101 Things in 1001 Days

February 24, 2012

When I first found Mackenzie’s blog months and months ago, besides her daily dose of style and the excitement of her new boutique, one of my favorite things about this redhead was her ambitious 101 Things in 1001 Days list. I read it over and over and thought about what I’d put on my own list if I ever made one. I decided after some not-so-exciting New Years Resolving, that the mix between the short term New Years resolutions and the long term bucket list would be good for me. It’s taken a couple of weeks to come up with the list. It’s harder than you think to come up with 101 things! And you can tell where my husband jumped in and helped come up with a few – they tend to deal with sports. I also got some inspiration from Ashley’s 101 list and of course, her hippie-ness. (I was slumping on ideas around #80 and her list gave me a good jolt!)
So… Take a look at the list below and wish me luck! There’s no particular order. 1001 days from today will be Friday, November, 21, 2014. 
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1. Summon the courage to cut all my hair off! (Something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s actually already in the works!) (March 2012 – here)
2. Take a photography class (May 2012 – here)
3. Go to Scott’s Antique Market
4. Inspire someone else to write a 101 in 1001 list of their own (February 2012 – Good luck, Sally!)
5. Go on a camping trip
6. Take a couples vacation with our best friends (May 2012 and May 2013)
7. Take a cooking class
8. Work on my taste in music… I tend to lean toward the Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars variety (I have a great friend, Mama D, who is fearlessly helping me with this task! It’s hard.)
9. Plant a tree (We planted the Weeping Yoshino Cherry Tree in the backyard.)
10. Go to a drive-in movie
11. Have a fondue party
12. Helicopter ride over Atlanta, preferably during rush hour traffic – I think traffic is fascinating! Annoying, but fascinating.
13. Take a Master Gardener Class
14. Make a terrarium (I got a terrarium for my birthday – April 2012, here. I’m still going to make one!)
15. Learn how to make an Indian meal (Need your help, Sups!)
16. Get involved in a community garden
17. Get a Paul Ferney painting through The Commission Project
18. Watch a sunset
19. Watch a sunrise
20. Have a personal stylist (AKA: My Mom) go through my closet with me. Take everything out and pare down! (Did it once, and still need to do it again!)
21. Read a French book to bring back my language skills
22. Roast some marshmallows and make s’mores (We got a firepit, which made this one easy! Here.)
23. Learn how to make my own vegetable stock (Will need Farmer Bills’ help on this one!)
24. Go Paleo for a month
25. Knit something
26. Go to the High Museum
27. Run a marathon
28. Go fishing
29. Volunteer at a Habitat House
30. Pay for someone else’s coffee in the drive-thru line
31. Read a big biographical novel
32. Learn photoshop (Got Photoshop for Christmas 2012!)
(Update March 2013 – Feeling good about photoshop!) 
33. Take a calligraphy class
34. Start a collection of coffee table books (Design Sponge, The Sartorialist, Bringing Nature Home)
35. Re-read Jane Eyre (It was my favorite in high school)
36. House project: Re-do our pantry
37. House project: Spruce up the powder room
38. House project: Decorate the screened in porch (September 2012)
39. Make our own sushi
40. Go vegetarian for a month
41. Start a family! (This looks crazy to see in writing, but we will definitely be thinking about having our first baby in the next 2.75 years… Maybe 1.75 ;)
42. Go to a Braves game
43. Send handwritten notes to friends and family (50)
44. Do a juice cleanse (June 2012)
45. See a show at the Fox Theatre
46. Go on a trip that requires me to use my passport
47. Take a wine tasting class
48. Mow the grass  (My husband suggested this one, and I think it’s kind of funny :)
49. Play golf with my husband
50. Re-Learn how to shoot a gun
(Can you tell that my husband is helping me with this part of the list?)
51. Make a new friend
52. Have our neighbors over for dinner (Complete with leaving a note in their mailbox. It was fun!)
53. Give up soft drinks for a month
54. Give up soft drinks for a year (In progress! 2013 = No soft drinks!)
55. Do a Year of the Cookie Challenge (Like the Year of the Cake, and the Year of the Pie)
56. Have a picnic in Piedmont Park
57. Visit my sister in Greenville, SC (May 2013, Anna’s graduation from Furman!)
58. Visit a state I’ve never been to before
59. Pickle my own pickles
60. House project: build a set of stairs off our deck (Obviously, will need my awesome Father-in-law’s skills on this one)
61. Bake some fancy bread
62. Watch five documentaries
63. Get some blog business cards made (I made my own! January 2013)
64. Do worm composting for my garden
65. Do a style post on TCC (Started a little style column.)
66. Build a giant sand castle
67. Start a collection of something
68. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
69. House project: Install a backsplash in the kitchen (March 2012)
70. Stick to a better before-bed beauty routine
71. Replace our circular dining table with a rectangular one
72. Learn how to french braid my own hair (Might be a problem if I stick with the pixie!)
73. Listen to more books on tape while I’m commuting (Well, not commuting anymore – hooray!)
74. Make a dinner delivery for a friend (March 2013, J & J had a baby!)
75. Grow a topiary
76. Paint something on canvas
77. Go strawberry picking
78. See a movie in the theatre by myself
80. Send 10 handwritten letters
81. Do a time capsule!
82. Learn to change a tire
83. Make a gingerbread house at Christmastime
84. Meet a blogging friend in real life (January 2013, I met a lot at Alt!)
85. Tell real life friends about my blog
86. Stretch more, be able to do a split
87. Write a list of 10 things I love about winter (Blech! I hate winter. Trying to be positive.)
88. Volunteer at church
89. Send my super cool college-age sister a care package
90. Sew an apron
91. Make homemade granola
92. Learn how to use baking soda as shampoo (Beginning in March 2012 Success!)
93. Learn how to crochet
94. Go to a concert and enjoy it (Secret… I don’t really like concerts. I think it’s awkward to just stand there and bop along to the music. Might have something to do with #8.)
95. Go to ALT! (January 2013)
96. Figure out what I want to be when I grow up
97. Try an “out of my comfort zone” workout class (Zumba, anyone?)
98. Host a Mother’s Day brunch 
99. Build a birdfeeder (March 2012)
100. Tell my family how much I love them (always:)
101. Celebrate completing my 101 in 1001 list!
Copyright Whitney Curtis 2010-2013

22 thoughts on “101 Things in 1001 Days

  1. Jenny in Ohio

    How fun! Lots of these are completely something I would love to do as well- I can’t wait to go camping this summer, and I really want to make some pickles. :) Maybe I’ll just borrow your whole list… ;)

  2. Sally

    Whitney, this list is inspired! Already thinking of ideas for my own… P.S. Totally squealed when I read 41. Cutest babies in America? I think so!

  3. Anonymous

    Be ready to go shopping shortly after #20. I’ve witnessed the results of that one so you may as well go ahead and reserve a dumpster for your driveway. She’s ruthless — and she knows I love her!

  4. Supal

    I LOVED everything on this list, Whit! I will definitely help you with 15, 29, 46 and 84. In my next email, tell me what kind of food you like and I’ll give you some recipes/tips for that Indian meal! It’s easier than you think, trust me.

  5. Lacy

    Your list is awesome – I love this Whitney!! I accomplished #84 on your list this week, and I can’t tell you how rewarding it was! So wonderful to turn blogger friends into real-life connections!!ANNNDDD your #95 is on my Top 10 things to do for myself list….still trying to muster my 101 List right now!! Thanks for the inspiration!


  6. Erin

    Awesome list! I’m happy to share my grandma’s pickle recipe for #59 if you don’t already have one. And, I would love to teach you to crochet (#93) anytime! Finally, I love your books on tape resolution… the Roswell library has a pretty good selection, and it truly does make hours in the car pass so quickly!

    1. whitney

      hey erin! i would love to try your grandma’s pickle recipe :) :) recipes from grandmas are always the best! and thanks for the tip on the roswell library, i need to check it out.

  7. Aimee

    I just wanted to comment to say what an awesome list you have, and you inspired a few things that I’ve got on my list now too. One in particular I love was the Year of the Cookie challenge! I’ve been super slack and haven’t posted yet but am getting my butt in to gear tonight so that’s why I thought I’d comment on your blog. I’ll put a link bank to yours as it was your awesome idea :) Anyways, I think this may come up as anonymous so in case you want to see who you’ve inspired I’m here http://a1meehall.wordpress.com/ PS. Sorry for the essay!

  8. devon

    I’ve done one DayZeroProject list and am currently working on my second one! I’ve found some inspirational ideas on yours, things I’ve never thought of, so thank you. Good luck to you on yours. Even if you don’t complete them all, the fact that you are branching out and trying to experience life more is all it takes!!!!


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