101 IN 1001 UPDATE!

Hello hello! I feel like it’s been forever and there is so much I want to share but first: a progress update on my 101 in 1001 list! Since my last update in September, I’ve crossed off ten more goals, bringing me to a grand total of 40 completed and 61 to go! I still have 1 year and 8 months to tackle the remaining 61 goals so I’m feeling reasonably good about everything. If you’re looking for a way to get motivated this year and beyond, you should totally write your own list and tweet me the link so I can add it to Design Darling. There’s no time like the present!

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Charles Engelhard Court at the Met

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Exterior of the Frick

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Jeff Koons at the Whitney

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A glimpse of my lemon tree in its finer days

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Sunrise in Saint Martin

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Polar bear plunge with my mom!

7. Volunteer for a cause I’m passionate about.

Will is on the junior board for a KIPP charter school in the Bronx and asked if I’d want to tag along one weekend to tutor one of the middle schoolers they work with. I wound up having a really special moment with the girl I worked with! I told her that I was reading the Hunger Games and thought she’d really enjoy the books. She had already seen the movies but I promised her that the books are worth a read. At the end of the session, she had to fill out a worksheet listing all the things we’d worked on: social studies homework, a math worksheet, and organizing her locker. She also circled a bonus question at the bottom of the worksheet saying that she’d learned something new about her tutor. I assumed she’d write that she learned that I have a puppy or own an online store but she said she learned that reading is something you can do for fun. Such a happy little moment! I’m really looking forward to doing more work with them in the new year.

16. Unplug completely for 24 hours (no internet, iPhone, television, etc.). 

Is it cheating that I did this in Saint Martin and not New York? This is still so hard for me and something I really need to make a priority in 2015.

23. Get a keratin treatment and blog about it.

See the post here. I wound up really liking the treatment and need to go back in this month as it’s back to frizz city over here.

28. Open a retirement account and set up automatic deposits.

I’m a big kid now! I’m really proud of how much I saved this past year, both for retirement (as a small business owner, I have a SEP IRA) and in a separate account to help me tackle some of my big business goals for 2015. I think you know you’re getting old when saving is more fun than spending. It’s hard but infinitely more rewarding!

55. Try twenty new restaurants in New York.

Favorite: Palma (now we go almost once a week — I cannot even express how good it is). Also love: Freemans, Jeffrey’s Grocery, Café El Presidente, Frankie’s Spuntino, Claudette, and Caffe Storico. You could go years in New York dining out for every meal and never repeat the same restaurant so seeking out new hidden gems is something I’ll always enjoy!

60. Visit three museums.

I went with the Met, the Frick, and the Whitney. The Whitney was actually my favorite (the Jeff Koons exhibit was insane) but the Met is a must-see. A few can’t-miss spots: the Charles Engelhard Court in the American Wing, anything by Chuck Close (I find him so fascinating and wrote an art history thesis on his work in college!), the European sculpture garden, the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing… and of course cocktails at the martini bar on the roof!

67. Buy (and subsequently keep alive) a lemon tree for my apartment.

I picked one out in the flower district in Chelsea and had to move it out to my fire escape so it would get ample light (and, let’s not kid ourselves, more water than the attention I was giving it indoors). This was probably an overly ambitious goal but, hey, my cactus is doing great. 😉

88. Watch the sun rise.

On our last day in Saint Martin!

101. Do a polar bear plunge.

My mom and I did this at Tod’s Point in Greenwich on New Year’s Day. I had done one in college and it was just as exhilarating/freezing/fun as I remember!

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  1. I LOVE that you did the polar bear plunge with your mom! I just got a fiddle leaf fig for Christmas and apparently Santa ordered it online. Needless to say, I need to nurse it back to health a bit!

  2. I volunteer for Minds Matter in the city! It’s a mentoring program as well and I LOVE it. Look it up if you’re looking for other volunteer opps in nyc 🙂
    xx Kelsey – tortoiseinthesun.com

  3. Love the update!! I need to review mine…and, I also set up automatic deposits for my IRA to coincide with my raise at work! I had a 401k at my old job and rolled it over to an IRA but hadn’t touched it to add anything new in a year. Excited to see it grow in 2015!

  4. Wow, congratulations on your progress! I’ve been meaning on making a 101 in 1001 list, and I know I will eventually because it shows what an awesome time you’re having completing yours! Happy Monday!
    xx, Mikkaela

  5. Reflecting on your progress is a great way to start the new year and inspire others to put together their own lists! I’ve always thought a polar plunge would be a fun experience!

  6. I’ve been to The Met a few times but I haven’t come across the Charles Engelhard Court. It looks amazingly gorgeous so I’m definitely going to make it a priority to seek that out on my next visit. I haven’t been to The Whitney yet, definitely want to see that as well. There’s also the Cooper Hewitt that I’m dying to visit – apparently it’s focused on interior design and design history, so I think it’s going to be amazing!