101 in 1001

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Today, I'm being vulnerable with you and sharing my 101 in 1001 list — 101 goals to accomplish in 1,001 days. My word this year is "intention". I'm working on being more intentional about life and home. So far, I'm learning that intentional living means letting go of fears, living each day in prayerful surrender, not getting too caught up about what others think or say, taking multiple leaps of faith and savoring moments to stop...and smell the lavender.

In Write It Down, Make It Happen, Henriette Anne Klauser explains how the act of simply writing down your goals in life is the first step toward achieving them. Writing can even help you see, process and understand your God-given dreams and aspirations. These past three weeks, I've been writing down my goals on a notebook that goes everywhere with me. The basic act of putting my goals and dreams on paper has been so liberating and inspiring. Being able to see what I've accomplished motivates me to complete the remaining goals.

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Blogging about my goals inspires me to enjoy the process and be accountable. It also gives me a sense of community and connectedness — something I value now that we live in the country and don't have friends nearby.

Things don’t always go as planned, and as you can see below, I don't have all 101 goals listed. While I’ll be referring to my list, I’m not going to rely on it for motivation. God’s plans are (and will always be) bigger and better than mine. I will live life, follow where God leads, and see what unfolds. I want to leave room for opportunities and detours God puts in my path, which is why I'm leaving space for new goals and aspirations to be added to the list.

I'll be updating this post each time I add or check-off an item. Goals that have been accomplished will be in that will be in bold links take you to the corresponding post or page talking about how and when I accomplished that goal. I will do my best to share at least one photo for proof.

Start: July 13, 2018 (Fri)
End: April 9, 2021 (Fri)
Last update: Oct 29, 2018 (Mon)

Here’s my list:

  1. Join a gardening club

  2. Volunteer at a nursing home

  3. Take swimming lessons

  4. Visit Italy with Kerwin

  5. Record my first food video for the blog - completed 7.17.18

  6. Leave a gift on a friend’s doorstep

  7. Send a card and gift to someone to encourage them

  8. Make my music available for purchase

  9. Add freebies (wallpaper, printables, checklists, etc) to resource library

  10. Create a YouTube channel to supplement my blog - completed 7.17.18

  11. Compose and record soundtrack for my YouTube videos - completed 7.17.18

  12. Write a cookbook

  13. Pray with one friend a day for a week

  14. Host a plant-based cooking get together with friends

  15. Teach a beginner vegan cooking workshop at our house

  16. Host a music-and-dinner gathering to close the Sabbath

  17. Meet the neighbor(s) and bring them food

  18. Bring a picnic lunch to Kerwin at work

  19. Make and bring lunch for Kerwin's office co-workers

  20. Have neighbors over for dinner

  21. Write a letter to a missionary family

  22. Make artisan bread

  23. Find and write to a female pen pal

  24. Sponsor a child

  25. Add black and white photos (taken by me) to our hallway

  26. Design and make a headboard for our bedroom

  27. Put up window treatments in the office

  28. Design and expand our vegetable garden

  29. Start a cut flower garden

  30. Build a porch swing for our front porch

  31. Finish landscaping our front yard

  32. Update the exterior of our home to give it a farmhouse look

  33. Design and add a mini photo studio to our property

  34. Design and make built-in shelves for our living room

  35. Add shiplap to our home decor

  36. Keep my email inbox down to 5 emails or less every day for a month

  37. Pare down my closet

  38. Wear a dress or skirt every day for a month

  39. Visit the house Kerwin’s grandparents built and lived in

  40. Attend a couple's retreat with Kerwin

  41. Give birth and become a mom to my future best friend

  42. Write a song for our firstborn

  43. Go camping in Banff National Park

  44. Record and share the song I wrote after my miscarriages

  45. Host a small and intimate parenting preparation gathering at our house

  46. Write a song dedicated to special needs kids and families

  47. Offer free photo sessions to families with adopted children

  48. Teach a children's vegan cooking class

  49. Create a podcast

  50. Camp in Zion National Park

  51. Create client welcome gift for photography clients

  52. Go outdoor rock climbing

  53. Ride a hot air balloon with Kerwin

Last updated: Oct 29, 2018 (Mon)

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Join the 101 in 1001 challenge

If you’re interested in joining me and a few others on Instagram who are also making their own 101 in 1001 list and would like some encouragement and accountability, use the hashtag #101in1001fam on your Instagram posts so we can cheer you on.

Do you have any experience setting and accomplishing goals? If so, I would love to hear from you! Click here to let me know!