Happy 1001 Days! (101 Things in 1001 Days)

by Elizabeth on September 28, 2014 · 5 comments

in 101 in 1001, Life

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I’m writing this post from the magical looking tent in the picture above, making me officially the luckiest girl I know.  Tim and I have spent the past few days glamping right on the beach near Sorrento, and late last night I braved the cold to take the photo above because I knew it would be a beauty.  The sky was crystal clear, and with no light pollution around the stars were just phenomenal.  We could even see the Milky Way, but tonight the sky is covered in cloud and it’s just as lovely listening to the rain tapping on our canvas roof.

My goodness, what a way to end a project spanning almost three years!  Today marks the very last day of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project, and I’ve only just put down my last classic novel: The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway – the final piece of my final task.  With the waves crashing outside my door as I read, could there have been a more perfect location for this book without jumping on a plane to Havana?

There were times when I truly believed that I wouldn’t finish my challenge this time around.  Life threw me a few really good curveballs over the past two years, and I can name a couple of times when it would have been so easy to throw in the towel.  The temptation was there, but each time I considered caving in I remembered that I had a kickass list of tasks full of stuff I actually wanted to do.  What would be the point of quitting on the stuff I really love?

(Sidenote: if you are considering this challenge you must start by writing an amazing list.  When the going gets rough it had better be bulletproof.)

But really?  It was also other people who deserve the credit for convincing me to get back in the saddle each time I fell off.  Every comment, instagram like and retweet reminded me that I had pals quietly cheering me along, and that really really mattered.  It still amazes me that some of my biggest cheerleaders are people I’ve never met in the flesh.  You guys are rad and I’m so glad I live in the future.

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I’ll keep this short, because my 101/1001 widower is snoring in my ear as I write this and I owe him the biggest cuddle.  We’re heading home to Melbourne tomorrow morning and then I will begin the process of digging through my archives to write a wrap up of all 101 tasks.

I will be just as relieved as you when I can go back to regular old blogging.  Soon!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Marie September 29, 2014 at 6:03 am

Congratulations!!!!!

Kate September 29, 2014 at 6:11 am

Amazing. Beautiful. Inspiring. Congratulations. x

rah September 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Yeah, you did it!

So glad you let me live vicariously through you 🙂

Rebecca Houlden December 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Hey, it’s Bec here from the Santa Paws photos – I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog! I’m obsessed with working on personal creative projects all the time, and you’ve inspired me to start one of these projects too, yours is very inspiring.

You’ve got some great photos on here 🙂

Tanya December 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Congratulations! You truly are my greatest example in this whole project, the one that pushed me over the edge and gave me the courage to write a list of my own. Why? Because you actually succeeded! Twice! After reading so many of these projects with not even half of the goals completed, I really started doubting if I should take on this challenge. But finding you, someone who can actually do it, helped me decide. I loved your blog article which contained tips on succeeding in this project. And I really loved your goals as well. I even stole two of them (taking a self portrait every month and the alphabet picture challenge). I wished I had found your blog earlier, when you were still doing the project. But who knows, maybe you’re going to miss it so badly, you’ll start one again.. ^_^

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