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September 20, 2022

My First 101 in 1001: Final Update

     This post is coming a few months late, but that's due to my blogging break this summer. Hopefully better late than never for my final update on my first-ever 101 in 1001 bucket list!! 

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     A 101 in 1001 list is a type of bucket list where you pick 101 goal items to complete in 1001 days, which comes out to just under three years. I think blogger Mackenzie from Design Darling is the first blogger who really popularized these, but I've seen so many other bloggers over the years do them as well. I began my first-ever list in September 2019, and it wrapped up this past June. I did several updates over the duration of the list, and it was fun to do periodic check-ins with my progress! (You can read all the past updates here.) 

      Without further ado, here's my final update from my first 101 in 1001:

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) - June 2021
4. Be interviewed for the 10 Questions radio personality interview on All Access  - September 2019
5. Be making a certain salary - July 2021
6. Revamp my radio website - September 2020
7. Meet and/or interview a celebrity visiting Charlottesville for work - July 2021 (technically this happened in Virginia Beach, not Charlottesville, but I'm still going to count it!)

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, 2021
18. Write comprehensive Charlottesville Travel Guides - September 2021
19. Write comprehensive Richmond Travel Guides  - March 2021
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 - September 2021

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 - June 2022
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 (and again in March 2021)
34. Get a travel rewards credit card - September 2021
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  1. November 2019 (Jazzercise)  2July 2020 (Pickleball) 3. February 2022 (Golf)
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 - May 2022 (Hannah's wedding)
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 - March 2022
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, March 2021 - Chimm St., April 2021 - Angelic's Kitchen
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, April 2021 - Les Crepes Carytown, May 2021 - The Lobby Bar, February 2022 - Barrio
79. Visit the public observatory in Richmond
80. Visit the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond
81. Visit Virginia Beach - March 2021
82. Visit Alexandria - April 2021
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 - September 2021
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 - January 2022
***97. Visit three new-to-me states*** - March 2022 - West Virginia
***98. Visit three new-to-me countries*** - May 2022 - Ireland
99. Go on the Pink Retreat
100. Stay at The Greenbrier in WV - March 2022
101. Attend my 10th high school reunion (if it happens before this list ends)

Completed past 6 months: Goals 18, 22, 30, 34, 54, 57, 63,  91, 96, 100
Completed total: 43
Still in-progress total: 7

     Here's a closer look at the goals that I completed between September 2021 and June 2022:

     18. Write comprehensive Charlottesville Travel Guides - Can't believe it took me until I wasn't a Charlottesville resident anymore to do this, but I finally did it! And I'm really proud especially of how my main Charlottesville blog post turned out. You can check out my Ultimate Charlottesville Travel Guide and my Ultimate Charlottesville Bachelorette Party Guide, as well as all of my Charlottesville winery reviews here

     22. Reach a certain affiliate sales goal for Lilly Pulitzer APS - I was so lucky to get an enormous amount of traffic to my Lilly Pulitzer blog posts before their big semi-annual sale in September 2021. I exceeded my affiliate link sales goals and was very proud of myself!

     30. Increase my 401k contributions per paycheck - I had to wait awhile until I became 401k eligible at my new job, but finally have this set up! I am happy to contributing more to my 401k now than I was at my previous job.

     34. Get a travel rewards credit card - Did this last September, and I'm so glad I did! I used my points to fly for free to Puerto Rico this summer! 

     54. Try three new-to-me types of fitness classes or workouts - This was a fun goal to work through over the past 3ish years of this 101 in 1001 list. Who knew how much I'd fall in love with playing golf!

     57. Plan a girls' weekend with my sorority friend group from college - This one might be a stretch that I'm crossing it off, but I'm going to count my ADPi sister Hannah's wedding weekend in Charlotte from this spring for this! I got to reunite at the wedding for the first time in a few years with some of my sisters, and I also got to catch up with another sister over lunch while I was in Charlotte that weekend. 

     63. Plan someone's bridal shower or bachelorette party - I planned my high school best friend Julia's bachelorette party in our hometown in Maine in March of this year! Julia and her husband ended up eloping this summer, so the bachelorette weekend was extra special since it was my only chance to celebrate in-person with her. 

     91. Visit Houston again - I got to visit my college best friend Ciera in Texas again last September! The last time I had been was in 2018, and I was very excited to go again. The Houston area is such a fun place to spend a long weekend.

     96. Visit North Carolina's Outer Banks - Not sure if I should give myself full credit for this as it was just for a day trip and in the height of the winter off-season... but I went! I enjoyed seeing the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Now I just have to make it to the Outer Banks in the summertime at some point!

     100. Stay at the Greenbrier in WV - This might be my favorite item I got to cross off on the whole list. I finally got to stay at my dream hotel, The Greenbrier in West Virginia! Worth every single penny. I blogged all about it in this post

     And with that- my first one of these is done! I wish I had been able to check off at least 50 goals, but unfortunately I know that the pandemic happening and life changing for much of 2020 and 2021 made it harder than expected to check off some of these. I'm especially proud with how well I did in the Career section of my list! So many changes and so much growth for my day job in radio from 2019 to 2022. 

      I'm currently putting the finishing touches on my second 101 in 1001, which will be starting this month and going until June 2025. I look forward to sharing that new list with you soon! 

      God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese 


1 comment

  1. I would always end up going to the Outer Banks in late September in college for a quick weekend trip, and it was always gorgeous!


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