101 Goals in 1001 Days

I do love lists. Creating lists. Writing down a list. Re-writing a list. Adding to the list just to immediately cross the item off and feel accomplished. It doesn’t matter whether it is a grocery list, to-do list, packing list, or goal list, just need some bullet points or check boxes, although I prefer boxes to check. I also have a bad habit of re-writing list just to make it look aesthetically better if I don’t like my hand writing the first time.

Day Zero Project

When I came across the Day Zero Project my ever ambitious list making self froze and thought of nothing at first. 101 goals in 1001 days? That’s huge!! So much can happen in almost 3 years to completely alter ones goals and desires.

Per their website –

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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

So, with that in mind I set out to create my list. For me, it was easier to create in categories of my life – personal, business, family, with Maya, with Greg, and then with sub-categories.

Presenting my 101 Goals in 1001 Days, in no particular order….

START DATE – Friday, December 11th 2015

END DATE -Friday, September 7th 2018

(Here’s how I calculated the dates)


July 2016 update in this color

End of 2016 update in this color

  1. Swim regularly
  2. Clean out my closet (most done. Donated or sold to consignment)
  3. Books, new ones and re-read some old ones
    1. Rising Strong
    2. To Kill a Mocking Bird
    3. We
    4. I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings
  4. Learn to sew (Several great attempts with private and group classes)
  5. Make all family Halloween costumes one year
  6. Language classes
  7. Finish Magic of Tidying Up in the house (Yeah this book got lost in our move but we’ve cleaned out a bunch)
  8. Pay off taxes
  9. Ski lessons
  10. Host a party
  11. Go scuba diving
  12. Photograph the Northern Lights
  13. Hire someone to organize the house
  14. Invest in organizing systems for kitchen, closets, and desk
  15. Pay off 1/2 of student loans
  16. Make crepes
  17. Personal weekend trip
  18. Send a postcard once a month
  19. Watch movies I’ve never seen, yes, I know
    1. 16 candles
    2. Gone with the Wind
    3. Pretty in Pink
    4. Westside Story
    5. Color Purple
  20. Bake a 2 layer birthday cake (daughter’s 5th birthday cake)
  21. Donate blood, twice
  22. Then get a tattoo
  23. Attend a TED Talk (I even got to photograph it professionally)
  24. Quit Facebook for one month
  25. Create a budget
  26. Jump out of a plane again
  1. Start consistent IPS
  2. Connect with 5 businesses
    1. Clothing
    2. Medical
    3. Family
    4. Newborn Related
    5. Practice
  3. 12 days of Christmas
  4. Create database
  5. Publication (Front cover of Colorado Parent Magazine)
  6. Purchase 135L or 35 art (35 art is awesome!)
  7. Monthly email newsletter (hired out and rolling)
  8. Host a client contest
  9. Sign on with an agency
  10. Find packaging that I love
  11. Book three DITL or Fresh 48
  12. Purchase another medium format camera (I did this but sold it as I’m done with film)
  13. Learn to develop film (see above)
  14. Thank you wine party for clients
  15. Studio samples of products I love
  16. Purchase a second camera body
  17. Donate services twice a year (Carry the Future, Mile High Labrador Retriever Mission)
  18. Try macro photography
  19. Specialize
  20. Give a class to moms
  21. Book a travel session
  22. Promote art prints (Started an Etsy page)
  23. Photograph a landscape
  1. Another week long Airstream Adventure
  2. Cooking classes with Greg
  3. Room parent in M’s class one year (Kindergarden room parent!)
  4. Explore another country (Did this but with volunteering with CTF)
  5. Hot air balloon ride
  6. Visit New Orleans with Greg
  7. Art/painting classes with Maya
  8. San Fransisco, California
  9. Seattle, Washington
  10. Portland, Oregon
  11. Adopt a dog (We love MARS!!!)
  12. Maybe even a reptile/ amphibian (Dart Frogs)
  13. Backyard garden (We tried, we really did but our backyard has so much shade!)
  14. Backyard greenhouse
  15. Start a book series with Maya
  16. Commit to weekly family nights
  17. Mother & Daughter Tea
  18. Stay-cation downtown Denver
  19. Put up 9×13 foot wall map
  20. Climb a 14ner with Greg
  21. Long weekend road tripĀ (the MM, M, and M trip to Aspen was fun!)
  22. Yearly goals with Greg
  23. Find aquaponics plants/herbs we will use
  24. Super Mario fish tank
  25. Backyard fire pit for s’mores (Huge hit and fire pit was free!)
  26. Volunteer somewhere consistently (Working with CTF and ESL tutor)
  27. Mutual hobby with Greg
  28. Visit another helping profession with Maya
  29. Family photos each year by a different admired photographer (So far so good!)
  30. Study the stars
  31. Maybe bring another human being into the world
  32. Monthly photobooth with M for one year
  33. Yurt camping
  34. Disney World vacation
  35. See the Parade of Lights
  36. Airbnb in a treehouse
  37. Make beer with Greg
  38. Zoo with penguins
  39. Rock climbing (Thanks Kelly and Becca!)
  40. Canoe in a river
  41. Make Sushi
  42. Hike to a waterfall
  43. Burning Man with Greg
  44. Family picnic
  45. One season of ski passes (Got other plans for this season!)
  46. Learn something new together
  47. Have Maya plan a trip


  1. Volunteer with No One Left Behind (gathered donations and dropped off to two families)
  2. Photograph for St. Baldricks
  3. Pay It Forward in drive-thru
  4. Adopt another family for the holidays
  5. Sponsor a child or host a summer exchange student

Since every post needs an image, here’s a favorite one produced through a game Maya and I played using a film camera, that I can’t remember which one now, the idea was one of us did a far shot and the other did a near shot on the same frame. This was the best one in my opinion.


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  • Eileen Broderick - Oh! I’m glad you posted this. I made a 101 list so many years ago and to be honest–I don’t even know where it is! Maybe I will make a new one and keep track like you have. Inspiring! Btw–I LOVE TED talks and that’s so cool that you photographed an event! Also love the three books you plan to read/reread.ReplyCancel

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