101 in 1001 (Round 1)

the complete list of the 101 goals/tasks that i'd like to accomplish  in the next 1001 days.  for more on the why or how, check out day zero project.  because i am just straight up too lazy to explain it to you here.

start date: july 4, 2013
end date: march 31, 2016
bold = completed, italics = in progress, date completed is in parentheses
links to progress reports at the bottom, if you want to know how i completed things/see photos

progress: 94/101

travel  (5/7)

1. plan a vegas trip (planned 1/15 for 4/15)
2. at least visit with sarah, somewhere (11/14)
3. visit meredith in california
4. see caitlin at some point (12/14)
5. go to nashville
6. work on my goal to visit most of the 50 states (17/50) (7/14)
7. take the amtrak somewhere (milwaukee, 7/14)

organize  (6/7)
8. get my apartment and possessions 100% organized (1/13)
9. organize my itunes music and make playlists (7/13)
10. get the apartment on a realistic cleaning schedule (10/13)
11. make sure everything currently in my apartment fits my personal style (7/13)
12. organize all of my photos on iphoto and back them up multiple places (7/13)
13. completely declutter my parent's house
14. help mom organize her photos and send them to be scanned (5/15)

learn  (13/13)

15. read all the e-books on my amazon wish list (7/13)
16. watch 101 popular movies/tv series (3/14)
17. read 101 books (e-books count) (7/14)
18. go to a never-before-visited museum (11/13)
19. take a self-defense class (4/14)
20. take another dabble class (vegan cooking, 2/14)
21. watch all the seasons of a show i've never seen (30 rock, 7/13)
22. learn "two beers please, my friend will pay" in 5 new languages (1/14)
23. learn my camera's non-automatic settings (10/14)
24. read an entire book in one day (mockingjay, 7/13)
25. learn a quick makeup routine using favorite products (9/13)
26. research donating bone marrow, and sign up to donate (7/13)
27. complete a fitness challenge (30 day shred, 4/14)

shop  (10/10)
28. buy luxurious, fancy bedding (1/14)
29. find a signature fragrance (jewel by mark, 7/13)
30. find a signature style/brand of jeans (ae skinny kick, paige skyline, 7/13)
31. find a really perfect cross body bag (7/13)
32. fully decorate my apartment in my style (2/14)
33. get everything for a well-stocked home bar (2/14)
34. invest in good makeup brushes (a gift from sarah, 11/13)
35. upgrade my phone (11/14)
36. go shopping on michigan avenue at christmas time (12/13)
37. hire a cleaning service for my apartment once (3/14)

food  (6/6)

38. try 5 popular chicago restaurants (geja's, shanghai, tanta, parthenon, la scarola, 11/13)
39. make perfect chocolate peanut butter fudge (12/13)
40. learn to make my dad's pasta sauce (11/14)
41. make glitter cupcakes (11/13)
42. decide on a long term healthier eating plan i can maintain (2/15)
43. go one month without getting fast food (2/14)

personal  (11/13)
44. get to my goal weight
45. keep nails nicer with monthly or bi-monthly mani/pedis (6/14)
46. figure out a skincare routine (10/13)
47. finally get my silver jewelry cleaned (7/13)
48. straighten my teeth (with that retainer i stopped using...) (3/16)
49. whiten my teeth (3/16)
50. find a more permanent living situation (3/16)
51. get a brazilian wax (4/15)
52. make my own mini happiness project (10/13)
53. fill my gratitude journal (8/13)
54. decide on a regular workout plan i can maintain (3/15)
55. learn new relaxation tips that work for me (7/13)
56. tone my arms

hawkeye  (4/4)
57. take hawkeye to a dog friendly hotel for a night (4/14)
58. have a hawkeye-specific savings account for future vet bills (5/14)
59. teach hawkeye a new trick, besides 'sit pretty' and 'twirl' ('high five' and 'kiss', 2/14)
60. downsize her toys and figure out how to keep her things neater (7/13)

relationships  (7/8)
61. take someone to the shedd aquarium
62. watch a day of football with dad (10/13)
63. go to high tea with mom (12/13)
64. celebrate my best friend's wedding
65. take photos in a photo booth with john (9/13)
66. give all clutter-free gifts one christmas (no stuff) (12/13)
67. start and maintain a complete address book and birthday list (10/13)
68. (let her find out i'm dating her brother and then) be civil with julie (9/13)

finances  (5/6)

69. get a new job
70. figure out how to budget (4/14)
71. start a savings account (4/14)
72. pay off student loans (2/14)
73. pay off all other debt (4/14)
74. save for lasik surgery save for ?after witnessing john get lasik, i'm positive i can't handle the aftercare and decided it's not for me!  the savings are now for the question mark fund - i'll decide later, but i'll still saved what lasik would have cost. (4/15)

entertainment  (9/9)
75. learn a new party game (jailbreak, 7/13)
76. tour a brewery (10/13)
77. make every drink on my cocktail hour pinterest board (2/14)
78. party at northalsted market days (8/13)
79. host a holiday party (7/14)
80. celebrate my 30th birthday (11/14)
81. find favorite red and white wines (apothic and cupcake, 7/13)
82. plan another bar crawl or themed party (4/14)
83. tailgate for an iowa game (10/15)

quirky  (9/9)
84. visit some place that's supposedly really haunted (10/14)
85. dye the tips of my hair a fun color, like pink, just once (10/13)
86. go to a psychic/tarot card/palm reader (6/14)
87. decide if i really want that tattoo, once and for all, and get it if i do (nope. 9/13)
88. try at least one thing from each of my pinterest boards (7/13)
89. get it over with and stand on the glass ledge at the sears tower (12/13)
90. make awesome matching halloween costumes with tara (10/13)
91. go ice skating (12/14)
92. play trivia at a bar (7/13)

blog  (3/3)

93. host a 'bucket list progress' link-up at least once (7/13)
94. try some of the ideas on 31 days to a better blog (7/13)
95. send a care package to a randomly chosen person who comments (8/13)

secret goals  (3/3) 

96. win my march madness bracket (4/14)
97. celebrate 1 year with john (4/14)
98. be in another winner's circle photo with our horse (9/13)

the list  (3/3)

99. save my change for 1001 days (10/14)
100. celebrate when this list is completed
101. make a new list when this one is almost done (4/15)


  1. I seriously love this. I so would love to do it. I just don't want to fail myself!! You might be inspiring me to do a shorter list. haha.

  2. Some are the same as my list!! I like the save change, I cash mine in twice a year, but I don't have that much. I also save all my five dollar bills. Cash those in twice a year too, I have A LOT of them :)

  3. Aww yeah! I love your list. Now I really wanna get to making my 30 before 30! I really think all of your goals are attainable & I Love that you have a number of them just for Hawkeye. You have some good ideas, there are several that I'd have on mine also, if I were doing one of these. & I'm curious about your secret goals! ;) hmmmm...

  4. I totally just stalked your list. I would like you to share your favorite red and white wines and the perfect crossbody bag, please and thank you :)

  5. Kick ass start!!! I need to know more about the cross body bag.

  6. You've got a really awesome list. Mine, unfortunately is still in the making.

  7. Hey!
    Just found your blog and I love your list, I've got one too. Best thing I've could have ever done. Looking forward to hearing your cross some more items off your list because I know how good it feels!


  8. This sounds so strange... But I found you! I just discovered blogging within the last couple of months, and I came across your 1001 in 101. I thought it was a great idea to finally get me motivated to complete some of these things that I haven't gotten around to (honeymoon, anyone?) Anyway, I wanted to revisit your page and thank you for the inspiration! Again, being a noob, it took me months to find it- until now!

    Thanks for the inspiration. Congrats on having so many projects in progress!


  9. You should change your brazilian wax to a sugaring treatment. I swear by them... and get them on the regular! They aren't as bad as they seem!! Just take some tylenol before you go :)

    1. Interesting, I didn't even think of that! I'll look into it, thanks!

  10. This is amazing! I love how you've broken all the goals down into categories, and MAN you are good at getting things done! I'll be back about 100 more times to check out this list to get ideas for list of my own! ;)