November 14, 2016

101 in 1001: Update Four

I am so excited it's time for another 101 in 1001 update. One year ago I composed this list and I can't believe 365 days of 1001 have already gone by. If you're not familiar with this list, you can catch up by reading this post...but essentially it's a list of 101 things you want to accomplish in 1001 days. 

I'm so happy to say that I've checked quite a few things off my list from the last update which I wasn't sure would happen. It's so fun to plan some things out that I want to do each month, while at the same time spontaneously accomplishing things too. That's the great part about life, no matter how much you try and plan, it can be spiced up at any moment.

Here's what I have crossed off the list since update number three

Grow my blog to be able to work with larger partners such as BlogHer, Social Fabric & more

I was accepted in to the Social Fabric network and published my first post with them in October where I shared 5 ways to prepare for guests in less than 30 minutes. 

Take a one year anniversary trip
September 26, 2016 we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary with an alone trip to Boston. It was every bit of incredible as I could have dreamed and will forever be thankful for that time away together. 

Visit 3 new restaurants and write about them
September was a big month for this list where I knocked a bunch of items off the 1001 things by taking our trip to Boston. We visited 2 new restaurants while on our anniversary trip- the first being Cheers which I talked about as one of the things I fell in love with in Boston
The other restaurant we visited was a small hometown place in Lexington, which was close to our hotel and about 15 minutes outside of the city. I talked about Mario's on the blog last week.

Leave a 100% tip
I did this at Mario's and it was great. Such a good feeling and I hope I made our watiress' day, she was amazing and deserved it!

Take a photography class

I took the Phone Photography Basics class from Brit & Co. offered by Helene from Helene In Between.  This class was so useful and great because my iPhone is something I have on me 99.9% of the time and usually what I'm taking pictures with on the go. 

Get a picture of our own photography on a canvas for décor

I absolutely loved the amount of times we were able to hit the beach at sunset this past Summer and I took so many sky pictures...obviously. One of them was a pretty almost pastel looking color where the lake had a pretty light blue vibe going on which matches our living room decor. I scored a deal on Groupon for a canvas and got it made for $15, which you can't beat. 

Meet another blogging friend in real life
I was able to meet up with Biana when we were in Boston which was awesome. She is just as sweet as you can imagine and gave us so many great suggestions of things to do while visiting her city. Meeting another blogging friend was so much fun, and I hope to one day meet so many more of you!

Travel to a brand new city
As if I couldn't say the name Boston enough in this post, Boston. HA!

Make 5 new crafts
I have now made 4 out of 5 new crafts. Yes, I totally call a french fries Halloween costume a craft. You have no idea how much fun I get out of dreaming up ideas of outrageous things to dress up as each year and I'm already planning next year. I made this fry girl happen in less than 48 hours and I'm damn proud of it. The best part of it was when I couldn't reach my arms around my french fries to type on the computer at work...I've never laughed so hard. 
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Find the perfect entertainment stand
We got some much needed new furniture for our living room and while in the midst of rearranging the furniture our entertainment stand broke...oops! It was old too and while we weren't looking to spend money this time of the year, it was another necessity. We found the perfect one that has great doors to hide things like allllll my candles and still holds Chuck's record player so it was a win. While it's not pictured below, our cozy living room is...and I love it so much I had to share it here too.

I've knocked out a good amount and hope to get more done during these Winter months when I don't venture outside much after I get home from work.

Here's an overview of my 101 in 1001 list. What do you think I should knock off next? Any items you've accomplished on your list lately?!

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- *October 2016
Update pages (About Me, Best Of, Sponsor) *March 2016 Check them out here: About MeBest OfSponsor 
Meet another blogging friend in real life *September 2016- Biana from B Loved Boston
Update blog files on my laptop *February 2016
Ask to be a guest poster on a blog *April 2016- Alanna & Company
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 February 2016 I updated: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers & Bacon Wrapped Smokies. I updated SEO on another 10-15 posts in May 2016 also. 

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 (1/3) 1-avocado 
Bake a new cupcake flavor from scratch  *Brown Sugar Cupcakes
Visit 3 new restaurants and write about them (2/3) 1- September 2016, Mario's Italian Restaurant- Lexington, MA & Cheers- Boston, MA
Invent a new recipe  *December 2015 Chocolate Mint Christmas Dream
Learn how to grill
Eat from a food truck-  *July 2016
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 *August 2016
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- *September 2016, Boston & Lexington, MA
Take Ethan to NYC
Go on a Segway tour
Ride in a hot air balloon
Take a one year anniversary trip- *September 2016- Boston
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 *August 2016
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 *August 2016

Professional Growth & Development
Write a children's book
Take on at least 1 "client" and plan an event 
Take a photography class *November 2016
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. *April 2016
Make 5 new crafts  (4/5) * 1- Valentine's Garland- February 2016 2- Patterned Dream Board - March 2016 3- Foolproof DIY Baby Gift- July 2016 4- French Fries Halloween costume- October 2016
Market my talents and pursue a side business *February 2016-Etsy shop
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 *July 2016
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- *September 2016
Find the perfect entertainment stand- *October 2016

For Others
Leave a 100% tip- *September 2016- Mario's Italian Restaurant
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 *April 2016
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)

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