And just like that another 3 months has passed us by, and it’s time for another check in for my 101 in 1001 with Macy! And this isn’t just any check in, it’s officially been one full year since we came up with our lists, and I still can’t believe that it’s already been that long! While I’ve made some progress in some areas, there’s definitely some room to improve in other areas! Let’s take a look at how I’m dong so far!

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1. Visit 5 Countries that I’ve never been to before (4/5)
With our trip to Europe in September, checking off 4 out of the 5 new countries for this item was super easy! I still need to get around to actually writing posts about our Europe trip, but our basic itinerary for our trip was a day and a half in Venice, 2 days in Prague, 3 days in Salzburg and ending with 3 days in Munich, so I visited Italy, The Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany. During our trip to Seattle we did take a day trip to Canada, but technically I’ve already visited Canada when we visited our friends when they were stationed in Minot, so I guess that I’ll just have to figure out a way to visit a new country some other time!

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2. Visit 10 cities that I’ve never been to before (12/10)
At the last check in I had only visited 2 new cities (Charleston and Portland), but in the last 3 months, I was actually able to complete that goal! In August we took a long trip to Seattle and even took a day trip to Vancouver, so that’s two new cities, bringing my total to 4. Then we took our Europe trip, and I pretty much knocked this out of the ballpark! In Italy we visited Venice, but we also got to explore the town that our friends live in, Vicenza, so Italy added 2 more cities, bringing my total to 6. Then we went to The Czech Republic and visited Prague, so my total is now 7. Our next stop was Salzburg, but we also took a day trip to visit The Eagle’s Nest which is actually located in Berchtesgaden, Germany, so that’s another 2 bringing my total to 9. Our last stop on our trip was Munich, but we also took a day trip to Füssen to visit Neuschwanstein and to Dachau, which brings adds 3 more cities to my list, for a total of 12 new cities! Woohoo! I’m so excited to cross this one off my list!

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3. Visit Disney World during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
When we had to reschedule our trips around earlier this year, I was bummed that we were going to have to miss the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival this year, but that also meant that we got to move our Disney trip around so that we could not only go during Food & Wine, but also attend one of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties. We seriously had such a blast eating and drinking our way around the world at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, and I loved the fact that we got to see some of the countries that we had just visited!

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4. Visit Disney World during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
See above, but we got to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party while we were at Disney World earlier this year! Everybody kept on telling us how much more fun it was than the Christmas Party, and while I do love me some Christmas lights and music, Magic Kingdom couldn’t have been more beautiful all decked out for Halloween! Plus it was fun to have all of the spooky music playing, to see all the villains running around the park, and to see all of the characters dressed up for Halloween. If you have the option to visit Disney during Halloween, you definitely can’t miss out on this party!

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6. Visit a real life castle
I already mentioned it above, but during our trip to Europe, one of our day trips from Munich was to Füssen to visit Mad King Ludwig’s famous castle, Neuschwanstein. Most people know of Neuschwanstein because it’s the fairytale castle that Walt Disney used for Cinderella’s castle, and it was so cool to visit it in real life. The only part that sucked about the trip was the fact that we couldn’t actually take pictures inside, but it was still a wonderful experience!

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13. Visit 3 National Parks (1/3)
One of the things that I loved about the Pacific Northwest was how beautiful it was, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that there’s quite a few National Parks up in that area! One of our day trips from Seattle was to Mt. Rainier National Park, and oh my goodness was it gorgeous and spectacular! The timing of our visit was pretty perfect too, the day right before the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service! I’m glad that we missed all the crowds going the day before!

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20. Go on a trip once a month for a year.
After our Napa trip this past weekend, we’ve officially been on a trip a month for an entire year! We started back in December of last year with a trip to NYC, January- Harry Potter World, February- Los Angeles, March- Charleston, April- Fredericksburg, May- Portland, June- San Diego, July- Denver, August- Seattle, September- Europe, October- Disney World, and ending in November for our trip to Napa. To say that it’s been a whirlwind of a year would probably be an understatement.

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21. Book a trip using only points.
This is another thing that our trip to Napa checks off, everything about this trip travel wise we booked using only points, and I’m so proud of that! Obviously our flights were free, we used points to book Chris’s flight and then mine was free through Companion Pass. For our hotel we stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Napa, and we used some of the points that we had from our Hilton credit card to stay there for free. Finally, Chris used the points that he’d accumulated through work trips to get our car that we had for the weekend completely free as well (we had to drive from San Francisco to Napa for the weekend). So while the wine was most definitely not free, everything else was, and it felt so good to have that aspect of our trip paid for!

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44. Organize all of the seasonal decorations.
Pretty much nothing has been going on with our house since we last talked, except that I did get our decorations that we store in our guest bedroom closet organized! I have a few different place settings that we set have out during the different seasons that were completely unorganized, so I bought some handy dandy plate holders for them! Now we can actually walk into our guest closet, which means that our guests can too…


61. Read 100 books (58/100)
I really give all of the reading challenges that I’ve been participating in and all of the book clubs that I’m a part of all the credit for this goal continuing on! Since my 101 in 1001 started I’ve read 7 books in 2015 and 51 books in 2016. My goal for 2016 originally was to read 45, and I’ve already blown that out of the water!

62. Complete 3 reading challenges (3/3).
Done and done! I’m really surprised that I was able to complete this one so fast, but I think that I’m like Erin in the fact that I’ve become addicted to reading challenges and list making! I’ve completed the SCWBC15, Erin’s Book Challenge 4.0, and Erin’s Book Challenge 5.0. I’ve already made a dent in the SCWBC16, and Erin’s list for her next challenge comes out December 1st, and I know that I’ll definitely be making my list that day! So many books and challenges, so little time!


84. Order a dish in another language
This happened in Italy, and while it’s technically not a meal, it is a dish! I ordered gelato a couple of times, and it was awesome! I even had to get the right change in Euro and everything!

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85. Eat at 3 Bravo-lebrity restaurants (3/3)
So this might be cheating a little bit, but during our trip to Napa, we ate at restaurants that are owned by Top Chef Masters participants, Bottega and Ad Hoc. So while they technically are Bravo-lebrities, they aren’t Bravo-lebrities to the extreme like Lisa Vanderpump. Hopefully we’ll get to eat at some other Bravo-lebrity restaurants during some of our other trips!


In Progress:
Travel- (3/25)
Houston- (1/10)
House- (1/20)
Life- (2/20)
Food- (0/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (3/10)
Blog- (0/6)
Total- (10/101)

Travel- (14/25)
Houston- (4/10)
House- (9/20)
Life- (1/20)
Food- (5/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (4/10)
Blog- (5/6)
Total- (42/101)

I’m really proud of myself for these past 3 months. I feel like I was really able to knock off some things from my travel list, and that’s actually almost completed, but it seems like everything else has kind of fallen by the wayside. I need to get back on track with my life and house stuff, and maybe I’ll have the time to do that one of these days!

Do you have a 101 in 1001 list? If so, how are you doing with your list?

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  • you’re knocking it out of the park! especially with countries and cities. and well disney 🙂 awesome girl! i am overwhelmed by these kinds of lists bc i feel like i’d totally fail haha. but i love reading them!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • I’m still surprised that I made this list at al because I’m really not the one to make lists at all. I really don’t even make New Year’s Resolutions that much either. I have to admit that I made the list when I knew that we were going on our Europe trip, so some of the goals were going to be easy to obtain, but I obviously need to plan one more trip to complete the new countries goal!

  • 10 new cities in 3 months is so awesome! It looks like you’re definitely on track to complete your list. That gelato looks amazing and I’m definitely craving some now!

    • I had never had real gelato until we went to Italy, and now I’m hooked! It was so delicious and I totally understand why everybody is constantly eating it when they’re in Europe! I’m still surprised by how much I was able to get done during the last three months! I had an idea, but it was still surprising!

  • Wow, you’ve done so well! You really should be proud! Do you plan to continue doing one weekend trip per month into next year?

    • I would love to do a weekend trip once a month for the next year, but I’m thinking that Chris might be a little worn out from it. We’re not doing a trip in December this year, but maybe I can convince him to start it back up again in January!

  • Rachel

    You are making a serious dent in your list! I’m so impressed that you managed to visit more than the 10 cities. And that’s awesome you were able to use points for the Napa trip. We typically use our points when we go to Napa too. It’s not the cheapest place to visit and it’s great to use the points on a place we love!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • I’m still surprised about visiting that many different cities the past three months too, and I definitely don’t think that I would have done it if we hadn’t gone on our Europe trip. It helped so much! Using points for free trips is seriously the best feeling ever! I was so glad that we were able to do it for Napa, and I’m hoping we’ll be able to do it for more trips next year!

  • You’re doing great! I loved doing my 30 before 30, and I’m taking a break to relax after it but I’m definitely keen to do another one soon. I do feel like it keeps me motivated to achieve things I really want/need to do, rather than just thinking I’ll do it later. I’m super impressed with all the stuff you’ve ticked off, keep it up!

    • This was my first list like this, and I’m really enjoying it so far! I never was one for lists or goals, but this has been surprisingly motivating! I obviously still have a lot to do as far as home stuff, but I’ve loved getting my travel goals checked off!

  • A trip every month?! That is awesome! I’d love to travel more!

    • Sometimes it was hard to do, but it’s been so much fun! Maybe I can convince my husband to do it again next year!

  • WOW!!! You are doing so well on your goals!! I am so excited for you about visiting 10 new cities and always going on a trip every month. It makes me so excited to read your posts because we have such similar travel goals and travel styles. You are well on your way to knocking this list out of the park!

    • I love your reading your travel posts for the exact same reason! We’re both part time travelers, so we really try to maximize our time as much as possible! I have to admit that I structured my list in a way to hit the goals knowing that we were going to Europe, but it was still so cool to see them get knocked off! Hopefully next time is just as good!

  • Keep it up, girl! That’s awesome. Y’all have definitely had a busy busy year. That castle is gorgeous. Can’t wait to hear more about your Europe trip!

    • I can’t wait to write about Europe! It’s so crazy to think that it’s already been two months since our trip, but hopefully I’ll get to writing about it soon!

  • Excellent work! This is so impressive, especially the books and boking napa only on points! And A trip every month sounds amazing, I need to do that one year. Keep up the pace!

    • Thank you, and I’m definitely going to try and keep up the pace next year! I had no idea that I’d be able to check off so many things during the year, and hopefully I’ll be able to complete my list! Booking trips with points is seriously the best feeling ever! Hopefully we’ll be able to do it again next year!

  • Nadine

    You have accomplished a lot of your travel goals on your list! That is awesome!! Love reading about all your adventures 🙂

    • I have to admit that I totally structured this list with my Europe trip in mind, but it still felt good to knock some of these off the list! I still need one more new country, so I think that I need a new Europe trip next year!

  • I love how much of your list revolves around travel – the traveling every month is SUCH a good one!! I would love to do that in 2017 with our companion pass. All points for a trip is a total goal of mine, too!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • It’s amazing how easy it is to travel once a month with a Companion Pass, especially if you have a lot of points with your account that the Companion Pass is tied to. I don’t think that we’ve paid for a flight on Southwest since my husband earned Companion Pass. And with your Companion Pass it would be so easy to book a trip with only points! You’re basically half way there with the flight!

  • Love all your travels. I can’t wait to do more of that once we move. Man I am going to miss SEC football though……hahaha.

    • Having complete access to SEC football is definitely a very big positive of living in the South, but I bet that you’ll still love where you end living! I hope that you can do more traveling once you move too! It’s such a fun way to spend time!

  • Jen

    I’ve never been to Disney World just Disneyland, but it is definitely on my list of places to visit.

    • I’m the exact opposite, I’ve only been to Disney World! From what I’ve heard, Magic Kingdom is basically the same, but Disney World is just bigger. I hope that you make it there soon!

  • Y’all inspire me with all your weekend travels! That’s so great you got your whole napa trip paid for!

    • I know that Chris sometimes gets tired of all the traveling, but I love it so much! I feel like we might as well do it while we have the means and the ability. It felt so good to go to Napa for free! It felt like we could spend extra on wine 🙂

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Girl, you are so on it!! Neuschwanstein is one of my favorite memories of all time!! I love reading how people are accomplishing their goals, you can hear the excitement and fun in your writing.

    • It really is crazy to see how much we’ve checked off, and it’s been so much fun in the process too! I agree, visiting Neuschwanstein was such an amazing experience, and I’m so glad that we got to do it with some of our best friends!

  • You are doing just great!! 🙂 I love reading other people’s lists, they are so inspiring!

    • Thank you! I’m still surprised by how much I’ve been able to accomplish during the past year! When you see it all written, you can actually see how much you’ve done.

  • I love reading about all your travels, so incredible! You’ve done so many fun things, can’t wait to see what else you get done. The castle looks so beautiful and Disney at Halloween sounds like a lot of fun!

    • I don’t know what’s more fun, Disney at Christmas or Disney at Halloween! Both times have been so much fun and so festive! I feel like we’ve done so much this year, and I hope that we can do just as much next year!

  • You’re kicking a$$, girl! I am always so amazed at how fast you’re able to get your posts up after your wknds away…. Umm, I think I need some lessons from you…!!

    • Haha! I definitely utilize our time on the plane to write some posts which helps, but that’s like the only time that I really have when we take weekend trips. I’m so glad that I’ve been able to check off so many things so far! Hopefully I’ll keep going at the same pace!

  • Biana Perez

    You are crushing your list girl!! You’re getting so close girl and I think the food might be easy to tackle!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • I’m thinking that the food would be easy to tackle too! I’m thinking that maybe I’ll do the apple pie for Christmas this year, especially because I think that Chris would love it after frying the turkey!

  • A full year sine y’all started–wow! It really has flown by. Loved seeing what you’ve accomplished so far!

    • I’m still amazed that it’s flown by so fast too! I’ve loved being able to write down and see everything checked off!

  • Oh AWESOME progress!! I love how many big things have been checked off your list!! 🙂 I almost wish I had less varied categories on mine… because I feel like if I had more travel ones, and less small business ones I would be in good shape! LOL! I can’t wait to hear more about your Europe trip because it sounds like a blast. Seeing a IRL castle is also on my travel bucket list! 🙂 About Europe… how on earth did you guys decide where to go and how long to spend in each place??!?! We are trying to figure out a set of places to go on our first time there and I’m just like… HELP! LOL Tips so appreciated, if you have any! 🙂 🙂 Anyhow, awesome progress again, I love seeing other bloggers’ goal posts. XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • I love reading about them too! It still amazes me how much we’ve been able to accomplish so far this year, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able keep going at the same pace!
      To be perfectly honest, our friends helped us out a lot with planning our trip. I just kind of told them where we were thinking about wanting to go, and then they laid out the plans. They do use Rick Steves to help them plan a lot, and I think that he’ll be able to help you out with how many days to spend in a certain place. I also think that you have to keep it in your mind that you won’t be able to see and do everything in the places that you want to visit. It’s just too hard, but it does give you a reason to go back!

  • Girl, you’ve been hitting it hard the last few months! Good for you!

  • dang girl you have been absolutely killing it! i am so jealous, i’d love to go to Neuschwanstein one day. we actually hardly spoke Italian in Rome (i know, i know, but everyone beat us to the english punch lol) but we spoke French the entire time we were in Paris, and it was so fun to order things even if my accent was horrible. haha.

    • We tried really hard to learn basic words and phrases in the countries that we were in, so it was really fun to use those throughout our trip. I even came back saying Grazie, but then that quickly turned back to Gracias when I’d been home for a while. I actually had a lady start speaking straight German to me in the airport and I must have had a deer in the headlights look because then she started speaking English to me. It was still cool to think that she thought that I spoke German! I hope that you get to visit Neuschwanstein, especially since you’re such a Disney lover!

  • You’ve been doing such a great job! These are always the kinds of lists that I make and then forget to keep up with.

    • With Macy having the linkup, it definitely helps me to stay on track! Otherwise, I think that I’d completely forget about it too!