101 in 1001

So, I follow the blog of our amazing wedding photographer, GAIL WERNER. I've been following it for a pretty long time; long before getting engaged was even on my radar. In addition to being sweet, down-to-earth and having amazing taste in music, Gail has so many great things on her blog that I always want to copy. From book reviews to monthly self-portraits to an ambitious GOALS LIST, it seems like everytime I click onto her blog I'm saying to myself "I want to do something like this." I've refrained from copying her...until now. I think the idea of a "101 in 1001" goals list is just so cool. She got the idea from THIS PERSON and so the cycle of borrowing (and hopefully self-betterment!) continues. Some of the things on the list were taken from Gail (and Melissa Jill!) We've all heard it: people who write down their goals are more likely to accomplish them. So this is less of a bucket list and more of a goals list. Some professional, some personal, some serious and some just downright for no reason other than to say I did. In 1001 days, which is about 3 years, I want to cross every single one of these things off this list.  Here's to three years of adventure and turning 25 with a whole lot of fun experiences (and new skills!) under my belt :)

Start date: September 10, 2012

End date: June 8, 2015 (here's a CALCULATOR I used to figure out the end date.)


1. See a concert at Red Rocks

2. Visit a real lighthouse

3. Get S.C.U.B.A. certified

4. Skydive

5. Pay off my student loan

6. Save up an emergency fund (enough to cover 3-6 mos. worth of bills)

7. Participate in a Habitat for Humanity build

8. Rebrand & relaunch my business

9. Launch an Etsy Store

10. Crochet myself a pair of mittens

11. Grow an herb garden

12. Develop film

13. Watch all 200 movies on the New Year's Resolution list I made in 2011

14. Attend a jazz festival

15. Learn to play guitar

16. Karaoke

17. Take ballet lessons

18. Cook dinner 3x a week for six months

19. Do a gallery wall

20. Go to a winery

21. Sew myself an article of clothing

22. Be able to touch my toes

23. Learn to ballroom dance

24. Scrapbook all those mementos from high school & college

25. Watch a meteor shower

26. Art direct and photograph a styled photoshoot

27. Run another marathon

28. Take a ride in a hot air balloon

29. Go roller-blading

30. Record/videotape the story of Nana and Papa's courtship and engagement

31. See a Broadway musical

32. Go apple picking

33. Enter a photography competition

34. Roadtrip to Michigan

35. Explore Asheville, North Carolina

36. Fly kites

37. Buy a bicycle (and ride it!)

38. Move into and decorate a home of my (our!) own

39. Make Christmas ornaments

40. Make a scrapbook/photobook of the summer I spent in England

41. Get a stamp in my passport from somewhere I haven't been before

42. Join a recreational soccer league

43. Hang a hammock up

44. See Mat Kearney in concert

45. See Salvation Mountain

46. Go rock climbing with Matt (on real rocks!)

47. Make apple pie (Matt's favorite!) from scratch

48. Take a watercolor class with my mom

49. Join Rotary

50. Send Christmas cards to past clients

51. Send anniversary cards to past wedding clients

52. Write my ideal client profile

53. Get married ;)

54. Develop my packaging for photography materials

55. Attend a photography workshop

56. Make a corkboard map of all the places I've been

57. Graduate college

58. Watch the sunrise on New Year's Day

59. Write my brothers each a letter telling them how cool they are

60. Take a personality test

61. Leave a present for the mailman

62. Back up all of my photographs

63. Donate money to my high school

64. Sponsor a child in a developing country again (for a whole year this time)

65. Plant a tree

66. Read a classic novel

67. Watch the original BBC version of Pride & Prejudice

68. Go swing dancing with Matt

69. Cull my clothing down to only timeless, treasured favorites

70. Make another t-shirt quilt

71. Spend a whole day with my paternal grandmother

72. Spend a whole day with my maternal grandmother

73. Build a treehouse

74. Set up a home office

75. Participate in a river clean-up

76. Watch the series One Tree Hill from the beginning

77. Start a vinyl collection (which means getting a record player!)

78. Find my ancestors' names in the book on Ellis Island

79. Throw a surprise party for someone

80. Have professional photos taken where I incorporate balloons

81. Perfect the homemade pumpkin spice latte

82. Send one MORE LOVE LETTERS letter per month

83. Visit the Indiana Dunes

84. Take a weekend trip to Dale Hollow

85. Go to Vegas

86. Make a recipe book (including lots of recipes from mom, Nana and Grandmother)

87. Go to the State Fair

88. Photograph a sunrise session

89. Send personal Christmas cards that I designed myself

90. Run for charity

91. Sign up to be a bone marrow donor

92. Build a sandcastle

93. Buy an iMac

94. Go on a picnic

95. Host a holiday dinner at my (our!) house

96. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

97. Spend a weekend in Chicago

98. Read 5 books to help my business

99. Learn to quilt from Matt's grandma

100. Read 100 books

101. Buy a Jessica Hische print


So there's that! I love what Melissa Jill said when she posted her list: "Just like the first go around I'm not going to be primarily motivated by my list. I like to live life, listen to God, and see what happens - be open to opportunities that present themselves."