Have y’all heard about these 101 in 1001 list? I had not until I was reading my friend, Danielle Hayden’s blog one day and she posted hers. Like her, I love list. If you ever come to my home, look in my purse or look through my trash (that would be weird) you would find list. Oodles and oodles of them. I’m even guilty of adding things I just did so I can cross them off. I like the feeling it gives me. Is that weird? Nah. Other people do that. Right?  

This whole 101 in 1001 originated from the Day Zero Project. The project was created to motivate people to accomplish items on their bucket list in 1001 days increments instead of the daunting “make sure you accomplish the things you want to before you die” bucket list or the dreaded new years resolution list that are forgot about after January when the “new” wears off of a new year.


I was so excited to start my list. I really feel like I have been in a transition phase where I have become more motivated to focus on certain things in my life and let go of other things not in line with my goals. Obviously, a list is the best way to do this. I have included things that I think will make me happy and enrich my life. My hope is that some of these things become habits through this process. Some of this crap is personal. Stepping out of my box already, I’m happy to be sharing this with you all. I hope you enjoy and possibly even start your own.


Start Date: December 6, 2014

End Date: September 2, 2017

{I will mark through items as I complete them}



  1. Pray together every night for a month
  2. 5 creative dates either at home or out
  3. Get professional pictures taken
  4. Greet Austin with a XO every night for a week
  5. Make a list with Austin of things we want to accomplish together for other and in our marriage


Things to do

  1. Send 10 birthday cards ||
  2. Get my hunter’s safety license (then go hunting)
  3. Have a garage sale after we move things out of storage. De-clutter our life
  4. Read or listen to 10 new books |||
  5. Go to Dads not just at Christmas
  6. Babysit someone’s kids so they can have date night
  7. Make curtains
  8. Send a gift to a person or business in a town we worked after we leave
  9. Pay for the person behind me in a drive through (3 times)
  10. Pay for a young or elderly couples meal
  11. Make 5 bags with necessities for the homeless and give them out
  12. Go on a road trip with an in-law.
  13. Wear make-up 3 times in a week (4 different times)
  14. Host my girlfriends at our home
  15. Refurbish an old piece of furniture by myself
  16. Spend a weekend unplugged
  17. Clean my truck once a week for a month
  18. Face time or Skype friends or family (10 different times)
  19. Invite 1 (or more) of Austin’s co-workers (who is away from family) for a home-cooked meal (3 different times)
  20. Send out Christmas cards
  21. Take a cooking class
  22. Volunteer to spend time with cancer patients (specifically children)
  23. Go camping
  24. Build something out of wood
  25. Pick an area of our home or life to organize each month for 6 months
  26. Write a business plan
  27. Create a dream board for each room in our home
  28. Make “a year in photos” book
  29. Leave 101 Operationbeautiful.com notes
  30. Answer “50 questions that will free your mind”
  31. Start a traveling gift box with either family or friends or both
  32. Host a family dinner for both Austin’s family and mine
  33. Try 30 new recipes
  34. Complete 5 Pinterest projects
  35. Start a scrapbook for Austin and I
  36. Use the blog as a travel journal or create a handwritten one.
  37. Visit my dad’s side of the family more than just Christmas
  38. Go to the flipping dentist
  39. Create and keep up a recipe book
  40. Organize e-mail and keep it that way for 2 months


Things to Buy/Own

  1. A home (no big deal. Ha!)
  2. 1 pair of boots that will wear well and are comfortable (not cowboy boots)
  3. New lens for my camera
  4. A heifer or interest in one
  5. Fitbit
  6. Laser hair removal


Things to Learn

  1. How to Can (pickles)
  2. Relearn to sew
  3. Photoshop – define my exact style and create a more streamlined system
  4. Find a perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe
  5. To drive a standard confidently



  1. Drink only water or naturally flavored water for a straight month
  2. Make a list of 365 reasons to get fit
  3. Loose 25 pounds. Then set new goal.
  4. Write a letter to myself to read after loosing each mini goal weight. (6 letters)
  5. Try crossfit
  6. Make a list of 25 things I love about myself and post it where I can remember
  7. Plan workouts before I start working out everyday for a month
  8. Be myself around my family



  1. Bible study with Austin 3 x week for 2 months
  2. Go to a Church in a new town
  3. Finish 5 series of my choice from Elevation church (Mood swingers, Stretch Marks, Meant To Be, Full. Filled., Hope of Glory)
  4. Pray for my husband everyday for a month.
  5. Start a prayer journal



  1. Pay off my truck
  2. Rework and cut down our monthly budget every month for 3 straight months
  3. Build our emergency savings from 3 months to 6 months
  4. Donate $2,000 to a church or organization of our choice
  5. Buy life insurance


The Kayla Ross

  1. Write 5 non time sensitive post, for when things get busy or we are traveling
  2. Post twice a week for 2 months straight
  3. Post 5 times in one week x 2
  4. Have a guest blogger
  5. Purchase and learn video editing software
  6. Create 5 videos for YouTube. One. Two. Three. Four. Five.
  7. Monthly vlog (2 different months). One.
  8. Professional redesign
  9. Finish all the static pages
  10. Have 100 subscribers
  11. Organize a swap for pipeline wives
  12. Complete a day in the life
  13. Organize and back up all my documents and photos
  14. Create and use a blogging calendar
  15. Get a font made of my handwriting
  16. Complete 1 of my dream shoot.  Shelbi
  17. Make the farm a website & finish horse website. Connect the two
  18. Post 10 blogs I don’t want to. Because it’s personal and I’m uncomfortable.



  1. Visit 2 farms I’ve never been to before. KY
  2. 3 new states
  3. Go on a vacation (even if it’s just a long weekend)
  4. Visit somewhere new in Oklahoma. Tish
  5. Go to one of the major livestock shows either to work or take someone who has never been
  6. Get my passport
  7. Visit a friend from college
  8. Go to a local event in a town we are working in 1/5. PA Rodeo


  1. Make another 101 in 1001 list



If you have a list let me know below. I would love to see what you’re accomplishing on your quest to living the best life you can.