101 in 1001 Days

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I will be the first person to admit that I am no good at New Year's Resolutions. I love the idea of a good goal setting session and I love the idea of ending one year making a list of things I hope to improve or do in the upcoming year -- but I am terrible at following through.

This year is going to be different. 2015 is going to be a year of measurable success and change. I'm going into this new year with the support of a fantastic, caring family, the most fabulous group of girlfriends anyone could ever ask for, and a boyfriend whom I just adore. I can't wait to see where this year takes me.

So... to turn these goals into a reality, I was inspired by the one and only Mackenzie Horan to write a list of 101 things I want to do or accomplish in 1001 days. Mackenzie is the mastermind behind the Design Darling blog and boutique -- definitely check her out...she's on her second 101 in 1001. The really cool thing about these 101 in 1001 lists is that there's a set time period and all of the goals are measurable and can be crossed off once completed. It's kind of a cross between new years resolutions, a to do list, and a bucket list.

I am so excited to get started and get things crossed off of this list! If any of you decide to write a 101 in 1001 list, definitely send me a link and let me know -- I would love to read your lists!

Here goes nothing. 1001 days. 2.75 years. cheers as we start this journy together!

start date: January 1, 2014
end date: September 28, 2017

disclaimer: these are in no order currently. I will add my list to a page at top of my blog and you can check on my progress as I go. I'll categorize my goals on the 101 in 1001 page. I will also write an update post at the beginning of each month so I can share some fun stories from this experiment.

1. go one month without shopping
2. go one month without fast food
3. volunteer for a cause I am passionate about
4. read 5 autobiographies or biographies (memoirs count too)
5. read 5 new classic novels

6. read for 30 minutes every night for a week
7. get a chemical peel
8. start a new blog series
9. publish 3 how to posts
10. get a promotion

11. take my grandpa out to dinner
12. run a race (5k, 10k, half-marathon)
13. take a roadtrip with my girlfriends
14. leave a 100% tip for great service
15. send snail mail birthday cards to 10 friends

16. attend 5 musicals or plays at local theatres
17. travel somewhere new and exciting
18. try 10 new cincinnati restaurants
19. go to a yoga class once a week for a month
20. go two months without Starbucks

21. have professional pictures taken
22. host a giveaway on S+W
23. send thank you cards once a month
24. save $20/month to put towards a Society Social barcart
25. pay for a stranger's coffee

26. go camping
27. go apple or berry picking
28. play tennis
29. go social media-less for a weekend
30. get my wisdom teeth removed

31. guest blog
32. host a guest blogger
33. start a new blog series
34. send Christmas cards
35. inspire someone else to make a 101 in 1001

36. learn to drive a stick shift
37. go fishing
38. sing a song with David and record it
39. run 3x a week for one month
40. get a massage

41. save $1,000 for a rainy day
42. have a pen pal
43. go to church at least 1 Sunday each month
44. hit 500, 1,000, 1,500 followers on Instagram
45. host my parents for a dinner party

46. have a fully stocked bar - (tequila, vodka, rum, gin, bourbon, white wine, red wine) and all of the fixins
47. buy my dream Society Social couch
48. buy my blog domain
49. take a trip to a vineyard
50. take a bus trip to the Kentucky Derby with all of my best friends -- relive my college days

51. donate to my high school alma mater
52. try a cycling class
53. buy a nice camera for my blog
54. create my own logo - or hire someone to create one
55. create S+W business cards

56. perfect a cocktail recipe and make it my signiture drink
57. play 18 holes of golf
58. meet with other local bloggers for brunch
59. consistently update my resume
60. plan and host a fabulous 25th birthday party

61. buy and organize an address book and fill it with the necessary information
62. get up early and go to a coffee shop for work purposes once/week for 1 month
63. cook/bake 10 things from pinterest
64. go to a wine tasting class
65. attend a wine and painting class for a girls night out

66. complete a month of the blogilates workout calendar
67. buy a desk for my apartment
68. (finally) paint my bedroom furniture
69. collect 10 fashion and style related coffee table books
70. blog a "10 favorite things to do in Cincinnati" list

71. use my library card 10 times
72. make my bed every morning for 1 month
73. create a collab series with my bff Elizabeth
74. attend the local farmer's market in my neighborhood at least 5 times each summer
75. give something up for Lent and stick with it

76. perfect 5 "go to" recipes
77. introduce myself to my neighbors
78. read the newspaper every day for 1 month
79. find doctors that I like and make appointments for the future
80. go to a Red's game

81. watch 15 TED talks
82. launch an online boutique or etsy shop
83. attend a final friday in OTR & blog about it
84. subscribe to a monthly box - ipsy, birchbox, naturebox etc.. (January 2015 - Birchbox)
85. drink 8 glasses of water every day for 30 days

86. buy cute desk accessories from Design Darling for #67
87. buy new glasses
88. host a "stock the bar" party for one of my friends -- new home, engagement, etc party
89. buy a pair of Hunter rainboots
90. go two weeks without dessert or sweets

91. keep fresh flowers in the apartment every week for 1 month
92. see a movie in Washington Park in the summer
93. go out to sing karaoke with friends
94. take a weekend trip to Chicago
95. take a beach trip

96. bring donuts or bagels into work to say thank you
97. plan blog posts out for each upcoming month by the 15th of the current month
98. spend a weekend at a bed and breakfast
99. go cabrewing
100. make a new spotify playlist each month
101. save $5 for every goal accomplished (#84)

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