101 in 1001

Psst....The deadline I set for myself with this list has passed, so here's a recap to see how I did. Creating this list was one of the best things I've ever done. I highly recommend it! Please let me know if you are inspired to create your own list. I would love to see it!

This blog started when I suddenly got the idea to start a life list and blog about it.  I saw the idea for 101 things to do in 1001 days from Mackenzie at Design Darling (that's about 2.75 years-something I might actually be able to do) so here is my list.  It's pretty ambitious, and I most likely won't get to all of it, but I'm going to try to hit as many as I can, and perhaps become a more interesting person in the process.  Welcome!

List/Blog related:
1. Come up with 101 things.
2. Start a blog and don't over think it.
3. Inspire someone to start a list of her own. Check out Kirsten's list here and Ash's list here.
4. Organize this list by topic.
5. Get up the courage to actually tell others about my blog.
6. Think of a better name for my blog.
7. Start leaving at least one daily blog comment on one of the many blogs I read each day.

8. Move to a beautiful new city. Proof here.
9. Run errands on my bicycle. I've been running errands on my scooter instead, and I like that better.
10. Go skydiving. I just don't want to do this anymore. I want to live.
11. Take a trip by myself. Proof here.
12. Make one new friend.
13. Teach a spin class. No, thanks. I don't want to do this one anymore.
14. Plant a little vegetable garden and eat something I grow.
15. Get a tattoo. Proof here.
16. Travel by myself.
17. Watch at least 10 films that have been awarded the Oscar for Best Picture. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
18. Take a ballroom dance class with Rand.
19. Watch all the Star Wars movies, just to figure out what the big deal is.
20. Attend a Friday night Art Walk.  On time for once.
21. Go to an estate auction.
22. Open a flea market booth.
23. Build my own record collection. Proof here.
24. Put new tires on my bicycle and put a basket on the front.
25. Find five new (to me) musicians/bands I really like. (12 /5)
26. See a live musical.

27. Run a half-marathon. Completed 5/25/13 in 2:17:18.  Read about it here.
28. Complete a Tough Mudder.
29. Run a 10k. Completed 3/23/13 in 56:21.
30. Run a 5k in less than 25 minutes.
31. Run a marathon.
32. Try a Crossfit class.

33. Increase our savings account.
34. Get our house ready to sell.
35. Sell our house.
36. Pay off my credit card debt.
37. Pay off Rand's student loan.
38. Save up and buy Photoshop.

39. Take a sushi making class.
40. Gradually purge some belongings and learn to live with less. Proof here.
41. Take a foreign language class/buy software/get a book/something to get started learning another language.
42. Purchase a musical instrument. And begin learning to play it.
43. Read 20 new books. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20)
44. Learn five healthy recipes and get good at making them, so that we don't eat out just because the dining hall is closed.
45. Learn how to bake chocolate chip cookies.
46. Learn how to develop life-long healthy eating habits (see #44).
47. Learn how to use my sewing machine properly and for something other than making pillow cases. I lost interest in this one and got rid of my sewing machine. :)
48. Have Rand teach me how to play chess.
49. Take a photography class.
50. Try some Starbucks drinks other than the caramel latte and find my favorite.
51. Research and learn techniques to make myself less ticklish.  If it works, get a pedicure. I'm convinced that nothing can be done about this.
52. Find out what is actually in my favorite sushi rolls, so that I can order anywhere and get something I like.

53. Find the perfect, flattering one-piece swimsuit, and buy it.
54. Grow my hair out past that point just beyond my shoulders where I usually get frustrated and cut it all off.
55. Learn three new ways to style my hair.
56. Learn how to correctly put on make-up, and find the right make-up for my face.
57. Invest in some quality skin-care products that actually work for me.
58. Buy those glasses I love from Warby Parker.  Who cares if I don't have a prescription?  I like them.

59. Buy a nice DSLR camera. Proof here.
60. Learn to macrame that giant wall net I want so badly.
61. Figure out how to use my dad's Minolta correctly, take some great pictures with it, and frame some of those photographs to give to him.
62. Start wearing hats more.
63. Take some beautiful pictures of my house before I move.
64. Attend one of those "paint and sip" wine workshops.
65. Finish rebuilding the ottoman I took apart. No longer interested. :)
66. Hire someone to design a custom logo for my Etsy shop. Proof here.
67. Turn that logo into a stamp for item tags, and decide on a unique and pretty way to package tapestries for shipping.
68. Try refashioning that stack of slightly too-short pants into skinny dress pants I could wear to work.
69. DIY some ombre curtains. Eh, I don't think so. :)
70. Do something with my grandfather's WWII foot locker/trunk. Proof here.

71.Clean out my kitchen and get rid of anything I don't really use.
72. Retrieve the files from our old computer and back-up our new computer.
73.Clean out all the binders in my classroom and organize my teaching materials into monthly bins.
74.Organize and clean out the photos on my iphone.
75.Clean out and organize my desk at home.
76.Go through those plastic containers in the closet and get rid of anything I can part with.  Find a way to fit the rest into fewer containers.
77. Clean out the old, old desktop computer, keep anything from it that I want, and then get rid of it.

78. Teach a different grade level.
79. Go through my classroom stuff and get rid of anything I don't actually use to teach.
80. Get my classroom blog pretty and up and running. Proof here.
81. Find a larger tank for our class gecko.
82. Get a great new job in my city of future residence. Proof here.
83. Overcome my fear of public speaking and speak at a professional development workshop. (I didn't speak, but I spoke up, and that felt challenging enough.)
84. Get up with my first alarm (without hitting snooze or resetting the alarm) every day for one week.

85. *Secret gift idea.*
86. Volunteer.
87. Throw a party for Rand when he graduates with his master's degree.
88.*Secret gift idea.*
89. Make a generous donation to UNICEF.
90. Make handmade Christmas gifts for everyone in my family one year.

Home decor:
91. Have a home of mine featured in an online magazine or a blog. Proof here.
92. Photograph someone else's home.
93. Buy a new sofa. Proof here.
94. Take some e-courses and attend some workshops on design and photography to improve my skills.
95. Add five new plants to my home with starts from my mom's garden.
96. Locate a pair of beautiful mid-century chairs for my living room.
97. Expand my pottery collection.
98. Find a frame for my Jacksons poster and hang it in my home.
99.  Finish re-finishing that shell chair, and recover the cushion.
100. Paint and decorate my dressing room.
101. Buy a new bedding set. See it here.

My goal is to complete as many of these items as I can by September 21, 2015.  Here we go!


  1. Replies
    1. Awesome! That's so exciting! I love my list, it's really inspired me to grow and try new things and to become a more interesting person in the process!

  2. I'm working on my own list, so I've loved looking at yours for inspiration!

    1. That's wonderful! Please share a link when you get yours done. I would love to read it! This has been great motivation for me, so I'm excited to get to inspire others! :)

  3. Love this! Stumbled on your blog via ApartmentTherapy and so very glad I did!

  4. I'm glad I found your blog! This list really inspired me to start mine, thank you!

  5. There are so many things on this list I want to help you complete!


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