101 Things in 1001 Days + Life List

I love resolutions and goals; I also love ‘to do’ lists—especially checking things off—and taking notes. I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I’ve already accomplished:

    Lived in Cairo. Rode a camel in Sinai. Went to Spain during Holy Week. Visited Maine and had my picture taken next to the L.L.Bean boot. Learned to drive a manual. Acquired a driver’s license. Lived alone. Vacationed alone. Moved in with someone. Attended a gallery exhibition opening featured in the New York Times. Made my own letterpress stationery. Got over my fear of heights (thanks to climbing minarets). Attended a Hindu wedding. Got my yoga on at Ohio Stadium in the ‘Shoe. Traveled south of the Mason-Dixon Line (several times!) and lived to tell the tale. Read more than 100 books in a year. Toured an active U.S. submarine.

That’s all I can remember right now. But I know there are lots of things I’ve done, but even more left to tackle. So on top of my summer bucket list, I’m making yet another list.

101 Things in 1001 Days // Curating Style

  1. Wipe + sell/donate old MacBook (July 2012)
  2. Create a living will
  3. Donate business clothing to Dress for Success
  4. Sort through contacts (paper, phone)
  5. Visit five new states (1/5)
  6. Visit 15 new cities (ATL)
  7. Return to Boston for a weekend trip
  8. Visit the West Coast
  9. Attend the Kentucky Derby
  10. Go someplace extra nerdy (like Platform Nine and Three-Quarters or Universal’s Harry Potter)
  11. Visit the Empire State Building
  12. Visit the New York Public Library
  13. Spend a day at the Met (what I loved at the Met, August 2012)
  14. Go for a run in Central Park
  15. Vacation with Cody + Joanne
  16. Go on a spontaneous weekend road trip
  17. Go on a mileage run
  18. Go on a day trip to the Toledo Mosque
  19. Go on a day trip to Our Lady of Consolation shrine
  20. Take a last minute flight the same day of purchase
  21. Travel somewhere outside the U.S. again
  22. Spin a globe and point (eyed closed) to a spot on the map, then travel to wherever it lands
  23. Sightsee on a Vespa/scooter
  24. Meet at least one of my blogger friends in real life (BlogHer ’12 in NYC)
  25. Try out VRBO or Airbnb
  26. Run a sub-55 minute 10K
  27. Run a half-marathon
  28. Raise money for Girls on the Run of Franklin County through SoleMates
  29. Buy a swimming lesson-appropriate bathing suit
  30. Take swimming lessons
  31. Establish a yoga routine
  32. Collaborate with a brand I love
  33. Redesign my blog
  34. Post five personal style shoots
  35. Make a vlog post
  36. Contribute to a magazine (print or digital)
  37. Start a business
  38. Attend Alt Summit
  39. Establish a professional portfolio
  40. Complete Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing University
  41. Advance my understanding and utility of SEO to write a blog series about it
  42. Attend SxSW
  43. Learn about scotch and find one that I like
  44. Take a ballroom dance class
  45. Take a calligraphy class
  46. Learn how to a shoot a gun
  47. Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator
  48. Go thrift shopping (my first time thrifting, August 2012)
  49. Go antique hunting
  50. Go jet skiing
  51. Go zip lining (check out my photos from zip lining in Columbus, July 2012)
  52. Go kayaking again (August 2012)
  53. Learn to ski
  54. Ride in a hot air balloon
  55. Go on a rollercoaster
  56. Buy a classic navy blazer
  57. Invest in a pair of brown boots (October 2012)
  58. Own a pair of Louboutins
  59. Wear false eyelashes (October 2012)
  60. Wear my hair curly for a day
  61. Learn how to use my DSLR properly (so that I enjoy it as much as my manual SLRs)
  62. Read 300 books (15/300)
  63. Re-read all the books from Theories
  64. Read a book written by each of my college mentors
  65. Take Arabic classes again
  66. Reduce student loan debt by half
  67. Learn more about investing and open an account (non-IRA)
  68. Write a short story
  69. Submit a letter to the editor
  70. Have boudoir photos taken
  71. Keep a one-sentence journal
  72. Write a letter to myself, to be opened on my 30th birthday
  73. Actually send out Christmas cards to friends and family on time
  74. Create a piece of art
  75. Donate annually to UR (2012)
  76. Return to UR for a student-alumni networking event
  77. Organize a UR event in Columbus
  78. Write 50 thank you notes
  79. Actually dress up in a cool costume for Halloween
  80. Make a video to look back on when I grow older
  81. Cook 101 new recipes (6/101)
  82. Make soft pretzels
  83. Make macarons
  84. Make pad thai
  85. Make braciole
  86. Make pickles
  87. Make a sourdough starter and a loaf of sourdough bread
  88. Try cheese curds
  89. Finish outfitting the bar
  90. Try food from 30 different food trucks
  91. Eat gluten-free for a week
  92. Enjoy a meal at the Worthington Inn
  93. Go hiking in Hocking Hills (November 2012)
  94. Make 20 things off of Pinterest (2/20)
  95. Complete a home improvement DIY project
  96. Host a game night with friends
  97. Create an aesthetically pleasing way to showcase jewelry
  98. Make a photo book
  99. Buy a coffee table
  100. Help someone apply for financial aid
  101. Give 20 “just because” gifts (1/20)

Might not occur in 1001 days…

    Join the George Eastman Circle or contribute more substantially to UR. Write a fiction novel. Write and design a children’s book. Read the Qur’an. Visit Pablo Neruda’s home. Go to a World Cup. Return to Egypt on vacation. Visit Jerusalem. Visit my paternal family’s hometown in central Sicily. Go on vacation to France and Germany. Get married (and have a photobooth at my wedding). Have a family. Acquire a dog, maybe a cat. Have neighbors who become friends. Live in New York City. Settle down on the east coast. Vacation on Nantucket. Fill up a passport with stamps. Make going on vacation with college friends an annual trip. Learn to snorkel. Take flying lessons.

Since starting this list—it’s taken me almost two weeks to compile it—I’ve already been making efforts toward these things. For example, I’ve already contacted a lawyer about preparing a living will, and I finally wiped my MacBook. It feels good to take care of some of the mental clutter and also get shit done.

Do you have a list of things you hope to accomplish? Feel free to share some of your things to do in the next 1001 days!

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40 Responses to 101 Things in 1001 Days + Life List

  1. Yay! I’m glad you are doing this, I have one of my own. Looking forward to see your journey to completing it :) I always find after a year or so I look back and realize how much I’ve changed and how ideas that I wanted to do were just fancies that honestly weren’t me.

  2. Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing University is easy to finish if you listen to it while doing other things.

    I played it in the kitchen while cooking and was able to knock it out pretty quickly.

    • Jess says:

      Nice, that’s good to know! Yeah, it’s not essential (or required), but I figure it’s a good way to network with other industry folks and also expand my knowledge about certain areas.

      • It was a nice refresher with some gems. Finishing Adwords now (which feels as silly as the Inbound coursework, because I’ve been doing both for years). My new home project is learning more HTML and Javascript. Yow.

        • Jess says:

          Yeah, I hear you. That’s awesome! I don’t know much about Javascript, but HTML, CSS, and PHP are fun to play around with.

  3. Megan says:

    I love this!!! I hope you’re able to accomplish these quickly! :)

    It inspires me to start my own “to-do” list.

  4. Love this! Can’t wait to put together something similar!

  5. Anna says:

    I’m happy to note that I’ve been part of (I think) four of the wonderful things you’ve already accomplished. I’d also be more than happy to be the person you help apply for financial aid (once I’m ready for grad school)…

    • Jess says:

      You have! And yes, I’d always be happy to help for financial aid apps. I’ve done it all from the CSS Profile to FAFSA to university-specific ones. Just let me know.

  6. (previous comment fail boo) Let me know if you need help with #35! I love this list!! Pondering one of my own… I also love to do lists.

  7. Great list! Can’t wait to see your progress! I might have to make a list of my own.

  8. Wow! I am incredibly inspired by your list, Jess. It’s thoughtful and ambitious, but I’m sure you’ll finish it all. I see several things on your list that are relevant to me, as well. Might have to borrow some of yours to add to my own list.

    I never thought about publishing it on the blog and keeping track of your progress – great way to hold yourself accountable. Good luck!!

    • Jess says:

      Thank you, Lauren! It took me a while to come up with ideas that were a) achievable but b) I wouldn’t do unless I had the push. And yes, I posted it mostly so it will hold me accountable. :) I’d love to see some of yours!

  9. I love this! Your list is impressive and full of some really awesome things. I love your ambition! I want to make one of these lists, perhaps when I get settled back in the states!

  10. wow, definitely a few similarities! i ran a half marathon last june, and i totally want to go to platform 9 3/4 :) on a serious note, great list and i love the long term goals.

  11. Vanessa says:

    Great list! I’m currently working on mine and loving it! It feels amazing when you accomplish one of the goals!

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  19. Kim says:

    I FRICKIN LOVE this list. :) I often do “just because” gifts. They make you feel good and they make you friends feel even better. They enhance relationships and it’s just a fantastic thing to do. I often do this for my family, but my Asian family don’t show emotion much. Most Asian families don’t. So, I get less joy from it.. but I still do it because it brings me some joy. But back to giving just because gifts to your friends.. I know I always love it when friends do it for me, so I like to do it for friends too. It doesn’t have to be big gifts.. just thoughtful gifts. And when they remind you about your gifts days later, a month later, a year later………….. that’s when you know that your friends really appreciated it. Anyway… another thing that I never though of is “Help someone apply for financial aid”. This is a great thing to do. Maybe I should add it to my list of things to do. :-) Have a good day, Jess.

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