Two things that I love are making lists and setting goals. “Notes” is one of the most used apps on my iPhone because I make lists for everything. Blame it on Type-A personality or an obsession with organization, but I feel compelled to constantly make to-do lists and lists for things I need to buy/bring/remember/etc. I just don’t want to forget anything!

All of this is said to set up how much I love this idea that I stumbled upon on Pinterest from another blog.

Many people like to set goals for themselves.

Our culture loves to promote New Year’s Resolutions. We like the idea of a clean slate, a motivating factor to work on growth and personal development. However, these resolutions are often vague and short lived. “I want to get in shape,” she thinks as she runs once then continues to choose Netflix over working out.

Some of us also have a type of bucket list. Bucket lists are often filled with crazy, wild adventures that we like to dream will happen in our lives. Now I love the thought of having whimsical dreams because I think we need to be brave and dream bigger dreams. I think God is the ultimate story writer, and He has so much more in store for us than we could imagine. While bucket lists serve a lot of great purposes, they’re often things that we can’t work toward or can’t currently afford (shoutout to my fellow college students).

Many of us also have general goals for our lives such as become a –, get married, have a family, visit this country, etc. However, once again, those goals are great, yet vague and are hard to actively work toward.

So what is the purpose of me supporting these ideas yet pointing out the negative aspects of them? Because I want you to understand and fall in love with the idea of 101 in 1001.

101 in 1001 is a method of setting 101 goals to reach in 1001 days.

This type of goal setting is incredible for multiple reasons.

1) It allows you to be specific about how you want your next couple years to look and what you want to work toward.

2) When we have more specific goals instead of vague ideas or dreams, we can take intentional and proactive steps toward reaching that goal.

3) 101 goals is more than you would think. I’ve been thinking about this for a couple days, and I am barely half way. It helps to make some categories. (I know, I’m very Type-A.) Mine can roughly be divided into Auburn, people, faith, personal, and experiences. What I love about 101 in 1001 is that it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture like something on your bucket list. It can be just a small thing that you want to try but “never got around to it.” Think get a pedicure with your best friend, try a green smoothie, or give up soda for a week.

4) Organizing small goals allows you to focus on what you want to work toward/ become. While we often have these desires in our minds, we are even more often distracted by responsibilities and the busyness of life. Taking the time to set goals and add them to this list will motivate us to continuing marking things off.

5) The time frame is really superb. It gives you more time than a New Years Resolution, yet you have an actual time frame unlike a Bucket List. Between 2.5-3 years is a perfect amount of time to accomplish a lot yet have a timely motivator to really work on the things on your list.

Goals are the cause and effect of praying hard. On the front end, prayer is a goal incubator. The more you pray, the more God-sized goals you’ll be inspired to go after. But prayer doesn’t just inspire godly goals, it also ensures that you keep praying hard because it is the only way you’ll accomplish a God-sized goal. Simply put, prayers naturally turn into goals, and goals naturally turn into prayers. Goals give you a prayer target.

-Mark Patterson, The Circle Maker  

Hopefully I’ve sold you on the idea. If you’re anything like me, you already have a list of things flowing through your head that you’re going to add to your 101 in 1001. I plan to print mine off and tape it by the light switch in my room, allowing me to daily see it and have easy access to highlight things I’ve accomplished.

As I mentioned, I’ve not yet finished my list. However, I wanted to share some of mine with you. I hope you can be inspired to make your own list. Friends, we all have things we desire to do. I’m asking you to have a spirit of courage, whimsy, ambition, and fun as you make your own 101 in 1001.

101 goals in 1001 days

to be completed by February 15th, 2018

Go to an away football game

have a picnic by the red barn

try 5 new group fit classes

attend at least 1 game/match/meet for every sport

graduate from Auburn University

Invite friends over for a nice dinner that I cook

Pay for the person’s order behind me

Write and mail 10 letters to friends

Give a 100% tip

Read bible cover to cover

Help lead a mission trip

Volunteer in the nursery/ children’s department

Serve at a soup kitchen

memorize 30 Bible verses

go through Operation World prayer guide

learn guitar basics

Go an entire week drinking only water

Write post for another blog

Wake up one hour earlier for a week

Daily journal for a month

Read 25 books

Complete the Daniel Plan

Cook a different type of cookie every month for a semester

Learn how to fix my own iced caramel macchiato

Go backpacking

Paddle board in the ocean

Run a half marathon

Eat pasta in Italy

go to a big concert

try 3 new types of food

buy something cool from Etsy

go to a New Year’s Eve party and wear sequins

go on a road trip

have a girls weekend in Nashville or Gatlinburg

save $5 for every goal completed