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101 in 1001- Six Month Update

February 19, 2018
AUTHOR: Emilie
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Back in July, I started my very first 101 in 1001 list. You can read that initial post here. Before digging into the progress, let’s recap!

I’m a couple of days over the six month mark, which is 18% of the way along!

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.

Want to start your own?

I suggest visiting Stephanie’s post! I found it to be super helpful!

Tips for starting a 101 in 1001 days list.

My List

You can also see my list on the 101 in 1001 page.

start date: July 10, 2017
finish date: April 5, 2020
number completed: 8
percentage completed: 7.9%
bold ones are works-in-progress. There are 5 WIPs.

Personal Growth

1. Read 100 books. I’ve read 21 books since July 10, 2017!
2. Refinish a piece of furniture.
3. Watch 5 documentaries. I’ve watched four: The Minimalists, Banking on Bitcoin, From Fat to Finish, and Fed Up.
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.
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).
14. Put 3 months income in an emergency fund.
15. Finish flipping the Fayetteville house.
16. Have my retirement investments hit 20 K.
17. Have a no spend month.
18. Get all the insurances I need.
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.


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.
27. Have a blog post go viral.
28. Launch BD Bookshelf.


29. Take a cooking class.
30. Run a marathon (on my 26th 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 desert.
40. Eat at the Melting Pot. December 2017
41. Bake bread from scratch. December 2017
42. Walk 10,000 steps a day for a.
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.
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.
52. Get engaged. September 2017
53. Get married.
54. Throw a surprise party.
55. Have a Nerf gun surprise date night.
56. Watch a live comedy show.
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.
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.
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. I’ve met two!
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.
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.
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.


Emilie is a data engineer by day and lifestyle blogger by night. A Jersey girl at heart, she is currently living in her fifth home in three years, Savannah, GA with her college sweetheart. She’s learned the hard way that home is wherever the Army sends them. She enjoys eating food, cuddling with her dog, and binge watching HGTV.