Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It takes a special kind of talent to engage in both laziness and goal attainment exercises at the same time…

Is everybody ready for a convoluted story? If not I suggest you prepare yourself or go elsewhere.

A few weeks ago, I was scanning 20-something-bloggers looking for some new web-fodder for my blog-addicted brain. While scanning the randomly selected member photos I noticed one that showed a (from what I could see in a ¾” square picture) kinda bitchin’ bird tattoo. Now I love me some tattoos (though I do not love me some dropping a few hundred dollars to get them since I am a cheaposaurus) so I clicked over and found myself at the profile of a chick who had, along with her bitchin’ tattoo, an equally bitchin’ blog concept. (Go on…right click/ctrl, open in new window/tab…I’ll wait)

Now, because I am a social networking whore, I could not resist adding the author on Twitter as well. Over the next couple of days I noticed that most of her tweets about new posts were on another blog she has that was something about 101/1001. Now I like fractions as much as the next girl (this is not at all true), but I doubt that this is an entire blog dedicated to one, so to satiate my curiosity, I clicked over.

Turns out it chronicles her participation in something called the 101 Goals in 1001 Days Program.

Huh…neat I guess. Question answered. I move on.

But as the days roll by and twitter keeps reminding me of this program the List Demon in my head takes over. I love love love lists; so the prospect of being able to engage myself in a list-based activity and maybe give my life a little shot in the arm was really very appealing to me. And I had been looking to do this sort of thing ever since the beginning of the year when Mandy started a really cool, year-long photo project. There is just one problem…

I am horrid at sticking with stuff. There is no way on God’s green earth I am going to be able to attend to my 101 goals for almost 3 years. Not gonna happen.

Know what I can do though? Remove zeros. They don’t count for anything anyway, right? So, if I just reach in and snatch one 0 out from the goals and one 0 out from the days, I’m left with something even my lazy, non-dedicated butt can handle…11 Goals in 101 Days.

So that shall be my summer project. As of September 25, 2009 (101 days from tomorrow, since today is already half over) I shall strive to accomplish the following goals:

1. Post at least one, non-phoning-it-in blog post a week and remember to come up with a Wednesday Word of the Week every wednesday. (0/15)
2. Visit all of the members of Garden State Craft Brewers Guild. (0/14)
3. Get X>Y, where X = the amount of $ in my savings account and Y= my credit card balance. (0/1)
4. At least attempt the sunday crossword every week, though not necessarily on sunday. (0/15)
5. Read 10 books. (0/10)
6. Walk around the lake by my house 30 times. (0/30)
7. Travel more than 100 miles away from home 3 times. (0/3)
8. Hear a band I’ve never heard play live. (0/1)
9. Hug someone every day (so as not to be creepy Dad and Dahling count). (0/101)
10. Beat the stupid level in Final Fantasy that I’m stuck at. (0/1)
11. Find an interesting volunteer activity and, you know, volunteer to do that activity. (0/1)

Some of them are easy, some of them are highly unlikely and for the most part they really shouldn’t be considered self-improvement, but hey, my goals my issue.

… if you want to complain maybe you should make your own 11 goals.


  1. Wow! Thanks for the sweet words! And thanks for linking to my blog (I was wondering why my hits were high...) and liking my tattoo :) Great idea taking out the 0's. I'm adding you to my "other great blogs" list if that's alright.

    Good luck with your list!

  2. Impressive! Thanks for the mention and trust me, I get your hesitation to commit. There have been plenty of times I've been almost asleep and thought, "YIKES! I have to get up and take a photo." And so then I quite literally phone it in by taking one with the phone rather than that haughty ass camera I typically haul around.
    As for your list - I can't wait to hear about your accomplishments. I, too, am a list lover. I spend most of my day making a list of what I need to do that day. (Read: sick)
    10 books? Seriously? You're good.