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101 Things in 2011


Remember my ‘101 Things in 2010‘ list? Well, I’m happy to say that I completed all except for 10 goals! That’s an improvement from the 2009 list, where I missed a total of 25. Phew! I did pretty well, right? (Click here to see the final results.) I think one of the little extra motivating factors was that #84 on the list was to “Donate $5 to charity for each item on this list that I do not complete.” Haha. I wouldn’t consider supporting an NGO with my moolah as a ‘punishment,’ but I also couldn’t exactly afford to donate $505 either, which is what I would’ve had to do if I didn’t accomplish anything, so that kind of pushed me to complete as many as I could. And I’m happy to say that I just made my $50 donation to The Humane Society, so yay! Maybe you would also like to make a donation? :)

Well, now that it’s 2011, it’s time to create a brand new list of goals and resolutions! Actually, after much thought, I’ve decided to shorten the time span to 6 months. The reason for this is that 1 year is just really long… Goals and priorities change over the course of a year, and I don’t want to feel pressure to do something I no longer want or need to do. Therefore, hopefully this will help eliminate that problem and just make things more manageable.

So without further ado, here’s my list for the 1st half of 2011!

bird & balloons

101 Things in 2011

{ Health }
1. Take daily vitamins (8/10 misses)
2. Make a green smoothie every week (3/5 misses)
3. Get a physical checkup
4. Go to the dentist
5. Avoid soy for a week
6. Avoid gluten for a week
7. Avoid refined sugar for a week
8. Run an official 10k race
9. Take a yoga class
10. Work out at least 3 times a week (1/5 misses)
11. Do strength training every week (4/5 misses)
12. Get a mani/pedi
13. Personal daily goal #1 (0 misses)
14. Personal daily goal #2 (5/5 misses)

{ Mental, Spiritual, Emotional }
15. No TV shows for a month
16. Rearrange my room
17. Write a list of 100 things that make me happy
18. Church membership class (2/2)
19. Personal weekly goal (3/5 misses)

{ Connect }
20. Write 10 snail mail letters (10/10)
21. Send a care package
22. Reconnect with a childhood friend
23. Write to someone I admire
24. Give someone flowers
25. Personal goal (3/3)

{ Exploration, Experience & Education }
26. Try a new activity
27. Only support independent coffee shops (3/5 misses)
28. Listen to live music
29. Go to an animal cafe
30. Attend a theater/play/ballet
31. Move to a new apartment
32. Crochet something
33-35. Go to 3 parks (3/3)
36-40. Watch 5 black & white films
– ‘Some Like It Hot’ (1959)
– A Philadelphia Story
– All About Eve
– Sabrina
– King Kong (1933)
41-45. Watch 5 non-English films
– The Diving Bell & the Butterfly (French)
– Romantic Island (Korean)
– Broken Embraces (Spanish)
– Doggy poo (Korean)
– After the Wedding (Danish)
46-50. Watch 5 documentaries (5/5)
– Tyson
– Food Matters
– Objectified
– Killer at Large
– Freakonomics
51-55. Read 5 books (5/5)

{ Vegan Cookin’ }
56. Participate in a bake sale
57. Grow & eat my own veggies
58-66. Try 10 cookbook recipes (10/10)
– Banana Everything Cookies (VCIYCJ)
– Mocha Mamas (VCIYCJ)
– Carrot Raisin Spice Cookies (VCIYCJ)
– Classic black bean chili (AFR)
– Lemon Pound Cake (V-con)
– Oatmeal Cookies (C&B)
– Lemon Poppy Seed Chiffon Cake (C’n’B)
– Oat Maple Pecan Cookies (채식배이킹)
– Fig Thumbprint Cookies (채식배이킹)
– Salted Black Cookies (C’n’B)
– Gingerbread Biscotti (VCIYCJ)
67-71. Try 10 online recipes (10/10)
Coconut Macaroons
Healthy Cranberry Banana Oat Bars
– Pumpkin Biscotti
– Vanilla Wafer Cookies
Cashew Cream
Dreena’s Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies
– Yogi Trail Mix bars
– Sugar cookies
– Rocky Road Bars
– Snickerdoodles
72-76. Learn 5 new international dishes (5/5)
– Thai Red Curry
– Vietnamese Pho
– Mexican Eggplant Chili Mole
– French Crepes
– Italian Feast Sausages
77-82. Veganize 5 Korean dishes (5/5)
Vegan Tteokguk
– Vegan Biji Jjigae
– Vegan Kimchi Jjigae
– Japchae
– Spicy tofu jorim

{ Pay it Forward }
83. Feed a hungry person
84. Donate old stuff
85. Do a random act of kindness
86. Donate $5 to charity for every item I don’t complete

{ Art & Projects }
87. Take a class
88. Complete 10 new paintings (10/10)
89. Sell a painting
90. Make postcards/stationery
91. Make business cards
92. Make stickers
93. Be in an art show

{ For Mother Nature }
94. Buy only organic foods for a month
95. Only use reusable bags for shopping (1/5 misses)
96. Don’t use any paper cups (3/5 misses)
97. Eat local for a month

{ Blog-Improvement }
98. Make an ‘About Me’ page
99. Make a list of useful links
100. Make a FAQ or recipe page

{ Misc }
101. Buy something on my wishlist


Let the fun begin~ Wish me luck! :)


  1. Good goals!

  2. Love your blog and your goals! I am going to borrow this idea. Can you explain the "misses"? Are you only trying to do those goals that amount of time?

    Thanks!! :)

  3. @K: Ofcourse you can borrow this idea! Infact, I borrowed it from the 'Day Zero Project' website.

    The "misses" are the number of times I allow myself to "slip up." I'm not trying to be perfect, so I think it's okay if I accidentally forget a goal once or twice, or if life just gets in the way. That way, I won't beat myself up if I mess up one time and feel like a failure. Instead, I'll just pick myself up and try to do better the rest of the time. :)

  4. Very inspiring! I should make one too as I love lists, they keep me motivated. :)

  5. Haaaapy, Happy, Happy New Year!! What a great list :)!!

    After reading your blog, I was reading on the Vegnews website, and I came across this:;jsessionid=58E3EC8C1580B4634DC9AB7B08C3E9E2?pageId=1390&catId=7

    Perhaps a few recipes to fulfill your international cooking resolution?? hehe ;) The challah bread sounds pretty tasty…

    (geesh.. I should get an oven!!)

  6. I'll help you with 57 :)

  7. Hello. What brand of multivitamins do you take? Thanks!

  8. Hi!
    I was just wondering why you are avoiding soy for a month?

  9. @Anonymous: I don't take a multi, but I take B-12 supplements (from 'Origin'), and I have vitamin C vitamins from Kirkland.

    @Lacey: I love soy (especially tofu), but sometimes I think I rely too much on soy foods for my protein, and that causes me to neglect other sources such as beans and lentils. I basically just want to diversify my protein sources, and I think avoiding soy foods for a month will help jumpstart that. I've also heard a lot of hoopla and controversy about the dangers of soy. While that's not the primary reason for this goal, I am curious as to how my body will react in any way to its absence in my diet, if at all. I think it will also help expand my cooking abilities. Without soymilk, I'll have to try making homemade almond or oat milk instead!
    What about you? Do you have any thoughts on soy?

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