31 in 301 – Part II

Last year, I did a 31 in 301 inspired by Mackenzie. While I didn’t quite finish it, I loved using the list as something to not only provide inspiration, but to also keep me accountable! Since I didn’t finish all the goals, I thought I’d do it again this year but include the ones I didn’t get to and also add new ones. So, below is what I hope to accomplish this year. I kept the ones I carried over bolded to distinguish them from my new goals. Hopefully seeing the bolding will encourage me to actually get those done this year! I will be updating it throughout the year as I finish things, so stay tuned. Let me know in the comments if you’re doing a similar list. I’d love to read them!

Start date: January 15th, 2015

End date: November 16th, 2015

1. Eat dinner at home Monday-Thursday for one month straight

2. Make 5 meals out of our Newlywed Cookbook [even though we’re not quite newlyweds anymore!]

3. No soda for a month

4. Treat myself to a full spa day after an accomplishment (massage, facial, mani/pedi)

5. Organize our basement / get it finished [May/June 2016]

6. Be featured in a magazine [InStyle Magazine, May 2016]

7. Don’t shop for clothes/accessories/shoes for one whole month [February 2016]

8. Unplug for 24 hours straight [no phone, iPad, TV, laptop]

9. Donate blood

10. Get professional photos taken of Mike & I for our 2 year wedding anniversary [does our pregnancy announcement count?]

11. Spend an afternoon volunteering

12. Attend a blog conference

13. Go to a new country

14. Leave a 100% tip

15. Grow my Instagram following to 10K

16. Try a new fitness class/regimen [yoga]

17. Accomplish something professionally that I have yet to achieve [Team of the Year]

18. Send 10 pieces of snail mail

19. Go on a family vacation [either with mine or Mike’s]

20. Work with a new, national brand on my blog [JORD watches]

21. Take my dad to his first NFL game

22. Surprise my girlfriends with a nice dinner out [my treat] [Cloud 9 Sushi with my best friends from home on 1.16.16]

23. Make a surprise trip back to Chicago to see my parents + friends

24. Take a creative class/workshop [flower arranging, painting, etc]

25. Stick my toes in the ocean [beach vaca]

26. Put together a care package for the homeless

27. Watch 5 documentaries [1. Making a Murderer / 2. Twinsters / 3. The World Before Her / 4. Cropsy / 5. The Central Park 5]

28. See 5 Oscar-nominated movies [1. The Revenant // 2. Hateful Eight // 3. Wild // 4. Spotlight  // 5. Room]

29. Go to a state I haven’t been to before

30. Host/attend at least 3 events with Thread Cincinnati [1. DFS // 2. Topgolf]

31. Once this list is completed, make a 101 things in 1001 days list.

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  • Brittany Buie
    January 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I love this concept and enjoyed your list. There was quite a few that would be on my own list. This is a great way to keep yourself moving and grooving!


    Brittany ||

    • ninesto5
      January 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you!

  • Darcy
    January 18, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    This is a great list! I love it as a way to set goals /bucketlist items!

    • ninesto5
      January 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks girl!

  • Marvelous in the Midwest
    January 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I LOVE this!! I need to make one, a lot of mine would be similar to yours!!!

    • ninesto5
      January 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Do it!! Tag me if you do!

  • Unknown
    January 18, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I love this! I would love to make up my own list but would be worried I couldn't think of 101 things to do… But then again, I probably could haha! I haven't seen the 31 in 301 so I might try that one! Thank you for sharing love!
    Ashley Larea

    • ninesto5
      January 18, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      That's exactly why I did 31! 101 is too much!

  • Simply Sabrina
    January 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Aw this is such a great list! I have so many similar items on mine! Get it girl!

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

    • ninesto5
      January 18, 2016 at 9:17 pm


    January 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    there are a lot of fun documentaries out there! if you like wine, somm is good!
    Southern Elle Style

    • ninesto5
      January 18, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      ooo thanks for the rec!!

  • Karen Morse
    January 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    What a fun list!
    Karen |

    • ninesto5
      January 18, 2016 at 9:17 pm


  • Natalie Folchi
    January 18, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Love your goals! I'm on the hunt for a blog conference this year, too. I'll let you know if I find anything!

    Natalie | Natalie Was Here

    • ninesto5
      January 18, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      woo thanks lady!

  • Jessica Porter
    January 18, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Oh my goodness what a great idea! I really want to try this!


    • ninesto5
      January 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm


  • Adaleta
    January 19, 2016 at 12:43 am

    This is such a great idea and half the things on this list scare the crap out of me! Kudos to you for doing this and committing to it. I can't wait to hear of this new set of items & how you do 😉 xx

    • ninesto5
      January 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Aw thanks!

  • Audrey Stowe
    January 19, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Love all of these!! Especially the Get featured in a magazine!! That would be so cool, hope you get to cross this one off 🙂

    • ninesto5
      January 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      So sweet!! Thank you!

  • Charlene G
    January 19, 2016 at 2:44 am

    This is such a great idea!! Best of luck working on accomplishing all of it!! I'm hoping to attend a blog conference this year if I can find one close by.
    Charlene xo
    The Frugal Fashionista

    • ninesto5
      January 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm


  • Amanda Kruse
    January 19, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    This is such a good idea! Being featured in a magazine, reaching 10k on Instagram & attending a blog conference is on my blogging goals for this yea, too!

    Amanda ||

    • ninesto5
      January 20, 2016 at 1:06 pm


  • Courtney Inkpen
    January 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    This is a great list + a great idea! It's always good to set up a list of goals to keep things going!

    The Dainty Darling

    • ninesto5
      January 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm


  • Sportsanista
    January 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    This is such a great concept and what a great list!


    • ninesto5
      January 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks girl!

  • Cameron Proffitt
    January 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    What a great way to keep yourself on track! A lot of your goals look verrry familiar to me and the things I need to be focusing on this year. Love it!

    Cameron Proffitt

    • ninesto5
      January 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks so much!