My 101 Things In 1001 Days – Updated Sept. 18, 2014

My 101 Things in 1001 Days (about 2 years and 9 months)

Thu, Sept 18, 2014 – Thu, Jun 15, 2017 (changed from Tues, Jan 1, 2013 – Thu, Sept 29, 2015) – ya know how priorities change?

Goal and (Deadline) Updated Sept 18, 2014

Health, Wellness & Fitness
1) Fit into my size 5 jeans (Jan 2015) – In progress
2) Get back into martial arts
3) Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night – In progress
4) Take our vitamins every day – In progress
5) Get at least 15 to 30 minutes of exercise six days per week – In progress
6) Eat at least one good source of protein every day – In progress
7) Get one or more massages
8) Eat no sugary food for a week

9) Grow Spring food plants (tomatoes, etc.) in the garden (late April 2015)
10) Grow Summer food plants in the garden (Spring /Summer 2015)
11) Grow Fall food plants in the garden (Fall 2014)
12) Grow strawberries (early Spring 2015)
13) Grow corn (late April 2015)
14) Trim wisteria – needs to be tamed – out of control (Sept/Oct 2014)
15) Plant flowers / flowering plants in the side yards (Spring 2015)
16) Plant flowering trees in the back yard or the back back yard (Fall 2014)
17) Clean out, till, trim and prep garden when cooler (Fall & Spring 2014)

18) Redecorate the living room (2014)
19) Redecorate my bedroom (2014)
20) Repaint kitchen again – need different colors
21) Repaint bathroom
22) Repaint my home office
23) Reorganize and redecorate my office – make it a comfy place of inspiration
24) Recaulk areas around windows throughout house and kitchen sink
25) Find perfect curtains & rods for every window in every room, not just blinds on some, buy and install
26) Clean out and organize my office closet
27) Purchase more comfortable couch
28) Purchase more comfortable rocker/ recliner
29) De-clutter office & keep organized for 21 days, thus creating a habit
30) Clean out and organize kitchen cabinets and pantry
31) Clearcoat the kitchen table
32) Add pretty string lighting element in Hallie’s room wrapped with white tulle perhaps
33) Have handyman finish changing all 2 prong outlets to 3 prong outlets
34) Have carpenter & electrician reroute breakers and enlarge bedroom closet access
35) De-clutter every room of my house & keep 90% organized for 21 days, thus creating a habit
36) Learn how to re-finish wooden tables and re-finish my kitchen table
37) Downsize the stuff in our house – In progress

Travel & Family Vacations
38) Go back to Chattanooga, Tennessee
39) Go back to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
40) Go back to Disney in Orlando & Harry Potter Themepark at Universal Studios
41) Go up the East Coast during the Fall
42) Go back to Dallas, Texas
43) Go to Hawaii

Other Structures Around Home
45) Clean out and organize barn
46) Clean out and organize shop
47) Clean out and organize storage room (Fall/Winter 2014) – In Progress

Family Time
48) Spend one-on-one quality time twice a week with Hallie (tv is not quality time) – In progress
49) Try at least one new recipe per month
50) Have at least 6 family picnics
51) Try 10 new restaurants 
52) Go fruit picking
53) Stargaze and look for shooting stars

Computer, Photography, Drawing, Writing, Ancestry
54) Clean out my various email inboxes and folders – In Progress
55) Unsubscribe from emails I never read – In Progress
56) Edit, save, and organize photos on flashdrives, and label all – In Progress
57) Post at least once a week to my ‘adjusting your focus’ blog (52 weeks thingy)
58) Write creatively for at least 15-30 minutes per day every day of the week – In progress
59) Submit best/favorite photos to stock company or somewhere to try to earn money
60) Remove all unused files from older computers, delete and/or place on flash drives
61) Scrapbook at least once each year
62) Borrow antique Sears & Roebuck catalog from Mama and post photos on blog as a series on history/marketing/fashion/styles/prices, etc. – Ghosts from the Past?
63) Get my laptop fixed or buy a new one
64) Post at least one photo on my blog per week that I took
65) Create an Excel spreadsheet for my business expenses and income for each month
66) Track and document my business deductions and receipts for each month
67) Send & track 200 writing queries
68) Compile 1st draft of my book – In progress
69) Publish my book
70) Submit something to a poetry contest
71) Resubscribe to (could also go under Money)
72) Resume drawing: sketch some of my favorite subjects
73) Submit something to a writing contest
74) Take at least 30 photos per month of favorite family members, pets, our homes, our land, and different sorts of things – In progress
75) Finish weeding through my online bookmarks
76) Scan in all unscanned photos
77) Print out all unprinted photos that I need to scrapbook
78) Update all my lists

79) Read one book a month
80) Read 30 literature classics
81) Re-read all of the Harry Potter books, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books

Learning & Education
82) Relearn the constellations and teach them to Hallie
83) Learn the basics of French or Spanish or Italian (some other language besides English)
84) Learn how to can tomatoes

Personal & Misc
85) Update will
86) Write three things I’m grateful for every day
87) Not swear for 21 days straight and try to create a good habit
88) Spend a whole weekend without computer or internet access
89) Do some volunteer work
90) Dance in the rain
91) Go to a zoo
92) Climb another mountain or at least hike part of the way with my slackers
93) Complete the 5000 Question Survey
94) Update my bucket list & do at least 1 thing on bucket list per year

Money & Finance
95) Get up to date with Hallie’s college savings account
96) Get up to date on all bills and pay off all debt
97) Save money for vacation
98) Save money for Christmas
99) Save 5-10% from every paycheck
100) Start a new retirement fund
101) Tithe 5-10% from every paycheck

In progress:

May the rest of 2014 be filled with endless wonder, more laughter and good times than tears, more good health than sickness, and more productivity and accomplishments than failures.  Although, failures are not all bad.  They, too, have something to teach us.  And remember, if there is something you want to do, quit waiting.  There is no failure in trying.  The sin is never trying at all.

God speed.  What have you been putting off because of fear?  GO FOR IT!!!  What would you do if you knew that you could not fail?  I believe in you.  And I believe in me.  And remember, “With God, all things are possible.”  We can do anything we put our minds to.  All it takes sometimes is adjusting your focus.  😉

Love ya!  *smooch*


FROG out! Fully Rely On God!

I had prayed for months to be able to work from home and be there for my daughter, and He gave that to me. I was blessed enough to work from home for almost a year. Not long ago, I was stressing over surgery bills and wondering how I was going to get through having more expenses than income. I applied at all of the law firms and continued to pray for God to show me what to do. I felt certain He didn’t send me home to raise my daughter only for a year and then send me out to be away from her again.

I got a call from one of the firms, the main one I did not want to work with. I worked with them for 1.5 months and it told me everything I needed to know. Yes, I needed to keep praying and stay home. It helped me catch up on bills but it was scraping the bottom of the barrel. The class of people I worked with was more sinful than I’ve ever been around in my life. The clientele base was horrible, as well. I knew better than to apply for that job and to take it. Everything starting from the first day was telling me I did not belong there. I did what I had to do to drum up more work from home and once I got a new contract to go with my other two that kept an open invitation for me, I quit the law firm. Usually, I have integrity and give 2 weeks’ notice but they lied to me to get me to work for them. They made all these false promises with the intention of never following through. So I didn’t owe them anything. I owed it to myself to do what was right for me.

God was trying to tell me to be patient, one of my strongest weaknesses. He was trying to tell me to hold on, keep praying, keep looking for another contract so I could stay home. I let depression, stress, anxiety, doubt and fear overrule my faith and dependence on God. It’s hard to see the truth when you are in the darkness of despair and confused as to what the right thing is for you to do. When you have bills you cannot afford, you may stress like I did. You can’t hear what God is trying to tell you. Possibly, because you aren’t listening to Him anymore. Our connection to Him is blocked when we worry, when we doubt, when we fear, when we are uncertain. His side of the connection is always open. It is us who blocks it. It may be unintentional. We don’t mean to block it. We don’t mean to worry or doubt or fear. It’s the human condition. We must learn to keep that connection open. To do this, we must be patient, pray, have faith He will show us the way and help us. To doubt and worry is to not have faith in God; to not believe He will take care of us. I’m talking to myself here, too.

We must practice a “minute mindfulness,” which means to be mindful every minute. Mindful that God is always in control. Mindful that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Mindful that He will bring us to that place where we need to be. All we need to do is believe He has a plan and have faith that He will fulfill His promises to us. We just need to FROG out – Fully Rely On God.

Thank You, Lord, for opening my eyes and showing me the truth, even when I doubted You. You are too good to me. For always loving me and looking out for me, for always answering my prayers in one way or another, for your forgiveness, for all you give and do for me, and especially for Your Son, Jesus, I know I’m blessed. Thank You, Father.

Whispers from God

This was my day today:

God, I’m late for work already! I left the house late so I had to get her to school the quickest, fastest route and missed the beautiful longer route. Which is fine, since she was acting like a nincompoop anyway. Then, I try to speed to make up for lost time so I won’t be late and there’s the train. Thanks for that, by the way. Then, I get through that and finally make it to the interstate behind all these slow as you please drivers and can’t even make it all the way to the stack and cars are backed up as far as the eye can see. I sit and wait for cars to budge. And wait. And wait. I have to be to work by 8:30 and it’s 8:28 so I call in saying I’ll be late, I’m stuck in oh so slow traffic — actually non-moving traffic. So, every minute or so, I get to move up a foot. Eventually, I see a wreck just passed the stack and try to get all the way over so I can get off at my exit. Nobody will let me in!!! I hate people! They are so rude and selfish. (I roll my eyes and say a few words I probably shouldn’t, but think at least I’m being real.) Finally, at the last minute, people let me squeeze in and get over. I made it to work but it was nearly 9:00 when I arrived and then had to go immediately into a 45 minute meeting that I completely forgot about and didn’t even get my coffee! I should have just stayed home!

Carol, number one, that speed limit is put there for a reason and you should follow those rules of the road. You ridicule police officers for acting as if they are above the law and then you do the same thing when you speed. You could have gone the speed limit and taken the longer route and enjoyed the scenery. You still would have been late but you would have enjoyed your journey a bit more. Did you miss the beauty of the shorter route? There was beauty there, too. The moments between home and taking Hallie to school should be happy moments, even if she does act like a nincompoop. She’s supposed to act like a nincompoop. It’s in the job description under “teen.” You are “Mama” and need to send her off with a prayer and loving words. Never leave someone you love without giving love first before saying goodbye. Yes, I saw the two of you laughing and kiss each other goodbye. But you should have been talking and laughing the whole way as you normally do and saying your prayer for the start of the day which you forgot because you were angry and late. I put the train there to slow you down. You’re welcome, by the way. I put those slow drivers in front of you to slow you down. I put all that slow and stopped traffic in front of you to show you that I spared you from that wreck. That could have been you. You did get off at your exit, so not every person is mean and selfish. By the way, they were late to work, too, and were nice enough to let you in. I do appreciate your being real but you also know how to be respectful, so please voice and express your anxiety and frustration but do it respectfully, as I am your father and deserve your respect. And I also have feelings. And I do also appreciate apologies. I’m very forgiving. I know you were late to work but you did not get in trouble, you made your meeting and eventually got your coffee. And you got there all in one piece. Had you stayed home, you would not have been paid, so there’s something else you can be thankful for. Be glad you were at work today. In fact, be happy you have the ability to earn money. There are many who would love to have your job or any job at all.

Lessons learned. I will try to be more patient. I will be calm in the waiting. I will be mindful that everything happens for a reason. I will remain positive as I believe like vibrations reverberate against other like vibrations and grow, building more positivity and good karma and good energy and who doesn’t need more of that?! I wonder if I can do this. I have anger issues. This is something I need to work on every single minute.