101 in 1001

The first page of my 2009 journal reads “1-1-09: Happy 2009.” It was a new year, I was in a new region, and I just signed a new contract for work. It was all new. And on the third of January, I wrote a list. Apparently,

“Today I read about an awesome idea on a blog. 101 in 1001. make a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, which is about 2.75 years. Here I go: 101 things to do in 1001 days.”

As you read over my list, it’s important to remember that a few of the items on the list were added at a point in time when plans were made;  dates were set, dresses were purchased & deposits were paid [#2].  Honeymoons discussed, & compromises settled [#1]. I was in a relationship I thought would last forever [#67]. With someone who knew my crazy innocent romance dreams [#63].

All that to say – when I first shared this list on THS, I didn’t care.  101 in 1001 sounded so much better than 97 in 1001.  [& at the time I firmly believed that if I managed to cross off all but four of these items before October 2, 2011, that I’d feel pretty damn accomplished.] One day Megan suggested that I cross off the stuff that was on my list in accordance to my previous engagement and wedding plans, and add new things that I want to do.  I agree that this is a great idea. So I did.  

I embraced this list as an opportunity to get OUT there.  I wanted to try new things and give old things another try.  I wanted to step away from the fear of loneliness. I wanted to chase laughter and make new friends.  I wanted to grow.


I shared a little bit about every item I completed on the list. Following the links below will bring you the story of chasing fun goals as a newly single 20-something.

1. [visit Disney World] Watch a concert at Freedom Park
2. [ get married]  Write a fictional short story
3. get a new cell phone
4.buy a stranger coffee
5. get a pedicure
6. go to a wine tasting
7. leave a $20 tip on a meal less than $20 in cost
8. [get a passport] Make Soft Pretzels
9. push a baby in a stroller
10. contribute to retirement fund
11. attend karaoke bar/event
12. watch My Fair Lady
13. drive my own car
14. knit a scarf
15. bake a real apple pie from scratch
16. have a homemade Christmas
17. take a class/lessons
18. wear a tie
19. take a shot with the bartender
20. send a card to a random address
21.  go to a MLB game
22. [vacation at the Nation’s capitol] visit a Presidential Historical Landmark
23. wear pigtail braids
24. bake a loaf of bread
25. make friendship bracelets
26. get a personal computer
27. make a necklace
28. make homemade ice cream
29. see a live comic show
30. [visit a zoo] go on a date
31. wear red lip color
32. see off-Broadway musical
33. eat sushi
34. go to NY State Museum
35. [go skiing] Run 5K without stopping
36. create secret handshake
37. fundraise for an important cause
38. stand in Times Square
39. [visit PCC] One Week TV Free
40. ride in a limo
41. toss a football
42. write a business plan for THS
43. make fresh salsa
44. 10K
45. dance the night away
46. buy self a decent piece of jewelry
47. go hiking
48. get a raise
49. make a wreath
50. drink wine & read the Bible
51. get a bed
52. volunteer to decorate
53. sleep outdoors
54. try something “new” with my hair
55. re-memorize the US Presidents in numerical order
56. watch Gone with the Wind
57. read Catcher in the Rye
58. paint on canvas
59. [visit Michael’s favorite orphanage in Mexico]  Get a small apartment pet
60. learn to fold a fitted sheet
61. chocolate dip strawberries
62. eat fresh cotton candy
63. [kiss on a Ferris wheel] Ride a Ferris Wheel
64. decorate Christmas tree in paper
65. sit around the fire with friends
66. find a local best girl friend
67. [take Michael to Vegas]  Send a letter to every state
68. create Sangria recipe
69. wear pajamas to the movies
70. tie dye
71. share my thoughts on Jesus with a stranger
72. mix fresh lemonade
73. [see another Badger game live] Host a Badger Game Party
74. play euchre
75. carve a pumpkin
76. give a toast
77. take a self-guided walking tour
78. get rid of engagement ring
79. have a picnic in the park
80. read Captivating, again
81. win a contest
82. wear a ribbon in my hair
83. chew watermelon Bubblicious
84. [go sledding] toss a Frisbee
85. create a “Presidential Meal”
86. buy a GOOD pair of shoes
87. join a book club
88. drink a milkshake with two straws
89. subscribe to Martha Stewart Living
90. Drink Jamba Juice
91. make a snowman
92. go a month without eating out
93. [ride a horse] sort through memory box
94. [paint a wall] Host Slumber Party
95. make a wreath
96. visit an orchard or farm
97. wear a smoky eye
98. watch a parade in person
99. play hopscotch
100. participate in benefit run/walk
101. write a poem

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39 thoughts on “101 in 1001

  1. Danielle

    I could totally help you out with a bunch of these–I have an awesome apple pie, pie crust, salsa AND truffle recipe! AND…I’ll have a baby you can push in a stroller by the end of the year! Plus, Audrey Hepburn is my favorite actress, so I would have no problem helping you watch MY Fair Lady… We should get together sometime… 🙂

    1. Heather

      I still have your AWESOME cookbook you gave me on loan, and a strong desire to get together sometime soon! Just came across your comment and thought to myself – “Yes, I really should get together with Danielle, soon!” xo

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  3. Megan Orcholski

    Yeah, seriously. A week in MN would have half of these crossed off (I am one heck of a kit flyer and my family has a killer fudge recipe. I also draw a mean hopscotch board). I think that you should be able to get rid of the one’s you don’t want to accomplish anymore and replace them with things you do. (why would you keep something on your 101 list that you don’t want to accomplish anymore?)
    For example:
    2. Get married becomes 2. Run a Half Marathon.
    67. Take Michael to Vegas becomes 67. Go on vacation with Megan (London?)

    Also, you can cross Jamba off! 🙂

    (you know that now that I’m reading your blog I’m going to comment incessantly, right?)

    1. Danielle

      Agreed! A week in MN would do you a lot of good! I have a baby and berries! Or currently a lot of snow and a sled.

      Side note: can you tell I’m avoiding my work today 😉

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  5. annecalista

    Hi Heather, I just came across your blog today and really like it. It’s unique, and you seem very adventurous 🙂 I’m gonna keep reading!

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  7. WorkTodd

    Jiminy Cricket! Please let me help!!?? #35, #74 & maybe #33 again – so good!! Yuppers, it is official – you are WAY cool! And #78 – just found a place nearby. Buddy-system? And ask me about #37 – I know a guy… (so do you – might not realize it though)

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  9. LindseyAnn

    This list is awesome!

    By “Badger game”, I’m assuming you mean Badger football, correct? I can’t say I’ve been to one of those, but I have seen several Badger hockey games. 🙂

  10. Ali

    Hey Heather! I love your blog- I just found it through Tina’s…are you still living in Madison? I am a current resident. I could maybe help you out with #73 🙂
    I really love the way your blog isnt the typical HLB’s out there- kudos lady!

    1. thenheathersaid

      Hey, Ali!

      Thanks for the comment. I’m not in Madison any long, but my dear friend Kelly of BrowniesandZucchini.com is!! you should check out her blog for sure!

      Also – I hope to meet you the next time I come to town for a visit!

      xo- Heather

  11. Jenn

    Just linked to your 101 in 1001… I totally recommend donating blood. Even though it seems so insignificant you never know who you will help. At my last donation I had donated a gallon! A GALLON!….

    1. Jenn

      I would also recommend scheduling an appointment as opposed to waiting for a drive… when scheduling there is a better compulsion to show up!!!

      1. Heather

        Jenn – thank you for the tip to make an appointment! I’m terrified to donate blood but I WILL DO IT before 10/11/11! I may need you to nudge me to do it though! some internet support, perhaps?!

        1. Jenn

          When I first gave blood I was scared too. What are you scared of? Perhaps I can answer the question and help eleviate your fear.

  12. Megan Orcholski

    I just looked at this again. I didn’t know you’d did what we talked about!!!! I LOVE IT!!
    (I specifically like #67)

  13. Lea @ Healthy Coconut

    What a great idea. I have an ongoing list but it doesn’t round out to 101, it’s in my journal but I think I’m going to post about it soon.

    You have a fun list, what an exciting way to look forward to the remaining (of the 1001) days.

    I also have a “places to visit” list. I love lists!

    1. Heather

      I have LOTS of lists like that. I actually have a post drafted about my 2011 Travel wish list! You should share yours!!!

    1. Heather

      YOU ARE EPIC! Thank you for remembering that 🙂

      and i STILL haven’t finished my post about how much I love that baby. this motives me 🙂 xoxoxo

  14. Heather

    Did you make another list? Im also doing 101 in 1001 thanks to seeing this on your page. Imhoping to finish, but if I dont, Im ok with that too.
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  15. kelsey @ kelseytoney

    If anyone can knock out a list like that one, it’s you!!! My notebook envy is, pretty much BOILED over. 😀

    That being said, maybe you’ll put together another kind of list, someday… **cough*lifewelllivedfeatureformyblog*coughCOUGH!!!**

    Also, I love karaoke more than life, and you’ll be here in a few weeks… JUST. SAYING.

    1. kelsey @ kelseytoney

      To clarify, my notebook envy comment sounds out of left field, but I mentioned it, because I imagine you having this list, gloriously printed in a notebook and you systematically crossing things off little by little, which if the best part of making a list, in my opinion. 😀 okay, enough blathering.
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  16. Emily @ Relishments

    I think I’m going to do this, maybe when the new year starts, since I already have goals til 2012 and I don’t want to lose my mind.
    Tips? Suggestions? How do you decide what to change on the list? (I see there’s some cross outs, some I understand, others I don’t)
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