June 03, 2016

101 in 1001

I have always considered myself a dreamer. There are a million things I hope to do, places I want to see, and goals I want to accomplish. When I came across Mackenzie Horan's 101 in 1001, I thought it was the most brilliant idea ever. I was so inspired to make a list of my own, so that is exactly what I did! I'm not going to lie, coming up with a 101 things I want to accomplish in 1001 days was not as easy as I thought it was going to be, but I did it. I am so excited to see what I can accomplish by March 1st of 2019 (woah).

I learned early on that setting goals is important, and that writing down these goals is even more important. I think it is easy to say you want to do something, but then never act on that desire. However, I have heard time and time again that writing down your goals keeps you accountable for them and more likely to accomplish them. By creating my '101 in 1001' list, I am more aware of my goals and very eager to accomplish them!

In my opinion your twenties are the most perfect time to really focus in on the things you want to do in your life and actually go out and do them! It is one of the few times in your life where you are for the most part free to do as you please without the constraints or distractions that can occur later down the road. I want to make the most of this wonderful time and do as much as I possibly can. With this list I plan on doing just that. Let's see what the next 1001 days bring!

Personal (10/25)
Run a marathon
Unplug for 24 hours
Become a certified spin instructor
Read ten new books 
Go a month without shopping 
Get my first apartment 
Move out of Connecticut 
Buy a car 
Go two weeks without coffee 
Don’t eat meat for a month 
Go to yoga on a regular basis for a month 
Don’t get Starbucks for a month -December 2017
Move to Manhattan 
Run three half marathons (2/3)
Invest in a classic handbag
Get a 4.0 in nursing school 
Inspire someone else to create a ‘101 in 1001’ list 
Learn how to tie a tie 
Read for at least 30 minutes before bed for a month 
Give back to a cause Im passionate about 
Reconnect with high school french teacher 
No sugar for a week 
Go makeup free for a week 
Do 15 pull-ups 
Go to bed at 10 pm for a week straight 

Professional (5/14)  
Graduate from nursing school - August 2016
Get my first real job - March 2017
Create a Connecticut Guide
Create a hundred blog posts on F&F - December 2017
Professionally redesign blog
Start a new blog series - June 2017
 Buy a nice camera
Buy custom blog domain - January 2017
Get to know/meet other bloggers
Have experienced photographer shoot blog photos
Create business cards
Attend a conference of any kind
Do a collaboration blog post 
Take a photography class 

Friends & Family (4/11)
Take a trip with my mom & sister - Charleston, April 2018
 Reunion trip with college friends - Florida, March 2017
 Vacation with high school friends
Family vacation to a tropical destination - Florida, October 2017
Paris with my mom & sister
Visit family friends in La Jolla
Go out on the golf course with Dad
Have mom teach me how to cook three of her best recipes
Buy my parents an apple computer
Professional family photos - Florida, October 2017
Rent a house on the cape/vineyard for a week with friends 

Travel (5/16)
Travel to a new state - South Carolina, 2018
Travel to a new country - September 2016
Travel to a new continent
Paris - September 2016
Take a girls only trip - Charleston, April 2018
Go camping (real camping)
Visit my uncle and cousins in Australia
Visit Nantucket
Go to the Top of the Rock - NYC, October 2017
Visit three destinations in California
Get back to Chicago
Stay at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI
Get back to the Caribbean
Visit Charleston - April 2018
Spend more than two weeks traveling - September 2016
Visit the Lone Star state 

Just for Fun! (17/35)
Learn to ski
Brush up on my french
Go to a winery - Italy, September 2016
See a new Broadway musical
Watch a meteor shower
Watch a sunrise - Italy, September 2016
SoulCycle - May 2016
Visit three museums - September 2016
See the New York City Ballet - December 2018
DryBar - December 2017
Play (attempt) a round of golf
Take a calligraphy class
Hot yoga class
Watch the Today Show out on the plaza
First ‘splurge’ purchase
Try a Barre class
Helicopter ride with aerial views of NYC
Go on a road trip
Host my first dinner party
Skinny dipping in the ocean - Adriatic Sea, September 2016
Rooftop bar - Spain, September 2016
Go skydiving
New Year’s Eve in NYC - December 2016
See Taylor Swift in Concert
John Mayer live - August 2017... amazing
Walk across Brooklyn Bridge - NYC, October 2017
Watch three new TV series in their entirety
Surprise someone
Ice skating in Rockefeller Plaza
Try fifteen new restaurants (15/15)
Go to five new breweries (1/5)
Attend a farmers market - Union Squre FM,  September 2018
Go wine tasting - Italy, September 2016
Play tennis - Summer 2018

Thanks for following along on the journey to accomplish my goals! I will keep you updated on how I am doing and on what I have accomplished. To make it easier to follow along, I have added a '101 in 1001' to the menu bar at the top. Be sure to check it out! I hope I have inspired some of you to make your own list and set out to accomplish your dreams! 

xo. G 


  1. Wow, Gretchen, this is quite a list. Very inspiring. I'm not sure I could come up with 101 things, but reading your list is certainly motivating. Thanks!

    1. Aw thank you! It was a lot harder to come up with than I anticipated it being, but it was so fun!

    2. You are on your way...happy to be a part of your ambitious list! Let's get on it!