Beginning Oct 31, 2018 thru Oct. 31, 2021
Why the variation of 101 Things in 1001 Days?
On October 31, I turn 55. I will begin my 56th year of life – which means that on October 31, 2021, I will be 58 and beginning my 59th year of life. This allows wiggle-room to complete my 101 Things and write a new list – before I turn 60.
I’ve resisted creating this list – because when I reflect on the journals, vision exercises, new year resolutions, Lenten practices, etc of the past many years – I am struck by the lack of progress I make. I have incomplete writing works-in-progress and house repair to-do lists dating back to “too embarrassed to tell you” time. So, I ask myself – what’s the point.
And, for so many years, when I’d plan to ‘make progress’ by calendaring and listing, something would come up that thwarted my efforts. I even piddled away My Self-directed Writer’s Retreat in August.
Then I realized that I’ve always been a ‘give me a deadline’ person. And, my recent experience as accountability partner with Molly Totoro (a blogger friend at Molly Totoro) helped me realize that having some accountability helps keep me focused. (I can be a 95-idea-a-day person).
I lead Strategic Planning sessions for clients all the time! I know they work!
So, here’s my list – not 101 Things in 1001 Days, but in 3 years, so that when I’m ready to begin my 60th year (4 years from now) I will have hopefully completed at least a portion of them. Because hey, life happens…
I’ll check back to provide an update every quarter: January, April, July, October of each year. I hope you’ll join me — and help keep me accountable.
My children are 21, 20, and 16 – and although quite self-sufficient are by no means grown. Although self-employed and, therefore, have a good deal of flexibility in my schedule, I am in no position to retire or act as if I am retired – I must earn a living.
I love what I currently do. I am a strategy and fundraising coach to small nonprofits across the country. One of the main reasons I love what I do is because I can satisfy my urge to ‘go about doing good’ and with nearly 70 clients, stave off boredom. But I’ve become a bit complacent because I have a very lucrative sub-contracting gig.
So, I am challenging myself to up my game.
- Blog professionally (2x/month) for 2018-19
- Blog professionally (2x/month) for 2019-20
- Blog professionally (2x/month) for 2020-21
- Offer monthly Rafflecopter contest for a free coaching service to a non-profit org?
- Finish research for business book (a work-in-progress)
- Write Chapter 1
- Write Chapter 2
- Write Chapter 3
- Write Chapter 4
- Write Chapter 5
- Write Chapter 6
- Write Chapter 7
- Write Chapter 8
- Write Chapter 9
- Write Chapter 10
- Edit business book
- Send to beta-readers (Please let me know if you are interested)
- Review beta-reader comments
- Edit business book
- Prep for publication
- Create calendar to complement business book
- Market/promote services and book
- Explore new coaching niches to broaden my services
Writing – Author Platform
Being self-employed allows me the flexibility to develop my writing life. I’ve always wanted to be a published author and to write for a living. I’m grateful for the time I have to further study the craft, develop my voice, and prepare for the next phase in life. If you’ve read my guest posts (Starting Over: Why She Left the Convent to Embrace Change or Terrifying Questions) you’ll understand how many twists and turns my life has taken and why I feel the need to be ready for the next phase.
- Figure out Pinterest
- Figure out why Mailchimp doesn’t connect well to my blog – make needed adjustments
- Blog weekly “Midlife Musings” in 2018-19
- Blog weekly “Midlife Musings” in 2019-20
- Blog weekly “Midlife Musings” in 2020-21
- Blog weekly in “In the Kitchen” in 2018-2019
- Blog weekly in “In the Kitchen” in 2019-2020
- Blog weekly in “In the Kitchen” in 2020-2021
- Complete A-Z Challenge 2019 – 26 blogs
- Complete A-Z Challenge 2020 – 26 blogs
- Complete A-Z Challenge 2021 – 26 blogs
- Submit at least 2 articles per month to publications
- If publication submissions are rejected, post them to Medium.com
- Finish writing The Radical Heart (a work-in-progress)
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9
- Chapter 10
- Chapter 11
- Chapter 12
- Chapter 13
- Chapter 14
- Chapter 15
- Chapter 16
- Chapter 17
- Chapter 18
- Chapter 19
- Chapter 20
- Chapter 21
- Chapter 22
- Edit The Radical Heart
- Send The Radical Heart to beta-readers (Please let me know if you are interested)
- Review beta-reader comments and edit again.
- Create accessories to complement The Radical Heart
- Write basic outline of Novel 1 (a work-in-progress)
- Write Part I of Novel 1 (a work-in-progress)
- Write Part II of Novel 1
- Write Part III of Novel 1
- Edit Novel 1
- Send to beta readers (Please let me know if you are interested)
- Review comments and edit Novel 1 again
- Finalize Novel 1 for publication
And because life isn’t all work and no play – and I know the importance of enjoying life, I am embracing elements of relaxation, exercise, and gratitude in action.
- Finish 4-6 Jigsaw puzzles
- Roller-skating on any 5th Tuesdays of the month
- Make (and use) prayer stool
- Read 20 novels in 2019
- Read 20 novels in 2020
- Read 20 novels in 2021
- Read 12 non-fiction books in 2019
- Read 12 non-fiction books in 2020
- Read 12 non-fiction books in 2021
Gratitude in Action
- Find a ‘cause’ or organization to volunteer for regularly
- Read husband’s doctoral thesis
- Engage in moderate aerobic activity at least 5 days a week
Enjoy bike trails around Chicago
- North branch – 33.5 miles
- Des Plaines – 54.8 miles
- Major Taylor – 7 miles
- Greenbay – 8.9 miles
- Illinois Prairie Path – 61 miles
- All forest preserves
- Use reward points to take vacation – somewhere, with husband
- Visit Hong Kong (China) – with my daughter?
PREPARING FOR RETIREMENT
With the hope that I will not need to work until I’m 900, I hope to address critical areas that need attention BEFORE I am ready to retire, so that when I do – I can truly enjoy life.
I’ve already re-plastered and re-tiled two bathrooms, painted all but the living room, created a backyard garden, and retiled the kitchen and back porch – but there’s always more to do:
- Paint living room
- Repair front porch
- Insulate and re-plaster enclosed back porch
- Convert fire pit to brick insert
- Build patio in backyard
- Insulate and drywall basement ceiling
- Do basic upgrades to basement half-bath
99. Establish will, trust, power of attorney
100. Pay OFF credit card debt
Finally, I hope that my journey might:
- Inspire one other person to create a 101 Things in 1001 Days List.