Saturday, July 4, 2009

101 in 1001

I don't know if this concept of 101 in 1001 is familiar to any of you but I came across it on the blog of a photographer I follow and admire, Melissa Jill. The idea is to lay out 101 goals and aim to achieve them in 1001 days or basically 2.75 years. As many of my goals are related to photography and the growing of my business I have decided to post them here.

As time goes on and I complete a goal I will dedicate a post to it and create a link from this post to the finished goal. I decided to begin July 4th which will give me a finish date of March 31, 2012. I hope this will be a way to share more of who I am and also be a way to hold me accountable and get me motivated for some very exciting changes!

  1. Write a letter to the 35 year old me
  2. Run a half marathon
  3. Buy a Nikon D90-Completed July 17, 2009
  4. Plan a candlelight dinner
  5. Go to a pro athletic or college game
  6. Buy the Nikon 50 mm 1.8d or 1.4g-Completed July 17, 2009
  7. Get a monitor calibrator-Completed September 3, 2009
  8. Do a photo shoot of my mom and dad
  9. Buy a Nikon D700 or equivilant
  10. Update my camera bag
  11. Update my wardrobe
  12. Print, frame and hang photos for Ella’s bedroom
  13. Print one canvas print, frame and hang in living room
  14. Get an iPhone
  15. Learn how to make fabulous Italian focaccia-Completed October 2009
  16. Become CPR certified
  17. Upgrade my blog to a non blogspot blog.
  18. Buy a video recorder
  19. Go apple picking
  20. Buy a pocket sized digital camera
  21. Read a “classic” novel that I haven’t read before
  22. Have a “celebrate Scott” day
  23. Buy a macro lens
  24. Eat at Café Rio-Completed December 2009
  25. Photograph a sunrise
  26. Begin shooting weddings
  27. Buy a new game and play it with Scott
  28. 2nd shoot a wedding with 2 photographers
  29. Make my own jam-Completed September 1, 2009
  30. Can my own salsa
  31. Knit the baby blanket I started and never finished
  32. Hire a designer to update my signature, logo, blog, etc.
  33. Attend WPPI
  34. Go camping at Ohanapecosh, Mt. Rainier
  35. Make Scott his favorite treat
  36. Attend a workshop by Melissa Jill
  37. Take a carriage ride in Central Park
  38. Attend a workshop by a well known family/children’s photographer
  39. Visit Boston
  40. Read one book per month for three months to benefit my business
  41. Have photos displayed in a public location: gallery, coffee shop, children’s store, hospital
  42. Create packaging for my products
  43. Buy the latest version of Photoshop
  44. See Wicked again
  45. Buy Kubota actions
  46. Get a massage
  47. Create a special day just for Ella
  48. Stay at a fancy hotel and go to the spa
  49. Visit New England
  50. Surprise Scott with a night out
  51. Start a newsletter to be sent out every two months to clients
  52. Do a “shoot for a cause” where I devote an entire day shooting mini sessions for a cause
  53. Donate $50 to KIVA
  54. Visit NYC during the Christmas season
  55. Read to Ella every night for a week
  56. Attend the US Open (tennis)
  57. Plant a garden that includes at least: corn, tomatoes, zucchini, watermelon, carrots and peas
  58. Volunteer at a Senior Center one time
  59. Buy Scott something out of the blue
  60. Host a party
  61. Shoot a wedding or family in Europe
  62. Update my website, complete with video
  63. Start a photography group of women and meet up once a year for our own workshop
  64. Go on a hike
  65. Do “engagement” photos of my sister and hubby
  66. Enroll Ella in a nursery/pre-school
  67. Host a Christmas party
  68. Own and wear a pair of True Religion jeans
  69. Take a yoga or pilates class-Completed October 2009
  70. Create business stationary and envelopes
  71. Buy pens with my business name on them
  72. Go skiing
  73. Get soaking wet in the rain (not a lighting storm though)
  74. Create a more personal information questionnaire for clients
  75. Get a new laptop complete with software for work
  76. Be a guest at a wedding
  77. Learn about stocks and invest $500
  78. Take Ella to a children’s museum
  79. Book 5 weddings a year
  80. Have a photographer I admire shoot our family photos
  81. Teach Ella how to swim
  82. Plan a girls only getaway with sis, sis-in-law and Mom.
  83. Learn photoshop inside and out
  84. Visit Paris
  85. Create a workflow complete with checklist and folders for clients
  86. Read the entire Bible
  87. Blog every day for a month
  88. Print and organize my family photos
  89. Create my own little office space
  90. Create customer kits (welcome, information, contracts)
  91. Get professional contracts done up
  92. Purchase a set of templates or two from Design Aglow-Completed May 2010
  93. Add more products to my business
  94. Shoot my brother’s wedding-Completed December 2009
  95. Come up with rewards for referrals
  96. Go canoeing
  97. Visit Falling Water, PA
  98. Make personalized thank yous for my business
  99. Write a letter to my grandparents once a month for three months
  100. Take a business class or some course on new businesses-Completed Jan. 2010
  101. Visit a state I haven’t yet visited- completed July 30, 2009.


  1. I totally agree with so many of these! One in particular I would totally go for in a heartbeat: Fallingwater. The area where the house is --it's gorgeous. I went last summer and I was sad the tour wasn't longer (of the house). Even though it's only been a year, I'm ready to go back. If it weren't so far away, I'd say "ROAD TRIP!" but .... I can't even make it an hour sometimes without Charlie working himself to a frenzy.

  2. Boy, I'm impressed. A lot of them catch my attn, like 90, 86, 49, 50, 53, 29, 30..... Seriously, lots of good goals. Just think of the growth you'll experience in those 1001 days.


  3. Love this idea. I think I'll start making a goal list too. Mine will be much less professional. Love the idea Abbie, thanks!

  4. Hey Abbie, first time I've looked at your photo blog... its really impressive. I love the colors and angels. Thats a very ambitious list, thats good. Do you have any shots of Temples?

  5. I'll be honest, I am pretty excited for #82. :)