Friday, October 28, 2016

101 Goals in 1001 Days Finale

Y'all. Where has the time gone?! It feels like just yesterday and AGES ago that I first shared my list of 101 Goals in 1001 days HERE. That was in 2014. TWENTY-FOURTEEN! So much has happened since then. I was living in Seattle at the time and had just started to apply for graduate school. Now I have my Masters in Theatre and I'm 9 weeks into my first teaching job. Holy cow!

This challenge came to an end at the end of September, and I've already started working on  my next list, but before then I suppose we should look back at what I've accomplished so far! I'd say 68 out of 101 is not bad. It's more than half actually, so I'll take it!



101 Goals in 1001 Days
Started January 1, 2014.
68/101 completed September 27, 2016.
Completed | Attempted/Started

1. Become a morning person. August 2016.
2. Volunteer somewhere. YoungLife, August 2014
3. Take a personal retreat. February 2015
4. Go to a retreat/conference. Brave Love Seattle, Jan 2014 (Hope Spoken x2 + Influence Conf)
5. Read the entire Bible
6. Find a budgeting plan that works. Fall 2016
7. Memorize 101 scriptures
8. Re-read my college journals. September 2014
9. Find a church to attend/community group. August 2016
10. Mentor college/HS girls. YL 2014 / Delight 2016
11. Support an adoption. December 2014 + Summer 2016
12. Complete 1,000 gifts journal.
13. Get into grad school. March 2014, OSU
14. Write a book.
15. Make (actually do!) 10 Pinterest pins.
16. Go to New York City. July 2016.
17. See The Nutcracker.
18. Organize 3 styled shoots. 
19. Watch Downton Abbey. Summer 2015
20. Read through my bookshelf.
21. Project Life 2015.
22. Go to Baylor Homecoming. November 2014 
23. Get my teaching certificate. Summer 2016
24. Solidify my calligraphy skills.
25. Return to Europe.
26. Meet an author I love! Holly Gerth at Hope Spoken, March 2016
27. Follow/complete my Powersheets. July 2014 - September 2016
28. Host a Friendsgiving.
29. Go to a concert. Taylor Swift, August 2015
30. Girls' trip with the Three Musketeers. (1/2 in March 2015, 1/2 in July 2016)
31. Send flowers to 3 people. 
32. Send 101 letters. (10/101)
33. Blog series every day for 1 monthFebruary 2014 + September 2014, 2015, 2016 
34. Consolidate/organize e-mail addresses. Fall 2014
35. Go to an Instagram meet up. Summer 2015
36. Travel somewhere fun for spring break. Denver and Las Vegas, March 2015
37. Help someone pull off a surpriseLuis's birthday adventure, March 2014
38. Redesign my blog. The new look: BRAVE LOVE March 2014 + Love Bailey Jean Summer 2016
39. Do ballet barre for one monthMarch 2014
40. One month of social media free weekends. 
41. Be published/featured somewhere. Simplified Series + Elle & Co. Coffee Date 2014, Be Still Mag 2016, PowerSheets Contributor + Illustrated Faith Team
42. Meet up with blog friends in real life 3x's. (3/3) Victoria, Liz + Abi, Nicole + Rachel, 2014-2015
43. Host a Christmas swap. Winter 2014
44. The Contentment Challenge.
45. Learn how to better use my Canon Rebel t3.  Spring 2016.
46. Work with a blog friend on a project I believe in. #fireworkpeople Oct 2014
47. Start a Newsletter.
48. Join the Influence Network. March 2014
49. Activate artists in my church. EPIC, May 2014
50. Host a DIY series.
51. Hit 300 GFC/Bloglovin'. September 2014
52. See a midnight movie premier.
53. Record a vlog. September 2014
54. Record a tutorial. Illustrated Faith, 2016.
55. Celebrate turning 23! July 16, 2014
56. Celebrate turning 24! July 16, 2015.
57. Write (become a regular contributor) for another blog/magazine/website. Glow, September 2014 + Illustrated Faith 2015/2016
58. Do the Color Run or a 5k.
59. Take a Zumba class. November 2014
60. Go to the gym 3x's/wk for a month.
61. Meet my first weight loss goal. January 2016
62. Meet my second weight loss goal.
63. Take a dance classWest Coast Swing, January 2014 + Summer 2015
64. Go to the tulip festival. April 2014
65. Go hiking. Las Vegas, March 2016
66. Do a wine tasting. Bourbon tasting? March 2016.
67. Celebrate turning 25! A quarter of a century! July 16, 2016.
68. See real snow. February 2015
69. Own a pair of red Hunter rain boots.
70. Pay off school debt.
71. Learn to cook!
72. Go to Disneyland! February 2014
73. Invest in Anthro dishes. March 2014
74. Read 15 books/10 plays in 12 months. (21/15 & 11/10)*
75. Sell/donate excess. June 2014
76. Wear red lipstick every day for a week.
77. Try a new cut/do/style. August 2014 + January 2015
78. Get a professional blow out.
79. Take a spontaneous road trip. December 2014
80. Read all of Shakespeare's plays
81. Direct a playMarch 2014, Alice in Wonderland + Almost Maine, October 2015/February 2016
82. Be IN a show.  February 2015, These Shining Lives
83. Take new headshots/portraits. June 2014 + June 2016
84. Rock the top knot/messy bun. Fall 2014
85. Financially bless someone. February 2015
86. Help plan a wedding. Planning my sister's currently! Summer 2016
87. Host a classy NYE party.
88. Take a spontaneous road trip. Portland, May 2014
89. Attend The Influence Conference. September 2015
90. Go to a professional sporting event. August 2014
91. Attend a blogger meet up/conference. Hope Spoken March 2015 and 2016, Influence Cnf 2015
92. Turn my handwriting into a font.
93. Host a blog link-upOne Little Word, January 2014 + Blogtember 2014, 2015, 2016
94. Visit Seattle again! Summer 2015
95. Own a Lindsay Letters canvas. July 2014
96. Master the art of Nanny's spaghettiFebruary 2014
97. Subscribe to an inspiring magazine. Darling, October 2014
98. Meet one of my role models. Shanna Noel at Influence, Sept 2015
99. Go to a real tree farm.
100. Have a real Christmas tree.
101. Make an advent calendar.


Some of my goals did change over time... but moving across the country will do that to a girl.... And some of my goals I accomplished multiple times over. If you count each of those.... that comes out to 97 accomplishments. 


97 out of 101 in 1001 days. BOOM.

I know, I know, that's a bit of a stretch, but no matter how you spin it, I'm proud of what I've done and where I am. I can't wait to share the next list with you! 

Have YOU made a list of 101 goals to accomplish in 1001 days? 
Want to join me on the next one? ;)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Magnolia Market + Silobration 2016, Part 1

Unless you've been living under a rock (or maybe in the North...) for the past three years, my guess is you've heard about a little show called Fixer Upper and its hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines. They have built quite the empire in Waco, Texas, the castle of the kingdom being The Silos which opened just over a year ago.

To celebrate the one year anniversary of its opening, Chip and Jo hosted an event called Silobration two weekends ago, and I had the JOY of attending with Rachel! It was the perfect getaway after some crazy weeks of school before my show opened, and we had a BLAST and a HALF!


Rachel made the journey down to my new town mid-week, then Friday she picked me up from school. She was in full-on Mom-mode in the pick up line complete with a snack and "How was school today?!" when I got in the car... it was great. The drive is only around an hour and a half, and we BOOKED it to Waco in hopes of snagging tickets.

It may or may not have been sold out already... but we prayed for ticket favor, and boy did Jesus wink our way! My old college roommate works for Magnolia, and luckily I spotted her at one of the tents when we first got there. She totally hooked us up!


Once inside, we were in heaven.  Heck, we were in heaven just standing OUTSIDE of the place! And the weather was perfect! It was chilly with a slight breeze, a much-needed break in the Texas heat we've been experiencing lately. We wandered the vendor market, painted part of the mural (pictured below), and enjoyed every nook and cranny of the place.

At one point we even laughed that even the trees had been Joanna-ized! Every tree was sporting pumpkins and apple crates around its trunk, perfectly festive for fall. I wanted to move right on in and never come home.


Side note: GUYS GUYS GUYS! Look how long my hair is?!?! It has taken me a year and a half to grow it back after chopping it all off for a play, and I'm just so HAPPY! I need to get the color spiffed up soon, but whatevs. Another time, another day.


Rachel and I were in a blogger's paradise. SO MANY INSTAGRAMMABLE THINGS! I feel so much less silly taking pictures of my feet or reaching out perilously over pumpkin patches (as Rachel so beautiful models above) with someone who gets it. ;) 

I have to admit it did feel a little silly playing tourist in my college town, but when I was at Baylor there was NOTHING like this in Waco. There might have been NOTHING period. It's always fun to see what's new whenever I return, and Magnolia Market is going to be a favorite for quite some time.


After wandering a while, we found a space on the lawn to relax and watch the opening show, complete with wood fired pizza from a cute little food truck, patiently awaiting the night's big moment: a Johnnyswim concert! I hadn't listened to much of their music before, but now they've been on repeat since we left. SO SO SO SO GOOD. The new album, Georgica Pond? SO GOOD!

The night held so many more wonderful moments, but you'll have to stay tuned for Part 2!

Have you been to Magnolia Market? 
Are you dreaming of your own fixer upper yet? 
I know I am!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Believe 2016: October Goals

Happy October, y'all! I'm pretty sure this happens every year... I complete The Blog-tember Challenge then POOF! I disappear for a week or two to recover... but here we are! It's a new month that is sure to be a whirlwind of its own, and here I am one week in, finally getting to my monthly goals.

A LOT has happened in the first week of October (including losing two out of six of the actors in my fall play with only a week before opening... not stressful at ALL...) AND Rachel came into town for SILOBRATION! You'll get a full recap of that later this week, but for now, let's see what I'm going to make happen this month!

[Pictured: The Illustrated Faith Daily Agenda by DaySpring! Find it HERE!]

First, a look back at September...

Making September Happen
Verse of the month: Isaiah 40:31
"But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired."

1. Host The Blog-tember Challenge! Check, check, check! The 3rd Annual Blog-tember Challenge was a SUCCESS! I only forgot to add the linky tool ONE DAY! Talk about a miracle! I had so much fun linking up with y'all, and I can't wait until next year!
2. Direct my first HS show! This one is on-going, but I directed the heck out of it last month. I also had to change shows in the middle of things so... that was a challenge. But IT'S THE WEEK OF THE SHOW! We open on Thursday! Ahhh!
3. Create a budgetI still spent more than I would have liked, but I did pretty well keeping track of where money went and getting what needed to be done, done. We'll see how things keep up this month. 
4. Break up with the snooze button. This worked for a while at least. There is definitely still progress to be made.
5. Finish unpacking and organizing. Done! I'm still finding what works best, but everything is pretty well organized. Rachel and I made a mad hunt for the waffle iron this weekend, so I now know where everything is in the kitchen, completing the process.
6. Read 5+ books. Well... I'm in the middle of at least five books still: The Circle MakerWithout RivalPresent Over PerfectUninvited, and Play with Fire.  I did complete Flawed and LOVED it!
7. Co-host the Daughters of Grace Study. I have to admit that I certainly fell off the side of the earth on this one. I loved the start of the Daughters of Grace study but I haven't held up my end of the bargain co-hosting. Your posts are all so encouraging though!
8. Ketogenic eating + yoga. Hahahahahah. Yeah nope.
9. Continue with my prayer & praise plannerI missed a couple weeks, but every time I jump back in I love it! My Illustrated Faith planner has been so encouraging, and I plan to use it more diligently in the future. 

Now onto THIS month...

Making October Happen
Verse of the month: Isaiah 51:3
"For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song."

1. Go to Silobration with Rachel! Guess what? I can actually already check this off my list! We went last Friday! We've had this girls' weekend on the calendar for quite some time and it was MUCH needed.
2. Survive These Shining Lives. Y'all. This show just might do me in. It takes two hands to count the set-backs at this point, but we're pushing forward. Opening night is Thursday. Wish me luck (and by luck I mean say, "Break a leg!").
3. Host my sister's wedding shower. My little sister is getting married in December, which means my maid of honor duties are in full swing. I'm co-hosting a shower for her this month back in my hometown, so I'll share pictures of that once it's happened!
4. Powersheets Goal Refresh. I actually did this last weekend, too! You'll be able to find my article on the Powersheets Community Site oh so soon!
5. Have a Sabbath weekend. I'm not good at prioritizing rest, particularly Christ-centered/seeking rest. I have ONE free weekend between now and Christmas, and I plan to unplug to recharge and dig in deep to some tough heart places.
6. Finish the 5+ books I've started. Yup. The following books are on my "to be finished" pile: The Circle MakerWithout RivalPresent Over PerfectUninvited, and Play with Fire.  
7. Set a post-show school routine. I As a high school theatre teacher, shows are my life. Six of these first seven weeks have been dedicated to our fall show, and when it comes to an end this weekend I want to find a system that really works for me.
8. Ketogenic eating + yoga. Let's try this again, shall we?
9. Continue with my prayer & praise planner. A full post with more Illustrated Faith planner details is coming soon!

So what are YOUR goals for the month?
What do you want to make happen this September?

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