101 Things in 1001 Days (2012-2014)






Welcome to my latest edition of 101 Things in 1001 Days!

This project is designed to enrich my everyday life by simply cramming it full of the stuff I love to do.  A few years ago I realised that I wasn’t making any time in my life for the things I intended to do “some day”, and without meaning to I was trapped in the grind of 9-5 habits.

What was it all for, if I was waking up each day just to go to work?  That’s when I discovered a whole community of people who were setting goals, and knocking them flat in 1001 days.

I began my first 101 list in 2008, and 1001 days later I had completed 94 of the tasks on my list (and almost completed another 5)!  Almost all of these items were things that would otherwise have been put off for eternity.  Instead, I have a treasure trove of memories and experiences, and the knowledge that I made them happen.

My new list began on 1 January 2012, and will be completed by 28 September 2014.  I’ll be writing about my progress as I go, so please drop in and cheer me along!


101 Things in 1001 Days is the brainchild of Michael Green, a blogger and developer from NZ. He created a list of tasks to achieve within a defined period, and the idea quickly spread around the web as a tool for helping people accomplish their goals.

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

The criteria: Tasks must be specific with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching.

Why 1001 days?  Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. 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, study semesters, or outdoor activities.



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Donate to an important cause or charity
Completed: I made a donation to the Breast Cancer Foundation, in honour of an old friend who is fighting the disease.  She’s 32.
My last list inspired me to sponsor a child in Ecuador, and now I’d like to give a little more.
Donate blood
Completed: If you’re able to donate blood, I hope you will.
Giving blood is so important.  If you don’t know why, read Ivy’s story.
Donate 101 things I no longer need (101/101)
Completed: May 2012
I always feel as though I have too much “stuff”, so I don’t think it will take me long to donate 101 things.  Over the course of this 1001 days I will probably part with many more of my things, but I will cross this task off when I reach 101.
Do something good (and big!) for somebody anonymously
Completed!  The nice thing about this one is that I did something good because it was the right thing to do.  Much later I realised that it also qualified for this item on my list.
I’m going to keep my ear to the ground for somebody who could use some help, and then I’m going to quietly go and do it.  For obvious reasons, I probably won’t write about it here – I’ll just mark it as being complete when it’s done.
Send somebody a care package for no reason
There is nothing better than getting real mail, and it’s even better when it’s a surprise!
Learn how to change a tyre
I’ve been driving for almost 15 years and have never needed to change a tyre.  I’m guessing it’s just a matter of time before my luck runs out, so I’d better know what to do!
Complete my Diploma of Management (8/8 units complete)
Completed: June 2013
I’m doing this in my own time, so it will probably take me 6 months or more to complete.
Complete a short/online course in something new
Completed: I took an online class in moral and political ethics, and passed with a perfect score!  (Here’s a moral dilemma – can I tell people that I took Philosophy at Harvard now?)
I have ideas that range from truffle making, to sewing, to taking up a language.  I’m looking forward to figuring out what I’d like to try.
Save a deposit for a house
Completed: It’s not enough to run out and buy a house tomorrow, but it’s a start.
Tim and I need to set a goal that’s achievable over this period of time, and then I’ll do my best to make it happen.  I’m beginning to sound like a grown-up, gross!
For one month, buy nothing new
Completed: May 2014
The exceptions: groceries, bills & emergencies.  For the purpose of this exercise shoes are not an emergency, which is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.


Visit Tim’s family in the USA
Completed: September/October 2012
New England is beautiful, and some of my favourite people live there.  This trip is long overdue.
Visit 3 new states in the USA (3/3)
Completed: Maine, Vermont & New Hampshire – September 2012
So many options.  We’re already planning to visit Maine and Vermont, so my third state will probably be somewhere completely different.
Visit a new Australian state or a new country
Completed: Perth, 2014
I’ve never been to the Northern Territory, and only visited Western Australia as a two year old.  I’d like to visit at least one of these in the next 1001 days.  Failing that, Fiji sounds nice!
Visit a famous landmark that I’ve never seen before
Completed: I crossed off this item twice in one day when I visited the Brooklyn Bridge and the Flatiron Building in October 2012.  Magic!
My first choices would be the Eiffel Tower or the Grand Canyon.  However, I may have to settle for something a little less extravagant.  The Big Prawn sounds romantic!
Visit 5 new towns in Victoria (5/5)
Completed: Sunbury MacedonKyneton / Timboon / Colac / Winchelsea
There’s a long list of places in my own state that I’ve never visited!  Bendigo and Ballarat are on my to-see list.
Show Tim around one of my childhood cities
Completed: We spent a day in Toowoomba, QLD.  My first visit in many years.
Most of my school years were spent in Toowoomba and Cairns.  I’m looking forward to showing Tim around one of my old stomping grounds.
Take an unplanned roadtrip
I think it would be fun to pack a bag for a weekend, and just drive!  No talk of destinations until it’s time to turn left or right from the driveway.
Spend a night in a luxurious hotel
As ridiculous as this sounds, I’d really like to do this in the heart of my own city.  But you know, Paris is also fine.
Spend a winter weekend at a cosy bed & breakfast 
Completed: April 2012.  We stayed at Apollo Bay Ridge on the Great Ocean Road and it was fantastic!
I have a place in Apollo Bay in mind as I write this.  Must have a wood fire and space for our little dog.
Go camping
Completed: The best way to finish my 101/1001 project: glamping!
It’s been a long time, and last time I actually took my bedside lamp and hair straightener.  You can stop laughing now.


Complete Michelle Bridges’ 12 Week Body Transformation (12WBT)
Completed: May 2012
My little cousin and I are all signed up, and ready to kick butt at this.
Complete another round of Couch to 5K (C25K)
Completed: March 2012
I am evangelical about Couch to 5K and honestly believe that it can teach anybody to run.
Run a 5km fun run
Completed: Electric Run Melbourne, April 2014!
I’ve never really considered using “fun” and “run” in the same sentence until tackling Couch to 5K, but this is a challenge that I would really love to sign up for.
Take a yoga class
10 years ago I was doing heaps of yoga, and loving it.  I’m a little apprehensive about trying it again now that I’m less fit, so my challenge is to just go to one class and see if it’s still for me.
Take a group cardio class
I’ve never really been a group cardio class person, but it’s 10 years since I’ve tried.  The least I can do is try it again!
Lose 5kg
If you find it, you can keep it.
Lose another 5kg
Something tells me that this won’t be as easy as the first 5…
For one month, get up early and go for a run/walk each morning
Completed: I ended up making this an afternoon thing because I ran out of daylight.
It doesn’t matter if I only walk around the block – this is about proving to myself that it can be done. Not a morning person, and my workday starts early too!
For one month, go to the gym 3 days/week 
I’ve been paying my gym an awful lot of money to not go lately.  Again, this task is about setting a good habit.
For one month, stretch every day
My poor body is feeling like it’s in its thirties lately.  Which is fair enough, I suppose.  But before booking myself in for that hip replacement I’d like to try some daily stretches to lengthen my muscles.
For one month, give up added sugar (15 Feb – 15 Mar 2012)
Completed: 15 February – 15 March 2012
I loooove desserts, but otherwise there isn’t a lot of deliberate sugar in my life. This challenge is about being mindful of the ingredients in the groceries I shop for, and finding ways to cut down in the sugar in my desserts and snacks.
For one month, give up added salt
Completed: 15 February – 15 March 2012
Salt is my weakness.  It makes everything taste better and although I use it in moderation, I do use it regularly.  This challenge will remind me that there are other ways to season food, and that some foods are fine on their own.
For one month, give up coffee
Completed: January 2013.  That first coffee on Feb 1st was the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted, ever.
I’ve done this before, and it’s okay.  Almost nobody got stabbed!
For one month, make lunch for work every day
Completed: 16 February – 16 March 2012
Aside from the money I will save, it will be nice to stop funding the terrible cafeteria at my workplace.
For one month, spend each lunch time away from my desk 
Completed: May 2014
I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve become that person who works through lunch, and eats at her desk.  You know the one.  This will actually be challenging for me.


Hike a trail in a national park
Completed: October 2013 – Hanging Rock
It’s been a while since I’ve done this, and I’m kind of excited about it.
Swim in the ocean
This shouldn’t be a big deal, should it?  So how come I don’t remember the last time I swam in the ocean?
Go to a new Melbourne market
Completed: We went to the Rose St Artist’s market, and I bought a pretty ring.
I love our local markets, but it’s been a while since we’ve sought out any new ones.
Make a daisy chain
Am I the only person who has never done this? I must be.
Complete a jigsaw puzzle
Completed: 2000 pieces. 56 hours.  There were tantrums.
I promise to choose something challenging.
Watch the sun rise from the beach
Completed: From a rocky beach in Maine, September 2012 (and again from Loch Ard Gorge in January 2014)
This was on my last 101 list, and it was so much fun that I had to do it again.  The best part is getting to the sand in the dark!
Try frozen custard
Completed: September 2012
I keep waiting for frozen custard to become a “thing” in Australia so that I can try it, but it looks like I’d have to go all the way to Sydney or Canberra to find some here.  I’ll make it my mission to find some in the USA when I’m there!
Have a massage & facial
Aside from the occasional trip to my physiotherapist (did I ever tell you about the time I was hit by a bus on my way to a funeral?) I’ve never had a professional massage.  I’m worried that I’ve broken a bunch of girl laws by neglecting this.  It’s been many years since I’ve paid somebody to pamper my skin too, so I am really looking forward to this.
See the penguins at Phillip Island
Completed: January 2014
Have you heard about the little penguins who waddle up the beach at Phillip Island each night?  It’s a very touristy thing to do, but I’d love to see them!
Eat a lobster roll in Maine
Completed: September 2012
The experts tell me that I haven’t lived until I’ve eaten lobster in Maine.  I can’t wait to try this.
See the Red Sox play at Fenway Park
Completed: September 2012
I’ve had a peek at Fenway Park through an open gate, but never seen the Red Sox play.
Eat at Nobu
Completed: March 2013, for my birthday!
I’ve always wanted to go.  Time to get our acts together!
See a movie at the drive-in
Completed: January 2013.  My new favourite way to movie.
I think I did this once when I was a little kid, but I’m not sure.  Fun!
See a movie at the Astor Theatre
Completed: American Hustle.  We have the Astor bug now – it might be our new favourite place!
This place does the BEST double features.  We keep saying that we’ll go, but we never do.  Now it’s on my list!
See a movie by myself
Completed: April 2014 – Grand Budapest Hotel
I’m not sure why this always feels so luxurious, but it does.  Looking forward to this.
See 10 movies directed by Martin Scorsese (10/10)
Completed: Taxi Driver / Hugo / Raging Bull / Shutter Island / Cape Fear / The Aviator / The Wolf of Wall Street / The King of Comedy / Casino / Gangs of New York
Because Tim said so.  And he’s the boss of movies.
See 10 classic old movies I’ve never seen before (10/10)
Completed: Psycho / Taxi Driver / North by Northwest / Some Like It Hot / Chinatown / The Great Dictator / Casablanca / Vertigo / Goodfellas / Meet Me In St Louis
You know that classic old movie you love that, like, everybody has seen?  Yeah, I haven’t seen that one.
See a silent film
Completed: The Artist.  Excellent movie, definitely one to see!
Send me your recommendations!
Fly a kite
Completed: 26 February 2012.  That was fun!
I think everybody should own a kite.  Why don’t I own a kite?  I need a kite.
Build a snowman
Completed: August 2014
Remember that time I drove up Lake Mountain and built a sassy looking snowman?  That was fun. More props next time.
Build a sandcastle
Why should kids have all the fun?
Build a gingerbread house
Completed: 23 December 2012.  The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good.
I’m totally going to overachieve, too.  You’ll see.
Learn how to juggle
Completed: Just barely.  Perhaps the talent will come later.
Why not?
Get some new glasses with bright frames
Completed: February 2013
Each time I buy glasses I get a little braver, but I’ve never really ventured away from sensible colours.  It’s a tragedy.
Have my eyebrows shaped professionally
I’m sort of terrified of doing this, so we’ll go ahead and file it under “character building”.
Watch every episode of The OC (92/92)
Completed: March 2013
So okay, confession time.  I didn’t really do the angsty teenager thing, so when I was in my early twenties I kind of tried to make up for lost time.  The closest I ever came was a tiny obsession with The OC that I don’t usually mention in polite company.  I was too sad about the show ending to watch the last episode, so I never did.  However, my therapist says I’m making tremendous progress!
Hide a note inside a book in a library or bookshop
Completed: April 2014.  I left a favourite quote inside a blank notebook.
OK, this is mostly because I would love to find a note from an anonymous somebody in a book.  This is kind of a “message in a bottle” task.
Read 10 classic novels (10/10)
In Progress: Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck) / The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) / Picnic at Hanging Rock (Joan Lindsay) / Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë) / Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe) / Emma (Jane Austen) / The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath) / A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess) / The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
There are a couple I’m looking forward to re-reading, too!
Read one of Tim’s favourite graphic novels
Completed: June 2012.  Tim was not wrong.
Tim has nominated Blankets by Craig Thompson for this challenge, because he thinks I’m going to love it.  If he’s wrong he forfeits the rights to his half of the bookshelf.
Have a milk bath
Completed: October 2013.  Why did I wait so long to do this?
Every now and then I warm up milk and water for a foot bath – it’s a great way to use up milk that is about to expire and the results are always amazing.  I can only imagine that a full Cleopatra-style milk bath would be even better!
Build a fort, with fairy lights
Completed: August 2012. Fort Birthday was the greatest fort ever built!
The last time we built a fort we stayed in there for 2 days.  I have BIG IDEAS for my next one!
Have a technology-free weekend
Completed: August 2014
No internet, computers, TV or phone.  As scary as this will be for me (I’m an iSlave, we all know that) I’m looking forward to unplugging.
See 3 professional theatre productions (3/3)
Completed: The Importance of Being Earnest (January 2012), A Chorus Line (March 2012), Chess (August 2012)
I love theatre, but don’t often find the time or money to go.
Bake a rainbow layer cake
Completed: I did it!  August 2013.
Because they are amazing.
Make macarons
Completed: November 2012
Because they are amazing!
Cook something new from 10 different cook books (10/10)
Completed: Banana bread from Marie Claire Kitchen by Michele Cranston / Nutella cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook / Baked Apples with Pedro Ximenez Sauce from Tempted: 150 very wicked desserts / East African Wilderness Sweet Potato Patties (and East African Piri Piri) from World Food Cafe 2 / Apple Tarte Tatin (Gordon Ramsay – 3 Star Chef) / Upside down orange cake (from a workmate’s cookbook) / Cornbread (Merle’s Country Show Baking – Merle Parrish) / Prosciutto & melon salad (Jamie’s 30 minute meals) / Pork chops with apple cider (The New Boston Cookbook) / Bacon & stout chocolate cheesecake with hot fudge sauce (Man Food – Billy Law)
I have heaps of recipe books to choose from, but when I cook I often just google a recipe for the thing I feel like.  Hopefully this will inspire me to use my books more often.
Take a sketchbook to a public place and draw
Completed: July 2014
I love the idea of setting myself up in a beautiful spot to draw for a few hours.  Now that I’m getting a bit better at drawing I would like to give it a try.
Take Harry to the beach
Completed: February 2013 – we took Harry to the beach for his 11th birthday.
Our woof machine loves the beach, but I haven’t tried looking for a dog-friendly beach near Melbourne yet.
Go ten pin bowling
Completed: April 2014.  Let’s not discuss my score.
I am the world’s worst ten pin bowler, but I really like the shoes.
Complete an old, unfinished project
Completed: I sanded back an old blanket box, re-painted it and added new brass hardware.
I have plenty to choose from!


Make a book on Blurb
Completed: November 2012, but I can’t share it with you until after Christmas!
I’d like to make a book from one of my photo challenges below, or perhaps a little recipe book.
Take 101 photos with black & white film (69/101)
Completed: October 2014
My F80 almost never sees the light of day anymore.  I’d like to fill it with rolls of black & white film and dust off the cobwebs.  Click here to see my progress.
Take 101 photos with my Fuji Instax Mini 25 (101/101)
Completed: December 2012
This camera is really neat, but I’ve been neglecting it!  Time to take it for another spin.  I’ll be posting my photos here.
Complete an alphabet photo series (26/26)
Completed: This was so much fun!
My goal is to “find” each letter of the alphabet on the street.  I’ll be searching for objects that accidentally form a letter.
Photograph a street scene or landscape in all 4 seasons (4/4)
Completed: March 2014I really love this series.
I’ve always wanted to do a series like this, but I’ve never bothered to get off my butt and do it.  I think I’ll need a deciduous tree in my scene somewhere.
Have my Gran’s sewing machine serviced
Completed: She’s had a tune up, and she’s ready to sew!
Gran’s sewing machine sat unused for years before she passed away, and now that I’ve given it a home I’d love to get it going again.  Of course, this means I will have to learn to sew…
Sew something using the sewing machine
Completed: September 2013.
I’d love to learn to sew a dress or skirt, but I might start with something simple and crafty first.
Sew something by hand
Completed:  I mended a bunch of my clothes by hand instead of starting a new project. 
Learn to crochet
Completed: I’m not an expert, but I’ve got the basics down!
I’d love to make a blanket from granny squares (in not-so-grannyish colours) but I have no idea how long a project like that would take.  First things first: learn to crochet!
Make a stuffed toy
Completed: September 2013.
It’s been ages since I’ve tried to make a plushie, and I keep coming across adorable patterns and kits.
Build something from wood
Completed: March 2013.  I made a wooden iPhone dock.
Full disclosure: I have no idea what I am doing, and any right-angles will be purely accidental.
Complete Rachel & Elsie’s Art Journal All Year e-course (16/52)
Completed: Here’s the thing – it turns out this course is terrible. I decided to call this done after completing the prompts that weren’t written for 14 year old girls.  Putting extra effort into Task #97 instead.
I’m really excited that Elsie & Rachel (of Red Velvet fame) have created another journaling class.
Make a book of pressed flowers and leaves
Completed: See them here.
Just because.  I’m all about pretty things.  Click here to see my progress.
Draw or paint 25 figures (25/25)
Completed: See them here.
I’m taking some classes at Melbourne Studio of Art which will help me to complete this one!
Draw or paint 25 faces (25/25)
Completed: See them here.
Faces are so important to get right, and as a result I’m completely intimidated by them.
Draw or paint 25 hands (25/25)
Completed: See them here.
Just like faces, hands are incredibly expressive and can make or break a drawing.  I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing, so this will encourage me to practice.
Draw or paint 25 still life scenes (25/25)
Completed: See them here.
My classes at Melbourne Studio of Art will keep challenging me with interesting still life scenes, plus I’ll keep practising at home.
Draw or paint 25 trees (25/25)
Completed: See them here.
Trees are so individual, and so full of personality.  I don’t know how so many artists manage to draw them with such detail.
Draw or paint something from imagination
Completed: A little face that I painted from my imagination.  June 2012.
My classes at MSA have been teaching me to draw from real life, but I don’t ever just draw from imagination.  I’m looking forward to dreaming up a scene and bringing it to life.
Sell a drawing or painting
I don’t think I’m ready yet, but maybe sometime in the next 1001 days!
Make a large oil painting on canvas
I’ve had a blank canvas hanging in my bedroom for about a year now.  Perhaps it’s time I threw a little paint on it.
Alter a book, and fill it with drawings
Blank sketchbooks can be pretty intimidating if you’re not a confident drawer.  I recently discovered altered books, and now I’m hooked!  Filling a book will be a big challenge, but very rewarding.
Make a time lapse video of a drawing or painting
Completed: September 2014
I love watching other artists as they work, so I thought it would be fun to track the progress of one of my paintings on camera.
Make a mix CD for somebody
I get just as excited about making the cover art as I do about the music!
Take a self portrait once per month for 1001 days  (33/33)
Completed: See my monthly portraits here.
I love watching how things change over time, even if those things are wrinkles.  Perhaps I should buy some eye cream.


Save $10 per month for a fun reward at the end! (33/33)



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Wanda July 30, 2014 at 3:21 am

You’ve inspired me to try this and I may have to adopt your use of a chart—it a great way to see your progress at-a-glance. It’s looking like you may meet all your goals this round 🙂
Best of luck!


Ginger February 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Hi I love your 101 things! I’m wondering what is your countdown tracker plug-in name? I have my own blog and want to install this plug-in too!


E. Jsss January 1, 2017 at 1:55 am

Your list is so inspiering ! THank you so much for sharing it : )


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