101 in 1001

Have you heard of the 101 in 1001 Project or Day Zero Project?  The challenge is basically to complete 101 specific tasks within 1001 days.  Not quite long term enough to be a “bucket list” but just long enough to be able to realistically complete a few things.

1001 days is about 2.75 years.  When I first heard about the challenge, I stated thinking about the fact that 30 is creeping up on me.  In some sort of a cosmic coincidence, I first read about the project with 1,555 days before I turned 30.  I felt like this was the universe giving me a sign.  Hence my 155 things in 1,555 day modification.

There are some things I’d ideally like to see happen before 30, such as getting married and having a kid or two, but they’re pretty dependent on others *cough, cough*.  I don’t want to put too much undue pressure on others not involved in this challenge though, so I’ve left those off the list.  I’ll blog about everything as the tasks are completed, or at least those that are worth blogging about!

So here it is–155 things in 1,555 days– or “How I got off my ass and got shit done before I turned 30”

Start Date: July 13, 2013

End Date: October 15, 2017

Completed? 42/155 and 33 no longer possible….

Approx 35% complete

Work that Body

1. 30 Day Yoga Challenge

2. 30 Days of no processed or fast food

3. Fit into size 6 jeans

4. Participate in Aguatober

5. Do a mud run

6. 30 Day Whole Living Challenge

7. Kick the addiction–to caffeine, that is  (completed November 2013)

8. Take an adult ballet class (I’ve decided that regularly attending Barre3, where I feel like a ballerina, is close enough since I’ve yet to find one of these in my area)

9. Hit goal weight (I’ll let you know if I actually hit that amount!)

10. Start and finish either P90X or Insanity

11. Buy a bike (Completed April 2015. Thanks Bike-O-Rama!)

12. Try TRX

13. Complete a C25K program

14. Try juicing (Completed Christmas 2014 thanks to an amazing gift from my mom!)

Bloggy Blog

15. Learn Photoshop (take a Blogshop class?) (Considering I use this for work regularly, I’m going to say I’ve learned it… certainly not a master but I can get things done)

16. Attend a blog conference  (Completed May 2014 thanks to Alt for Everyone; I’d still like to attend a live conference, though)

17. Have 20 blog followers (at 35% completion)

18. Comment on 15 difference blogs that I follow (completed April 2014 thanks to IIN classmates!)

19. Have a photoshoot done for head shots, etc for social media  (June 2015!)

20. Have 100 unique daily visitors (got pretty close on June 12, 2014!)

21. Learn how to use Illustrator (completed October 2013)

22. Inspire someone else to complete the challenge (Have I inspired you?  Let me know and I’ll link up here!) (Teddie 2014)

23. Make $1 from my blog  (Completed June 2014; Thanks Bing!)

24. Take 10 ALT classes (3 taken in April 2014, 1 in July 2014… Unfortunately as of May 2015 ALT is no longer offering their classes as far as I can tell.)

25. Participate in NaBloPoMo (I didn’t participate in the official one, but I did a version of it in October 2014 so I’ll count it. The object was to post every day for a month and I did that!)

26. Become a Yelp! Elite member  (I was contacted about being nominated to be Elite in November 2016. Unfortunately I am not eligible since I am a business owner 🙁 )


27. Take a road trip (it only counts if it is more than one day’s drive in each direction) (Trip to Stratejoy Summer Camp in Asheville, NC with Teddie; August 2015)

28. Swim with dolphins

29. Do a Napa winery tour

30. Go Indoor Skydiving

31. Go ice skating in Bryant Park or Rockefeller Center

32. Go surfing

33. Celebrate my birthday in a different country

34. Fly First Class for a flight longer than an hour

35. Take a yearly mother-daughter-niece trip (Dells Trip June 2014, State Fair August 2015, Florida for Christmas 2016)

36. Take my niece to Disneyworld

37. Eat at 5 different restaurants featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives (Cemitas Puebla [Aug 2013], bopNgrill [March 2014 and July 2014], Comet Cafe [July 2014], Coastal Cravings [July 2015], Andale Taqueria [March 2016])

38. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway

39. Drink Butter Beer at Harry Potter’s Wizarding World (Completed January 2017)

40. Travel via train (subway or the El don’t count)

41. Get 2 new stamps in my passport

42. A-Z Travel Challenge

43. Attend a Food & Wine Festival

44. Take a segway tour

45. See the sunrise in Bar Harbor, Maine (first place in the continental US that the sun reaches)

Living in a Material World…

46. buy a Louis Vuitton

47. find the perfect LBD (Ok, so it’s a maxi but it’s perfect–July 2014)

48. buy 10 new coffee table books (Against All Grain, What to Cook and How to Cook It, Nom Nom Paleo, Fire Starter Sessions, Ancestral Table, Relish, Naked Cookbook, Plated, Celebrations, Ready or Not!)

49. Re-sole Aldo boots

50. buy all of the Disney Princess movies

Help a brotha out…

51. Volunteer on a Habitat for Humanity build day  (NOLA with Wildtree July 2014)

52. Send 100 handwritten notes (3 sent April 2014, 1 July 2014, 6 January 2015, 3 February 2015, 1 June 2015, 50 sent December 2015)

53. Leave 25 Operation Beautiful notes (2 left January 2015)

54. Donate to a different charity each month (I haven’t made it quite here yet but donations so far include DonorsChoose.org [Spanish Books and music stands 2013], Team in Training [March 2014], MS Walk [April 2014], Autism Awareness [June 2014])

55. Leave a 100% tip for a great waitress (June 2014)

56. Send $10 to 5 random people that I don’t know

57. Attend a fancy charity gala

58. Donate 10,000 grains of rice on freerice.com

59. Knit a scarf and send it to a random reader

60. Help finish off the basement (The project has been started but has been stalled for some time)

61. Go on a Mission or Volunteer trip

62. Send flowers to 3 people (with or without reason) (Mom February 2014, Melissa June 2014, Aunt July 2014)

63. Leave 50 random Post-It notes

64. Buy a round at the bar and include strangers

65. Bring 10 random treats to work (Christmas Cookies 2013!, Valentine’s Day 2014, 7 Layer Bars August 2016, Cupcakes October 2016, Kit Kat Bars Jan 2017, Puppy Chow Rice Krispies May 2017)

66. Volunteer with Girls on the Run


67. Pay off student loans

68. Save $15,000 (Completed March 2014)

69. Save $20 for every task completed (doesn’t count toward task 68)

70. Brown bag lunch every day for a month

When you say Wisconsin…

71. Throw a dart at a map of Wisconsin and spend a weekend exploring

72. Attend a Badger Hockey game from the student section

73. Attend a Badger Basketball game from the student section

74. Do a tour of the Miller Brewery

75. Do a tour of the New Glarus Brewery

76. Run Crazylegs

77. Try 15 different Wisconsin craft beers/ciders (Cider Boys, LakeHouse by Capital Brewery, Booyah by Milwaukee Brewing Company, Wisco Disco by Stillmank Brewing Company, Steamboat Lemon Shandy by Potosi Brewing)

78. Make and use a Madison Restaurant Passport to try new restaurants

79.Go to Galaxy Bingo at Ho-Chunk

80. Attend a Bowl Game or B1G Championship (that the Badgers are playing in)

81. Try 8 different Madison Food Carts (Banzo, Slide, Soho, PotsNTots, Bulgogi Korean Taco, Umami Buns, Melted, El Grito)

Where a kid can be a kid…

82. Build a sandcastle

83. Re-read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books

84. Build a snowman

85. Take niece to Medieval Times

Just Do it

86. Go paintballing

87. Take a trapeze class

88. Submit to Post Secret

89. Create something to be sold on Etsy

90. Digitize childhood photos

91. Go snowboarding (January 2015– I’m not “good” by any means. But I tried it and will try again this winter)

92. Go sailing (on Lake Mendota?  In the Caribbean?)

93. 365 project (Turning my #100HappyDays into a 365 project; officially started March 2014; Ended March 2015. I got a little lax with it but I’m ok with that)

94. Make a coffee table book of the 365 project photos

95. Buy a sewing machine and make something with it

96. Shoot a legitimate photography session for someone (June 2015)

97. Finish watching LOST

98. Wash my car every 2 weeks for a year

99. Try geocaching (I’m going to go ahead and say that Pokemon Go counts)

100. Get a Madison library card (technically Verona…but they’re the same thing–August 2015)

101. Watch a different production of Nutcracker every Christmas (2013: San Francisco)

102. Ride a mechanical bull

103. Go to brunch at 20 different places (Bluephies, Comet Cafe, Basset Street Brunch Club, Stack’em High, DLux)

104. Make the bed every day for two weeks (September 2013)

105. Plant a lilac bush

106. Organize Girl’s Weekend every season

107. Eliminate clutter from iPod

108. Organize monthly Girl’s Night

109. Go on a picnic

110. Come up with 365 Awesome Things

111. Go to a wine/painting studio event (Completed February 2015)

112. Tie a note to a balloon and let it go (Completed May 2014)


113. Host a Pinterest Party

114. Send personalized holiday cards (Christmas or a random holiday) (Completed Christmas 2014 to my amazing clients!)

115. Host a Kentucky Derby Party

116. Host 5 board game nights

Keep Learning

117. Read 42/50 new books (Orange Is The New Black, The Fault In Our Stars, It Starts With Food, Matched, Crossed, Reached, Psychos, Integrative Nutrition, 50 Shades of Grey series, Night CircusMargarita Wednesdays, Sharp Objects, Bossypants, Tone It Up, Paper Towns, Bared To You, Dark Places, Vacationers, The Science of Getting Rich, Radical Self Love, The Big Leap, Girl Code, Light Is the New Black, Brain on Fire, Dirty Rush, The Selection series, The 12 Week Year, Crazy Rich Asians, The Girls, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, The Wangs vs. The World, Where’d You Go Bernadette, Wild, Finding Your Foxy, Get Rich Lucky Bitch, Lucky Bitch, #Girlboss)

118. How to drive stick shift

119. Finish a NY Times Crossword

120. Take a flower arranging class (Completed at Revel on 8/27/2016)

121. Take a pottery class

122. Re-learn US capitals

123. Be able to identify countries in Europe and Asia on a map

124. Read 2nd Harry Potter book in Spanish

125. Watch 10 TED Talks (Birke Baehr, David Epstein, Brendan Brazier)

126. Take an intensive cooking/design seminar

127. Watch 5 movies in Spanish


128. Make Lobster Bisque (December 2013 with Christmas leftovers!)

129. Make pollo con mole

130. Make sourdough from scratch (I have the starter culture to make this happen!)

131. Bake 10 different kinds of cupcakes

132. Make drunk gummy bears

133. Make creme brulee

134. Make 10 wildtree meals that aren’t freezer meals (December 2013)

135. Make lobster/crab (Christmas 2013!)

136. Make Thanksgiving dinner (November 2016)

137. Make a Red Velvet cake (multi-layers) from scratch

You’re so vain…

138. Take a legit stay-cation (Completed August 2017)

139. Go on 2 date nights a month with N

140. Keep fresh flowers in the house for 1 month straight (completed summer 2014)

141. Take photos for a daily yearbook

142. Visit a dry bar

143. Keep fingernails filed, painted and un-chewed for one month

144. Wear heels every day for a week (November 2016)

145. Wear a skirt/dress once a week for two months (completed summer 2017)

146. Wear lipstick every day for 2 weeks

147. Get bi-weekly manicures for 2 months

148. Write a letter to myself to open on 39th birthday

149. Get monthly massages for a year

150. Celebrate 50% completion with a bottle of good champagne

151. Go salsa dancing


Ok, so the last few are secrets.  I’m still not sure I want them totally out there for the entire world to see and since I’m doing this for me and not anyone else, well they’re underwraps for now.  If they are accomplished, perhaps they’ll be shared….

152. Get a puppy (APRIL 2014)

153. Get a new job (March 2014)





  1. Kelly Nigl (@kellynigl)

    Hey, did you know that the Healthy Living Summit is coming to Madison this year?! That would be an easy way for you to check off #16! 🙂 ( http://www.healthylivingsummit.com for more info)

    SO many other awesome things on this list!! I will keep from leaving a crazy long comment to comment on all of the fun things, but I can’t wait to follow along with your progress!

    • klynngrant2

      I did know that! (It’s actually how I came across your blog!!!!) I’m SO excited for it!

  2. Kate

    Found you through Mackenzie Horan & love this list! Good luck girl 🙂

    • klynngrant2

      Thanks for checking my list out, Kate!

  3. The Women of Westwood

    This is awesome! I’ve never heard of doing this!

    • klynngrant2

      I highly recommend it! It is kind of cathartic coming up with the list and is amazing how the things on my list keep just happening without me really focusing on making them happen! Let me know if you end up putting on together and I’ll link to you here!

  4. Ali Pinckney

    This is so AWESOME!!!! I am going to start brainstorming my list 🙂 I’d love to do this I have less than 3 years now until I’m 30 so this might be the perfect thing! Thank you!!

    • Katie--GlamGirlGlow

      Yay! I’m glad you love it! I’m glad that mine somehow worked out to being until I was 30. It feels like it was meant to be that way haha.
      If you put it together and end up with it on your website, let me know! I’ll link to you here!



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