Julie 101

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Julie 101

I have always wanted to write a blog, but with such a wide variety of topics to write about I found it difficult to find a focus or direction to go in. Then one of my very favorite blogs I read, That Wife posted about this project called 101 in 1001. In a nutshell (we’ll get down to brass tacks later), it is sort of an extended Resolution list, spanning more than one year. After how quickly last year flew by, and how areas of my life are changing at such a fast pace, I want to do things beyond work and sleep that will make me feel good about myself and enrich my life in both small and great ways.

A little info on me and where my life is right now: I’m a 26 year old girl (woman? — lets stick with … humanoid) living in the greater Philadelphia area. I have a degree in graphic design and despite my love of printed materials, work mostly with the web. I love Philadelphia sports, coffee, music, and Victorian-era print materials, I enjoy going to websites with intelligently-stupid or cute content (can we say Cute Overload and Buzzfeed?), and sometimes I talk in run-on sentences. I was a serial dater through 9 years and 4 major boyfriends) but have been single for the last 2, and despite my grandmother’s best efforts am completely content to stay this way until it “just happens” (that’s what happens, right? the Witherportmanheigliston-Lo’s of the world say so). As much as I LOVE my family, I am doing my best to save money and move out of the house. I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and Lyme disease (seems to be a pandemic in my neighborhood) and am working my way through the nooks and crannies of those conditions. My BFF is getting married in June and I am her MOH, and couldn’t be more excited. After a rough end to 2010, I’m excited for a fresh start in 2011, which brings me to ………..

….the title of the blog! A focus! I will structure my blog around completing the 101 in 1001 Challenge, as outlined below. Hopefully this will get me more comfortable with writing to the blogosphere and allow me to get to know myself better. So Julie 101 is both the specific challenge as well as an introductory class on my life.

Without further ado (and by ado, I mean first-blog-post-awkwardness), the 101 in 1001 Challenge!

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

The Start Date:

The End Date:

My 101(some items inspired/ripped from That Wife and her source, Peach And Pearl – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!)


1. Create a blog
2. Write in blog at least once per week for one year (1/52)
3. Get 10 followers on blog (0/10)
4. Comment on 5 blogs (1/5)


5. Can or Pickle some vegetable or fruit
6. Acquire a KitchenAid Stand Mixer
7. Make Creme Brulee
8. Cook 5 types of food I have never made before (0/5)
9. Take a cake decorating class
10. Cook a dinner with BFF Caitlin for our parents each year (0/3)
11. Compile a list of 25 healthy snacks and try them out (0/25)
12. Take a picture of everything I eat for one week (0/7)


13. Save $200 every month (0/36)
14. Begin an IRA
15. Pay off car loan
16. Don’t eat out for one month (0/30)
17. Update Mint.com account once a day for 3 months (0/3)
18. Sell Queen Anne’s Secretary desk


19. Re-learn French
20. Read all 100 books on the Book List  (20/100)
21. Sew a skirt
22. Try 10 foods I’ve never had before (0/10)
23. Read biographies of 5 people I admire (0/5)
24. Send one handwritten letter for 6 months (penpal?) (0/6)
25. Take a college night-course
26. Take a figure-drawing class
27. Be a maid-of-honor
28. Grow an herb garden and a vegetable other than upside-down tomatoes
29. See at least one concert per month (0/12)
30. Go one entire day without complaining, once a month (0/36)
31. Learn a skill that was useful 100 years ago and is useful today
32. Learn how to play the guitar and memorize 10 songs (0/10)
33. Move out of my parents’ house
34. Spend one weekend by myself at the beach
35. Visit friends in 5 different cities (0/5)
36. Get a passport


37. Update web and physical portfolio
38. Create new brand and get business cards printed
39. Update Dad’s Handyman Business website with more imagery and image rotator
40. Take a basic Flash class
41. Design something that is not for a client


42. Eat as a vegetarian for one week (0/7)
43. Go hiking for at least three hours
44. Lose 15 pounds (0/15)
45. Run 1 mile without walking
46. Run a 5K
47. Take a dance class
48. Take a yoga class
49. Complete the One Hundred Pushups Challenge
50. See doctors annually: Eye doctor, OB/GYN, Dentist, Dermatologist, Family Doctor (0/15)
51. Complete the 30-Day Shred (0/30)
52. Take a multivitamin every day for a month (0/30)
53. Get a clean bill of health from infection specialist aka no more Lyme’s Disease
54. Go to the gym 3 times a week for 3 months (0/9)
55. Update Weight Watchers Plan Manager every day for one month (1/30)
56. Learn how to meditate and do it 5 times (0/5)
57. Eat 4-5 pieces of fruit every day for one month (0/30)

Hometown Exploring

58. Visit the Philadelphia Magic Gardens
59. Visit the Mutter Museum
60. Visit the Rodin Museum
61. Complete a local geo-cache
62. Find the MacGuffin and attend a Guerilla Drive-In
63. Ride the Strasburg Railroad
64. Pick fruit at a pick-your-own farm and do something with it
65. Visit the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art
66. Visit the Curtis Institute
67. Visit the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
68. Visit the Academy of Natural Sciences
69. Visit the Colonial Theater
70. Visit the Brandywine River Museum
71. Visit Longwood Gardens in the spring
72. Eat at 5 Philadelphia-Area restaurants I have never been to (0/5)
73. Bike the Struble Trail
74. Canoe or kayak on Marsh Creek


75. Attend a ballet performance
76. Have a picnic in the park
77. Watch all three Lord of the Rings movies back to back
78. Go camping at least 3 times per year (0/9)
79. Explore two states I’ve never been to (0/2)
80. Have at least 4 girls-nights per year (0/12)
81. Read the entire Wizard Of Oz series
82. Maintain a list of favorite songs/albums throughout each year, and create a top-ten of the year and a CD-mix of top songs for each year (0/3), (0/3)


83. Whiten teeth
84. Get a facial
85. Get a chemical peel as recommended by dermatologist for acne scars
86. Get 4 pedicures per year (0/12)
87. Let eyebrows grow in and get them shaped professionally
88. Soak in epsom salt for 30 minutes once a month for one year (0/12)
89. Wash makeup brushes once per week for 3 months (0/12)


90. Adopt a pet
91. Volunteer at Rubye’s Kids Holiday Party every year (0/2)
92. Join a new volunteer organization
93. Donate $50 to a charity
94. Donate $1 to charity for every item on my list not completed (101/101)
95. Donate blood as much as possible for one year (0/6)
96. Donate platelets at least once
97. Use only reusable bags at the grocery store 10 times (0/10)
98. Fund a project on Kiva
99. Write three letters complementing excellent service (0/3)
100. Vote for all elections for which I am eligible
101. Donate 25 items of clothing to Goodwill (0/25)

Here goes nothin’!


6 comments on “Julie 101

  1. Brandon
    January 4, 2011

    Oh yea! Numba 1! haha. Good luck my dear Julie! P.S. You should add this onto your website, I can help you if you want. http://brandonbarish.com/blog/

  2. georgie
    January 4, 2011

    Hey Julie! I know it’s been a long time since we talked, but I just saw this on FB and I think it’s AWESOME! What a great idea! Good luck with everything and remember that “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”.” Take care!

    • thejuliemonster
      January 5, 2011

      Thanks Georgie! Nice to hear from you, we should catch up some time. That is a really great phrase to remember, who is it from?

  3. nicole
    January 4, 2011

    Go Juli!! This is such a neat concept; kind of makes me want to try myself! And if you need a cohort for any of these tasks, I’m down 🙂

  4. Caitlin
    January 5, 2011

    Love this!!! You are so creative and crafty my little cookie! Excited to see how you start to cross things off the list. P.S. I’m so down for exploring!!! xoxoxo

  5. Fee
    January 7, 2011

    Love this idea, Juli! I’m with Nicole & Caitlin — keep me posted on what you’re adventures if you ever need some company!

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