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101 Things in 1,001 DaysThe 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).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. 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 or outdoor activities.

Start Date: January 1, 2008. End Date: September 28, 2010.

I will donate $2.00 to JDRF for every item not completed.

Completed: 37/101

The Key:

Not Started
In Progress
Accomplished (with the date)


1. Get an A1C under 7% at least once
2. Write my blood sugars down everyday for a month.
3. Get a CGMS
4. Visit the endocrinologist 3 times a year (6/8 )
5. Meet ten new diabetes bloggers (10/10)

  • Allie Beatty, Ed Leibowitz, Mollie Singer, Heidi, Hannah, Kelly, Sara, Manny, Mandy, Bennett.
  • 6. Go to at least one CWD conference every year (1/3)
    7. Start a in-person support group for adults with type 1.
    8. Write another article for a diabetes magazine (Diabetes Self-Management, Sept/Oct 08 )
    9. See a conference for adults with type 1 come to fruition
    10. Change my lancet once a month for a year (3/12)

    General Health and Improvement
    11. Keep a food journal and write what I eat everyday for a month
    12. Stop drinking soda for one month
    13. Attend a yoga class at least once a week for a month
    14. Go to the gym 4 days a week for two months
    15. Lose 40 pounds
    16. Go to the dentist twice a year (2/5)
    17. Go to the gynecologist once a year (1/3)
    18. Drink at least two bottles of water everyday for a month
    19.Finish a bottle of multivitamins (finished March 16, 2010)
    20. Get a professional massage July 26, 2009 in Chicago.
    21. Eat vegetarian for one week
    22. Floss my teeth everyday for a month
    23. Go one month without eating fast food (November 2009)
    24. Take an adult ballet/dance class


    25. Find a church and attend for six months, though not consecutively I attend Apostles in New York City
    26. Read the entire Bible
    27. Attend a Bible study class for six months, again, not necessarily consecutively
    28. Write in a prayer journal once a week for six months
    29. Download and listen to sermons from Imago Dei Community every week for six months
    30. Succeed in giving up something for Lent I gave up chocolate, Lent 2009


    31. Learn Hebrew
    32. Take a photography class
    33. Read 101 books

    Check out the update list!

    34. Become a member to a museum in New York Became a member of the American Museum of Natural History on January 30, 2010
    35. Become a member at the New York Public Library January 30, 2010!
    36. Visit 10 local art galleries
    37. Complete a Sudoku book

    Food and Entertainment

    38. Attend one Broadway play a year (3/3)

    • So far: A Chorus Line – 2008, Speed-the-Plow – 2009, The Miracle Worker – 2010

    39. Watch 101 movies

    Check out the update list!

    40. Attend a performance by the New York Ballet Corp
    41. Attend a concert at Madison Square Garden
    42. Try one new restaurant in New York City every month

    Check out the update list!

    43. Buy a cookbook and make every recipe out of it (except for beef recipes – yuck)
    44. Host a dinner party
    45. See Moby perform live – September 21, 2009!
    46. Attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
    47. Be a part of a live audience for a TV show
    48. Celebrate New Years in Times Square with someone special. Times Square is nuts and was a bad idea!
    49. Attend a performance by the New York Opera November 27, 2009 with my boyfriend and his mom

    50. Visit Israel
    51. Visit London(September 2008 )
    52. Visit Amsterdam
    53. Visit 5 new states (4/5)

  • Delaware, Indiana, Vermont, Nevada
  • 54. Watch the sun rise in Montauk
    55. Go camping
    56. Take a trip with my brother
    57. Take a trip with my mother We went to Boston in March 2008!


    58. Buy a DSLR camera
    59. Have a photo in a professional magazine/website/exhibit
    60. Go on a photowalk (changed this from buying Photoshop because the experts tell me it would just be a waste of money – not something I should do!)
    62. Start a photoblog
    63. Go to three photography exhibits (2/3)

    64. Participate in the Diabetes 365 project
    65. Take one photo a day for a month (that isn’t diabetes-related)
    66. Print and frame my favorite photographs to give to my grandmothers and my parents


    67. Buy a laptop – MacBook Pro, Feb. 2009
    68. Buy a PDA of some sort Bought iPhone – August 2008
    69. Buy iPhone
    70. Buy a designer purse Bought a Coach purse – October 2009
    71. Buy new dishes
    72. Buy a coffee table (July 2008 )
    73. Buy a bookshelf for the living room I ended up just moving the one I already own, because it doesn’t fit in my new room.
    74. Buy only organic cleaning supplies and mostly organic food


    75. Save $5,000
    76. Invest in stock market
    77. Catalog all expenses for one month every year (1/3)
    78. Eliminate debt
    79. Pay off full balance every month once debt is gone

    Giving Back

    80. Volunteer 101 hours to something that is NOT diabetes-related (0/101)
    81. Donate money to the National MS Society during National MS Week (3/3)
    82. Participate in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes – Killington ’09
    83. Sponsor a child in a third world country – I sponsor Salma, a child in India.
    84. Join Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    85. Donate blood – January 30, 2010!
    86. Find out where the nearest recycling center is and start recycling weekly
    87. Vote in the 2008 elections
    88. Mail a sussy to five people (4/5) (Lori, Vanessa, Ashley, Emily)
    89. Send only handmade (either by me or someone else) gifts for Christmas one year
    90. Mail 12 birthday cards to friends and/or family for a year (1/12)
    91. Send a handwritten letter once a month for a year

    92. Avoid the Internet on the weekend for a month
    93. Send a secret to
    94. Identify 101 things that make me happy (61/101)
    95. Write a blog entry everyday during the workweek for one month. (February 2009)
    96. Complete NaBloPoMo’s in 2008 and 2009
    97. Visit the Bronx Zoo – April 18, 2009
    98. Get a tattoo
    99. Move to the city or Hoboken (August 2008 – Hoboken, August 2009 – NYC)
    100. Get a cat
    101. Celebrate my 25th birthday in another country

    32 Comments leave one →
    1. Randy Zabarsky permalink
      April 25, 2008 5:53 PM

      I ran across your website (From Twitter). I love this idea. I am going to do the same thing.. This is a great idea.. I only have a couple of items written down but it is a start.

    2. Autumn permalink
      June 6, 2008 1:50 AM

      Here’s a link to help you with your search for funkier dishes.

    3. April 20, 2009 6:08 PM

      Hey there…

      Came across your blog from a magazine a while back. I just started working for the ADA and as a type 1 diabetic myself, they wanted me to start a blog about living with diabetes. I just posted my first one this afternoon. I guess you could add me to your list of the diabetic bloggers you wanted to meet!

      I also noticed that you wanted to download sermons from Imago Dei. Are you talking about the Imago in Portland, Oregon? I live in Portland and that’s my church! Crazy coincidence. How did you hear about Imago? Have you ever been?

      Anyway, it’d be cool to connect with you 🙂


    4. cuteellaisbold permalink
      September 2, 2009 3:56 PM

      Mind if I use this? I need some more goals and this seems like a good way to start.

      • September 2, 2009 5:34 PM

        I didn’t create the 101 Things in 1,001 Days challenge, I found it on Google (just google it, I can’t remember the exact link). Lots of people are getting in on it. But if you mean can you use some of my goals, then yes, yes you can.

        • cuteellaisbold permalink
          September 8, 2009 1:38 PM

          Thanks! I’m working to launch mine Sept 24th. 🙂

    5. December 20, 2009 12:44 AM

      Ok so I checked out your blog which a) I absolutely love, but b) Now I understand what the 101 things is.. This is awesome, I am definitely going to embark on my own journey and may just post it on my site.

      Thank you!


      Hannah Katy

    6. January 1, 2010 10:50 PM

      LOL! I do the same, i.e. I have a list of people that I make phone calls to specifically on their birthdays, even if it has been a long time since our last correspondence.



    7. January 5, 2010 8:28 PM

      Yeehaw! You got lots to do to meet your sept 28 goal! But I am going to steal your donation idea (for items not completed)

      Good luck! HAPPY NEW YEAR =)

    8. April 9, 2010 9:32 PM

      Oh! When I saw the ‘change lancet once a month for an entire year’ I felt myself blush. I am sooooo horrible about that! I’m adding that to my list, which of course contains one thing… so far. 😀

    9. Amber permalink
      April 23, 2010 2:16 PM

      Hey! Just read your list (which I loved, btw) and I have a suggestion to help with #31 under “Educational.”

      I know a woman who’s Israeli who was just telling me that she would love to be tutored or at least arrange to have conversations with someone to help her improve her English. Maybe she can teach you some Hebrew and you can help her? Just a thought…

      😉 Amber

      • April 23, 2010 2:22 PM

        Thanks for the thought! I’m not sure how well learning Hebrew over the Internet would work, but I appreciate the suggestion. I would be happy to email with her, though. She can email me at amblass [@] Thanks!


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