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Olio in Iowa’s 2015 Bucket List

Typically the new year comes with the promise of resolutions and kicking bad habits. But I’ve already preferred compiling lists of things to do in the coming year. While I’m already working on a pretty hefty list of goals (lookin’ at you, 101 in 1,001), I’m excited to start planning out which Iowa attractions I’m looking forward to visiting in 2015…

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Olio in Iowa’s Best of 2014

In the past 12 months, I’ve explored lots of corners of Iowa and even checked a few new states off my bucket list. I’ve marveled at new giant, roadside oddities and learned more about Iowa’s history. I’ve put a few too many miles on my already tired car and traveled to both ends of the state…

101 in 1,001

Update: 101 in 1,001

Earlier this year I came up with a 101 in 1,001 list with the goal of completing 101 tasks in 1,001 days. Now that I’m almost a year into my 1,001 days, I’ve realized I’m more quickly chipping away at the goals, activities and experiences I included.

Since my last update, I’ve done a bit of traveling, celebrated some bigger goal milestones and (looking back) eaten a lot of great food…

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On practicing gratitude

On Sunday morning, I was running late.

I’d woken up groggy and overtired and hadn’t let my hair dry all the way before stumbling out of my building into the late November air with my bag slung haphazardly over my shoulder…

101 in 1,001

Update: 101 in 1,001

In my last update, I talked about baseball games, the Pitchfork Pie Stand and more. This time I’m tackling a few of my in progress goals as well as some others you might have spotted a blog post about…

Update: 101 in 1,001

I’m a little less than six months into my 101 in 1,001 challenge and though I’ve been busy, I’ve actually been making a little progress. 1. Finish list of 101 things (1/30/14) Not going to…

101 in 1,001

101 in 1,001

Last year I created a list of 22 thing to accomplish before my 23rd birthday. And while that list went fairly well, I wanted to try something new. So instead of half-hearted New Year’s resolutions or an annual birthday list, I decided to try something new this year: 101 things to accomplish over the next 1,001 days…