101 in 1001: the verdict

Remember in early 2009 when I began the 101 in 1001 project with gusto and determination? Well, 1001 days came and went faster than I ever imagined they could, and my 101 in 1001 officially ended last month.

The verdict? I completed 58 out of 101 items.

I’m happy with this number and proud of myself. I did a lot of things I may not have attempted had I not set the goal for myself, which is awesome. There are also a bunch of things I didn’t do, either because they became not as important to me after 2.5 years, they were difficult to keep track of (like doing something X number of times in X days/weeks), or I simply didn’t have the time for them. There are some things I’d still like to accomplish soon, like plan better for retirement, finish (or start!) putting together some photo albums, and be better about keeping in touch with my friends who live far away, so I’ll continue keeping those things on my radar.

Not to toot my own horn, but I also think it’s worth mentioning that I accomplished some things that weren’t ever on my list, like getting published (in a little magazine called Martha Stewart Weddings) and becoming an aunt! Okay, so I didn’t put a lot of work into that last one, but if spending time with my niece prevented me from checking more things off my list, I can certainly handle that. Spending a week playing with her down the shore was much more fulfilling than watching all of AFI’s top 100 movies, without a doubt.

I’m not sure if I’ll create another 101 in 1001 list, but I do like the idea of having a physical list of goals to stay motivated. Have you done your own 101 in 1001 project, or something similar? What was the outcome for you?

If you’re curious, below is my original list with completed items marked in yellow! You can also learn more about the project on my original post.

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Start Date: January 1, 2009
End Date: September 28, 2011

Bold/italicized – Completed Item

Strikethrough – Replaced Item (see end of post for replacements)

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Get Artsy – 6 completed
1. Take a Sewing Class
2. Sew a pillow
3. Design a Gocco wall print, just for fun (September 18, 2009)
4. Create/buy art for above the bed (January, 2010)
5. Paint mirror frames in the stairway (May 5, 2009)

6. Make a new scarf with the yarn I already have
7. Set up an Etsy store (April 18, 2009)
8. Sell something on Etsy (May 2, 2009)

9. Create rehearsal dinner albums for parents
10. Create wedding albums for parents (December, 2009)
11. Create Blurb album of Weddingbee posts
12. Create a shadowbox of wedding mementos
13. Create a scrapbook of RSVP cards, well wishes, postcards, etc.

Get Cultured – 5 completed
14. Read 5 non-fiction books (5/5)
15. Read 10 books of my own choosing (10/10)

16. Organize or participate in a book group
17. Watch all of AFI’s top 100 movies (2007 list) (31/100)
18. Go to the ballet
19. Go to the orchestra
20. Attend a live music performance of someone I don’t know who is not famous
21. Attend a play in the city (Philadelphia) (The Lion King, April 13, 2010)
22. See a Tony Award winning musical on Broadway (In The Heights, Feb. 19, 2009)

23. Attend a play at the local theatre (Media, PA)
24. Attend a concert of someone famous whom I’ve never seen before (June 12, 2009 – Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood)

Get Deep – 2 completed
25. Go to a movie alone (Eat, Pray, Love, August 2010)
26. Identify 100 things that make me happy (0/100)
27. Identify 25 things I like about myself (0/25)
28. Go to a coffee shop with a book and enjoy the afternoon solo

Get Domestic – 5 completed
29. Take a cooking class (September 9, 2009)
30. Make dinner at least 3 nights a week, two weeks in a row (October 2010)
31. Make pizelles with Nana’s recipe
32. Make home made ice cream
33. Host a party for friends
34. Take a cake decorating class
35. Decorate a cake (or cupcakes) for a loved one’s birthday (October 4, 2009)
36. Take lunch to work everyday for two weeks (Jan. 2009)

37. Try 30 new recipes (15/30)
38. Have fresh flowers at home for 4 weeks (4/4)

Get Geeky – 3 completed
39. Set up personal blog with modified template to my specifications (Jan. 2009)
40. Finish wedding recaps on Weddingbee (September 15, 2009)

41. Take an Illustrator brush-up class/seminar
42. Create a project completely in InDesign (was trained in Quark!) (December, 2009)

Get Healthy – 5 completed
43. Lose 7 pounds (3/7)
44. Take a dance class
45. Try two new classes at the gym
46. Drink 8 glasses of water daily for 3 weeks (0/21)
47. Try three new OnDemand fitness routines (3/3) (November 2010)
48. Wear a bikini on a NJ beach (July 2010)
49. Floss every day for a month (30/30)

50. Eat fruit every day for a week (0/7)
51. Work out three times a week, two weeks in a row (February 2010)

Get Organized – 10 completed
52. Sell wedding items that are no longer needed (Jan. 2009)
53. Clean and vacuum inside of car and get storage systems for items in car
54. Organize family and friend’s birthdays in one place (Google Calendar, September 2010)
55. Buy/make birthday cards and greeting cards to have on-hand and send (October 2010)
56. Organize jewelry with a new storage system (September 27, 2009)
57. Clean tarnished jewelry
58. De-clutter the bedroom (January, 2010)
59. Solve MacMail alias problem (March, 2009)

60. Finish HTAC photo album
61. Legally change my name (June 12, 2009)
62. Change name on credit cards, etc. (June, 2009)

63. Get a new passport
64. Back up all digital images from 2008 and earlier onto disc (Feb. 6, 2009)

Get Covered – 1 completed
65. get AAA membership (Jan. 2009)
66. get life insurance
67. write a will (and make husband write one, too)

Get Rich (or at least get my finances in better order) – 6 completed
68. have checks printed under joint account (October 2010)
69. have portion of direct deposit automatically entered into joint account (October 2010)

70. set up BillPayer under joint account (October 2010)
71. get free credit report — cancel any dormant accounts
72. set up 401K
73. transfer old 401K into new one
74. Create a financial plan with the hubby (October 2010)
75. Set up PayPal to be able to receive payments (April 2, 2009)
76. Put money in savings each month (at least $50) (32/32)
77. Put $5 in savings for each completed task and $10 for every uncompleted one

Get Generous – 2 completed
78. Pay 10 strangers compliments (2/10)
79. Purge and donate old clothes from closets at least three times (3/3)
80. Volunteer for the MAC (Media Arts Council)
81. Pay for the person behind me at a toll or drive thru
82. Serve food at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
83. Send 12 cards or letters for no reason at all (0/12)

Get Social – 4 completed
84. Mail Christmas Cards out before Christmas (December 20, 2010)
85. Make plans with a new friend (March 4, 2009)
86. Call one faraway friend a week for 6 weeks (0/6)
87. Have a girl’s night once every other month (8/16)
88. Plan a surprise birthday party
89. Have a dinner date with my husband once a month (32/32)
90. Have a double-date with friends once every other month (16/16)

Get Stuff – 0 completed
91. Buy a digital SLR camera
92. Buy a home

Get Adventurous – 7 completed
93. go to Chicago (May 12-15, 2009)
94. Go to a taping of Oprah (September 17, 2010)
95. Go to Las Vegas (March 4-7, 2010)
96. Take a vacation outside of the US
97. Stand outside of the Today show on a weekday morning (and meet Matt Lauer) (Feb. 20, 2009)
98. Go to NJ to take glass-blowing class (wedding gift) (September 5, 2009)
99. Take a Mother Daughter Trip (NYC, Feb. 18-21, 2009)

100. Take a girls only trip (Las Vegas, March 4-7, 2010)

101. Take a completely impulsive, spur of the moment road trip with husband

Additions/replacements – 2010 – 2 completed
6. start a business (April 2010)
45. run a 5K race
53. write a manuscript (and submit to publishers)
77. attend Altitude Design Summit
81. attend a Making Things Happen seminar with Lara Casey (January 26, 2010)


  1. Congratulations on accomplishing everything you did!! I’ve been working on mine–I started at the end of August and have only completed 7 so far. I’ve been running into some of the same things as you already though–I threw a few things on there that weren’t that important to me to begin with and I don’t see myself really being motivated to do, so I might substitute–is that allowed?? haha I figure it’s for myself anyway!

    If you decide to do another one, definitely keep us updated! It’d be interesting to see how your goals have changed since the first list!

  2. Brooke, dear, congratulations on crossing off so much of your list (and you get double points in my book for #93). I remember when you first wrote the list. Somewhere around that time, I spent an hour in the dentist chair trying to distract myself from the Little Shop of Horrors scene taking place in my mouth by charting out my own list. (I think I even tried to figure out the calendar date of my 1001st day, to only mild success. I was delirious by that point, clearly.) I documented a version of that crazy list at some point (I know it had things like “floss every 5 minutes” on it), but then I put it away somewhere and left it there. You’re an inspiration.

  3. I know you didn’t get to everything but you did a lot and something of them were pretty big. Congrats on all you progress!

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