101 in 1001

I am finally posting my 101 in 1001 goals post. When I first found Mackenzie Horan’s blog I discovered the whole 101 in 1001 goal challenge. She started this great movement to complete 101 goals in 1001 days. I am a big planner and love setting goals. The hard thing about goals is that they are often either very short term (like a to-do list) or very long time (like to go to grad school, write a book etc.). It can be tough to keep organize and stick those goals that are in between without a solid timeline. The 1001 days gives a very clear timeline to shoot for.

Keeping my goals organized is important in making them achievable. In order to do this I created seven categories and all of my 101 goals fall into one of those categories. My categories ended up being travel, reading, personal, career, blog, fitness/health and other. I do want a disclaimer that I am not expecting to achieve all of these goals but these are the things that I would ideally like to get done in the next 1001 days.

Start date: October 1st, 2019

End date: July 1st, 2022

Travel

1. Visit Washington

2. Go to Glacier National Park

3. Visit a friend in PEI

4. Go to Bryce and Zion National Parks

5. Visit the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park

6. Visit my friend in Austin

7. Travel to 3 countries I have never been to before (Honduras November 2019)

8. Go on 3 road trips

9. Go to Captiva again

10. Do 30 hikes in Utah

11. Visit friends in Chicago

12. See family in Washington D.C.

13. Hike in Banff

14. Do a trip with a friend

15. Hike a section of the AT

16. Take a trip to New England

17. Visit Vermont in the fall (October 2019)

18. Learn to scuba dive

19. Go rafting

20. Attend the Four Corners Folk Festival

21. Explore 10 state parks

22. Visit 3 new states (Texas November 2019)

23. Go into NYC

Career:

25.Take comprehensive exams

26. Have a solid draft of my dissertation

27. Be mostly finished taking classes

28. Be done with data collection

29. Attend and present at 4 conferences (ISG 2019)

30. Make 4 new professional connections

31. Go to SICB (a specific conference)

32. Completely reorganize my computer

33. Publish two of my own papers

34. Collaborate on two other projects

35. Submit a grant proposal (GRFP October 2019)

36. Be proficient at basics in R

37. Have a good understanding of microbial data

Personal:

38. Organize house

39. Decorate house

40. Paint the house

41. Get a dog

42. Find a pair of jeans that fit well and that I feel good in

43. Find bag that works well for me (everyday use)

44. Write at least one letter and one postcard to the important people in my life

45. Develop a good skin care routine that is sustainable and that I am happy about

46. Make 5 new friends (good friends)

47. Organize photographs

48. Figure out a savings plan

49. Sell ten items on Postmark

50. Create a conscious, environmentally sustainable closet

51. Send both of my siblings a care package

52. Send my parents 5 random letters in the mail

53. Figure out a good hair care routine

54. Find some artwork for the house

Fitness and health:

55. Go to 100 yoga classes

56. Attend a yoga retreat

57. Go to 30 barre classes

58. Be able to do a headstand the right way

59. Learn to make a ‘signature’ healthy dish

60. Eliminate dairy for a month

61. Figure out 10 go to smoothie recipes

62. Drink lemon water every day for a month

63. Run two 5k races

64. Attend two fitness classes a week for two months

65. Eliminate coffee for a month

Reading:

66. Read 100 books

67. Read 5 ‘classics’

68. Read 5 self-help/discovery books

69. Read 4 books per year that come out that same year (2019- The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle)

70. Read 5 books that are related to my field of study

71. Reread Harry Potter

72. Reread Pride and Prejudice

73. Read 10 non-fiction books

74. Read a book of short stories

75. Read (at least) 10 books by authors of a different race

76. Read 10 book club picks (Life’s Library The Summer Book November 2019,)

77. Complete two Goodreads challenges

78. Support/visit 10 independent bookstores

79. Read a book that I have been putting off

Blog:

80. Figure out what I really want to be writing about

81. Post every day for a month (October 2019)

82. Relaunch my blog

83. Have an Instagram that I am proud of and that I enjoy doing

84. Take 15 photographs that I am really proud of

85. Create business cards

86. Stick to a posting schedule for a year

87. Prepare enough ahead to have scheduled posts for two longer vacations

88. Publish 10 Sustainable Style posts

89. Post a Week in My Life post every week for a year

90. Write three personal posts

 

Other:

91. Write an article for another publication

92. Watch every Audrey Hepburn movie

93. Learn to can (jams)

94. Paint one picture that I am proud of

95. Complete 20 sketches

96. Write a story

97. Go to three musicals

98. See a play that I have never heard of before

99. Watch all of Downton Abbey

100. Find an organization to volunteer with

101. Learn to drive stick shift

I am going to do my best to add to this post as I continue to complete goals. It will be a great way to keep myself on top of it! Thanks for reading.

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Erin

 

O’ Christmas Tree

We went to a Christmas tree farm/nursery last weekend and found the perfect tree. It was quite the family adventure! I only wish we could have brought the dog, Charlie. Enjoy these pics from the day!

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Skirt BB Dakota, Sweater similar (oversized), Tights similar, Scarf similar, Boots Hunter

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Brunch Outfit Ideas

So I wore this black skater dress the other day for a Sunday brunch with some friends and I felt so Audrey… so Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was perfect. I went all out with a top knot and pearls. We made scrambled eggs, potatoes and pancakes, adding strawberries and homemade maple syrup. We topped it all off with some mimosas and lots of good girl talk.

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Dress similar, Sweater Brooks Brothers, Flats Zara, Bag Nordstrom, Sunglasses similar, Pearls vintage

So I compiled several other great brunch looks, inspired by all sorts of different things including TV shows, movies and current seasonal style:

The Casual look: This is the perfect look for that casual brunch with friends. It is classy so you can go anywhere or stay in and make some delicious food.

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The Fall look: This look is perfect for those foggy, pumpkin filled fall brunches. Don’t forget some apple pancakes and warm maple syrup with hot coco or pumpkin spiced lattes.

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The TV look: These first looks are inspired by that upper east side brunch look feature in Gossip Girl. Its all about classy white dresses with small lace and embroidered embellishments. It is definitely the upscale look, the fancy Sunday brunch with grandparents at the club or an event brunch.

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Once again, brunch is my favorite as I absolutely love breakfast food and I love getting dressed up even just to eat a delicious meal. I hope you enjoyed and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Erin

10 Favorite Outfits: September

It is already almost October. That is kind of crazy, I feel like this month flew by. So most of the outfits I am featuring in the 10 Favorites post were ensembles I wore just to work so I did not specify a location unless it was different than a normal day. I was set on finding some great looks for work that are both comfortable and classy. I am sure October will bring lots more adventures!

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Top J. Crew, Skirt older J. Crew similar, Mules Nordstrom, Sunglasses (originals from J. Crew Factory but here are similar ones)

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Top Old Navy, Sweater similar, Jeans similar, Shoes L.L. Bean

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Start of the semester BBQ: Dress Lulu’s, Booties similar, Hat J. Crew Factory, Necklace vintage

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Sweater L.L. Bean, Skirt similar, Mules Nordstrom

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College presidential inauguration day: Romper Abercrombie, Jacket similar, Sandals American Eagle, Bag vintage Dooney and Bourke, Sunglasses (originals from J. Crew Factory but here are similar ones)

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Button down similar, Skirt similar, Booties Sole Society, Bag Kate Spade

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Top similar, Jeans similar, Necklace Baublebar, Mules Nordstrom

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Dress similar, Sweater Brooks Brothers, Sunglasses (originals from J. Crew Factory but here are similar ones), Flats old Zara (these are pretty similar), Bag Kate Spade

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Blouse similar, Jeans similar, Scarf (originally from J. Crew Factory but this one looks similar), Loafers G.H. Bass & Co.

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Top similar, Skirt Madewell, Booties similar, Vest Barbour

Erin

Around the Web

Although it was hard to pare it down I rounded up those article/things etc… that have been open on my browser all week. I also signed up for The Skimm which has been an amazing way to get my daily dose of news! Enjoy!

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The Skimm: So I am probably pretty late to the game on this one but I recently discovered The Skimm and it has been such an incredible way for me to always stay updated on current news. I always found it pretty daunting and hard to find the important parts of whats going on in the world. It is definitely subjective but the daily email has really helped me keep up. It just makes the whole news thing super easy!

Lace dress from Nordstrom: I desperately wish I had a fall wedding to go to this year. I fell in love with this dress but just don’t have a good excuse to buy it right now! It is so pretty though and would be perfect for a fall wedding or any event in the coming months.

Bullet Journaling: I always wish I could journal more. It is almost always I time thing, I don’t feel like I have the time during the day to do a full on journal entry for myself. When I do get to it though it helps me sort through things so much. I am hoping that bullet journaling will be an easier way to go about this. I am psyched to try it out! Throughout the day I do the whole jotting down quick notes to myself about a variety of things but I am hoping the intentionality of bullet journaling helps to organize my thoughts a little.

DACA: Yes this is one of those things that is all over the news right now. This article lays out what is currently happening with DACA and gives the lowdown on some DACA replacements that could give those effected by the removal of DACA some protection. For those of you who don’t know DACA is the executive order placed by Obama which allows illegal immigrants brought over as children to work and study in the US and it protects them from deportation.

Guide to September’s Fashion Magazines: This is an article on Man Repeller that lays out all of the September fashion magazine issues. It was super helpful for me because it highlights what that issue covers and makes choosing much easier (I never have time to read everything I want!).

Erin

10 Favorite Outfits: August

What a crazy past month! There was so much travel I could barely keep track. It was so incredible though and I was able to see some really beautiful places and spend much needed time with family and friends. A lot has changed for me as well so I am planning on doing a life update post soon. I compiled my ten favorite outfits from this month so I hope you enjoy!

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Sunset at Gooseberry Point: Top similar, Shorts similar, Boat shoes L.L. Bean, Hat The Bayside merch

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Our day trip to Newport: Skirt H&M, Button down similar, Slides Sole Society, Bag Everly Oak, Hat vintage Nordstrom

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Westport lunch: Sweater Brooks Brothers, Skirt similar, Mules Nordstrom, Pearls vintage

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Brunch in Westport: Dress Free People, Jacket vintage, Heels similar, Sunglasses Ray Ban

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Hiking in Acadia National Park: Hat Patagonia, T-shirt Adidas, Shorts Nike, Sneakers Nike (this is my favorite hiking outfit by far!)

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Visiting tide pools at Mccellen State Park: T-shirt Nordstrom, Chino’s J. Crew, Belt similar, Sandals J. Crew Factory, Tote L.L. Bean, Sunglasses Ray Ban

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S’mores at the lake: Long sleeve Vineyard Vines, Skirt Madewell

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A misty Maine morning: Dress similar, Mules Nordstrom

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Watching the Eclipse: Dress Kiel James Patrick, Mules Nordstrom, Bracelet vintage

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Sweater men’s L.L. Bean, Jeans similar, Boat shoes L.L. Bean, Sunglasses J. Crew Factory

Erin

One Morning in Maine

This outfit has been a great one for the summer to fall transition. Blush is very in right now, even as a fall color and these mules are so comfortable. I love being able to easily slip them on. This jacket is also super great because it was very reasonably priced for the quality. It is much thicker than I thought it would be so it can easily transition into fall and maybe even winter.

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Jacket J. Crew Factory, Dress similar, Pearls vintage, Earrings vintage, Mules Nordstrom

Erin

Beach Romper

Those final summer days are really starting to sink in. There is still a few great beach weeks left and I have been enjoying those days in this incredibly comfortable gingham romper. I mentioned that I ordered it in a previous post I did on gingham as a trend and it has really lived up. It is really the most comfortable romper I own. It is so thin which is perfect for the summer weather and sandy beach days. It works so well as either a beach cover up or a great outfit! All of the following pictures were taken at either Horseback Beach in Massachusetts or Barrington Beach in Rhode Island.

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Beach Towel Amazon, Romper J. Crew Factory, Hat Tuckernuck, Sunglasses J. Crew Factory

Erin

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting College

It is already August and I know so many people are getting ready to begin one of the most exciting adventures of their lives! Back to school is such an exciting time and can be even more exhilarating when you are starting a whole knew chapter in your life. I loved college and there are certain things I did that made my experience so incredible. There are also some things I wish I had known before starting college. This list is actually kind of a mix of the things I did right and the things I wish I had known. I hope you find it useful and would love to hear your opinions and thoughts!

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  1. Talk to everyone: This can be incredibly intimidating for many people but it is the easiest way to make friends, get to know your professors and meet business contacts. If you know you don’t like to talk to people there are ways to make it a little bit easier. Talking to peers in the first few weeks of school can actually be the best time because most people do not know each other so it is completely acceptable to ask where someone is from, what classes they are taking, what they might want to major in, etc. Getting used to speaking to professors can also be difficult but I highly recommend going into their office and asking questions, even if you do not necessarily have any. Just ask for clarifications on class material. Make sure they know who you are! I would say going in once a week is a good place to start. Throughout my four years of college I became friends with my professors which was incredibly beneficial for me.
  2. Take every opportunity you can get: Even other students at my own school asked me over and over how I was able to go so many places and do so many things. I took advantage of every opportunity that presented itself and went out of my comfort zone to do so. If a professor was taking a group of students on a short weekend trip I went, even if it meant missing out on some weekend relaxation and even if I knew nothing about the place we were going. I applied to many things even if I thought I wasn’t qualified for or that I wasn’t likely to get as a freshman (this seriously paid off!). On the academic side of things this one goes along with talking to your professors because I was offered lots of opportunities because I was engaged and frequently spoke to my professors.
  3. Know when to say no: Yes, I know, this is sort of contradictory but it is also so important to be able to say ‘no’. I got way two involved in so many different things in college during my first two years that by the time senior year came around I was beyond burnt out and I regret not spending more time with my friends. It can be really nice to be able to say yes to other things that pop up when your schedule has some built in free time. Some of the greatest memories I have are the unplanned adventures that popped up.
  4. Don’t stick to what is expected of you (by anyone): College is truly the time to try everything because you never know what you might fall in love with. I really wish I knew this before starting college because I definitely had it in my head that my parents had certain expectations of me and I followed one track in the first two years that I did not necessarily love. Because of this I soon felt like my professors, friends and even myself expected a certain level and a certain path. I wish I had been way more open because as I started to try other things around junior year I realized how much more is out there and how many other interests I had.
  5. Leave high school behind: Seriously, college is so much better without all the drama of high school. I think one reason that sometimes freshmen are looked down upon is because they are still partially high schoolers and there is definitely a difference. Leave the drama. Don’t get me wrong, there will be drama in college however people seem to deal with it very differently and in more adult ways. The first year can be a lot more fun if you do not play into at all. Just meet knew people, focus on school and get involved with extracurriculars. If you do not like who you were or how people perceived you in high school, college is a chance to completely start over. I believe in staying true to who you are, but people definitely change and you may not really be who many people in high school thought you were.

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Boots Tory Burch, Sweater Brooks Brothers, Pants similar, Crossbody Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses J. Crew Factory, Trench coat ASOS

Erin

Blue and White Stripes

I found this boatneck top at J. Crew earlier this summer and it is the best! It is so comfortable and perfect for days at the beach. I wore it to dinner at the Bayside the other night because it got a little chilly but it is a great weight for wearing during the day as well. Also this Tuckernuck bow hat is so adorable and perfect for laying on the beach for hours.

Everything is full of sand at this point so I have given up trying to get it off. That sandy feel is definitely a defining feature of New England summers and I have come to appreciate it. My goals for this vacation have included eating lots of seafood, taking a multitude of pictures, cohogging and hanging out with family and friends. So far I have accomplished all of them and can’t wait to find some more adventures. My dad and I went out in the canoe on the Wesport River yesterday and did some fishing. It was so calming and beautiful!

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Shirt J. Crew, Pants similar, Hat Tuckernuck, Basket bag Everly Oak, Flip flops J. Crew Factory

Erin