Happy New Year: Reflections and Resolutions (sort of)

Before New Year’s Day ends, I just wanted to quickly say cheers to 2012. For a few months now, I’ve been saying 2012 was The Year of Jhaneel and I mean that in the least narcissistic way of possible (no need to have a celebration). What I mean is that it’s just been a truly great year for me– the best year of my life that I can remember. All I can see when I reflect are triumphs, and even if there were low moments, they seem extremely minor now. I’m slightly superstitious that talking about it too much will jinx me, but I’m going to hope that’s not the case.

I am so thankful and excited about the even more amazing things to come in 2013, but I realize I can’t sit back and wait for things to happen. So, let me present 101 in 1001 — a list of 101 things I’d like to to do in the next 1001 days, starting today. 

1001 days from now will be September 29, 2015, which seems like plenty of time, but if this year was any indication, it’ll fly by way too quickly.

Here are the first 30. I’ll post the rest by the end of the week (if I can come up with 101).

  1. Get driver’s license.
  2. Visit my best friend Matthieu in London.
  3. Finally visit Paris.
  4. See my grandfather again.
  5. Plan a trip back to Jamaica.
  6. Go horseback riding.
  7. Go skydiving.
  8. Read all 37 Shakespeare plays.
  9. Start blogging at least twice a week.
  10. Dress up for Halloween.
  11. Attend a Coachella concert.
  12. Organize all my old family photos into albums.
  13. Take my mom to see a Broadway show.
  14. Grow my hair out to BSL.
  15. Go to a professional sports game.
  16. Get my own apartment.
  17. Figure out what I want to do in grad school.
  18. Apply to grad school.
  19. Visit five new states.
  20. Go hiking.
  21. Eat no meat for one week (fish doesn’t count).
  22. Try five new foods.
  23. See an opera.
  24. Throw a surprise party for a friend.
  25. Write 25 handwritten thank you letters to people who deserve them.
  26. Make 5 traditional Jamaican foods from scratch.
  27. Take a baking class.
  28. Go to Carlos’ Bakery in Hoboken, NJ.
  29. Publish a freelance article.
  30. Go apple-picking.

If you want to join any of these little adventures, or know a way to help me cross them off my list, give me a shout.



  1. January 6, 2015 / 11:54 pm

    I absolutely love this concept! Is this something you came up with or is it a part of a larger movement? Lastly, would you mind if I do a list inspired by this on my blog?! I love how you’re being proactive about living life instead of waiting for good times to come. This is wonderful!

    • January 7, 2015 / 12:11 am

      Thanks! I actually got the idea from another blogger, but I think it was originally created by the Day Zero Project (http://dayzeroproject.com/about/). Please feel free to create your own list — I’d love to see what you come up with and follow the adventures!

  2. January 12, 2013 / 11:19 am

    I am doing the driver license thing this year too! Not because I am tired of my permit, but because it’s going to expire and I don’t want to go through all that trouble to get a permit again!

    I want to try number 19 too! Oh and the no meat thing is very correct. Very glad you excluded fish. It wouldn’t have made any sense to me then.

    Oh! I so want to learn to bake to. I am not going to take a class, I plan to gangster it up through Youtube. My first cupcake by me. Oh, I can’t wait. I also mean to go to Paris. I don’t know when but I am sure I will 🙂

    You are going to do all of this things Jhaneel. You will do them and have so much. I would love to join you in some.

  3. January 2, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    I have to say this is a very realistic and doable list. Let me know if you truly want a companion for some of those … especially, the driver license one. Happy New Year, lady.

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