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101 in 1001- Half Way Update

January 28, 2019
AUTHOR: Emilie
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Back in July 2017, I started my very first 101 in 1001 list. Before digging into the progress I’ve made, let me tell you about what this is.

What is the 101 in 1001?

It all comes from the Day Zero Project.

Day Zero started out with the catchy challenge of completing 101 things in 1001 days. This has been enormously popular with tens of thousands of people getting involved and sharing their lists. We now offer many more types of challenges, but here are the original guidelines for the challenge:

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.

The way I see it, the 101 in 1001 list is a longer-term bucket list. It’s a collection of experiences that you hope to have over a 2-3 year period. Some of it won’t happen, and they’re not a required list, but it’s a great place to start.

When I think to myself “What do I want to do this weekend?”, I can reference this list to pick something up! And, in fact, I’ve done that a couple of times!

On to the progress…

My List

start date: July 10, 2017
finish date: April 5, 2020
last updated: January 27, 2018
percentage time elapsed: 56.5%
number completed: 24
percentage completed: 23.8%
bold ones are works-in-progress. There are 3 WIPs.

Personal Growth

1. Read 100 books. I’ve read 51 books since July 10, 2017!
2. Refinish a piece of furniture.
3. Watch 5 documentaries. Definitely! We watch a couple documentaries a month.
4. Learn how to shoot a gun.
5. Learn how to drive a stick shift.
6. Get a clean bill of health from the dentist.
7. Donate blood.
8. Read the Entire Bible.
9. Create and maintain a perpetual calendar of birthdays for the family.
10. Learn to take pictures with my DSLR. lol, I sold my DSLR.
11. Publish a book (self-publish is cool).
12. Have a staple wardrobe that looks like it belongs to an adult.


13. Become debt free (totally). August 1, 2018
14. Put 3 months income in an emergency fund. December 1, 2018
15. Finish flipping the Fayetteville house. We have renters in there now- does that count?
16. Have my retirement investments hit 20 K. Very, very close
17. Have a no spend month.
18. Get all the insurances I need. February 2018.
19. Go on a Savannah ghost tour.
20. Go to at least five different concerts (not counting Sam Hunt). I’ve been to two: Florida Georgia Line on 7/21/17 and Happy Q Year on 1/6/18.
21. Go to every game for a local minor league sports team for a whole season. No, but I did go to one Savannah Banana game.


22. Invest in an office configuration that is comprehensive.
23. Launch a weekly newsletter that is a roundup of articles.
24. Build my personal data warehouse & dashboard.
25. Travel while working (nomadic working) I did this through the months of September and October 2017. I visited 4 countries while working!
26. Speak at a Conference or Panel Discussion. I spoke at FinCon 2018 and recently at TechSAV’s Lunch Function.
27. Have a blog post go viral.
28. Launch BD Bookshelf. 👉 Bookshelf


29. Take a cooking class. We did this for my Bachelorette party! August 2018
30. Run a marathon (on my 26th birthday?). I did a half marathon for my 25th birthday!
31. Do a full Murph.
32. Cook Thanksgiving Dinner.
33. Have 8 staple dinner recipes.
34. Make 12 recipes off Pinterest.
35. Do yoga every day for a month.
36. Bake an apple pie crust and and all.
37. Have a no-eating-out month.
38. Do a whole thirty.
39. Go a month without dessert.
40. Eat at the Melting Pot. December 2017
41. Bake bread from scratch. December 2017
42. Walk 10,000 steps a day for a month.
43. Grow my own tomatoes & use one in a meal.
44. Cook my way through a cookbook.
45. Try a Barre Class. August 2017
46. Get my CF Level 1.
47. Make sushi at home.
48. Host a dinner party with the china. New Year’s Eve 2017
49. Make a friend’s recipe.


50. Come up with 101 Things and Write Them Down. July 2017
51. Start and finish a Netflix original series. Making a Murdered, December 2018
52. Get engaged. September 2017
53. Get married. November 2018
54. Throw a surprise party.
55. Have a Nerf gun surprise date night.
56. Watch a live comedy show. March 2018
57. Go ice skating.
58. Have a real Christmas tree.
59. Leave a $20 tip on a bill less than 10$.
60. Go apple/blueberry/pumpkin picking.
61. Spend a weekend totally unplugged.
62. Go skiing/snowboarding.
63. Spend a day boating.
64. Have a fire.
65. Send 12 random “just because” cards.
66. Send someone flowers. September 2018 to Tia N
67. Get updated headshots, twice. October 2017
68. See Sam Hunt Live. July 2017
69. Plant a tree.
70. Get my little prince tattoo.
71. Ride in a limo. August 2017
72. Write my name in Wet Cement.
73. Watch the sunrise on the beach.
74. Have at least five things I’ve “set & forget” on Amazon’s Subscribe & Save.
75. Have Bo all up to date on all his shots.
76. Meet five blogging friends in real life. My weekly MilSpo mastermind came from meeting these 🔥 ladies at conferences.
77. Watch a full Globo novela.
78. Have weekly date nights every week for a quarter.
79. Keep up with laundry every week for a quarter.
80. Journal every day for a month.
81. Take out my contacts every day for a month.
82. Buy the meal of the person behind me in a drive thru.
83. Be a bridesmaid.
84. Buy fresh flowers once a week for a month.
85. Have a “pinch me” moment.
86. Acquire a pair of real diamond earrings.
87. Go on at least one couples date a month for a year.
88. Survive a deployment. September 2018
89. See a solar eclipse.


90. Visit five new states.
91. Go to Disney.
92. Go on an all-inclusive resort vacation.
93. Visit 2 new countries. I visited three: Spain, Portugal, and France.
94. Go on a cruise.
95. Go glamping.
96. Go on an hour-long hike. October 2018
97. Take a girls trip.
98. See a Broadway play.
99. Visit a wonder of the world.
100. Get together with all of my Burke Cousins in one place.
101. Get together with all of my Lima cousins in one place.

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