Wednesday, October 16, 2013

101 in 1001

I always find myself thinking or saying "Ooh I really want to do that!" "I really want to bake that!" or "I can't wait to try that craft I saw on Pinterest!" Then life happens and I don't do whatever the project was that I was so excited about. At this point in life I have plenty of time to spend accomplishing these smaller goals, so why not today?

My house has a pantry full of ingredients to bake on a whim, there's an AC Moore less than half a mile away from me that sends me piles of coupons each week, and I live in a city with a vibrant culture and vast array of events going on every weekend. So I've decided it's time to stop saying I want to do things and actually go do them.

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Years ago I started a Life List, similar to a bucket list, of things that I want to accomplish or do at some point in my life. The thing about that list is that one, there are many lofty goals on it, and two there's no expiration date. Throughout life I've found that the best way for me to achieve a goal is put a time limit on it.

After I saw Charlotte make an inspiring list of to-do's I decided it was time to make one of my own. I actually started this list a few weeks ago and have checked off a few things so far. I am so excited about everything on list and am looking forward to many more adventures over the next 1001 days, a few items are cross listed from my Life List.

So you know that thing you said you were going to do this weekend? Well work it out and go do it, because there's no time like the present. I encourage you to make your own list and think about reachable goals to challenge yourself!

Start Date // October 5, 2013
End Date // July 2, 2016
  1. Get married!
  2. Complete a half marathon. [10/6/13]
  3. Complete a marathon. 
  4. Ride in a hot air balloon.
  5. Spend an entire day doing nothing but reading a book.
  6. Go to five new states.
  7. See the sunrise over a body of water.
  8. Watch the sunset over a body of water.
  9. Grow an herb garden.
  10. Go kayaking in the James River.
  11. Completely fill up my wine rack {24 bottles}.
  12. Visit two new countries.
  13. Get my Etsy shop up and going.
  14. Create a gallery wall in our house.
  15. Go on a family vacation.
  16. Buy nothing new for an entire month.
  17. Make gnocchi from scratch.
  18. Learn how to make jewelry.
  19. See a movie at a drive-in theater
  20. Go apple picking. [10/13/13]
  21. Bake or cook something with my apple haul.
  22. Get my 5k time down to 30 minutes or less.
  23. Become comfortable with speaking Italian.
  24. Learn how to sew.
  25. Be a "host" for an international student at the campus I work for.
  26. Do some soul searching and come up with professional goals.
  27. Blog every day for a month.
  28. Project 365, take a picture every day for a year.
  29. Make homemade ice cream. 
  30. Send mail to family & friends for no reason at all.
  31. Bake an extravagant layered cake.
  32. Donate blood.
  33. Host a dinner party.
  34. Buy a bicycle.
  35. Complete a sprint triathlon.
  36. Go camping.
  37. Successfully complete a Sudoku puzzle.
  38. Spend an entire day without any type of technology or social media.
  39. Participate in a "fun run".
  40. See the Nutcracker during the holidays.
  41. Make thoughtful, homemade gifts for all family & friends for one Christmas.
  42. Find a church I like enough to join.
  43. Read a book by Ayn Rand.
  44. Take a photography course. 
  45. Start taking nice pictures for the blog.
  46. Buy coffee for the person behind me in line.
  47. Run a race to raise money for a philanthropic organization.
  48. Learn how to make a really good mixed drink.
  49. De-clutter and sell/donate what I don't need or use.
  50. Leave a 100% tip at a restaurant.
  51. Ice skate outside. 
  52. Make homemade cinnamon rolls.
  53. Paint my desk a fun, happy color.
  54. Go hiking in the Shenandoah. 
  55. Cut down our own tree for Christmas. 
  56. Visit three new Virginia wineries. 
  57. Buy a lottery ticket.
  58. Go on a picnic. 
  59. Star gaze date night with Mr. Young.
  60. Paint the rooms in our house.
  61. Do a juicing cleanse.
  62. Adopt an Angel Tree kid at Christmas.
  63. Go to a UR football game.
  64. Take a random day off work just because.
  65. Visit Busch Gardens for Howl O Scream.
  66. Bake homemade bread.
  67. Read 25 books on my "To Read" list.
  68. Create something to display my race bibs and medals.
  69. Throw a surprise birthday party for someone I care about.
  70. Learn how to do an at home pedicure.
  71. Pay off my car.
  72. Take a spontaneous day trip to the beach.
  73. Watch five Audrey Hepburn films.
  74. Revitalize an old piece of furniture.
  75. Make 10 crafts off of Pinterest.
  76. Lose college weight for good.
  77. Run a half marathon in 2:20 or less.
  78. Watch a handful of movies I haven't seen {Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Princess Bride, Good Will Hunting, Animal House, Gone With the Wind}.
  79. Visit 10 new restaurants in Richmond.
  80. Start taking vitamins every day. 
  81. Make a terrarium for our house.
  82. De-clutter my work office and make it look more professional. 
  83. Create a photo book. 
  84. Take a girls trip with some of my best gals.
  85. Go to a concert.
  86. Find a fun new hairstyle {after the wedding}.
  87. Go zip lining.
  88. Learn how to create and manage my own blog design.
  89. Try a new workout. 
  90. Attend three festivals.
  91. Find a good LBD.
  92. Handwrite my favorite recipes and keep in a nice recipe box.
  93. Learn how to make sushi. 
  94. Go on a staycation here in Richmond.
  95. Make homemade marshmallows. 
  96. Work out with a personal trainer.
  97. Go a month without buying Starbucks.
  98. Complete a 100+ piece puzzle.
  99. Actually read all of the magazines I subscribe to.
  100. Update all of my blog pages.
  101. Put $10 in savings for every goal completed.

3 comments:

Charlotte said...

Yay!! So glad you're doing the challenge too! It's definitely harder than it looks to come up with 101 things!

Lauren said...

I love this idea, I did 30 things to do before I turn 31, but 101 seems more fun, I think I will try it! I also love the ten dollars in savings for every goal accomplished! xo Lauren of www.cornwellfam.com

Megan C. Stroup said...

Awesome list! Good luck. I find being snowed in is the best way to spend all day doing nothing but reading a book. :)