101 in 1001: Favorites!

15 October 2010

You’ve got the full recap, now it’s time to share a few of my favorites!

3. Read the entire Bible. Though I didn’t get through the whole thing, I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read so far. I feel like I have a more complete understanding of my faith — and, as a bonus, I’m able to answer more questions on Jeopardy!

8. Pay the toll/bill/tip for someone behind me. J and I did this this past April, and it was so awesome! I was really nervous ahead of time, because I thought the Dunkin’ Donuts clerk was going to think I was crazy, but she was just almost as excited about it as we were, and didn’t bat an eyelash when we made the request! This is one you can (and should!) try at home, folks.

10. Send one handwritten letter a month for 6 months. What can I say? Now I have a new penpal, and a use for all my accumulated pretty paper things. Hi, Molly!

27. Read 12 classics I’ve never read before. I will admit, sometimes this one felt a bit like drudgery, but I’m so glad I persevered. Here are the books I read (and yes, I’m aware not all of them are “classics” as some would definite it!):

32. Read all of Emily Post’s Etiquette. Yes, I am a nerd. Yes, I am thrilled I can now say I’ve literally read the book on etiquette.

35. Take a cooking or cake decorating course. I learned to frost and decorate a cake at Sugarland for a photo shoot, and it was so fun! Here I am in action:


Nancy Ray Photography

72. Graduate in May 2009. Scary at the time, but I was definitely ready.

74. Eat ten dishes/foods I’ve never tried before. J likes to yap about how I have a very narrow palette (I beg to disagree), but it’s always good to, as my Dad would say, “broaden your horizons.”

82. Go riding at the farm with family. We used to ride all the time when I was younger, and I loved taking a trail ride again with my Dad, sister, and aunt. My legs did hurt the next day, though…

88. See the Martha Stewart Show live. Ahhhh!!! Martha geek freak-out! Anyone who knows me knows this is about the most exciting think that could have happened to me. A-list movie stars? No, thank you, I’ll take Martha any day. Here I am outside the studio (do I look excited?!):

89. Be a bridesmaid or maid of honor. Lucky me — I was a bridesmaid not once but twice! I have to say, this might have been my happiest goal to complete. I was thrilled to help both Katharine and Kate plan their weddings, and to stand beside each of them on their big day. Couldn’t have been more different; couldn’t have been more awesome. Here are my two lovely ladies and their studly men:


Jenna Cole


A Bryan Photo

92. Go to a hot air balloon festival or on a hot air balloon ride. Another photo shoot lead to an up close and personal encounter with a hot air balloon! It was amazing to watch it inflate and then float off the ground. Just beautiful.


Jose Villa

93. Adopt either a cat or dog. We were lucky enough to adopt two tuxedo kitties last November. They are adorable and we love love love them. Jack and Oliver, meet the blog:

Oops, looks like they’re sleeping! (Per usual.)

Which leads me to goal no. 101: begin another 101 in 1001 list. I couldn’t have been more happy with this experience, and I’m so excited to take what I’ve learned from this first go-round and apply it to my next adventures! I’ll be starting another 101 list on January 1, 2011. Here are a few of the goals I’ve dreamt up so far:

–Learn how to French braid my hair
–Reupholster a piece of furniture
–Read biographies of 5 people I admire
–Go tree house camping or glamping
–Buy a sewing machine
–Cheer at a Southern football game (I hear it’s big down here…)
–Wear a large hat to the Kentucky Derby

My older sister Kate has already decided she’ll be joining me on the first with her own list. Is anyone else interested in starting with us? If there are a few of you out there who are, I’d love to organize some way to encourage each other — for example, I’d be happy to post a link to everyone’s lists in my sidebar!

Let me know what you think in the comment section, and thank you so much for all of your encouragement throughout the last 1001 days! :)

10 Responses to “101 in 1001: Favorites!”

  1. xoxo, C

    I really want to take an upholstery class! It has been on my list forever.

  2. Emily

    Chelsey! My best friend is a senior at RISD. She's taking upholstery this semester and has promised to teach me some tricks, which I will definitely share on P & P! :)

  3. Nicole

    Emily, I'm so so impressed by this and I think it's a great idea! I've started crossing things off of my UNC bucket list, but I think I might just have to start a 101 list, too. :)

  4. Emily

    Do it! It is so awesome! You should start on January 1 with me… that will give you time to mentally prepare :)

  5. Ellie

    I first learned about the Day Zero Project from your blog and I started a list this past January at the beginning of my semester abroad in London. I admit to stealing some ideas from your list, but there are lots of different ones on there. Some of my list included things that were London/Europe specific, but here's the link to my list! I hope you find an idea or two to add to your list :)

    http://jellybellyellie1221.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/we-interrupt-the-regularly-sceduled-programming/

  6. Jenna

    Oh yay! I want to join. I've been talking about it (well, in my head I've been talking to myself) for at least a year now but creating the list feels so intimidating.

    Have you seen this site? I'm guessing you have. I think it will help inspire me: http://dayzeroproject.com/

  7. Em

    Yes, you absolutely should! I got a lot of my ideas the first time around from Day Zero. It helped me to jot things down as I thought of them (instead of sitting down one evening and deciding to write up 101 things!), as well as to really think about what I already knew (or could guess) what the next three years would hold.

  8. Em

    Oh, and one other thing to remember is that even if you don't finish, it's okay! I thought I might be bothered more by what I didn't get to, but I'm not — it really is about the experience as a whole.

  9. Amber

    I'm totally on board! Your list is so inspiring, I've been working on one to start on 10/29 – my 30th bday! I'm getting psyched to hopefully cross a bunch of them off the list while we're on our honeymoon – leaving on 11/2 – woohoo!

  10. Em

    Love it! And your 30th birthday is a great start date! :)