I’ve decided to create a list of 101 goals to accomplish in 1001 days. After reading countless blogs and seeing that many people were participating in this new phenomenon, I decided that I would jump on the band wagon and create a list of my own. I’m actually pretty excited and can hardly wait to see how things will unfold. There’s something wonderful about determining to accomplish a goal and watching how things just always seem to come together to help you to do so! Throughout this project I will do my best to blog about my progress and to keep you updated. I would like to encourage you to come up with your own list and share it with me. Post a link to your list in the comments section!  (Click on any of the finished goals to read a post about them)!

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

Start Date: Sunday, November 8, 2009
End Date: Sunday, August 5, 2012


not completed

in progress


1. go natural (hair) Completed July 2010
2. complete a photographic interview (www.sh1ft.org/projects)
3. complete a “26 things” project / scavenger hunt
4. complete an “A Day in the Life” project (www.sh1ft.org/projects)
5. visit the new s.c.p.a. building in Cincinnati, OH Completed Oct. 2010
6. leave a kind note on a stranger’s car Completed Jan. 2011
7. have a picnic
8. institute a monthly pot luck/game night with friends [0/21]
9. have photos taken of me & Clyde Completed March 2010
10. take a bus adventure/ city tour/ self guided tour Completed May 2011
11. try/do something new every week
12. create a recipe book for the recipes I have floating around the house Completed May 2011
13. go to a karaoke bar Completed June 2012
14. go sky diving
15. write/ photograph a book
16. publish & sell at least 5 copies of a photo book on lulu or blurb
17. go on a trip/road trip Completed Jan. 2010, Jan. 2011 & Apr. 2011
18. learn how to swim (for real!!! :o) ) Completed Aug. 2011 & July 2012
19. attend a roller derby
20. play paintball
21. go to challenger II with the church
22. run a 5k | 10k | 1/2 marathon [5kCompleted Feb?. 2011 | 10k | 1/2Completed Dec. 2011]
23. get to know someone new Completed Jan. 2011
24. do something nice for a stranger Completed Apr. 2010
25. read the books on my book list [2/31]
26. brush up on my french (www.livemocha.com)
27. start journaling again (www.creativewritingprompts.com) Completed Oct. 2011
28. donate 100,000 (or more) grains of rice to http://www.freerice.com [1,800/200,000]
29. meditate twice a week for 2 months [0/16]
30. hand write a letter to my best friends and mail to them
31. go on a structured photo mission (i.e. shoot yellow hues only, snap pics of things starting with the letter A, circles, etc…)
32. play pool with friends 3 times [1/3] 1-Jun. 2012
33. send a postcard twice a month via http://www.postcrossing.com [6/44]
34. visit California (LA, San Franisco…) Completed Sept. 2010
35. visit NYC
36. visit Las Vegas
37. visit friends & family in Chicago
38. visit west coast (Seattle, Vancouver, Portland…)
39. go to France w/Clyde
40. go to Italy w/Clyde
42. go on a cruise
42. catch up on missed shows, then start watching less t.v. Completed June 2010
43. don’t watch tv for 7 continuous days [7/7] Completed July 2010
44. give blood at least 4x’s/yr (commit for life)
45. learn about football & get a free fantasy football team (by 2010 football season)
46. watch football with Clyde 5 times [5/5]
47. learn to read & sing music
48. make a list of 50 simple pleasures in life & do 10 [10/10] Completed June 15, 2010
49. take a walk every day for a month [0/28-31]
50. publish and sell a calendar
51. attend at least 2 photography workshops Completed Feb. 2010
52. knit a scarf something for my friends & family [5/6]
53. learn how to knit a hat & a blanket Completed Sept. 2010
54. knit a friendship bracelet Completed Jan. 2010
55. show my photography in a solo show Completed Apr. 2011- Practically solo
56. go on an urban photo safari
57. learn how to rock climb
58. find/ discover 10 new places to shoot in Houston [10/10] Completed July 2012
59. be financially independent (debt-free) in 1001 days or less (except for house)
60. finish debt snowball
61. save up 6 months worth of bills [0/6]
62. learn to drive Clyde’s car correctly (stick-shift) Completed July 2010
63. do photo work for a non-profit Completed Aug. 2012
64. have a cover on a major magazine (fashion/editorial)
65. find a good bible study program Completed Nov. 2010
66. learn all bible memory verses from cards from church
67. create a weekday exercise regimen & stick to it for 30 consecutive days [30/30] Completed Jan. 2011
68. bake a new dessert recipe once a month for 6 months [6/6] Completed Apr. 2012
69. go to the circus
70. volunteer for a good cause (in a addition to current volunteer activities)
71. encourage 10 people to do 101 in 1001 [3/10]
72. take a photo a day for 30 days and blog about it Completed Jan. 2011
73. buy a D300s dslr
74. buy 3 new lenses [1/3]
75. buy a shoot sac or Kelly Moore bag
76. attend a taping of the Oprah show before it goes off the air (2011)
77. look into getting an artist rep  Completed June 2012
78. update/ have newsletter redesigned
79. give compliments/ praise a day for 30 days
80. fly in a hot air balloon
81. get a professional massage 5 times [1/5]
82. go on a weekly date night with Clyde for 2 months [8/8] Completed Aug. 2011
83. go on a mission trip to another country
84. plant a tree
85. donate $5 to a worthy cause for every item on this list not completed at the end of 1001 days
86. fund a business loan for a 3rd world country entrepreneur (www.kiva.org)
87. reach 1000 Facebook fans (Debra Ham Photography fan page) [436/1000]
88. reach 1000 Twitter followers (http://www.twitter.com/debrahamphoto) [533/1000]
89. update website Completed June 2011
90. new/update branding for my business
91. host an anniversary party for friends & family
92. update portfolio Completed June 2011
93. hire a marketing company to handle my marketing Completed June 2011
94. start an online fine art photo gallery
95. donate my old clothes & shoes to the needy Completed Sept. 2010 & July 2012
96. shoot a photo session with my parents (just them) Completed October 2010
97. become a well-know photographer in the industry (commercial or signature brand)
98. donate a photo session to an auction
99. mentor a novice photographer
100. watch 27 movies you’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet & one starting with a number [#ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ] Completed Mar. 2012
101. shoot a formal portrait of a celebrity