I’m so excited to kick off my fourth 101 in 1001 list! I wrote my first list in 2011 and this format has become a really effective tool for me to keep track of goals that fall somewhere between a daily to do list and a lifelong bucket list. Here are the goals I’m hoping to accomplish in the next 1001 days (2.75 years) but you can catch up on my first, second, and third lists to see what I got up to in years past! And please send me an email if you decide to write your own list — I’d love to add a link at the bottom of this page!

design darling 101 in 1001
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17 down,
84 to go

PERSONAL

1 / 14
  • 1.

    Read at least twenty-five books (2/25 — So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, The New Corner Office by Laura Vanderkam).

  • 2.

    Completely unplug for one weekend.

  • 3.

    Vote in the 2020 election (November 2020).

  • 4.

    Vote in the 2022 election.

  • 5.

    Contribute to my IRA each year (2020, 2021, 2022).

  • 6.

    Get Fraxel again.

  • 7.

    Get Lasik eye surgery.

  • 8.

    Get a skin check every year (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023).

  • 9.

    Watch at least ten documentaries (2/10 — The Social Dilemma, This is Paris).

  • 10.

    Finish at least five needlepoint projects.

  • 11.

    Be able to do all three splits again.

  • 12.

    Leave a 100% tip for great service.

  • 13.

    Buy dinner for a table of strangers anonymously.

  • 14.

    Beat my past 101 in 1001 record of 80 goals completed.

PROFESSIONAL

1 / 10
  • 15.

    Read at least five business books (1/5 — The New Corner Office by Laura Vanderkam).

  • 16.

    Add baby clothes, baby gear, and wedding registry sections to shop page (September 2020; page here).

  • 17.

    Design a product for a brand I love.

  • 18.

    Add at least 100 new prints to Nantucket Print Shop (30/100).

  • 19.

    Surpass 350 sales for Nantucket Print Shop.

  • 20.

    Surpass 3,500 photos posted on my Instagram.

  • 21.

    Post an IGTV video.

  • 22.

    Teach myself how to shoot with multiple focal points in manual.

  • 23.

    Hire an SEO consultant for my blog.

  • 24.

    Publish a Fairfield County guide on my blog.

MARRIAGE

0 / 5
  • 25.

    Take a trip just the two of us.

  • 26.

    Cook twenty new recipes together.

  • 27.
  • 28.

    Buy a family-friendly second car.

  • 29.

    Celebrate our third, fourth, and fifth wedding anniversaries.

BABIES

3 / 14
  • 30.

    Bake a cake for Teddy’s first birthday (September 2020; photo here).

  • 31.

    Print and frame baby photos.

  • 32.

    Create a kids’ height chart somewhere in our home (September 2020).

  • 33.

    Find a nanny we love (September 2020).

  • 34.

    Do swim lessons with Teddy.

  • 35.

    Do Tumblebees with Teddy.

  • 36.

    Have a second baby.

  • 37.

    Write updates on my first, second, and third trimesters (1/3 — first trimester recap).

  • 38.

    Needlepoint a Christmas ornament for second baby.

  • 39.

    Send out birth announcements for second baby.

  • 40.

    Get into a post-baby workout routine.

  • 41.

    Decorate and photograph Teddy’s new bedroom.

  • 42.

    Find a preschool we love.

  • 43.

    Send out Christmas cards each year (2020, 2021, 2022).

FAMILY & FRIENDS

1 / 4
  • 44.

    Mail care packages to each of my siblings.

  • 45.

    See a Red Sox/Yankees game.

  • 46.

    Send flowers to my grandmother and mother-in-law one day out of the blue (September 2020).

  • 47.

    Host a backyard movie night at our house.

HOME

9 / 24
  • 48.

    Order and hang new Nantucket Print Shop prints at our house (September 2020; post here).

  • 49.

    Install recessed lighting in the living room, dining room, and office (October 2020).

  • 50.

    Photograph kitchen for the blog (October 2020; post here).

  • 51.

    Photograph laundry room and mudroom for the blog (October 2020; post here).

  • 52.

    Organize our pantry and photograph for the blog.

  • 53.

    Photograph office for the blog.

  • 54.

    Build out our closet.

  • 55.

    Order a rug for our living room (September 2020; post here).

  • 56.

    Decide on artwork for our living room (August 2020; post here).

  • 57.

    Decide on an ottoman for our living room (November 2020; seen here).

  • 58.

    Wallpaper the playroom (September 2020; post here).

  • 59.

    Figure out a storage solution for the playroom.

  • 60.

    Order a rug for our family room (September 2020; post here).

  • 61.

    Reupholster the chair in our family room.

  • 62.

    Add trim to our dining room.

  • 63.

    Wallpaper our dining room.

  • 64.

    Order chairs for our dining room.

  • 65.

    Paint front bedroom upstairs.

  • 66.

    Install recessed lighting in guest bedrooms.

  • 67.

    Install window treatments throughout first floor.

  • 68.

    Renovate our upstairs hall bathroom.

  • 69.

    Organize our linen closet and post on the blog.

  • 70.

    Add front window and extend roofline.

  • 71.

    Tackle chimney and fireplace repairs.

BACKYARD

0 / 8
  • 72.

    Consult a landscape designer to come up with a plan for our backyard.

  • 73.

    Decide whether to renovate or fill in our pool.

  • 74.

    Remove damaged trees in our yard.

  • 75.

    Move the stone wall in our yard.

  • 76.

    Replace our fence.

  • 77.

    Successfully grow new grass.

  • 78.

    Plant hydrangeas.

  • 79.

    Plant peonies.

CONNECTICUT

1 / 10
  • 80.

    Take Teddy apple picking (September 2020; post here).

  • 81.

    Take Teddy ice skating.

  • 82.

    Take Teddy sledding.

  • 83.

    Build a snowman with Teddy.

  • 84.

    Cut down our own Christmas tree.

  • 85.

    Get a Darien beach pass.

  • 86.

    Take Teddy to ten new parks/playgrounds (4/10 — McGuane Field in Darien, Ridgefield Recreation Center in Ridgefield, Mathews Park in Norwalk, Weed Beach in Darien).

  • 87.

    Plan five day trips within Connecticut.

  • 88.

    Plan five day or weekend trips to other states within driving distance.

  • 89.

    Try at least ten new-to-me restaurants.

NANTUCKET

1 / 12
  • 90.

    Pick strawberries with Teddy.

  • 91.

    Bike to the beach with Teddy.

  • 92.

    Build a sandcastle with Teddy.

  • 93.

    Do stand-up paddle board yoga again.

  • 94.

    Take a surfing lesson.

  • 95.

    Visit in the fall.

  • 96.

    Visit for Christmas Stroll.

  • 97.

    Drive out to Great Point again (August 2020; post here).

  • 98.

    Take a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

  • 99.

    Buy new bikes for the house.

  • 100.

    Try at least ten new-to-me restaurants.

  • 101.

    Add at least ten places to my Nantucket guide (5/10).

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