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March 5, 2021

101 in 1001 - 18 Month Update

     I am about at the halfway point of my first-ever 101 in 1001 bucket list! Time has already gone by so fast since I first shared my list in September 2019... although I suppose a global pandemic has helped with that. If you haven't heard of a 101 in 1001 before or seen my past posts on it, this is a special type of bucket list, first shared by blogger Mackenzie of Design Darling years ago. It's such a unique way to organize your goals and dreams for the next few years. My last update about mine was my one year update back in September- it's already time today to share an 18 month update!

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 - September 2020 (virtual Morning Show Boot Camp)
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

8. Reach 15k on Instagram organically - December 2020
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) 2. September 2020 (Winchester, VA Tourism)
11. Reach a certain monthly pageview goal - January 2021
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, Christmas 2020
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 
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

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 - October 2020 (voted early)
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 - October 2020
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

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*** - in progress!
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, September 2020 - Citizen Burger, December 2020 - El Puerto, February 2021 - Tonic 
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

76. Go to five wineries in other parts of Virginia (not in the Monticello AVA) October 2019 - 12 Ridges Winery, December 2019 - Williamsburg Winery, July 2020 - The Dog & Oyster Winery, September 2020 - Valerie Hill Winery, November 2020 - Brix & Columns Winery
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, October 2020
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 past 6 months: 7
Completed total: 27
In progress: 8

     Here's a look in more detail at the six goals I completed between September 2020 and March 2021:

    2. Attend a radio conference - Oh- this one is bittersweet. It was supposed to be in-person for Marc and I. We found out in February that our work was sending us to Chicago for an annual conference called Morning Show Boot Camp, which I've been dying to attend since becoming a morning show host. The conference ended up going virtual, and we still did attend! (Just from my living room in Charlottesville instead of from Chicago.)

    6. Revamp my radio website - In addition to my blog, I have a personal portfolio website for my radio career. I used it update it frequently a few years ago when I was trying to leave my job in Vermont... but as soon as I got here to Charlottesville, I kind of forgot about it. My resume info on there was very outdated, as were most of the photos! I gave it a little refresh this fall and I'm happy it's more up-to-date now. (Check it out here if you're curious!)

    8. Reach 15k on Instagram organically - This was a goal that for a long time seemed so far away! While I don't blog or use Instagram for my blog solely for the followers... it is still always exciting to hit a milestone. I hit 15k followers in December! Now I'm hoping to get 16k or 17k before my 101 in 1001 ends.

    11. Reach a certain pageview goal - January was a great month for the blog! Thanks to my Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale content ranking well on Google, I hit a personal page view goal for the blog this month.

    43. Vote in the 2020 presidential election - Civic duty = check! Following my tradition with the 2012 and 2016 elections, I voted early. 

    51. Visit a dermatologist for a skin check - This has been on my to-do list since college, and I finally did it back in the fall. Although I don't have any spots or moles on my body that I was concerned about being cancerous, I also know that I'm not a professional and with the risk of skin cancer being so high these days, it would be in my best interest just to get a skin check to be safe. It was super easy and quick and I was relived the dermatologist didn't find any problem spots!

     75. Go to five wineries in other parts of Virginia (not in the Monticello AVA): This was a fun goal! Obviously I love going to local Charlottesville wineries, but it's been cool to branch out on day trips to other parts of the state and try wineries in other nearby regions. Out of the five I've been to that aren't in the Monticello AVA, Brix & Columns in Harrisonburg and 12 Ridges on the Blue Ridge Parkway were my favorites!

     As proud as I am of these seven goals being completed, I am a little sad that I only managed to complete seven in six months. That's only about one a month. 😬 BUT- I also know I need to give myself grace. This list was written six months before the start of the pandemic. Had that not happened, I know I'd have way more checked off by now. So many of the things on this list simply haven't been feasible to even attempt for the past year (*cough* all of the travel ones). Hopefully as the world continues to go a little more back to normal in the next six months, I'll have a little more success with checking some of these off at a faster rate! 

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 

1 comment

  1. What a great way to keep yourself accountable. Even though you may feel that you only accomplished so little, you actually accomplished a ton. These are such good milestones and I know without the pandemic you wouldn't even need this list because you would have attained all of them. Keep up the great work and kudos on reaching 15K on IG.

    Maureen |


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