I am a longtime fan of Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling, and I have been inspired by her to begin my own list of 101 things to complete in 1001 days. As she described it, it’s a “happy medium between writing a to do list and keeping a bucket list. It’s a way to dream big and make regular progress toward meeting those longer term goals.” I have crafted my own list and look forward to sharing my progress and experiences with everyone!
Start: January 1, 2014
- Compete in a masters swim meet.
- Complete a triathlon.
- Meet my goal weight.
- Do yoga every day for a month.
- Stop biting my nails.
- Complete a Bible study.
- Try every fitness class offered at my gym.
- Take a self-defense class.
- Give up swearing for Lent (and see if it lasts after that!).
- Complete a plank challenge.
- Floss every other day for a month (and see if I can finally maintain the habit).
Go to the eye doctor. (March 2015)
- Eat as a vegetarian for a month.
- Complete a squat challenge.
Try 20 different workouts from what I have saved from magazines over the years.(Decided to recycle them instead, July 2014).
- Practice meditation/mindfulness every day for a month.
Attend a musical I’ve never seen before(Flashdance, April 2014; Newsies, November 2014).
- Visit four museums in Cleveland.
Go to a Blue Jackets game.(January 2014)
- Go apple or berry picking.
- Attend a live comedy show.
- Ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
Eat at five new-to-me restaurants in the Cleveland or Columbus area(Jammy Buggar’s, July 2014; Fathead’s, July 2014; Barrio, August 2014; Nuevo Acapalco, September 2014; Arepazo Tapas and Wine, December 2014).
- Go on a tour of a brewery.
- Attend a professional orchestra concert.
Visit the Cleveland Botanical Gardens(September 2014).
- Go camping.
- Visit the Underground Railroad museum in Cincinnati.
- Obtain a passport and use it, even if only to travel to Canada (the only other country I have ever been in besides the U.S.).
Visit the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton(September 2015).
- Take Madison to the dog beach.
- Visit Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Attend Dinner on the Diamond again.
- See a major league baseball game in a stadium I have never been to before.
- Go to a BGSU home football game.
Send Christmas cards to all of our family and friends before the holiday(December 2014). Host a book club meeting(January 2015).
- Prepare a meal for my family using an outdoor grill.
- Do something extra special for each member of my family.
- Host a fancy brunch for my friends.
- Mail my closest friends and family cards for each birthday during these 1,001 days.
Throw a party for my parents’ 35th wedding anniversary(December 2014 – got them a present instead because they requested not to have a party).
- Donate to PAWS in Madison’s name.
Donate toys to kids in need(December 2015).
- Donate to BGSU.
- Complete 25 random acts of kindness.
- Donate blankets or coats to those in need.
- “Pay it forward” at a coffee shop or at a tollbooth.
- Donate books to an organization that distributes them to those who need them or volunteer with a literacy organization.
- Complete 40 service hours.
- Sponsor an athlete at PSH or donate to scholarships offered through PCSD.
- Read 75 books I have never read before (keeping track on my Goodreads 101 in 1001 shelf).
- Bake a pie from scratch.
- Make a pizza (dough and sauce) from scratch.
- Complete compiling and order a full wedding album.
- See a classic movie in a movie theater.
- Knit a scarf.
- Make 15 recipes out of Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
- Be inspired by Pinterest 10 times to either create/bake/cook something or utilize a cleaning/organization tip.
- Back up all my photos.
- Make a T-shirt quilt.
- Watch 10 Best Picture winning films I haven’t see before.
Back up all my music(January 2015).
- Create Snapfish or Shutterfly albums for each year since high school.
- Bake 12 different recipes of cookies and cut each recipe into an unique shape using our Year Of Cookies cookie cutters we were gifted for our wedding.
- Spend at least two months blogging consistently (five days a week).
- Watch Gone With the Wind again.
Organize all my workout and recipe clippings from magazines into navigable binders/digital files(July 2014 – recycled my clippings instead as part of a de-cluttering effort).
- Start a history podcast and publish at least three episodes.
- Organize all my previously written swim practices and planning into navigable binders/digital files.
Obtain a full-time classroom position and/or begin earning my masters degree(June 2014).
- Learn all of the world’s capital cities and the names and locations of major rivers, mountains, etc.
- Develop my Honors Project (from college) into a full book.
- Organize all my lesson plans and resources into navigable binders/digital files.
- Find a way to combine my loves of social media and the field of education into something that serves a resource and/or community for either teachers or students.
- Truly study (not just skim/index through) all the swimming books I own and organize my notes on them into navigable binders/digital files.
Things That Scare Me
- Sing karaoke
- Buy a bikini and wear it in public.
- Get another tattoo.
- Pay off the Honda Civic Dan and I purchased in March 2013 ahead of schedule.
- Save at least $5,000.
- Create a solid budget and begin cultivating spending/saving tracking habits by following it successfully for at least two months.
- Finish changing name on all accounts/relevant records.
- Write a will and a living will.
Buy big plastic bins and use them to organize the storage space/seasonal decorations(December 2015). Set up a home office(August 2014).
- Create and implement a rotating cleaning schedule and follow it for at least two months straight.
- Do an intake of my belongings, donate or toss what I don’t need, and organize what I am keeping.
- Find a more effective system for receiving mail, disposing of it/filing it, and responding to it.
- Style our bedroom.
Style our living room(January 2016).
- Buy an actual address book and use it.
- Clean my car and keep it tidy for at least two months.
- Find a skincare regimen that works for me and follow it for at least 30 days.
Buy a grown up watch, and wear it regularly(June 2014).
- Learn 5 new ways to style my hair.
- Get a pedicure.
- Find the perfect little black dress.
- Get grown-up luggage and use it (instead of using my backpack from high school!).
- Find my “signature scent.”
- Purchase a monogrammed bracelet or necklace.
End date: September 27, 2016