101 Things in 1001 days – An Update

101 things in 1001 days an  update

On March 25, 2014  I wrote a list of 101 things I’d like to do within 1001 days. It’s been a while (770 days to be precise,) since I checked in and checked on my progress, and time is a-ticking! There are only  231 days until my 1001 days are up.

I’ve currently completed 52 of 101 tasks which is not magnificent, but is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, plus some of the tasks, I have completed multiple times and most of those include eating and running, which are two of my favourite things. So not only I have achieved my goals, but I’ve enjoyed doing so!

The pink goals are those that I’ve completed but with a little bit of rule bending and the purple tasks are those that I’ve resigned myself never to do, not in a million years, never mind about 1001 days (sorry, Lord of the Rings fans!)


  1. Make a light box  No, but I did buy one. So I am still the proud owner of said, lightbox.
  2. Give the blog a facelift  (March 2015)
  3.  Get a new camera  Olympus E-M 10 (August 2014)
  4. Install Disqus (March 2014)
  5. Make a video
  6. Make a podcast
  7. Blog 3 times a week  Words of Wisdom, one recipe, the Ultimate Rabbit Hole and She’s So Inspiring
  8. Meet a fellow blogger I met more bloggers than you can shake a stick at, at Problogger 2014.
  9. Do a blogging course Clever Cookie Blog  School (September 2014)
  10. Link up with another blog  Yes, and now I co-host my own link up, every Saturday down the Ultimate Rabbit Hole. If you haven’t done so already, come and join us.
  11. Complete 1 month of Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day (March 2014)


  1. Make my own jam.
  2. Try 10 new cocktails. I’ve actually tried more than 10 but I gave up writing the names of them down. You’ll just have to take my word for it.
  3. Try 10 new restaurants. Edible goals are goals of my favourite kind!
  4. Play Recipe Roulette at least once.
  5. Make pavlova. I’ve actually become a pavlova making machine, thanks to Leonie. Did you see my Valentine’s Pavlova?
  6. Make Lamingtons.
  7. Make a Gingerbread House.
  8. Make 10 different soups. (Potato and Zucchini Soup)
  9. Try 10 different teas. Yup.
  10. Perfect the art of making gluten free bread.
  11. Cook mussels.
  12. Make the KitKat/Smarties birthday cake. (David’s Birthday 3/7/14, Belinda’s Birthday 03/2016)

Making a Kit Kat Birthday Cake - 5 things you need to know

  1. Eat or cook food from a country I’ve never eaten or cooked before. Canadian food. Poutine and beavertails! (September 2016)
  2. Dust off sushi maker and learn how to make sushi.
  3. Take a cooking class.  (Bumbu Bali 29/9/2014)
  4. Learn to decorate cup cakes.
  5. Make my own dumplings.
  6. Make my own gluten free flour.
  7. Make gluten free pizza.


  1. Do a spin class.
  2. Learn to ride a bike.
  3. Run the Sydney Half Marathon  (May 2014)
  4. Run the Disney Half Marathon.  (August 2014 andSeptember 2016 )
  5.  Run a race in a costume.  Disneyland Half Marathon and Disneyland 5k (August 2014 and September 2016)

Disneyland Half Marathon - Life Defining Moments

  1. Return to Nike Running Club. Because the older I get, the slower I go!
  2. Keep a Fitness Tips Jar.
  3. Lose 5 kg.
  4. Workout 3 times a week (minimum.) Most weeks anyways.
  5. Run a race with David. Disneyland 5k (29 August 2014)
  6. Try a Beginners Yoga Class.
  7. Run a race in a different city. Disneyland 5k and Half Marathon, Canberra 10k and Cadbury Half Marathon, Hobart
  8. Run for a cause.  The Australian Thyroid Foundation – Disneyland Half Marathon (August  2014) The Stroke Foundation – Disneyland Double Dare (September 2016)


  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. Read Man’s Search for Meaning (again.) No, but I have read When Breath Becomes Air  which is a modern day equivalent. 
  5. Try something new every day and record it in a notebook.
  6. Write to my sponsor child.  Multiple times.
  7. Spend a rainy day watching movies. Watching movies is my favourite rainy day activity. Especially if it involves wearing pyjamas.
  8. Change my job. (April 2015)
  9. Wear red lipstick.
  10. Receive red roses (September 2015 – from Heather and David!)
  11. Plant and maintain a balcony garden. Well, I planted it, but then I killed it. I will replant it again, I promise.
  12. Send a care package to a soldier.
  13. See one of my favourite singers/bands live. I’ve seen a few of my favourites but  the life lessons from Rob Thomas were a standout.
  14. Back up my computer. Multiple times since August 2016 when I got a new, nifty little hard drive thingy.
  15. Do a charity walk.
  16. Wear a bikini.  a) I don’t have a bikini that fits and b) even if I did, I wouldn’t wear it.
  17. Watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I tried but I just can’t do it. YAWN!
  18. Become an Australian Citizen. (August 26 2015)


  1. Write a google review every time I try a new restaurant.
  2. Meet an online friend in person. Heaps of peeps at Problogger and beyond.


  1. Write a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.(March 2014)
  2. Write a love letter to David. And some love notes and love texts too.
  3. Write 10 Snail Mail letters. I haven’t counted but I’m sure it’s more than 10!
  4. Write my will.
  5. Write in my gratitude journal every day. It’s not that I’m not grateful, I’m just not feeling how writing in a journal is going to make me more grateful.
  6. Write to a penpal. Multiple times!


  1. Take a photography course.
  2. Learn how to say “hello” and “thank you” in 10 languages.
  3. Complete 12 units of my Counselling Course.
  4. Pass the Citizenship test.  (March 2015)
  5. Do a food styling/writing course.  Food Writing, AWC (August 2015)


  1. Visit Chicago  (September 2014)

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

  1. Go to Disneyland.  (August 2014)
  2. Have dinner at Cinderella’s Castle.
  3. Have my photo taken with Mickey Mouse. Minnie Mouse (31 August 2014)
  4. See the sunset on a beach. North Durras (March 2015
  5. Have high tea at a posh London hotel. Fortnum and Mason (July 2015)
  1. See the Statue of  Liberty.
  2. Take a boat trip along the Hudson. No, but I did take a boat trip along the Chicago River, which is also a river and is also in America, so I’m counting that as a win!
  3. Go to the top of 5 high buildings in different cities. (Willis Tower, Chicago,  Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Coit Tower, San Francisco, Columbia Center, Seattle, CN Tower, Toronto)
  4. See a show on BroadwayNo, but I did see the movie premiere of The Bleeder at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) September 2016
  5. Sit upstairs in an aeroplane. Singapore Airlines – July 2015
  6. Go on a roadtrip. Canberra – April 2015
  7. Go on a love weekend. I’m lucky there have been a few!
  8. Visit a friend from a different country.  Lee Aye in Vancouver and Natalie in Toronto, September 2016.
  9. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day. North Durras – March 2015


  1. Do the Spit Bridge to Manly Walk   September 2015
  2. Have high coffee at the Inter Continental  (13/7/2014)
  3. See the Sydney Swans play at the SCG.
  4. Ride the vernicular at Scenic World, Blue Mountains.
  5. Go to an outdoor movie.  Sunset Cinema, The Imitation Game (February 2015)

Taking stock January - outdoor cinema

  1. Visit 5 different markets.
  2. Go to the ballet. Sleeping Beauty at the Opera House (December 2015)
  3. Go for a bushwalk.  Blue Mountains (June 2015) Spit Bridge to Manly (September 2015)
  4. Go on a picnic.
  5. Visit the Art Gallery of NSW  After Hours –  (June 2014)

So tell me, have you ever done any of these things? What would be on your list of 101 things to do in 1001 days? Is there something you would never do… not even in a million years?