101 in 1001, a year later

It is CRAZY to believe that I started my "101 in 1001" goal list a whole YEAR ago! I meant to blog every time I checked something off the list, but that clearly hasn't happened. So here I am, blogging about ALL the things that I've crossed off. And you what? I'm pretty proud of how far I've come. It's so easy to get so overwhelmed, and feel like you aren't doing enough with your life, even at a young age. Thanks to the world of social media and instantaneous updates and over-filtered-everything, it starts to feel like everyone is living a much cooler life, and doing so much more, than you are. If you feel that way, make a list like this. And in a year, go back and realize just how far you've come. It's a pretty amazing feeling. Cheers to two more years of rocking these goals ;)


Start date: September 10, 2012

End date: June 8, 2015 (here's a CALCULATOR I used to figure out the end date.)


1. See a concert at Red Rocks

2. Visit a real lighthouse

3. Get S.C.U.B.A. certified

4. Skydive

5. Pay off my student loan

6. Save up an emergency fund (enough to cover 3-6 mos. worth of bills)

7. Participate in a Habitat for Humanity build

8. Rebrand & relaunch my business  (accomplished: May 2013)

9. Launch an Etsy Store (accomplished: May 2013)

10. Crochet myself a pair of mittens

11. Grow an herb garden

12. Develop film

13. Watch all 200 movies on the New Year's Resolution list I made in 2011

14. Attend a jazz festival

15. Learn to play guitar

16. Karaoke

17. Take ballet lessons

18. Cook dinner 3x a week for six months

19. Do a gallery wall (accomplished: twice! My parents' house now has a HUGE gallery wall featuring tons of people from both my mom's and dad's sides of the family. Our apartment has a gallery wall in our living room, too, although the frames remain photo-less, for now ;) )

20. Go to a winery (accomplished: July 2013, in Spain!)

21. Sew myself an article of clothing

22. Be able to touch my toes

23. Learn to ballroom dance

24. Scrapbook all those mementos from high school & college

25. Watch a meteor shower

26. Art direct and photograph a styled photoshoot

27. Run another marathon

28. Take a ride in a hot air balloon

29. Go roller-blading

30. Record/videotape the story of Nana and Papa's courtship and engagement

31. See a Broadway musical

32. Go apple picking

33. Enter a photography competition

34. Roadtrip to Michigan

35. Explore Asheville, North Carolina

36. Fly kites

37. Buy a bicycle (and ride it!)

38. Move into and decorate a home of my (our!) own (accomplished: June 2013. Still a work in progress!)

39. Make Christmas ornaments

40. Make a scrapbook/photobook of the summer I spent in England

41. Get a stamp in my passport from somewhere I haven't been before (accomplished: July 2013 with SPAIN!)

42. Join a recreational soccer league

43. Hang a hammock up

44. See Mat Kearney in concert

45. See Salvation Mountain

46. Go rock climbing with Matt (on real rocks!)

47. Make apple pie (Matt's favorite!) from scratch

48. Take a watercolor class with my mom (accomplished: February 2013. We took a pop-up class at the Indianapolis Art Center. So fun!)

49. Join Rotary (accomplished: spring 2013. I joined the Noblesville Rotary Club.)

50. Send Christmas cards to past clients

51. Send anniversary cards to past wedding clients

52. Write my ideal client profile (accomplished: spring 2013, with the help of Whitney English's Day Designer.)

53. Get married ;) (accomplished: July 5, 2013, and it was hands-down the VERY best day of my life. I also cheated putting this on here, because I knew it was going to happen ;) )

54. Develop my packaging for photography materials

55. Attend a photography workshop

56. Make a corkboard map of all the places I've been

57. Graduate college (accomplished: December 2012. What an awesome feeling.)

58. Watch the sunrise on New Year's Day

59. Write my brothers each a letter telling them how cool they are

60. Take a personality test

61. Leave a present for the mailman

62. Back up all of my photographs

63. Donate money to my high school

64. Sponsor a child in a developing country again (for a whole year this time)

65. Plant a tree

66. Read a classic novel

67. Watch the original BBC version of Pride & Prejudice

68. Go swing dancing with Matt

69. Cull my clothing down to only timeless, treasured favorites

70. Make another t-shirt quilt

71. Spend a whole day with my paternal grandmother

72. Spend a whole day with my maternal grandmother

73. Build a treehouse

74. Set up a home office (accomplished: August 2013. See the tour here!)

75. Participate in a river clean-up

76. Watch the series One Tree Hill from the beginning

77. Start a vinyl collection (which means getting a record player!) (accomplished: July 2013, thanks to a wedding gift of a record player! My first record? Carol King's "Tapestry" ;) )

78. Find my ancestors' names in the book on Ellis Island

79. Throw a surprise party for someone

80. Have professional photos taken where I incorporate balloons (accomplished: June 2013. Does it count if I took the photos, and the client brought the balloons? Still, it was awesome.)

81. Perfect the homemade pumpkin spice latte (accomplished: October 2012. Blog post tutorial coming soon!)

82. Send one MORE LOVE LETTERS letter per month

83. Visit the Indiana Dunes

84. Take a weekend trip to Dale Hollow

85. Go to Vegas

86. Make a recipe book (including lots of recipes from mom, Nana and Grandmother)

87. Go to the State Fair (accomplished: August 2013. So fun!)

88. Photograph a sunrise session

89. Send personal Christmas cards that I designed myself

90. Run for charity

91. Sign up to be a bone marrow donor (accomplished: spring 2013. It's easy!)

92. Build a sandcastle

93. Buy an iMac (accomplished: March 2013. I love it!)

94. Go on a picnic (accomplished: July 2013 in Park Guell in Barcelona. Too perfect.)

95. Host a holiday dinner at my (our!) house

96. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

97. Spend a weekend in Chicago

98. Read 5 books to help my business

99. Learn to quilt from Matt's grandma

100. Read 100 books

101. Buy a Jessica Hische print