My Second 101 Things to Accomplish in 1001 Days

Well, my 1001 days from my first goal list will expire on February 26, 2018. That’s just next week. I didn’t manage to get all of these goals completed, but I was able to finish several of them. But, that’s ok. It still gave me some focus for things that I needed and wanted to do. The goals gave me focus. Those that I was not able to complete gave me a jumping off point for the next 101 goals that you can read below.  The 1001 days will start on February 26, 2018 and end on November 28, 2020. If you would like to compare the last goals to these click here to read the first set of goals. 

101 Goals to Accomplish in 1001 Days

  1. Read the Bible through.
  2. Spend daily quiet time.
  3. Attend or begin a Bible study.
  4. Attend a photography workshop.
  5. Write a book.
  6. Start making money from this blog.
  7. Increase the number of blog subscribers. (This is a continuing goal, but this number continues to rise.)
  8. Increase savings by $5000.
  9. Go on a New England cruise.
  10. Go see the Giant Redwoods.
  11. *Read 35 books. This evens out to approximately 2 books a month. It’s doable. I have several books that I have read and I will be reviewing them on the book page soon.
  12. *Participate in a vendor’s fair. (crafts) I will soon be setting up a table at a small local vendor’s fair. It will probably be in June.
  13. Finish and stock the Koi pond. (This goal was scrapped last summer.)
  14. Make and send photo Christmas cards.
  15. Make and can pickles.
  16. Participate and complete a money challenge.
  17. Knit a scarf and hat.
  18. Go on an Ohio road trip.
  19. Work on the back yard garden area. ( This is also a continuing project, but I was able to plant a new flower bed last summer.)
  20. Attend a “Dancing with the Stars” show. Since the cancellation of this show, I am changing this goal to going to see a play based on the movie Dirty Dancing. This is my favorite movie.
  21. Spend a night at the Greenbrier. (My husband and I tried to secure a room at the Greenbrier for our 45th anniversary, but they were booked up. Instead we stayed in a hotel in a neighboring town and toured the Greenbrier and the bunker built underneath the hotel. We also toured some close attractions including a nearby cave.  Therefore, I am crossing off this goal as completed.)
  22. Fix up the shelter.
  23. Visit every state in the U.S.
  24. Learn more about using Photoshop.
  25. Visit Branson, Missouri.
  26. Buy a designer camera bag.
  27. I still want a white Pomeranian. I want to wait until I retire.
  28. I need to get my blog’s email going.
  29. Cement the decking around the pool.
  30. Increase Instagram and Twitter followers. They are increasing and I hope they continue to do so.
  31. Publish a photo/writing book.
  32. Become more involved at our church.
  33. Design & create a freebie for the blog.
  34. Visit the Florida Keys.
  35. Take the kids to Universal Studios-Harry Potter.
  36. Attend an outdoor drama.
  37. Increase the output of craft/DIY projects. (Since I received my Cricut last Christmas my craft output has increased considerably.)
  38. Make & post a new recipe once every 2 weeks.
  39. Take a photo of husband and self. (We had family pictures taken the first of October. With our family it was an accomplishment.)
  40. Make a new Christmas tree skirt. I did make a new tree skirt last year, although it was for my daughter. I still need a new one.
  41. Take kids to the zoo.
  42. Secure a sponsored post.
  43. Complete a minimum of 5 devotionals.
  44. Go to a craft fair.
  45. Attend a Renaissance Fair.
  46. Join the local Writer’s Guild. ( I attended my first meeting, March 2018.)
  47. Attend a sunrise Easter Service.
  48. Make new bedspreads for kids’ beds.
  49. Make new curtains for boys’ room.
  50. Enlarge and remodel kitchen.
  51. Learn to use the Cricut.(My husband bought me an Expression Air 2 for Christmas. It has been a lot of fun. I love it!)

    I have the rose one that matches my pink crafting room.
  52. Design & plant flowers around the front of the house.
  53. Cement/blacktop driveway.
  54. Put up a chair rail & new closet doors in Shyla’s room.
  55. Add toy storage & new closet doors in boys’ room. (The toy storage has been added. The closet doors have not.)
  56. Purchase new deck furniture. (I bought 2 swivel chairs and a small table for the upper deck.)
  57. Redo the cushions on the lounges by the pool.
  58. Take up carpet in downstairs hallway.
  59. *Make Breanna and Savannah a house warming gift. – Breanna and Savannah have each moved into separate houses since posting this. I should go ahead and make 2 housewarming gifts.
  60. Make shorts for summer wear.
  61. Attend a couple of art classes. I  attended  a watercolor  painting  class  a couple  of  months ago.  I have  also  enrolled  in  a Bob  Ross  painting  workshop  at  the  end  of  May.  I have  also  been  following  the  Art  Sherpa  and  The  Social  Easel  on  Facebook  and  Youtube.  They  are  wonderful.  
  62. Put two more fans in the shelter.
  63. Replace the tile in the main bathroom.
  64. Plan a Christmas performance with Dylan, Shyla, and myself.
  65. *Reupholster Brea’s chair. Breanna’s  dog  destroyed  the  chair  beyond  repair.  So  this  goal  is  changing  to  reupholstering  my  dining  room  chairs.  They  need  it  again.
  66. Make ice cream with the Kitchen-aide attachment. (It was delicious.)
  67. Do a Flea Market Flip.
  68. Potty train Zayden. (He has no interest in this right now.) (This took 2 days back in June. He was the easier child I ever potty trained.)
  69. Do some decorative framing in the dining room.
  70. Make a blogging schedule for the blog.
  71. Prepare the fireplace and wood burner for use by next winter.
  72. Design and order new planners. (I love being able to design my own planner. I have used Plum Paper for the last couple of years. I highly recommend them.)
  73. Plan a trip to visit my cousin, Brenda.
  74. *Write Brenda monthly letters. I have recently reconnected with my cousin on Facebook so we can talk more often.
  75. Replace/repair garage doors.(We repaired them right before Christmas this year.)
  76. Take the kids to ride the Santa train in Nelsonville.
  77. Hike & picnic at Hocking Hills.
  78. Make yearly picture books beginning with 2017.
  79. Purge some toys.

    This in not really my house.
  80. I want to pay off all bills before retirement.
  81. Purge teaching supplies.
  82. Organize craft supplies.
  83. Make a book list on Evernote of books I want to read.
  84. Find a balance scale to use as a center piece on dining room table.
  85. Start a frugal series on the blog.
  86. Purchase a new sink and cabinet for bathroom.
  87.  Repaint main living areas of house.
  88. Complete 4 blogging courses.
  89. Attend a blogging conference.
  90. Attend a Christy Wright workshop.  (April 24, 2018)
  91. Have carpets and living room furniture professionally cleaned.
  92. Visit the “Book Loft” in Columbus.    (This is a fascinating book store housed in an  historic 32 room mansion in Columbus, Ohio. My oldest daughter, her youngest daughter and I visited this unique bookstore on Nov. 16, 2019.)
  93. Finish dressers in Shyla’s room.
  94. Replace sheers in living room.
  95. *Make Levi’s diaper bag. – I really let this one slip by me. He is 3 years old now and no longer needs a diaper bag. I believe I will make him a small back pack instead.
  96. Make pillow shams for my bedroom. ( I made pillow shams and recovered the chest at the end of my bed with matching material. I makes it look very cohesive.)
  97. Create printable recipes for blog.
  98. Repair the upper deck.  This goal was just completed yesterday. Several of the boards had begun to splinter and needed to be replaced.
  99. Work on photography studio. (spare room)  This room has been taken and turned into a weight room. It now houses my grandson’s weight bench, the tread mill and 2 gun safes.
  100. Begin making Christmas list of possible gifts to make. (I have several DIY Christmas gifts on my list now. It is April 11, 2019 today and yes, I have begun my homemade Christmas list.
  101. Make a new list when this one times out.

What are some of things you would like to accomplish in the next 1001 days?

I did it! It may have taken awhile, but I did it!





Do you choose a word of the year? Last year was the first time I did. It took me a little longer to choose one for this year, but I finally did.

I have finally chosen my word for the year. It took awhile, but after a lot of thought and soul searching, I finally decided on my word of the  year. Action!

The Google dictionary defines action as the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim. That is my word of the year: ACTION!

Last year I chose the word determination to be my word of the year. I was determined to learn more about the blogging process, start posting more on the blog and I was determined to get myself in gear to get things done, in various aspects of my life.


I had previously wrote about the things I wanted to accomplish. This was my very first post and was inspired by Simply Nicole’s post, 101 things to do in 1001 Days. I sat down and wrote out my 101 things that I wanted to accomplish in 1001 days. Throughout that time I was able to do several of the things on my as you can see by the updates. Although I did do several things and was able to mark them off the list, most of those items were completed because they just fell into place, not because I actually set my sites on getting them done. To see the post with my list click here. 

My determination year did help me learn a lot of the nuts and bolts of blogging. I still have a lot more to learn yet. It will be an  ongoing and never-ending process.  Therefore, I have chosen action as my word of the year. I am planning on putting all those things I have learned and put them into action.

This year I have been hard at work developing a working schedule for my blog and myself. I am hoping to post on Mondays and have recently began Wordless Wednesdays. This will be a day where I post various pictures of random things that have went on in my life during the past week. I hope you, my readers, will also share pictures of your lives during the last week.

I have finished the Affiliate Marketing Course and have chosen a handful more to take to help me with my writing and out put on the blog. Also, I have a list of books to read for the purposes of blogging, finance, self help, and pleasure. I have always been a reader, but due to the business of my life, I have shoved this on a back burner. No longer, I am putting this as a priority on my action list.


I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, but as with reading, I have managed to cook meals for my family, but seldom try new recipes. Just today, I bought the items for 3 new dishes. I actually bought a cooking wine which I have never cooked with before. I’m really excited to try this recipe.

I have the rose one that matches my pink crafting room.

For Christmas my husband bought me a Cricut Explore Air 2. I have several projects in mind as soon as I figure out how to really use it. I have watched one you-tube video so far and am planning on watching more to help me learn and up my productivity.  More action to accomplish.

This is a shorten overview of the things I am planning on working on during this next year.  The things I am planning on putting into action. My expiring 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days can be seen by clicking here. I will be posting my new list next week. There will probably be some things that are the same, but there will be several new ideas I want to put into Action.

What is your word of the year?

My life verse.


2017 Finished, 2018 Planned

This post may contain affiliate links which may pay me a small commission. All thoughts are my own.

Here it is almost the end of January and I haven’t put up a single post in quite some time. Sorry readers!


It’s not that I haven’t thought about the blog. or different things I want to implement this coming year. Like many people, I have trouble organizing my time to get everything accomplished that I want to get accomplished. I have ordered a new planner that should be here within the week. I can’t wait to get it and share it with you. What planner do you use? Do you use digital or paper or both?

It is during this time of the year that I do most of my “spring cleaning.” I take those snow and cold days when I’m off from my teaching job and can’t get outside to clean out cabinets, closets, etc. So far I have managed to clean out the storage closet in the hallway and have almost completed deep cleaning the kitchen. With little ones running around all the time it is hard to devote one whole day or more to just one room.

I also enjoy using these days to cook more. Just last night I made a mandarin orange cake with pineapple whipped cream frosting. It was a big hit with everyone.


You can find the recipe by clicking here.



Starting on Wednesday, February 7(Next week folks!) I am starting a series called Wordless Wednesday. I will be posting pictures of some of the activities that have taken place in my world. I hope you will share some of your life in pictures with me and other readers.

What have you been working on in your crafting life? For Christmas I made several gifts and have more things planned and in progress.

Currently I am working on necklaces like I made for Christmas and a burlap sunflower wreath for my daughter. However, I have more projects planned. Two of my grandsons have birthdays in February. For the younger one, I am going to make a diaper bag to match the Mickey Mouse blanket I made him for Christmas. I didn’t get these items made when he was born, so his mother stills wants him to have a set like two older one do.

I have the rose one that matches my pink crafting room.

How many of you own a Cricut? My husband bought me one for Christmas and I am attempting to learn how to use it. My first project is to make an iron-on for some pillow shams for my bed. After a lot of failed attempts, I think I finally got this first one ready to cut out. Hopefully, I will get that done before long and have a picture to go along with it.

One piece of advice: If you are planning on purchasing a Cricut, get the bundle so you will have the  tools you need to go complete various projects. Click here if you are planning on purchasing one. Need I say more.

My daughter and I are planning to participate in our first vendor’s show in April. We thought holding off until then would give it plenty of time to get enough items made before the event. She is doing much better than I am getting things ready.

As far as the blog goes, I recently completed the Affiliate Marketing Course. It has given me several ideas on how to better monetize the blog. Time will tell how well I learned the lessons.

I have also been invited to join the local Writer’s Guild. I haven’t been to the first meeting yet, but I’m really excited to get started. More on that when I actually get started.

I am currently working on some goals to incorporate into my blog during this next year. I am taking a note from Natalie Bacon’s series of 2017 posts entitled “A Final Note”. (At the end of each month she posted her progress in several different categories of her life which included, but was not limited to, her blog. As I update my “101 Things to Accomplish in 1001 Days (inspired by SimplyNicole) , I plan on using categories like she did. Sadly, she finished this series and is no longer writing these posts. I really liked reading these.

I will be posting shortly my new goals. Don’t miss it. What are your top goals for 2018?

My life verse.