but overall true, abiding happiness is within our reach.  And it comes from a relationship with Jesus and daily walking with Him through our struggles.  We will still have them, but how we face them is the key.  (I would highly recommend the documentary Happy.  It’s pretty amazing.)

So, I am going to crank up the radio and get to work on my huge list.  But I am also going to take time to recharge — go to bed early, chat with Fiona, and spend some time with God.  I can’t think of a better evening.  ♥

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!!

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Challenges.

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.

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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