101 in 1001 | Update & End Date

101 in 1001

Today marks the end date to my 101 in 1001 and I have some very mixed feelings about it. First of all, if you don’t know what 101 in 1001 is, it’s a list of 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days. I made my list (which took all day of some hard thinking and a few frivolous goals added to the list) and posted it on January 1, 2014. I was weary and optimistic all at once. I wasn’t sure if I could pull any of this off and posting my goals on a public forum was a little intimidating. It meant I had to be accountable.

We had recently moved in with my in-laws, living in their basement with goals of moving on to our own place not long after. A little more than two years later and those plans are beginning to move forward. But not knowing exactly how long we were going to be there or what lemons life would give us (lemonade is so good, you guys! For real though…), a few goals on the list that will go on the next batch of 101 things. Not as much was crossed off as I would have liked and half the time I even forgot about this to-do list, if I’m being honest. I could have probably gotten a lot more crossed off if it had been in the forefront of my mind this entire time. I had also made a section of goals for my candle company, which I ended up closing and therefore lost a number of goals to complete.

C’est la vie.

We can only try and have good intentions. So with that, here’s my list of 101 in 1001:

I’d love to learn how to do/make:

1. can my own food

2. make my own facial/body scrub

3. make my own deodorant

4. learn how to re-purpose/paint a wooden chair

5. make my own front door wreath

6. design a ceramic mug and paint it gold

7. learn better money management/budgeting – and stick to it (okay, so this is an on-going task…)

8. re-purpose/paint a wooden antique desk or table (and use it as a desk?)

9. finish my wedding scrapbook

10. organize all of our wedding cards and turn them into a booklet

11. learn how to use an DSLR camera

Things to do as a couple (I’m so sad that none of these got completed [yet]!):

12. buy a house

13. start a family

14. get a couples massage for the first time

15. go on a weekend getaway

16. take a day trip somewhere in the Fall to see the foliage

17. go to a drive-in movie theater

Self care, improvement, and otherwise:

18. do more at-home facials

19. take daily vitamins

20. take better care/more thorough care of my skin

21. get a facial for the first time

22. treat myself to a massage for the first time

23. make the effort to paint my nails more

24. eat more organic

25. learn a few vegetarian recipe’s

26. read through the Bible once

27. learn organization techniques to have better organized spaces at home (if we had our own space, I would definitely have tried to do this for sure!)

28. use a planner to organize time/blog/business/money

29. have less clutter/get rid of things that cause clutter

30. Write things down more often (lists and such)

31. start journaling again a few times a week (I now journal quite often and have an instagram dedicated to it: the_diary_library)

32. write and send letters to friends via snail mail

33. spend more time with friends

34. host a dinner party

35. host a family Holiday dinner at our new home

36. continue reading devotionals every morning

37. use more essential oils

38. find and use gentle detox recipe’s

39. Use my Nutribullet more to make healthy smoothies

40. work out/get toned

41. do a three day or one week juice cleanse

42. consider vlogging more often

43. update my recipe box (on-going…)

44. make crust for apple pie from scratch

45. whittle down my makeup collection

46. invest in a foundation primer and eye primer

47. find a better and long lasting foundation

48. eliminate processed food from diet (we’ve done a good job getting most things out, but this will always be an on-going process with the occasional cheat day)

49. quit drinking soda (natural soda is the only exception and when eating pizza or at a party only)

50. learn more about whole foods

51. learn how to make whole food meals

52. make baked goods/desserts from scratch

53. Get a new laptop and organize files better

54. organize important documents

55. drink more water

56. invest in a quality basic black bag

57. meditate for at least 20 minutes a day

58. meal plan

59. host a “welcome Fall” themed party

60. host a Christmas party for friends

61. Experience NYC

62. visit a pumpkin patch (I did this once, before the list was made, but would love to do it again!)

63. go to a craft fair in the Fall

63. visit Kringle Candle in Massachusetts

64. visit Yankee Candle in Williamsburg

65. take a photography class

66. revisit writing fiction

67. consider getting self-published if any fiction work is completed

68. attend a Yoga class

69: use coupons more (don’t let them expire!)

70. tweet more of my own stuff instead of retweeting

71. attend a Farmers Market

72. consider antique shops when buying “new” furniture for our new home

73. use coconut oil more often to reap its benefits

74. learn more natural/alternative remedies

75. keep homemade Elderberry juice on hand

76. talk to siblings more on the phone (this one we’re actually working on!)

77. clean out my jewelry collection and donate/throw out what I don’t want

78. purge clothes every season or every six months and donate

79. use my crockpot more and find recipe’s


80. host my own website

81. buy my domain name

82. monetize blog

83. take better blog pictures

84. consider buying a better camera – DSLR

85. consider purchasing Royale features on Picmonkey

86. get better at using Picmokey or any other free photo editing software

87. have a guest blogger

88. be a guest blogger

89. blog more often/get on a schedule (blog schedule has been set as Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Maybe the occasional Wednesday or Saturday)

90. gain more viewers and comments on my blog (comment away, people!)

91. interact more with my readers

92. comment more on others blogs

Abscents Home Fragrances: 

93. have Abscents in at least one boutique

94. grow my Etsy audience

95. bring out 2 oz candles

96. bring out 2 oz scent shots for the people who like to melt wax instead of burn candles

97. expand into body care

98. expand into room sprays

99. consider stepping out of Etsy and hosting our own online store

100. have a few themed lines of candles available (ex: country, perfume)

101. consider opening our own boutique

How do you feel about making a to-do list that takes you three years to complete? Let me know if you decide to make your own 101 in 1001 list!

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