February 15, 2016

My 101 in 1001: Update One

I am so excited to share an update on my 101 in 1001 list today. Since it's winter and I live in the snow capital of the United really, I've been getting a lot of things done inside. 

One thing that helped me, was printing the list out so I can constantly look at it and get things accomplished. I have found that having lists in paper format REALLY help me in the areas of planning and staying motivated. 

I've updated my list by crossing things off and marking the date they happened and also created some links so you can check out my progress where applicable. 

Here's the first update in this list of adventures--


Do a blog photoshoot
Introduce a sponsorship program  *January 2016
Grow my blog to be able to work with larger partners such as BlogHer, Social Fabric & more
Update pages (About Me, Best Of, Sponsor) *in progress
Meet another blogging friend in real life
Update blog files on my laptop *February 2016
Ask to be a guest poster on a blog
Make a vlog
Invest in business cards
Get published in a magazine *December 2015- Holl and Lane
Get published in an online outlet *December 2015- Holl and Lane 
Start a blog series  *January 2016- Dreamy Instagram Inspo
Start a monthly service created around a blog niche
Find a blogger in my city to connect with
Collaborate with another blogger on a project *January 2016-Beauty On A Budget with Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick & Stilettos
Take more photos for fashion & beauty posts
Update old posts *in progress (this is A LOT of work!) So far in February 2016 I updated: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers & Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Create a recipe book of old family recipes
Make homemade pasta
Take a cooking class
Host a dinner party
Create my signature cocktail
Try at least 3 new foods
Bake a new cupcake flavor from scratch
Visit 3 new restaurants and write about them
Invent a new recipe  *December 2015 Chocolate Mint Christmas Dream
Learn how to grill
Eat from a food truck
Make 100% homemade Thanksgiving dinner

Health & Fitness
Eliminate pop from my diet completely
Try a green smoothie
Take a barre class
Find a fitness routine that works for me & STICK TO IT
Buy a bike
Stay off electronics at night at least 20 minutes before bed
Give myself 30 minutes of relaxation a day with no phone or computer
Eat at least 1 fruit & 1 vegetable per day for 21 days straight (make it a HABIT
Go social media free for a weekend

Visit Napa & explore Wine Country
Have an all girls weekend trip
Travel to a brand new city
Take Ethan to NYC
Go on a Segway tour
Ride in a hot air balloon
Take a one year anniversary trip
Go skydiving & hope my husband doesn't faint watching me
See Britney Spears in Vegas, again
See Janet Jackson in concert
Frame a large map & track our adventures
Surprise Chuck & Ethan with a trip
Go zip lining
Fly a kite
Take a drive with no destination planned
Go on another cruise (hopefully to the Caribbean)
Go to a Steelers home opener game
Attend a light up night event around the holidays
Find a butterfly garden and visit one

Professional Growth & Development
Write a children's book
Take on at least 1 "client" and plan an event 
Take a photography class
Finish a webinar, whether for my blog or personal growth
Earn a promotion & raise *November 2015, February 2016
Design something for someone- a poster, invite, etc.
Make 5 new crafts * 1- Valentine's Garland- February 2015
Market my talents and pursue a side business
Start a poem journal

      Just for Emelia
Have another spend freeze for at least one month
Pay off all loans, except for my student loans (that's impossible for the next several years-ha!)
Read for 30 minutes every day
Get my wedding dress preserved
Spend the afternoon at the library without worrying about time
Get a new tattoo
Create a special memorial event just for me to honor my mom
Spend the morning at a coffee shop
Get Britney Spears to tweet me back
Find my signature lip color
Get rid of the clothes I will never wear again *January 2016
Get a custom sketch drawn by Brittany Fuson

Make my own coffee table
Organize addresses *January 2016- I used Postable and it's awesome
Make or purchase a new headboard for our bed
Have Christmas shopping done before October 1st
Sell old wedding décor
Host a themed party
Turn some of Ethan’s old t-shirts I have saved in to a quilt
Host a craft party
Make over a piece of furniture
Update pictures frames with new memories
Buy our first home
Get a picture of our own photography on a canvas for décor
Find the perfect entertainment stand

For Others
Leave a 100% tip
Pay it forward & do a random act of kindness for a stranger *December 2015- Starbucks drive thru
Adopt a family for Thanksgiving
Volunteer somewhere with both Chuck & Ethan
Adopt a family for Christmas
Make an Easter basket for a child in need
Make personalized Christmas gifts
Clean out closets and donate it all to someone I personally know who needs it
Take Ethan to the Lego store & let him spend as much time as he wants in there
Take Ethan somewhere animal related for a behind the scenes look (zoo, park, etc)

I am so happy Macy created this link-up, as it's been something I had wanted to do. I'm having fun knocking things off the list and working hard to becoming an all around better, more adventurous and hard-working person.

I can't wait to see what things I will have accomplished in May...until then....

Happy Monday!

To Travel & Beyond

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