101 in 1001 – 3 Month Check In

It’s been a little over three months since I did my 101 in 1001 list. Even though the holiday season can be a busy one I am pretty happy with the amount of items I was able to check off my list.

1. Volunteer 3 times a year – Check!
I love volunteering over the holidays, nothing makes me happier. This year I was able to volunteer for several activities including, Operation Christmas Child, North Como Presbyterian Church reception and my favorite the Salvation Army Toy Shop. (pictured below)


2. Attend the winter carnival in downtown St. Paul. I have lived in the St.Paul area almost my entire life and have yet to go to the winter carnival. This year I wasn’t taking no for an answer…. no matter how cold it was. Which… it was cold….really cold.



3. Dress up for Halloween – Check! Although it wasn’t the most creative costume ever had and honestly a crazy cat lady isn’t too far off. I’ll do better next year.

4.  Take a daily vitamin –  This was one of the most important ones to check off the list. I know I am lacking in some essential vitamins because of my personal food tastes. So I wanted to make sure that I was getting the essential vitamins I need.  It’s funny how a very simple tasks can really make a big difference.

5. Get a new hairdo – I have always been one to constantly reinvent myself. My husband has had the same hair cut pretty much his entire life. Just another example of how polar opposite we are.  I grew my hair out for the wedding so I had been itching to cut it off for awhile and have a fresh new look. Check!


6. Learn to read a crochet pattern, 7. Sew something- This year I had the wonderful pleasure of welcoming many little friends into my life. To welcome them into the world I made them each crochet baby booties and baby cardigan Onsies. Which also helped me check several things off my list… check and check.


8. Create a strategy for my blog – I really do like to blog and I’m very passionate about weddings and events. After my own wedding last year I didn’t have a lot of time to continue working on it. This year I have started with a blog strategy calendar and it is going great. I love being able to plan ahead to provide detailed and interesting blog posts. Check it out here at MissMyrvold.com.

9. Start up my color inspiration posts – One of the best parts of a wedding is the colors so I love researching and finding fun color combos. I have not only started back up on my posts but dedicated a section just for color combos. Check it out… I know you will like it. MissMyrvold.com

10. Have a happy hour or brunch once a month with old friends – Since I started my new job it has been one of my goals is to stay in touch with my old coworkers and its so nice to catch up and see how everyone is doing. I am proud to say that this goal has been pretty successful. Even through the busy holidays I have managed to stay in touch.

11. Finish wedding book – This one took forever but is something I will treasure always. I was even able to give a copy to my parents which they loved. Check!

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12. Start a new “family” tradition – If you have read my Christmas traditions post you would know that I love traditions and my husband and I have already started a few great Christmas traditions of our own. As winter continues to drag on I thought it might be fun to create a new winter tradition.  Ice skating at the depot in downtown Minneapolis. It has always been one of those things I have been meaning to do my whole life and now that we have gone, it will be our new winter tradition.


12 things checked off my list in 100 days. That’s not too bad! Now I just have to not loose momentum.

101 in 1001


I read this idea on a blog today from Violet Sage and instantly felt it was just what I needed to jumpstart the fall season. Like I’m sure many of you who live in the northern states you love fall, the pumpkins, the apple cider and holiday cheer but the dreary weather …. not so much. So this is a great way to keep me motivated and to also remind myself to take advantage of each day and make memories.

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).

Why 1001 Days?

Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List.’ The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.


Today is October 17th, 2013 so that means that 1001 days from today would be July 12, 2016.

Family & My Relationship

  • Leave a thoughtful note for Kyle in a random place once a week
  •  Cook a special dinner for Kyle once a month
  • Write a will
  • Buy a new house
  • Have a baby Gleason!
  • Put my new family first
  • Take photos at the capital together
  • Develop a plan for our joint financing


  • Volunteer 3 times a year
  • Celebrate New Years Eve
  • Create family fun packets for each holiday
  • Start a new “family” tradition
  • Dress up for Halloween
  • Spend Christmas in my pajamas
  • Make a snow fort
  • Line my sidewarlk with colored snow globes made of ice

Traveling and Activities in the Area

  • Go to the winter carnival in downtown St. Paul
  • Go hikeing at fort snelling
  • Take the Gangster tour in St Paul
  • Go on a tour of the state capital
  • Take a trip to Vegas
  • Visit a friend in another state
  • Go camping
  • See a Cirque Du Soleil show in Vegas
  • Visit Washington D.C.
  • Take the light rail
  • Go on a road trip with my hubby
  • Go to house on the rock
  • Go on a spur of the moment trip
  • Place a bet at the Canterbury race track
  • Go to Madeline Island
  • Visit the Cathedral of St. Paul
  • Hike at Taylors Falls


  • Redo my wardrobe
  • Get a new hairdo
  • Write myself notes for difficult days
  • Finish my name change
  • Reorganize my closet
  • Go an entire day without using technology
  • Read 1 book a month
  • Have a happy hour or brunch once a month with old friends

Health & Wellness

  • Start a workout routine
  • Take a daily vitamin
  • Go to 1 candlelight yoga class
  • Lose at least 10 pounds
  • Work on better posture
  • Meditate
  • Practice stress relief techniques
  • Do another 5k

Work & Event Planning

  • Get a raise
  • Reopen my Etsy shop
  • Sell 50 items in Etsy shop
  • Attend a project management lecture
  • Start a wedding planning website
  • Coordinate 50 weddings
  • Network with other wedding planners

My Home

  • Finish the downstairs bathroom
  • Create room for a nursery
  • Rebuild stairs in basement
  • Add decals to basement stairs
  • Finish trim in the basement
  • Board off fireplace in basement


  • Learn to read a crochet pattern
  • Learn how to take pictures
  • Finish wedding book
  • Finish honeymoon book
  • Finish my relationship scrapbook
  • Set time aside to scrapbook twice a month
  • Create 5 crafts off Pinterest
  • Create a hidden bookshelf storage bin
  • Sew something


  • Have a dinner party
  • Try a new recipe
  • Make homemade ravioli
  • Make something from Pinterest
  • Make homemade cream cheese wontons
  • Go to a farmers market
  • Use every cooking items received from our wedding
  • Develop a recipe of my own
  • Make a homemade pie

Event Planning & Blogging

  • Create a strategy for my blog
  • Contribute at least 1 blog post a week
  • Start up my color inspiration posts
  • Upload my fun packets to my website
  • Print every fun packet I’ve created
  • Create a binder for my fun packets
  • Finish my portfolio


  • Create a budget and stick to it
  • Save up 6 months of essential bills
  • Buy a fireproof safe
  • Combine my 401k accounts

Just Because

  • Donate to the World Wildlife Fund
  • Send a “Just Because” letter to someone monthly
  • Grow a successful garden
  • Grow an orchid
  • Learn to say “no” to others when needed
  • Buy myself flowers just because
  • Press fall leaves
  • Sponsor an animal at the como zoo every year
  •  Prepare my next 101 in 1001
  • Encourage someone else to do their own 101 in 1001