Mama Nicholes’ 101 in 1001 Days

So a couple of weeks ago, I asked everyone on my FB Page if they had a bucket list. I got a couple of responses, but Rachee gave me a bit of a deeper answer than most. She is currently participating in a deeper “bucket list” of sorts. It’s called 101 in 1001 days.  She got the idea from My LA Blog

These are the guidelines according to her:


Tasks must be specific, with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. So, no ambiguity in any of the wording. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching – meaning that they actually take a little bit of work on the part of you making them. 

Why 1001 Days:

Many people have created lists in the past — frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Goal setting tips
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

So with that, I’m going to give you my list that I actually started June 23, 2011 – yes this post has sat in limbo for a little over four months. Sharing it now is definitely going to keep me accountable. Let’s go.


  1. Read my bible daily
  2. Study the Sunday School Lesson every Saturday Night with the Mr.
  3. Really open my ears and spirit to HEAR what God wants to do with my life
  4. Pray MORE
  5. Pray before making major decisions – each and every time
  1. Read a total of  75 books for FUN. ( will help me keep on         track
  2. Re-enroll in school to finish my undergrad degree. *Hangs head in shame*
  3. Take a sewing class
  4. Take a quilting class
  1. Start  and complete P90x (*bitesnails*)
  2. Get ACTIVE exercise OUTSIDE for at least 90 minutes each week – no excuses
  3. Tone my belly
  4. Eat healthier meals
  5. Visit a spa at least ONCE a year and get a massage and facial
  6. Get pedicures monthly during the summer and every other month during fall and winter
  7. Keep polish on toenails done monthly
  1. Spend at least thirty minutes with each child, each day
  2. Become and integral part of the cellists musical life
  3. Take the cellist on a cruise (*yikes*)
  4. Teach the ladybug how to ride a bike
  5. Enroll the ladybug in tumbling classes
  6. Read every single night to the ladybug no matter how tired I am
  7. Read at least one hour a day with the cellist – even if we’re listening to the audio version and discussing afterwards
  8. Cook one meal each week with the cellist and ladybug’s help
  9. Go on one full outing with each of the children alone, once a quarter – the gradually once a month
  10. Open savings accounts for the last three children
  1. Watch football games where the Bears AREN’T playing, with the Mr
  2. Get back to planning date nights every month
  3. Make a big deal for Father’s Day every year
  4. Pray with him every evening
  5. Speak into his spirit each day
  6. Take a cruise with him
  7. Visit another country with him any other country
  8. Take our first plane ride together 
  1. Las Vegas
  2. California
  3. Washington State
  4. Oregon
  5. Yosemite National Park
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Maine
  8. Connecticut
  9. Mt. Rushmore
  1. Sew myself a skirt
  2. Sew myself a dress
  3. Sew myself some pants
  4. Learn how to knit or crochet – or both
  5. Learn how to draft my own pattern
  6. Sew the ladybug and Lil Miss Twizzler holiday skirts
  7. Sew the cellist and Sir Twizzler holiday ties
  8. Finish scrapbooks for each child
  9. Set up a real craft room, complete with sewing table, scrapbooking table, and general craft table and storage
  10. After doing 1-3, sew myself a wardrobe for each season (*yikes*)
  1. Finish painting all of the rooms
  2. Get completely matching living room furniture
  3. Get completely matching dining room furniture
  4. Add smart storage solutions
  5. Do the closet office idea that I stole saw on Pinterest
  6. Finish the children’s bedrooms
  7. Finish the bathroom
  8. Finish our bedroom
  9. Finish the homeschool area
  10. Finish the den
  11. Give away all of the unused dishes and appliances to GoodWill
  12. Continue to scale down all of the clothes we can no longer fit or want and give to GoodWill.
  13. Meal plan for the month – and factor celebrations and such into the planning. Stay realistic.
  14. Finally complete Dave Ramsey’s financial university (it was free darn it!)
  15. Start our porch vegetable garden
  1. Tithe regularly
  2. Take active steps to increase credit score
  3. Save six months salary
  4. Pay down ALL credit
  5. Get to zero balances and stay there EACH month on store credit cards
  6. Pay off car, and purchase new one with lower interest rate AND monthly payment
  7. Start saving for building a home from the ground up.
  1. Drop more snail mail IN the actual mail
  2. Send out birthday cards to immediate family and close friends each year (write them up at the end of the preceding month to make it easier)
  3. Go out to lunch or dinner once a month with my girlfriends
  4. Take a girls only trip somewhere
  5. Drive out of town once a quarter to visit a friend (planned with them of course)
For Fun
  1. Learn how to roller skate (the right way)
  2. Learn how to swim (the right way) including treading water – WITH the husband
  3. take a Zumba class
  4. Go the an opera on opening night – and dress to the nines
  5. stay at a downtown hotel (after pricing down of course)
  6. Take a horse drawn carriage ride
  7. TOUR my city. Every nook and cranny, every neighborhood, and document on this blog.
  8. Do something seasonal every season – don’t just PLAN to do it.  For instance – Boo at the Zoo for Halloween, Christmas Lights during the Holidays, Easter something, Veterans Day, Spring festivals, Street Festivals during the summer.
  9. Go and see a musical
  10. Go and see a play
  11. See the Blue Man Group
  12. Take the ladybug to a play
  13. Take the cellist to a play
  14. Go to a parade for Thanksgiving or Christmas
  15. Create holiday traditions
  16. Purchase my Canon or Nikon DSLR
  17. Purchase my iPad
My Craft
  1. Open my Etsy shop
  2. Have a full stocking of cloth diapers, wipes, bibs and blankets
  3. Continue party planning – of sorts
  4. Continue baking and decorating
So there we go. When I read it, my list seems very trivial, yet, ALL of these things are hard for me to do consistently. I am sure that once I keep at it, it will become habitual and then in 1001 days, I will have a new list to do that will be 101 new things. Some of those may be to improve on the things that I have already made habit.
I will come back and update this list periodically. For those things that are completely done, I will strikethrough  and those that I am working on will be turned BLUE because we all know that colors make us feel better about ourselves.  Join me in this effort if you like, and you can share if you want, or keep it completely private. I’m excited about the growth that I can SEE for myself! 
~Make It A Fantastic Day


  1. Rae says:

    I love seeing that the 101 in 1001 project is still going strong. You’ve inspired to me to dig my old one up and revamp it. Oh and I feel you on Mind #2. *sigh*

  2. Kristen says:

    Hey! Not even sure how I got to your site but Im happy that I did. For the last several weeks, I have been thinking of all the things that I really need/want to start doing. This is a great way to organize and measure those things. I am motivated…Thanks for introducing me to the 101 in 1001! *wipes forehead* Whew @ 101 things! LOL

    • The Houseful says:

      Kristen – Your words mean so much to me! At first I thought that writing 101 things would be hard, but then I had TOO many! I hopped over to your blog the other day, and left so “full” that I didn’t even leave a comment! Back to it I go! Thanks for stopping by!

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