barbarafett (barbarafett) wrote in mission101_2009,

Mission 101 Wrapup Post

When I originally wrote the Mission 101 list below back in December of 2008, I was still in the middle of my AmeriCorps year in Florida. I expected that after that was over, I would move back to my parents' house briefly, then find my own job and be out on my own within a few months (that is, sometime between Day 226 and Day 365 of the 1001 days). For reasons that I won't go into detail about (in summary: I was lazy, ignorant, and complacent), that only just happened in July of 2011 (on Day 921, to be exact). Unfortunately, a disproportionately large number of the tasks on this Mission 101 list were contingent upon my having a stable, independent source of income. My lack thereof was the main reason why a lot of them didn't get done. What this experience taught me was that, when making a Mission 101 list, you are setting yourself up for failure if too many of the things on it are contingent on a particular thing happening at some uncertain future date. I would have been far more successful overall in this Mission 101 attempt if I had selected more goals that were not contingent on income, or, better yet, if I had bothered to find out what the steps were to finding and keeping a job back at the beginning of the Mission 101 period and made those tasks my goals instead.

Will I be starting another Mission 101 list? You bet! I will wait until January 1 to start the next one, though. I plan to roll many of the goals from this list over to the new list, but when I do, I plan to make them more realistic. I will use the following methods to do so.
- Many of the goals on my first list were just too big, so that they seemed intimidating. I will take some of those goals and break them down into smaller goals, and make each smaller goal a separate task.
- More of my goals will have specific numbers, such as quantities and dates, attached to them. I will also endeavor to schedule time into my days and weeks to accomplish my goals.
- There will be fewer goals that are contingent upon having a certain amount of money available to accomplish them. For those goals that do require me to spend money to accomplish them, I will think realistically about whether I can afford them, and budget carefully for the ones I decide I can afford.
- I will follow the advice I once saw in a blog post abot Mission 101 and eliminate the phrases "every day," "every week" and "every month" from my list of goals. I will replace them with "1001 times," "143 times," and "33 times," respectively. That gives me the option of playing catch-up on those goals if I miss a day, week, or month.

Black with strikethrough: Completed!
Teal: Partially completed.
Orange: Attempted, but failed
Plain black: Never attempted at all.
(Italics): Explanations and other comments.

1. Obtain copies of the two books about how to get started as a translator from the American Translators' Association's website.
2. Read those books and take at least one step toward following the advice contained therein.
3. Look for my first paid freelance translating assignment.
4. Join the American Translators' Association (ATA).
5. Prepare for the ATA certification exam.
6. Talk to Shelley and find out when her AmeriCorps year ended and what she did afterward.
7. Do research and look for a professional occupation to enter into immediately following my AmeriCorps year, preferably in the San Diego or San Francisco areas. (probably more ESOL teaching, which I don't mind all that much)
(Well, here I am, in a professional occupation. I did some research, but I wish I had done more. I came into this profession at a time that was a far cry from "immediately following" my AmeriCorps year.  I'm still in the Temecula area, but I like it here now and no longer have any particular desire to live anywhere else.  Even though I didn't follow the letter of this goal, I'm calling it completed because I've accomplished the spirit of it, which was "get a real job.")
8. Look into opportunities to teach English in Japan. (I did a little bit of work on this, but not much. I really want a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) professional certificate before I go. The next steps are to make the time and money to get one, and to find an organization that will both accept me with my beliefs and allow me to speak about them.)
9. Contact the organizers of Urbana and ask if they need somebody to work for them.
10. Start and maintain a supply of up-to-date business cards.
(I am now the proud owner of a box of business cards that were ordered and printed for me by my company. :-D )
11. Attend a Chamber of Commerce meeting wherever I live after I leave Palm Beach County. (I have attended several.)
12. Attend a meeting for young professionals in my area. (I now attend them regularly.)
13. Do my homework in preparation for the ATA conference, whenever I attend it.

Continuing Education
14. Do at least one of the Japanese lessons from every week. (Er... yeah. I really am rather ashamed of myself that I didn't keep up with this. I know I did it a few times at the beginning, though.)
15. Read all of Do What You Are and use its resources the way they were meant to be used. (I've read most of it now. I haven't fully used all of the resources in it, though.)
16. Start studying for the 2009 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). (I never really attempted this.).)
17. Take the JLPT in 2009, or, if I still can't afford it, in 2010.  (See my comments in the "what I've learned" section above.)
18. Reread all of Chijin no Ai (in translation: Naomi) by Tanizaki Junichirou, using the parallel Japanese and English texts I have.
19. Participate in an online class about how to become a freelance translator.
20. Participate in an online class about teaching library skills to ESOL students.
21. Take the in-person class "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement," if and when I live in an area near where it's being taught.
22. Complete the first lesson in the CCNA course and see if I'm any good at it/if I like it.  If I am good at it and I do like it, complete the course and get certified. (If only I had known when I wrote this list just how much of my life this goal would take over. This took up fully half of my 1001 days (507 of them), from August 18, 2009, when I started my first class, to January 7, 2011, when I passed the certification exam.  I intended to pass the exam in May of 2010, but wasn't ready for it yet, for reasons that are partially my fault and partially not.)

23. Go to a NieuCommunities meeting and maintain regular contact with at least one person I meet there. (FAIL.  I went to the meeting, but can't keep in regular contact with people to save my life.)
24. Keep in touch with my missions coach whenever I have anything new to report about my development as a potential missionary. (Which I don't, right now.  I did earlier in the 1001 days, though, and I did keep in touch with her then.)
25. Give a little money to my church whenever I get paid. (This was 100% successful right up until I got a car. Then I got gun-shy. I feel bad. Sometime soon, I need to sit down and count up how much I owe in back tithes, and figure out a real, workable budget.)

26. Actually use the Lenten Meditation Guide I have this year.
27. Read e-mail updates from my missionary and campus-staff-worker friends as soon as I see that they've arrive, and pray for them right then and there. (I was doing this for a while, but then I stopped.)
28. Either talk or write to Christina E. about what happened at the World Missions Commission meeting I went to back in October. (Completed 4/22/10.)
29. Look in the InterVarsity Press online catalog for resources on how to disciple someone and how to be an evangelist, and obtain them.
30. Follow the advice in those resources.
31. Teach myself more about the books of the Bible, their authors, their groupings, and their background.  (Being in Education for Ministry accomplished this goal quite nicely. :-) )
32. Find out more about the scriptural basis of the church and its role in the world.
33. Use my existing contacts to form a connection with St. Mary's Church in Southern California and find out if they can offer me opportunities to be involved in missions.
34-39. Complete the assignments from the online class "Work Your Way to the Nations" for Units 7-12. (Yes, I'm counting each assignment as one of the 101 things.)

40. Add at least 1500 words total to one or more of my various fiction writing projects every week. (Not. Even. Close. :-/ )
41. Participate in NaNoWriMo the next two times it comes around. (Done.  Won both times.)
42. Participate in naarmamo the next two times it comes around. (Done! :-) )
43. Next August, write more Neopets fanfic for august_writing. (I did end up writing more Neopets fanfic in both August 2009 and August 2010.)
44. Participate in at least one of the next two Script Frenzies. (I didn't. I have no excuse, I was just lazy.)
45. Send Bridging the Spheres (BtS) to my two first readers, Leah B. and Hannah J., when it's finished. (Er... yeah. It's not finished.  The problem here is that I still haven't learned to value writing enough to make it a regular part of my life. :-( )
46. Edit BtS into final-draft form.
47. Start an agent hunt for BtS.
48. Sell BtS and get it published!
49. Obtain a copy of Podcasting for Dummies and follow the advice contained therein.
50. Do a test read-through of the first few chapters of BtS.  Listen to them and determine how I could read them better.
51. Start podcasting my novel!
52. Explore and flesh out the characters from my first NaNovel from 2004, and figure out how I could retool that novel so that the story still works with a minimum of references to copyrighted properties.
53. Start the process of retooling said novel.
54. Finish writing "How to Weave an Epic" (my Script Frenzy project from 2007).
55. Revise "How to Weave an Epic" and send it out to the friend who wants to see it.
56. Finish writing "Cubelorg X" (my Script Frenzy project from 2008). (Progress has been made, but this is currently stalled.)
57. Revise "Cubelorg X" and assemble a voice cast for it. (I have revised the first few episodes, but I have yet to complete the first draft of it, so I can't call this completed.  Also, it turns out I don't have to worry about assembling a voice cast for it, because a friend of mine asked if he could produce it for me for his show, and I said yes.)

58. Start serializing "Cubelorg X" as part of the Deadpan Podcast, and on my own feed, which I should have by then.
59. Develop and write that short story idea from last spring.  The one involving horses and mailboxes and addressing the issue of illegal immigration. (I actually did attempt to do this as my Camp NaNoWriMo project in August 2011. That project died because I was too busy shopping for a car that month.)
60. Submit said short story for publication on Podcastle.
61. Finish my current serial project, "The Questors From Effpiem." (This has also stalled.)
62. Write, produce, and contribute at least one podcast for the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast. (I did it! I ended up contributing three episodes, for June 2, July 24, and August 30, 2009.)
63. Create a scrapbook of my college years. (Completed 12/30/09.)
64. Fill the rest of the scrapbook I got as a college graduation present with stuff from my AmeriCorps year. (I made a start on this, but it's not done yet.)

Hobbies and Entertainment
65. Get a "teach yourself" instruction book and take up my clarinet again. (Although I never did obtain such a book, I did play my clarinet several times during the 1001 days for church services.)
66. Listen to every episode of the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast from both 2009 and 2010, and every archived episode of The Song of The Day Podcast from 2007. (This got out of hand, and I never did finish.)
67. Bring my paper journal up to date.  Once it gets there, keep it that way.  (I did, in fact, bring it up to date at one point. However, it is no longer up to date.)
68. Finish the "25 Books to Read Before You're 25" list before I turn 25, which will be on April 4, 2011 (Day #824). (I read a couple of books from this list, but didn't come anywhere near finishing it.)

69. Read 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, and all its sequels.
70. On Neopets, earn enough Neopoints to get the last Lab Map piece, get it, and start zapping Marty with the Lab Ray. (Completed 12/20/09.)
71. Finish watching Digimon Savers (a.k.a. Digimon: Data Squad), if it is available. If not, buy a different series and watch that.
72. Treat myself to a new, homemade anime cosplay outfit (preferably Yoshino's uniform from Digimon Savers).

73. Be in bed by 10:30 every weeknight. (I actually accomplished this for a while over this past summer, but I think I've fallen off the horse.)
74. Go for a walk at some time during the day on Fridays and Saturdays. (I think I may have done this once or twice.)
75. Get more floss picks and use them. (I accomplished the letter of this goal, but not the spirit. There is an unwritten "every day" at the end of that goal.  I should have written it that way.)
76. Go bicycle riding at least once a week. (See #74.)

77. Participate in at least one Urban Prankster Network mission. (Completed!  I participated in the 2nd Annual L.A. iPodyssey on August 13, 2011 (Day 955).)
78. Go wine tasting in Temecula with family and/or friends. (Calling this partially completed because I accomplished the spirit of it, but not the letter. I've been to many wineries in Temecula with family and friends, but I don't think I've ever actually paid for a wine tasting at any of them, only for entire glasses. I have paid for a wine tasting at one winery I visited with friends, but it was in Warner Springs.)
79. Visit Epcot and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, and retake the pictures I took the first time. (I went to Epcot for my birthday in 2009, and retook all the pictures except the fireworks one. I never did get a chance to go back to WDW's Magic Kingdom - this goal and the one below were contingent upon my having a lot more disposable income than I ended up having.)
80. Visit the Kennedy Space Center, and retake the pictures I took the first time.
81. Make myself a new dress for Easter in 2011. (Again, I was just plain lazy.)
82. See "Captain E-O" during its limited engagement at Disneyland. (Completed 6/2/10.)
83. Play on the playground that I helped build in Riviera Beach.

84. Use my other butternut squash to make another casserole, only this time, bake the squash by itself first to soften it.
85. Bake at least one batch of gingersnaps each Christmas.
(Done! :-) )

86. Back up all my computer data every month. (I did this for about the first three months.)
87. On Facebook, delete all old, unnecessary messages from my Inbox, get completely caught up on all Requests, and keep my Requests page clear for at least one month after that. (I started on this at some point, but it never came anywhere near being completed.)

88. Clean out and organize the e-mail from my Yahoo! Mail account, making archival backups of stuff I want to keep.
89. Get a real WordPress theme and build a real website to go with my new podcast.  (I have a real WordPress theme now, but still no real website. I don't have a new podcast yet, either.)

90. Attend at least one of the turningpirate community meetups.
91. Learn to play all the major scales on the piano again.
92. Rebuild my section of my family's website from the ground up, with a new front page and a better layout.
93. Read at least the first chapter of that book on library science Donna M. loaned to me. (Completed the first chapter on 5/3/10. Never continued, though.)
94. Go hot-air ballooning, preferably for my 25th birthday, though any other day within the 1001 days is acceptable.
95. Attend at least one local anime convention near wherever I'm living (so I can wear the costume mentioned in #72).
96. Participate in the "give a day of volunteering, get a free 1-day theme park admission" promotion that the Walt Disney Company is doing this year. (Completed 6/2/10.)
97. Donate hair to Locks of Love. (Completed 10/1/10.)
98. Clean at least the main upstairs bathroom when I get back to my apartment in Florida.
99. Leave said apartment cleaner than I found it.

100. Add at least $1,001 to my savings account(s) by Day 1001. (Note: This means that on Day 1001, I want all my savings accounts to show a combined net increase of $1,001 over the combined amount they contained on Day 1.) (I ended up with a net decrease in the amount of money I have saved that I actually earned myself.  :-( )
101. Get a frame for my college diploma and frame it.

Stuff I thought of after I'd submitted my list (a.k.a. the Bonus List)
102. Start taking a daily multivitamin. (I accomplished the letter of this, but not the spirit, which was, "start taking one and then take it consistently every day thereafter." I did not accomplish that, but I have been taking one on a fairly regular basis lately.)
103. Take all my free T-shirts from my AmeriCorps year and turn them into a quilt.
104. Keep up with the entries in my One-Minute Meditations book every day for at least the first year. (Fail, fail, fail!)
105. Figure out how I can do something fun with my sister that she'll actually enjoy, and do it. (I actually didn't need to figure it out - she did. We've gone out to eat together a couple of times, and we both actually enjoy it now. :-) )
106. Keep up with's daily Bible readings for the second year of the 1001 days. (I tried, and failed.)
107. Participate in and tweet about another big volunteer project on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2010. (The project turned out to be making get-well activity cards for kids and thank-you cards for veterans.  It was lots of fun!)

As of Day 1001 (September 29, 2011):

Main List
Goals Completed: 28
Goals Partially Completed: 22
Goals Attempted, But Failed: 5
Goals Not Attempted: 46

Bonus List
Goals Completed: 2
Goals Partially Completed: 1
Goals Attempted, But Failed: 2
Goals Not Attempted: 1

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