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September 11, 2020

101 in 1001: 1 Year Update

     I can't believe it's been a full year since I shared my first 101 in 1001 bucket list on the blog! (I started last September on my 25th birthday.) If you're unfamiliar with the 101 in 1001 concept, it was made popular by blogger Mackenzie of Design Darling! You make a bucket list with 101 items in different categories, and try to accomplish as many as you can in 1001 days. I've decided to do updates every six months- you can check out my March 2020 update (published right before COVID) in this blog post



{Photo originally from this post}

     Considering that this current six month increment literally kicked off the week that COVID got serious... it shouldn't be too surprising that I didn't cross off as many goals as I did in the first six month increment. A lot of things on this list simply weren't able to be completed in the spring, and some still aren't able to be completed now! A bit disappointing, but hopefully as the months continue to go on I can start moving faster on some of these again. At one year in, I'm now just about 20% done the list!

     Goals crossed out with purple font were completed in the first six months (September 2019-March 2020), and goals crossed out with red font are from this most recent six months: March 2020 to now.

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

CAREER:
1. Launch a side project with my co-host Marc
2. Attend a radio conference
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  - September 2019
5. Be making a certain salary
6. Revamp my radio website - September 2020
7. Meet and/or interview a celebrity visiting Charlottesville for work

BLOG:
8. Reach 15k on Instagram organically
9. Attend an influencer event in Richmond or DC
***10. Go on five more travel press trips*** - in progress! 1. February 2020 (Jefferson Hotel, Richmond VA)
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*** - in progress! 2020, 
18. Write comprehensive Charlottesville Travel Guides
19. Write comprehensive Richmond Travel Guides
20. Write comprehensive Maine Travel Guides -  April 2020
21. Send Christmas cards one year to brands I've worked with on my blog  - Christmas 2019 (and planning to continue every year!)
22. Reach a certain affiliate sales goal for a Lilly Pulitzer APS

FAITH:
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

FINANCIAL:
***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 
33. Buy or lease a new vehicle  - May 2020 
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

PERSONAL:
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*** - in progress!
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 - August 2020
45. Join a tennis league or organize playing regularly with friends - June 2020
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 
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 or workouts*** - in progress! 1. November 2019 (Jazzercise)  2July 2020 (Pickleball)
55. Purchase a new piece of apparel from my alma mater

RELATIONSHIPS:
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 

CHARLOTTESVILLE: 
66. Visit all the wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail
67. Go to a UVA sporting event  - October 2019 & November 2019
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, Blue Mountain Brewery, Prime 109, Bizzou, February 2020 - Love2Eat Thai, March 2020 - Cava, June 2020 - Maharaja, Matchbox
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 - December 2019

VIRGINIA:
***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, July 2020 - The Dog & Oyster Winery - 
76. Attend the Virginia Wine Expo
77. Go to the Virginia State Fair
***78. Visit 10 new-to-me Richmond restaurants*** - in progress! January 2020 - Tazza Kitchen, February 2020 - Coco + Hazel, Lemaire , September 2020 - Perk
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 
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

TRAVEL:
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 past 6 months: 5
Completed total: 21
In progress: 8


    Here's a look at the goals on this list that I completed between March and September 2020!

     6. Revamp my radio website: Just put the finishing touches on this recently! I've had a portfolio website for my radio work since 2017, but I haven't updated it since the last time I was job searching (early 2018). Safe to say it was way overdue for a refresh! It's updated with new pictures and fresh audio to listen to from the morning show. Check it out here!

     20. Write comprehensive Maine Travel Guides: I finally finished a very detailed Travel Guide for my hometown area during the height of quarantine this spring. I ended up deciding only to publish a detailed Kennebunk guide on the blog. Since it's been years since I've been a resident of Maine, other than Kennebunk (which I still visit a few times a year) I didn't feel quite so qualified anymore to write complete guides for places in Maine like York/Ogunquit, Portland, the Midcoast region, etc. Check out my Guide to the Kennebunks here- I hope this is a helpful resource to those visiting Southern Maine!

     33. Buy or lease a new vehicle: I was really hoping not to have to do this until 2021 at the earliest, but my beloved old Mazda "Lucy" decided to break down for good in the spring, so it was new car time. I ultimately made the decision to lease instead of buy, and I could not be happier with that choice!

     44. Use my camera for more non-blog related photography: I haven't done this as much as I hoped, but I did get to do my friend Emily's graduation photos last month, which has definitely inspired me to continue using my camera for other purposes than just my blog!

     45. Join a tennis league or organize playing regularly with friends: Definitely the goal I've had the most fun with! I set a goal on my Summer 2020 bucket list (separate from my 101 in 1001) to play tennis three times this summer, and I have way exceeded that! I've been playing twice a week since early June, and it's been the best! I posted about looking for tennis partners in a local Facebook group I'm in, and I ended up forming a nice small group of friends new and old who wanted to play with me! I do much better working out around other people than alone, so this has truly been a saving grace for my body and mental health this summer (my fitness studio remains closed and is doing virtual workouts only still!). I hope to keep playing tennis until the snow comes!


     I realize that I haven't touched any of my faith related goals yet- I hope to change that in the next six months! I am also hoping to maybe cross off one of two of the more local travel goals.


     Here's to the next six months! Crazy to think that the next time I do an update, it'll have been a full year since COVID began.


      God Bless,


       xoxo Annaliese 
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