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PERSONAL, PHOTOGRAPHERS

101 in 1001: The List

12.02.2009

If there’s anything that I’ve learned over the last couple of years, it has been about making goals. Not just business goals, but personal ones as well. Nearly two years ago, I found a post written by Liene Stevens of Splendid Communications and Blue Orchid Designs chronicling her “101 in 1001” list. And I started my own list on 12/20/2007. I was checking back into my list and was amazed to see how many I could cross off!

My 1001th day is September 15, 2010. So I have a little less than a year to get moving on these goals.

  1. blog everyday for a month (COMPLETE)
  2. learn how to cook and ease kitchen anxiety (COMPLETE and continuing)
  3. learn how to use Digital SLR to its full potential (COMPLETE and continuing)
  4. take better photos (Always in progress)
  5. post photos consistently on Flickr (COMPLETE: January 2008)
  6. go to the gym at least four days a week for a month (trying to keep up with this)
  7. try a new class at 24Hour Fitness (have tried out 4!)
  8. search for other job possibilities (COMPLETE: 2009)
  9. meet my fiance’s friends (COMPLETE: July 16, 2009)
  10. learn full potential of Photoshop (as of May 2008)
  11. move out of parents’ house (COMPLETE: July 29, 2009)
  12. organize my bedroom
  13. clean out my closet and donate unwanted clothes to Goodwill (Completed, but need to do again)
  14. purchase new or “previously owned” car (woo hoo completed January 2008!)
  15. have my friends meet his friends (COMPLETE: July 18, 2009)
  16. explore major cities – Atlanta, Chicago, Washington DC (COMPLETE: August 2009), Seattle, Denver (found out Denver = not so exciting)
  17. spend time in New York City
  18. practice taking more portrait photos (work in progress, check my flickr)
  19. crochet a gift for someone (COMPLETE: Christmas 2008)
  20. learn how to surf, even for a split second
  21. go to Vegas as an adult (March 2008, and got engaged!)
  22. go wine tasting, I used to live close enough to Napa & Sonoma!
  23. take a cake decorating class
  24. design logo for future business (COMPLETE)
  25. take a ballroom dancing class
  26. move out to Texas to be with future husband! (COMPLETE: July 29, 2009)
  27. schedule annual physicals (COMPLETE: November 2008)
  28. remember to have car oil changed (car reminds me now, how fancy!)
  29. have extended family meet fiance (COMPLETE: July 18, 2009)
  30. set aside money to donate to charity of choice
  31. participate in Habitat for Humanity Project
  32. attend a photography seminar (COMPLETE: AUGUST 2008)
  33. get engaged, and have legitimate reason to read wedding magazines like Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, etc. (COMPLETE: March 1, 2008)
  34. shadow a professional photographer (COMPLETE: October 18, 2008)
  35. buy a house (COMPLETE: November 5, 2009)
  36. design personal stationery
  37. decorate said house and give it sense of style
  38. finish painting bedroom
  39. take a cooking class
  40. read at least one book a month (been pretty good, have read a good stack!)
  41. go to the library more often (facilitates my new audio-book obsession)
  42. go to Hawaii and reclaim summer color (COMPLETE: July 27, 2009)
  43. document my 101 goals as completed (been bad at this)
  44. plan fantastic wedding on my terms (COMPLETE: July 18, 2009)
  45. complete my first quilt project – already bought the fabric!
  46. go to the Philippines during Christmastime to visit family
  47. cook semi-fancy romantic dinner for self and husband. from scratch, without killing or making us sick
  48. build photo portfolio (IN PROGRESS)
  49. visit the New England during the fall (mostly complete, went to Boston in October)
  50. buy a new computer and Adobe Design bundle (COMPLETE: October 2008)
  51. as a complement to completion of #33 and #44, apply to be a Bee (COMPLETE)
  52. go on a cross-country road trip
  53. learn more on the fundamentals of photography (Always learning)
  54. ride my bike around the park
  55. go on daily walks when the weather is nice (woo hoo! thanks Nike + iPod kit!)
  56. lose 20lbs… if they can do it on Biggest Loser, I can too! (work in progress, been a rollercoaster since January ’08!)
  57. start cooking own meals to make good on goal #56
  58. return to Lyon for Fete des Lumieres
  59. write a journal entry everyday for a month
  60. keep a food journal consistently also in efforts to make good on #56 (did this in January-March ’08, then totally slacked off)
  61. make a pair of earrings (or more)
  62. clean out wallet and purse… rogue receipts be gone! (Constant work in progress)
  63. spend the holidays with husband’s family (COMPLETE: Thanksgiving 2009)
  64. send out Christmas cards with photos of us (COMPLETE: Christmas 2008)
  65. book first paying photography clients (COMPLETE: June 2009)
  66. book 15 weddings in one wedding season
  67. attend WPPI and meet other fab photographers (COMPLETE: 2/2009)
  68. attend photography workshop (COMPLETE: 1/2009)
  69. meet one new wedding vendor a month
  70. meet Jasmine Star (COMPLETE: 8/2008), Jessica Claire (COMPLETE: 2/2009), David Jay (COMPLETE: 8/2008), Mike Colon (COMPLETE: 11/2009), Becker (COMPLETE: 2/2009), Scarlett Lillian (COMPLETE: 2/2009), Justin & Mary Marantz (COMPLETE: 11/2009)
  71. go to Europe with Cent
  72. go to Disneyland at Christmas
  73. go back to Walt Disney World where the romance began :)
  74. get a puppy – dachshund, corgi, or some kind of terrier
  75. watch The Goonies (I know, this may be sacrilegious even admitting this)
  76. start own line of earrings
  77. go on a cruise to the Caribbean or Alaska
  78. feature a local wedding vendor on my blog
  79. launch website for photography business (COMPLETE: 10/2009)
  80. get business legal and registered (COMPLETE: 10/2009)
  81. write a business plan for the photography business (in progress)
  82. purchase my domain name (COMPLETE: 2/2009)
  83. start a blog about adventures of a owning a home, cooking, life as a newlywed
  84. make a cute apron, I already have the pattern
  85. get a sewing machine
  86. buy a Kindle reader
  87. attend the OneLight Workshop
  88. spend the holidays in said new home
  89. quit full time job to pursue photography full time (COMPLETE: August 2009)
  90. get photographed by Jasmine Star
  91. make friends in Dallas since I have no friends or family there (IN PROGRESS since August 2009)
  92. play a full song on Guitar Hero on Medium level
  93. get a new desktop Mac
  94. go to an NBA game (COMPLETE: January 2008)
  95. join a fitness boot camp (COMPLETE: January 2009)
  96. make red velvet cake from scratch
  97. have a housewarming party
  98. host a dinner party
  99. host a Christmas party
  100. read one business book every two months
  101. start thinking about the next generation, baby style

51 out of 101. Not too shabby! Now I have the next nine months to make the rest of this list happen.

And because Christmas is coming, here’s one of my favorite Christmas ornaments! (Taken last year on my parents’ tree.)

Have you written out your goals? Business/Career goals? Personal goals?

What are your goals for 2010 and beyond?

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