101 in 1001

Start Date: January 5, 2014 End Date: October 2, 2016

The Mission:
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 my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. 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 or outdoor activities.

001 Read the Bible in its entirety and journal through it
013 Begin a prayer journal to track prayer requests
020 Watch and reflect on all 24 Nooma videos
065 Attend a Christian inspiration conference.
078 Visit five other churches in the Great Falls community. (Harvest Springs, Base Chapel)
079 Lead a small group or Bible study.
092 Put together a book or box of 100 verses/quotes.
091 Make a list of 1,000 gifts.
096 Listen to 20 podcasts or online sermons from different churches. Recommendations welcome!

002 Mail out 100 thank you notes and letters (part of the love letter project I'm creating).
010 Get back home to Wisconsin to visit.
014 Create a journal of love letters for Ryan.
034 Take a picture a week of me and Ryan.
062 Host a shower for someone in our home.
095 Call or Skype my family every week.
090 Reconnect with friends back home at least once a week.
003 Create a Theta reunion event or some type of stay connected program.

009 Make 100 Pinterest-inspired ideas
004 Do the 365 photo project in 2014 and complete it. 
012 Learn to play the guitar.
016 Make 30 YouTube videos
017 Learn calligraphy
019 Create a font.
032 Finish a Project Life kit (started 01 January 2013)
037 Finish a quilt.
038 Crochet a blanket.
040 Knit a scarf.
041 Make a Waldorf doll.
045 Learn another language (potentially invest in Rosetta Stone).
054 Have a booth at a craft show.
055 Make a memories jar
049 Buy a new camera lens! 
052 Sew a skirt or a dress or both.
057 Make a t-shirt quilt 
073 Open an Etsy Shop 
083 Learn how to use my camera on the manual setting.
084 Enter at least one of my photographs in a contest.

005 Read 101 books
018 Read every Jane Austen novel. (0/6)
025 Journal every day for a month
026 Read 50+ books from the BBC’s Top 100 Book List
027 Write a freelance article or simply have an article get published.
029 Write in One Line a Day Journal regularly.
035 Write a book.
036 Publish an eBook (or a tangible one).
060 Read my height in books (5'2")
063 Keep a gratitude journal.
051 Write a book in a month- NaNoWriMo.
058 Ask 20 friends to suggest 1 book and read them all
077 Join a writing group despite my fear of embarrassment or criticism.
086 Read 20 of the books on The Modern Library 100 Best Novels list that I have not yet read.
087 Join/start a book club that I can go to in person.

006 Make a blog book
007 Go to a blogging conference
008 Complete a blogging challenge
015 Make business cards for my blog.
050 Meet some of my blogging/Instagram friends in real life- blates anyone?
046 Create a media kit for my blog.
070 Do a giveaway on a friend’s blog.
075 Find, review, and recommend 50 different blogs.
080 Start a video series that complements Little Fierce Blog.
082 Blog for 30 days in NaBloPoMo.
093 Write a blog post that goes viral.
099 Double my readership on the blog (starting at 134 Bloglovin/112 Facebook Blog Page).

021 Train and run a half marathon.
022 Train and run a marathon.
023 Reach my goal weight (losing 30 lbs with addition of toning).
039 Upgrade my intake of water (aiming for 8-12 glasses a day)
088 Complete 60-day Insanity program (does anyone have it that I can borrow?)
098 Go on a juice fast.

024 Attend a taping of Ellen
053 Send 10 postcrossing postcards.
047 Watch 20 different TED Talks and post a review/analysis for each one on the blog
030 Get a new tattoo.
031 Have boudoir photos taken with the Boudoir Divas.
056 Get a professional blowout at a DryBar
059 Watch all of IMDb’s Top 250 Movies
076 Register and release 10 books through bookcrossing.com.
011 Obtain a concealed carry license.  
085 Create the soundtrack of my life.
094 Complete the Happiness Project.
097 Create a "Christmas Lane" movement in our neighborhood.
101 Throw a themed party.
100 Get my first MAC lipstick!

028 Visit Missoula, White Lake, Bozeman (February 1, 2014), Billings, Glacier, and Yellowstone.
064 Visit Lambeau Field & go to a Packers Game there.
061 Go floating in Montana.
067 Go camping with Ryan.
074 Take Ryan to Disney World BEFORE we have kids.
081 Create a "Staycation Guide" for Great Falls, MT.

033 Send happy mail every month (0/33)
042 Become a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.
043 Become a CASA volunteer. February 28, 2014
044 Sponsor a child.
048 Become a contributing Theta alumna volunteer.
068 Do a free photo session for a family who otherwise couldn’t afford one.
069 Post 100 Operation Beautiful notes in public places.
071 Bake something yummy for our neighbors.
089 Adopt a family for Christmas

066 Set up my craft room as an awesome space. 
072 Design and start our backyard garden (raised boxes!).

Goal I am…
anticipating to be the most difficult: anything that requires traveling just because it's difficult to get leave with my job and usually there is some type of investment with traveling aka $$$

most nervous about: I think anything that requires me to step out of my comfort zone or reestablish a connection again.

unsure if I can achieve: I don't know why but seeing Ellen DeGeneres' show came first to mind. I think it's because it would require me to fly out to California and we still haven't visited home yet, but here's hoping!

really anticipating: Simply experiencing so much joy! I am really looking forward to every element on this list and how many memories my little family will be making :) 


  1. How about adding "serve as a Theta volunteer". You could do this remotely, but you have so much to give - add it to the list!

    You go girl!!!

    1. Thanks! I'm super excited about this and that's #48 (they're all scrambled).

  2. Great list! I've done a couple half marathons before - if you need/want a training plan for one, I can give you a link to one that my boyfriend made for me (takes you from not running at all to running a half in 3-4 months). My only objection on your list is #23 - based on all of your cute pics on FB!

    1. Thank you! I would love that link. I'm not a fan of running but I have always wanted to run a marathon and a half. I think it would be such an amazing experience to fulfill that goal. Thanks for the kind words about #23! It's my hips/butt/thighs that are causing me havoc lol

  3. I've taught myself how to play the guitar, so I can definitely show you some tricks/techniques/awesome web tutorials on that! And if you ever want a workout buddy...well, I'm a gym rat so there ya go. :-)

    1. I totally want to learn (well that and ukele). Ultimately my goal is to write a song for fun :)

  4. Okay this epic! I must get to work on my 101 in 1001 list! This is really inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I'm fulfilling a promise I made to you at the beginning of January in checking how this is coming along. :-)

    1. I've actually completed a few things! With the current situation, I felt really discouraged from doing anything but I have completed things and it's been inspiring.

  6. This is awesome! I've been thinking about starting a blog before we leave for Italy. I might have to do a 101 in 1001. :-)

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  8. Thank you for introducing me to the Operation Beautiful site and a great addition to my list! I am obviously years behind in knowing about and creating one of these lists. Hopefully you have accomplished a great number of items on yours as it comes to an end!