101 in 1001

After being only semi-successful with my 30 before 30 list, I decided to try again with an expanded version - the 101 in 1001 challenge! Here are the details directly from dayzeroproject.com, the original website behind this idea:

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

I started with travel, worked my way through relationship/personal, financial, home, health and finishing with just for fun goals to round out my list. Some of the items on the list are "grown-up" to-dos that I've been avoiding, while others will hopefully help me grow as a person. It took me longer than I anticipated to come up with all of these items, but now that the list is ready, I can't wait to begin! Here's the list:

101 in 1001 List

Start date - 10/20/2014 End date - 7/17/2017
1.      Three days in Charleston
2.      Three days in NYC
3.      Three days in Seattle
4.      Finger Lakes / NY wine country weekend
5.      Take advantage of flight benefits and fly to Boston for the day
6.      Create a re-usable and standardized packing list
7.      TSA Pre-check (conditional)
8.      See the Pacific Ocean
9.      Visit a new-to-me foreign country 
10.    Visit three out-of-state friends
11.    Take a trip with my sister
12.    Visit State College for an afternoon
13.    Visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore
14.    Host a brunch for Junior League members
15.    Research wills and get mine written and made official
16.    Create a family history book
17.    Plan a party for someone
18.    Treat my parents to a nice dinner out
19.    Bake my mother’s apple pie recipe 
20.    Send a surprise package to a far-away friend
21.    Host a small dinner party for two other couples
22.    Go to mass with a friend five times
23.    Have professional pictures taken of Jason and I
24.    Create an organized way to keep track of addresses
25.    Create a master “birthday calendar” and send cards to family and close friends
26.    Create a family photo book and gift it to my mother
27.    Host Friendsgiving
28.    Go camping with Jason
29.    Attend an optional career training event through work
30.    Attend an optional leadership building event through Junior League
31.    Obtain a leadership position within JLH
32.    Donate to an organization that isn’t JLH or THON
33.    Pay off half of my student loans (not necessarily half the amount, but half of the number of actual loans)
34.    Open an IRA (and contribute!) (February 2015)
35.    Spend only cash for an entire month
36.    Frame our wedding invitation
37.    Buy a piece of original art
38.    Save for and plan kitchen update
39.    Buy a personal-use carpet cleaner or steamer (and use it!) (December 2014)
40.    Re-finish/update back patio
41.    Research ways to make our home more energy-efficient and implement the best ideas
42.    Plant a small vegetable garden
43.    Hang Christmas lights outdoors and on trees
44.    Replace front door wreath each season
45.    Sew curtains for the living room
46.    Paint a striped wall in guest bedroom
47.    Create a clothing storage system for the closet
48.    Create a makeup storage system for the bathroom
49.    Create a jewelry storage system 
50.    Hang photos in hallway, living room and family room
51.    Complete a One Room Challenge
52.    Purchase monogrammed pillow shams and towels for master bedroom / bath
53.    Organize my recipe and cookbook collection
54.    Run a 5k
55.    Run a 10k
56.    Run a half marathon
57.    Take a new-to-me group fitness class
58.    Go hiking on three different trails
59.    Get fitted for new running shoes
60.    Upgrade heart rate monitor
61.    Work out at least 45 minutes a day / 5 days a week for an entire month
62.    Lose 20% of my body weight
63.    Find a workout DVD I love
64.    Take advantage of employer offered HSA
65.    Try a three-day juice cleanse
66.    Complete a Whole30 challenge
67.    Go one month without eating out
68.    Floss every day for 21 days
69.    Save for and buy a bicycle
70.    Go kayaking
71.    Complete a 30-day pushup challenge
72.    Go computer / tv / phone-less for a full weekend
73.    Shoot clay pigeons
74.    Take a calligraphy class (June 2015)
75.    Take a Photoshop class through local community college
76.    Buy (and learn) a new lens for my dSLR camera
77.    Go one month without shopping
78.    Clean out closet and donate / give away / toss all clothing I no longer wear
79.    Following above, do not replace any donated clothing for at least a month
80.    Get a facial
81.    Knit a scarf
82.    Take a foreign language course online
83.    Go to a Harrisburg or West Shore Symphony Orchestra performance
84.    Begin a “thought a day” journal (January 2015)
85.    Create a 2012, 2013 and 2014 photo book
86.    Create a wedding photo book
87.    Create a capsule wardrobe and follow through for an entire season
88.    Have my makeup professionally done / get color matched
89.    Try five new Pinterest recipes
90.    Find an organizational system for all of my digital photos
91.    Re-read five assigned reading books from high school English class
92.    Create a blog editorial calendar
93.    Join the Hershey Gardens
94.    Attend a PSU Alumni event (December 2014)
95.    Make homemade pasta
96.    Try five new restaurants in the Harrisburg area
97.    Learn how to arrange flowers
98.    Have my wedding dress cleaned and preserved (November 2014)
99.    Find and join a book club
100.  See a baseball game at three new-to-me stadiums
101.  Put $10 in savings each time a goal is completed


  1. I so LOVE this! Wine tasting and cultivating a garden are on my list, too! I really love the wedding invitation idea!

  2. Hey Courtney! (Awesome name, by the way!) This is a great list. I'm turning 30 in 2 months and struggling a little bit with the fact that I never made a list like this. Am I ready for 30?! EEK!

    Anyway, love that I found you-- I'm your newest follower and can't wait to read more. xo

    Courtney @ Little Miss MBA

  3. I'm super late to get on board here, but I LOVE this!! I may have to copy. How long did it take you to come up with 101 things?!


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