101 Things in 1001 Days

Jul 28

I recently came across the concept of a 101 Things in 1001 Days list while searching for things to do at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The idea is to create a list of goals and fun things you want to accomplish in roughly 3 years. It’s sort of like answering one of those “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” questions. You all know I love making lists and goal-setting, so I couldn’t resist trying my own!

At the end of 2019, I decided to completely scrap all of the professional goals I had made for 2020. I realized that in the past couple of years as a new business owner, I was letting my perfectionism get the best of me. It was significantly impacting my ability to reach my goals. Undoubtedly, my favorite achievements or projects I’ve created have never come out of a perfectly executed goal! So instead, I wrote a list of what I want more of in life and business, with everything from dancing at concerts, lazy weekends, and doing crafts just for fun. I’m glad I listened to that intuitive hit to rip up my goals for 2020, because COVID stepped in and would’ve done it for me anyway!

When I came across the 101 Things in 1001 Days concept, I thought it was a perfect combination of a “things I want more of” list and a goals list. 1001 days is roughly 2.75 years, so there’s also a mix of things I can do now, or in when it’s safe to do so pending the pandemic. Having just gotten married and in a new phase of my business, it feels like such a great time to add some fun, flexible goals to my life!

I hope my list gives you ideas and inspiration to create your own 101 Things in 1001 Days list. If you’re inspired to make your own list, email me or tag me on Instagram and let me know! I would love to cheer you on!

101 Things in 1001 Days

My 1001 days begins on July 28, 2020 and ends on April 25, 2023. Because I want to keep my list flexible, I am giving myself permission to fill in the last 22 items as I think of new exciting things I want to do! I will link to any blog posts that relate to my completion of these goals as well.

Personal

  1. Come up with 101 things + inspire at least one other person to do the same
  2. Go one month without shopping (clothing, makeup, home décor purchases) for myself
  3. Unplug completely for 24 hours
  4. Take at least one action each month on anti-racism work (take a course, read a book, listen to a podcast, sign a petition, write a letter, etc.)
  5. Volunteer for a cause I believe in
  6. Take an art class
  7. See a Broadway play
  8. Subscribe to magazines I love
  9. Read 5 books just for fun (not business or self-development!)
  10. Find out my blood type
  11. Improve my BMI
  12. Get caught up on all scrapbooks & stay up-to-date with the current year’s
  13. Document the items in this list in my scrapbooks
  14. Find a diet and skincare routine that helps with my hormonal acne (this will be ongoing!)
  15. Take an exercise class that’s out of my norm
  16. Take a cooking class
  17. Learn more about investing and start another account

Home

  1. Buy another piece of original art for our home
  2. Renovate our mudroom
  3. Finish furnishing the house
  4. Frame & hang wedding photos
  5. Install a shelving system in our master closet
  6. Landscape the yard
  7. Plant a new tree in our front yard
  8. Create a digital or printed recipe book
  9. Create an indoor garden shelf for herbs and veggies

Marriage

  1. Change my last name
  2. Preserve my wedding dress
  3. Order a wedding album
  4. Celebrate our 1-year anniversary
  5. Go on an EPIC honeymoon when we can travel post-COVID
  6. Go on 1 vacation/year (staycations count!)
  7. Send wedding announcements or Christmas cards
  8. Continue learning about T1D (type 1 diabetes) so I can be as supportive as possible in this area for Hunter

Travel

  1. Visit my sister and my brother-in-law at their new house in Milwaukee
  2. Visit our hometowns in Indiana and Ohio
  3. Travel to a new country
  4. Visit my friends that live in different states
  5. Have a pool day somewhere
  6. Go on another family trip together

Charleston

  1. Finally eat at these restaurants: FIG, Wild Olive, 167 Raw
  2. Shop at the Charleston Farmers Market
  3. Visit the IAAM Museum when it opens in 2022
  4. See a Spoleto show
  5. Attend a festival
  6. Spend a day at the Aquarium
  7. Have a milkshake at Pitt Street Pharmacy
  8. Take a tour of the Yorktown at Patriot’s Point
  9. Go to a drive-in movie

Professional

  1. Launch an interview series on my blog that highlights other creative women
  2. Hire an independent contractor
  3. Set up recurring monthly contributions to my retirement account
  4. Organize all of my hard drives & create a new cloud backup system
  5. Post an IGTV video
  6. Book my first paid sponsorship post
  7. Have my work published in another national magazine
  8. Make my first affiliate sale
  9. Teach a workshop
  10. Partner with someone with a similar audience to grow our followings
  11. Grow my email list to 250 subscribers
  12. Create a media kit
  13. Sell my prints in a store
  14. Buy a new computer

Friends & Family

  1. Host a dinner party at our house
  2. Give 5 “just because” gifts
  3. Send a birthday card to each of my friends
  4. Make our guest room and bathroom extra cozy and welcoming for guests

Just for Fun

  1. Deposit $20 into a savings account when I complete each of these items
  2. Buy a new inspiring coffee table book
  3. Create a Spotify playlist each season of my current favorite songs
  4. Visit a new state park
  5. Buy a bold lip color
  6. Start some sort of club (I don’t know what but it sounds fun!)
  7. Go dancing
  8. Learn embroidery
  9. Play The Sims every once in a while
  10. Tie-dye t-shirts
  11. Learn how to compost
  12. Go antiquing

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