101 in 1001, Vol. II

3 January 2011

The time has come! I am very, very excited about this list I’ve compiled, and excited about the next 2.75 years if I accomplish even half of these goals. One of my favorite parts? I chose to group my tasks around identities I hope to cultivate in the next few years, meaning even the list organization contributes to the personal growth :)

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks/goals/challenges in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and represent “stretching.”

Why 1001 Days?
It’s all about a realistic deadline. 1001 days (about 2.75 years) allows you several seasons to complete tasks, which is better for organizing and timing things like overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: January 1, 2011
End Date: September 27, 2013
Goals Completed: 52/101
Goals Partially Completed: 18/101
Goals Partially or Totally Completed: 70/101

Crossed out marks a completed item
Italics marks a partially completed item

Kind :: to myself and others
1. Pay the bill for someone behind me in the drive-through line (April 2011, April 2012, December 2012)
2. Make a new friend (February 2011 — hi, Nancy!)
3. Send a care package to someone I don’t know (Baskets of Hope, March 2012)
4. Get a pedicure once every summer (2/3)
5. Either find a ministry I love and feel called to or start a new one.
6. Practice yoga three times a week for three months (0/36)
7. In 2012, follow through with my daily habit system for the entire year
8. Bring meals or something yummy to both FYA couples having a baby in 2013
9. Start going to a fun exercise class, like Pure Barre or Irish dance (started Pure Barre in October 2012 with a 20-class pack!)
10. Spend one on one time with my grandmother (January 2013)
11. Cultivate five habits to make our life more green/clean (switched to organic cleaning spray and cloths, opted out of junk mail through DMA Choice, switched to organic hand soap, started using reusable produce bags, switched to hormone-free dairy products)
12. Seek out five people I know who are getting married and offer my expertise (5/5 :: Joanne/Amanda, Caroline, Mike + Antonia, Amy’s friend, Marget)
13. Re-read “To Kill a Mockingbird” (my favorite book of all time)

Settled :: at home, wherever that may be
14. Reupholster a piece of furniture or have a piece professionally reupholstered (November 2011)
15. Get at least one room to a place where I feel it’s fully decorated
16. Make a fresh flower arrangement every month (see flickr set here)
17. Live somewhere with a window seat
18. Invest in IRA every year
19. Buy or install new shelving for books (October 2011 – post here)
20. Pickle something for John’s birthday
21. Transfer car insurance from parents (January 2011)
22. Acquire a KitchenAid mixer (generous wedding gift!!)
23. Acquire a new cookbook every year (too many to count!)
24. Buy that chair I really want at the flea market (bought on January 23, 2011!!)
25. Buy a car (May 2011)
26. Successfully transport vintage trunk from Island to apartment (July 2011)
27. Marry John! (married on September 15, 2012!)

Daring and Adventurous
28. Visit Canada (preferably Montreal, Quebec, or Prince Edward Island)
29. Attend an opera
30. Try an unusual type of milk (tried almond milk in May 2011!)
31. Go treehouse camping or glamping
32. Cheer at a Southern football game (went to a high school game in October 2011)
33. Eat vegetarian for three separate weeks (do not have to be consecutive) (1/3)
34. Camp at least once a year (2/3 – 2011, 2013)
35. Attend “The Nutcracker” every year (experiencing as many different versions as possible) (1/2)
36. Visit Chincoteague
37. Have a croissant at a French cafe
38. Stealth-plant tulips
39. Explore two more states/regions I’ve never been to (1/2 :: Charleston in August 2011)
40. Wear a large hat to the Kentucky Derby
41. Host an adventure dinner party like Jordan (August 2013)
42. Go to Europe
43. Attend the ballet (besides “The Nutcracker”)
44. Try ten new foods (hominy in 1/11, tempeh in 2/11, cod in 6/11, collard greens in 8/11, raw oysters in 12/11), fish & chips in 6/12, beef tendon in 7/12, farrow in 9/12, autumn olive in 9/12, maitake mushrooms in 9/12, wild boar in 12/12)

45. Read the New Testament (began in June 2011, finished October 2012)
46. Go on a missions trip
47. Increase giving/tithing by at least 10% every year (2011 and 2012)
48. Invite someone to come to church with John and me
49. Go to church when traveling (to experience new pastors and ways of doing things — see flickr set here)
50. Do another service at the Island (2013)
51. Find a way to observe the Sabbath
52. Email Adam Hamilton sermons to three people who might be interested (to Mom and Dad in September 2011, and this one to Kim in November 2012)
53. Find a Bible study that meets regularly at FUMC (yay FYA!)
54. Add one piece to the Willow Tree nativity each year (1/2: In 2012 we added the star!)

55. Photograph and post 30 separate outfits for the world to see (1/30 — see all here)
56. Memorize another favorite poem
57. Acquire a sewing machine and make something with its assistance
58. Learn to tie the perfect bow
59. Put together a portfolio of projects I’ve worked on — both personal and professional
60. Make a quilt for picnics
61. Read biographies of five people I admire (3/5 :: Washington (“His Excellency” by Joseph Ellis in Feb. 2011), John Adams (“John Adams” by David McCullough in Feb. 2012), Julia Child (“My Life in France” in Jan. 2013))
62. Interview, shadow, or intern with three people who do things/have jobs I’d like to learn more about
63. Buy two new books of poetry every year (1/6 :: “Domestic Work” (2011))
64. Make another video commemorating a big trip or event (June 2011 — video here!)
65. Improve product photography skills (My 2012 Christmas cupcake flags were a huge improvement over past efforts!)
66. Improve product styling skills
67. Develop a product to collaborate on with Aunt Nan and open a dedicated Etsy store for it
68. Learn something from someone I admire (July 2012 – calligraphy from Melissa Esplin)
69. Consult with a calligrapher and then buy real calligraphy supplies (June 2011)
70. Get Peach & Pearl a spiffy new look (P&P is now Em for Marvelous!)
71. Grow blog to over 500 subscribers in Google Reader (47/500)
72. Get to 100 sales on Etsy (February 2013)
73. Institute Friends of Em system (January 2013)
74. Switch blog platform from Blogger to WordPress (December 2011)
75. Make or acquire a favicon (January 2011, then December 2011)
76. Design and print address labels for Em for Marvelous packaging (October 2012)

Warm and Welcoming
77. Start a book club like Brooke
78. Host an outdoor party when fruit trees are in bloom
79. Purchase six favorite books from my childhood — nice, hardcover copies (Gregory, the Terrible Eater (2011), Time of Wonder (2011), Make Way for Ducklings (2011), Frederick (2011), Where the Wild Things Are (2011), Burt Dow Deep-Waterman (2012))
80. Plan another backpacking adventure with as many friends as will come
81. Successfully dock a boat each summer at the Island
82. Host a series of collaborative dinners a la Sunday Suppers
83. Send news to “The Quarterly” at least once a year
84. Transfer Christmas card recipient list/log to Google Docs like Kate (January 2011)

85. Buy cowboy boots (July 2012)
86. Learn a new form of dance every year (1/3 — foxtrot in 2012)
87. Send a fun unexpected package to a friend
88. Find a signature drink and learn how to mix it
89. Jump off the dock at the Island (August 2013)
90. Adopt a doggie
91. Learn how to French braid my hair
92. Learn how to French braid the hair of others
93. Master a reliable, versatile updo I can do on myself (the sock bun!)
94. Buy a classic Christmas book every year (2011 and 2012)
95. Buy new (vision) glasses (March 2012 – thank you, Warby Parker!)
96. Read my thesis every May
97. Publish our wedding announcement in our hometown newspaper (February 2013)
98. Read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series (finished in April 2012)
99. Begin a collection of Ostheimer wooden toys
100. Develop a classical playlist on Spotify
101. Begin a new 101 in 1001 list!

As promised, if any of you are also starting a 101 list, or have one in progress, I would love to check it out! Just leave a comment with the link below.

Here’s to a fabulous new year! Tell me: which goal do you like the best? Any you have a question about? Any you find intriguing? Let me know!

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January 3, 2011 4:38 pm

Just found you via link from That Wife blog. Subscribed to you on Google Reader – Hope this helps with #72 :)

January 3, 2011 4:47 pm

I have been following your blog for a while. Great inspiration. I even started my own 101 in 1001 list this year. One of my items was to start a Google Reader. I subscribed to you so here's to #72!

January 3, 2011 5:24 pm

Awww, you two are so sweet!! Thank you, thank you! Ms Buzzworthy, send me the link to your 101 list — I'd love to add it to my blogroll!

January 3, 2011 5:27 pm

Hi Emily!! I love the new list!!

I don't currently read P&P through Google reader, but I can switch over since it's a goal of yours!

I'd love to have my list linked to yours. I just blogged about it on yankeebornsouthernbred.tumblr.com

Happy New Year!

January 3, 2011 6:25 pm

My list is all set on GoogleDocs and ready to be linked up. :) Also, I'm following you on Google Reader, so you're welcome. xoxo

January 3, 2011 7:52 pm

Ellie — done!! Great list!

January 3, 2011 11:40 pm

I came over from That Wife too, and between the two of you, I was inspired to make my own list. I'm so excited about it!

Here's a link to my list: http://scrappinalli.blogspot.com/2011/01/101-in-1001.html

I think it's great that you're adding the links to your sidebar. The lists you linked to in a previous post helped me a lot when I was creating mine.

January 4, 2011 4:12 am

I added you on my Google Reader. :) Thank you for the inspiration on the 101 in 1001.

Here is the link to my list: http://royaleventsbymelissa.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/goal-setting-2011-part-2-of-2/

I look forward to keeping up with everyone. Have a great week!

January 4, 2011 5:15 am

Melissa and Alli, you are both officially added! Great lists, both of you — I look forward to following them!!

January 4, 2011 1:22 pm

This is so inspiring!

I'm a SWMAG reader, and found a link to your blog from there. I'd love to help you with your Canadian visit and your ballet wishes!! I live in a harbour town in Southern Ontario. Come on up for a visit any time, and we'll check out Canada's National ballet. They're wonderful!

January 4, 2011 2:13 pm

That sounds WONDERFUL, Poet! We'll be in touch :)

Rebecca D'Amato
January 4, 2011 3:58 pm

Emily, WOW, I LOVE this list! It has totally inspired me and I think this weekend….I too will make one. GREAT post! Great idea!

…great holiday cd mix! Thanks for the CD swap!

January 4, 2011 9:44 pm

I'm so inspired by this! I've written my own list too. http://delightningstrikes.blogspot.com/2011/01/delightning-101.html

Thanks for jump-starting my year!

January 5, 2011 5:19 pm

Love your list! I'm so excited about starting mine.


January 5, 2011 9:07 pm

here's my challenge list!!! love your blog! i'll help with #72 too! http://helloseester.blogspot.com/2011/01/101-in-1001-challenge.html

A Mother...Again
January 6, 2011 2:29 pm

Hello! New follower (Hope that helps!) from That Wife…LOVE the list idea and you both inspired me to do my own list. Here's a link to it…


Thanks! Can't wait to read more…

Emily Hansel
January 6, 2011 9:50 pm

I'm interested in Pure Barre too, they keep sending coupons. And in canning, maybe we can do it together when my garden comes in this summer!

Excited about your wordpress switch, as I'm having trouble commenting from my phone here, but never have with wordpress.
This 101 in 1001 thing is beginning to inspire me. might have to try it!

January 6, 2011 10:53 pm

Emily — Oooh, they haven't sent me any coupons yet! If you want to try a class together, PLEASE let me know!! Would LOVE to have a canning buddy, too!

January 7, 2011 2:13 pm

Thanks Emily! Here is the link to my 101 in 1001

January 9, 2011 11:40 pm

Awesome goals, I have just started the 101 yesterday. I love your fresh flower arrangement goal, it is one I hadn't seen despite my long searching through potential goals for my own project.
Hope it's okay that I follow you
Wishing you the best of luck!

January 10, 2011 12:12 am

Of course it's okay, Rachal! I've added you to the sidebar! :)

January 10, 2011 7:44 am

Hello! I've added you to my Google Reader as well…and since I have two accounts, that's two more for #72! :) I love #6…I definitely want to look into that challenge. And #11 is the same as #28 on my list. Here is the link to my list, I would love to be added!
Happy New Year!

Studio LK
January 10, 2011 11:18 pm

Add another subscriber to your list! I found your adorable little blog via Twitter, and I love it! Your list is very inspiring! :)

January 12, 2011 12:03 am

Love your list and am excited to watch your progress. I am starting my second 101 in 1001 adventure at beckyblogstoo.wordpress.com!

Kellie Chung
January 16, 2011 5:56 pm

Emily, you inspire me! I love your blog and especially the idea of "101 in 1001." I'm going to write out my list today and I've told lots of people about the idea and have shown them your blog for inspiration.

I'm glad to see you are doing well! We must re-connect sometime! Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Kellie Chung

January 20, 2011 3:20 pm

I have one too! http://dashpinchsmidgen.blogspot.com/2010/02/101-in-1001-list.html

I'm already a year in and I fell behind for a while, so I'll have to catch back up!

January 23, 2011 3:43 am

BWAH! Gregory the Terrible Eater is an EXCELLENT book.

January 24, 2011 7:09 pm


I love your blog! It's so nice to see that you are living your dream! I remember how stylish and cute your room was in Young back at Wheaton!


Callie Schneider

Sister P
January 28, 2011 1:25 am

Hi my love…
Question: Did you say somewhere that people can comment on/about our individual 101s? If so, where do these mysterious posts go?

February 8, 2011 7:28 pm

I finally got around to creating a blog and following your lead on this challenge!


January 3, 2012 11:03 am

[…] week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite weeks of the year. I like setting goals, and this quiet time is perfect for looking back at what I’ve accomplished (or not) […]

January 5, 2012 9:06 am

Hi Emily!

Your list actually inspired me to create a blog and publish my own list! Its only 50 things in 5 years but I’m hoping to up it for 2013.
Mine is at http://candlesandpearls.wordpress.com/


January 9, 2012 9:27 pm

I just wanted to let you know that your 101 in 1001 list inspired me to make my own! I just finished the list and put it up on my blog yesterday, but I already feel so much more productive. I’ve fallen completely in love with the idea of “stealth-planting” flowers and can’t wait to cross that one off. Thank you :)

April 22, 2012 11:16 am

I love your style!

Whitley Gaffney
October 1, 2013 4:10 pm

So tickled that “visit Chincoteague” is on your list! I go every summer with my family and was just there a few weeks ago introducing my boyfriend to the island!