Sunday, December 31, 2017

101 Things to Do in 2017

I've never been much of a "New Years Resolution, #newyearnewme" person.  If there is something I want to change, or a habit I want to break, I don't like the thought of having to wait for a new year to do it.  I feel like that is basically saying, "well, if you fail you have to wait a whole 'nother year to try again!" which is stressful and puts a lot of pressure on people!  Considering that 80% of people give up on their NYR within the first month, it makes sense that I feel that way.

Since 2013, I've made a list of (roughly) 101 things I wanted to try and accomplish that year. I can't always come up with 101 things, and I've never actually accomplished them all, but that is okay! I go into the new year knowing I have a list of things I would love to do that year, with the complete understanding that I may not complete them all. For the most part, everything on my lists have been things that I can do at anytime throughout the year, rather than something that I have to be conscious of every second of every day in order to be successful at it. I guess its more of a yearly "bucket list." So with that, here is my list of the 101 things I wanted to try and check off my list in 2017. (Stay tuned for my 2018 list!)

#5 Go to a Predators game

    #18 Finish my Masters

  1. Learn the dance to Copperhead Road
  2. Have a Netflix/Hulu binge session  
  3. Try a new food
  4. Go to Mardi Gras
  5. Go to a Predators game
  6. See 25+ artists in concert

    • Adam Wakefield*
    • Runaway June (x2)
    • Russell Dickerson
    • Ryan Follese*
    • Raelynn
    • The Bellamy Brothers*
    • Chuck Wicks
    • Collin Raye*
    • Ricky Traywick*
    • Allison Krauss*
    • Jamey Johnson
    • Montgomery Gentry*
    • Ben Haggard*
    • Kane Brown*
    • Randy Travis*
    • Chris Janson*
    • Rodney Atkins
    • Joe Nichols
    • Kenny Rodgers*
    • William Michael Morgan
    • Tanya Tucker*
    • Neal McCoy
    • Phil Vassar
    • Ricky Skaggs (x2)
    • Alabama*
    • Mark Chesnutt*
    • Daryle Singletary*
    • Josh Turner*
    • Travis Tritt
    • Chip Esten*
    • Wynonna*
    • Scotty McCreery* (x2)
    • Michael Ray*
    • Chris Young
    • Paul Overstreet*
    • Garth Brooks*
    • The Brothers Osbourne (x2)
    • Kelsey Ballerini (x2)
    • Jason Aldean
    • Kelleigh Bannon*
    • Jeannie Seely
    • Joe Diffie*
    • Mike Snider
    • Connie Smith
    • Riders in the Sky*
    • Jackie Lee*
    • LoCash (x2)
    • Steve Wariner*
    • Jesse McReynolds*
    • Billy Ray Cyrus*
    • Walker Hayes*
    • Clare Dunn
    • Jamie Lynn Spears*
    • Brett Young*
    • Lady Antebellum
    • The Steel Woods*
    • Dwight Yoakam*
    • Simple Plan
  7. Go to the movies 
    • Annabelle:Creation
    • Fifty Shades Darker
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Kong: Skull Island
    • Live by Night
    • Murder on the Orient Express
  8. Read 24 books (Read my reviews here)
    • Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
    • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
    • The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
    • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
    • The Whistler by John Grisham
    • My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry
    • Took by Mary Downing Hahn
    • Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skaypuch
    • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
    • Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra
    • Camino Island by John Grisham
    • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
    • The Mascot by Mark Kurzem
    • Columbine by Dave Cullen
    • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl
    • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
    • Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
    • Closure by Randall Wood
    • Lifestyle Blogging Basics by Laura Lynn
    • Unsweetined by Jodie Sweetin
    • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    • All American Girl by Meg Cabot
    • Wonder by R. J. Palacio 
    • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
    • The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
    • The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
    • The Devil in the White City  by Eric Larson
    • A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
    • Maybe by Brent Runyon
    • I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
    • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
    • Stained by Carol Rainfield
    • The Company of Demons by Michael Jordan
  9. Get my Alabama teaching license
  10. Move to Alabama
  11. Play in the snow
  12.  Lay on the beach
  13. Get a massage
  14. Donate to a charity
  15. Learn to play guitar
  16. Get a pet
  17. Run a 5k
  18. Finish my Masters
  19. Meet someone famous

    • Raelynn
    • Maddie & Tae
    • Cowboy Troy
    • Brandy Clark
    • Ryan Follese
    • Russell Dickerson
    • #28 Go on a hike
    • Easton Corbin
    • Simple Plan
  20. Go camping
  21. Have a bonfire
  22. Make s’mores
  23. Sleep under the stars
  24. Ride a motorcycle
  25. Go ice skating
  26. Watch the sunrise
  27. Ride a rollercoaster
  28. Go on a hike

    • Starved Rock State Park (Oglesby, IL)
    • Cloudland Canyon State Park (Rising Fawn, GA)
    • Dismals Canyon (Phil Campbell, AL)
  29. Finish all my paper scrapbooks
  30. See a play
  31. #30 See a play

    • Grease
    • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  32. Drive a tractor
  33. Mow the lawn (for the first time ever!)
  34. Celebrate a random holiday
  35. #33 Celebrate a random holiday

    • National Cheeseburger Day
    • National Taco Day
  36. Go to a major or minor league baseball game
    • Chattanooga Lookouts
  37. Visit a waterfall

    • #35 Visit a waterfall

    • Cloudland Canyon State Park
    • Dismals Canyon
    • Minnehaha Falls
  38. Fly in an airplane
  39. Watch the sunset
  40. Win something. Anything.
    • 8 Goodreads book giveaways
    • Together Live tickets
    • Free Blogging Class
  41. Go to a yoga class
  42. Cook something new
    • homemade chili
    • honey lime tacos
    • buffalo chicken pasta bake
    • million dollar baked penne
    • peach cobbler
    • buffalo chicken ring
    • Nutella wreath
  43. Run a mile
  44. Have a picnic
  45. Go to CMA Fest
  46. Watch a parade
    • Steamboat Days
  47. Learn how to waterfall braid
  48. Finish a SMASH book
  49. Sing karaoke
  50. Go on a road trip
    • New Orleans, LA
    • Ames, IA
    • Minnesota (x4)
  51. Visit 10 random Roadside Attractions
    • Pink Elephant (Guthrie, KY)
    • Jesse Owens Park and Museum (Danville, AL)
    • Eggbeater Jesus (Huntsville, AL)
    • Saturn 1B Rocket (Elkmont, AL)
    • Ruby Falls (Chattanooga, TN)
    • Nuts and Bolts Pizza Man (Chattanooga, TN)
    • Adolf Hitler's Typewriter (Bessemer, AL)
    • One-Millionth Pullman-Standard Freight Car (Bessemer, AL)
    • National Corvette Museum (Bowling Green, KY)
    • Extruded Heads of 1930s Sports Stars (Russellville, KY)
    • America's Largest Cross (Effingham, IL)
    • U.S. Space & Rocket Center (Huntsville, AL)
    • World's Largest Motorcycle Museum (Birmingham, AL)
  52. Send Christmas cards
  53. Go sailing
  54. Collect sea shells
  55. Buy flowers from a Farmer's Market
  56. Start selling on Poshmark
  57. Be an extra in a movie/TV show
  58. Leave coupons I'm not going to use next to their products at the store
  59. Get a manicure
  60. Write a children's book
    #62 Attend a Halloween party
  61. Go to an apple orchard
  62. Go to a pumpkin patch
  63. Get scared at a haunted house
  64. Attend a Halloween party
  65. Attend a Christmas/Holiday party
  66. Visit my favorite 4th grader
  67. Try all the taco places in Nashville 
  68. Try all the taco places in Huntsville
  69. Make Christmas cookies
  70. Decorate a gingerbread house
  71. Carve a pumpkin
  72. Find a cure for my headaches...finally
  73. Learn to swing dance
  74. Finally finish watching The OC
  75. Watch seasons 1-5 of Nashville
  76. Get my craft room put together
  77. Surprise someone
  78. Go to a fashion show
  79. Take a picture of all of the murals in Nashville
  80. Eat rolled ice cream
  81. Get a library card in Alabama
  82. Attend a concert at the Opry
  83. Attend a concert at the Ryman
  84. Make my own bath bombs
  85. Visit a distillery
  86. See the total solar eclipse
  87. Visit Opryland at Christmastime 
  88. See an artist get inducted into the oprty
  89. See an artist get inducted into the Country Music Walk of Fame
  90. Make the drive from AL to MN (or back) without any caffeine
  91. Learn to knit
  92. Learn to crochet 
  93. Be comfortable driving a manual vehicle
  94. Use up my stash of samples
  95. Publish a short story via Amazon ebooks
  96. Do my own taxes
  97. See a show at the Bluebird Cafe
  98. Go to a Predators vs. Wild game
  99. Finish all of my Flashback Friday posts
  100. Go to a Huntsville Havoc hockey game
  101. Go to a University of Alabama- Huntsville hockey game
  102. Pin all the places I want to go onto my Google maps
  103. Learn to make my own essential oil blends

# complete 56 / 101 (55%)

Completed over half of my "to do" list- now I know what to add to 2018's list!


  1. This is such a great idea! I think I might have to steal it from you! Haha.
    How’d you come up with the number 101?
    This is a good list! And 56 is a lot of things to accomplish!

    1. It was so long ago I honestly can't remember. The first few years I couldn't come up with 101, it was more like 60-something

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