Set 101 goals to achieve within 1001 days -- roughly 2.75 years. The time frame is long enough (like to have a few rounds of each season, in case a goal is seasonal-based like "Go snowboarding") yet short enough it's not some ambiguous point in the future. More info at 

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Start date: January 8, 2015
End date: October 5, 2017
In progress
Completed (date of completion)

Last updated: 1/3/17


  1. Get my BSN
  2. Update my legal name change (2/9/15)
  3. Get hired as a nurse
  4. Find a good nursing blog
  5. (Secret)
  6. (Secret)
  7. (Secret)
  8. (Secret)


  1. Go 1 month without fast food
  2. Learn 3 basic recipes I can cook consistently
  3. Cook perfect rice 3x in a row
  4. Drink a green smoothie every day for 1 month
  5. Drink 101 green smoothies total -- argh lost count, starting all over again 2016
  6. Break the habit of eating after 9pm (I have GERD, so I get acid reflux)
  7. Take an ice skating class & learn to spin
  8. Complete an exercise program/challenge, 2015 (05/2015)
  9. Complete an exercise program/challenge, 2016
  10. Complete an exercise program/challenge, 2017
  11. Learn my mom's tofu & tomatoes recipe
  12. Go 1 month without sweets (pastries, cereal, candy)
  13. Go to sleep before 11pm for two weeks straight
  14. Set a schedule allowing a limited/structured amount of time for Feedly, Youtube on Chrome Nanny and stick with it for 3 weeks
  15. Drink 32oz of water every day for 3 weeks
  16. Buy eye/eyelid cleaning agent


  1. London (12/31/16)
  2. 1 extra place (Munich, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bacharach, Fussen: Germany; Venice, Florence, Rome: Italy 06/2015)
  3. Live somewhere else for > 1 month


  1. Take a finance class (05/2015)
  2. Reread Millionaire Next Door
  3. Complete a Sudoku book
  4. Complete a logical riddles book
  5. Read > 1 book about eyes & learn how to take better care of my (decrepit) eyes
  6. Read > 1 book about GERD & how to take care of myself
  7. Read 3 novels in Japanese
  8. Read 2 novels in Vietnamese
  9. Read 101 books (can include the books above)
    1. You Before Me, JoJo Moyes
    2. The Perfectly Imperfect House, Debora Needleman
    3. One Last Thing Before I go, Jonathan Tropper
    4. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
    5. Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
    6. What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty
    7. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
    8. Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
    9. Talking as Fast as I can, Lauren Graham
    10. Plan B, Jonathan Tropper
    11. The Marshmallow Test, Walter Mischel
    12. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
    13. The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty
    14. Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty
    15. Consequences, Aleatha Romig
    16. Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling
  10. Watch a movie in Japanese with no subs


  1. Build a capsule wardrobe
  2. Buy & learn how to use a steamer (4/6/15)
  3. Create an Excel spreadsheet, accounting for every single wardrobe item
  4. Replace all pajamas, loungewear, underwear
  5. Learn how to properly wash delicate lingerie, bras
  6. Exercise the 1-in-1-out rule for all makeup, skincare purchases
  7. Learn how to tease hair (12/1/16)
  8. Finish decorating all downstairs rooms (defining decorating as: rug, furniture, artwork)
  9. Finish decorating all upstairs rooms


  1. Save $500 for an emergency fund (05/2015)
  2. Sell things I don’t use on eBay (Chloe bag, Chanel sunglasses, Marc Jacobs wallet)
  3. Account for every single note in my Evernote
  4. Account for every single item in my office
  5. Account for every single item in the bedroom
  6. Account for every single item in the master bathroom
  7. Account for every single item in the kitchen
  8. Account for every single item in the living room
  9. Account for every single item in the family room
  10. Create & stick to > 1 mo a regular chores schedule for the house
  11. Put the Christmas tree up before Dec 1, 2015 -- we failed!! lol
  12. Put the Christmas tree up before Dec 1, 2016
  13. Use my agenda every day for an entire semester (05/2015)


  1. Contribute to a retirement account (4/6/15)
  2. Pay off student loans from Philosophy BA
  3. Go 1 month without spending money (i.e., reaching a net of zero or gain) (except paying for gas, “real” food, etc.)
  4. Go 2 months consecutively without spending money 
  5. Save up & buy a luxury item (Cartier JUC ring, pave; 07/2015)
  6. Ferret away change and spend it at the end of 1001 days
  7. Don’t pay full price for any clothes or accessories for almost a whole year (start 2017)
  8. Negotiate a transaction to a different price than the original


  1. Condition anh’s leather jackets and loafers
  2. Book anh for a facial
  3. Put together a skincare regimen for anh
  4. Make breakfast & pack a snack/lunch for anh for 3 weeks straight
  5. Make 2 new close friends (well whaddya know!! I did it lol!)
  6. Surprise anh
  7. Surprise mom (1/8/14)
  8. Surprise Vincent
  9. Send Christmas cards to all my friends, old professors abroad
  10. Edit my mom’s resume (1/15/14)
  11. Make sure my mom’s new house is decorated (defining “decorated” as: rug, artwork, furniture, pillows, linens)
  12. Sleep over my mom’s one night, 2015
  13. Sleep over my mom’s one night, 2016
  14. Sleep over my mom’s one night, 2017
  15. (Secret)

desgettier: blog & youtube

  1. Establish a FCPX & Youtube workflow
  2. Make > 16 videos in 2015 (1 for each month, + 4 extra)
  3. Make > 16 videos in 2016
  4. Make > 2 videos with the Minolta lens (“2014 Favorites”)
  5. Hit 10K Youtube subscribers
  6. Hit 1K views in 48 hours on a video
  7. Apple one-to-one expires 6/19/2015: Book 3 more sessions (work on a video in store) -- failed!!


  1. Donate blood
  2. Donate to Good will
  3. Get a new library card (1/24/14)
  4. Replace the batteries on the breathalyzer
  5. Wake up with anh’s schedule every day for a month (2/26/15)
  6. See & pet an Exotic shorthair cat (08/2015)
  7. See & pet a British Blue
  8. Take a video clip driving down beautiful Orange County streets
  9. Dye my hair balayage blonde (08/2015)
  10. Learn the rules of football
  11. Celebrate when this list is done & write a new list