101 things in 1001 days

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I’m not a big fan of serious goal setting because I think sometimes we chase unrealistic or unfulfilling “shiny pennies” as Jess Lively would call them.  But a month or so ago I mentioned I wanted to jump on the 101 things in 1001 days bandwagon inspired by The Design Darling – so here we go! My list is lighthearted and fun and mostly filled with things I’ve thought about or talked about doing that get lost in the busy-ness of life.  I’ll tick them off as I go, so hold me accountable if I start slacking!

Start date: April 30, 2015

End date: January 25, 2018


  1. Write my first 101 in 1001 days list
  2. Unplug completely for 24 hours (no phone, no computer, no television, no blog)
  3. Go one month without shopping {other than groceries, gotta eat ya’ll} {June 2015, why did I pick a month in the summer?}
  4. Learn how to curl my hair
  5. Complete the 100 item giveaway challenge {25 of 100 complete} (moving across the atlantic with only 3 suitcases made this one easy!)
  6. Go to bed every night at 10pm for two weeks straight
  7. Wake up at 6 am every day for two weeks straight
  8. Wake up without snoozing for two weeks straight
  9. Walk to and from work for two weeks straight (one of the best parts of my day!)
  10. Read 30 new books { 10/30 – Girl on the Train, Crazy Rich Girlfriend, Five Love Languages,The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, After You, Big Little Lies, The Women in Cabin 10, The Nightingale, The Girls, All the Light We Cannot See }
  11. See two concerts {Both an hour before the concerts, both completely spontaneous, both amazing – Taylor Swift concert and Saturday of Lollapalooza}
  12. Re-learn how to tie a tie
  13. Finish the gallery wall
  14. Donate blood at the work blood drive
  15. Start using day planner {started using this one}
  16. Donate to a cause I believe in
  17. Volunteer for a cause I believe in
  18. Start the 5 minute journal {started 5.12.15}
  19. Bring coffee from home for two weeks straight {aka no Starbucks}
  20. Find glasses I actually like to wear
  21. Buy coffee for the stranger behind me
  22. Complete and hold a handstand in yoga class
  23. Purchase and take the vitamins my doctors told me about 3 months ago
  24. Go an entire year without cracking my iphone screen {ugh, year one = fail}
  25. Unsubscribe from 20 email lists {unsubscribed from 31!}
  26. Cook dinner at home every night for a week
  27. Take a personal day from work with no plans
  28. Say yes to something outside my comfort zone {Hi – eating at a restaurant by myself!}
  29. Get promoted {June 2016}
  30. Run a 10k
  31. Learn how to sew on a button {6.1.15 sewing lessons from my mama}
  32. Say no to 5 things that don’t make me happy {3/5 said no to happy hour when need to relax, no to work event that didn’t resonate, no to dinner when wanted to save, }

Family & Friends

  1. Send 5 “just for fun” gifts to friends {2 of 5 complete, sent a packed party to my bestie,sent a fun care package}
  2. Give each member of my family at least one awesome, unexpected gift  {mailed my sister the 5 minute journal}
  3. Write 10 thank you notes for something other than gifts {3/10 sent}
  4. Reconnect with my favorite boss from high school job
  5. Send Mom just because flowers
  6. Rekindle an old friendship
  7. Visit a friend out of state {Mel – LA, Gab/Clea – NYC}
  8. Take another girls trip {Hamptons weekend with the girls – August 2015}
  9. Plan afternoon tea with the girls {Sketch, London 2.7.2016}
  10. Take a trip with my mom and sister


  1. Take a photography class
  2. Learn how to better use lightroom
  3. Host an event
  4. Finish blog redesign
  5. Write all blog posts early {not the night before} for two weeks straight
  6. Create a shop page
  7. Buy new lens for DSLR
  8. Get a month ahead of schedule on guru posts
  9. Send past gurus pictures
  10. Post 2 outfits per week for a month
  11. Attend to 10 blogger events
  12. Spruce up Pinterest page
  13. Officially separate blog expenses from personal
  14. Update/scrutinize the guru questionnaire for improvement


  1. Travel to 5 new countries {4/5 – South Africa, Ireland, Marrakech, Germany}
  2. Travel to a new continent {March 2016 – Africa}
  3. Visit 1 country for longer than a week {South Africa}
  4. Eat Mexican food in 2 of those new countries
  5. Brush up on my Spanish
  6. Try 10 new restaurants {10/10 – Blanchette, Som Saa, Duck & Waffle, Sketch, Andina, Dishoom, Santo Remedio, Bottega Prelibado, Hoi Poi, The Orange}
  7. Stay in 2 new {to me} hostels
  8. Visit San Francisco {Thank you work trip!}
  9. Go skiing
  10. Visit Patagonia


  1. Try 10 new Chicago restaurants {4/10 :Fred’s, Reza’s, Bistro Zinc, Blackbird, Girl and the Goat, Duseks, De cero, }
  2. Visit 2 Chicago museums
  3. Explore a new neighborhood
  4. Eat in China town
  5. Eat in little Italy
  6. Visit the Willis Tower
  7. Go on the Segway tour
  8. Plan a staycation
  9. Go kayaking on the Chicago river
  10. Go to 3 street festivals {1/3 Randolph street fair – highly recommend it, yum}

Just for fun

  1. Leave 100% tip for great service
  2. Watch the sunrise
  3. See a Broadway play {Lion King, unreal}
  4. Take a tennis lesson
  5. Make 10 new recipes {10/10 quinoa enchilada casserole, chicken quinoa salad, kale caesar, thai red curry, thai meatballs, lemon salmon, zucchini noodle pesto, Oatmeal cookies, Potatoe Curry, apple crumble pie}
  6. Take a wine tasting class
  7. Try 3 new work out classes {9/3 – Trainology, barry’s bootcamp, 1Rebel Rumble, 1Rebel reshape, Reformer, Abs & booty bootcamp, Power Yoga, Psycle, Soul Cycle}
  8. Start a book club
  9. Go bungee jumping {sorry mom}
  10. Throw a dinner party {NYE!}
  11. Try a new hair style {not bangs, been there done that} {chopped 5.14.15}
  12. Learn how to fishtail braid
  13. Print the pictures and finish photo album from last Europe trip
  14. Go rollerblading
  15. Splurge on Stubbs and Wootton flats
  16. Get a facial {Dani at LPA is the best! – 5.16.15}
  17. Play mini-golf
  18. Do one pull-up
  19. Take a road trip
  20. Start a new tradition
  21. Put $50 on black next time I’m In Vegas
  22. Send a Christmas card
  23. Sail in a sailboat
  24. Put $10 in savings for every goal achieved
  25. Write the next 101 things list


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One Comment

  1. I absolutely love this! So motivating and just the inspiration boost I needed. Thanks for the great read!

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