I’m closing out the list today. So much of it, I didn’t accomplish. Most of the reason why is money (or lack of).  Still, it was a fun experiment. It’s interesting  how my priorities and interests changed over the course of the list. I’d really like to try another one. But first, here are the results:

101 Things in 1001 Days  (12/1/08 – 8/29/11)

Closed out 9/4/2011

  1. Begin contributions to deferred comp plan again (done 4/23/10)
  2. Reach goal weight (24/47)
  3. Get rid of clothes I no longer wear/fit into/like (done 3/6/10)
  4. Get a full-body massage (done 4/10/10)
  5. Prepare a new will
  6. Attend a bluegrass festival (done 6/2010)
  7. Get a 2nd tattoo
  8. Visit the Catskill Animal Sanctuary
  9. Update beneficiary designation on all policies (done 5/21/10)
  10. Take guitar lessons
  11. Attend a film festival
  12. Participate in an archaeological dig
  13. Drink only water for two weeks (0/14)
  14. Sell and/or publish one of my photographs
  15. Write a humor article
  16. Publish a humor article
  17. Write a personal/self-help article (done 9/08)
  18. Publish a personal/self-help article(done 1/4/10)
  19. Ride in a hot air balloon
  20. Go parasailing
  21. Photograph the Merello Volta grave
  22. Walk a labyrinth
  23. Donate books to ERCCW (done 1/24/09)
  24. Sell unwanted items on eBay (done 12/08)
  25. Visit Nicky in Boston
  26. Visit Ann in Saco, Maine
  27. Move into an awesome apartment (done 1/2/10)
  28. Visit Marian in Northampton
  29. Organize craft supplies (done 11/8/09)
  30. Join a local social group (done 12/08)
  31. Switch all cleaning products to animal- and eco-friendly ones (done 1/2/10)
  32. Read Pablo Neruda in his native Spanish
  33. Finish Walden
  34. Try snowshoeing (12/21/08)
  35. Try cross-country skiing (done 1/9/11)
  36. Try Ethiopian food (done 8/15/09)
  37. Try Vietnamese food (done 2/14/10)
  38. Visit the New York Public library (and photograph the lions Patience and
    Fortitude) (done 2/7/09)
  39. Try matcha green tea
  40. Organize all books in my library (done 1/9/10)
  41. Join a book club (4/09)
  42. Help build a house with Habitat for Humanity
  43. List at least one thing I am grateful for every day for one month (0/30)
  44. Take Calcium & Multi-V every day consecutively for 90 days (91/90) (done 5/31/09)
  45. Take a photography class
  46. Track down Trish (done 11/12/09)
  47. Go through in-basket once a week for three months (12/12) (done 8/16/09)
  48. Read entire camera manual
  49. Buy bookshelves that are all the same for apartment (done 1/8/10)
  50. Go one month without calling in to work (20/20)(done 10/16/09)
  51. Wash my face and brush my teeth every night for one month (0/30)
  52. Meditate every day for one month (30/30) (completed 6/30/09)
  53. Participate in a paranormal investigation (done 7/18/09)
  54. Take a yoga class
  55. Go vegan for two weeks (0/2)
  56. Read one book a month for six months (done)
  57. Shop at a Trader Joe’s (done 9/4/09)
  58. Volunteer at a food pantry or kitchen
  59. Update my blog once a week for one year (done 1/10/10)
  60. Complete and submit grad school app by 8/1/09 (done 7/22/09)
  61. Compile family histories into one location
  62. Go through my (home) office and declutter (done 11/27/09)
  63. Clean out cabinets over washer and dryer (done 12/12/08)
  64. Go through kitchen cabinets and declutter (done 9/18/09)
  65. Hike to summit of Mt. Greylock (done 8/30/09)
  66. Use neti pot daily for 30 days (0/30)
  67. Draw/paint one image a week for two months (0/8)
  68. Survive without a microwave for 6 months (done 7/2/10)
  69. Take a bookbinding class
  70. Save $1 each day (done)
  71. Keep a food journal for one month (0/30)
  72. Complete a diet detox (finished 1/10/09)
  73. Take a class on how to play the didgeridoo (done 8/21/09)
  74. Visit Steve in Syracuse
  75. Rent an RV for a week and travel
  76. Take a class on how to play the bodhran
  77. Donate 100,000 grains of rice on Free Rice (14,800/100,000)
  78. {Private} (2/11/10)
  79. Move Parnassus IRA into a CD (done 12/23/08)
  80. Go kayaking (done 8/8/09)
  81. Get up the minute that the alarm goes off every day for a month (0/30)
  82. Carry notebook with me at all times to make notes for self-betterment
  83. Pay for the person behind me at a coffee shop
  84. Take a zipline tour
  85. Go one month without picking my fingers (0/30)
  86. Participate in Earth Hour 2009 and 2010 (2/2)
  87. Learn to work with runes
  88. Do something different on New Year’s Eve (1/1/09 midnight snowshoe trek!)
  89. Complete the Couch-to-5k program
  90. Get rid of all of my fat clothes
  91. Sort through all boxes in the basement
  92. Organize cds and dvds
  93. Buy a nice suit (done 10/31/10)
  94. Visit Joanie in Colorado in 2011
  95. Set up workout area
  96. Sell video camera on eBay (done 10/10)
  97. Organize wine into wine racks
  98. Run a 5k without walking (done 6/4/11 Freihofer’s Run for Women)
  99. Install a roof rack on CRV
  100. Take LVB on dates
  101. Start a new “101 Things in 1001 Days” list!

Looking at a big pile of firewood earlier today, I thought “Oh God, how am I going to get all of this stacked?” Then I remembered a song: “High Hopes” about the ant moving a rubber tree plant. So I felt like that ant for awhile, slowly, slowly working through the pile.

Baby steps.

This is really the way to effectively make any progress, and any changes, in life. Slowly, bit by bit, until we reach our goal. Weight loss, debt reduction, decluttering, writing a book, starting and maintaining meaningful relationships, homework, building a business. See how many areas of life where this baby step process can be used to get where you want to be. And, don’t forget to have High Hopes.

I received this from SparkPeople.com on my birthday. Yes, I know it’s a general email, but I really like the message:

Don’t just count your years, make your years count. ~Ernest Meyers
What matters most in life is often viewed as peripheral to the things that we usually focus on. Passion takes a backseat to production, wellness to working, and balance to busyness. The old adage that “life is not a dress rehearsal” is so true, and yet we act to the contrary by putting off what is truly important or indulging in things that are not. On your birthday, stop focusing on your age and start meditating on your life at this exact moment. How can you make it better? During the next year, reshuffle your priorities. Spend more time with family and friends, take care of your body and health by eating well and exercising regularly, and offer to help others in need. Discover what matters most to you, and make your daily life into a true reflection of those ideas, beliefs, and attitudes.

Several people have asked me what the name “Goldman Café” means. This is the name I typically use for my online presence.

In a nutshell: one of my all-time heroes is Emma Goldman. My original Masters Thesis (in English) subject was going to be Emma Goldman and her analysis of the social significance of dramas during her active time in the anarchist movement of the 20th century. Thus, the “Goldman” part.

Goldman first learned of the anarchist movement in the United States shortly after arriving in New York from her native Russia. She moved from Rochester to New York City where she quickly became involved in, and a leader for, the labor movement, women’s rights, birth control support, gay rights and other socially- and politically-oriented groups. She first encountered her future comrades in these movements at a small restaurant in New York City called Sach’s Café. Thus, the “Café” half.

And from this work on my thesis, I started to use the name Goldman Café.

There you have it.

I found this passage in Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. It speaks of love in a seemingly opposite view that we typically have. When we fall in love, we so often want to give ourselves over COMPLETELY to the other right away. Rilke expresses a different perspective.

“Love is at first not anything that means merging, giving over, and uniting with another (for what would a union be of something unclarified and unfinished, still subordinate–?), it is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world, to become world for himself for another’s sake, it is a great exacting claim upon him, something that chooses him out and calls him to vast things.”

Ahhhh. Happily in my life right now, I do feel “called to vast things.”

Finally finishing this Challenge! I lost a bit of momentum over the past few weeks, but I am officially done. I have released a MINIMUM of 100 things in ten weeks. Some big (Chevy S10 pickup truck) and some small (stickers). I will continue to release stuff from my life from here forward. I still have several boxes left to unpack. I simply don’t have room for everything. So I am methodically going through boxes…which is a slow process.

This was a great experiment for me. I just may do it again!

1. Purse

2. Bathroom rug

3. Beaded meditation bracelet (2)

4. Pocket guide to wine & cheese

5. Set of 8 pens

6. Water bottle

7. Mug/cup hook for shelf

8. Lace curtains

9. Window panel

10. Bowl

I know, it’s been a couple of weeks. I moved into my new place three weeks ago today. Going from a 2,000 sq. ft. house into a small one-bedroom apartment has definitely forced me to downsize everything. I know that I’ll continue to part with “things” as I unpack more boxes.

1. Pants: Goodwill

2. Electric wok: co-worker

3. Measuring cup & spoon: Goodwill

4. Ceramic tea cup: Goodwill

5. Tie rack: Goodwill

6. Frames (2): Goodwill

7. Necklace & earrings: Goodwill

8. Craft project frame: Goodwill

9. Craft project box: Goodwill

10. Linen napkins (2): Goodwill

Peter Clemens, creator and writer of The Change Blog, published the piece I wrote in 2008! Thank you so much, Peter!

When my dad died, my family experienced the typical chaos of writing an obituary, planning the funeral, getting all of the proper paperwork in place for insurance, and all of the other details that come up when there’s a death in the family. We mourned, but we were kept so busy with “doing” that we hadn’t the chance to “be.”

After the funeral, a few close friends and relatives stopped by Mom’s house. Once the last person hugged my mom and left, she sat back in her chair and said, “Now comes the hard part.”

At first, I didn’t understand what she meant. It took some time for me to get it.

We finally had time to just be. And let sink in what we lost.

I relate this story because it is so relevant to me now, albeit for a different reason. No one died. Not a person, but a relationship.

When this relationship ended one month ago, I immediately fell into the whirlwind of finding a new place to live, packing and all the preparations with planning to move. Getting boxes, renting a truck, lining up friends to help on moving day, changing my address and all of the other details that piled up.

One month ago, today, my relationship ended. And here I am, all moved in the new place.

Now comes the hard part.

1. File pocket

2. Canvas tote bag

3. Necklace

4. Craft ribbons

5. Earrings

6. Necklace

7. Mittens

8. Flat iron

9. Hairdryer

10. Stickers

I move in one week. I will probably finish up my remaining two weeks of this challenge after I get settled in the new place. No doubt I’ll come across more stuff that I need to part with.

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