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101 in 1001 Days

*Reposted from former blog. Originally published on August 8, 2010.

This list has been formulating in my mind for quite some time now. 101 goals that have to be completed in 1001 days. One thing about me is that I’m great at making lists, I even make lists of things I need to make lists of. Crazy! And I’m always finding pieces of scrap paper – lists – floating around. But the 101 in 1001 lists keep popping up and I love the idea behind it so here’s mine. It’s not full of “you only live once” type of things (that’s for another list…), but it also includes business goals, things I’ve been procrastinating, and stuff thrown in for fun.

Disclaimer: this list is not complete. For one thing, I wanted to get it down before I started checking things off it! And another, a lot can happen in nearly 3 years and I want to be open to how God moves in my life and allow for new goals to be added.

Start date: Sunday, August 8, 2010
End date: Sunday, May 5, 2013

  1. Take dance classes – ballroom or salsa
  2. Travel back to Africa
  3. Start and finish a novel all in one month – completed November, 2010 (Stuff Christians Like by Jonathan Acuff)
  4. Make sushi
  5. Finally buy a Shootsac – completed March 9, 2011
  6. Rent and ride bicycles around Stanley Park
  7. Watch the sun rise and the sun set in the same day – completed November 13, 2010
  8. Tour vineyards in the Okanagan or Napa Valley
  9. Sort through/print photos of mine and frame them for my walls
  10. Aim to create branded and signature images during photo shoots – completed October 30, 2010 (and on going!)
  11. Watch all seasons of The Office, in order – completed summer of 2011
  12. Go on a 3+ day road trip
  13. Learn how to surf (or at least attempt to)
  14. Hike Mt. Cheam
  15. Organize my iTunes, deleting stuff I don’t listen to
  16. Grow my own herb garden
  17. Make salsa with my mom and aunt again
  18. Become a member at my church
  19. Connect with local wedding vendors – completed October 30, 2010 (and on going!)
  20. Get involved with a local photog communityMarch 16, 2011 and ongoing
  21. Write a monthly letter to my sponsor child, Kambua, in Kenya
  22. Assuming I complete #2 and it takes me to Kenya – visit Kambua
  23. Photograph a destination weddingcompleted April 7, 2011
  24. Launch a portfolio website that I am proud of and reflects my brand – completed February 2, 2011
  25. Launch a new blog that is in line with my website – completed February 2, 2011
  26. Photograph a session with Kelsey, my cousin in Manitoba who is also my graphic designer – completed November 20, 2010
  27. Get lost for an entire day (with someone else), losing track of time and the map
  28. Stay up late enough/wake early enough to watch the Perseid meteor shower – completed August 12, 2010
  29. Revisit the Lynden Fair, like we did when we were kids
  30. Ride a rollercoaster
  31. Do something that scares mecompleted June 3, 2011
  32. Cook a fully Italian meal, starting with pasta from scratch, and include a good bottle of Italian red wine of course
  33. Reach the point in my business where I can quit my day job – completed January 27, 2011
  34. Do something creative with my vintage books – wall art?
  35. Attend two more photography workshops that will push me to be a better photographer and business owner
  36. Create an inspiration board in order to better define my brand and my ideal clientcompleted March 28, 2012
  37. Cut my bangscompleted June 9, 2011
  38. Live in another country for 2+ months
  39. Purchase letterpress business cards
  40. Use photography to raise awareness and/or funds for a worthy cause
  41. Blog each item I check off my list
  42. Read the books that have been patiently waiting on my shelf:
  43. Emma, Jane Austen
  44. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  45. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  46. Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis – in progress
  47. Also read his books The Screwtape Letters and The Abolition of Man
  48. Purchase slide show software to showcase photo sessions online completed March 7, 2011
  49. Purchase Kubota Photoshop actions
  50. Sleep under the stars
  51. Attend WPPI in Las Vegas – completed February 2011
  52. Read 5 business books (0/5)
  53. Go on a day trip by myself
  54. Create a photo book of my trip to Europe
  55. Create a photo book of my trip to Uganda
  56. Go ziplining – completed October 2011
  57. Rent a beach vacation house with friends and/or family
  58. Take a cooking class completed November 26, 2010
  59. Visit Narissa in Chicago at least twice (1/2) – May 2011
  60. Partake in a 10 km run completed September 18, 2010
  61. Go through my Great Food Fast cook book (another that has been waiting on my shelf) and blog about it (as inspired by the movie Julie and Julia)
  62. Write a book review on my blog – completed January 26, 2012
  63. Buy an iPhonecompleted June 6, 2011
  64. Sleep for 8 hours straight – completed August 31, 2010
  65. Create better blog posts for my ideal client – completed October 30, 2010 (and on going!)
  66. Get a photo of mine published, in print
  67. Get a photo session of mine published, online – completed November 29, 2010
  68. Write down my bucket list
  69. Take an entire weekend off from work
  70. Travel Ireland, Scotland & England
  71. Bard on the Beach
  72. Visit the east coast of Canadacompleted January 2012
  73. Create a sample album of my workcompleted August 2011
  74. Purchase the 35mm 1.4L lens – completed March 7, 2011
  75. Purchase the 50mm 1.2L lens – completed May 2011
  76. Shoot a boudoir sessioncompleted April 19, 2012
  77. Travel to South America with Shane
  78. Cross-Canada photography trip
  79. Sleep in a tree fort
  80. Photograph a styled shoot at an airport
  81. Feature a local wedding vendor on my blog – completed April 20, 2011
  82. Watch the whales in Maui
  83. Get married – completed October 7, 2011
  84. Get published on Style Me Pretty
  85. Update product packaging
  86. Have custom thank you + note cards designed
  87. Add a details/faq page to my websitecompleted September, 2011
  88. Travel to Asia
  89. Take in a broadway show in NYC
  90. Go on a safari (South Africa?)
  91. Have Christmas gifts bought and wrapped before December comes
  92. See the Northern Lights
  93. Hot air balloon ride
  94. Horse back riding
Status: 34.5/93 complete.

There you have it. Feel free to check back (and hold me accountable!) as I work my way through :) Any suggestions for things to add? Do you have a list? Leave a comment and/or link!

  • WPPI + Vegas » Mikaela Ruth Photography - February 21, 2011 - 10:03 am

    […] connecting, learning and pretty much, to have some fun. I’m ticking off another item from my 101 in 1001 list by attending WPPI. I’m excited to learn from some talented, successful photographers, […]ReplyCancel

  • Kim Spears - February 22, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    Oooooh I LOVE this !! I had so much fun reading your list. Looks like you are well on your way :)ReplyCancel

  • jamie delaine - February 25, 2011 - 9:49 pm

    i love your list. i’ve read mere christianity six times: amazing. i love emma, a tree grows in brooklyn + the screwtape letters as well. this list makes me so excited.ReplyCancel

  • Justine - March 10, 2011 - 11:40 am

    I am exactly the same with lists! haha as I read it I looked over at my computer desk covered with about 5 lists! :)
    I Love your list! I have heard of the idea before and have so wanted to do one! Just need to force myself to sit down and start it!ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer - June 28, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    I thought I am the only nerd with the addiction to making list. Apparently not! First I found J* and then you… You’re so adorable and take great pictures! So blessed to stumble upon your blog. Btw, #83 is a big step and you’re almost there :D! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Von Eschen - June 28, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    I agree with Jennifer. First J* then you? I love it. You are adorably inspiring. Bravo. =)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - August 8, 2011 - 9:20 am

    Hy :)
    If you don’t mind me asking – witch slide show software you use to showcase photo sessions online?
    Btw, I’ve been following your work/blog for a while now and loooving it :D
    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next

  • Shara - October 28, 2011 - 12:51 pm

    Have you started on buying Christmas gifts yet??ReplyCancel

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