{101 in 1001} – 2017-2019

Disclaimer: I attempted the “101 in 1001 Days” challenge while in college. It was a fun and educational experience while looking back and seeing how much life had changed and how many goals had been achieved in just 1,001 short days.

So I’ve been thinking, and I’ve decided to try it again. By the time this challenge is over, I will be moved out, married, and 26 years old (oh snap, I’m an adult). Who knows what will happen tomorrow, let alone 1,001 days from now? Only God does, and this is just another reminder that His plans are greater than mine.

Most likely, I won’t achieve all of these 101 things. In fact, that’s kind of the point. God has bigger and better things in store for my future, and writing down my earthly hopes and desires exemplifies that I may have ideas for my future, but God ultimately knows best.

No matter what, even if I do check all 101 things off this list, I look forward to seeing (and experiencing!) what God has in store during these next 1,001 days.

Let the adventures begin!


Began: January 1, 2017
Ends: September 29th 2019

Educational/Professional (3/8)

1. Attend a social media or digital advertising conference – (Social Media Day in Philly, June 29, 2017)
2. Speak at a professional event or conference – (February 27, 2017)
3. Guest teach a class – (March 2017)
4. Read 5+ social media- or digital advertising-related books
5. Obtain certification in a social media- or digital advertising-related skill
6. Frame both of my degrees
7. Update my blog 3-5 times a month (at minimum)
8. Give 5+ presentations for/at Archer

  • DTCC – February 23, 2017
  • PRSSA-UD – February 27, 2017

9. Guest blog 5+ times

Organizing My Life (2/12)

10. Pay off student loans
11. Save for wedding
12. Plan my wedding
13. Write thank you notes for every major milestone/holiday
14. Go a month without buying Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts coffee – (June 2017)
15. Clean out room and keep only meaningful and versatile items
16. Clean out and organize laptop (music, files, photos) – (March 2017)
17. Unsubscribe from/delete unwanted emails
18. Organize/clean out my desks every six months
19. Sell 5+ things on eBay
20. Keep good credit
21. Buy a house with Luke

Spiritual (0/9)

22. Go one week without complaining
23. Keep a prayer or praise journal
24. Listen to an entire sermon series (CD, podcast, or whatever)
25. Read the whole Bible
26. Mentor someone
27. Finish a devotional
28. Attempt Bible journaling
29. Memorize 5 chapters of the Bible
30. Find a spiritual mentor

Physical (2/10)

31. Run a 10K
32. Run a 15K
33. Try a spin class
34. Own Nike running sneakers
35. Drink at least 64 ounces of water for a week – (August 31, 2017)
36. Try a 30 day challenge – (July 2017 – Insanity!)
37. Create a new work out/running playlist
38. Participate in the Color Run
40. Get at least 15K Fitbit steps/day for a week
41. Run an official 5K

Personal Lifestyle (7/19)

42. Pick a wedding date – (January 26, 2017)
43. Create a list of everything to do for the wedding
44. Marry Luke ❤
45. Start teaching piano 2+ days a week again
46. Beach date with Luke – (August 26, 2017)
47. Update iPhone to 7 or higher – (January 2, 2017)
48. Try balayage on my hair
49. Text people back in 12 hours or less – (Began in 2017)
50. Reconnect with an old friend – (February 4, 2017)
51. Learn how to cook really well
52. Wake up at 6am for a week – (July and August 2017)
53. Go to bed by 11pm for a week – (June 2017)
54. Go a week without checking personal social media accounts
55. Say “yes” to everything for a day (if that day happens to be ‘too easy,’ try a week)
56. Treat myself to a manicure/pedicure and don’t feel guilty about it
57. Limit coffee intake to at least 16 ounces/day for a week (AKA the worst week ever)
58. Clean out my nail polish collection and only keep the best ones
59. Read 10+ books in 30 days
60. Decorate my house

Travel (0/13)

61. Book the honeymoon
62. Go on the honeymoon
63. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
64. Return to Chicago
65. Go to a Florida beach
66. Visit Carlos Bakery
67. Visit Central Park restaurant in NYC from “Friends”
68. Visit a new city
69. Visit Julie in Boston with Luke
70. Visit the original Starbucks in Seattle, WA
71. Get a passport
72. Go to an NFL/Steelers game
73. Visit a new state

Just for Fun (5/29)

74. Swim with dolphins
75. Complete a mayor DIY project
76. Learn everything there is to know about my MIDI keyboards
77. Watch “The Office” series all the way through – (July 2017)
78. Watch the “Gilmore Girls” series all the way through – (January 21, 2017)
79. Put a lock on a love bridge
80. Drink from a coconut (because why not?!)
81. Discover a new TV series with Luke – (January 6, 2017)

82. Ride in a hot air balloon
83. Get 2,000+ followers on Instagram
84. Go to a drive-in movie
85. Try a unique food dish
86. See a show on Broadway – (January 14, 2017)
87. Get a pet
88. Read 5+ biographies
89. Try surfing
90. Create a Bored Jar to limit the use of technology
91. Try making 10+ recipes I’ve pinned on Pinterest
92. Try Painting With a Twist or something similar
93. Celebrate “National Best Friend Day” with my best friend
94. Surprise someone
95. Go to a concert in the summer
96. Finish a knitting project
97. Learn 20+ new songs on the piano
98. Visit Susanna in New York
99. Read 5+ books before you see the movies

100. Complete the “101 in 1001 Days” challenge
101. Inspire someone else to join the “101 in 1001 Days” challenge (January 3, 2017)