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