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My 101 List

05.17.2009 – 02.12.2012


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Completed : In-Progress (36)


01.   Complete 30 things off Dee’s Springfield 365 list (0/30) (more info)

02.   Do something that scares me once a year (1/3) (more info)

03.   Climb a mountain (more info)

04.   Go canoeing (more info)

05.   Go on a road trip without a pre-set destination (more info) — 08.16.09

06.   Go paintballing (more info)

07.   Go horseback riding (more info)


08.   Keep a My Day in Six Words journal for six months (more info)

09.   Participate in NaBloPoMo (more info) — 08.31.09

10.   Guest post on another person’s blog (more info)


11.   Spend an afternoon reading at the park (more info)

12.   Read 10 books off of the “1001 must read” list (0/10) (more info)

13.   Read 101 books (101/101) (more info)

14.   Join/create a book club (more info)

15.   Visit the library once a month (6/33) (more info)

16.   Go to a book signing and get a book signed (more info)

17.   Start and maintain a book blog for 1 year (0/1) (more info)

18.   Read 5 books suggested by friends or family (2/5) (more info)


19.  Complete 3 short stories or poems (0/3) (more info)

20.  Write and post a 55 word story (more info) — 06.23.09

21.  Use my daily happiness journal 3 times a week (0/52) (more info)

22.  Start and maintain a dream journal for 1 year (0/1) (more info)

23. Make a purse or book bag (more info)

24.  Send a post card to PostSecret (more info)

25.  Get a nice camera for photography (more info) — 07.06.09

26.  Design 5 blog headers (0/5) (more info)


27.   Attend 5 concerts (5/5) (more info)

28.   Feature a musical artist a month (0/12) (more info)

29.   Watch 50 movies from IMDB’s top 250 (12/50) (more info)

30.   Watch 101 new movies (39/101) (more info)

31.   Watch Buffy the Vampire and Sex & the City series (0/2) (more info)

32.   Attend a local theater show (more info) — 07.26.09

33.   Go to IL Shakespeare Festival (more info)

34.   Watch 5 foreign films (0/5) (more info)

35.   Attend a pow wow (more info)

36. Watch my Desert Island DVDs (0/8) (more info)

37.   Watch 5 movies suggested by friends or family (2/5) (more info)


38.   Run five 5k races (0/5) (more info)

39.   Do yoga 4 times a week for 6 weeks 10 times (1/6) (0/10) (more info)

40.   Take multi-vitamins everyday for a month (more info) — 09.23.09

41.   Complete 2 half-marathons (0/2) (more info)

42.   Join a yoga beginners program (more info)

43.   Run in the morning once a week for 6 weeks twice (0/6) (0/2) (more info)

44.   Drink only water for a week (more info)

45.   Run a mile in under 9:00 minutes (more info)

46.   Complete a 90 min yoga practice on my own (more info)

47.   Complete 5 races of my “Race in Every State” challenge (more info)

48.   Attempt 100 push-up challenge (more info)

49.   Buy a bike (more info)


50.   Try 50 new recipes (5/50) (more info)

51.   Take a cooking class (more info)

52.   Try 15 new restaurants (15/15) (more info)

53.   Eat vegetarian for one week (more info)

54.   Visit the farmers market (more info) — 05.20.09

55.   Make a pie from scratch (more info)

56.   Make a recipe binder (more info)

57.   Eat 10 things I’ve never tried before (10/10) (more info)

58.   Learn how to make 25 kinds of soup (4/25) (more info)

59.   Learn how to start a grill (more info) — 06.15.09


60.  Make 5 new friends (0/5) (more info)

61.  Take cousins to the library (more info)

62.   Have 5 board game nights (1/5) (more info)

63.   Host 5 poker nights (0/5) (more info)

64.   Host a Harry Potter marathon party (more info) — 07.11.09

65.   Have Shane make his 101 list and help him reach his goals (more info)


66.   Play mini-golf (more info)

67.   Go to the batting cages (more info)

68.   Play catch (more info)

69.   Go ice-skating (more info)

70.   Buy new foundation makeup (more info)

71.   Attend a wine tasting (more info)


72.   Send 10 “just because” gifts (2/10) (more info)

73.   Volunteer 3 times (0/3) (more info)

74.   Participate in 3 charity races/walks (0/3) (more info)

75.   Join Big Brother Big Sister (more info)

76.   Donate 100,000 grains of rice via (8,000/100K) (more info)

77.   Buy a stranger a meal/coffee 3 times (0/3) (more info)


78. Read two books about religion (2/2) (more info)

79.   Complete 4 lessons on (0/4) (more info)

80.  Visit a zoo (more info)05.30.09

81.   Visit 5 museums (1/5) (more info)

82.   Learn 100 new French words and 25 French idioms (50/100) (0/25) ( (more info)

83.   Learn 100 new ASL signs (50/100) (more info)

84.   Attend a Toast Masters meeting (more info)


85.   Go on our honeymoon (more info)

86.   Pay off at least one credit card (more info)

87.   Go to a shooting range (more info) — 08.23.09

88.   Get FOID card (more info) — 07.20.09

89.   Apply for 3 jobs a week until I get a job I like (more info)

90.   Sit in on a LARP meeting (more info)

91.   Go out in public without makeup (more info)06.08.09

92.   Update picture frames (more info) — 08.19.09

93.   Watch sun rise and set on the same day (more info)

94.   Write a will and living-will (more info)

95.   Stop watching TV at 7pm 1 night a week (0/52) (more info)

96.   Take out my contacts 2 nights a week (0/52) (more info)


97.   Go on a road trip with someone other than Shane (more info)06.07.09

98.   Go camping outside of IL (more info)

99.   Complete A-Z Challenge (5/26) (more info)

101 Mission

100. Review/update this list at least once a month (1/24) (more info)

101. Create a new list once this one has been completed (more info)

05.17.2009 – 02.12.2012

43 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2009 9:17 pm

    Thanks for the link! Yeah, I kept finding things that I wanted to add to my list, so I decided on an “alternates” section. I think next time, I’ll just leave 15-20 items blank and fill them in later. Good luck on your list!

  2. June 1, 2009 5:07 pm

    Great list!

    I also LOVE your finish date – it just looks so pretty with the 1s and 2s and 0s – does that make sense? :)

    • tarasg permalink
      June 1, 2009 5:12 pm

      Thank you! Completely makes sense… at least it does to me! That’s why I picked it :) I love that yours ends on Thanksgiving!

  3. opicana permalink
    June 23, 2009 12:13 am

    Awesome list! We have loads of tasks that are similar or along the same lines. Good luck! I will be checking back :)

    • taraSG permalink
      June 23, 2009 11:32 am

      Thanks! I know!! I’m definitely looking forward to checking back with yours too :) Good luck!

  4. chealsey permalink
    June 26, 2009 7:16 pm

    Thanks for the link! Your list inspires me to want to add even more to my list… :) I’m sure that running half marathons and marathons won’t sneak there way onto my current list, but it would certainly be a good one to add after the first 101 is completed!
    I’ll be sure to check in on your blog to see your progress- it seems like you have already have a good start!
    On a totally random note, I was reading that your husband is from Iowa. I also am originally from Iowa- northeastern corner to be exact. Is he from the same area? I always get excited when I see that someone’s from Iowa. It doesn’t seem to happen too much when it comes to the blog-world!

    • taraSG permalink
      June 26, 2009 7:44 pm

      I had to start a “things for my next 101” list because I kept coming across great ideas from other bloggers :)

      He’s from Richland, IA (about an hour south of Iowa City) and I graduated from University of Iowa then we lived in Pella, IA for a couple years. I don’t come across very many other Iowans either :)

      • June 26, 2009 11:37 pm

        You lived in Pella? My mom’s co-worker is from Pella! :)

        • taraSG permalink
          June 26, 2009 11:55 pm

          Small world!! Shane worked at Vermeer for 4 (or 5?) years so I moved there after I graduated. It’s a really cute little Dutch town. I only miss Tulip Time :)

  5. July 6, 2009 9:03 am

    Thanks so much for commenting on my blog and adding me to your links list. I didn’t realize there were so many people doing this and had blogs like mine.

    • taraSG permalink
      July 6, 2009 9:45 am

      There seems to be a lot of people starting it in the last couple months. If you go to DayZero you can see a master list (and add yours to it if you like). I find reading other people’s lists really interesting and tend to find things I want to put on my next 101 that I never would have thought of :)

  6. August 9, 2009 11:06 am

    Ooh, excellent list! I would love to go paintballing!
    I also thought about doing the A-Z challenge but ended up rejecting it… although I did find out there is a place in Germany that begins with X, which I think would have been the hardest letter.

    • taraSG permalink
      August 9, 2009 3:47 pm

      Thanks for checking out my list!

      I was worried about finding an “X” place to visit at first but I think there may be one not far from where I live (super small town but it will count lol).

  7. August 12, 2009 3:43 am

    One of my favorite foreign films is The Butterfly and the Diving Bell. It’s a French Film. It’s really good, very sad, but good.

    • taraSG permalink
      August 12, 2009 1:24 pm

      Thanks! I’ll add it to my to-watch list!

  8. August 13, 2009 1:04 am

    Hey Tara thanks for the comment. Love your list & good on you for sharing it and collecting other people lists as well. I will be checking in here from time to time to see how you get on.

    • taraSG permalink
      August 13, 2009 12:39 pm

      Thanks for checking out my site!

  9. August 14, 2009 9:40 am

    I’m thinking about getting a snitch, or the symbol for the Deathly Hollows. But I change my mind a lot…so we’ll see!

    • taraSG permalink
      August 14, 2009 12:41 pm

      I’ve seen some really cute tattoos of snitches and Deathly Hollows symbols. I think I’d like to get a spell or a quote maybe. But I tend to lean towards word tattoos. Only 1 out of my 5 isn’t a word :)

  10. mommyinmotion permalink
    August 17, 2009 1:38 pm

    I love your list. Thinks for the link to the ning group!

    • taraSG permalink
      August 17, 2009 1:41 pm

      Thank you! And thanks for joining :)

  11. sarahdistracted permalink
    September 11, 2009 8:22 pm

    Thanks for commenting on my blog…it let me to your amazing list! I’m be checking in to see your progress now, GOOD LUCK!

    • taraSG permalink
      September 12, 2009 12:07 pm

      Thanks! I added you to my links too :)

  12. chrissyisawesome permalink
    September 13, 2009 1:51 am

    I love this format – I’m stealing it for my list :)

    • taraSG permalink
      September 13, 2009 2:00 am

      Thanks! Steal away :)

  13. abcderica permalink
    September 13, 2009 7:10 pm

    Your list is fantastic! I really like your blog “My Day In Six Words” it’s such a cool idea!

  14. everydaysuperstar permalink
    September 15, 2009 2:16 pm

    Nice list! I’m interested in following your blog. Thanks also for the link to Day Zero List Makers.

    I particularly like #83. Once upon a time I knew how to sign, but I lost that knowledge over time. I’m interested in re-learning. Know of any resources?

  15. September 17, 2009 3:29 pm

    Nice list and a good practice, very inspirational, i’m going to do my own.

    • taraSG permalink
      September 18, 2009 1:54 pm

      Thanks! Good luck :)

  16. Mike permalink
    September 25, 2009 3:26 pm

    I got some great ideas from your list and i really like the “My day in six words” idea.
    Thanks for sharing – Mike

  17. annagustin permalink
    November 30, 2009 4:22 am

    hi Tara…

    I just finished my 101 list… :-D, thanks for the idea… :-)

    Now the next step is to work for it…

    your A to Z challenge was really cool so I have my own challenge to0…

    thanks A lot…:)

  18. December 28, 2009 6:20 pm

    Great list. I stole a few for my future list. I’m about half way through my first one. Keep spreading the news of 101 in 1001! You are doing a great job!

  19. March 28, 2010 6:47 pm

    Wow I’ve noticed a lot of changes since the last time I’ve been here! I like the new stuff too. I’m deciding to take geocaches off my list too. They don’t seem as interesting as they did when I first discovered them. My list needs revamping too. Thanks again for being my inspiration, Tara! If I remember correctly, I think it was your list that made me want to create my own :]

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:29 pm

      Aww thanks! Let’s hope I can pick up the motivation again :)


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