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March 17, 2020

101 in 1001: 6 Month Update

     A week ago marked six months since I started my first 101 in 1001 bucket list! If you missed my original post or are unfamiliar with the concept of 101 in 1001, they are categorized bucket lists with 101 items to complete in the next 1001 days (which is like 2.75 years). The concept was started by blogger Mackenzie of Design Darling, and I've seen tons of other bloggers do them over the years! I wanted to wait until I was in a place in life where I felt somewhat "settled" to do my first one, and my 25th birthday seemed like the perfect time to finally share a 101 in 1001.

     The past six months have gone by really quickly, and looking back now I'm amazed at how many items on this list I've already checked off! Some of them are also items that are in progress, and might be completed by the one year update in September. Time to share what I've done so far!

{Photo originally from this post}

101 in 1001
START DATE: September 6th, 2019 (My 25th birthday!)
END DATE: June 3rd, 2022 (I'll be 27)

1. Launch a side project with my co-host Marc
***2. Attend a radio conference*** - on deck for Marc and I for August 2020!
3. Make the final voting round on the ballot for the Best of C-Ville Awards (for Local Radio Personality category)
4. Be interviewed for the 10 Questions radio personality interview on All Access  - Technically this happened like a week before my 101 in 1001 list was published, but I'd already finished listing items on it so I didn't want to edit it again! My 10 Questions Interview, September 2019
5. Be making a certain salary
6. Revamp my radio website 
7. Meet and/or interview a celebrity visiting Charlottesville for work

8. Reach 15k on Instagram organically
9. Attend an influencer event in Richmond or DC
***10. Go on five more travel press trips*** - 1. The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond VA - February 2020, 
11. Reach a certain monthly pageview goal
12. Complete Pinterest course / begin using Tailwind
13. Delete old blog photos from my laptop
14. Learn how to use Lightroom 
15. Have another call with a rewardStyle rep
16. Change address on my EIN
17. Continue hosting annual reader surveys
18. Write comprehensive Charlottesville Travel Guides
19. Write comprehensive Richmond Travel Guides
20. Write comprehensive Maine Travel Guides
21. Send Christmas cards one year to brands I've worked with on my blog  - 2019 
22. Reach a certain affiliate sales goal for a Lilly Pulitzer APS

23. Join a new bible study or small group 
24. Lead a bible study or small group
25. Get baptized 
26. Read a theology book 
27. Read a book about angels in the bible 
28. Be able to eloquently and knowledgeably defend my spiritual and moral beliefs

***29. Reach a set amount in my savings account*** - in progress!
30. Increase my 401k contributions per paycheck
31. Being investing money elsewhere (besides my 401k)
***32. Tithe 10% of my day job income consecutively for a year*** - in progress!
33. Buy or lease a new vehicle 
34. Get a travel rewards credit card
35. Finally redeem years worth of points accrued on my previous credit card 
36. Investigate the process of making a will

37. Complete my goal of reading 52 books in a calendar year (one book a week) - 2019
38. Learn how to cook a vegetable dish that I don't hate eating - October 2019
39. Make at least one recipe from every cookbook I own
40. Volunteer as an alum with Alpha Delta Pi   - November 2019 - accepted an advisor position with local chapter 
41. Do a full weekend away from all social media (blog, work and personal accounts) - March 2020
42. Do another full week away from blog social media 
43. Vote in the 2020 presidential election
44. Use my camera for more non-blog related photography
45. Join a tennis league or organize playing regularly with friends 
46. Find a new regular volunteer commitment  - November 2019 - ADPi advising and volunteering weekly at The Ronald McDonald House
47. Make photo books from college, year after college, and year in Vermont
48. Finally understand how football works
49. Write 5 star reviews for my favorite podcasts
50. Donate blood - January 2020 -Broadcasters for Blood Drive participant 
51. Visit a dermatologist for a skin check
52. Take a cooking class
53. Attend a wine and paint night
***54. Try three new-to-me types of fitness classes*** - (Jazzericse) November 2019
55. Purchase a new piece of apparel from my alma mater

56. Surprise one or both of my parents with a weekend trip home
57. Plan a girls' weekend with my sorority friend group from college
58. Plan a 2020 girls' weekend with my Charlottesville girlfriends - March 2020 - NYC
59. Go on a trip abroad with friends
60. Take friends home to Maine
61. Figure out an awesome gift for my grandma's 95th birthday - February 2020 
63. Plan someone's bridal shower or bachelorette party
64. Watch my dad's band perform
65. Throw someone a surprise party 

66. Visit all the wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail
67. Go to a UVA sporting event  - October 2019 - UVA Men's Football Game, November 2019 - UVA Men's Basketball Game
68. Buy a piece of UVA apparel 
69. Go to the Fall Foxfield races - September 2019
***70. Visit 20 new-to-me Charlottesville restaurants*** - in progress! October 2019 - Bang, November 2019 - Maya, December 2019 - Brasserie Saison, Zin Burger, Boylan Heights, Downtown Grille,  January 2020 - Sultan Kebab, Junction, Prime 109, Bizzou, February 2020 - Love2Eat Thai
71. Attend something for the Virginia Festival of the Book
72. Go out on a weekend on The Corner 
73. Take a charter wine tour bus
74. Visit one of the county lake or pond beaches
75. Visit a Charlottesville brewery - Hardywood and Three Notched - December 2019

***75. Go to five wineries in other parts of Virginia (not in the Monticello AVA)*** - in progress October 2019 - 12 Ridges Winery, December 2019 - Williamsburg Winery
76. Attend the Virginia Wine Expo
77. Go to the Virginia State Fair
***78. Visit 10 new-to-me Richmond restaurants*** - January 2020 - Tazza Kitchen, February 2020 - Coco + Hazel, Lemaire  
79. Visit the public observatory in Richmond
80. Visit the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond
81. Visit Virginia Beach
82. Visit Alexandria 
83. Stay at the Omni Homestead Resort
84. Stay at a new-to-me Richmond hotel - February 2020 - The Jefferson Hotel
85. Attend something for Virginia Garden Week
86. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway during foliage -  October 2019
87. Drive Skyline Drive/Shenandoah National Park during foliage

88. Apply for Global Entry  -  October 2019
89. Visit Las Vegas again
90. Visit Montreal again (and maybe Vermont too!)
91. Visit Houston again
92. Visit the DC cherry blossoms again
93. Tour the National Basilica in DC again
94. Visit Charlotte at the holidays again
95. Visit my dad's side of the family in New York
96. Visit North Carolina's Outer Banks
97. Visit three new-to-me states
98. Visit three new-to-me countries
99. Go on the Pink Retreat
100. Stay at The Greenbrier in WV
101. Attend my 10th high school reunion (if it happens before this list ends)

Completed: 16
In progress: 8

Here are the items that I have fully completed:

4. Be interviewed for the 10 Questions radio personality interview on AllAccess: This technically happened just a few weeks before I published my 101 in 1001 post, but I'd already made my list so I didn't want to change it again! AllAccess is the premiere radio industry website, and they have a feature called 10 Questions where they interview on-air personalities in all types of radio about their jobs. I was featured at the end of last summer- check out my interview here!

21. Send Christmas cards to brands I've worked with one year for my blog: Yes- did this in 2019! It was so much fun to send a little Christmas cheer to the brands and businesses that partnered with me last year. Definitely planning to do this every year going forward.

37. Complete my goal of reading 52 books in a year (one book per week): YES! So proud I did this in 2019.

38. Learn to cook a vegetable dish that I don't hate eating: I tried a new recipe for delicious roasted sweet potatoes this fall... and didn't hate it!

40. Volunteer as an alum with Alpha Delta Pi: I began serving as an advisor to a local chapter of my sorority in November. It's been fun so far, and I'm excited to help with a few events the chapter has coming in April.

41. Do a full weekend away from all social media (blog, work and personal): This is one of the most recent ones I've completed, just did it last weekend.

46. Find a new regular volunteer commitment: In addition to volunteering as an ADPi advisor, I now volunteer weekly at The Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville as well! RMH does happen to be ADPi's philanthropy, but my volunteer work there is separate from what I do with ADPi locally.

50: Donate blood: I was so scared to do this, but did it successfully for the first time in January!

58. Plan a 2020 girls' weekend with my Charlottesville friends: Just returned from NYC last weekends ago - see the trip recap here.

61. Figure out an awesome gift for my grandma's 95th birthday: I made her a photobook of our special memories from the last decade, and it was a big hit.

67. Go to a UVA sporting event: I got to go to both a football and basketball game back in the fall, and I even had more fun than I thought I would.

69. Go to the Fall Foxfield races: I went to Fall Foxfield with a few girlfriends and coworkers in 2019, glad to check off that Charlottesville rite of passage.

75. Visit a Charlottesville brewery: I went to Hardywood before it closed, and now I've also been to Three Notched!

84. Stay at a new-to-me Richmond hotel: Yes! I had the most fun weekend at The Jefferson Hotel last month- read about it here!

86. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkways during peak foliage: Probably my favorite thing on this list that I've gotten to check off so far- it was more beautiful than I imagined!

88. Apply for Global Entry: Yes! I got this back in October.

     I had no idea until I went back over my list this week of how many things I've accomplished in just six months! I'm making a good dent on the Personal and Charlottesville sections. In the next six months, I hope to expand on the Financial, Faith, and Travel goals especially.

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 


  1. You go girl! You've done a lot on this list already!

  2. Great job friend.

  3. Wow what a great post idea! You've accomplished so much in such a short time.


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