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September 12, 2009

101 things in 1,001 days

Today is my brother’s birthday. It’s also 9/11, a day of reflection and remembrance. But rather than focusing on things past, I want to take that energy and move forward, striving to be the best version of myself that I can be. So I (with Tracy’s inspiration) will be working to accomplish each item on a list of 101 goals, to be achieved in the span of 1,001 days. You can find more info on the website – Day Zero Project.

The Mission:
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 my part).

Start Date: September 11th, 2009 (my brother’s 28th birthday!)

End Date: June 8th, 2012

01. Visit 3 states I have never been to before
02. Visit 5 countries I have never been to before
03. Drive the length of Route 1 along the coast of California
04. See a volcano while visiting my aunt and uncle in Hawaii
05. Visit King Lake for at least one week total
06. Visit Maine in autumn to see the changing colors of the leaves
07. Explore 5 neighborhoods in NYC I have never been to before
08. Go to Montauk (finally!)
09. See what all the fuss is about for at least one of the following:
         Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, the Hamptons, Nantucket

Food and Drink
10. Take a bartending class
11. Learn to cook Grandma’s curry recipe
12. Bring lunch to work for one month straight
13. Sign up for a 5-Day Blueprint Cleanse
14. Learn about spices and how to cook with them

15. Incorporate avocado into my diet
16. Go vegan for one month – twice
17. Get produce from the UN farmers’ market once a month
18. Go soda-free for 60 days
19. Get produce from the Union Square farmer’s market once a month
20. Try 4 different vegan restaurants
21. Make old-fashioned ice cream from scratch
22. Host one small dinner party

23. Reduce my credit card debt by at least 75%
24. Close all but one or two credit cards (not including store cards)
25. Pick up a part-time job to supplement my income
26. Start a change bank and see how much money I can throw in there in 1,001 days
27. Put at least 5% of each paycheck into a 401(k)
28. When waitressing, set aside $1 bills from tips and see how many accumulate

29. Fill a standard notebook with story ideas, one per page (sheet)
30. Take the GMAT and score 700 or higher
31. Learn a foreign language enough to travel to the country
32. Read 100 new books
33. Take a class at a local college to learn about something new

34. Complete my script for the film submission and shoot it
35. Apply for the MBA/MFA program at NYU
36. Have a big rummage sale in New Berlin to purge excess stuff
37. Write my feature-length screenplay
38. Take a writing class/seminar
39. Read 25 screenplays
40. Take an acting class
41. Write a short story and submit it to a competition 

42. Take at least 5 voice lessons with Katy
43. Learn to play at least 3 songs on the guitar
44. Attempt National November Writing Month
45. Sing in public at least twice
46. Go to at least 4 different museums
47. Attend the ballet
48. Attend the symphony
49. Attend at least two Broadway shows each calendar year
50. Watch the AFI Top 100 movies
51. Attend 2 poetry readings
52. Go to 4 art galleries
53. Stage manage at least one show

54. Get involved with a spiritual community/church
55. Completely unplug for a day – 10 times
56. Delete online accounts that I do not use
57. Get all dressed up and go to dinner and a show by myself
58. Make a habit of washing my face before bed
59. Wear makeup to work every day for a month to look more polished
60. Attend a spa/health getaway weekend retreat
61. Go to at least 3 therapy sessions with a psychologist/psychiatrist

62. Complete a 10K
63. Complete a half-marathon
64. Complete a full marathon in the US
65. Complete a full marathon somewhere outside the US

66. Attend Bikram Yoga class at least 15 times on the 30-day unlimited pass
67. Do 100+ crunches at least 3 times a week, even when I don’t feel like it
68. Drop a minimum of 3-5% body fat
69. Join a running club
70. Attend at least 10 dance classes
71. Be able to do the splits all three ways
72. Complete enough NYRR events in 2010 to qualify for the 2011 ING NYC marathon
73. When home, go to the gym at least once a week
74. When traveling, fit in at least two workouts per week
75. Rejoin BearCat Masters swim team
76. Go biking with a friend at least 5 times

77. Learn how to and go scuba diving

78. Go hiking in 5 different places
79. Go whitewater rafting
80. Try downhill skiing, if only on the bunny hill!
81. Go cross country skiing somewhere in New England
82. Learn how to and go snowshoeing
83. Try rollerblading

84. Participate in a Habitat for Humanity project

85. Grow my hair out and donate it to Locks of Love
(or a comparable program)
86. Volunteer 50 hours
87. Rekindle an old friendship
88. Participate in a charity run
89. Make time to catch up with Jackie
90. Send 100+ holiday cards, each with a personalized message
91. For the holidays, write a sonnet for each person I support at work
92. Assist with at least 2 programs for the Jeanie Bird Foundation
93. Read aloud to a child at least 5 times

Cleaning and Organization
94. Organize my important paperwork into a folder system
95. Create a system to organize knick-knacks and miscellany
96. Get rid of all magazines that are more than two months old

97. Do not buy household/body care items until back-stock has been used
98. Clean out and reorganize my desk at work
99. Pare down my wardrobe to essentials and accent pieces

This Project
100. For every item not completed, donate $5 to a charity

101. Make a new 101 in 1,001 list

I’ll update you on my progress as goals get checked off the list! 🙂


Day Zero Project!

September 7, 2009

Inspired by Tracy (, I will be setting up a list of 101 things I want to do/accomplish in the next 1,001 days. So much cooler than a New Year’s Resolution!

I want to come up with a thoughtful, quality list, so I’m not going to post it just yet. I’ll spend the next few days putting it together, then post it in my next entry. Stay tuned!


September 7, 2009

I woke up this morning and shortly thereafter was in tears. Thank God this is a rare occurrence, it’s certainly not an ideal way to start the day. Normally when I’m upset at night, I can go to sleep and wake up and feel much better, ready for the new day. Somehow last night did not work according to plan. I went to sleep, woke up, and hadn’t purged all the negative energy yet. The central problem here is that I just don’t know how to let go of people I really care about, even when it gets too hard or too painful for me to hold on. 

My friend Tracy ( has been telling me about something called the Day Zero Project, which is basically a list of 101 things you set out for yourself to accomplish in the next 1,001 days. Sounds like a GREAT thing for me right now, I definitely need specific guidance/goals for myself right now. And, as a rule to myself, NONE of the goals will deal with my personal life. No crap like “I will have a boyfriend by… blah blah blah…” I don’t need that garbage in there, it’s a waste of a perfectly decent goal.

Big Day in the Big City!

September 4, 2009

Today I got an application to apply for my temp job (which I’ve held for a year) as a full-time employee. Which means I’d finally be legit! All I need to do now is fill out the 23-page application, sign consent forms for several different background checks, try to reconstruct my employment and residence history, and take (another) drug test. You’d almost think I was applying for the FBI! But if it gets me paid holidays, I’m all about it. 🙂

Things that make me happy: “Angelo Rosenbaum,” a song on one of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS CDs from a few years ago, sung by the cast of the Lion King. The story is that the guy (Angelo Rosenbaum) was raised both Catholic and Jewish and is having difficulty finding a partner who respects and celebrates both religions and cultures. It’s clever and quirky, and highly recommended!

Also, I really enjoy pink grapefuit sorbet. My brother and I were reminiscing about the grapefruit sorbet we had at a restaurant near the Kohler showroom in Kohler, Wisconsin. Made fresh on site. YUM! It still makes me smile to think about it, and I wish I could have some right now!

On the horizon – AUSTRALIA! Only for a week (I seem to do a lot of super short long-distance trips… not sure what that’s all about…), but it should be excellent and I can’t wait to see Sydney! Anyone have suggestions of things to see or do there?

It’s Been A Long Time, Baby

September 2, 2009

I know I said I was going to be better about updating this, but apparently I lied. Not intentionally, but certain life circumstances made it difficult to make updates due to technical difficulties and lack of internet and the like. But I’m back now, like it or not, and now that I have a steady internet connection, I fully intend to make this a regular thing. And with that, on to the post:

There’s a special kind of nostalgia reserved for the place of one’s childhood. I went back to Wisconsin this past weekend for a few days, and the whirlwind of activity that ensued left me exhausted. But in a good way. Catching up with friends I haven’t seen in years, running a 5K around my old college campus, hitting up a great music performance (check out – Janelle is fantastic!), and of course getting some fabulous pie at Bakers Square. I don’t know what it is, but for some reason New York can’t seem to get pie right. Bakers Square knows what’s up.

Once upon a time, I fancied myself as a minimalist of sorts. I’m starting to realize that was a fantasy that fell flat on its face when my mother generously donated a minivan full of goods (and a top carrier filled to the brim, along with my fabulous retro bike) to fill my new apartment. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate her donating her time and efforts to cart this stuff across the country for my use. But as I look around at the piles and stacks of miscellany scattered around my floor, I can’t help but wonder what happened to the Me who could live for 12 weeks at camp with no more than what fit into a duffel bag and a backpack. I like having my own place, but I miss those days.

Oh yeah, I got dumped. To hear him tell it, I got dumped for being too wonderful. Is that even an option? Well, in any case, he broke up with me while emphatically reassuring me that I’ve been nothing but amazing, and that he’s had an awesome time with me, and that I’m great. While it’s hard to reconcile that slew of compliments with the fact that yes, he was in fact breaking up with me, I find that in retrospect it was a pretty sweet deal. Why yes, I am pretty fabulous, thank you for noticing. It’s nice of you to point that out. And at least you seem to fully recognize the fact that you’re letting go of something awesome. I think it should be a rule that when you break up with someone, you have to say at least one (if not more) nice thing to them. It takes the edge off nicely.