101 Things in 1001 Days: A Bucket List

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I’ve come across a lot of “101 things in 1001 days” posts lately and really love the idea of setting a deadline for your bucket list so that these things actually happen. These goals are supposed to be realistic which is why I’ve only chosen to write down a few big trips that I plan on going on, or have been planning for a while instead of just listing off all the countries I hope to visit (which is an incredibly long list).

There have been so many ideas that have crossed my mind lately; little things that I want to try, and places I want to explore. I can’t even imagine where I’ll be in 1001 days, or what I will have accomplished before then. The only thing I know for certain is that I will have graduated university! Even that sounds crazy even though my graduation is only a year away. I don’t even know where I’ll be living in 2019. I love thinking about the future and hope that this list will help me focus the next few years of my life.

Start date: July 31st, 2016 – End date: April 28th, 2019

Travel

  1. Take a two month trip to Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Greece) (6/07/2017-7/25/2017) [ √ ]
  2. Take advantage of the extended layover in Iceland
  3. Explore the West coast of Canada
  4. Take a road trip across the United States
  5. Go on a girls trip
  6. Go Whale watching
  7. See the Northern Lights
  8. Take a small day trip to somewhere new outside my city  (Wolfville 10/01/2016) [ √ ]
  9. Sing at the Bluebird Cafe
  10. Go on a road trip with my Dad
  11. Go on a road trip with my Mom
  12. Visit an antique market in a different country
  13. Have a cottage weekend with my high school friends
  14. Take a trip to Scandinavia with Adam

Blog

  1. Partner up with a brand that I love    (Wayfair.ca 4/2/2017)   [ √ ]
  2. Start vlogging (8/19/2016!)   [ √ ]
  3. Attend a blogger event/conference  (11/6/2016)  [ √ ]
  4. Make a blogger friend (I love my Halifax blogger friends!)  [ √ ]
  5. SEO optimize every old post
  6. Get my blog to 50,000 views a month
  7. Create a freebie for a post (Moving checklist on 8/28/2016)   [ √ ]
  8. Keep up a consistent editorial calendar
  9. Start a newsletter
  10. Invest in a go-pro (11/25/2016) [ √ ]
  11. Blog about all 101 things
  12. Write 3 posts a week for 4 months without missing one
  13. Collaborate with another interior design blogger
  14. Invest in FinalCut and learn how to edit (7/1/2017) [ √ ]
  15. Learn (some) HTML
  16. Publish an article in an online publication like Huffington Post or The Everygirl
  17. Join one twitter chat every week

Learn

  1. Land a great internship   (Halifax Magazine 04/01/2017)   [ √ ]
  2. Graduate university    (05/25/2017)   [ √ ]
  3. Take a cooking class
  4. Brush up on my French
  5. Become fluent in Mandarin
  6. Take an aerial silks class
  7. Get my driver’s license (G1! 08/10/2016)   [ √ ]
  8. Make my own homemade beauty products  [ √ ]
  9. Learn to sew [ √ ]
  10. Try a cake decorating class
  11. Ride a horse
  12. Get my scuba diving license
  13. Get a degree in Interior design
  14. Read 10 books recommended to me by friends
  15. Take a recording class
  16. Bake a perfect French macaron
  17. Take a calligraphy class (11/5/2016)  [ √ ]
  18. Try parasailing
  19. Learn how to contour
  20. Re-read a book from FYP
  21. Take a photography/ Photoshop class

Food/Health

  1. Buy my veggies at the local farmers market for a month
  2. Go apple picking (Wolfville 10/01/2016) [ √ ]
  3. Go berry picking
  4. Run another 10Km
  5. Cut out gluten completely
  6. Heal my gut
  7. Host a dinner party for my girlfriends (Alfresco birthday 9/14/2016) [ √ ]
  8. Get my flexibility back
  9. Join an ultimate frisbee team
  10. Create an exercise routine that I love and feel good about it
  11. Learn to appreciate my body for what it is and is not
  12. Drink more water
  13. Eliminate sugar for a month
  14. Find my signature drink
  15. Donate blood
  16. Grow my herb garden
  17. Try an adventurous dish
  18. Buy a cookbook and try new recipes

Just Because

  1. Do something nice for a complete stranger
  2. Ride in a hot air balloon
  3. Donate supplies or volunteer at an animal shelter
  4. See the Ellen Show Live
  5. See a Cirque du Soleil show
  6. Try white water rafting
  7. Make photo albums of all our old family photos
  8. Leave an anonymous letter in King’s library book for someone to find
  9. Write thank you gifts to everyone who gives me a birthday/Christmas gift
  10. Create an awesome Halloween costume
  11. Interview all my family members for a video series
  12. Build something with hairpin legs. A coffee table perhaps?
  13. Surprise Adam with something really special
  14. Make a geometric terrarium from scratch
  15. Foster a greyhound (Down and Ready 09/08/2016) [ √ ]
  16. Go zip lining
  17. Make some progress on my dollhouse
  18. Build a sawhorse desk [ √ ]

Personal

  1. Dye my hair blonde (Thumpers Salon 9/2/2016) [ √ ]
  2. Read every night before bed for a month
  3. Start a savings account for a downpayment on my first house [ √ ]
  4. Pay off my student debt
  5. Turn my phone/laptop off at 9:00 p.m. for a month
  6. Finish a couple of songs I started writing
  7. Give away clothes that don’t make me feel good, and grow a wardrobe I love
  8. Start back up with my journal
  9. Read through my old journals [ √ ]
  10. Make a friend in Atlanta
  11. Find some of the Nancy Drew books I’m missing from my collection
  12. Go through everything at my parent’s house and get rid of things I don’t want/need [ √ ]
  13. Put $10 into my Savings account for every goal accomplished

Everyone keeps telling me that your 20s are such an amazing time of your life. That there are endless opportunities to grab hold of. That time should not be spent wishing for things to happen but spent experiencing all that life has to offer. We all strive to live a full life but spend so much time being unproductive or wishing our lives away and I am incredibly guilty of this! I do not call myself a chronic daydreamer for no reason…

I want to look back on these years and know that I have truly lived; that I pushed down my fears and jumped headfirst into my 20s with courage and grace.

I feel like lists such as this have the potential to overwhelm me. So rather than get all hung up about finishing every little detail on this list, I hope it gives me some goals to accomplish and a reason to try things that might scare me… Because who knows where I’ll end up in 2.75 years. I guess only time will tell.

Wish me luck!

What is on your 101 things list?

Sincerely, Rowan

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