Update: 101 in 1001

5/15/2014




It's been awhile since I gave an update on my 101 in 1001 list. So here it goes, after the jump.

Image by Short & Sweet Blog.

 Personal

1. Be more thankful. Write things I'm thankful for down if I have to. Still struggling with this one.
2. Sit quietly at least once a day. With my iPhone out of reach.
3. Put my iPhone out of reach while driving (unless talking to family and friends with headphones). It can wait.
4. Leave my phone at home while running errands. On purpose. 
5. Take the time to stretch before running. While training for our half marathon I started stretching before and after runs. 
6. Give myself manicures and pedicures. I find that I am always rushed when I go to a nail salon, but when I paint my nails at home it’s a relaxing experience. I finally invested in some cuticle oil and have been sticking to this one. I'm getting pretty good at it!
7. Drink waaaay more water. Gotten better with this one too. I'm actually making use of our lemon tree and putting lemon in my water, which makes it more appealing.
8. Stick to my one-diet-soda per week rule. This one was easy. And I feel so much better sticking to this rule.

9.  Find out my blood type (and donate).
10. Update my glasses prescription. I normally wear contacts, but it’d be nice to have glasses for when my eyes are tired (which is every day when I get home from work).
11. Floss more than a few times the week before my next dentist appointment. Embarrassing but true. 
12. Get new running shoes the moment I can tell I need them (as opposed to when I bruise my heel).
13. Sit up straight. All of those years of ballet are going to waste. This one was easy. I've also been trying to work standing up at home.

14. Figure out how to do a cat-eye. I’m hopeless with eyeliner but I'm sure someone on YouTube can teach me. So I bought drug store eye liner that makes doing a cat eye easy, even for me! Maybe I'll do a tutorial...
15. Get out of my hair rut. Lately it's either straight and down or up in a top knot. Boring.
16. Give myself an at-home facial (my skin will thank me). I've made good on this one, thanks to this Tata Harper face mask.
17. Get my eczema under control. This isn’t exactly blog-worthy so I don’t ever talk about it. But I suffer from it daily. I finally visited a dermatologist and thanks to some new medication and coconut oil, things are getting better.
18. Pay my credit card off. Completely.
19. Pay off my car, which is the first big purchase I made post-college. Three more payments to go!
20. Build up my travel fund.
21. Make my clothing purchases more about investments than trends. I have been good here. I was recently temped to guy a few trendier items but instead bought one top: black, silk, short-sleeved with a slight ruffled peplum trim. I can tell it's going to a be a staple in my closet.
22. Go one month without buying anything for myself. 

23. Donate my time to a charity.
24. Donate clothes that just don’t fit or work into my wardrobe and home items that we don’t use. I did a big closet purge a few weeks ago.

25. Take a cooking class. We took a cooking class at Sur la table on Valentine's Day.
26. Come up with some new recipes for Meatless Monday. It's too easy to just make pasta. Veggie chili, grilled vegetable salad, and a cauliflower gratin are among recent Meatless Monday favorites.
27. Make a soufflé. There was a reason I registered for ramekins!

28. Make more cocktails at home. With the exception of margaritas, we rarely make cocktails at home.
29. Actually make the lunches I bring to work. Too much relying on Trader Joe’s pre-packaged lunches. I have been following through on this by grilling a bunch of veggies and making grains on Sundays.
30. Learn to open a bottle of wine. I am not kidding. I suck at this. Finally got it - all it took was Ian traveling for work and forcing myself to open bottles myself.  
31. Find out which red wine is my favorite. I definitely know I like Sauvignon Blanc when it comes to white, but haven’t found my go-to red. Pinot noir. Boom.
29. See a taping of Jon Stewart in-person.
30. Go to the opera.
31. More weeknight concerts. Because it's always worth being tired the next day at work.
32. Read at least one news article a day. I subscribe to theSkimm now to get a daily dose of news, and then Google any of the stories that really interest me to learn more.
33. Finish changing everything to my married name (I just ordered my new passport and voter registration is last on the list!). Done!
34. Create a gallery wall in our apartment. (First, convince my husband that we need said gallery wall.)
35. Refresh the pictures in frames and on our fridge every few months.

36. Actually light my favorite candles (looking at you, Jonathan Adler Big Sur candle) instead of saving them.This was one too easy. Now I need to actually buy a few more candles.
37. Same goes with jewelry, shoes, and clothing. Why am I "saving" my favorite items? Life is too short. I've made good on this one, too.
38. Stop and watch the sun rise (as opposed to racing home from Pilates to start my day, only seeing the sunrise briefly from a stoplight). My routine as of late has been to wake up just before sunrise, oil pull (read about it here) and walk the dog to the look out point with my coffee to catch the final few minutes of the sun rise.
39. Swim in the ocean. Actually swim, not just take a dip to cool off. Does Cabo count?


Professional

40. Take time to acknowledge successes with my career and blog, instead of just moving on to the next thing.

41. Take new professional blog photos. We took them over the weekend! See a few here.
42. Host a blogger event in San Diego.
43. Meet up with a blogger I admire for coffee.

44. Reach out to other women I admire for their career, blogging or otherwise.
45. Partner with more brands we love. More to come on this!
46. Read one career-related book per quarter. I listened to Big Move, Small Change on my commute last month, and just downloaded #GIRLBOSS.

47. Be featured for my career/blog work. Still pinching myself. I was featured on The Everygirl last week.
48. Commit to more outfit posts on the blog. I have succeeded here! But I'd love your thoughts, do you want more outfit posts?
49. Attend more networking events (and put myself out there at said events). Attended DEW last week.
50. Attend a blogger conference.
51. Watch 5 TEDTalks.
52. Update our blog media kit. Done! Email us at kirbyandalexa@gmail.com if you'd like to see it!
53. Start a new series featuring some of our favorite bloggers. It's been so fun collaborating with some of our favorite bloggers for our My Perfect Sunday series.
54. Reach more blog goals (followers, page views, etc.).
55. Pick up the phone and call someone at work instead of sending an email. Better yet, I've been focusing on more in-person meetings.
56. Resist the urge to respond to emails immediately. File away and read when I have time to read the whole way through. I have been better with this by getting all of my initial thoughts out, saving the email as a draft, and coming back to it.
57. Update my resume so I don’t forget my accomplishments. Done! And my LinkedIn, too.

Family & Friends

58. Send more “just because” cards.
59.  Use my commute as time to call friends and family.

60. Ask more questions about what’s going on in my friends and family’s lives. Listen. Have been making a solid effort here. Not that I was bad about it before (at least I hope not!) but I am consciously working on this one.
61. Put together a master birthday calendar so I never forget a birthday and am prepared with a card at the very least. 
62. Compile a master address book. Working on it!
63.  Run another 10K with my husband. We actually, gulp, signed up for a half marathon in April. 
64. Agree to the first restaurant my husband suggests. Ian's picked the last three restaurants we went to so I'm off to a good start!
65. When I do something around the apartment, like fold laundry, resist the urge to tell my husband. Why do I need a gold star? And why am I keeping score? I think I have been better but I guess my husband would know better...

66. Cook for my husband more. He’s so much better than I am, but it’s the thought that counts, right? I've been offering to cook more during the week, even when I get home after 8pm and want to just relax.
67. Enjoy a spa day with my mom. For Mother's Day, I surprised my mom with a night at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. We went wine tasting and did Tata Harper face masks in the room. That counts as a spa day, right?
68. Help my mom learn how to use iTunes.
69. Help my dad learn how to get the pictures off of his camera. He takes such good photos but then we don't see them.
70. Start a new family tradition.

71. Say "thank you" to my family and friends more. I'm so lucky to have them.
72. Write the sweet things by niece and nephew do and say down so we all remember them at this age (almost-four and almost-three).
73. Ask my parents more about their lives before they became my parents.

San Diego

74. Make a Short & Sweet blog San Diego guide. Done! See it here.
75.  Visit Stone Brewery. We've gone twice in the past month!
76. Eat at Jane’s Gastropub. (Finally.) We went! I got the burger (delicious). Here's what I wore.
77. Find a good local place for Dim Sum.

78. Walk to VGs and get a donut.
79. Order the bolognese at Prep Kitchen like I always say I am going to. 
80. Spend a morning in Bird Rock, our old neighborhood. Alexa & did this last week, when we visited Capricorn.
81. Walk around a neighborhood in my city I've never been. 
82. Have a staycation in San Diego. See Mother's Day trip above!
83. Take photos of my favorite places in San Diego.

84. Take our boxer to dog beach in Del Mar. We did and he had the best time!
85. Hike up to Potato Chip Rock.
86. Visit my alma mater, the University of San Diego. 
87. Move out of San Diego. We love it but are itching for something new. Why not this year?

Travel

88. Go to Big Sur for the weekend.
89.  Visit the same spot we got married (Mission Ranch in Carmel) on our anniversary. Trip booked for September 28!
90.  Make an effort to drive to see friends on the weekends. The past few times I've met up with girlfriends I've offered to drive to them. I got to check out a new restaurant and catch up with friends. Win, win.
91. Get outside of the country (at least once).
92. Go camping.
93. Visit my brother in Dallas.
94. Visit my grandparents in Michigan.
95. Visit Ian’s brother in San Francisco. We had such a fun weekend in March.

96. Go to Palm Desert again for the weekend. Success! One of the few places that I can truly relax.
97. Visit the Grand Canyon.
98. Go on a girls' trip.
99. Visit Santa Ynez wine country. We’ve been to Napa but Santa Ynez is so much closer and we’ve never been. Trip booked for a friend's wedding in June!

100. But also go back to Napa and Sonoma. 
101. Make a list of trips I want to take.

5 comments:

17 Perth said...

Great job. You have been busy! And I so want to go to the Grand Canyon!

Simply LKJ said...

Love the idea of writing everything down!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

I need you to focus on 93! and this way we can meet up for dinner and drinks!! I would love to meet you!! COngrats on all your great accomplishments!

Annie || the little things said...

How funny that we both updated today! Glad to know you're on the journey with me. I'd love for you to cross of number 50 at Alt this summer :) xoxo

Jillian Manesh said...

you are making real progress on this list! congrats. xo jillian - cornflake dreams