Monday, February 17, 2014

101 Things in 1001 Days

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It’s a new year.

Hello again. I am not very consistent with this whole blogging thing. It’s a work in progress and I honestly had no idea what I was getting into when I started this blog more than a year and a half ago, but I strive to bring you quality posts.

2013 came and went. I didn’t feel like I accomplished much. It was a huge adjustment year for me. I was figuring out my first professional job, living on my own in the real world, and living with my boyfriend. They don't prepare you for all of that in college. I also did a whole 9 blog posts...sad day. Now that I am starting to figure all that other stuff out, I want to get out of this rut I have been in. I don’t want that to feel like that again in 2014.

I was inspired by Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling to create a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days (that’s 2.74 years if you don’t want to do the math). I have never been one that has kept, or actually made New Year's resolutions, but this seemed to be be a way to have a longer time period to attain goals that are always on my mind.

Because I love lists, I divided the list into seven sections: Food and Cooking, Traveling and Exploring, Health and Fitness, Cleaning and Organizing, Personal, Financial, and Blogging.

Start Date: February 17, 2014
End Date: November 14, 2016

Food and Cooking
1. Try eating out at 5 new cuisines
2. Try cooking 5 new cuisines
3. Cook at least one recipe from all of my cookbooks
4. Make a turkey dinner with all the fixings
5. Cook something with fresh fava beans
6. Bake bread from scratch
7. Make fresh pasta
8. Make fresh ravioli
9. Make a homemade pie
10. Make creme brûlée 
11. Make homemade waffles
12. Make dolmas
13. Make pickles
14. Jar jam
15. Host a dinner party

Traveling and Exploring
16. Do 25 of the 50 cards in the City Walks: San Francisco Deck
17. Hike to Sutro Tower
18. See Bay Lights
19. Go to a Giants game
20. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
21. Take a ferry to Angel Island
22. Go star gazing
23. Watch a meteor shower
24. Go wine tasting in Napa
25. Go to Yosemite
26. Go to Seattle 
27. Go to NYC and eat at a Jewish deli
28. Stay in a bed and breakfast
29. Go berry or apple picking
30. Go wakeboarding and actually get up
31. Go skiing
32. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
33. Visit the snow and sand in one day
34. See world's tallest/biggest something random
35. Take a photo of the same place every month for year and then turn it into a calendar for the next year
36. Photograph a landscape from the same location, capturing all four seasons & frame them together

Health and Fitness
37. Walk 10,000 steps a day for a month
38. Drink 64 oz water a day for a month
39. Do physical therapy exercises for my back twice a day for three months
40. Go on walks after dinner at least once a week for two months
41. Go to the gym 3 times a week for three months
42. Hike once a week for two months
43. Sign up for ballet class
44. Do a 5K
45. Do 30 day plank challenge 
46. Run a 7.5 minute mile
47. Do 20 push-ups at once
48. Improve posture

Cleaning and Organizing
49. “Spring clean” the closet and dressers
50. Clean out dining room and living room
51. Clean out desk
52. Clean out bathroom
53. Go through old magazines and recycle
54. Organize all of the magazine tear outs and recipes
55. Organize iTunes
56. Organize photos
57. Go through old documents on old computer

58. Join a local library
59. Research new computer
60. Invest and buy new computer
61. Frame and hang my diploma
62. Get to work before 8:30 for 4 weeks in a row
63. Start enjoying breakfast at home with a cup of tea before work
64. Do hair and makeup everyday before work
65. Learn conversational spanish
66. Have a romantic date night/day once a week
67. Fill a sketchbook 
68. Watercolor
69. Paint a canvas
70. Learn how to do nail art
71. Learn how to arrange flowers
72. Successfully grow and keep an herb garden
73. Successfully grow and keep a succulent garden
74. Make use of our patio
75. Buy a new couch
76. Buy a new coffee table
77. Buy a new dining room table
78. Make a habit to eat dinner at the dining room table instead of in front of the tv
79. Go thrifting/flea market and find something I need/have been looking for
80. Volunteer at a food bank
81. Start and finish at least a 1000 piece puzzle
82. Read 5 novels
83. Get a haircut
84. Buy everyday earrings that don't turn my ears green
85. Send out Christmas cards
86. Take a digital photography class
87. Document one month of my life in photos.
88. Take a self portrait photo everyday
89. Inspire someone to create their own list

90. Pay off one student loan
91. Save 6 months of salary
92. Open an investment account

93. Set a blogging schedule and stick to it.
94. Start a weekly series on my blog
95. Create blog logo
96. Create blog color scheme
97. Redesign page layouts of blog
98. Gain 100 followers on blog
99. Learn HTML/CSS
100. Decide on buying domain name and web hosting and switching to Wordpress
101. Blog about every accomplishment.

What would be on your list?

I am thankful for all of you that follow and support me. Here’s to a great year and an exciting 1001 days. For every goal that I achieve, I will share my experience of it. Hopefully there will be 101 posts coming at you, as well as delicious recipes and maybe the start of a series. 

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