101 in 1001

These are my 101 challenges to complete in 1001 days. The original post is here. My goal is to complete these by October 5th, 2013. Because life throws a curve ball now and then, I may change my list as time goes on, but in the end I will have completed 101 in 1001.


1.  Attend a blogger conference  Done! 8/19/11-8/21/11

2. Double readership from December 2010 levels Done! August 2011

3. Attend Fitbloggin (added on 8/28/11 and replaced Compete in Project Food Blog)

4. Make a light box

5. Redesign the blog DONE! 2/6/11

6. Buy a Flip cam and create a video post series

7. Plan a blogger meet-up with other local bloggers


8. Attend Foodbuzz Done! 10/20/12 – 10/22/12

9. Make homemade pie crust Done! 10/15/11

10. Overcome my fear of baking bread Done! 11/5/11

11. Make homemade tomato sauce

12. Eat dinner at L’Etoile

13. Make my own peanut butter

14. Bake perfect macarons

15. Host a wine and cheese party

16. Cook Thanksgiving dinner Done! ! 11/24/11

17. Host a dinner party

18. Have a picnic lunch

19. Eat at Xoco and get a churro for dessert no matter how full I feel Done! 9/15/12

20. Go on a Milwaukee Food Tour

21. Make my own ice cream

22. Visit the Chicago French Market Done! 10/1/11

23. Visit the National Mustard Museum Done! 8/26/12

24. Make homemade jam DONE! 9/24/11

25. Go apple picking

26. Cook with tofu DONE!  3/2/11

27. Have dinner at Girl & Goat in Chicago

28. Make hot chocolate from scratch DONE! 2/2/11

29. Learn how to grill a steak

30. Learn how to can my own food DONE! 9/24/11

31. Make Cornish pasties


32. Go to NYC Done! 2/28/13

33. Go to Boston Done! 10/21/11-10/24/11

34. Go to NorCal and experience wine countryDONE! and DONE! and DONE! 6/15/11-6/18/11

35. Party in Vegas

36. Have a butter beer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

37. Have a drink at the top of the Hancock building

38. Go to Seattle and drink lots of coffee Done! 4/13/12

39. Run the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Rocky DONE! 08/19/11

40. Take a legit staycation DONE! 7/5/12-7/8/12

41. Go on a road trip DONE! 4th of July weekend 2011


42. Go to Bastille Days and Storm the Bastille

43. Run in a trail run race DONE! 11/19/11

44. Volunteer with Girls on the Run (or a similar org)

45. Run Crazylegs

46.Run an obstacle race DONE! 3/31/12

47. Save up for a Garmin Forerunner DONE! 7/19/11

48. Run the Riverwest Beer Run

49. Run a sub 30 minute 5k

50. Run the Chicago Rock N Roll Half Marathon DONE! 08/14/11

51.  Run the Miller Park Sausage 5k



52. Complete a 30 day yoga challenge (Replaced 200-hr RYT teacher training on 11/20/2011) DONE! 5/30/12

53. Have a yoga party with friends (Replaced teach power flow yoga on 4/7/2012)

54. Go on a yoga retreat

55. Take a hot yoga class DONE! 1/29/11


56. Compete in a triathlon DONE! 6/26/11

57. Do a pull-up (my weak arms have never done one)

58. Take tennis lessons (get back to a competitive level) DONE! 2/21/11

59. Take golf lessons DONE! 4/17/12

60. Go downhill skiing

61. Take a spin class Done! 10/17/11

62. Get to my ideal weight

63. Complete Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred In Progress! Done! 9/27/11

64. Join a boot camp Done! 05/14/12

65. Swim an 8 minute 500 free

66. Learn how to rock climb (on a wall)

67. Take a Bar Method class

68. Run the bridges in Beloit DONE! 4/02/11

69. Go hiking at Rock Cut Done! 8/11/12

70. Ride the Military Ridge Trail

71. Learn how to stand-up paddleboard Done! 9/18/12


72. Sew a dress

73. Knit a hat

74. Make my own Christmas cards

75. Make homemade Christmas presents for my family


76. Pay off my non-student loan debt

77. Adopt a dog

78. Participate in Locks for Love

79. Start contributing to my 401K  Done! 11/12

80. Read all 7 Harry Potter books

81. Make a snowman

82. Join a trivia team

83. See Wicked

84. Go to Concerts on the Square

85. Join a CSA

86. Join a book club DONE! 6/13/12

87. Regain some of my French speaking skills

88. Sing karaoke

89. Host a party for St. Oliver Plunkett day

90. Go back and volunteer with my sorority (Sig Kap! Sig Kap!)

91. Clean out my closet and donate the clothes to a women’s shelter DONE! December 2011

92. Have an Office marathon with Abby DONE! December 2011

93. Join a young professionals networking group DONE! 05/11/11

94. Go to my 5 year reunion weekend at Marquette

Personal Challenges

95. Stay off social media for a whole day Done! 9/2/12

96. Keep my iPhone turned off for a whole day

97. Eat in every meal for 30 days

98. Go vegan for 30 days In progress! DONE! 3/08/11

99. Eat all meals from one bag of groceries for one week

100. Spend 0$ for one month (only groceries, gas, and bills allowed)

101. Save 5 vacation days to roll over to the next year DONE! December 2011

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

eating dinner at L’Etoile would definitely be on my list too! it’s on my life’s bucket list, but i’d love to do it in the next 1001 days! 🙂


Holly January 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

FABOOSH LIST! i feel like i can help you cross some of this off – perhaps a dinner out at L’Etoile sometime soon?


Jessica January 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Well dears, it’s a date then. Dinner at L’Etoile before spring? I’ll start saving now!


diana January 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I can help you out with some of those foodie goals. We do a LOT of canning, especially tomato and pasta sauce, and tns of salsa. I’ll let you know in the summer/fall when we start. We’ll probably try some jams this year too.


Jessica January 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Awesome! Thanks Diana!


nichole January 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Great list! What fun.


Abby January 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I especially like: 31, 36, 65, 66, 80, 89, 92, 95, 96!


April Wahl February 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Love the list! You are so inspiring! I actually went almost an entire year without spending any money except for food and very basic necessities. I didn’t even eat out or buy a coffee drink. I journaled the whole thing intending to write a book. It was the best time of my life and I really saved a lot of money. I found I was creative in so many ways. I’m thinking of doing it again but this time keeping a blog about it. Thanks for sharing your adventures with all of us.


Jessica February 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

A whole year? THAT is inspiring!!


Ashley February 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Can i steal this idea????? I love it!!!


Jessica February 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Hey I stole it! Go for it!!


Karis (Karis' Kitchen) March 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Love this idea! I too would like to steal it, thanks for the inspiration…and in true copycat fashion, I’m adding #12 to my list too 🙂 I’ve been wanting to dine at L’Etoile for a long time, even lived 2 blocks away in college, yet still haven’t been there!


Jessica March 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

If you do it, let me know. I love reading other’s lists! I’m hoping to plan a blogger meet-up at L’Etoile sometime this summer so I will let you know. Then we can both cross it off our lists!


Marcy (Too Timid) April 9, 2011 at 7:09 am

Great list. I like how you organized it into categories.


Jessica April 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm



Becca April 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I realize I don’t know you at all but my friend Tim follows you. I just thought you should know the following:
A. I also would have yelped when seeing that much Chobani at Woodman’s
B. You just introduced me to the Chicago French Market. Whaaaaat! There are no words for my excitement.
C. I kind of want to be your friend.
Looking forward to following your posts!


Holly @ Pink-Runner.com July 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm

This list is amazing! You get to cross off #1 when we meet up in August!! YAY!


Jessica July 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I know! I’m so excited!!!


Kelly July 22, 2011 at 10:14 am

I’d just like to point out that you will be completing #1 in LESS THAN A MONTH! Hooray HLS! 🙂


Jessica July 22, 2011 at 10:31 am

Woot! I am so excited to get to cross that one off the list! Then I need to get on the ball with planning a Madison area blogger meet-up!!


Molly September 18, 2011 at 12:41 am

You have inspired me! I now want to do a similar type expedition. Thank you!! What a great idea.


Jessica September 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

If you do make a list, let me know. I love following other’s on their 101 in 1001 journey!


bedelia September 19, 2011 at 12:41 am

Ok, when you go to the National Mustard Museum in Mt. Horeb, bring me! I love Mt. Horeb. We can make a girls weekend/day trip of it!


Jessica September 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm

The National Mustard Museum is in Middleton now. 🙁 BUT I love Mt. Horeb too so girls trip it is!!!


Katie @ ohshineon January 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

This is inspiring.. I should really make one to light a fire under my bottom! There are just so many things I want to do that I get overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin! What have you done to organize it?


Jessica January 4, 2012 at 7:43 am

Hi Katie! First I wrote all my goals down on paper, and then I saw that many of them were fitting into some basic categories – running, yoga, food, the blog, etc. Anything that didn’t fit into a bigger category, I threw into “general.” Let me know if you make a list! I love reading other’s goals! It’s inspiring!! Happy Wednesday! 🙂


Jack Rackim April 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I am so happy to have found your blog. I can’t wait to read more about your activities. I admire your 101 in 1001. Quite impressive. You might give me incentive to do a few of those things.
Thank you.


Jessica April 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Hi Jack! Thanks for stopping by! I’m doing my best to plow through my list. 🙂


Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli May 15, 2012 at 6:49 am

Oh my gosh, girl…I LOVE your list! I’ve been meaning to make one of my own for like forever and now you’ve given me even more ideas to add to mine! I am totally jealous of your Rocky reenactment…definitely have to do that! And there is a national mustard museum?! Ohhh, I’m getting dizzy! Lol

Oh and I thought you might like this…I made my own tomato sauce last year and used this recipe…so good!…and it couldn’t be easier! http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/01/tomato-sauce-with-butter-and-onions/ 🙂


jessica May 15, 2012 at 7:43 am

The mustard museum is about an hour from my house so please visit and we can go together!! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!! I can’t wait to grow tomatoes this summer and make my own!


Nicole May 24, 2012 at 7:12 am

I love your list, Jess! And I’m super impressed with how many items you’ve crossed off already. 🙂 You should change the knit a hat one to crochet a hat so I can help. 😉 Miss you!


jessica May 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Thanks love! Maybe I will change it to crochet. I just want to make a hat!! Miss you!


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