101 Things in 1001 Days V2 – An Almost Thirdly Review

101 things in 1001 days V2 thirdly review

In January this year I started on my list of 101 things in 1001 days  Version 2. 1001 days seemed like such a big window of opportunity when I was all fresh faced and bushy tailed in January but now, almost a third of the way in (316 days, if you’re good at maths and/or counting,) not so much.

However, I haven’t been sitting on my laurels and as you can see I have been crossing off with wild abandon and so far am 30 down, 71 to go . 71 is a big number, but  I’m not going to get disheartened because a) that’s not the point of the exercise and b)  I still have 685 days remaining!

Updating the list is a good opportunity to celebrate the goals I’ve reached and helps me plan what to do next. As you can see, I’m not a fan of eating the frog, I started the challenge with gusto, checking off  all the things I love to do most (namely travelling and eating) and in so doing, I’ve left other parts of my list almost entirely untouched, here’s looking at you learning!
I can’t say with any certainty how much of my list I will tick off by the half way mark in June or indeed by the end of the challenge, but I can say I’ll have had a lot of fun trying, and in the spirit of oversharing will of course, report back on my progress. In the meantime, I’ll be taking the advice of the great Muhammad Ali – I won’t count the days, I’ll make the days count!


  1. Make an e-book
  2. Make a video.
  3. Host a weekly link up party. The Ultimate Rabbit Hole (until June 2017)
  4. Learn how to use Google Analytics.
  5. Send a newsletter every fortnight for a year.
  6. Make a new media kit.
  7. Update profile picture.
  8. Give the blog a mini makeover.
  9. Publish 100 new blog posts.


  1. Make an Angel Food Cake.
  2. Add 10 new salad recipes to my repetoire.
  3. Make 10 new bubblicious drinks in my SodaStream.
  4. Be vegetarian for 30 days.
  5. Give up candy for 30 days.  January 2017
  6. Learn to make pierogi.
  7. Make Lamingtons.
  8. Make my own mince pies. December 2017, here’s the recipe
  9. Try 10 different juices or smoothies.
  10. Make maple sugar pie.
  11. Cook mussels.
  12. Eat shave ice. Matsumoto’s, September 2017
  13. Dust off sushi maker and learn how to make sushi.
  14. Make Tiramisu
  15. Learn to decorate cup cakes.
  16. Make my own dumplings.
  17. Make 5 Nigella recipes. 3 ingredient Nutella Brownies, Oven Cooked Chicken Shawarma

Nigella's Nutella Brownies

  1. Make a delicious gluten free cake.
  2. Make a terrine.
  3. Make a cake from the AWW Birthday cookbook.


  1. Complete the Disneyland Double Dare challenge.  September 2017
  2. Run three half marathons (including Disneyland.) Disneyland Half Marathon,
  3. Reach a 10,000 step target every day for 1 month. January 2017
  4. Learn to ride a bike. February 2017

Learning to Ride with Bikewise 6

  1. Do the 7 Bridges Walk.

7 Bridges Walk

  1. Lose 5kg.
  2. Try a beginners Yoga Class.
  3. Do a basic training class.
  4. Participate in a charity run. Neuroblastoma Run2Cure, June 2017
  5. Be flexible enough to touch my toes.
  6. Do 20 gym classes in one month.
  7. Create a new running playlist.
  8. Start a daily meditation practice.


  1. Keep the plants alive in the back garden.
  2. Organise the hall closet. January 2017
  3. Paint the living room.
  4. Organise the pantry.
  5. Find a storage solution for the laundry room.
  6. Sell 5 things on Gumtree.
  7. Make a home media centre.
  8. Put all CDs in the media centre.
  9. Part company with DVDs (excluding Paddington.) February 2017


  1. Organise our wedding photos and make an album.
  2. Learn how to apply false eyelashes.
  3. Learn how to do one up-style.
  4. Try something new for 30 days. January 2017
  5. Get a dog.
  6. Buy myself flowers. January 2017
  7. See a live concert.   One Republic, September 2017

One Republic 10 on 10 Sept 17

  1. Wear red lipstick. October 2017
  2. See a musical. Aladdin, January 2017
  3. Complete a colouring book.
  4. Get a massage or a facial. Massage at Na Ha’Ola Spa, Waikiki, September 2017
  5. Read 100 books. In progress
  6. Read a book and then see the movie (or vice versa.) Lion, June 2017
  7. Watch a movie or TV series with subtitles.
  8. Get new glasses. July 2017

10 on 10 specsavers


  1. Send 5 thank you letters. October 2017, #makelifegood challenge
  2. Write my will.
  3. Inspire someone to do the 101 things in 1001 days challenge.
  4. Create another 101 things in 1001 days.
  5. Learn a new word every day for one month.


  1. Attend a TED talk.
  2. Learn how to say “hello” and “thank you” in 10 languages.
  3. Complete 12 units of my Counselling Course.
  4. Learn how to knit.
  5. Do a food styling course.


  1. Visit Santa in Lapland.
  2. Explore 5 new cities. San Diego,
  3. Eat at one of the world’s top 100 restaurants.
  4. Fly business class.
  5. Go to 5 different rooftop bars. Madame Brussels (Melbourne) Rustic Root (San Diego) The Nolen (San Diego) Rooftop 600 at Andaz (San Diego) Tommy Bahama (Waikiki)
  6. See 5 big things. Big Wine Bottle, Big Frilled Neck Lizard, Big Kookaburra, Big Sundial, Big Peach (and 5 more)

The Big Kookaburra 2 Big Things in and around Newcastle

  1. Go on a wine tour.
  2. Swim in an infinity pool.
  3. Visit a World Heritage site.
  4. Take a train trip in another country.  Anaheim to San Diego, September 2017
  5. Eat at a new restaurant in Disneyland.  Carthay Circle, September 2017
  6. See a parade at Disneyland.  Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, September 2017

Taking stock Mickey's Soundsational Parade

  1. Go to New Zealand.
  2. Get a stamp in my passport.
  3. See fireworks. Australia Day, 2017
  4. Do a brewery tour. SF on Tap, September 2017

SF on Tap - The Rock


  1. Get a Sydney Swans season ticket.
  2. Go fruit picking.
  3. Enjoy high tea at a Sydney venue The Langham July 2017

10 on 10 Christmas in July high tea

  1. Ride the vernicular at Scenic World, Blue Mountains.
  2. Visit a farmers market.
  3. Build a sandcastle.
  4. Play barefoot bowls.
  5. Go on a picnic. January 2017
  6. Visit an art gallery/museum I haven’t been to before.

Have you ever done a 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge? What did you/would you put on your list? Have you done any of the things on mine? If you decide to do a 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge yourself, let me know because that’s another thing I can cross of my list!

Linking up with Kylie for IBOT

  • Luce

    I’m just exhausted after having read your blog …..I’m lucky if I get out of bed every morning let alone doing 101 things in 1001 days…. loved the blog so inspiring .

  • LydiaCLee

    I have my own list, with no time frame, that grows a little at a time….as you know, I run on Torschlusspanik. Good thing you went to Hawaii as you knocked off a few there! As for 77? I’m doing just that in January!!! Whoot Whoot!

    • OMG! I am so jealous about number 77. I can’t wait to hear all about it. I didn’t realise that going to Lapland and seeing “real” Santa was a thing until my psychologist went there on holiday. When she got back, I wanted to spend the whole session talking about her trip but she kept changing the subject. Look forward to all the bean spilling on your return!

  • WOW I am not sure I could ever think of that many things to do. Love that lots of things continue to get ticked off the list.

  • merilyn

    good on you sammie!
    I am not a list person! … not that this is a good thing it’s just that lists scare me!
    I would hate to set myself up for failure!!!;))
    I admire list people though! from afar!
    I love the look of those nigella’s Nutella brownies
    I will put Nutella on my shopping LIST!
    there we are, I do have a list!
    much love mxx

    • I have lists for lists, but only because I’m so forgetful. I would probably forget my name if I didn’t have a list! LOL! The good thing about this list is that it’s impossible to fail because everything I cross off is a success – especially those Nutella Brownies! Nom nom!

  • You did make a delicious gluten free cake! That chocolate one you gave me half of. So that makes 31 down! As ever I am on hand to help you with any food or fun related elements (just not the running ones…please). And we should totally go to a farmers market together in the new year – I have my eye on a gluten free exhibitor that roams various markets. I just need to figure out their schedule!

    • Actually, I made another GF cake – this time it was lemon and the secret ingredient was mashed potato. I was actually going to ring you and ask you if you wanted to do a mercy cake dash because I couldn’t find enough people to eat it, but in the end, David took one for the team and polished it off. And yes to the farmers market and maybe we should do a museum or gallery in the new year!

  • Carmel

    Great list Sam!
    How, with all your travels this year, do you not have a stamp in your passport though?? I know Immigration doesn’t always stamp passports these days, but I just ask them to do it for me, (I even open the passport to the page I want the stamp), and very politely request “Could I I please have a stamp on this page please?” – Even in Sydney, in an Australian passport they give me one… and they’re all in order, (silly I know).

    If you’re ever in Berlin, you can get all 7 (or 8??) stamps, for the grand price of 1Euro, that used to be required in people’s passports to cross between the West and the East! – Totally worth the 1E investment.

    • Thanks for the reminder – I meant to check my passport before I pressed publish! I’m sure I got at least one in the states. I will remember to ask next time 🙂 That’s such a great tip about Berlin too – we went there before we came to live down under, if only I knew then what I know now!

  • Awesome- you’ve checked off quite a few!

  • Wowzers. I so could not come up with a list like this…and I reckon you can tick the decorate cupcakes one off since the post doing the Christmassy little cakes! Come on, that’s good enough for me anyway!! Denyse xx

    • When I said decorate cupcakes, I imagined swirls of elegant buttercream, not blobs of glace icing, but thank you for believing in me! Let’s compromise and say it’s semi ticked off!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I’d love to visit the reindeers in Lapland. I know some people who have and they loved it! 😀

  • This is such a great list of things to do!

    I always get grumpy that they don’t stamp passports anymore!! So not fun 😜 When we’ve been to Asian countries they have though!

  • I think you’re doing very well. I need to do all of those bloggy things too. And I love the baking list but I’m surprised you’ve never made Tiramisu. I suspect you’ll love yoga when you give it a go, it’s a lovely thing to do for your body along side your running!

    • I can’t believe I haven’t made Tiramisu either. I will have to ask my Italian neighbour to help me! And yes, I think I would love yoga, but I will probably suck at it. I’m the most unbendy person in the world!

  • I love this concept and your sharing of what you are doing. I’m sure I’ve seen you make an AWW cake – wasn’t there a train cake once? I should get started on one too, it’s very inspiring. xx

    • Yes, I did make the train cake but that was pre-list. David’s god daughter is turning 6 in May so I will “encouraging” her to choose a cake from the book! Please, please do a list, because if you’re inspired enough to do one, I get to cross another thing off 🙂

  • This is a fun idea! I might give it a go then you could tick that off your list. I can help with number 36 too! I’ll send you an email 🙂

    • I would love you to give this a go and not just because I could tick it off my list, although that would be rather nice! Looking forward to number 36 and seeing you in the new year!

  • I started this year full of adventure and trying new things, however have finished this year surrounded by drama and being forced to try new things. I am thinking that writing a list such as this, will help set a more positive intention for the New Year. There are some awesome things on your list!!!

    • Oh so sorry to hear about the drama, although I do think when we try new things and get out of our comfort zone, that’s when we really grow, and usually for the better. I’d love it if you wrote a list, not least because it would be something else for me to cross off! Seriously though, it’s been so much fun working my way through the list, and I love having so much time to get everything done! It’s definitely a work in progress x

  • How is the Bike riding going ?
    I love bike riding .
    I made a 101 in 1001 days , and it was supposed to finish on the twins’ 7th birthday.
    I better go see what happened to it , it’s one located on the interwebs somewhere. So you re-inspired me to complete ,revise and re start my 101 list.
    That’s one for your list.

    • PS I found it .

      • I’d love it if you do one too – let me know when it’s ready! How did you go with version one? The bike riding isn’t actually going at all, I haven’t been on a bike since that lesson, mainly because I haven’t got a bike. I must rectify the situation!