101 in 1001: Recap, Part I

12 October 2010

I would be rather astonished if any of you noticed, but two weeks ago my first 101 in 1001 project came to an end. I started it on January 1, 2008, and now, almost three years later, it has drawn to a close. It’s cliche, but time really does fly! Though I didn’t complete all 101 goals, I am proud of what I’ve done — and that I had a great time doing it. Since I didn’t get to share a lot of my escapades along the way, I thought I’d do a little recap for the next few days. First, I’ll share my results, and then I’ll do a post about my favorite completed goals and some insight for anyone who’s thinking of doing something similar. Let’s begin!

(4/6 completed — 67%)

What I completed:
–Buy a version of the Bible that I actually enjoy reading
–Start and keep a Bible verse journal
–Read two faith-related books a year
–Pledge to home church once a year

What I partially completed:
–Read the entire Bible (I got through 19 of 65 books, but I’m still plugging away and will finish!)

What I did not complete:
–Lead another service at the Island

Kindness (4/5 completed — 80%)

What I completed:
–Pay the toll/bill/tip for someone behind me
–Stay in good contact with A, W, & C (my bestest friends)
–Send one handwritten letter a month for six months
–Offer my expertise in some substantial way and receive nothing (monetary) in return

What I did not complete:
–Go a whole day without complaining, on five different occasions

Good Stewardship (7/12 completed — 58%)

What I completed:
–Switch to using only reusable bags at the grocery store
Ride a bike or scooter as a means of transportation five times
–Buy a Brita water purifier and use it instead of plastic water bottles
–Choose a project on Donors Choose or Kiva and fund it
–Write three letters complimenting excellent service
–Buy handmade or make at least 50% of all gifts for Christmases 2008 and 2009 (For 2008, I did 8/19. For 2009, I did 16/31.)

–Encourage someone to vote in the Presidential Election

What I partially completed:
–Vote in all elections for which I am eligible (moving complicated this, though is not a legitimate excuse).
–Write three letters pointing out poor service

What I did not complete:
–Plant tulips on campus sometime before I graduate
–Work on a Habitat build
–Volunteer at a farm event (my dad’s family owns a 300-year-old working farm)

Edification (5/15 completed — 33%)

What I completed:
–Improve grammar
–Read twelve classics I haven’t read before

–Attend every poetry reading on campus in the spring 2008 semester
–Read all of Emily Post’s Etiquette (17th Edition)

–Take a cooking or cake decorating course

What I partially completed:
–Do a New York Times crossword once a week for six months (I did 20.)
–Memorize twelve poems (I only memorized one… but it was in Middle English, so perhaps I should get bonus points?!)

What I did not complete:
–Learn a skill that was useful 100 years ago and is useful today
–Learn to play, and memorize, a song on the piano
–Take ballroom dancing lessons
–Learn (or re-learn) basic conversational phrases in French, Spanish, and Italian
–Take a book-making course
–Take a flower arranging course
–Learn calligraphy
–Learn to cross-stitch or quilt and complete a project

Any questions? Feel free to leave them in the comment section! If you’d like to see the list in its original form, you can click right here. I’ll be back tomorrow with some more results!

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October 12, 2010 7:40 pm

I like this! Why the number 12 for 12 classics and 12 poems? I'm also curious what you mean by "home church?"

October 12, 2010 8:27 pm

Hi Alissa! Thank you! I chose 12 for each because that meant approximately 4 a year, which seemed doable to me. And I think I referred to it as "home church" because I would have considered myself a member at three different churches over the last three years, so I didn't want to pigeonhole myself by saying, for instance, "North Carolina Church."

October 12, 2010 8:46 pm

Oh, I think I read it as a verb (like to home-school) instead of a noun, silly me. :)