101 in 1001

So I’m not exactly sure how this all came to be, but one day several months ago, I came across someone’s blog post about a super-sized to-do list / goal list / bucket list of 101 things to do in 1,001 days.  At the time I thought that it sounded pretty great, but I didn’t feel particularly determined to do one myself.

Flash forward a few months, when I am saying to my husband, “do you remember that thing I told you about. . .t was like 200 things in 2000 days. . .or was it 300 things in 3000 days?”  Well, after a few Google searches, I was able to track down what I was looking for, 101 in 1001.

So what exactly is 101 in 1001?  Well, it is a little different for everyone; but for me, I am compiling a list of 101 things that I want to accomplish in 1001 days (approximately 2.75 years).  My goal was to compile a mix of different personal goals and dreams – things that I might be able to easily accomplish and some things that I will need to push for.

I am excited by my list and feel really enthused about accomplishing everything. . .and a little bit like I can barely wait to get started and see how these next 1001 days go.  I hope that you enjoy my list, and maybe even feel a little inspired to start your own.

Start Day: September 13, 2016

Finish Date: June 11, 2019  //  Officially Finished: October 8, 2019

Goals Completed: 57 

  1. Swim in turquoise water (Completed September 18-15, 2016 on Koh Samui.)dsc01668
  2. Learn how to tango or salsa dance
  3. Visit the Islands of Greece (Completed June 2017 – we visited Santorini and Paros.)  
  4. See the Northern Lights in Iceland
  5. Bake Julia Child’s croissants
  6. Become fluent in Italian (Completed sometime in 2019.)
  7. Start speaking only Italian in our home
  8. Visit Sardinia
  9. Learn enough Spanish to order my favorite fish tacos (Completed Spring 2018.)20160403_111735
  10. Take a watercolor painting class (I haven’t taken a class, but I did start painting on my own in May of 2018.)
  11. Go to Croatia
  12. Find a swimsuit that fits well and makes me feel confident (Completed May 2017.)
  13. Finish the photo collage wall in our living room (Completed July 2017.)
  14. Go to Pantelleria
  15. Work on my media kit and finalize the changes
  16. Start and finish the photo collage idea I have for my office (Completed July 2017.)
  17. Get new bedding and linens (Completed May 2017.)
  18. Make our own wedding album
  19. Put all of our loose photos into matching photo albums
  20. Start running regularly again (Started on January 17, 2017 and I have kept with it!)
  21. Run a race
  22. Try the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity
  23. Fly a kite
  24. Take a pilates class (Completed on February 8, 2017.)
  25. Leave a 100% tip
  26. Make Grammy’s sugar cookie sleigh (Completed both her cookie house and sleigh on December 22, 2018.)
  27. Find a new pair of sunglasses that are comfortable enough for all-day wear (Completed October 2017.)
  28. Start writing a book (Started March 2, 2018.)
  29. Summer in Italy (We spent 5 weeks in Italy during the Summer of 2017.  So while it wasn’t the entire Summer, it was a great start!)  
  30. Re-design my website (Completed sometime in 2017.) (Of which I can clearly not remember.)
  31. Invest in nice business cards
  32. Go clubbing one last time
  33. Go line dancing
  34. Pick out a new dining room table and chairs (Completed February 2017.)
  35. Improve my posture, and be conscious of it everyday (Marked complete as of February 2018, but something that I am still working to improve everyday.)
  36. Buy a condo
  37. Organize our new filing cabinet (Completed November 27, 2016.)
  38. Find a new wine bar (Completed February 10, 2017.)
  39. Purchase new wine glasses (Completed July 21, 2017.)
  40. Tie a note to a balloon and let it go (Completed May 2017.)
  41. Forgive people who have hurt me in my past and let go of those hurts (Completed January 2017.)
  42. Watch the sun set (Completed the week of September 18, 2016 on Koh Samui.)img_20161006_161313
  43. Do 32 acts of kindness for each year I have lived
  44. Host a dinner party solely made from items at the 99 Cents Only store
  45. Dress up for Halloween
  46. Host a house warming party, even if we only have 2 people to invite
  47. Be more assertive: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt (Marked complete as of February 2018, but something that I need to consciously choose everyday.)
  48. Stop explaining myself and my choices (Marked complete as of February 2018, but something that I am continuing to work on.)
  49. Laugh at something everyday (I’m not consciously choosing this, but I am always laughing.)
  50. Sing and dance and kiss in the rain (Completed on September 21, 2016 on Koh Samui)dsc01354
  51. Save more money for retirement
  52. Start reading a book and finish it within a month (Completed on September 21, 2016.  Not only did I start and finish a book within a month, I started reading “The Girl on the Train” and finished it in 3 days!  I could not put it down, it was so good.  Also, I am really excited by a super sweet birthday gift that I got this year, a book of the month club – it will definitely help me stay on track with my reading goals.)
  53. Fix our pesky and loud water filter (Currently we are using drain covers, which might be our only and best option.) (Update: drain covers are our best option.  Deemed complete as of February 2018.)
  54. Be more forgiving (I have been making a conscious and successful effort.)
  55. Pray everyday (Started and continued during the Spring of 2017.  Minimally, I read the daily devotional from Joyce Meyer’s book, “The Power of Being Thankful,” which includes a small prayer.)
  56. Plan more in advance for trips, not the week or days before (Completed October 2018.)
  57. Get back to my goal weight and make healthy choices to keep balance (Started March 9, 2018.)
  58. Get a manicure with a bold colored polish (Completed on November 28, 2016 – I switched it up to Kiss the Bride!) (And for NYE 2017, I did full-on pink, blue and gold sparkle nails.)
  59. Get a Microsoft Surface and stop traveling with our laptop
  60. Get a motorcycle license and test drive a Vespa (I took a Vespa tour in Florence, May 2017.)
  61. Send someone a card just because (Completed Summer 2019.)
  62. Pick out new bedroom furniture (Completed January 20, 2017.)
  63. Learn to surf
  64. Stroll under the Eiffel Tower (Completed November 1, 2017.)
  65. List our old coins on Ebay (Completed on January 25, 2017.)
  66. Sell my old Viola
  67. Get a no fuss, shower and go haircut
  68. Pick out a new camera
  69. Download Italian pop songs (Completed September 2017.)
  70. Visit Death Valley National Park (Completed March 2019.)
  71. Cover our Christmas Tree in a plastic bag (Completed January 2018.)
  72. Attend New York Fashion Week
  73. Start getting paid to blog (Completed April 2015.  But also now revised to: receive monetary compensation for my blogging work.)
  74. Work with a company that I am passionate about
  75. Put away $10 for every goal completed
  76. Get professional photos taken
  77. Find a pair of comfortable, neutral high heels
  78. Start a skincare routine
  79. Be featured in a magazine
  80. Start a housewares line
  81. Keep the house “company ready” everyday for a month (Completed on December 30, 2016.)
  82. Stop biting my cuticle (Completed June 2018.)
  83. Go one month without sugar
  84. Play in a Bocce tournament (Completed on October 9, 2016.)img_20161009_192258
  85. Go rollerskating or rollerblading (Completed on January 1, 2017 – we went rollerskating at Skateworld.) 
  86. *
  87. Do something active everyday for 90 days
  88. Type slower, so that I don’t need to make as many typo corrections
  89. Fit in my original pair of skinny jeans again
  90. Stretch for 5 minutes before and after exercise for one month
  91. Feed the homeless once a month for a year (Not consecutively, but completed.)
  92. Show and express more gratitude (I am working to be more conscious of this everyday and trying to keep growing with gratitude.  Reading Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional (“The Power of Being Thankful”) has been helping a lot, as well as reading “The Secret Daily Teaching,” by Rhonda Byrne.)
  93. Get a pair of Uggs and don’t worry about them getting dirty
  94. Plan a trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley
  95. Ride the Coastliner
  96. Don’t mindlessly watch TV, either watch a taped or planned show, otherwise read a book, do work, go for a walk, play a game or just be quiet (Started May 2017, and it has been a great change.)
  97. Unsubscribe from unwanted emails (Completed June 2017.)
  98. Start speaking only Italian to my Father-in-law
  99. Study/speak Italian everyday for 60 days
  100. Don’t sweat the small stuff and get caught up in other peoples’ drama (Completed as of February 2018, but something that I still need to be aware of daily.)
  101. Sleep under the stars (Completed March 2019.)

* Number 86 is something that I am not yet ready to share, but someday I will.

9 Replies to “101 in 1001”

  1. What a beautiful list! I’m so excited to watch you during this journey, and partake in many of these goals and dreams with you as well!

  2. Lots of good things to plan to do Katie. Some things would be on my list also .Some things not so much. You know I like BIG Windows to SEE the stars. Love Pat

  3. VESPA– I’m in!!!

  4. Nice list, Croatia is definitely on my list of places to visit it so beautiful there.

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  5. Wow…wow…wow! A tall order….get ready, world….here comes Kate!

  6. Love this! I know you will do all of these things and it totally inspired me to start my own list!

  7. Exhausted just reading through – I’m off to take a nap (#102). Have a nice day.

  8. Ooh this is a neat idea! There’s always a to-do list on my mind but it’s constant household chores or little blogging tasks. I totally like this broader scope, longer time frame thing. Goal number one would be to figure out the other 100 things on my list! Wishing you success on yours! :)

    1. Awww, I’m glad that you like the idea Lynn! And I like you idea for number 1…that gave me a good laugh!

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