My 101 List

1.  Write list of 100 things that make me happy
2. Complete 365 project
3. Send a secret to Post Secret
4. Finish changing all lightbulbs to CFL/most energy efficient for their use
5. Buy rechargeable batteries instead of regular AA batteries
6. Fundraise and participate in Relay for Life
7. Have a difficult conversation instead of deflecting and avoiding when topic arises
8. Go to two states I’ve never been to before
9. Read 250 books
10. Write a love letter (to someone else or to myself)
11. Cook a whole chicken
12. Make and keep appointment with Dermatologist once a year for skin cancer check – even though it’s creepy and I hate it
13. Go ice skating
14. Spend a day at the beach
15. Throw away lotions, hair products, beauty stuff I don’t use
16. Splurge on five matching sets of bra/underwear
17. Start a journal
18. Plan and go on a vacation lasting three or more days
19. Floss every night for a month
20. Say hi and make eye contact with each person I encounter for a day instead of looking away
21. Swim in one of the Great Lakes
22. Get a State Map postcard from all 50 US States
23. Write a letter to the editor
24. Have a drink on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building
25. Get a professional pedicure once a season (At least!)
26. Plan and go on a yearly Girl’s retreat
27. Start a new family tradition
28. Do something nice for a stranger – pay it forward.
29. Make a snow angel
30. Buy flowers and give them to a stranger
31. Learn to make the perfect mojito
32. Go surfing
33. Make a fabulous dessert I’ve never made before
34. Go see a chick flick with girlfriends
35. Drive through downtown Chicago without getting lost
36. Go to at least two concerts of my choice per year
37. Go skinny dipping
38. Walk a marathon
39. Remember to take reusable mug with me for coffee – AT LEAST once per month
40. Keep the girls home from school and  play hooky – all fun stuff all day
41. Play a song on guitar and post video on my blog
42. Write a song for guitar
43. Take my daughters to see The Nutcracker
44. Send someone a care package
45. Take  1001 photos
46. Make a book of my photos
47. Go to a Red Wings game
48. Get a bikini wax
49. Do the 12 days of Christmas for someone else.
50. Make a website or blog to track my 101
51. Have a snowball fight
52. Make a piñata
53. Go to a “toy” party
54. Go to a candle party/or housewares party (both equally snoozeworthy)
55. Write a book
56. Try a new cocktail
57. Have a portrait taken
58. Go to a winery
59. Eat at McDonalds (ugh!)
60. Update my resume
61. Take a trip on a train
62. Reread classics: “To Kill a Mockingbird” “Catcher In the Rye”, and “The Little Women” (Which I’ve never read before) etc.
63. Enter a contest
64. Sing karaoke
65. Get a passport
66. Draft a will
67. Make  a mix cd
68. Watch “The Big Lebowski” all the way through. Even if I don’t find it funny.
69. Enjoy a day at a spa
70. Go horseback riding
71. Make dinner – serve dessert first.
72. Send a message in a bottle
73. Learn to cook a new dish
74. Finish a book of sudoku puzzles
75. Organize recipes in binders or in some way so that there aren’t magazine pages everywhere
76. Buy nightstands that are at a good height for bedside
77. Go on every roller coaster at an amusement park
78. Celebrate a different holiday
79. Keep a list of each day’s HIGHS
80. Make a scrapbook for the girls’ portraits
81. Go commando for a day
82.  Write a letter to my kids of what I wish for them – put it away for their 18th birthday
83. Leave notes in library books
84. Save all coin change for the duration of the project.
85. Send someone a hand written note, postcard, card or letter each month
86. Memorize a poem
87. List 43 things I like about myself
88. Have goofy photobooth pictures taken
89. Make bagels from scratch
90. Take a spinning class
91. Buy a book about Kama Sutra – try  a few things…
92. Find someone to make a quilt of K’s first year baby clothes.
93. Go to Washington DC when the cherry blossoms are out
94. Finish all the painting projects for the house (Basement, master bathroom, kids’ bathroom,  master bedroom, downstairs bathroom)
95. Take the boat across Lake Michigan to Milwaukee
96. Make a kick-butt workout playlist
97. Go “vegetarian” for a week – No meat!
98. Try five categories from the “Best of Grand Rapids” list and go to those places
99. See an outdoor concert downtown
100. Go to the movies alone – three times
101. Have a water balloon fight.



  1. Jo said

    GREAT LIST!!!!!! I’m so amped to finish mine!

  2. the101list said

    Thanks Jo – good luck with yours! I knwo you can do it!!

  3. Reenie said

    Oh my word! What a great list. It wore me out so, I had to take a nap after reading it. I’m approaching this new year differently than ever before. I have set goals that will really change the quality of my life. They require great commitment, but unlike any other year I’ve selected goals and rewards that are hard for me to pass up. Will you let us know as you whittle away at your list – your progress?

    Oh, and if the lotions etc are unopened, donate them to a women’s shelter. 🙂 xoxo Reens

  4. Jamie said

    I want a pic as proof for number #59. AND you better take the girls with you when you do it.

    Love the list. Wish I had the gumption to do one but alas I’m to lazy, lol.

  5. the101list said

    Ah, Jamie – my kids are MickeyD’s fans now. We broke the seal on it. But YES, they’ll go with me. Y’all think they’ll let me order a happy meal? If I have to eat that garbage, I at least wanna get a toy out of it.

  6. Tiffany said

    Wow – quite impressive. What with it being New Year’s Eve and me completing that 5K the other day, I now am totally inspired to make my own 101. I’ll attach it to my blog to you can laugh at my list and subsequent attempts to cross things off.

  7. Ami said

    Great list! Good luck!

    I’m especially impressed with the number of books you plan to read. I WISH I had time to read that many books. 🙂

  8. davislove said

    Wow, that is a great list. It inspires me to work harder on mine. Oh and I will send you a postcard from Oregon if you let me know where to send it. 🙂

  9. davislove said

    Oh and P.S. You can come to my “toy” party if you can make it this way. 😉

  10. the101list said

    Thanks @davislove 🙂 I may have someone sending me oregon – will double check – if not, I’ll DM you sending info.

    And I doubt I’ll make it to Oregon – maybe your party needs to be on webcam with a way to order online 😉 (Though, I really REALLY love Oregon and would love to come back that way…)

  11. katbron said

    WOW! I love this idea – thanks for sharing!

  12. Jenna said

    This is a fun list – very achievable. I made a list of 100 goals for life at one time but a lot of them are kinda vague or travel-related. I like the “check that baby off the list” concept a lot more.

  13. Eliana said

    This is a fantastic list! ❤
    I have a soft spot for number 39 too. I always forget to use my travel mug! It must feel so neglected!

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  15. Debbie said

    I am so doing this. Beginning my list today. Will let you know when it’s done. xo

    • the101list said

      Can’t wait to see it, Debbie!! That’s AWESOME!

  16. Mattigee said

    Great list, inspired me to do my own. stay tuned.

  17. from florida i can help

  18. Rachie X said

    woah 250 books!!! that IS a challenge! goodluck!

  19. bevchen said

    Ooh, I love your list!
    What is a “toy” party?

  20. I love you idea and your list. I think it is the perfect combination of some things that can easily be accomplished and others that will require more time and effort. I enjoyed reading your list before generating my own. I decided long before I read this and before I signed on for the happiness project at ( a brilliant idea I might add, that should be give a try by everyone) If you have not already signed the contract, I highly recommend it and the toolbox. you can find the idea and the contract at and the toolbox for help at or it might just be either way if you go to the happiness project you will find their toolbox
    I am psyched to make a list of 101 things. I hope that at the end of 2010 people will check back and see that I have really made progress. The difference between my attitude this year and every other year that I merely made new year’s resolutions- most of which were unreasonable, thus setting myself up for failure, usually by the end of feb; the real difference is this:
    This year, my list of 1001 things that I will compile tonight or tomorrow and my contract to bring more happiness into my own life and into the lives of family, friends and strangers I encounter, this year, the list, desires, hopes and promises to be happy and do something everyday,to make others happy are my very own ideas, list; they are my choices that I am doing for me. I am not making unrealistic goals just to satisfy an over bearing parent or a friend who thinks I should quit smoking, etc. I am doing it for me. I think that before we can ever succeed in any long term goal with significant meaning, we have to be motivated to do so on our own. If you are doing it to please or to gain approval from or to make any other person happy then you are doomed. I finally get that and that is exactly why I feel *for the very first time that I have a real shot at succeeding and accomplishing my list and goals. Thanks for the fabulous idea. Pleae check back with me in a day or two to view my list. I am eager hear what you think.

    Melissa Sugar

    Hopefully by then it will not be located on my page, but on another blog I am starting at the same place, one address should get you to the new on

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