When we were married almost 3 years ago, we decided to be intentional about having fun together! One way that we did this was to brainstorm a 101 in 1001 days. The first one was up in early 2016 and we spent the rest of that year trying to chase up a few extras. We ended up completing 77.2% of version 1.0 of 101 in 1001 days.

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. 1001 days is 2.75 years beginning 1 January 2017. This means our deadline is 29 September 2019.

Update: We cut this version short after receiving orders to move to Germany: Hallo Deutschland! We completed 41.6% of Version 2.0.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching needing to work at to be accomplished. All tasks are designed to be done together.

We brainstormed this list over the course of a few days and came up with a list that were both excited about.

The List

  1. Take a walk together every day for a week
  2. ******************************************
  3. Go to a classical music concert together
  4. Wine tasting (in a state other than New Mexico)
  5. Take a cooking class together.
  6. Complete a triathlon together.
  7. Attend a rugby match 
  8. Have a dance lesson together
  9. Go to the horse races together.
  10. Plan a secret date for each other (only dress code and time known)
  11. Travel to a third continent together.
  12. Run a 10k together (same race….)
  13. James Bond style dinner date!
  14. Read three books on the Schuler’s list! (Much ado about nothing!)
  15. Ash’s “Married for God.”
  16. Go to a conference/convention together
  17. Go biking together.
  18. Watch these movies together: one Bond movie for each of the Bond’s…. (6) (watched 3)
  19. Build a snowman together.
  20. Nap in a hammock together.
  21. Go sailing together.
  22. Have a water fight
  23. Go to a Disney amusement park (Anna: Yes)!
  24. Become parents
  25. 5 national parks (not previously visited)
  26. Go to a contemporary music concert
  27. visit a pueblo
  28. Go to the Space Museum (NM)
  29. Go to a waterfall
  30. Read Philippians
  31. Picnic at White Sands national monument
  32. Mark dia de Los Muertos
  33. Visit Nebraska (so Dwight has visited all US states).
  34. Ski trip where Anna does lessons for 3 consecutive days
  35. Host Anna’s family in NM
  36. Spend Christmas with Anna’s family
  37. Dwight runs a trail race (with A crewing) in either Australia or New Zealand
  38. Dwight introduces Anna to at least three more G relatives
  39. Go to a Formal Ball
  40. watch west wing together
  41. Live **** together
  42. Go camping with a group of friends
  43. ***** away from *******
  44. Watch the Winter Olympics
  45. Host a wine tasting
  46. Go bowling together
  47. Go to a range together (archery range)
  48. Drive Golf Balls
  49. Visit San Francisco
  50. Produce a 5-10 minute film
  51. Paint the walls of one room
  52. Buy a dining room table
  53. Volunteer at an ultramarathon
  54. Visit the Quemada lightning field between May-Oct
  55. Attend a film premiere
  56. Attend a ballet performance 
  57. Visit a presidential estate or library
  58. Visit a Smithsonian museum
  59. Play tennis
  60. White Water Rafting
  61. Go to the top of Sandia Peak via cable car
  62. Drive in movie
  63. Spend a night at 10,000 Waves in Santa Fe
  64. Go antiquing
  65. Go to a distillery
  66. Buy a piece of art
  67. Play monopoly
  68. Host a themed dinner party
  69. Go stargazing & ID constellations, stars, or planets
  70. Visit the Washington DC Mall
  71. Fly a kite
  72. Build a fort
  73. Build a gingerbread house
  74. Make from scratch ice cream
  75. Play pool
  76. Play ping pong
  77. Go on a photo walk
  78. Visit the Rattlesnake cave
  79. Finish West Wing.
  80. Visit the Apple Barn
  81. Dine at Alinea (Chicago).
  82. Celebrate 5th annivesary in Hawaii [We celebrated in Thailand instead]
  83. Take a hands-on art or diy class together
  84. Dine at French Laundry
  85. Go horseriding
  86. Build **********
  87. Camp in New Mexico
  88. ride on a ferris wheel (Anna: yes)
  89. explore a corn maze together
  90. Anna becomes a US citizen
  91. Organize an event together
  92. volunteer together
  93. go to an Oktoberfest
  94. work out together five times in one week
  95. make gluten free ravioli
  96. make a birthday cake together
  97. make macaroons
  98. go rockclimbing
  99. do a multi-night hike
  100. picnic in the snow
  101. write a letter to each other every week for a month

You’ll notice that some of the 101 in 1001 days items are censored above. Some things just aren’t for sharing! We make no apologies for not sharing the entire list. But there’s still plenty there. We hope this serves as motivation and inspiration for you in developing your own 101 in 1001 list!


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Anna Blanch Rabe is an Australian-born writer and photographer. You can follow her adventure on Not A Pedestrian Life, or Facebook. For more domestic things take a look at Quotidian Home or her previous website, Goannatree. For Anna’s professional work, see Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates