Wednesday marked the last day of my third 101 in 1001 list and I can’t believe I’ve been keeping these lists since 2011! My tendency is to jump into sharing my next list right away but I at least wanted to take a moment on what I crossed off over the last 2.75 years before brainstorming what I hope the next few years will entail.
I will say it’s been a lot harder to envision what the next few years will look like in this time of so much uncertainty. My past lists have always included a section for travel, for instance, and it’s impossible to say when we’ll feel comfortable leaving the country or even getting on a plane again. This is why I give myself permission to make a few edits to each list after it’s live — I’ll include travel ambitions when I first write the list in the hopes that travel will become feasible again in the next couple years and then replace those goals with new ones in a different category if that seems improbable. Similarly, I didn’t know at the start of my last list whether we’d be able to get pregnant during that time frame, so once we did I edited my original 101 things to include a section for baby-related goals. These 101 in 1001 lists have always provided me a helpful framework for shaping my personal, professional, and just for fun goals and I’m finding it more necessary than ever to focus on the things I have some control over, even if there are fewer of them than in years past.
In any event, here are a few reflections on what I crossed off my most recent list! I wound up crossing off 80 goals which makes this my most successful list yet and I would love to beat that number with my fourth list! I was inspired by Emily’s reflections on her annual goals and adopted a similar framework for reflecting on my progress below:
The goals I’m most proud of completing:
16. Launching my blog redesign.
41. Buy a car at the end of our lease (more on that here).
42. Buy a house (more on that here).
47. Share updates on my first, second, and third trimesters (have connected with so many new moms through these posts and a few postpartum that you can find here!).
The goal that took the most planning to complete:
67 & 68 & 69. Renovate the kitchen/powder room and build out a mudroom and loft at our house. This was a pretty all-consuming project while it was happening but we are so happy with the results and can’t wait to live in and fully decorate each of these new spaces!
The first goal I completed:
25. Post all of our wedding photos on the blog (November 2017 — see them here!).
The last goal I completed:
84. Try at least ten new-to-me restaurants on Nantucket. We had to get a little creative as we’re just cooking and ordering takeout this summer!
The goal that took the longest to complete:
1. Read at least fifty books. This was always going to be a long-term goal and it took me until April 2020 to make it happen! It’s been so much harder to keep my eyes open to read at night since having Teddy so I’m going to reduce the number for my next list, but I love having a target number to keep me motivated to read.
The goals that cost the most to complete:
34. Take Will on a trip to see a tennis match (French Open in May 2018 — SO happy we did this before starting a family!).
67 & 68 & 69. Renovate the kitchen/powder room and build out a mudroom and loft at our house. So poor but so worth it. 😂
The goals that were the most fun to cross off:
35. Reread the Harry Potter series together (we listened to the audiobooks before bed and loved them!).
48. Decorate the nursery and share on the blog.
93. Buy a table of strangers dinner anonymously (we did this on our first date night after having Teddy and they wound up asking the server for our name and sent us the loveliest thank you note 😭).
The goal on which I most overachieved:
85. Update the Nantucket guide on my blog (this really took on a life of its own but I love that it’s been a helpful resource for so many of you planning trips there!).
The goal I’d most like to experience again:
52. Get into a post-baby workout routine — we’ve started going for long walks as a family every morning and it’s been the greatest silver lining of quarantine/Will not commuting into the city every day. I was sort of skeptical that walking would be ample exercise to lose the baby weight (and I’d still love to add in classes once I’m comfortable setting foot in a gym again!) but it turns out having something I enjoy and can be truly consistent about made a big difference. I say it’s the one I’d like to experience again because 1) it’s a habit I hope to keep up as long as Will is working from home and 2) that means we’d be expanding our family which is not entirely in our control and would be a dream come true! 🤞🏼
The goal I least thought I’d do but did:
88. Set foot on a new continent — Will and I were so close to canceling our Australia trip after I got pregnant but decided to forge ahead after I went on medication for hyperemesis and I’m so happy we did. It was an extraordinary trip full of amazing memories as just the two of us!
The goals I didn’t accomplish but still want to:
5. Get Lasik eye surgery.
70 & 71. Go apple picking and visit a pumpkin patch. These will be extra fun with Teddy in tow!
96. Be able to do all three splits again. I was stretching pretty regularly before I got pregnant and got my left and right splits back but the middle one is still a challenge I’d love to conquer!
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Would love to hear what goals you’ll be working on in the next couple years and how you’re planning for the future in these uncertain times. More 101 in 1001 content coming soon! xx