101 in 1001 update {personal post}

I can’t believe that it’s been 1001 days since I first wrote this list!  It seemed like 1001 days would never get here and I thought I would have plenty of time to at least give a good shot at completing them all.  I’m a little surprised by some of the items that were completed that I put on here just as a stretch and never really expected to actually do.  But, you know what they say about writing things down to make them happen.  I’m going to be making my new 101 list very soon, I’m so excited about having new things to accomplish!

Here’s a look at where I finished with this one…


Start Date: October 31, 2008

End Date:  July 29, 2011

  1. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week
  2. Wake up the first time my alarm clock goes off
  3. Walk to the grocery store more often
  4. Go to Mexico
  5. Go to New England in Autumn
  6. Go to Vegas (WPPI) completed Feb 12-19 2009
  7. Go to New York in December
  8. Read at least 1 book a month front to back (personal or business) (0/33) (nov-The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks; dec-Ask the Dust, John Fante;  jan-Fast Track Photographer, Dane Sanders; feb-How Dolly Parton Saved my Life, Charlotte Conners; mar-The Soloist, Steve Lopez; april-The Pilgrimage, Paulo Coelho; may-The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger; june-The Bluest Eye, Tony Morrison; july-Wolves of the Calla, Stephen King; august-Song of Susannah, Stephen King; september-7 Habits of Highly Effective People; october-Ultimate Secrets of Total Self Confidence; november-Catcher in the Rye; december-Total Money Makeover, Dave Ramsey; January-The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.; February-Purple Cow, Seth Godin; March-The Dark Tower, Stephen King; April-Couldn’t Keep it to Myself, Wally Lamb; May-I’ll Fly Away, Wally Lamb; June-Wishin’ & Hopin’, Wally Lamb; July-The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski; August-Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger; September-The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus; October-Messenger, Lois Lowry; November-The Household Guide to Dying, Debra Adelaide; December-Under the Dome, Stephen King; January- Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus, Orson Scott Card; February- Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen; March-)
  9. Read 10 classics that I’ve never read (0/10)
  10. Transition to use of as many as possible all natural products (face wash, face lotion, dish soap, laundry soap, toothpaste, deodorant, foundation)
  11. Make a nice inspiration book that doesn’t look sloppy (completed March 2010)
  12. Go to a flea market (completed March 2010 Cline’s)
  13. Plant the bulbs I’ve had around for over a year (completed dec 22, 2009)
  14. Write in a journal more than 1 time a week


  15. Clean up the back yard completed November 08… property managers did it for us!
  16. Do 50 sit-ups a day


  17. Join a networking group and go to at least 10 meetings (3/10) Started a networking group http://www.meetup.com/eat-and-meet/ and also joined Photog Divas 🙂
  18. Learn to sail
  19. Learn to really play the Banjo that is hiding in my closet
  20. Brush up on my Russian
  21. Drink only water for 3 months to try to form a habit (One coffee before 10am, Hot Chocolate okay once a week)(1/3)
  22. Have a picnic(completed Feb 18, 2011)
  23. Go fishing/boating with dad
  24. Make an interesting cake Completed December 25, 2010 Sugar-free Flour-free Double Chocolate Avocado Torte
  25. Throw a party
  26. Try a new food (12/28/08 – Arepita …maria’s venezuelean food)


  27. Go to the beach (6/4/09 – 6/6/09 and numerous other times since then too!)
  28. Go to a party (completed March 2010 WPPI Finao Sleepover Party)
  29. Buy a house
  30. Host a dinner party
  31. Go to my 10 year reunion my  class tried to have one but it didn’t work out.  lame.  oh well… on to the 20 year!
  32. Finish visiting the 50 states (alabama, alaska, arizona, arkansas, california, colorado, connecticut, delaware, florida, georgia, hawaii, iowa, idaho, illinios, indiana, kansas, kentucky, louisiana, maine, maryland, massachusettes, michigan, minnesota, mississippi, missouri, montana, nebraska, nevada, new hampshire, new jersey, new mexico, new york, north carolina, north dakota, ohio, oklahoma, oregon, pennsylvania, rhode island, south carolina, south dakota, tennessee, texas, utah, vermont, virginia, washington, west virginia, wisconsin, wyoming)
  33. Get my bicycle fixed and ride it
  34. Be a guest at a wedding (I’ve been verbally invited to a wedding next June, yay!)
  35. Blog every day for a month (30/30) completed Dec. 14, 2009, also blogged every day for several months this Summer
  36. Take a road trip just for fun completed Feb 13-14 2009 (Road trip on Rt 66 and Grand Canyon)
  37. Shoot a destination wedding completed April 2011 – Puerto Rico… yay Sabrina & Wille!
  38. Pay off my school loans
  39. Pay off my credit cards completed Feb. 23, 2009 Holy Moly! Yay!
  40. Pay off my car completed dec 10, 2009!
  41. Read the entire Bible
  42. Transition to a paperless office
  43. Play on a softball team
  44. Get my teeth professionally whitened
  45. Make 1 new recipe a month from my cookbook collection (1/33)(nov-tropical fruit cookies with mascarpone creme filling, dec-spicy bean and lentil loaf, jan-potato bake and saucy vegetable hominy over couscous, feb, mar, apr, may, jun, jul, aug, sep, oct, nov, dec, jan, feb, mar, apr, may, jun, jul, aug, sep, oct, nov, dec, jan, feb, mar, apr, may, jun, jul, aug, sep, oct, nov, dec, jan, feb, mar, apr, may, jun, jul)


  46. Sign up for PPA &  get accepted into WPJA (1/2) (Joined PPA Feb 16 2009)
  47. Win a WPJA award after completing #46
  48. Photograph my parents – completed Nov. 2008
  49. Have portraits made by a photographer I admire -completed 2009 by Laura Manzare & Dawn Roof & 2011 by Tracy Turpen
  50. Stay at the W Hotelcompleted september 19, 2009
  51. Buy a Mac – Completed December 2010
  52. Camp out on the island
  53. Buy a Wii and Wii Fit
  54. Learn to boat and get a boating license
  55. See a concert at the Grand Ole Opry
  56. Don’t buy any new clothes for 3 months straight (3/3) Feb 2009, March 2009, April 2009 YAY Me!
  57. Go to a drive-in movie  completed May 2011 in Minneapolis
  58. Outsource more areas of my business
  59. Book 25 weddings each year – close enough for me to be happy marking this off:)
  60. Photograph a wedding proposal the bride doesn’t know about I did this one by accident in San Diego… and they were so happy!
  61. Introduce myself to 20 wedding professionals (20/20)
  62. Become friends with at least 5 of them (5/5)
  63. Second shoot with Tracy


  64. Buy Quickbooks Got it for Christmas 2008!


  65. Buy 1 guilt free pair of amazing shoes no matter the cost when I truly deserve it
  66. Become CPR certified
  67. Take a bubble bath in my new place Jan 2 2009
  68. Finish off my Netflix queue and quit adding more so I can cancel one day (12/134) cancelled dec 2009
  69. Ride in a hot air balloon
  70. Floss every day forever (33/33)
  71. Pay for someone’s order behind me in the drive-thru
  72. Give out 5 business cards a day
  73. Host at least 5 couchsurfers a year and take a snapshot of each (5/5)(2/5)(0/5)
  74. Read The Princess Bride
  75. Visit Kat and go with her to Cameroon
  76. Visit Grace
  77. Visit Marcia completed Sept 6, 2009
  78. Visit Maria
  79. Visit Tola completed sept 2009
  80. Visit Marc & Lena attempted to do this but Lena was out of state so we just visited Marc!
  81. Go to the Hog Hollerin Contest
  82. Go to the Fainting Goat Festival
  83. Go to the Redneck Olympic Games
  84. Eliminate the use of plastic bags while shopping
  85. Quit being quite so sarcastic
  86. Go Contra Dancing Completed November 17, 2008
  87. Drive across the US and find a place to settle down completed Summer 2011
  88. Be engaged completed February 18, 2011
  89. Get a mud bath at a nice spa
  90. Finish my Letters book
  91. Have an inspiring morning routine
  92. Eat all the fruit and veggies I buy before they go bad done a great job of this one:)
  93. Stay at the Grand Hotel in Michigan
  94. Stay at the Hostel in the Forest in Georgia
  95. Stay at the Wigwam Village Hotel in Arizona (completed Feb 13 2009)
  96. Walk Soda every day
  97. Buy a 70-200mm 2.8 (completed May 2009!)
  98. Buy a 85mm 1.4
  99. Make better food choices consistently (started the no flour-no sugar diet on May 14 & have never felt better!)
  100. Stop popping my knuckles (pretty much completed as much as it ever will be much much better!)


  101. Go skinny dipping completed July 2011
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