101 in 1001: May 2011

3 May 2011

At the beginning of every month, I plan to write a short post covering what I accomplished in the previous month and what I hope to accomplish in the next one. I’ll also introduce you to one of my 101 in 1001 buddies (see them all in the sidebar!). Here we go!

April 2011: 5/101 goals complete, 21/101 goals in progress

Did I complete…
No. 1 (Pay the bill for someone behind me in the drive-through line)? YES!
No. 56 (Photograph my outfits every day for one month)? Not exactly, but it’s okay. I decided to switch this goal up a bit, and make the goal to photograph and post 30 outfits over the 1001 days instead of 30 outfits in one month. Much more manageable :) I’ve already photographed about five, and have plans to post them soon!

Did I begin…
No. 71 (Get Peach & Pearl a spiffy new look)? YES! I’ve spoken with two designers so far, and think I have some very exciting plans in the works…

I was able to keep up with all of my monthly commitments (nos. 5, 7, 16, and 48).

Tomo Kohsaka

May 2011: 6/101 goals complete, 22/101 goals in progress

Plan to complete:
— No. 57: Memorize another favorite poem

Plan to begin:
— No. 39: Explore two more states/regions I’ve never been to (I’m headed to Charleston this month!)
— No. 87: Learn a new form of dance every year (Our friends are teaching a shagging class as a fundraiser, and I’m trying to use that angle to guilt John into going with me! :)
— No. 96: Read my thesis every May (If I’m feeling brave, maybe I’ll share a little bit with y’all…)

Plan to continue:
— No. 98: Read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series (I’m on book two)

Peta Mazey

May Spotlight: Elizabeth of BE KITCHENS

I love that Elizabeth’s overall goal for her 101 in 1001 list is to be a “happier, more productive person. To stop talking, and start doing.” She also just wrote a lovely post about completing no. 51 on her list, and it made me tear up a little. Five of my favorite goals she’s set for herself:

— No. 45: Shoot film every day (1 roll/week) for a full 12-month period.
— No. 60: Learn how to convert a car to run on grease — share how.
— No. 70: Go surfing — at least once!
— No. 75: Give an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.
— No. 100: Make a budget (Yes, I am a huge nerd. But budgets are super important!)

In other news, I’m wondering if any of you might be interested in a small series of posts on personal finance. So many of my 101 in 1001 buddies have financial goals on their lists, but some might not know the best way to go about checking them off. Topics might include:

— The difference between a 401k and an IRA
— The difference between a traditional and a Roth IRA, and which one you should choose
— The definition of an ETF and why it might be a great investment option for you
— Basic stock market investing tips
— Making a household or personal budget… and following it

John and I are pretty passionate about financial literacy, and would love to share some basic tips if y’all might be interested. If not, that’s okay, too! I promise we’d keep the posts short, easy to understand, and interesting :) Let me know what you think!

In the meantime, you can see the details on all of my goals right here. Here’s to a great month!

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May 3, 2011 12:52 pm

RKHGAEHJIERAGHAE!!!!! You're going to Charleston?!?!?!! So excited :) Let me know if I can help out or give you any information about my gorgeous hometown!

May 3, 2011 12:55 pm

I, too, think that being well-versed in all things finance can only help someone, so YES PLEASE, post your helpful tips!

May 3, 2011 1:05 pm

Yes to financial posts!

May 3, 2011 2:44 pm

Hi Ellie! We should talk!! If you're going to be in town, I might be able to use your help on the project I'm working on, if you're interested!

May 4, 2011 4:48 am

AHH!! You spotlighted ME. I feel so special! Thank you! I would love finance posts. I'm trying to improve, and struggling with the whole making a budget item on my 101 list.

May 4, 2011 2:57 pm

YES, a financial literacy post would be amazing! It's troubling how so many individuals today make big financial decisions without really understanding what they are getting themselves in to. Hopefully a post by you would start important thinking and research amongst readers!

May 4, 2011 10:06 pm

I would appreciate posts on finance. Is that what you studied in school? Just wondering since you mentioned your thesis.

May 4, 2011 11:08 pm

Hi Alli! Ha! I actually studied English, with a minor in poetry, which probably makes me ill-qualified to discuss finance. My thesis was an original collection of poetry :) John, however, was an econ major and is a HUGE personal finance guru. I've picked up some info throughout our 6.5 years of dating, but most of the post content would be coming from him :)

Nancy Ray
May 5, 2011 1:36 am

I'd love to hear your take on personal finance! Since Will and I are super passionate about it too, I don't think one can ever hear enough advice about the financial world. Great idea!

May 5, 2011 4:17 pm

Ahhhhh Charleston is one of the most beautiful places! You will love it! I grew up going there every summer with my family after our trip to Kiawah Island, which you should check out as well. My boyfriend and I learned to shag our past few years of college and it really is a blast. You need to convince John to try it!

linnea paulina
May 9, 2011 2:27 am

I would love to hear your finance posts :o) I love reading about money and saving and all that good stuff!