Thursday, July 7, 2016

101 in 1001

Happy Thursday friends! I hope y'all have been having a stellar week especially since it's shorter due to fourth of July kicking it off! This post is one I am really excited about because I've been wanting to do it for a while now but haven't really sat down to think about it. If you have been following along for a while then you probably know how much I love lists so naturally this post is right up my alley!

If you've never seen a 101 in 1001 list before then you may not know that Mackenzie Horan started this concept as a happy medium between a to-do list and short term bucket list to take place in the next 2.75 years. This time frame in my life will be a pivotal one as I'll exit the world of college student and enter the so called "real world" with a lot to learn and experience in new exciting ways. I also fully expect there to be some weird days when it comes to living without my best friends in the next room, struggling through earning my masters while also hopefully teaching full time, and wanting to socialize but struggling to get enough sleep. Hopefully this list will be the perfect motivator when I find myself in a funk or want to push myself to continue to excel in a way that I am sure I can.

As a college student sometimes it is hard to think about anything but the short term. Sure we think ahead to exams or when our next school holiday may be but really thinking well into the future isn't something that really truly consumes our time. So here's to thinking about the big picture and all of the numerous dreams and ambitions swarming around in my head and actually accomplishing some of them! Hopefully I'll have some updates for y'all along the way that you can follow using the label "101 in 1001."
Start Date: July 7th, 2016
End Date: April 5th, 2019
Progress: 1 Completed // 100 To-Go

1. Come up with 101 things (yippee one down, this was more of an undertaking than I imagined it would be // July 2016)


2. Take 150 Barre Classes
3. Recover lost travel photos
4. Unsubscribe to unwanted emails
5. Go to bed by 11pm for an entire week (December 2016)
6. Go a week without hitting snooze
7. Do an intense closet clean out
8. Unplug for 24 hours
9. Go a month without shopping
10. Vote in an election (November 2016)
11. Go a month without fried food
12. Go a week without sweets
13. Buy coffee for the person in line behind me
14. Properly prepare my sorority's next president (November 2016, reflection post here)
15. Go a month without Chickfila (May - June 2016)
16. Workout before class or work everyday for a week
17. Go through and minimize Facebook friends and likes
18. Run a half marathon
19. Learn how to properly blow out my hair (September 2016)
20. Go to the dermatologist
21. Make a "yearbook" of college photos and memories
22. Go two weeks without coffee
23. Have 5 go-to meals to cook ( 2/5 // chicken, rice, kale bowls // chicken lettuce wraps )
24. Go a week without complaining
25. Show more emotion / be vulnerable
26. Give a speech in front of a larger audience than the members of my sorority
27. Go to the eye doctor


28. Redesign Prep In Your Step
29. Attend a blogging conference
  30. Write an e-book
31. Reach 50,000 followers on Instagram
32. Find a reliable photographer to help with the blog (Nell!)
33. Be featured on another major blog
 34. Post to my blog instagram (@prepinyourstep) everyday for a month
35. Host a meet up (October 2016)
36. Save up and purchase an iMac
37. Collaborate with a large scale brand (Southern Tide)
38. Invest in blog business cards
 39. Learn Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator (Fall 2016, photoshop)
40. Join a blog group relevant to my posts
41. Share blog more openly with real life friends
42. Become good friends with another blogger

"real world" (as a college student I feel like that's the only way we refer to our future) 

43.  Keep my resume updated
 44. Get a job out of college
45. Find and decorate my first apartment
46. Get straight As
 47. Graduate college with above a 3.6 GPA
48. Create a budget and stick to it
49. Get my masters in early childhood education
50. Begin a retirement savings account
51. Build a professional wardrobe
52. Buy an iMac
53. Start Building Credit
54. Learn to balance a social life with a job
55. Create an address book (and not on the computer)
56. Invest in real luggage (can't always depend on mom and dad's suitcases)
57. Create an emergency account
58. Find time for things I love

family and friends

59. Surprise 10 friends with hand written letters (2/10 Macy, Bowen)
60. Go on a road trip with friends
61. Give 5 just because gifts
62. Visit 3 friends in their post-grad towns
63. Take a trip someplace new with a best friend
64. Celebrate 5 exciting life events for friends
65. Reconnect with an old friend
66. Host a brunch for friends just because
67. Do something on a friend's bucket list with them
68. Surprise my parents by coming home
 69. Plan (and execute) a reunion with college friends
70. Ship homemade cookies to a friend just because
71. Make a new close friend
72. Surprise my dad at one of his races
73. Give 5 gifts I am really proud of to family (2/5 Watch for my brother, bike tool for my dad)


74. Visit my brother while he's in law school (Stanford)
75. Watch the sunrise at Pretty Place
76.  Visit 3 new states
 77. Plan another trip outside of the US
78. Go to the Kentucky Derby
79. Visit someplace tropical
80. Take a real vacation with my immediate family (dad, mom, and brother)
81. Visit a friend's hometown
82.  Have a friend visit my hometown
 83. Visit Seattle

for fun

84. Re-design my room at my parent's house
85. Go apple picking in the fall (October 2016)
86. Find a signature cocktail
87. Take a cooking class
88. Re-read the Harry Potter series
89. Go to 3 concerts ( 2/3 Dixie Chicks, Cannan Smith )
90. Paint something worth hanging (September 2016 blogged here)
91. Go to a drive-in movie
92. Try 15 new restaurants
93. Take a calligraphy class
94. Read 30 books ( 3/30 / Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, Understanding Poverty in the Classroom)
95. Be in a wedding
96. Learn to use chopsticks
97. Do something way out of my comfort zone  (Havoc, blogged about here)
98. Purchase a piece of art I really love that I'll have for years
99. Try 5 new foods (sushi, sweet potatoes)
100. Keep up with a line a day book
101. Bike to the farmers market

101 things to do in 1001, I think I've just ensured that I won't be bored anytime soon! If you've created a list of this nature let me know as I'd love to support you with your endeavors! 


  1. You'll definitely get your list done. 3 years is enough time to ration out how you want to tackle it. I think list like these are all about having fun and learning new skills and a little about yourself along the way, which I am totally for.

  2. Such a great list! Can't wait to follow along as you accomplish it!

  3. I just posted my 101 in 1001 a few days ago! We have some of the same ideas on both of our lists. I can't wait to start accomplishing some things of my own.

    xoxo, Veronica

  4. Such a great list! I created one of these awhile ago and I'm on my last few months. I definitely haven't gotten as much crossed off as I had hoped, but I'm slowly learning to let my type A self be okay with it. I'd love to collab with you more! I think we have lots of similarities :)


  5. I love reading other people's 101 in 1001. I've been working on mine for a couple of months. I'm not sure how i would cope without coffee for two weeks but I've been to Seattle and would 100% recommend.

  6. What a fun list! I started my 101 in 1001 in January and it's such a fun way to try new things and to stay motivated to do so!


  7. So fun! I'll be praying that you get a job out of college! Teachers are always in demand... at least that's what I'm telling myself as I'm still undergrad!

    Sweetly, Sally |


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