101 Things in 1,001 Days

[44 down, 57 to go]

  1. Write list of 101 things  (August 20, 2012)
  2. Inspire someone to write a list of their own (Hannah & David and Traci in August 2012)
  3. Become a morning person
  4. ^ Go for a week without hitting snooze
  5. Redesign my blog (Worked with Danielle Moss in June 2013)
  6. Go on the Navy Pier ferris wheel
  7. Send 50 handwritten notes (6/50)
  8. Run in the mornings
  9. Buy a real piece of furniture, not from Ikea, would LOVE it to be from Jayson Home (CB2 Peakabook Rolling Shelf, Dash & Albert Rug, Rugs USA Shag)
  10. Mail Birthday Cards to people other than my mom, dad, brother & grandparents (started in January 2013)
  11. Prepare a meal using food purchased at a farmer's market (Green City Market, August 28, 2013)
  12. Apply to Business School
  13. Take Photos
  14. Make something from either Bon Appetit, Food Network Magazine, Cooking Light or Saveur once a month
  15. Learn to like my hair curly (April 2013, even learned how to curl it nicely!)
  16. Buy something from Etsy (bought these in November 2012)
  17. Establish a real world routine (new job sort of forced this one, April 2014)
  18. Improve my posture
  19. Stop biting my nails/picking my cuticles
  20. Re-read every Jane Austen book (3/6 - Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park)
  21. Cook 101 New Recipes (25/101 - mushy peas 8/21, White Bean & Turkey Chili 12/5, Trader Joe's Fish Tacos 1/20, Berry Pavlova 3/25, Matzoh Bark 3/25, Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries 5/12, Parsley Lemon Gnoochi 7/11, Cameron's Roast Chicken 11/8, Greek Style Garlicky Shrimp 1/11, Paleo Turkey Stuffed Peppers 1/13, Paleo Asian Ground Beef Lettuce Cups 1/19, Paleo Brazilian Curry Chicken, Paleo Honey Ginger Apple Shredded Pork, Paleo Arnold Palmers, Mushroom/Bleu Cheese/Proscuitto Stuffed Chicken, Paleo Shrimp Scampi, Paleo Fried Rice, Avocado Tuna Salad, Mom's Shrimp Mold 5/9, Blue Door Kale & Brussels Salad 5/10, Greek Chicken Skewers 5/25, Greek Pasta Salad 5/25, Bison Burgers 5/26, Rhubarb Compote 5/31, Slow Cooker Caesar Chicken 6/1)
  22. Update my resume (September 2012)
  23. Own a pair of Monolos
  24. Give up drinking for a month
  25. Maintain a work out schedule of working out at least 3-4 times a week
  26. Be able to better define my aesthetic, in fashion, design, life (See: here)
  27. Invest in 10 beautiful coffee table books (10/10 -- Cupcakes & Cashmere, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman, Design*Sponge, Things that Matter, 646 Things to Write About, Kate Spade Things We Love, Young House Love, Good Bones, Great Pieces, I want to be her, Decor8)
  28. Take photoshop lessons (ordered Photoshop CS6 and Adobe CS6 for Dummies 8/6)
  29. Decrease my intake of simple carbohydrates
  30. Learn to throw a football
  31. Do something about my interest in interior design
  32. Go on a vacation, and New England doesn't count (St. Maarten for November 2013)
  33. Get rid of things I'm saving for a rainy day that's never coming (Spring Cleaning 2013, Working on Spring 2014)
  34. Make 20 different things off pinterest (8/20 -- melted crayon canvas, glitter shoes, jell-o shots in orange peels, glitter moose, nail polish bouquet, fried egg in an avocado hole, cheesecake stuffed strawberries, Olympic Torch Cupcakes)
  35. Kiss in the rain (Northwestern Homecoming: Oct 5, 2014)
  36. See a movie in the park (20 Feet from Stardom 7/8)
  37. Have a picnic (At Goo Goo Dolls & Matchbox 20 Concert at Ravinia, July 3, 2013)
  38. Establish a blogging schedule (working 2 weeks out with calendar as of December 2012, blogged every weekday in January & February 2013...then the new job hit)
  39. Start flossing
  40. Go on a hot air balloon
  41. Successfully roast a chicken (Nov 8, 2013)
  42. Do a Color Run (May 16, 2013)
  43. Visit 10 new cities (10/10 - Arlington, VA in Nov 2012, Delray Beach in March 2013, Marigot and Phillipsburg in Nov 2013, Hinsdale May 2014, Green Lake, WI June 2014, Pentwater, MI August 2014, Portland, OR October 2014, Clarendon Hills December 2014, Luddington, MI May 2015)
  44. Learn how to use my DSLR correctly to get the best use out of it
  45. Take Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Classes (bought a gilt in May 2013)
  46. Learn to cook chicken without overcooking it, drying it out, burning it, etc 
  47. Loose my college weight
  48. Find out my blood type (tested November 2012, A positive)
  49. Throw a wine & cheese party
  50. Cook Chicken Noodle Soup for someone
  51. Eat Indian food on Devan Street
  52. Travel somewhere outside the US (St. Maarten November 2013)
  53. See 10 classic movies (7/10 - Breakfast Club, Good Will Hunting, Harry Potter 1 - 8, French Kiss, All the President's Men, White Christmas, American Beauty)
  54. Invest, or at least save, some of my money
  55. Eat Gluten Free for a week (Does Passover Count? March 2013)
  56. Throw a Dinner Party
  57. Go Skinny Dipping (June 13, 2014)
  58. Go for Dim Sum (Ming Hin in Chinatown 12/27)
  59. Learn to drive stick
  60. Take my mom shopping for HER
  61. Discover 30 new restaurants (30/30 - Vapiano, CBA, Toro, Sushi Mon, Southport Grocer, Jimmy Seas, The Lobster Pot, Japonais, Pegasus, Lito's Empanadas, The Village Bistro, Bangkok Bistro, Faccia Luna, Rustico, East Coast Grill, Wasabi, Beacon Grill, Girl & the Goat, Stout, Basil Leaf Cafe, La Scarola, Viaggio, Ming Hin, Frontera Grill, House of Hunan, LM Bistro, Kabuki, Piccolo Sogno Due, Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed, The Southern)
  62. Send Holiday Cards
  63. See all the movies nominated for Best Picture (2013: 5/9 - Amour, Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Beasts of the Southern Wild. 2014: 6/9 - American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, Her)
  64. Adopt or get a dog
  65. Go vegan for a week
  66. Take my dad to a Blackhawks Game
  67. Cook a meal from 5 different countries (5/5 - mushy peas 8/21, eggplant Parm, sushi 3/27, tacos, hummus)
  68. Roll my own sushi (at Koi's Yelp Elite Event 3/27 & Blast Team Building Event 4/12)
  69. Drink 8 glasses of water a day
  70. Get up on one ski waterskiing (Fourth of July 2013)
  71. Go on a road trip (Chicago to Boston, September 2014)
  72. Take an outfit of the day pictures 
  73. ^ dress up enough each day to actually take these photos
  74. Don't complain about anything for a week
  75. Spend a day with each of my family members doing what they love
  76. Send someone flowers out of the blue
  77. Eat at Allinia
  78. Go antique-ing (Randolph Street Market 5/25/14)
  79. Fall in love (Mr. Bennett ;) )
  80. Get in the habit of cooking dinner during the week
  81. Try 5 new foods - (5/5 - pork wings at Chicago q 8/23, sliced ham at Afternoon Tea at BOND 9/15, Goat Ribs & Pig Face at Girl & the Goat 11/26, Chickens Feet at Ming Hin 12/27)
  82. Learn Calligraphy (Ordered Calligraphy for Dummies May 2013, Learned to use the pen June 2013)
  83. Start blogging recipes again (Jan 2014)
  84. Run a half marathon in under 2.5 hours (signed up for the Madison Mini Marathon April 2013)
  85. Find the perfect little black dress
  86. Run the London Marathon
  87. Ready thirty books (30/30 - The Happiness Project, The Jane Austen Marriage Manual, Why is Everyone Hanging out without me (and other concerns), Seriously...I'm kidding, Girls in White Dresses, By Invitation Only, City Girl, Country Vet, Sense and Sensibility, Sisterhood Everlasting, Pride & Prejudice, Love, Loss & What I Wore, Gone Girl, Wedding Night, Waiting to be Heard, Bond Girl, Revenge Wears Prada, Family Portraits, Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey, Philomena, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Kate: The Future Queen, Me Before You, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix, Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Mansfield Park)
  88. Catch & Cook A Fish
  89. Participate in a Flash Mob
  90. Revitalize 2 old pieces of furniture
  91. Bind my cookbook
  92. Make Homemade Pasta
  93. Take up tennis...and be good at it
  94. Join, and get involved with, the Wisconsin Alumni Association
  95. Have friends over for brunch
  96. Finish a blog series (finished a-z November 12, 2012, finished home sweet home February 20, 2013)
  97. Buy myself flowers every week for a month (4/4)
  98. Get a blow-out, just because (4/19)
  99. Take a picture of the same place every month and make a calendar with it...thinking my parent's backyard (7/12 -  had to restart with computer theft in March 2013)
  100. Take my own advice
  101. Put $10 into savings for every goal accomplished (opened ING Orange Savings Account December 2012)


  1. I just got a second cookbook with instructions for making homemade pasta. Do you have the Kitchen Aid attachment to roll it? I'm in to help you accomplish that task!

  2. Love your list! I'm definitely going to "borrow" a few ideas. If you ever need help with the vegan week, feel free to contact me! I've been a vegan for 4 years.

    Suppose Anything Goes

  3. Love this list! I'm writing mine too and you've definitely inspired a few. Borrowing the last one, too, if you don't mind. :)