101 in 1,001

What is 101 in 1,001?

Basically, it is a list of goals that you write yourself and then work toward over the course of 1,001 days (approximately 2 years and 9 months). It is a way to focus on long-term goals that might take a little more planning.

Starting Date: May 4, 2016

Ending Date: January 30, 2019

If it’s crossed out, it’s done!

Music (13)

  1. Write at least 3 original songs. (3/3)
  2. Learn to play and sing 10 new songs on my guitar or ukulele. (4/10)
  3. Learn and record at least 10 cover songs. (0/10)
  4. Post (somewhere) at least 5 videos or sound clips of either original music or cover songs. (5/5)
  5. Listen (mindfully) to 15 recorded classical pieces of my choice and learn about them. (2/15)
  6. Improvise in (and learn more about) all 7 modes. (1/7)
  7. Share at least 3 of my original songs with at least 3 other people. (3/3, 3/3, 3/3)
  8. Record all of my original songs in Garage Band.
  9. Learn at least 5 new classical pieces on piano. (0/5)
  10. Start a lyrical journal again.
  11. Set aside at least one day to make music and write music without feeling guilty about it.
  12. Have my flute repaired.
  13. Work through my guitar accompaniment book to learn new guitar techniques.

Self-Care (8)

  1. Practice music and imagery with myself at least 5 times (Recommended ideas from Janalea Hoffman’s book). (0/5)
  2. Visit Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
  3. Take at least 5 bubble baths (alone). (3/5)
  4. Take at least 3 days off for being sick or for mental health days. (0/3)
  5. Go to bed by 10 and read in bed at least 10 times. (0/10)
  6. Create playlist for running.
  7. Create playlist for morning.
  8. Create playlist for winding down.

Music Therapy (7)

  1. Finish reading 3 books about music/music therapy. (0/3)
  2. Create at least 2 new singalong packets. (2/2)
  3. Create and try at least 5 new interventions for my substance abuse and/or wellness groups. (5/5)
  4. Complete recertification for music therapy.
  5. Come up with a 5-year plan to get all 100 CMTEs.
  6. Purchase at least 3 new equipment/instrument items for business. (3/3)
  7. Provide at least 3 employee wellness sessions. (0/3)

Writing (5)

  1. Finish a draft of an e-book.
  2. Submit at least 16 pieces for some kind of publication even if they are never accepted. (1/16)
  3. Work through The Right to Write by Julia Cameron.
  4. Write at least 5 poems. (0/5)
  5. Write at least 10 blog posts about song lyrics of my choice. (0/10)

In the Kitchen (5)

  1. Make at least 20 international meals. (4/20)
  2. Try at least 4 new recipes with quinoa. (2/4)
  3. Try at least 2 new Indian recipes. (0/2)
  4. Try at least 2 new Asian recipes. (0/2)
  5. Use our bread machine at least 5 times. (0/5)

Entertainment (11)

  1. Watch the Wizard of Oz while listening to the Pink Floyd album.
  2. Take a painting (or other art) class.
  3. Watch at least 20 new (to me) movies. (9/20) (Last one was Solace.)
  4. Attend at least 2 concerts (popular music). (2/2)
  5. Attend at least 2 concerts (classical music). (0/2)
  6. Watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy. (0/3)
  7. Watch The Matrix trilogy. (1/3)
  8. Start watching Game of Thrones.
  9. Attend at least 2 plays. (0/2)
  10. Have people over at least 5 times (not counting birthday parties). (2/5)
  11. Watch all the Stars Wars movies. (0/7)

Healthy Living (3)

  1. Tackle my anxiety.
  2. Run or walk at least 1,000 miles, according to my Fitbit.
  3. Try meditation at least 5 times. (0/5)

Family/Kids (22)

  1. Make a “movie” with the kids.
  2. Take one or both kids to at least 3 concerts or recitals. (2/3)
  3. Take the kids to Holiday World at least once.
  4. Take the kids to the drive-in at least 2 times.
  5. Read at least 2 novels to the kids. (0/2)
  6. Teach the kids at least 20 Spanish phrases. (0/20)
  7. Teach the kids to sing at least 10 new songs. (0/10)
  8. Take the kids bowling at least once.
  9. Take the kids to play mini-golf at least once.
  10. Write at least 1 story with the kids.
  11. Have at least 3 family game nights. (2/3)
  12. Have a slumber party in the living room with the kids.
  13. Work on singing and matching pitch with Anya.
  14. Enroll Felix in violin lessons.
  15. Paint with the kids at least 5 times. (0/5)
  16. Write at least 5 original songs with the kids. (0/5)
  17. Work on rhythm and finding the beat with Anya.
  18. Teach Felix beginning Suzuki rhythms.
  19. Take the kids to Gatti Town at least 2 times. (1/2)
  20. Do drumming with the kids at least 5 times. (0/5)
  21. Go geocaching at least one time.
  22. Dance with the kids at least 5 times. (0/5)

Relationship (3)

  1. Complete a marriage workshop or workbook.
  2. Go on at least 25 dates. (8/25)
  3. Go on at least 2 weekend trips without kids. (1/2)

Travel (5)

  1. Visit at least one other country.
  2. Go on at least 5 weekend trips. (4/5)
  3. Take the kids to the beach.
  4. Go camping.
  5. Renew passports for myself and Anya.

Giving Back (4)

  1. Volunteer at least 20 hours. (3/20)
  2. Make meals for at least 5 different people. (2/5)
  3. Send at least 5 cards in the mail to people (not counting birthday party invitations or thank you cards). (1/5)
  4. Make at least 3 meals at the Ronald McDonald House. (2/3)

House Stuff (4)

  1. Purchase a new couch.
  2. Purchase new chairs/swing for front porch.
  3. Fix the deck.
  4. Finish setting up the Bonus Room as a play room for the kids.

Literary (6)

  1. Read at least 75 books (total). (68/75)
  2. Complete at least 3 devotionals. (1/3)
  3. Read a book about chakras.
  4. Read at least one book about travel.
  5. Read at least 3 books having to do with bettering myself. (1/3)
  6. Find at least 10 poems that speak to me. (0/10)

Other Stuff (5)

  1. Visit at least 12 new (to us) restaurants in our area. (10/12)
  2. Purchase a new (to me) vehicle.
  3. Make at least enough money with my new travel business to cover cost of travel school.
  4. Attend at least 2 Spanish masses. (0/2)
  5. Make another 101 in 1,001 list.

Updated 12/30/17



  1. I love making lists and this is a great one! Great goal to track savings on coupons, I should have started adding up the savings before I threw out a bunch of receipts yesterday. I blog a lot about the books I read and some of them might help you out, One Year to an Organized Life was a great resource and the author breaks down a room a month and gives you a weekly checklist to help you tackle the space. I listened to it on audiobook from the library but then bought a used copy, as a fan of lists I think you might enjoy it. I also just finished Accidentally Green, which is an ebook on green living, cleaning and eating. Hope you will stop by my blog for book ideas, I could talk forever on these literary goals. I have an in person book club too and those ladies account for some of my girls night out, hope you find a club to join! Are you n Goodreads? They have lots of online book clubs.

    Ok, I am a little too excited about your list! It looks like you have got a great start on accomplishing your goals. Nice to meet you!

    • Rachel says:

      Glad to have found someone who is just like me:) One Year to an Organized Life sounds like a wonderful book, so I will definitely have to check it out. I did look at your blog a little earlier but will have to spend some more time perusing it because it definitely looked liked something I would really enjoy!

  2. What a great concept! I do believe this is something I’ll work on. I love to list goals.

    • Rachel says:

      Thanks! When I start to get bored with things or feel like I don’t have much to look forward to, I just look at my list and plan to do something on it:)

  3. Tracy says:

    I am a lister, and I agree with putting things on the list I have finished just so I can cross them off! But this sounds a little overwhelming to me! It looks like a fun list! I’ll be interested to read the post in 1,001 days!

    • Rachel says:

      Yes, it is a little overwhelming at first, but I had a good time making the list. Now that I’m finished with it, I keep coming up with things that I want to add…lol.

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