The first time I saw Mackenzie Horan’s 101 in 1001 list on Design Darling, I knew right away that it was a great idea. I have been meaning to write my own for a long time, and the new year turned out to be the perfect time!
I realized while writing this that it is hard to set goals, for fear of failure. I found myself typing out a goal, then wondering, “Hmmm, I don’t think I can actually do that.” Sometimes I would change it, sometimes I wouldn’t. But why? Why am I so scared? Because I think I won’t finish it? And some strangers on the internet will hold me accountable? Or am I scared because I fear that I won’t be able to do things because I can’t. Why can’t I travel to two new countries? Why can I only read 20 books instead of 30?
Not all of these are big, life-changing things. Some are just random things that I want to do, and I have a good excuse to write them down. I never make resolutions, I instead try to set goals or have specific things I want to accomplish. Hence, this list.
Also, I only have 85 things right now. I didn’t want to pressure myself to put down things that didn’t really matter, and it was hard enough to put down 85 things that I want to accomplish (I’ve been stalling on this post for almost a week!). So, I’m giving myself room to add things- things will change in the next 1001 days and there will be new things that I want to see, do, or accomplish.
So, here it is- my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.
Starts: January 1, 2016
Ends: September 28, 2018
- Unplug for an entire weekend.
- Read 20 books.
Plan a surprise party for someone. Host a holiday(Friendsgiving).
- See 3 concerts.
- Read my great-grandfather’s autobiography.
Learn to cook 5 dishes really well. Learn to bake 3 things really well. Eat healthy for a week.
- Do something to keep up with my French once a month (reading, watching movies with no subtitles, etc.)
- Learn (the basics of) a new language.
Reconnect with my study abroad friends. Do something nice for friends/family out of the blue. Go country dancing.
- Read 5 biographies.
- Watch 10 new documentaries.
- Work out at least once a week.
- Reconnect with my French teacher.
Learn to use my curling iron.
- Volunteer for something.
- Give up coffee for a week.
- Donate to a cause I care about.
- Give up social media for a few days.
Get into a better sleep schedule.
- Actually print out pictures that I like instead of just posting them.
- Create a scrapbook/photo album for study abroad.
- Organize all my photos.
Start playing tennis again. Host a party just because for my friends.
- Go a month without buying any new clothes.
Move into my own place! Have a housewarming party. Decorate my new place.
- Write down my ancestry and create a family tree.
Go 2 weeks without eating out.
- Read every night for a month.
- Take a workout/dance class.
Host New York friends in Dallas. Don’t buy Starbucks for a month.
- See a play/musical.
Get a blowout.
Get a job!
- Dedicate more time to my blog.
- Write posts that I really care about.
- Work with at least 5 companies.
- Blog at least once a week, every week.
- Create an NYC travel guide.
- Double my social following.
Move to self-hosted WordPress.
- Contribute to 5 websites.
Get certified in something(Inbound).
- Renew my Hootsuite certification.
- Create at least 5 fashion posts a month.
- Dallas: Try 10 new restaurants.
- Go to a rodeo.
- Visit Marfa.
- Visit Big Bend.
- Visit Fredericksburg.
Buy a pair of cowboy boots. Visit the aquarium.
- Visit the arboretum.
Explore a new neighborhood. Visit a new museum.
- Create a Dallas city guide.
- Swim in Hamilton Pool.
- Hike the 360 Bridge in Austin.
Spend the day in Klyde Warren Park.
- Visit a new country.
- Visit a new continent.
Go on a couple’s trip.
- Go on a mom/daughter trip.
- Visit 5 new cities (Miami, Nashville).
- Visit 3 new states (Tennessee).
Plan a Europe trip(London and Lisbon).
- Go wine tasting.
Go on a trip with friends.
- Create the ultimate Study Abroad Guide.
Go back to Amsterdam.
- Go on a road trip.
- Visit LA again.
- Go somewhere spontaneously (no planning!).
- Go back to Boston.
- Visit DC and cross off all my must-see sights.
- Learn to ski.