COMPLETED: 101 Things in 1001 Days

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COMPLETED: 101 Things in 1001 Days

I completed 101 things in 1001 days, a quest that took a lot of my energy for the last two and three-quarter years, but gave back more than it took.

My list took me to Manhattan for a flying trapeze, Philly for a cheesesteak, Costa Rica on my own. I drank cow’s milk straight from a teat, got a (fake) bottle smashed over my headjumped off a cliff. I saw the sun rise over Machu Picchu and set 12 hours later on the road back to Cuzco. I ran a Rugged Maniac, made my first soufflé, did 50 push-ups, said yes to everything, and sent my poo off in the mail.

My friends joined me to ride a mechanical bull, paint a nude model, and fire a gun. They got me up a tree. My husband drove me six hours so I could take a 30-second zorbing ride, flew on that trapeze himself, and taught me how to use a chop saw. My kids ate freshly baked bread, picked out random dinner ingredients, and cleaned up a hiking trail.

In any given week, I would be memorizing a 131-line poem, practicing juggling, trying to stay awake through Das Boot, looking up where I could go snowboarding, and inventing a recipe for vegan cake pops.

I dusted off my old guitar and tried out my unplayed bodhrán too. I brewed my own beer and served dinner party guests Spambalaya. I became a zombie for a day and had little fish nibble my toes. I visited museums with bad art and good sex. I ate haggis and toured my state for hot dogs. I sprayed graffiti on my garage.

I tried out Zumba and haiku and World of Warcraft, was bad at all and didn’t care (too much). I hiked Mount Katahdin and had cartoons try to teach me to dance. I fasted for Ramadan, attended a UU sermon, and cooked at a soup kitchen.

There were plenty of items that weren’t so fun. I finalized my will, cleaned out my closets, gave away old board games. I did those chores that would be done “someday” — or probably never. I walked and walked, sometimes in circles. I stopped complaining and started knitting. I grew tomatoes.

Most of all, I became less timid and squeamish, and I don’t feel that fearful insecurity about new things the way I used to.

I’ve been struck by the number of people who’ve said about even mundane things that they’ve always wanted to try that, whether it was making pasta, going tubing, or listening to records that were boxed up for 20 years.

I am introverted with no special talents, but I feel a new confidence, and I marvel at the excitement around every corner. I don’t believe in blessings, but I know that I am blessed, and I thank the universe and my family and friends for giving me an interesting life.

Life is full of special moments, and instead of letting your ideas of things you’d like to do flit through your mind and disappear with a wistful “someday,” get out there and do them.

Most of the things you’ll do “someday” won’t happen on their own. If you want to fly on a trapeze, you have to get to that class, and you have to climb that ladder.

101 things in 1001 days collage

101 Things in 1001 Days:

101 things in 1001 days #2 Do 50 consecutive push-ups #3 Say yes to everything for a whole day 150 #4 Shoot a gun #5 Attend a UU church meeting 150 #6 Go to a roller derby 150 #7 Sing karaoke in a bar 150 #8 Take a trapeze class 150 #10 Document one month of my life 150 learning to juggle 101 things in 1001 days 101 things in 1001 days 101 things in 1001 days 101 things in 1001 days American Gut study #26 Make a souffle 150 Irish drum #32 Walk 10000 steps a day 150 101 things in 1001 days #35 Volunteer at a soup kitchen150 101 things in 1001 days #41 Read Anna Karenina 150 guitar lesson #45 Have dinner by candlelight 150 46 De-clutter my house #47 Jump off a cliff 150 #48 Attend a wine tasting 150 #49 Try savory oatmeal 150 101 things in 1001 days #51 Tour a Connecticut brewery 150 #52 Go strawberry picking again 150 #53 Eat meatless at least once a week 150 #54 Brew my own beer 150 #55 Play or get rid of the 32 board games in my basement 150 #56 Make cheese fondue 150 #57 Hike Mount Katahdin 150 zorbing #59 Make a wooden frame 150 #60 Get a pedicure 150 #61 Have my kids pick five ingredients for a meal 150 #62 Drive a go kart again 150 #63 Go snowshoeing 150 #64 Try a new cuisine 150 #65 Get a makeover 150 #66 Write a haiku each day for a week 150 #67 Go to five offbeat museums 150 #68 Get a graphic that represents my blog 150 #69 Visit at least three Road Food places 150 #70 Eat haggis 150 #71 Try to grow sunflowers again 150 #72 Organize the basement bins 150 Knit a scarf #74 Make butter 150 #75 Read at least 15 classics 150 #76 Eat a cheeseburger at Louis' Lunch 150 #77 Make my own hummus 150 #78 Finalize my will 150 #79 Dance my way through Dance Central #80 Complete a planks challenge 150 #81 Cook with tofu 150 #82 Visit five Roadside America attractions 150 #83 Have a cookout again 150 #84 Make my own nut butter 150 #85 Hit a bucket of golf balls 150 #86 Go tubing down the Farmington River 150 #87 Make a fire in the fireplace 150 #88 Give away the stained glass pieces 150 #89 Adopt a word 150 Metacomet Trail #91 Go to a farmer's market 150 #92 Make Spambalaya Jambalaya 150 #93 Go to the beach 150 #94 Eat exotic French fries 150 101 things in 1001 days #96 See at least five live shows 150 #97 Make another Shutterfly book 150 #98 Sell some Elks pins on eBay 150 #99 Give up caffeine for a day 150 #100 Have an oyster pan roast 150 #101 Complete a video game challenge 150 101 things in 1001 days

Timid No More ebook cover 150 My eBook about this quest: Timid No More.

What challenge should I tackle next?

This post is over, but for posterity’s sake, here is my 11 quarterly report on completing 101 things in 1001 days.

October – December, 2013: 11th Quarterly Report

I’m not making a new list, but I’ll continue having new adventures. What should be next? Please share your ideas in the comments for wacky, nail-biting, or enlightening challenges I should try.

Tasks completed:

#11. Learn to juggle three balls: Bar Juggling Scene

#31. Record a song with me playing a bodhrán with my family: Playing the bodhrán, an Irish frame drum.

Play Molly Malone on bodhran with family band

#44. Relearn how to play “Greensleeves” on the guitar: Greensleeves and the F.U. Sharp.

guitar lesson

#46. Declutter my house: Decluttering my closets (and my life).

piece of wood with nails in it

#50. Take a yoga class again: Laughter Yoga, or Laughing When There’s No Joke.

yoga frog

#53. Eat meatless at least one day a week on average (Meatless Monday).

meatless monday Pasta with homemade ricotta and broccoli

#55. Play, give away, or throw out each of the 32 board games in my basement: Scrabble: When Words Become Math | Times to Remember | Board Games … Bored Games

Board games Previously: Monopoly during Hurricane Irene

#73. Knit something: Of course my husband wants a pink, purple, and turquoise scarf

Man with knitted scarf

#75. Read at least 15 classics I’ve never read: Reading the classics.

Reading the classics

  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Previously read during this challenge:

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • My Ántonia by Willa Cather (My Ántonia Didn’t Change, But I Sure Did)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (I Am Not Rebecca)
  • A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present)
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Beyond 101 things:

killing a chicken

NaBloPoMo

Tasks I still have to complete:

  • Nothing (Yay? Boo? I am still processing how I feel about this.)

My previous reports:

Completed 101 things in 1001 days

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days, and writing my memoirs. I am a teacher and writer living in Connecticut.
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29 Responses to COMPLETED: 101 Things in 1001 Days

  1. Abby says:

    Well, I for one, am so glad I found this blog in the first place! I don’t even remember HOW I found it, but it’s irrelevant! Truly inspiring. Congratulations!!

  2. Congratulations! I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventures. I started a 101 things list, but didn’t even finish it. Still, I found your efforts inspirational. I may not put things on a list, but I hope that I will be a little more willing to seek out new things or at least try them when they come my way.
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  3. andy says:

    Way to go ! You are an inspiration.
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  4. Rahmath says:

    Awesome Marcy….
    Congratulations,
    It has been a pleasure to read about your 101 tasks :).

  5. Well, funny that isn’t it? For some reason I thought I was following your blog already, but it appears no! (I’m getting that sorted now!) There I was, having a read on my blog of your comment, I clicked on your blog link, and there it was! The inspiration I needed! What a trooper you are! I had no idea you have done so much with your life! You must be so very proud :-)I believe your blog may be the kickstart of finding my mojo back! Thank you! xc
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  6. Angie Nelson says:

    Love it! You’re an inspiration to get out of my comfort zone.
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  7. This is so inspiring! Congratulations and thanks for sharing. Now you’ve got me thinking about writing up my own list. :)
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  8. Wait – you’re done??? Congratulations!!!
    I can’t wait to read about your next adventure. You’ve inspired me to make a similar list. Life is too short.
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  9. Kristin says:

    This is amazing! I wish I had half as much perseverance. Congratulations!
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    • Marcy says:

      Thanks, Kristin. I can get obsessive about goals, but lack motivation without them, so who knows? I don’t want to make a whole new list, but I want to pick out some things to focus on.

  10. tedstrutz says:

    Good Lord I’m exhausted just reading this. I have to go lie down now.
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  11. This is SO inspirational! I didnt even complete the 21 things on my list last year, but after seeing you do all this stuff, I feel like I can. I only have 14 things that I want to do next year and I’m gonna try and complete them all!
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    • Marcy says:

      Good luck with them–I’m going to check out your list. I like the idea of a smaller, but more focused set of goals. A lot of my things were just goofy one time only things–still fun though :)

  12. Woot!! Woot!! Many congrats to you and what amazing memories you will have for your lifetime :)
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  13. Cheryl says:

    Wow! I have one of these but I didn’t do anywhere as good as you have. Congrats!
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  15. Robin says:

    Harvesting a chicken? Please check the dictionary for the definition of harvest. The appropriate word is kill the chicken who is a sentient being that wants to live….and to take a life for no great purpose. I was intrigued to read your entry, but I think that trying to tone down the word for what was done is misleading, although the entry itself seems frank. Very sad that this is so socially acceptable in society that it is also an accepted goal for one to have and see as an achievement rather than something I’d be so deeply ashamed of…

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