Wow, I can’t believe how fast these last 3 years have passed. When I put this list together I was optimistically hoping that I’d complete about 75% of the items (realizing that some of them were fairly expensive and called for massive travel plans). I ended up coming in at about 56%, but I’m thrilled with the outcome. Some of the un-done items will still make it on my life bucket list, and some I’m no longer interested in (your idea of fun can change a lot in 3 years!) But all-in-all, I couldn’t be happier with the ones I completed and I know at least half of them never would’ve happened if it weren’t for this challenge. If you’ve ever considered doing something like this and you like to-do lists, I highly recommend it. There are great sites that will help you develop your list, and it’s a lot of fun to track your progress over several years.
I’ve debated starting another 101 in 1,001 list, but I’ve decided to do something a little different this time around and make a book out of it (more on that to come later)! But for now, I’ll bask in the glow of a completed project with 56 items checked off of a massive to-do list and think about all of the fun we’ve had. Here’s a quick recap of a few of my favorite moments….
Top 3 FUN goals checked off the list:
#20 – Visit Paris: I mean, seriously. It’s Paris. Still probably the best vacation we’ve ever had and one of the most amazing weeks we’ll never stop talking about. J’adore Paris!
#7 – Host a Dinner Party: This was A LOT of fun – once we decided to turn it into a murder mystery dinner party I really couldn’t get more excited. We will definitely do this again!
#57 – Teach a class at a College/University: I knew I’d enjoy this one but when I put it on the list it was a long shot. How was I to know that one day I’d fall instantly in love with teaching college students about advertising?
Top 3 most meaningful goals checked off the list:
#84 – Attend a Spiritual Retreat at a Monastery: I’ll do this for the rest of my life as often as I can. There is just nothing like visiting with the Monks at Mepkin Abbey for a long weekend.
#81 – Volunteer for a day at a Habitat House: I actually enjoy painting, so I knew I’d have a good time at the Habitat House, but I had no idea how it would impact me personally. Meeting and working alongside of the Habitat House owners to-be was amazing. I loved hearing their story and seeing the joy and the plans that they have for their future home.
#91 – Volunteer somewhere regularly: Getting connected with Hands On Charlotte has been the biggest blessing for me personally this year. I’ve been able to take my dog for visits at nursing homes, assemble goodie bags for a homeless child’s birthday party, help the Panthers Recycling efforts and be one of 1,000 volunteers at Festival in the Park. Without Hands On I never would’ve been able to get connected to all of these great organizations by myself and I love seeing what opportunities pop up on their calendar each month. It’s such a great way for one person to give back on their schedule to organizations that matter to them.
Top 3 goals I’ll never do again but man were they awesome…
#2 – Tae Kwon Do Black Belt: I still can’t believe I managed to accomplish this goal. The girl that got Bs and Cs in PE and hates breaking a sweat managed to break multiple boards and kick things without tripping/falling. Miracles do happen. Unfortunately so do injuries, and by doctor’s orders I’ll never participate in impact sports again.
#9 – Learn to Knit: Some of us just aren’t made to knit. I’ll paint, draw and take pretty pictures, but please don’t make me knit. Ever. Again.
#6 – Ride a Zipline: Well, technically, I will gladly ride another zipline. I will never do a zipline course again – no more rope ladders, swinging bridges, repelling off of towers, etc. Zipping is cool, high ropes courses are outside of my skill set.
Top 3 goals I can’t believe I didn’t check off the list
#46 – Take a Drawing Class: I think I just had a few too many classes on my list and not enough semesters for completion! I will definitely still get to this one!
#70 – Get our pics made in Charlotte: Well you know what they say about the cobbler’s children??!! Oh well, same goes for the cobbler herself and her spouse. One day!
#12 – Join a Book Club: You’d think I’d be all over this one, but the idea of having someone else tell me what to read makes me break out in hives. I love suggestions, but I hate being told I have to read a book I’m not even a little bit interested in. Live and learn, I don’t think I’m a book club girl.
Here’s to more awesome goals and a productive future for to-do lists everywhere!