Week 1 of 101 in 1001

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I’m excited to announce that I have completed 8 goals this week! (read as: I’m an overachiever and wanted to start off with a bang. Following is a report on those goals and updates on how this is going.

#54: Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find. This was hard only because I had to pick the book, and it really was an easy decision. I went with The Book Thief because it is my favorite. I wrote a small note on a piece of paper and I’m going to leave it in the copy at the library for someone to find! (See bottom picture in collage)

#57: Write a letter to myself to open when the 1001 days is over. This was actually kind of fun to do. It was cool to think about where I will be in December 2016 and imagine what I will be doing. I wrote things that I wanted to remember. Things that God is doing in my life, things that I have been learning and experiences that I am going through. I wrote it to be encouraging and hopeful. I’m looking forward to reading it again. (See top picture in collage)

#58: Start a Bullet Journal. I LOVE THIS. I am so glad that one of my sleepless nights recently led me to discover Bullet Journals. This system of journaling is so easy to use and it cuts down on my ridiculous amount of journals that I keep. I have been using it as my planner and to-do list, and I have also been keeping track of this challenge in it! It’s lovely. I use a Moleskin that I’ve decorated with some washi tape and a black pen. So simple. So wonderful. I love it.

#60: Complete 7 goals in one week. Let’s be real. This is why I did so many goals this week.

#69: Clear out my email inbox. This was surprisingly easy to do. I just sat down one day and deleted and filed away. So mindless and so satisfying. A win win.

#72: Write a “if anything happens to me” letter. Having just experienced the death of my father, this task was really important to me. Life is short and anything can happen. Just last night, I witnessed a car accident, luckily no one was hurt, but it got me thinking…why wait? So I wrote this letter. It’s in my Bullet Journal, so it should be easy to find. The main thing I wanted to get across to those who will read it is that I am confident in Christ and in all circumstances I know that He has got me in the palm of His hand.

#73: Blog about 101 in 1001. I did this last Saturday! And also today! My hope is to blog regularly about my progress on this challenge, so it’s one in progress, but I did do it. 🙂

#76: Subscribe to a magazine that I love. It’s hard to describe my obsession with fashion and beautiful things. I have wanted a Vogue subscription f.o.r.e.v.e.r but have never gotten around to it. Well, now I have! So excited to receive the first issue in a couple weeks.

Well, there is my first week. If you look back to my first post, you’ll notice that most of these are in the For Me section. I’m hoping to branch out into other areas soon. This challenge so far has been so fun. It gives me something to put on my to-do list besides papers and school assignments, so it gives me something to look forward to. I hope this gives you a little insight into my 101 in 1001. I always appreciate questions or comments or advice!

Blessings,

Brianna

101 in 1001

As I celebrate my 19th birthday today, I am looking forward to some a new season in my life, a season of growth and change and in many ways, searching. I am still unsure about where God is going to take me in this life, but I do know that sitting around and playing 2048 in my free time isn’t necessarily the best way to do things. 🙂 So in an effort to make the next 1001 days a little more meaningful, and kick off my 20th year on this earth with a challenge, I’ve decided to combine two of my favorite things (lists + goals) and work on completing 101 goals in 1001 days. I am super excited about starting this and documenting my progress! So, without further ado, here is my list.

101 in 1001 (8/101)

Starting date: March 29th, 2014

End date: December 24th, 2016

Family + Relationships (0/7)

  • Send Christmas cards
  • Surprise my mom with flowers
  • Make a list of what I’m looking for/ what is important to me in a relationship
  • Write my grandparents a letter yearly (1/6)
  • Take flowers to my dad’s grave
  • Have a Skype date every semester with my best friends
  • Apply for The Amazing Race with Megan

Create + Learn (0/23)

  • Tie a note to a balloon and let it go
  • Find an inspirational quote and work it into a craft
  • Send a message in a bottle
  • Open a cookbook to a random page and make whatever is on it
  • Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me
  • Take a picture of myself every first day of the month for a year (1/12)
  • Make a list of 101 things I love
  • Start a pressed flowers notebook
  • Make a playlist of 101 of my favorite songs
  • Make a list of 50 favorite movies
  • Make a playlist of 26 songs (each starting with a different letter of the alphabet) and listen to them in alphabetical order on a road trip
  • Learn to play at least one song on the guitar
  • Learn to juggle with three balls
  • Learn how to say “I love you” in ten different languages (4/10)
  • Learn how to surf
  • Learn how to change a tire
  • Learn how to drive stick shift
  • Learn how to shoot a gun
  • Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
  • Read a biography every year
  • Finish 10 Pinterest projects
  • Make a photo album
  • Complete a coloring book

Entertainment + Travel (0/17)

  • Visit Hollywood (California)
  • Go to Universal Studios
  • Go to Six Flags (USA)
  • Go to a convention
  • Visit Disneyland (California)
  • Go on a road trip
  • Go on a picnic
  • Attend a live taping of a TV show
  • Go for a hike in the woods
  • Go paddleboarding
  • Go downhill skiing
  • Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet
  • See a drive-in movie
  • Go on a train trip
  • Listen to every song in my iTunes library (1562 left)
  • Visit five new cities
  • Spend a weekend in San Francisco

For Others (1/9)

  • Make a list of the top 5 people who have positively influenced me and write them letters
  • Host a dinner party
  • Donate blood
  • Pay for someone else’s food behind me at the drive-thru
  • Anonymously send a card or flowers to someone going through a tough time
  • Leave a 100% tip
  • Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
  • Volunteer at an event
  • Flip through the phone book and mail five people $5 each

For Me (7/23)

  • Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days is over
  • Start a bullet journal
  • Write a personal mission statement
  • Complete 7 goals in a week
  • Go to college
  • Make a list of 100 things I want to do before I die
  • Go a month without buying anything that isn’t a necessity
  • Save 10% of my income
  • Save a 3-month emergency fund
  • Buy a car
  • Quit Facebook for a week
  • Spend a day without technology
  • Clear out my email inbox
  • Back up my laptop once every three months
  • Make my bed every morning for a month
  • Write a “if anything happens to me” letter
  • Blog about my 101 in 1001
  • Drink eight glasses of water a day for a week
  • Go to the gym twice a week for three months
  • Subscribe to a magazine that I love
  • Put $10 in savings for each goal accomplished
  • Get a full body massage
  • Run a 10K race

For God (0/15)

  • Read through the Bible in a year
  • Lead someone to Christ
  • Pray for someone every day for a month
  • Tithe 10%
  • Memorize a chapter of the Bible
  • Give up coffee for lent
  • Give someone a Bible with my testimony inside
  • Pray for my future husband every day for a month
  • Spend a day alone with God
  • Find a church home near school
  • Leave 10 sticky notes with Bible verses on them in public restrooms
  • Sponsor a child for a year
  • Spend a day in silence
  • Fast for a day
  • Do quiet time every morning for a month

For Fun (0/7)

  • Get a henna tattoo on my hand or foot
  • Build a blanket fort and sleep in it
  • Dance in the rain
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
  • Go swing dancing
  • Learn a dance from a music video

So here goes! 1001 days with purpose. Let me know your thoughts on this and if you decided to start this challenge yourself, I’d love a buddy!

A New Year

2013 comes with many new resolutions and goals. One of which is to complete a 365 self portrait photo challenge. I was inspired by Elsie of A Beautiful Mess who did the same photo challenge last year. I’m really excited to share those photos with you here and hopefully grow my photography skills as I do this challenge! So, without further ado, here are my first 5 photos of the challenge.

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