One Hundred and One Things in One Thousand and One Days

101 things in 1001 days

// september fourteenth two thousand fifteen- june eleventh two thousand eighteen

The Challenge:  Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days (roughly 2.75 years).

The Criteria:  Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?:  Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks.

STARTS September 14, 2015

ENDS June 11, 2018

accomplished: 57

in progress: 6

still to start: 38

1. Come up with 101 things. (September 2015) 

2. Inspire someone to write a list of their own (April 2017) 

3. Move into my first grown-up apartment. (July 2017) 

4. Decorate that apartment to include a graphic black & white rug and a velvet pink chair

5. Work a job that I am happy to go to (May 2017) 

6. Start my own company

7. Buy a pair of shoes that signifies the step into adulthood

8. Read all of Brene Brown’s books

9. Learn French (spent four months in France and decided that I’ve learned enough, May 2016) 

10. Walk six miles a day for at least two weeks (April 2016) 

11. Scrutinize my closet and donate, store, or toss all the things I never wear (January 2016) 

12. Throw my first dinner party

13. Meditate morning and night for at least one week (September 2017) 

14. Back up your hard drive externally (like Apple always tells you to do) (August 2016) 

15. Go to a music festival

16. Visit my best friends who live in different cities (October, 2016- NC) 

17. Get a corgi and name him Pistachio

18. Continue to not eat meat for these whole 1001 days 

19. Drink four Swell bottles of water every day for at least one week (September 2017) 

20. Vote in the 2016 election (November, 2016…) 

21. Set an alarm for bed and listen to it (for two weeks) (June 2017)

22. Listen to one new Ted talk each week for 8 weeks New goal: Listen to 50 Ted Talks (46/50 For parents, happiness is a very high barThe story we tell about poverty isn’t true, Why dieting usually doesn’t workThe power of introvertsStripping away negative body imageYour body language shapes who you are, The museum of 4 in the morningStart With Why*, The Power of Vulnerability*, I am the son of a terrorist: Here’s how I chose peaceThe puzzle of motivation*, Sex needs a new metaphor: here’s one, The four fish we’re overeating, Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume, Falling in love is the easy part, My year of saying yes to everything, Why we have too few women leaders*, Rethinking infidelity… a talk for anyone who has ever loved, The linguistic genius of babies, 10 ways to have a better conversation, Love letters to strangers, Why we do what we do*, The key to success? Grit, Teach girls bravery, not perfection*, How Airbnb designs for trust, What standardized tests don’t measure, How painting can transform communities, Inside the mind of a procrastinator*, The dream we haven’t dared to dream*, Wisdom from great writers on every year of life, The surprising habits of original thinkers, The gospel of doubt*, Why thinking you’re ugly is bad for you, An ode to envy, Smash fear, learn anything, The greatest TED talk ever sold, Don’t ask where I’m from. Ask where I’m a local*, Why Brexit happened and what to do next, Why you think you’re right even if you’re wrong, The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life, How sampling transformed music, How to run a company with (almost) no rules*, Love, no matter what, Honest liars- the psychology of self-deception*, What I learned from 100 days of rejection, An invitation to men who want a better world for women

23. Send fifty handwritten notes (33/50 Addison, Anna, Mama, Davis, Addison, Caroline, Brooks, Nanee & Tom, Addison, Ashling/Abbie, Endource team, Daddy, Luiza, Mama, Addison, Addison, Jess, Sarah, Lydia, Brooksie, N&H, Todd, Meg, Nanee & Tom, Papa, Aunt Nina & Uncle John, Aunt Molly, The Bales, Kira, Rosenstocks, Meg, B, Mama, Victoria) 

24. Go to 25 tube stops while in London 33/25(Kings Cross, London Bridge, Vauxhall, Clapham Common, Oxford Circus, Picadilly Circus, Aldgate, Holborn, Hyde Park Corner, Waterloo, Covent Garden, Notting Hill Gate, Liverpool Street, Regents Park, Green Park, Tottenham Hall, St. James Park, Barons Court, Leicester Square, Camden Town, Angel, Blackfriars, St. Pauls, Victoria, Finsbury Park, Bond Street, Borough, Southwark, Parsons Green, Queensway, Paddington, Bank, Embankment) (December 2015)

25. Visit somewhere you weren’t planning to go to (Monaco, April 2016) 

26. Get rid of files on computer that are no longer needed

27. Visit Italy (April 2016) 

28. Have a complete stranger buy me a drink (December 2015) 

29. Host a game night at my house (September 2017) 

30. Take beautiful pictures at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge during the golden hour (July 2017) 

31. Find my go to favorite bar (The Book Club, London) 

32. Visit 5 museums in 5 different cities 5/5 (Anne Frank/Van Gogh in Amsterdam, The Story of Berlin in Berlin, The British Museum & National Portrait Gallery in London, Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. Musée d’Orsay, Louvre & Palais Tokyo in Paris) (March 2016) 

33. Go one week where you actually fill out your 5 min journal morning and night

34. Invite someone to join me to my coffee shop outings 20/20 (April 2016) 

35. Be blunt when you would normally bite your tongue (March 2016) 

36. Have a girls night in at my apartment watching rom-coms and drinking rose

37. Say yes to an experience I would normally say no to (September 2015)

38. Attend a wedding

39. Ride a city bike

40. Try a new style of food that you normally wouldn’t try

41. Go one week with no sugar/junk food (April 2017- did the best I could- ha!) 

42. Walk in the rain sans umbrella in Paris (February 2016… wasn’t nearly as I envisioned, but nonetheless, I did it) 

43. Purchase beautiful pajamas to feel fancy as I sleep (April 2017- Thanks, Shani!) 

44. Try out S.W. Basics for skincare, and if you don’t like it, switch to an all natural brand (March 2017)  

45. Spend a day alone with each of siblings (July 2016) 

46. Go champagne tasting in the Champagne region of France (May 2016) 

47. Sit down with someone and both answer the “50 questions that will free your mind” (April 2017) 

48. For two weeks, stretch for 5 min when you wake up and before you go to bed

49. Go to 15 new cities 18/15 (London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, Brighton, Lisbon, Oxford, Paris, Lyon, Orleans, Nice, Monte Carlo, Venice, Florence, Rome, Budapest, Champagne) 

50. Become a regular somewhere (February 2016) 

51. Hike to the Hollywood sign (March 2017) 

52. Visit a new state (September 2017, West Virginia) 

53. Take care of my shoes (ie get them resoled before it’s too late)

54. Make ten recipes off of Pinterest (3/10 Strawberry Cake with Addison, Circus Animal Cookie Dough Truffles with Addison, Vegan Chili,) 

55. Wake up by 8am for two weeks straight (September 2017)

56. Journal at least once a week so my (future) children can see how I lived life (12 months) 

57. Go star gazing and cloud gazing

58. Send my mom a little something when she’s not expecting it

59. Get a second tattoo

60. Post a blog post every day for one month

61. Learn calligraphy.

62. Listen to five podcast series 5/5 (Serial season 1, The Bitch Bible, The Love Bomb, The Feel Good Effect, How I Built This) 

63. See a theater production in London (Cats, December 2015) 

64. Write a letter to myself on each birthday and tuck it away

65. Ditch Facebook for a week

66. Do a three-day juice cleanse (This is not a healthy thing that I want to do, so I am eliminating it) 

67. Use candles as my main light source for one week

68. Find the key to healthy and shiny hair for myself (2016)

69. Have conversations that matter (20 minimum) (20 done) 

70. Take 50 yoga and/or meditation classes (12/50 Life Centre in London (2), Vajrayogini Center Meditation, Leigh Mallis on the Beltline, Down Dog Yoga Georgetown (6), Y7 Hip Hop Yoga in NYC (4)) 

71. Go to a sauna

72. Have a raw and honest conversation with someone unexpected

73. Visit J in New York  (August 2016) 

74. Take a trip with Lydia

75. Do a double at SoulCycle (September 2016) 

76. Go to the top of the Washington Monument

77. Write a book

78. See five concerts 4/5 (Izzy Bizu// London// September 2015, Born Ruffians// London// October 2015, Odesza // Paris // April 2016, Kygo // Paris // April 2016, Rascal Flatts // DC // September 2016, The Knocks // DC // February 2017)

79. Plank for 1 min a day for one month (March, 2016) 

80. Buy fresh flowers for the house each week for one month (March/April 2017) 

81. Eat the recommended serving of vegetables every day for one week.(September 2017) 

82. Go back to being full-time vegan for at least 3 months

83. Go golfing with Tom

84. Take a picnic to the Eiffel Tower (May 2016) 

85. Have a picnic in Hyde Park (well, kind of… September 2015)

86. Pick fruit from a farm (October 2015 // Picked raspberries, apples and pumpkins in Esher, London) 

87. Beat my brother at the game “set”

88. Try 50 new restaurants: 34/50 (Dishoom (London), Zaika (London), Getti (London), Granger & Co (London), Bone Daddies (London), Plum + Spilt Milk (London), Hally’s (London), Season (Paris), Bob’s Kitchen (Paris), Wild & the Moon (Paris),the restaurant at the Grande Mosque de Paris (Paris), Holybelly (Paris), Ober Mamma (Paris), Art’s Kitchen (Santa Monica), Ingo’s (Santa Monica), Mercado (Atlanta), The Hamilton (DC), Estadio (DC), Cafe Bonaparte (DC), The Ordinary (ATL), Empire State South (ATL), Hop’s Chicken (ATL), Gracias Madre (LA), Doi Moi (DC), Provision 14 (DC), Firefly (DC), Rasika (DC), All Purpose Pizza (DC), While we were young (NYC), Umami Burger (LA), Falafel Inc, Falafel, Matchbox,) 

89. Start the morning by reading an article instead of scrolling Instagram (one week)

90. Call or email my grandparents once a month for a year 

91. Try five new foods 5/5 (Sardines, Halloumi, Roasted Chestnuts, Foie Gras, Oysters) (December 2016)

92. Tell the people in my life how important they are to me 9/20

93. Find my signature cocktail (Côte d’Azur Rosé or Gin & Tonic)

94. Establish an editorial calendar for features like coffee shop highlights, musings on…, etc.  (March, 2016) 

95. Turn phone off for one whole day  (Feb. 2016…. you lost it)

96. Begin writing a script

97. Go to a sporting even with my dad

98. Watch a sunrise

99. Learn how to style my hair using a round brush and blow-dryer (August 2017)

100. Get to know someone you originally wrote off

101. Put $5 into savings for every goal accomplished.