101 in 1,001

All Rights Reserved Megan Bannister

Last year I created a list of 22 thing to accomplish before my 23rd birthday. And while that list went fairly well, I wanted to try something new. So instead of half-hearted New Year’s resolutions or an annual birthday list, I decided to try something new this year: 101 things to accomplish over the next 1,001 days.

Some are big, some are small. Some are weirdly specific. And some are things I’ve barely admitted to myself that I want to do. But—unlike some of the other lists similar to this one that I’ve found online—I refuse to make this a list of chores or random to-do’s. “Eat a churro,” “buy new ballet flats” or “get a wedding ring tan line” were some of the less inventive one entries I saw in my Internet perusing. Instead I’ve come up with adventures, aspirations and goals I’d like to accomplish over the next two or three years.

I’m still finishing up my list, but here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

End date: October 13, 2016

  1. Finish list of 101 things
  2. Go one month without eating out
  3. Read 50 books
  4. Run another half marathon
  5. Create an organizational system for important documents
  6. Send 30 handwritten letters to 30 different people
  7. Go skinny dipping
  8. Take a trip & stay in an apartment listed on AirBnB
  9. Buy coffee for a stranger
  10. Throw a murder mystery dinner party
  11. Go camping
  12. Make pasta from scratch
  13. Take a road trip with my Mom
  14. See 10 movies in theaters
  15. Buy an original piece of art
  16. Join or create a book club
  17. Learn how to change a tire
  18. Volunteer five times
  19. Go apple picking
  20. Travel internationally
  21. Sing karaoke
  22. Learn how to make a latte at home
  23. Update personal website & portfolio
  24. See a movie at the drive-in
  25. Go to 10 concerts
  26. Learn how to poach an egg
  27. Freelance for a publication I admire
  28. Find a mentor
  29. Learn how to make macaroons
  30. Start a 401K
  31. Ride at least one day of RAGBRAI
  32. Attend the National Balloon Classic in Indianola, IA
  33. Learn how to code
  34. Visit three new cities
  35. Consistently write One Line a Day
  36. Attend SXSW
  37. Learn more about using my DSLR
  38. Adopt a pet
  39. Make cheese from scratch
  40. Attend a baseball game
  41. Find more ways to utilize my Spanish
  42. Host a wine tasting party
  43. Try three new foods
  44. Copy & learn my favorite family recipes
  45. Get one car wash a month (You’re welcome, Dad)
  46. Knit a pair of mittens
  47. Tour the Iowa Capitol building
  48. Visit New Orleans
  49. Learn how to make a .gif
  50. Spend a weekend completely unplugged
  51. Bake an apple pie (crust included) from scratch
  52. Stomp grapes for the fall harvest at Summset Winery
  53. Beat The Simpsons arcade game
  54. Learn how to make three cocktails (more than two ingredients required)
  55. Finish a New York Times crossword puzzle
  56. See the Northern Lights
  57. Tour Terrace Hill
  58. Start roadside attraction website with Kristen
  59. Visit Seattle
  60. Take a letterpress class
  61. Host a dinner party
  62. Go to Eataly
  63. Set up a well-stocked bar cart
  64. Visit Glass Beach in northern California
  65. Surpass 1,000 Twitter followers
  66. Get more involved with the Des Moines Art Center and/or Des Moines Social Club
  67. Learn how to make & can my mom’s pasta sauce
  68. Attend Jeffrey’s high school graduation
  69. Create a custom stamp
  70. Host a clothing swap with friends
  71. Have a movie marathon (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, the possibilities are endless)
  72. Join a CSA—at least for a few months
  73. Make creme brulee at home
  74. Finally hang curtains in my apartment
  75. Create a scrapbook to document my 101 things
  76. Write a letter to myself to open on my 30th birthday
  77. Put $10 in savings for each goal completed

*You can follow my 101 in 1,001 progress under the “Lists” tab on Olio in Iowa. 

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Good luck, I started my 101 in 1001 list at the beginning of the month, it’s been fun to start working through it!

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