The One Year Mark: 101 in 1001

Can you believe that it has been one year since I sat down in my apartment in Cork (!!) and wrote out my 101 in 1001 list? It is a hefty list, with some pretty major goals on it. I have severe doubts that I will get through all of them by my November 26, 2015, deadline, but I will consider it a great accomplishment to even get through half! And would you look at that, it’s the one year mark and I have made it through 26 of those goals.

Back in September, I did a 6 month update. It was fun to look back at that and see which goals I thought I would tackle next (hint: I was half wrong). So, for posterity’s sake, I’m doing a one year update too!

What major goals did I strike off the list in the past six months?

Have a job that I love.

This is definitely my biggest accomplishment, and the one that I am most proud of. For the past two years, I have been working jobs that I knew were temporary, and that provided me with no real challenge or fulfillment. I have been in some sort of limbo, always having an excuse for not going after the kinds of jobs that I really wanted to be doing: I’m leaving for six months, I’m moving soon, I’m not qualified. But finally, the pain of the status quo became far greater than the pain of changing. I quit my job without another one lined up, rewrote my cover letter to make it much punchier, than started applying to every job that pertained to what I wanted to do: working with kids. I was unemployed for two weeks, went on seven interviews, and in mid-February, I started working at an out of school care centre, where I work with people I genuinely enjoy, and do work that I genuinely enjoy. The difference that it has made in my life has been extraordinary. Even though I am exhausted at the end of the day (kids are tiring, yo!), I am happier and more satisfied with my life than I have been in a long, long time. I’m so thankful that I finally found the nerve to make the change that I knew I needed.

Get CPR and First Aid certified.

I have always thought that this would be a good skill to have, but I never did anything about it. When I decided to change jobs, however, I realized that being CPR and First Aid certified was a requirement for working with kids. There was no putting off this goal anymore! I did my certification through the Red Cross in Calgary, and it was as painless as two straight days, over a weekend, talking about nothing but emergency medical care, can be. I was really happy when it was done!

Give up junk food for one month.

This goal! Oh man. It was really tough. I have been trying to strike it off the list since last summer. But every time I attempted it, I would trip up somehow, and then I would have to start all over again. Or so I thought.

But then I realized: the point of the goal is not to be a junk food teetotaler. The point of the goal is to show myself that I don’t need that junk food that I think I do, that I can make it through 30 days with only the occasional cookie or hot chocolate or whatever. When I realized that every “slip up” didn’t mean that I had to start over again, that really opened up the challenge to me. It took the pressure off, which actually made it easier to bypass those things that I had been caving to on all my other attempts. I’m actually thinking about doing this one again.

Host an old-fashioned slumber party.

This was the most fun! I invited my closest friends and my sister to come to my house on a Saturday for a traditional slumber party. We ate junk food, played games, watched silly movies (Date Night, with Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, WATCH IT if you never have), and stayed up until 2 in the morning. It was glorious, and I am planning on doing another one again, maybe in the spring or summer.

Try a new art medium.

Painting! I am so thrilled that I added this goal to my list, because painting has become a new passion for me. Trying new things is fun, and sometimes you stumble into something you never thought that you would love. :)

Complete a No Spend month.

I was unemployed in September, so this wasn’t exactly a tricky one to accomplish. However, I’m thinking about doing another one in April. My new job, while much more fulfilling, required me to take a pay cut, and so determining how to live on less is our current challenge. Having a no spend month will definitely help out!

Where to next?

  • Read 200 new to me books. – I have made a significant dent in this one. I should have it crossed off by the end of 2014.
  • Volunteer with kids. – I started the process of volunteering with Boys and Girls Clubs back in September, and things are finally starting to come together. I am hoping that I will have my weekly volunteer gig started come April.
  • Host a dinner party. – Maybe sometime in the summer.
  • Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and ride a rollercoaster. – These ones will be checked off in a matter of weeks! Can. Not. Wait.
  • Run a half-marathon. – I’m planning on doing one this summer. Can’t wait for the weather to get a bit nicer so I can start training.

Completed: 26 (and 3 halves)

In progress: 18

I had 18 in progress at my six month update too! Funny.

If you have a list, how is it coming? What goals have you been working on recently?

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Jessica can most often be found with her nose in a book, or writing her newest short story/screenplay/novel, but she also has a passion for travel, child-care & development, psychology, feminism (and other forms of equality), and making the world a better place in general. Email Me