101 in 1001: Editing the List

May 24, 2010

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the state of my life, and how I’m going to become the person I want to be. That’s one of the reason I created my list of 101 goals, to help me achieve that. I’m 397 days into it, and although the list has been a huge motivator I have also realized that some of the goals I originally set down either don’t fit with me anymore or don’t fit in to the next couple of years. They had actually been hanging over my head until I had the epiphany that this is MY list, and I can change it if I want to. It’s not there to make me feel guilty.

After these 1001 days are up, I’m going to work on my life list, and I’ll probably take on smaller challenges in the future too. In the meantime, here are the changes I’m making to my current list.

#18. Learn how to style my hair –> Transition to all-natural personal care products. Honestly, I’m not that into hair. I’m so awkward when I try to blow-dry using a round brush that it actually angers me. I decided I don’t care if I never know how to fix my hair in any special way; it’ll look nice enough straightened and left down. But staying in the category of beauty, I am very interested in transitioning to organic products whenever possible.

#22. Make a habit of paying extra principle on the mortgage each month –> Refinance the house. Paying extra principle on our mortgage was an idea we got from David’s uncle, and is probably a good idea if we were positive we’d be staying in our house until we pay it off. Since we can’t be sure of that, it’s not really the best idea. Instead we need to refinance to get a lower interest rate, which will really help out with our cash flow.

#42. Learn conversational Spanish –> Take another class from Leisure Learning Unlimited. Learning Spanish is definitely a life list thing. It’s important to me, but I don’t know how long it’ll take. Instead I just want to take another random class (hiking? photography? cooking?), and who knows what’ll turn out to be my next favorite hobby.

#54. Drive down the California coast –> Take a vacation with only my husband for at least a week. The California coast trip will be going on my life list. It’s just too expensive to try and pull off during this time of our lives when we’re still starting out.

#60. Get the house painted –> Paint the entire front half of the house. Our house basically has a front half and a back half, and when we bought it the entire thing needed to be repainted: trim, doors, ceilings, everything. Since we’re doing it ourselves, it’s quite a chore and going very slowly. If I can finish the front half for now, I’ll be happy.

#63. Plant flowers in the backyard –> Plant something. Our backyard is a constant source of shame for me, as our dogs have really messed it up. I try to keep it tidy, but for the foreseeable future my focus is going to be on the inside of the house, and not the outside. Once I get the inside fixed up and can focus some attention on learning how to garden (and deal with the dogs) I’ll plant some flowers or vegetables. Right now I’d like to start slow, maybe an indoor herb garden.

#67. Build a pretty and well-organized home office –> Set up a fully-functional and decorated dining room. The office project sounds fun, and will need to be done eventually, but what I really need first is a place to have people over for meals. Our tiny breakfast table isn’t cutting it.

#101. Beat Mario Galaxy on Wii –> Expand my vocabulary by 100 words. When we got a new Wii I lost all the progress I had made on this video game, and I was pretty far. I don’t have it in me to start from scratch, though I will play occasionally because it’s fun. But when it comes down to it, I won’t ever care all that much if I beat the game or not. Learning new words, on the other hand, is fun AND something to be proud of.


I’m really happy about my updated list. It’s more reflective of my life right now, much more achievable, and I’m looking forward to completing every single item!

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Comments on 101 in 1001: Editing the List

  1. 1

    From uncle david:

    Dear Kat,
    Thanks for your updates, I wish your brothers would keep up as well. Refinance as soon as possible. I did last year and got 4.875% Can’t get much lower than that and since we plan on being here forever, we only put an extra hundred or so towards the principle.
    Marchar uses a lot of scent free natural products for her hair, give her a shout.

  2. 2

    From kapachino:

    I’m pretty sure my brother-in-law got something like a 4.3% interest rate when he refinanced recently. We really need to do it soon!

  3. 3

    From Elizabeth:

    These are good updates that really seem to reflect where you are right now. If you ever need organic recommendations, let me know! Between my MIL and me, we’ve tried pretty much everything at Whole Foods. =)

  4. 4

    From kapachino:

    I’d love your recommendations! And your smoothie recipes, I haven’t forgotten about those! :)

  5. 5

    From Chelsea:

    I’m with you on the dining room thing. We finally bought a set yesterday for that same reason. We just have a breakfast table and one of those chairs is broken. So a whopping 3 chairs to eat on??? Not good for guests.

    We laso refinanced recently. Once you get that lower interest rate, you can pay more to the principle without it killing you!

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    From Megan:

    For some reason, these updates on your goals always make me laugh. You are so darn ambitious!

    My goal for the day: manage to stay alive.

    But I’m with you on the hairstyle thing. You have such pretty hair, even when you first wake up. It’s one of the things I lovehate most about you. ;)

  7. 7

    From Bill:


    Your goal is so appropriate because it incorporates what is there to eat and who can I get to buy me dinner.


  8. 8

    From kapachino:

    This literally made me laugh out loud!

  9. 9

    From Emily Jane:

    I’m such a fan of goal lists as I find them incredibly motivating, especially when you make them realistic :) Good luck with everything!

  10. 10

    From Nora:

    Love that your Uncle reads your blog =)

    Would you be up to share the organic hair care products you find? These lists are great and good luck on the painting thing. I dread painting…

  11. 11

    From kapachino:

    I’ll definitely share my recommendations! I’m working on getting a review section up on my blog for just that reason. :)

  12. 12

    From Ashley:

    Glad you made the changes. It’s so much easier to achieve things that you really want to do, instead of stuff that sounds good or you want to do eventually.

  13. 13

    From Stephany:

    I recently totally redid my 101 goals because I felt like some of them didn’t fit with me (even though I made the list in December!) But I wanted a more organized system. I definitely want to hear more about the all-natural hair care products! I’m very interested in that!

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    From MelissaOklahoma:

    I think it’s good to edit your list to match your life! Why pursue something that doesn’t interest you anymore or just hangs over your head and makes you feel guilty?

    I think you’re right on in seeing your list of goals as something obtainable and enjoyable!

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    From Sarah:

    #63: Plant something…Great idea, and I know your frustration with the dogs. I had four at our last house that kept me out of the backyard. But I will say you’ll probably have better luck with the herb garden outside in large pots (if you don’t want to plant them in the ground.) People under estimate the root room they require as well as the amount of sun they like. Let me know what you have in mind and I can give you some pointers!

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    From kapachino:

    Sarah, I trust you! I’ll go with the big pots outside and hopefully my dogs will stay away from them. Once I decide what I want to plant I’ll definitely ask you for specific advice first! :)

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