101 in 1001: Spring Update

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Spring has come and gone. It really didn’t feel like Spring this year. It went from cold to all of a sudden summer temperatures. We are in the middle of the summer heat and humidity now so the AC has been put to good use.

My overall progress is ok with my 101 in 1001 list. I started completing some of the more difficult tasks such as, avoiding coffee in the mornings but, I still have a long way to go. I have completed 47 out of 101 things in and I am about 547 days into my challenge. A little shy of halfway

The most recently completed items are crossed out in red. Here are the highlights-

I read a few more books this spring–The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and The Husband’s Secret. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle was one my favorite books I’ve ever read! Stay tuned for a book review! I also read The Husband’s Secret and it was ok. Everyone I’ve talked to said it was a page turner–which it was–but it wasn’t anything super special or suspenseful. If you need a quick beach read then this will do. If you do like Moriarty’s style, her other book, Big Little Lies is much better. It’s also coming out as a HBO miniseries.

I was particularly happy that I got to cross of the TED conference. I thought I had missed the only one in Baltimore this year but I was lucky to attend the TEDxJHU. It was really exciting to see local experts talk about their passion projects. I was particularly interested in  Jean Fan’s talk. She created a non profit initiative that encourages kids in STEM by providing them a customizable book that depicts the child as the protagonist of the story book. Check out her project, CuSTEMized.

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TED themed cupcakes

Another thing I crossed off my list is #15 and #68 in just this past weekend. I regretted signing up for the GRE on a long weekend but once it was done on Saturday midday, we headed up north to Lake Ariel, PA. A very nice way to celebrate being done with the GRE! Overall, a relaxing weekend getaway with friends, LOTS of food, kayaking and craft beer.IMG_6649.jpeg

 

Personal

1. Start and finish 101 in 1001
2. Deactivate Facebook (January 1, 2015)
3. See 2 Broadway plays (Dirty Dancing, Phantom of the Opera)
4. Go to 5 different museums (Walter’s Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, American Visionary Art Museum, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, B&O Railroad Museum)
5. Travel to NYC (January 2015)
6. Send 3 people unexpected care packages
7. Go to an NFL game
8. Visit a family member who I have yet to visit
9. Go to a winery
10. Read 25 books (Unbroken, The Tipping Point, Born to Run, Girl on a Train, The Great Gatsby, Never Let Me Go, Beautiful Boy, Modern Romance, Tender is the Night, The Secret History, Big Little Lies, Brave Enough, Torch, Room, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, The Husband’s Secret)
11. Read all the books written by one author – I read all of Cheryl Strayed’s books! She is excellent!
12. Pay off my car
13. Volunteer for an organization (Hackerman Patz House, Sinai Hospital)
14. Get new glasses
15. Plan 3 weekend getaway trips (NYC in February, Outer Banks North Carolina, Lake Ariel, PA)
16. Host a dinner club
17. Create a lean closet (January 25, 2015)
18. Take a cooking class
19. Try vegetarianism for a month
20. Go to 3 concerts (Kiran Ahuwalia, Taking Back Sunday, Global Citizen Concert in D.C.)
21. Go camping
22. Go to Pimlico horse race
23. Travel to 2 new cities (Kitty Hawk, NC, Oranjestad, Aruba)
24. Go to brunch with bottomless mimosas
25. Make homemade ice cream
26. Go to a TED conference
27. Take a self-defense class
28. Invest in 2 new coffee table books
29. Learn how to fish tale braid
30. Do a headstand in yoga
31. Stay with 5,3 more airbnb hosts
32. Visit an amusement park (Zoo in D.C.)
33. Get a massage/spa day
34. Purchase a nice camera
35. Lose 10 lbs
36. Find some plants for my apartment
37. Send 30 handwritten notes/letters (20/30)
38. Clean up iTunes library
39. Join or start a book club
40. Make 2 new friends in Baltimore
41. Order mussels at a restaurant
42. Develop interests in 2 random topics/subjects (Watercoloring, Blogging)
43. Purchase decorative pillows and a nice throw
44. Create a time capsule to be opened at age 30
45. Create a list of all the US States I have visited and states that I have yet to visit  See my post about it here.
46. Watch a Ted talk a day for 2 weeks
47. Sell something on Etsy
48. Purchase something on Etsy
49. Participate/Comment on an article on the NYT
50. Travel to Europe
51. Watch 15 seasons of TV (Orange is the New Black 1-3, Broad City Season 2, House of Cards Season 3, Silicon Valley Season 2, Game of Thrones Season 5, True Detective Season 2, The Wire 1-5, Mad Men 1, United States of Tara 1-3)
52. Purge on beauty products; only keep what is needed and used
53. Learn how to do my own eyebrows
54. Make 10 OpenTable Reservations (Blue Agave, The Food Market, City Cafe, The Helmand, Woodberry Kitchen, Iron Rooster, Mission, Cazbar, Tabard’s Inn, Cafe Deluxe)
55.  Save $10 for every item completed on this list
56. Reread all the Harry Potter books
57. Watch all of The Lord of the Rings movies
58. Watch all movies that won best picture of the last 10 years
59. Watch 10 documentaries (Dark Girls, Citizenfour, Nature)
60. Go to a speakeasy
61. Visit a upscale thrift shop
62. Go to a poetry or story slam
63. Write 6 product reviews (6/6)
64. Make a friend through blogging

Professional

65. Learn to use Adobe Illustrator
66. Increase twitter followers to 300
67. Get a promotion at work
68. Take the GMAT –Took GRE instead but July 2nd!
69. Invest money (January 28, 2015)
70. Attend a conference
71. Make business cards
72. Become a mentor to someone
73. Take a online class or certification
74. Complete at least 50 posts on my blog (43/50)
75. Transition blog to a self hosted domain
76. Earn a bonus at work
77. Create a style guide for blog

Creative

78. Take a calligraphy class
79. Start a lifestyle blog (January 11, 2015)
80. Oil paint on canvas
81. Make 25 new foods from cookbooks (Cauliflower and Pea Bhaji,Pressed Tofu, Tomato Garlic Tortellini Soup, Chili con Elote, Gazpacho, Aioli Sauce, Brazilian Salsa, Moosewood Lasagne, Mushroom and Broccoli Casserole, Caramelized Garlic Tart, Mushroom Ragout with Poached Eggs, Brussell Sprouts in Cream, Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, Double Chocolate Cookies)
82. Learn to make pasta
83. Take an interior design class
84. Do 5 Pinterest DIY projects (Bird House)
85. Write a travel story
86. Paint with watercolors
87. Create a stamp of my own
88. Attend a glassblowing workshop
89. Re-create resume in a creative format
90. Make a book on blurb
91. Find a doodling book and doodle everyday for a month
92. Conduct 5 photography shoots

Health

93. Join a pool for lap swimming
94. Stop drinking for 1 month
95. Meditate once a day for 1 month
96. Try fasting or a cleanse
97. Do a yoga retreat  This is a modified goal. Instead of doing a yoga retreat, I decided to join Corepower, a yoga studio in Federal Hill. Read about it here!
98. Drink green tea instead of coffee for 2 months
99. Start using natural and sulfate free shampoo 
100. Stop washing my hair everyday
101. Hike a trail in a national park (Arikok National Park, Aruba)

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