101 Goals in 1001 Days | 2016-2018 List Wrap Up

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know that since January of 2016 I've been working on a 101 Goals in 1001 days list. I had a little under three years to try and accomplish a mammoth list of goals, ranging from huge stretch goals down to small activities that I always say I want to do. Well last week was the end of my 1001 days, so here’s a wrap up on my list!

In the end, I did less well on my list than I wanted to, but I still achieved a bunch of things I might not have gotten around to otherwise. Of my 101 goals, I accomplished 70 (indicated by bold text), had 29 I didn’t achieve, and had 2 that for whatever reason became irrelevant (marked by italics).

Overall, I had an amazing time working on my goals, and was so happy about each one I marked off. And it truly did push me to get to some things I just wouldn’t have otherwise. Which is why I’m psyched to be starting another list already. I’ll be posting that one soon, so stay tuned. I definitely learned that if I wanted to check off 100% of my goals, I have to procrastinate waaaaay less (well duh). So here’s my list, with a few notes about a few of the goals I accomplished:

THE LIST:

  1. Complete this list in time:

    Start Date: 1/1/2016

    End Date: 9/28/2018

  2. Help someone else complete a goal on their 101 in 1001 list

  3. Make another 101 goals list when this one is completed - I’ll be posting my new list soon, stay tuned!

  4. Donate $5 to charity for every uncompleted goal on this list - I had quite a few unachieved goals on this list, so I ended up donating $145 to my favorite animal shelter, the Dumb Friends League. It’s where we got our dog Tibbers!

PHOTOGRAPHY/PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS:

  1. Blog 75 times in one year

  2. Go to WPPI

  3. Do 2 expo booths

  4. Do a styled wedding shoot with horses

  5. Get a senior rep for horse photography

  6. Shoot some more artistic horse photos

  7. Get published

  8. Buy a new prime lens

  9. Reach at least 1200 Instagram followers

  10. Test different off-camera flash setups on horses

  11. Make a calendar with horse photos

  12. Make a camera strap scarf

  13. Attend a photography or photo biz workshop - Blink in 2017, it was amazing, I highly recommend if you’re a photographer!

  14. Get film developed

  15. Do a horse photography shoot on film

  16. Get camera lenses calibrated and cleaned

  17. Make a yearly marketing plan every year

  18. Collaborate with another horse photographer

  19. Do a horse photo shoot in water

  20. Make 5 more how-to pins for Pinterest

  21. Get a new logo designed

  22. Do another promo video - It’s filmed and halfway through editing, so hopefully I’ll be sharing it with you all soon!

  23. Get some sort of studio/business management system set up

  24. Have my website critiqued again

  25. Get some photos critiqued by another pro

  26. Add portfolio for high school seniors with horses

  27. Add portfolio for couples/engagement photography with horses

 This shoot consisted of some more artistic horse photos, getting a horse in water, plus getting photos for my horse calendar. Talk about one stone, allll the birds!

This shoot consisted of some more artistic horse photos, getting a horse in water, plus getting photos for my horse calendar. Talk about one stone, allll the birds!

 My lovely senior model, Elyse!

My lovely senior model, Elyse!

TRAVEL:

  1. Visit Whig St for 4th of July

  2. Take a week long road trip - Um, we Iived in an RV for 6 months and traveled all over, so I definitely think that counts!

  3. Visit a country I have not been to yet

  4. Visit Bishops Castle - One of the absolutely coolest tourist things I’ve even done!

  5. Go to the Ice Castles

  6. Go to Yellowstone

  7. Go to Carlsbad

  8. Go to the Gator Farm

  9. Play in the sand dunes

  10. Take Brad to the Ape Caves

  11. Eat a meal in the Space Needle with Brad

  12. Go to White Sands

  13. Visit Glenwood Springs

  14. Go on a vacation with my friends

  15. Do a girls weekend/getaway

 RVing around the country definitely counts as going on a week long road trip :)

RVing around the country definitely counts as going on a week long road trip :)

 Sand Dunes, followed by the Gator Farm of course!

Sand Dunes, followed by the Gator Farm of course!

MIND:

  1. Finish my short story

  2. Read at least one book a month

  3. Read at least three business/photography books

  4. Take a meditation class

  5. Write and send at least one handwritten letter/note per month

  6. Take a free online class

BODY:

  1. Try kickboxing

  2. Run a 5k - I actually went above and beyond on this one and did a half mudder, so much fun!

  3. Climb a 14er

  4. Start English riding lessons again

  5. Take a yoga class

  6. Try rock climbing

  7. Drink at least a half gallon of water a day for week

  8. Be able to touch my toes - If I had to pick one goal on this list that I was most proud of achieving, it’s this one. Even as a child, in gymnastics and soccer, stretching frequently, I could never touch my toes. But after months of stretching as far as I could, I finally did it, and have maintained the ability to touch my toes!

 Look how tough we are!

Look how tough we are!

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Ride a camel

  2. Go rafting

  3. Go camping at least twice a year

  4. Try a new exotic food

  5. See a concert at Red Rocks

  6. Go on a wine-tasting tour

  7. Attend the Renaissance Fair in costume

  8. Go to drive-in movie

  9. Visit the winery that make my favorite wine

  10. Build a bamboo forest

  11. Go to Denver Zoolights

  12. Go to a Seahawks game

  13. Take a snowboarding lesson

  14. Go to a live show of Rocky Horror

  15. Get a facial

  16. Escape the room

  17. Go roller skating

  18. Try snowmobiling

 The Maryland Renaissance Fair this year

The Maryland Renaissance Fair this year

 Wine related goals were achieved from Oregon to California, including staying at a vineyard!

Wine related goals were achieved from Oregon to California, including staying at a vineyard!

PROJECTS/PRODUCTIVITY:

  1. Get a wedding album printed from my own wedding.

  2. Organize my jewelry and makeup

  3. Set up a decently sized herb garden

  4. Build something useful for the home

  5. Change to a capsule wardrobe

  6. Try making a month's worth of recipes and freezing them

  7. Decide what I'm doing with my wedding dress and do (trash, sell, keep)

  8. Make a recipe book/box with favorite/most used recipes

  9. Make a new cover for the sack chair

OTHER:

  1. Pay off at least half of my student debt

  2. Buy a home - Strangely enough, this was one of my stretch goals, that actually happened quite quickly, and then we went on to sell that home (in Colorado), buy and RV home, and then move again. Life is weird.

  3. Get another family member that is not human - I’m an overachiever when it comes to pets, so we got two new ones, our cat Death Cat for Cutie, and our horse Pixy.

  4. Plant a tree

  5. Volunteer or donate to a cause

  6. Get family photos every year

  7. Buy a laptop

  8. Find a primary care physician in Colorado

  9. Get my dove tattoo filled in

  10. Recreate a photograph with my siblings from when we were little

  11. Continue keeping monthly budget and categorizing all spending

  12. Make an 6 month emergency fund

  13. Find a local farmer's market

  14. Find a dentist I like in Colorado

 The house that we bought, and then sold in Colorado.

The house that we bought, and then sold in Colorado.

 The newest member of the family, Pixy.

The newest member of the family, Pixy.

 Last year’s Christmas Card, complete with all our furry family members!

Last year’s Christmas Card, complete with all our furry family members!