Update: 101 in 1001

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's hard to believe I'm already more than halfway through my 1001 days, but also surprising that I hadn't already been there! With 449 days left to go in my endeavor, I wanted to share a quick update on what I have yet to complete - mostly so I'll start working on crossing off some items...
  1. Go to a Cubs game.
  2. Purchase my first piece of original art. 
  3. Take up pottery again, if only for a day.
  4. See a large ballet production.
  5. Get professional headshots taken. 
  6. Buy myself a DSLR camera.
  7. Plan a surprise party. 
  8. Learn how to tie a tie. 
  9. Make macarons. 
  10. Teach someone basic French.
  11. Go skinny dipping. 
  12. Throw an elegant dinner party.
  13. Take an art history tour of Italy. 
  14. Exercise at least twice a week for three consecutive months. 
  15. Read the Harry Potter series in French. (0/7)
  16. Decide on a senior thesis. 
  17. Run a 5K.
  18. Complete a DIY furniture project. 
  19. Play a game in a casino. 
  20. Re-vamp my make-up routine. 
  21. Master my own hummus recipe. 
  22. Get eyelash extensions. 
  23. Go scuba diving. 
  24. See the châteaux of the Loire valley. 
  25. Take a self-defense class. 
  26. Rent a beach house with friends. 
  27. Go ziplining. 
  28. Floss everyday for a month. 
  29. Take a ballet class for the first time since high school. 
  30. Watch Sweet Home Alabama. 
  31. Eat a cronut. 
  32. Adopt or foster a pet. 
  33. Add a lock to the Love Lock bridge in Paris. 
  34. Apply for the Peace Corps. 
  35. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  36. Drink a butter beer. 
  37. Float in the Dead Sea.
  38. Pay for a stranger's dinner. 
  39. See the Stonehenge.
  40. Find the perfect LBD. 
  41. Watch 5 TED Talks. (3/5)
  42. See a politician speak live. 
  43. Join a new club. 
  44. Learn how to play golf. 
  45. Go on a kayaking trip.
  46. Learn how to bake homemade bread. 
  47. Create a T-shirt quilt. 
  48. Do a juice cleanse. 
  49. Have a job lined up for after graduation. 
  50. Unplug for a day (no internet, phone, etc).
  51. Donate to a political group I believe in. 
  52. Begin writing my first book. 
  53. Watch the entire Titanic movie. 
  54. Write a new 101 in 1,001 list when this one is finished!

I still have quite a few to go - and, while I hate to admit it, I'm sure some of these will have to hop on over to my next 101 in 1,001 list (oops). But it's also kind of crazy to think of the amount I have completed in just a little over 500 days. I am nowhere near the person I was when I began this list and I am so excited to see who I'll be at the end of it!

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That Time We Took A Break

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Any blogger knows that their blog is pretty much an online relationship with his/her readers. I write, you read, we get along. Sometimes you're smitten with me, sometimes I'm a bit too much to handle, but at the end of the day, we just have too much at stake to let each other go. So what happens when I don't want to write anymore?

My months-long hiatus from blogging (unannounced, sorry) was perhaps a bit abrupt, but I needed to get away from the superficiality of the blogosphere. For a while, I told myself that maybe I couldn't be a blogger anymore because I didn't want to write any more posts about the latest pom-pom trend or my favorite moisturizer (Gorgeous from Lush, by the way), or the millions of listicles that make me want to cry my eyes out but also I can't stop reading because the digital age has shortened my attention-span to a painstakingly small amount of time. Whew.

I want to write real, personal, me things. I want you all to know my stance on issues, because I want to know my stance on issues. And I don't know what I want this space to be - probably because I haven't quite figured out what its author wants to be either. I don't want to to be clean, because life is far too messy.

Some days I want it to be a creative space for writing and design, others a ranting platform for my political junkie side, and even some I want it to be an exposition in photojournalism. That's what they don't tell you about being a jack of all trades... Eventually, you have to choose one or drown in the pressure of maintaining multiple different lives. I won't say I'm not up for the challenge - diplomat by day, photojournalist by night (or vice versa)? Sounds like perfection. But I am saying that the world hasn't quite caught up to those of us who prefer to dabble in the many instead of shooting for the one. I'm an aspiring diplomat in a world of marketing majors, and sometimes, I just want to hop on a plane to anywhere.

So, bear with me as I transform this space into whatever I'm turning into. It's bound to be a wild ride.

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