My 101 in 1001 list

A few years ago I came across Mackenzie’s 101 in 1001 blog post and was so intrigued by it. If you’re not familiar with 101 in 1001 lists, the premise is to create a list of 101 items and complete them in 1001 days, roughly 2.75 years. I like to think of the list as a mix of those “to-do” list items that you’ve never gotten to mixed with “big picture” goals you have in mind for yourself! After seeing her list, it really sparked something in me & motivated me to create one myself. I started one a few years ago, but honestly didn’t do a great job of keeping up with it.

I had been thinking about starting another 101 in 1001 list and I figured there was no time like the present! This time when I was creating my list of 101 things I decided to break them down into different categories (personal, business, travel, family/friends/relationships & just for fun). This helped me categorize and brainstorm what I wanted on my list.

I’m looking forward to crossing items off of my list, making progress towards my goals and hopefully holding myself more accountable with it this go around haha! My plan is to do updates from time to time about my progress. If you decide to create a list, I would love to see it!

starts: June 10, 2019
ends: March 7, 2022

My 101 in 1001 list

Personal (1/28)

1. Come up with 101 things and write them down (completed June 10, 2019)
2. Read at least 250 new books
3. Unplug for 5 weekends (no phone, iPad, computer)
4. Keep a consistent work out schedule
5. Take a staycation
6. Create a better budget & savings plan…and stick to it
7. Read 5 non-fiction books
8. Go one month without shopping
9. Pay for the person’s order behind me at a coffee shop
10. Vote in a non-presidental election
11. Vote in the 2020 election
12. Watch five documentaries or docu-series
13. Go through my closet & donate all of the items I do not wear
14. Start a recipe book filled with our favorite recipes, new and old
15. Have at least 15 “go-to” dinner meals
16. Try a meal prepping service like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh
17.  Try to eat more healthy meals and snacks
18. Become a first time homeowner
19. Leave a 100% tip for great service
20. Join a local professional organization/group
21. Get a dog
22. Invest in skincare treatments for my face (like fraxel, derma planing, etc.)
23. Print & update the photos in our home
24. Take a trip for my 30th birthday
25. Try a juice cleanse
26. Buy a nice piece of jewelry for accomplishing these items
27. Write a letter to myself to open on March 7, 2022 when my 101 in 1001 is over
28. Save $10 for every item crossed off of this list.

Blog/Professional (0/23)

1. Better organize my computer & Dropbox (and keep it that way!)
2. Re-brand my site with a fresh logo
3. Start a new series on my blog
4. Connect with more bloggers “in real life”
5. Attend at least 3 blogger conferences
6. Create more home decor content
7. Buy a new lens for my DSLR camera
8. Double my page views on my blog
9. Create a new blog or newsletter series
10. Continue to learn how to make & edit videos
11. Create more content on Youtube
12. Do a home tour on my blog
13. Be featured in a magazine or an online publication
14. Write at least one personal post a month
15. Buy an iMac for my office
16. Plan a trip with my blogger friends
17. Create more travel content
18. Create a new media kit & business cards (myself)
19. Work with a favorite brand that I have yet to work with
20. Launch a city guide
21. Publish 3 “how to” posts
22. Revamp my newsletter
23. Create a more detailed editorial calendar & content system

Travel (0/13)

1. Plan a fun trip with girlfriends
2. Visit a US city I have never been to
3. Take a spontaneous road trip
4. Go on a romantic getaway
5. Travel to a new country
6. Travel to a new state
7. Visit NYC
8. Visit a National Park
9. Visit DC
10. Go on another cruise
11. Go to Disney
12. Go to Charleston for fun (no work involved!)
13. Make a list of “places to travel together” with Nick

Family, Friends & Relationships (0/17)

1. Start a family with Nick
2. Order our wedding album (late on this, I know!) & create an album from our first year of marriage
3. Treat my parents to a nice, sentimental gift
4. Throw a party for a friend or family member
5. Host a game night at our house with friends
6. Reconnect with an old friend
7. Form new friendships
8. Have our families over for dinner
9. Surprise Nick with a planned date night
10. Mail 10 snail mail letters to friends or family
11. Host a holiday party at our house
12. Send out holiday cards each year
13. Mail surprise packages to my 3 siblings
14. Send flowers to my mom “out of the blue”
15. Give 5 “just because” presents
16. Tell those who mean a lot to me that I love them more
17. Have a brother & sister date with each of my siblings…my treat

Just For Fun (0/20)

1. Take a photography or editing class
2. Go to 3 concerts
3. Go to an amusement park
4. See a community production or play
5. Play a round of golf (I was on the golf team in high school!)
6. Try out a month of yoga
7. Refinish a piece of furniture
8. Get a facial
9. Have a couples spa day
10. Go paddle boarding (again!)
11. Try 5 new restaurants in my city or surrounding area
12. Go wine tasting
13. Watch the sunrise
14. Start & finish a new Netflix series
15. Go to a college football game
16. Have 3 self-care days by myself
17. Take a cooking class
18. Go ice skating
19. Go to a wine & design class
20. Inspire someone to make a 101 in 1001 list

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  1. WOW! This is SUCH a cool idea. Definitely going to think about doing this!

    xx rebecca // the crystal press

    Posted 6.11.19 Reply
  2. Laura S wrote:

    This is the coolest idea! I think I’m going to have to do this!

    Posted 6.11.19 Reply
  3. This is such a fun idea! Can’t wait to follow along!

    Posted 6.11.19 Reply
  4. Stephanie wrote:

    I truly love this concept and this list! You really thought long and hard about your 101, I can tell. I want to do this for myself now!

    Posted 6.12.19 Reply
  5. I’ve never heard about this list before. I really like the idea!! Number 9 is one that I definitely going to add to my list. It’s such a nice thing to do (paying for someone’s order in the coffee shop). I bet that it’s making that person’s day a good one.

    Candace Hampton

    Posted 6.12.19 Reply
  6. Deanie wrote:

    This is such a great idea! I love your take on breaking it down into categories, making them more manageable instead of one big singular list. Can’t wait to follow your progress.
    Xo, Deanie
    Deanie Michelle

    Posted 6.14.19 Reply

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