Friday, January 2, 2015

101 in 1001 Update

The first few weeks of each year is a popular time to set new goals.  Last year I chose to take my goal setting a different direction than I had in prior years.  I chose to create a list of 101 things I wanted to accomplish in 1001 days.  I was inspired to created my goals in this format thanks to Southern Simplicity, a blog which has unfortunately not continued.  I liked the idea of this type of goal setting because it combined realistic goals with some dream goals over a longer period of time.  This list seemed more doable to me than some other new year resolutions that people commonly create and don't accomplish.

It took me quite some time to come up with the 101 items.  This year I finally finished compiling my goals and began to check some of them off the list.  My list has changed several times since I created it and it will probably change a few more times before I reach September 30, 2016...but that is okay it's better to set new goals than to have no goals.

Start Date: January 3, 2014
End Date: September 30, 2016
(12 out of 101 complete)

1.     Actually complete a 30-day fitness challenge.
2.     Attend a fitness class.
3.     Attend a wedding.
4.     Attend an orchestra.
5.     Attend the ballet.
7.     Be a guest blogger.
8.     Blog about most of the tasks I have completed.
9.     Blog every day for a month
10. Buy a stranger coffee.
11. Buy all the items on the Fashion Essentials for Every Girl list. 
12. Buy an Ipad.
13. Carve a pumpkin and bake the seeds.
14. Come up with 101 things.
15. Complete 5 DIY projects.
16. Complete a 30-day photography challenge.
17. Complete a scrapbook.
18. Complete a yearly savings plan.
19. Cook Dinner at least twice a week for a month.
20. Create a food and exercise journal.
21. Create a book of my mom's recipes that I love.
22. Create an inspiration board.
23. Do a polar plunge.
24. Drink at least 60 ounces of water a day for a month straight.
25. Eat clean four times per week for one month.
26. Finish a puzzle with my Dad.
27. Get a massage
28. Give three "just because" presents to friends.
29. Go a month without buying any new clothes.
30. Go a month without buying anything for myself, outside of the necessities.
31. Go apple picking.
32. Go camping.
33. Go hiking.
34. Go kayaking.
35. Go pumpkin picking
36. Go snorkeling.
37. Go some place where the Ocean water is fairly clear.
38. Go three weeks without Starbucks.
39. Go to a country concert.
40. Go to a Lilly warehouse sale.
41. Go to a Penn State football game.
42. Go to a wine tasting.
43. Go to NYC.
44. Go white water rafting.
45. Go without hitting the snooze button, on my alarm, for a week.
46. Hand write 20 notes. 
47. Have a picnic.
48. Have bloggers guest blog on The Shore Life According to M.
49. Hit 100 followers on my blog.
50. Host a blog giveaway.
51. Host a dinner party.
52. Inspire somebody else to do 101 things in 1001 days.
53. Invest in a good camera.
54. Join an honors society (get good enough grades to).
55. Knit for charity.
56. Learn how to do my makeup.
57. Learn how to fold fitted sheets.
58. Learn how to play tennis.
59. Learn to Paddle Board.
60. Learn to sew.
61. Leave a 100% tip somewhere.
62. Listen to a podcast.
63. Make Dean's List.
64. Make homemade fudge.
65. Make working out a daily habit.
66. Meet a blogging friend in person.
67. Obtain a passport
68. Order dessert before dinner at a restaurant.
69. Paint a cooler.
70. Paint a Lilly print.
71. Participate in "Meatless Mondays" for one month.
72. Participate in 100 Happy Days
73. Participate in a color run.
74. Participate in a mud run
75. Pay for a stranger's bill somewhere.
76. Pick berries.
77. Plant a garden.
78. Participate in a Turkey Trot. 
79. Read 101 Books.
80. Read five books from the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.
81. Run a 10k
82. Run a 5k
83. Run a half marathon.
84. See an MLB game.
85. See an NFL game.
86. See an NHL game.
87. See and NBA game.
88. Send 101 handwritten notes.
89. Send someone flowers randomly.
90. Take part in More Love Lettering.
91. Travel some place outside of the United States.
92. Unplug for one full day.
93. Visit a museum. 
94. Visit Philadelphia.
95. Vlog at least one time.
96. Wake up and watch the sunrise.
97. Watch a movie at a movie tavern.
98. Watch my brother graduate high school.
99. Watch Sex and the City.
100.Write 10 operation beautiful notes.
101. Write a collaboration post with another blogger.

In 2015 I hope to accomplish a large portion of the items on the list. One year from now I will only have 9 months to complete all of my goals.  If you are feeling inspired to start your own 101 in 1001 list, let me know and I will add your name to my 101 in 1001 page! I love reading others' list of goals.

Today is the second day of a new year. How are you going to make this your best year yet?

Update: At the end of 2016, I completed 56/101 items on the list. 


  1. This is such a cool idea! I may have to do this eventually!


  2. Oh my gosh, emailing you now because I'm going to help you with one of your goals!

  3. I love this! Great idea, I'm definitely going to add one of these to my page! LOVE

  4. I think the hardest part would be to come up with 101 things, looks like you're off to a great start though. I hope you achieve everything!