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
Start date:
End date:
48 down,
53 to go

PERSONAL

4 / 14

PROFESSIONAL

2 / 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 (Stubbs & Wootton in June 2021; post here!).

  • 18.

    Add at least 100 new prints to Nantucket Print Shop (40/100).

  • 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

1 / 5
  • 25.

    Take a trip just the two of us.

  • 26.

    Cook twenty new recipes together.

  • 27.
  • 28.

    Decide on a family-friendly second car (February 2021; post here).

  • 29.

    Celebrate our third, fourth, and fifth wedding anniversaries.

BABIES

12 / 14
  • 30.

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

  • 31.

    Print and frame baby photos (December 2020; post here).

  • 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 (started August 2021).

  • 35.

    Do Tumblebees with Teddy (started August 2021).

  • 36.

    Have a second baby (April 2021; Peter’s birth story here).

  • 37.

    Write updates on my first, second, and third trimesters (April 2021; first trimester recap, second trimester recap, third trimester recap).

  • 38.

    Needlepoint a Christmas ornament for second baby (May 2021; post here).

  • 39.

    Send out birth announcements for second baby (June 2021; post here).

  • 40.

    Get into a post-baby workout routine.

  • 41.

    Decorate and photograph Teddy’s new bedroom (June 2021; post here).

  • 42.

    Find a preschool we love (September 2021).

  • 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

14 / 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 (October 2021; post here).

  • 54.

    Build out our closet (October 2020; post here).

  • 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 (March 2021).

  • 66.

    Install recessed lighting in guest bedrooms (April 2021).

  • 67.

    Install window treatments throughout first floor.

  • 68.

    Renovate our upstairs hall bathroom (May 2021; post here).

  • 69.

    Organize our linen closet and post on the blog.

  • 70.

    Add front window and extend roofline.

  • 71.

    Tackle chimney and fireplace repairs.

BACKYARD

7 / 8
  • 72.

    Consult a landscape designer to come up with a plan for our backyard (project completed August 2021; post here).

  • 73.

    Decide whether to renovate or fill in our pool (renovation completed August 2021; post here).

  • 74.

    Remove damaged trees in our yard (February 2021).

  • 75.

    Move the stone wall in our yard (March 2021).

  • 76.

    Replace our fence (completed August 2021; post here).

  • 77.

    Successfully grow new grass (completed August 2021; post here).

  • 78.

    Plant hydrangeas.

  • 79.

    Plant peonies (October 2020).

CONNECTICUT

3 / 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 (December 2020; post here).

  • 85.

    Get a Darien beach pass (May 2021).

  • 86.

    Take Teddy to ten new parks/playgrounds (7/10 — McGuane Field in Darien, Ridgefield Recreation Center in Ridgefield, Mathews Park in Norwalk, Weed Beach in Darien, Mill River Park in Stamford, Kosciuszko Park in Stamford, Cos Cob Park in Greenwich).

  • 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

4 / 12
  • 90.

    Pick berries with Teddy (June 2021; post here).

  • 91.

    Bike to the beach with Teddy (July 2021).

  • 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 (July 2021; post here).

  • 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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