101 Things in 1001 Days

Mackenzie Horan’s Design Darling has come back onto my radar lately. If any of you saw my tweets about wanting to raise a labrador in Nantucket, this is the site where I got the idea (except she has a Cockapoo!).

I had heard of Mackenzie a few times before from other blogs. Lots of big names tend to crop up on what I call ‘The Big Three’ (carlytheprepster.com, thelondoner.me and nursefancypants.blogspot.com – ie, the blogs that I religiously refresh). But Mackenzie’s is like looking into a portal of what perfection would be. Not necessarily all clean and colourful Nantucket vibes with the beautiful furniture and needlepoints (which are incredible ngl) but the idea of doing your own thing with someone you love and having fun whilst doing it.

At the heart of Mackenzie’s blog is her list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. Not 101 huge, enormous or life-changing things, just 101 things that she wanted to do in the next 2.75 years. So I decided to do my own. Some are big, some are small, some won’t be completed, some might be in the next few months or so. Some I might even swap out as my life changes – I don’t know but writing out this list was a good exercise for me to see where my values were at, what my hopes and wishes were and just exactly who I wanted to become by 2021.

So, here it goes.

101 Things to do in 1001 Days

30th June 2018 – 27th March 2021



  1. Read 60 books (Amy & Isabelle – Elizabeth Strout | Columbine – Dave Cullen | Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman | Mockingbird – Barbara Eskrine | Normal People – Sally Rooney | The Dry – Jane Harper | Plainsong – Kent Haruf | White Oleander – Janet Finch | Mr Salary – Sally Rooney | No Easy Answers – Brooks Brown| Zombie – Joyce Carol Oates |  Diary of an Oxygen Thief – Anonymous | The Baltimore Boys – Joel Dicker | Hazards of Time Travel – Joyce Carol Oates | The Ties that Bind – Kent Haruf | Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre| Harmony – Carolyn Parkhurst | Salem Falls – Jodi Picoult | Before I Fall | Far Cry: Absolution – Urban Waite | Dis Mem Ber – Joyce Carol Oates | The Outsider – Stephen King|First Time Laura Pailing Died – Alyson Rudd | One Day in December – Josie Silver | A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens | Marlena – Julie Buntin | OMGWACA – Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen | Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty | The Importance of Being Aisling – Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen | The Roanoake Girls – Amy Engel | Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor | Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling – Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen | Ask Again, Yes – Mary Beth Keane | Idaho – Emily Ruskovich | Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid | Room – Emma Donoghue | Exciting Times – Naoise Dolan | The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary | 3rd Degree – James Patterson | Holding Up The Universe  – Jennifer Niven | 4th of July – James Patterson )
  2. Re-read the Lord of the Rings series (not included in 60 books)
  3. Return to volunteering
  4. Move out of home– December 2018
  5. Replace my MacBook Pro – January 2019
  6. Finish the first draft of my novel
  7. Pass my driving test – October 2019
  8. Buy a car June 2020
  9. Donate Blood
  10. Do a full and ruthless declutter – August 2019
  11. Overhaul my wardrobe
  12. Perform one song in front of an audience (or virtual audience) – June 2019
  13. Watch 10 Classic 90s films


  1. Take a writing class – online or in person
  2. Take a photography class – online or in person
  3. Meditate for a month
  4. Write a play or screenplay
  5. Complete one Khan Academy programme (or online course)
  6. Have another article published whether online or in print
  7. Start a photo album for my printed photos
  8. Start a year-long acting course – July 2018 
  9. Start a drama group of my own – July 2018
  10. Get another acting credit on IMDB
  11. Write in a journal consistently for one year – 2018-2019
  12. Write one song
  13. Take a jewellery course
  14. See five plays (musicals do not count) (Asking For It, November 2018 | Wickedness of Oz, February 2019 | Electric, March 2019| Admin, April 2019 | The Seamster’s Daughter, April 2019 )
  15. Take a fashion watercolour class
  16. Invest in a few good cookbooks (and actually use them)
  17. Master my DSLR camera
  18. Learn to braid my own hair and not someone else’s  April 2020
  19. Read the news regularly August 2020


  1. Sort out my Dropbox/iCloud and make good use of storage – November 2018
  2. Take a 24 hour unplug – January 2019
  3. Take one week off social media – July 2019
  4. Produce consistent blog posts – January 2019
  5. Make one video (argh. probably the most frightening)


  1. Work out 3-4 times a week for a month
  2. Become a morning person – get up at 05:30 every morning for one month
  3. Take a boxing class
  4. Run a marathon
  5. Get an extra luxurious high cost massage
  6. Drink 2ls of water a day for one month
  7. Do a Colour Run
  8. Take a pilates class
  9. Take a yoga class January 2020
  10. Hit my goal weight
  11. Work out with a personal trainer
  12. Go sea swimming


  1. Save €10k – November 2018
  2. Get Headshots
  3. Make a career move
  4. Take a CV course and polish that resume off
  5. Improve my professional wardrobe May 2020
  6. Create a showreel


  1. Take a helicopter trip over San Francisco Bay  – August 2018
  2. See one show on Broadway
  3. Go to one new continent
  4. Go on one mega trip on my own – San Francisco, CA -> Denver, CO -> Toronto, Ontario, August 2018
  5. Go to Morocco
  6. Visit the Columbine Memorial August 2018
  7. Take another holiday in Kerry August 2020
  8. Go to LA
  9. Visit Fairplay, Colorado
  10. Stay in a five star hotel
  11. Go camping (or glamping) – August 2019
  12. Visit ScotlandDecember 2018
  13. Stay in a castle (thanks to Airbnb)
  14. Visit China
  15. Skydive
  16. Successfully complete a travel journal
  17. Go to New Zealand
  18. Go to Cuba
  19. Cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
  20. Spend Autumn/Halloween in a town in Connecticut or Massachusetts


  1. Send flowers to someone out of the blue
  2. Go to an outdoor screening
  3. Host another brunch
  4. Host a dinner party
  5. Make my own Christmas Cards
  6. BYOB bowling
  7. Have a picnic in the park with my friends
  8. Host one Halloween or Christmas Party (and go all out)
  9. Pay it Forward
  10. Give a 100% tip – January 2019
  11. Make the first move November 2018
  12. Have one night out that lasts all night  – May 2019
  13. Write three letters to three people who inspire me
  14. Compile the perfect care package for a friend

Just Because

  1. Do a sunrise hike
  2. Go to a ball
  3. Read one book in each genre
  4. Take out, read and return a library book
  5. Watch all of Wes Anderson’s films
  6. Implement a good budgeting plan – August 2019
  7. Take out a subscription with The New Yorker July, 2018
  8. Watch one TV series all the way through (The Office U.S., April 2019)
  9. Start listening to one podcast series  (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace, December 2019)
  10. See three unheard stand-up comedians (2/3 – Toronto, Canada | Portlaw, Waterford)
  11. Go surfing
  12. Go back to an amusement park  – Vienna, Austria, July 2018

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