With a new year & a new launch come resolutions, right? Well, as you all know, we Mohan ladies like to go big … so we decided that – instead of 1 or 2 or even 10 goals – we were going to aim for 101 goals!
The main idea behind 101 goals in 1001 days is this: to articulate goals – big and small – and to give yourself more than one year to do them (ahem, New Year’s Resolutions – we’re looking at you). More goals and more time seem to go hand-in-hand — if you have, say, 2.5+ years to work with, your goals can be larger than a regular resolution in the new year. This kind of framework allows you to think bigger – but to also include smaller goals to get into the habit of achieving these goals. (Small wins are where it’s at!)
I was inspired to do this by my best friend of 20+ years, Melissa Mullins of Melissa Mullins Portraits, who listed her own amazing set of 101 goals in 1001 days back in December. When I read her goals – inspired by the three principles by which she runs her business and lives her life (gentle, independent, rebellious) – I knew I had to get in on the action. I decided to begin my 1001 days on January 1, 2016 — which gives me until September 28, 2018 (!) to complete my goals. Check some of them out here…
Sampling of my 101 Goals in 1001 Days
- Learn to crochet an amigurumi
- Make a maxi skirt from a pattern I bought years ago
- Go on a vacation (without family, not for a wedding)
- Start an Etsy shop and sell at least one thing
- Reserve the practice room at work and begin practicing (re-learning?) the marimba
- Get my nose re-pierced
- Walk 2,000 miles
- Ride a tandem bike down the Schuylkill River Trail
- Visit the library once a month
- Write a collection of essays
- Volunteer as a kitten cuddler or a baby snuggler
- Have an ‘unplugged’ weekend – no TV, internet, phone
- Establish Craft & Wine Sundays again
- Visit an important historic/national site I haven’t seen before
- Go to a Philadelphia Orchestra performance
- Put away $10 for every goal I achieve
- Grow herbs & keep them alive for 6 months
- Use my bullet journal consistently for 100 days
- Take a MOOC
- Get back to blogging with my sisters
I realized a few things while writing these goals – that it was hard to come up with 101 goals; that I don’t trust what I can accomplish in that space of time (I low-balled a lot of these goals – reading 10 books in 1001 days is one of my goals, and I love to read! but I felt that I just couldn’t commit to more than that); and that a lot of my goals have to do with making and experiencing my life. I had very few that were about work and many more that were about my relationships: with myself (& my health), with others (family, friends, loved ones), and with my surroundings (my city). It’s interesting to see what has risen to the top of my consciousness – to see what’s important to me now – and it’s also made me commit to reviewing these goals once per year to ensure that they still reflect what I want to accomplish in my life – from day to day to year to year.
I think my favorite part of the 101 goals in 1001 days challenge so far is that everyone is getting in on the action! Maya, Chaya, and I are all in, as are some of my closest friends. Having that support network will be so important as we move further into these 1001 days — having people to encourage me and keep me accountable will be critical, particularly on those days when the enthusiasm wanes and the list seems longer than ever. As I cross goals off my list, I’ll keep you all updated with my progress — so that I keep myself honest and maybe inspire one or two of our visitors to take on their own 101 goals challenge!
As of today, I have achieved 5/101 goals … and I’m 48 days into my 1001 days. Here’s to the next 96 goals and 952 days!