I heard about the 101 things in 1001 days concept from Kendra Adachi of The Lazy Genius Collective (new discovery that I really enjoy). She chatted with the gals of Around The Table Podcast (long-time listener to this fun podcast) about a new version of goal setting that focuses on joy not productivity.
She created a list of 101 things she wanted to do in 1001 days. The idea is not unique to Kendra, but I loved her spin on it and immediately started thinking of my 101 things. As someone who tends to idolize productivity and have unrealistic expectations of myself, I resonated with her idea that goals/lists should be life-giving not soul-sucking.
Kendra does a much better job (and is much more inspiring) explaining her take on 101 things in 1001 days, so if this appeals to you at all, listen to this podcast (discussion starts at 11:15 ) and read this blog post.
In the meantime, here’s my list!
- Something that would truly bring me joy.
- Not a to-do list item.
- Something I would look forward to accomplishing.
- No habits. (Not make my bed/floss everyday)
- Specific. There had to be a measurable amount.
Start Date: February 3rd, 2016
End Date: October 31st, 2018
- Compile a month of dinners we love for each season. This would make meal planning so much easier.
- Create and wear a capsule wardrobe for at least one season. I’ve been intrigued by this concept for a while. I especially like Lindsay’s take on it.
- Ask 10 friends what their favorite book is and read it. Bookish friends, I’m coming for you…
- Go wine tasting with Tim. There’s several wineries practically in our backyard that we want to check out.
- Take a train ride with the family. Either Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway or the Hawk Mountain Line (or both).
- Submit three pieces to Hello, Dearest. I don’t care if they are chosen for publication (well, that would be lovely…), I just want to be better about putting myself out there as a writer. Since I’m involved in MOPs, their magazine seemed like a good place to start.
- Run a race that gets a medal. I just want a medal, dangit.
- Learn and perfect choreography to one Zumba routine. You know the “would you rather have an amazing voice or be a fantastic dancer” question? I’d rather be a fantastic dancer. I made Tim steal a Zumba DVD during a white elephant exchange and I will work on my moves in the privacy of my own home.
- Finish a quilt. I have several half-finished projects that need to be completed.
- Do 10 push ups.
- Take Cozy Minimalist and Cozy Minimalist Mom courses. A Christmas gift from Tim that I am so excited about.
- Buy a house. Our lease is up at the end of 2016 and we’d like to buy a place.
- Create a gallery wall.
- Make a Hyder/Jensen favorites cookbook. It’s good to have all the family favorites in one place. Plus, this fulfills one of my college career dreams of being a cookbook editor.
- Finish my Italy semester Blurb book. I have a lovely coffee table book made for my semester in Oxford, but the book for my semester in Italy has been half done for years.
- Make a wedding photo album. It’s only been four years…
- Pick and arrange wildflowers.
- Go on a bike tour with Tim. I’ve been on two of these with my mom and I know Tim and I would really enjoy doing this together.
- Speak somewhere? Question mark because this scares the heck out of me, but I find that oddly thrilling. I’m guessing I could wrangle Tim into letting me be a guest speaker at youth group.
- Go to NY city. Haven’t been since our honeymoon and now we live so close.
- Can something.
- Grow something edible. Definitely herbs this summer and raised beds when we buy a house.
- Sew more cloth napkins. My mom sewed me a bunch of cloth napkins and I’d like to add to the collection.
- Touch my toes. Tall girl problems.
- Family road trip. Snack breaks and potty stops included :)
- Read 5 books about prayer. My list so far includes: A Year of Living Prayerfully by Jared Brock, Prayer: Finding the Hearts True Home by Richard Foster, The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen
- Memorize 10 verses about trust/fear.
- Create an anti-anxiety playlist. I’m not one of those people who listen to music all the time, but certain music has a way of pointing me to the true source of peace..
- Make homemade pizza and make it a weekly thing. An inexpensive and fun tradition.
- Find natural makeup that doesn’t make me itch. I’ve inherited sensitive skin that seems to get worse with age. Most drugstore makeup either makes me itch or gives me a rash. I don’t wear much makeup, but I’d like the stuff I do wear not to make me look like a lizard.
- Wear red lipstick out in public. Something I’ve wanted to try, but am nervous that if I do, people will just stare at me and think, “oh my goodness she has red lips.” One of my favorite podcasts is sponsoring a #LeapIntoLipstick challenge this month (February 2016), so I may cross this one off quickly.
- Go on a midnight kayak. My parents live on a lake and I love to kayak when we visit. I’ve never been at night and I hear it’s magical.
- Float in the middle of the lake. Another to do at my parents. I’m taking a book with me!
- Swim in the lake with the fam. Confession: Underwater plants freak me out. The lake we go to is filled with things that will touch you and heretofore that has kept me from actually swimming in the lake. However, I know the kiddos will enjoy splashing around and I don’t want to miss out on the fun.
- Visit my brother and sister-in-law (wherever they are living). My brother is getting married in 2016!!!! We’ve lived in different states for the past 5 years. I want to visit he and his wife wherever they settle down, which is currently Nashville.
- Go cross country skiing. The thought of hurtling down a mountain on two pieces of wood is utterly terrifying, but I think I’d love sliding through silent woods.
- Knit a blanket. Not specifying a size…
- Make a throw-pillow cover. Like this or this.
- Throw a birthday party. Tim’s 30th falls in this time frame, so he might be the recipient of this one :)
- Take a class at Barre3.
- Get a tattoo. Pretty sure my mom just threw up a little when she read this.
- Watch 5 musicals I’ve never seen. Suggestions welcome!
- Make a cocktail. I’m tempted by a Moscow mule because the mugs are so darn cool.
- Read North and South by Elizabeth Gaskall. Loved the BBC mini series. I can’t believe I haven’t read the book yet.
- Go to Longwood Gardens.
- Go sea glass hunting at Torrey Pines. Which would require a trip to California. I’m totally okay with that.
- Try my hand at faux mercury glass.
- Complete 12 dates. My sweet hubby planned out 12 dates to go on as a Christmas gift. I think 2.5 years is a more realistic time frame.
- Go to the Philadelphia Zoo.
- Get You Are Here Starbucks mugs from places we go. Tim came with a Starbucks cities mug collection and we’ve enjoyed growing it together. I particularly like the You Are Here collection. We have California, Disneyland, and Nashville. I’m eyeing Philadelphia, CA Adventure (not sure why we didn’t buy that one while we were there last year), San Diego, and New York.
- Do a jumping photo with Tim. They just make me happy.
- Finish Downton Abbey. We left off some where in Season 4.
- Find a way to preserve family photos. I want to be better about albums or prints or something.
- Attend a conference. One of my strengths is Input. I love everything about conferences – learning, taking notes, information packets, the cool name tag lanyards…
- Do something crafty with my embroidery hoops. Inspired by all the cuteness here. And all these pins.
- Read a marriage book with Tim. We started You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan last year. I’d like to finish.
- Read a parenting book. I’m thinking Boundaries with Kids.
- Make a side income. Whether it’s a one time thing or a part-time job. I’m in no hurry, but this is on my radar.
- Finish “tidying” our things. Loved The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up but didn’t get to everything before Kennedy came.
- Make freezer jam. Probably blueberry (see #81).
- Plant a cutting garden. Flowers give me joy. When we have a house where there’s room for a garden, I will fill it with flowers to pick and enjoy.
- Watch the sunrise somewhere. From the porch at my parent’s camp with a cup of coffee sounds pretty delightful.
- Run with Tim. When we were dating, Tim and I ran together often, but with kiddos the logistics of that is difficult. I miss it.
- Do a trail run. A winery near my parents hosts a trail run in the Fall. Gorgeous scenery and tasty post-run fuel is a win win.
- Repaint our table. I painted the top of a table I inherited from my Grandma with Annie Sloan chalk paint, but it needs a new coat.
- Go to HomeGoods by myself. I love HomeGoods, but it’s a wander around kind of store that is best enjoyed without kids.
- Have afternoon tea with my mom. One of my favorite things to do with my mom and we haven’t done it in ages.
- Get a facial. Maybe they can help me with #30.
- Have a picnic.
- Go hiking with the kids.
- Have a cavity free dentist appointment. All I want is to have the hygienist say, “well done, good and faithful brusher.”
- Do a Whole 30. We’ve gone sugar-free multiple times. I’d be interested to see how I felt after doing Whole 30.
- Finish The Chefs Table series. A fantastic documentary series on Netflix.
- Buy or build a fire pit.
- Do some chalkboard art. I have a cool frame that I’d like to convert into a chalkboard. Gives me an excuse to practice some hand-lettering.
- Fix up James’ easel and have an art day. We bought James an play easel at a garage sale that needs some TLC. He’s not super crafty, but I think he’ll enjoy messing around with paints and such.
- Participate in #LoveLehighValley as a family of four. Our church shuts down one day a year and serves throughout the community. I wasn’t able to participate last year and am looking forward to doing this as a family of four.
- Make homemade ice cream. I have fond memories of doing this when I was a kid. Nothing beats the taste of homemade ice cream. Especially hand-cranked homemade ice cream.
- Acquire a birthstone ring for Kennedy. I have this birthstone ring for James and would like one for Kennedy to stack with it. Our fifth anniversary falls within this time frame, hint hint.
- Buy something at an auction. I love me some country auctions. Last year I accidentally bought two glass swans, among other goodies.
- Stock the freezer with blueberries. There’s such good blueberry picking up near my parents. James loves blueberry picking (so do Tim and I) and I’d like to have them available year ’round.
- Explore Healthy Alternatives. Healthy Alternatives is a health food store and cafe near our home that Tim and I want to check out.
- Visit the Farmers’ Museum. A living history museum In Cooperstown, NY.
- Put exterior Christmas lights up. We haven’t done this since we got married. Lights are one of my favorite things about the Christmas season.
- Successfully poach an egg.
- Decide on a go-to meal to take to new moms.
- Create and implement a schedule for Jimmy. I think James would thrive (and, therefore, I would thrive) if he had some activities he could count on doing at a certain time most days.
- Monthly James date. I love my little man and I want to be purposeful about having one on one time with him.
- Get together with the Bowers family. I met Katherine and her husband when we were all studying abroad in England. We’ve kept in touch over the years despite living in different states. We now each have two kids, very close in age, and she’s been an awesome momma friend. The last time I saw them, Kat and I were both pregnant with our daughters. I’d love for our families to meet up again.
- Figure out my Enneagram type. I’m a personality type junkie (I’m an INFJ), and would like to explore the Enneagram. It seems a little intimidating.
- Create a new family tradition. Traditions are and were important to me. I’d like to establish some memorable ones for James and Kennedy.
- Buy new running shoes. Extra points if I go to a place that analyzes your gait.
- Finish Psych. Tim introduced me to Psych when we were dating and we spent many nights watching episode after episode. We stopped after season 6, so we have two seasons to watch.
- Visit a National Park. We’re visiting Gettysburg soon, so this one will be easy to accomplish.
- Take a book to Baked and read on the porch. Baked is a favorite, local breakfast place.
- Make pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants). I’ve always been super intimidated by croissants.
- Find a way to track my activity that I will use consistently. I’m thinking a Fitbit Zip might be a good, unobtrusive option.
- Get to a point where we don’t buy bread. I have a bread maker, but it makes a weird shape loaf that is not conducive to sandwich making. So, I either want to become proficient in hand shaping or invest in a Zojirushi.
- Sit down with a financial planner. We stick to a budget but we don’t really have a plan for our kiddos’ college/weddings. I’d like to be proactive about saving for the future.
- Buy a chest freezer. We have an extra mini fridge in our garage that works for now. However, I’d like to buy meat in bulk and have room to store all the blueberries we pick in the summer.
- Document my 101 things. I’ll be keeping track of my progress on Instagram. Follow along at #Emilys101things.
8 thoughts on “101 things in 1001 days”
I love your list!!!
If you ever come to Nashville, you need to come to Memphis and we can meet or I’ll drive to Nashville! And my husband is a certified financial planner, so you can knockout something from your list. I can take you blueberry picking and we can can foods. You can knock out more than one thing from your list!!! 😊
I would love that, Ginny! (How did I not realize you lived in Memphis??)
This is a FANTASTIC list. Touching your toes, red lipstick out in public, making your mom cringe over a tattoo… I’m dying. So loved reading this. And I’m excited for you that you put it out there! I think that’s often the hardest part, so bravo. And I’m seriously SERIOUSLY in love with the seasonal recipe favorites. Such a great idea.
I have so many words to say. This is such a great list. Seasonal dinners, capsule wardrobe, touching your toes, red lipstick out in public, a cringing-mom tattoo, figuring out your Enneagram… and that’s just what I can remember. I so loved reading this, and I’m so happy for you that you put it out there! I think that’s sometimes the hardest part, so bravo. Good luck over the next 1,001 days. :: fist pump ::
P.S. This is Lazy Genius Kendra. It won’t let me comment without a WordPress account, so this is an old one. But it’s me. :) Thanks for sharing your link with us!
Emily!!! I am so glad I found your wonderful blog. Your list is pure inspiration and I loved it all. I hope you get to accomplish it all. And now I can go binge read the rest of your blog, yay!
Hi Kelsey!! I love following you on Instagram – wish I found you before we moved away from Coeur d’Alene…
Well I live in SE Idaho, so don’t sweat it! We are quite a ways away!