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

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9 Documentaries

My sister, Megan, and I watched several documentaries over the holiday season and started a blog on Tumblr to document (pun unintended) our documentary journey. So, without further ado, here is my first Wednesday list of the new year!

1. Nursery University – 4/5 stars

This documentary was hilarious, slightly scary, and seriously moving. (amazing for just one documentary!) It follows several families as they go through the extensive nursery school application process in New York. Click through to the link above for more on this documentary! (Netflix Instant)

2. The Tents – 4/5 stars

As you may know from following this blog, I love love love fashion and everything related to it. This documentary follows New York Fashion Week’s start and it’s growth as a major world player in the fashion industry. A great watch for fashion lovers! (Netflix Instant)

3. God Save My Shoes – 4/5 stars

I may or may not have several pairs of shoes in my closet and I am always looking for more to add to the collection. This documentary explores the evolution of the high heel and it’s effect on women’s fashion. So many pretty shoes and so many crazy women. (Netflix Instant)

4. First Position – 5/5 stars

This is near the top (so basically at the top) of our favorite documentaries list. It follows several ballet dancers from around the world as they travel to a national competition in the hope that they win or even, for some of the older dancers, get a contract with a company. This documentary is so great, you should all watch it. (Netflix Instant)

5. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – 4/5 stars

Love him or hate him, Justin Bieber is an incredible musician and his story is pretty spectacular. This documentary follows him on his tour and also explores how he got to that point in his career. It made both of us appreciate him a lot more as a musician and it made us really excited to watch more musician documentaries. (Library Rental)

6. Katy Perry: Part of Me – 5/5 stars

Watching Justin Bieber’s documentary made us really excited to go see the one about Katy Perry’s tour even though neither of us really liked her music. This documentary changed our minds. She was so real in this documentary and shared so much of herself in it that it makes her music a lot more personal and meaningful now when we listen to it. (Movie Theater)

7. The September Issue – 5/5 stars

This documentary is so good. It’s like the real life Devil Wears Prada. This documentary follows Anna Wintour and the staff that works under her as they prepare Vogue’s biggest issue of the year, the september issue. It was fascinating to watch the huge undertaking that making the issue is and to see all of the beautiful pages that came from all of their hard work. (Netflix Instant)

8. Happy – 4/5 stars

How to be happy. Sounds like a great premise for a documentary right? Well, it was, but they didn’t quite execute it well enough to earn five stars. This documentary looks at people in several countries who call themselves happy and explore the physical and mental qualities of happiness. (Netflix Instant)

9. Craigslist Joe – 4/5 stars

Is it possible to survive on other people’s kindness? That is what Joe, the subject of this documentary, wants to find out. Joe sets out in the month of December armed with the clothes on his back and his laptop and searches Craigslist to find food and shelter every night. He doesn’t use any money for the entire month and just relies on other people. It was fascinating to see the kind of people he met that month and to see how generous they were. (Netflix Instant)