101 in 1,001

Friday, January 17, 2014





I've decided to start a list of 101 things to do in 1,001 days. Although I just recently published my New Year's Resolutions, I can't help but think in the long term. I want to help keep my resolutions going and that means getting more specific! I'm also a hopeless list-maker and, like Mackenzie at Design Darling, I have vowed to put $10 in my savings account each time I cross off an item - learn more about my inspiration for the list here.

I won't lie, this list is a long time in the making (who knew thinking of 101 things could be so difficult?), but without further ado, my list:

Start Date: January 17, 2014

End Date:   October 14, 2016
  1. Inspire someone to make a list of their own. (Heidi - 01.25.14)
  2. Give blood for the first time since my anemia. (well, I tried - 01.22.15)
  3. Successfully make sushi. (7.2.14)
  4. Live in a different country. (8.21.14)
  5. Go to a Cubs game. (8.7.15) 
  6. Purchase my first piece of original art. 
  7. Take up pottery again, if only for a day.
  8. Go out to dinner by myself (no phone or book). (03.18.15)
  9. Take a calligraphy class. (2.18.14)
  10. See a large ballet production.
  11. Send my grandmother flowers out of the blue. (2.11.14)
  12. Have professional headshots taken. (03.16)
  13. Buy myself a DSLR camera. (09.16)
  14. Find my signature drink. (6.21.14)
  15. Buy a pair of nice riding boots. (3.18.14)
  16. Meet a fellow blogger. (7.21.14)
  17. Plan a surprise party.
  18. Learn how to tie a tie.
  19. Make macarons. 
  20. Watch every episode of Brothers & Sisters. (10.1.14)
  21. Teach someone basic French.
  22. Go skinny dipping. 
  23. Throw an elegant dinner party.
  24. Take an art history tour of Italy. 
  25. Get an internship that I love. (2.5.14)
  26. Exercise at least twice a week for three consecutive months. (multiple)
  27. Read the Harry Potter series in French. (0/7)
  28. Find signature stationary. (From Nico & Lala 3.21.14)
  29. Put my own twist on a classic recipe. (my killer chocolate cake!)
  30. Decide on a senior thesis. (09.15) 
  31. Go to a hot yoga class. (02.07.15)
  32. Run a 5K or half marathon. (07.14.16)
  33. Complete a DIY furniture project. 
  34. Host a guest interview on my blog. (4.22.14)
  35. Play a game in a casino. 
  36. Take the Chunnel. (11.28.14)
  37. See a Second City show. (7.11.14)
  38. Re-vamp my make-up routine.
  39. Master my own hummus recipe. 
  40. Get eyelash extensions. 
  41. Go scuba diving. (12.14 went snuba diving!)
  42. Learn how to shoot a gun. (6.21.14)
  43. See the châteaux of the Loire valley.
  44. Take a self-defense class. 
  45. Rent a vacation house with friends. (09.16)
  46. Go ziplining. 
  47. Floss everyday for a month. (4.15)
  48. Take a ballet class for the first time since high school. (6.14)
  49. See the East Side Gallery. (3.24.14)
  50. Watch Sweet Home Alabama. 
  51. Eat a cronut. 
  52. Adopt or foster a pet. 
  53. Buy a pair of Hunter boots.(8.17.14)
  54. Add a lock to the Love Lock bridge in Paris. 
  55. Apply for the Peace Corps
  56. Successfully bake an American flag cake. (7.3.14)
  57. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  58. Drink a butter beer. 
  59. Float in the Dead Sea.
  60. Pay for a stranger's dinner. 
  61. See the Stonehenge.
  62. Watch House of Cards. (3.23.14)
  63. Ride a camel in the desert. (12.08.15)
  64. Learn to open a bottle of champagne. (4.20.14)
  65. Try ten new restaurants in Chicago. (11/10: Elly's - 1.24.14, Seasons 52 - 1.24.14, Star of Siam - 3.2.14, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba - 4.4.14, Bandera/Sushi Samba - 4.5.14, Kingsbury Street Cafe - 4.6.14, BRUNCH - 4.20.16, Ann Sather's - 5.17.14, Derby - 5.27.14, Le Pain Quotidien - 4.4.14, Blue Door Farm Stand - 6.14.14)
  66. Keep a plant alive for more than two days. (6.12.14)
  67. Try two new fitness classes.  (2/2: Pilates 1.25.14, Spinning 2.6.14)
  68. Make a noticeable change to my hair. (6.24.14)
  69. Host a Superbowl party. (2.1.14)
  70. Go to Eataly. (7.11.14)
  71. Go without take-out for a month. (July & August 2014)
  72. Get a hot stone massage. Got a massage in Buda & realized I hate them - (10.20.15)
  73. Order from a food truck. (10.4.14)
  74. Find the perfect LBD. (07.27.16)
  75. Open a savings account. (01.28.14)
  76. Take my mother to show/musical. (07.11.14)
  77. Have my work published. (page 116 in Mille Feuille)
  78. Own my own domain (emlajolie.com). (1.25.15)
  79. Watch 5 TED Talks. (5/5 - 08.16)
  80. See a politician speak live.
  81. Join a new organization. (01.16) 
  82. Learn how to play golf. 
  83. Go on a kayaking trip.
  84. Learn how to bake homemade bread. 
  85. Take a photo at the "City is Yours" mural. (05.09.14)
  86. Go to 5 new art museums. (3/5: Salvador Dali Berlin - 03.26.14, Helmut Newton Berlin - 03.28.14, Art Institute of Chicago - 04.05.14, Van Gogh Amsterdam - 11.22.14, National Portrait Gallery London - 11.29.14)
  87. Go to a country concert. (06.25.14)
  88. Have a T-shirt quilt made. 
  89. Karaoke. (03.29.14)
  90. Do a juice cleanse. 
  91. Visit Luisa in Germany. (03.22.14)
  92. Visit my brother & sister-in-law in San Diego. (03.18.15)
  93. Find and furnish my first solo apartment. (01.02.15)
  94. Have a job lined up for after graduation. (12.15)
  95. Find a way to incorporate meditation into my life. (02.01.14)
  96. Eat vegan for a week three days.  (08.13.14)
  97. Unplug for a day (no internet, phone, etc).
  98. Donate to a political group I believe in.
  99. Begin writing my first book.
  100. Watch the entire Titanic movie.
  101. Write a new 101 in 1,001 list when this one is finished!

XOXO,

Em

2 comments:

  1. This is so cute. If you need tips for running let me know! Go to the top of the Eiffel tower - YES (climbing to tier 2 is so much better) :), ride a gondola, yes, go to eataly, yes (AND ITALY YESSSS) haha I love people who set goals like this, good luck!

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    1. Thank you! I know I won't be as fitness-savvy as you, but I read your blog and have definitely picked up some tips from there :)

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