101 in 1001

I recently came across Day Zero Project, a community of doers who are thinking about what they want to accomplish in the next 1001 days. The platform allows you to add items to your personal 101 in 1001 list, see what others have on their list, and add comments and notes to the individual tasks. Immediately, I signed up and started adding things to me list.

I’ll use this page to keep track of my progress as well as to inspire someone to create their own list (which is an item on MY list). If you sign up, let me know so I can mark that one as complete.

Here’s to having new experiences, getting out of my comfort zone, learning new things, and living life to the fullest!

My 101 in 1001 list

Starting date: April 16, 2021

End date: January 12, 2024

Last updated:

Goals completed:

In progress:

Family, friends, relationships

  1. Send flowers anonymously to a friend in need
  2. Host a games night with friends (board or video)
  3. Make a list of all family and friends birthdays and anniversaries
  4. Write letters to 5 people who changed my life


  1. Leave a 100% tip
  2. Put away $10 for every goal completed
  3. Have at least $5,000 in savings
  4. Get out of debt

Food and Drink

  1. Make a birthday cake from scratch for someone
  2. Attend a traditional tea ceremony
  3. Take a cooking class
  4. Make a list of thirty recipes I want to cook and cook them!
  5. Eat lobster in Maine
  6. Take a couples cooking class
  7. Bake a pie on pi day
  8. Try 10 new cocktails

Health – mental & physical

  1. Improve my posture
  2. Do a 30×30 Challenge (30 min of physical activity for 30 days)
  3. Don’t drink soda for a week
  4. Go for a walk every day for a month
  5. Go to the gym 3 times a week for a month
  6. Run a 10K race
  7. Run a 5K once a month for a year
  8. Go vegetarian for a week
  9. Complete a 30 day yoga challenge
  10. Complete the 30 day push up challenge
  11. Go a day without internet every month for a year
  12. Don’t log into Facebook for a whole week


  1. Make a cleaning schedule and stick to it
  2. Declutter the entire house
  3. Keep a houseplant alive for at least 6 months
  4. Repaint the inside of the house

Music, Movies and Books

  1. Watch 20 documentaries
  2. Watch 50 of IMDB’s top 250 movies – In progress 1/50
  3. Make a list of my 50 favorite movies
  4. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet
  5. Read 100 books
  6. Listen to a new album every week for a year
  7. Make a playlist of 101 of my favorite songs

Learn something new

  1. Take a photography class
  2. Take a dance class
  3. Complete the Spanish Duolingo course
  4. Learn to play 10 songs on the ukulele
  5. Take a free online class
  6. Learn to play chess
  7. Learn to play poker
  8. Learn how to write with a fountain pen
  9. Take a class in something new
  10. Take an aerial silk class
  11. Learn to arrange flowers
  12. Learn how to say “I love you” in 10 different languages
  13. Learn how to write my name in Japanese
  14. Learn how to say “Hello” in 10 different languages

Just for fun

  1. Go to the zoo
  2. Complete a 365 day photo challenge
  3. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
  4. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
  5. Make a new friend
  6. Go on a picnic
  7. Go to 5 different museums
  8. Do volunteer work
  9. Complete a coloring book
  10. Plant a tree
  11. Watch a meteor shower
  12. See a play in the theater
  13. Update my blog at least once a week
  14. Do a craft project every month for a year
  15. Dye Easter eggs
  16. Finish a jigsaw puzzle
  17. Have professional photos taken
  18. Hit golfballs at a driving range
  19. Build a Lego kit
  20. Write a Haiku about my day every day for a week


  1. Get married
  2. Write a letter to myself to be opened on my wedding day
  3. Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days are over
  4. Donate blood
  5. Have my teeth whitened
  6. Inspire someone to make a 101/1001 list
  7. Reach my goal weight
  8. Develop a skin care routine
  9. Take a bubble bath at least once a month
  10. Don’t buy any clothes for a month
  11. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me
  12. Write a list of 101 things I’ve already achieved in this lifetime
  13. Go a month without buying anything that isn’t a necessity
  14. Identify 100 things that make me happy
  15. Make a list of 100 things I like about myself


  1. Go on a road trip
  2. Visit the Grand Canyon
  3. Go on vacation to New York City
  4. Go snorkeling
  5. Take a holiday trip
  6. Attend the Gilroy Garlic Festival
  7. Visit the Louvre
  8. Visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York
  9. Visit Central Park

50 movies from IMDB top 250 list

One of the items on my 101 in 1001 days list is to watch 50 movies from the IMDB top 250 list. Here’s a list of the movies I’ve selected and the dates I’ve watched them.

  1. 3 idiots
  2. A Beautiful Mind
  3. A Silent Voice
  4. Amelie
  5. Avengers: Infinity War
  6. Back to the Future
  7. Before Sunrise
  8. Before Sunset
  9. Casablanca
  10. Casino
  11. Catch Me If You Can
  12. Coco – watched 4/24/2021
  13. Dangal
  14. Dead Poet’s Society
  15. Dial M for Murder
  16. Die Hard
  17. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  18. Fargo
  19. Fight Club
  20. Finding Nemo
  21. Gone Girl
  22. Gone with the Wind
  23. Good Will Hunting
  24. Green Book
  25. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
  26. Hamilton
  27. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  28. Inception
  29. Inside Out
  30. Into the Wild
  31. It Happened One Night
  32. Joker
  33. Jurassic Park
  34. Klaus
  35. Life of Brian
  36. Like Stars on Earth
  37. Mary and Max
  38. Memento
  39. Monsters Inc.
  40. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  41. Shutter Island
  42. Singin’ in the Rain
  43. Snatch
  44. Soul – watched 5/2/2021
  45. Spotlight
  46. The Dark Knight
  47. The Green Mile
  48. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  49. To Kill a Mockingbird
  50. Your Name

Back on the training wagon

Late last year! I signed up for the Disneyland Tinker bell Half Marathon that took place in January earlier this year. I was determined to train for it, especially since it would be my first race…ever, but never got around to committing to a true training plan.

As the new year started, I decided I’d make a commitment to getting some good run time in…and I did for the first week and then got a bad sinus infection the second week. There was no way for me to run with that stuff going on. I rested up and with just one week before the half, I felt good enough to get out for the longest run I had ever done in my life of 11 miles. And I completed it! I knew that I would at least be able to complete the half marathon, even if I had to walk part of the time, within the 16-minute mile requirement set for the race.

And I did it…with an official time of 13:12:43.

Holy what?!? I completed a freaking half marathon!!! And I even got a cute medal to prove it. I’ve already signed up for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in January 2014, and no I haven’t started training yet, but I know I’ll beat my personal record for that race.

Now, a few weeks ago, I got a crazy idea to sign up for the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas on November 17. Their time requirement is a 20-minute mile, which is definitely doable, but I have been so busy the past few weeks with conference production, that I’ve barely made time to take a shower and eat, let alone get outside for training runs. I know–priorities, right?!

So today, I finally got my butt off the couch and decided to get out for a longer run. I usually run in my neighborhood, but wanted to get out somewhere with a nicer view. A friend suggested going out to Boulder City near Lake Meade, and so I made my way out to the Far East side of town.

I decided I’d do around 6 miles, which is at least double what I’ve done most recently, and considering I only have 15 days before the race, I figured it was a good distance. Three miles out and then three miles back. On the way out it felt great as I had some decent speed but didn’t push it. I know my limits and seeing as I’ve been sitting things out for a while knew that I should take it easy, even if it was good distance.

What I wasn’t expecting was the ups and downs of the run…like literally the inclines and declines. That, combined with the bright sun and lack of water (I drank it all on the drive out), I was not in the best shape as I started back to the car. My left hand and wrist started swelling and felt very tight, which I’m guessing was due to the elevation and heat. Then I started getting cold chills and realized I wasn’t sweating that much, even though it was warm.

I just kept telling myself, “I can do this. It doesn’t have to be fast. I only have to get back to the car. Take it step by step.” The last mile, I even sang out loud together my mind off of my left hand and the chills. It worked…before I knew it, I came to the trailhead and as I looked at my phone to stop my Runkeeper app, I realized I did it…

6 miles–completed!

May the training efforts continue…

NaBloPoMo, Vegas Vibe

Why would someone move to Vegas?

Can't live in Vegas without a pool!
Can’t live in Vegas without a pool!

I have officially been a resident of Las Vegas for just over 4 months now. Whenever friends ask how things are going, I answer quickly, “I love it…I really love it,” which surprises me every time the words come out of my mouth. Not because I didn’t think I’d love it, but because of how quickly it’s become home for me.

I lived in Madison, WI for over 4 years and it never really felt like home, but I don’t know why. I then moved to San Jose, then San Mateo, and eventually on to San Francisco where it took a while, but the city finally felt like home. Don’t get me wrong, I fell in love with San Francisco during my very first visit when I stood at Twin Peaks and looked over the entire city. I knew in my heart that I was moving there and did a few months later. No matter how fast I fell in love with the fabulousness of the city, it took a while for it to feel like home.

So why has Vegas not only found its way into my heart (honestly–it did that a year ago–but that’s another story!) but is a place I call home sweet home so quickly? Because of the community that is growing and thriving in Downtown Vegas. What’s awesome is I’m not the only one who can see it, taste it, feel it. I’ve had numerous friends visit in the short while I’ve lived here and they all say they same things which only confirms the validity of the community.

In Love
Vintage Vegas neon lights that say “In Love”

It’s not something that’s exclusive or contrived. It’s real…very real…and very exciting. It’s a community of passionate people coming together to be a part of something bigger than each of us could ever imagine as a single unit. I compare it to the community that brought so many people together in SF in early 2008, when people shared ideas openly, challenged each other, and cheered each other on. Part of the reason I left the city I loved was because that spirit seemed to be dying. For a while, I thought maybe it was just something I was seeing only through my eyes, but after multiple conversations with others who were a part of that community, I’ve come to the conclusion that the spirit that thrived was in fact missing now.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ondi Timoner last week as she was a speaker at the Tech Cocktail Celebrate conference that we produced. I controlled my inner fan girl as she directed “We Live in Public“, a documentary that was shared in the online community a few years ago and really made me think about the things I share via social networks and why I share them. ¬†Ondi is working on a project called “A Total Disruption” and shared this video she made during her visit to Downtown Vegas last week. You can also read her take on what’s going on so you understand from an outsiders perspective. It makes my heart sing and I hope that it will help you understand why I moved to Vegas and why I am so happy to call it ‘home’.