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

 

2019 Goals

I am a little later than I had hoped to be for this but I still really wanted to do a 2019 goals post. I find these kinds of posts so helpful for me, personally, in sticking to my goals for the year.

Before I get into 2019 I want to do a quick recap of last year’s goals. My major categories were fitness, jobs, travel and friendships. I did okay with my fitness goal for the first half of the year but it definitely fell of the map once I started grad school and because of that I am including it in my goals for this year as well. I think I made some big moves in the jobs category and feel great about where I am right now as a PhD student. I really love this job and love taking classes still so I do have specific goals for my job but I am not making a category since I feel really good about it. I think I also very much fulfilled my travel goal for 2018 and while I will definitely continue to travel this year I did not make it a 2019 goal. Finally, friendships which is a little difficult to gauge but I feel like I did okay at this one. I could do better though and my relationships with people are too important not to include as a goal in 2019 (they will probably be something I always include because they are such a priority for me).

And now on to 2019…

Relationships: I looked back at my section on friendships from my 2018 goals and this is going to be very similar. So many of my good friends live all across the country (and the world) so the situation is still pretty similar. I need to make a conscious effort to keep in touch with people and that can be difficult and time consuming so I do feel like I need to think about some more specific ways I can do that. One thing that would be fun is sending letters. I want to send all of my friends one piece of snail mail throughout the year. I also want to try to visit one or two friends who don’t live close in 2019. This definitely includes my family since I am now in a full time job and living away from all of them. I also need to make friends and work on friendships where I am living now more. That has been really hard with graduate school and being in a new environment but making friends has never been a problem for me before so I feel like I really just need to put the time in and make a conscious effort. I am also including my boyfriend in this category and it is going to be similar for the first several months as we are still living apart but he will be moving here in June so my goals there will definitely change. I think the biggest thing for that relationship is just being very conscious of both myself and him and what we both need in our relationship.

Personal: I am not going to go into this a ton but I am in need of some serious personal ‘discovery’. This sounds a little ridiculous but I feel like I have lost myself a little bit over the past year and a half (basically since graduating college) and part of that is probably due to the fact that I have not had a place to really settle down and parts of me have been spread out across the country. I am really hoping to focus on my self a little this year and prioritize figuring out who I want to be, while taking into account who I am right now and where I come from. This sounds like a really vague goal but in all honesty I don’t have a game plan for this goal yet. It just been something I have thought about a ton and am realizing that I have the power to do something about it.

Fitness: This is definitely the epitome of a new years resolution. Even so, it is important for me to set fitness goals every year. It makes it easier for me to hold myself accountable. This year I am really trying to push this one by setting specific goals and rewards for myself. There are two parts for this. First is walking at least 30 minutes every single day. The second part is doing some sort of workout (whether that is yoga, running or strength training) at least five days per week. I am actually starting with six days a week just to help myself get into it. I am pretty good at working out a lot when I am in a grove but if I stop it is so hard to get back into for me so I am trying to minimize breaks.

Nutrition: In general I eat pretty healthy but I think putting this as a goal is important since both my health in the present and my long term health can be affected. I also specifically have been wanting to get into making healthy smoothies and this is definitely the year. So far I have made at least one smoothie almost every day since I have been home this year. Also in this category is eating less meat. I might talk about this later but for now I just want to do my best to not buy much meat and only eat it once or twice a week.

Blog:  In creating a goal around this blog it is important for me to revisit why I started this blog. I created this and continue to do it for me. It is an outlet that lets me get out of the science world for a little bit and express a side of myself that I don’t usually get to (don’t get me wrong I love science and am basically thinking about biology all day every day). Creativity is an important part of who I am and its something that I don’t feel like I get to really do on a daily basis. I am busy but do want to keep up and try to keep a schedule. I am not going to give exact days but in the next few months I want to get to three times a week. Hopefully I can find the time to give a little more to this project and come into myself on this blog. It has been hard for me to find a good balance between really making this mine and doing what I want vs. what everyone else is doing.

Reading: Kind of along the lines of blogging, I love reading and want to do my best to read a book a week. It is so tough because I have to read so much for grad school so I end up not reading nearly as much as I would like to for fun. I set my Goodreads goal for 30 books, like last year, but I am still trying for a book a week. We shall see how that goes. So far I am almost done with my third book so I am on track, however the two books I finished were both audiobooks (way easier with school).

In comparing my 2019 goals to 2018’s I think its really interesting that a lot of them are very different. I actually really like that because it really feels like I am reflecting on what I need in 2019 and what I did not do as well in 2018.

I hope you are having a great 2019 so far and have set some good goals for yourself!

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Erin

Spring Goals

Looking back on my goals for this past winter, I realized I need to prioritize my goals by actually scheduling them in an planning them out. While I did some of them from my last list, I wish I had done more. As much as I love being spontaneous I feel like I will be able to fit some of these in more if I give them some more thought and a place in my schedule. I think part of that for me will be doing a blog post that features each goal. This will help me hold myself accountable.

Pick my own bouquet: I actually have no idea how feasible this one is but I would really love to make my own bouquets of flowers this spring. I think it would be so fun to first go flower picking, then try my hand at some flower arranging.

Spend time at the beach: This one is kind of cheating because we are actually leaving for Myrtle Beach tomorrow. I am really excited because I have never been there before and I love the beach!

Track my carbon footprint: This goal is not really seasonal however I want to track my carbon footprint and figure out some ways I can offset it. I love travel and do not want to give it up but I also do not want to go against my own values of trying to have a lower impact on the world. The idea with this goal is that I will track my carbon footprint and then figure out what I want to do to offset the big things, like flying to Europe. It might mean planting some trees or other greenery during the spring.

Go on a picnic: I love getting together with friends for some delicious food and time outside. Last summer I actually did it quite a bit and want to continue that this year. I am hoping to do at least one picnic this spring with only seasonal foods. That will add a little challenge to it!

Go camping: I am really hoping to do this when I get home to Colorado. I miss being outside a lot right now and I want to prioritize a camping trip during the next few months.

Visit a farm: For some reason I have recently been wanting to go see farm animals. My parents always have had chickens and I went to boarding school on a farm so I am feeling a bit nostalgic about that life right now.

Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any fun ideas/goals for this spring!

Erin

Sticking to 2018: January

In really trying to keep up with my goals for the year I wanted to do a check in post where I review my goals and talk about how I can improve my routine in order to set myself up for success in fulfilling my goals this year.

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It is funny because lately I have been feeling so great about my daily routines and practices/habits I am getting into, however, looking back at my goals for this year, they don’t all necessarily have to do with a specific goals. For example, I have been eating super healthy and I am really happy about that but that wasn’t really a goal. Also, journaling has become a favorite of mine this month and it was not part of my goals either. Just as a side note, I found a January journal guide type thing that gives you something to write about each day and it has made journaling so fun for me. I have changed the topics quite a bit in order for the entries to benefit me a little more, but it has been such an exciting way to journal. One of my favorite prompts so far was ‘write six words that describe your style.’ I loved this because I am really trying hard to define who I am a little better and why I really want to be keeping up with this blog. That entry has actually taken me on quite a journey which I will continue to talk about in some future posts. I also did an entry where I choose ten words to describe my day and it while I thought it would be so easy, it actually was quite difficult and stretched me a lot in a really good way.

Anyways, my first big goal was to incorporate fitness into my life in a more manageable way. I wanted to do this by moving every single day. It did not have to be through high-intensity workouts. I would say that while I have done a lot better than the past several months, I have a ways to go with this one. My schedule is so flexible which has made it hard to make some things more routine, including working out. That is not an excuse though and I really need to do better. I have been working outside at least several days a week doing something physical which is great. I also have done some sort of yoga or workout several times a week with a couple good walks thrown in. Despite my schedule I need to work on this as something that I naturally work into my schedule. I have definitely missed days and I am still committee to this goal for this year.

The second goal I set for myself was to work toward finding a job a really love. I am proud to say that I feel like this month was a great one for me in this respect. I re-did my CV and am working on creating several different resumes that are tailored to specific types of jobs that I am interested in. I also finished my StrengthsFinder which I am so happy about and feel like I learned so much about myself from. I have schedule a meeting with my dad this week to talk about our results further and interpret them better. I really feel like I have been focused on finding what I enjoy and taking steps to get there. I also returned to the job I am currently in this month and have really liked be back.

Thirdly are my travel goals for the year. This month was actually pretty travel filled with an amazing ski vacation with my family in Steamboat Springs. I also travelled back to Indiana to finished up some work. Writing this post also has reminded me to schedule some planning time into next month. I really want to take a mini-weekend vacation in February even as well if it is just to visit a friend. So I definitely think this was not a priority for me this month but if I want to achieve a goal like this I have to be on top of things like planning, saving and flights. One thing that is kind of part of this is that I have stopped spending money (aside from the essentials) and I plan on keep saving until at least the end of February.

My final goal had to do with my friendships. This was actually the goal that inspired this post. I was listening to a new podcast last night and found a post on friendships and how to be a good friend. Aiden and I are also watching The Good Place (literally my new favorite show) and it definitely got me thinking about what it means to be good and what it means to be a good friend. While I have tried to schedule things in and talk to friends a lot I still think I can do way better. My goal for the month of February is to do something for (or talk to/get together with) one friend and one family member every single day. I am not including Aiden in this for February because we have been spending a lot of time together and I feel like that relationship is going really well.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on 2018 goals/resolutions and how this year has been going for you. Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful Tuesday.

Erin

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Happy Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend with time to relax and have some fun. I am finally getting back into a routine schedule this week with work and it is definitely taking some adjusting. I love so much of what I am doing right now but managing my time has been a little difficult and I am excited to try the new schedule I am making for myself. I was able to get outside a lot this weekend which was great. I also saw some friends and watched some great TV and movies. I have compiled some interesting articles from around the internet. I hope you enjoy and please feel free to share any thoughts/comments or interesting articles you have found.

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101 in 1001: This is where you make a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. So I actually read about this on Prep in Your Step but am linking back to Mackenzie Horan’s blog because that seems like the first. I really like this idea of a sort of bucket list but in a much more manageable/doable format. Right now I am just compiling my list but I am really excited about it and think it is just what I need right now.

Netflix TV Shows: We just finished watching the third season of Broadchurch yesterday. It is just such a fantastic show with poignant characters and story lines that pull at your heart. Anyways because it is over I will soon be needing a new show to try out. This list gave me some ideas. I think I will start out by trying Cable Girls since it has been recommended by several friends as well.

Hedi Silmane at Céline: Hedi Silmane was announced as Céline’s new creative, crtistic and image director. This will definitely be an interesting one to watch in the fashion world. Hedi Silmane did some great things for Yves Saint Laurent however I did really like Pheobe Philo and her impact on Céline as a brand as well as her philosophy in fashion. The fashion world moves quickly though so change often brings some great things.

Ethical Brand List: I really like to find lists like this because I find that the more ethical brands I am familiar with, the more likely I am to check them regularly and make purchases from them.

Outdoor Voices Leggings: I have see this brand pop up quite a bit in the past few months. They seem to have great reviews for workout wear. I love the pink color for these leggings and if I weren’t on a no spending month I would be very tempted. So so cute and I have heard amazing things about the fit.

Have a great week!

Erin