101 in 1001

What is the 101 Things in 1001 Days project?

A challenge that combines two of my favorite things: lists + goals. This project takes specific goal setting and mixes in a little competition in order to produce true progress. Instead of open-ended goals like “become more physically fit,” this challenge requires specificity like “run a half-marathon” or “go to two Pilates classes every month.”

So here I am and here is my list. This year, I’m choosing to set clear-cut goals because this girl needs specifics and time constraints in order to be successful. I want to focus on everyday wins too, not just the big stuff. I’ll be posting updates along the way, so stay tuned!


Start Date: January 1, 2015
End Date: September 28, 2017

  1. Visit Van in Milwaukee
    • Bridal Editorial Shoot | October 26, 2015
  2. Host a dinner party
    • Friendsgiving | November 26, 2015
  3. Go to the drive-in theater
  4. Curate a capsule wardrobe
  5. See the ocean
  6. See the mountains
    • Ozarks in Arkansas | May 2015
  7. Send 25 handwritten notes
  8. Watch a meteor shower
  9. Get another tattoo (or two)
  10. Run a 5K
    • 5K Kolor for Kids run with Hillary | August 22, 2015
  11. Visit the House on the Rock with Tyler
    • September 18, 2015
  12. Make 10 recipes from Pinterest
  13. Edit an ebook
  14. Read through the entire Bible
  15. Have a super rad wedding
    • All wedding posts are here | May 9, 2015
  16. Roadtrip to Arkansas for a super rad honeymoon
  17. Complete a Project Life book for our first year of marriage
    • I completed May 2015 – December 2015 and I’ll be doing the albums yearly from now on.
  18. Attend the ballet
  19. Go to a yoga class
  20. Have a Christmas tree
  21. Send out Christmas cards
  22. Journal every day for a month
    • January 2016
  23. Attend our local IF Gathering
  24. Have an article published online
  25. Have an article published in print
  26. Get my eyebrows threaded
  27. Purchase an iMac
    • July 31
  28. Make rouladen on my own
  29. Adopt a kitten

    • No kitten for us, but we did adopt a dog on April 15, 2016!
  30. Write a letter to be opened on my 30th birthday
  31. Have my Instagram pictures printed in an album
  32. Go to the county fair
    • Went to see Diamond Rio at the fair with my parents! | September 5, 2015
  33. Go camping (in a tent) for a weekend
    • Camped on my SW roadtrip for a whole week!
  34. Rent a cabin up north
  35. Fill a journal with prayers
  36. Learn how to play my ukulele
  37. Complete the Blog Life ecourse
  38. Double my followers on social media
    • Bloglovin’
    • Instagram
  39. Have first anniversary photographs taken
  40. Become a morning person
  41. Visit a pumpkin patch
  42. Go strawberry picking
  43. Pay for someone’s food behind me in the drive-thru line
  44. Attend a cooking class
  45. See a Broadway musical
  46. Guest post on someone’s blog
  47. Take a hot air balloon ride
  48. Get a massage
  49. Create an Artifact Uprising book
  50. Keep a thankfulness journal (a la One Thousand Gifts)
  51. Visit a new state
  52. Finish Christmas shopping a month early
  53. Refinish/repurpose a piece of furniture purchased on Craigslist or in an antique store
  54. Finish all bottles of lotion before buying a new one (it’s an addiction, y’all)
  55. Cook a vegan meal
  56. Make cookies/baked goods for a neighbor
  57. Participate in a walk/run for charity
    • 5K Kolor for Kids run with Hillary | August 22, 2015
  58. Make a granny square afghan
  59. See three bands live
    • Diamond Rio | September 5, 2015
    • Horseshoes and Hand Grenades | July 5, 2015
  60. Go on a picnic
  61. Visit an apple orchard
  62. Have a long weekend in Door County
  63. Go cherry picking
  64. Don’t drink soda for a month
  65. Don’t eat fast food for a month
  66. Wear bold lipstick every day for a week
  67. Travel by train
  68. Blog once a day for 30 day straight
  69. Watch 15 documentaries
    • I Escaped a Cult
    • Lions: Spy in the Den
    • Jiro Dreams of Sushi
    • Iris
    • Twinsters
    • The Imposter
  70. Go to Shedd Aquarium
  71. Tour the Stevens Point Brewery
  72. Do a wine tasting
    • Completed at my bachelorette party
  73. Improve my flexibility
  74. Send everyone thank you cards from the wedding
    • It was 3 months after the wedding, but I did it!
  75. Go on a walk every Sunday for a month
  76. Wear a dress to church every Sunday for a month
  77. Make bread from scratch
  78. Create a memory jar on January 1st
  79. Bake a pie
  80. Buy a designer handbag
    • I didn’t buy it, but Tyler got the Michael Kors Selma bag for Christmas 2015
  81. Do a double feature at the movie theater or the drive-in
  82. Go to a Packer game
  83. Buy a nice watch (Michael Kors, perhaps?)
  84. Order filet mignon at a restaurant
  85. Buy flowers from the farmer’s market
  86. Answer the “50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind
  87. Memorize 10 scripture verses
  88. Have a candlelight dinner
    • Steak dinner cooked by Tyler on a whim | 10/19/15
  89. Start a linkup on my blog
  90. Go to a flea market
  91. Use 12 rolls of film
  92. See a play at my high school
  93. Write a letter to a soldier overseas
  94. Write a short story
  95. Complete 10 DIY projects from Pinterest
  96. Go blonde again
    • December 24, 2015
  97. Watch every episode of Gilmore Girls
  98. Watch every episode of Gossip Girl
  99. Watch every episode of Seinfeld
  100. Have a technology-free weekend
  101. Eat at Father Fats

About Leah Van Ert

Leah is newly wed to her high school sweetheart and is a church secretary by day and blogger by night. She firmly believes in spending a little extra on high-quality cuisine, sleeping in, and the healing power of a good cup of tea. She currently lives in central Wisconsin where she was born and raised (and, yes, the stereotype is true - we really do love cheese).