101 Things in 1001 Days – A Review

101 things 1001 days V2 recap

Truth be told, 1009 days have passed since I wrote my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days, my current list “expired” on 29 September but I’ve been busy reviewing the old list and writing a new one because you know, multi tasking is my jam.

So if my maths is correct (and it usually isn’t) I’ve managed to cross 61 items off the list with success in more areas than others. Home improvement, Travel, Seeing Sydney and Personal Stuff were big hits but learning was an epic fail. I’ll just have to try harder on my next list! 

So here it is 101 things and 1001 days in review…


  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  I’ve done a Bupa workshop and taken avid notes. Does that count?! (July 2018)
  5. Send a newsletter every fortnight for a year Every 2-3 weeks but let’s not split hairs
  6. Make a new media kit
  7. Update profile picture Thanks to Rachel at Sesame Ellis (August 2019)


  1. Give the blog a makeover
  2. Publish 100 blog posts  I don’t know exactly how many posts I’ve published but it’s way more than 100!


  1. Make an Angel Food Cake (July 2018)

Angel Food Cake

  1. Add 10 new salad recipes to my repetoire
  2. Make 10 new bubblicious drinks in my Sodastream
  3. Be vegetarian for 30 days
  4. Give up candy for 30 days (January 2017)
  5. Learn to make pierogi
  6. Make lamingtons  Wellthis Lamington Slice will just have to do!


  1. Make my own mince pies So good, here’s the recipe (December 2017)
  2. Try 10 different juices or smoothies
  3. Make maple sugar pie
  4. Cook mussels
  5. Eat shave ice. Matsumoto’s (September 2017)
  6. Dust off sushi maker and learn how to make sushi  (January 2018)
  7. Make Tiramisu  This recipe is the bomb diggity! (January 2019)

authentic and easy tiramisu 5

  1. Learn to decorate cup cakes
  2. Make my own dumplings.These Easy Pork Dumplings are now a family favourite! (August 2018)
  3. Make 5 Nigella recipes. 3 ingredient Nutella Brownies, Oven Cooked Chicken Shawarma, Pork with Prunes, Olives and Capers, Double Chocolate and Pumpkin Seed Cookies and Emergency Brownies
  4. Make a delicious gluten free cake. Check out Tash’s Thermomix Rich Chocolate Cake (July 2019)

Tash's Rich Chocolate Cake 5

  1. Make a terrine
  2. Make a cake from the AWW Birthday Cake Book We made a few – the Koala Cake, the Swimming Pool Cake and the Bunny Cake!

swimming pool cake


  1. Complete the Disneyland Double Dare Challenge (September 2017)

Taking Stock Disneyland 2017

  1. Run three half marathons (including Disneyland) Disneyland Half Marathon (September 2017)
  2. Reach a 10,000 step target every day for a month (January 2017)
  3. Learn to ride a bike  Just about! (February 2017)

Learning to Ride with Bikewise 3

  1. Do the 7 Bridges Walk (October 2017)
  2. Lose 5kg
  3. Try a beginners yoga class
  4. Do a basic training class
  5. Participate in a charity run Neuroblastoma Run2Cure (June 2017)
  6. Be flexible enough to touch my toes
  7. Do 20 gym classes in one month
  8. Create a new running playlist Actually, I stopped listening to music and started listening to podcasts instead.
  9. Start a daily meditation practice


  1. Keep the plants alive in the back garden Well, until we got the dog and then the plants had to go! See number 56.
  2. Organise the hall closet (January 2017)
  3. Paint the living room (April 2019)
  4. Organise the pantry
  5. Find a storage solution for the laundry room (April 2019)
  6. Sell 5 things on Gumtree (April to July 2019)
  7. Make a home media centre Got Spotify instead (April 2019)
  8. Put all CDs in the media centre Sold all CDs instead (April 2019)
  9. Part company with DVDs… Except Paddington (February 2017)


  1. Organise our wedding photos and make an album
  2. Learn how to apply false eyelashes
  3. Learn how to do a one-up style
  4. Try something new for 30 days (January 2017)
  5. Get a dog (September 2019)

  1. Buy myself flowers (January 2017)
  2. See a live concert One Republic (September 2017) and James Blunt (March 2018)
  3. Wear red lipstick (October 2017)
  4. See a musical I’ve seen a few Aladdin, Muriel’s Wedding and Joseph to name but a few


  1. Complete a colouring book
  2. Get a massage or a facial  Massage at Na Ha’Ola Spa, Waikiki (September 2017)
  3. Read 100 books I’ve read well in excess of 100, check out some of my reviews here, here and here 
  4. Read a book and then see the movie or vice versa Lion, Crazy Rich Asians  and A Man Called Ove
  5. Watch a movie or a film with subtitles A Man Called Ove and a whole host of subtitled series – here are my faves
  6. Get new glasses (July 2017 and July 2019)


  1. Send 5 thank you letters #makelifegoodchallenge (October 2017)
  2. Write my will (January 2018)
  3. Inspire someone to do the 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge Jo’s list is pretty awesome!
  4. Create another 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge (September 2019)
  5. Learn a new word every day for a 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 – Edinburgh, San Diego

48 hours in Edinburgh - Camera Obscura rooftop

  1. Eat at one of the world’s Top 100 restaurants
  2. Fly Business Class
  3. 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)
  4. See 5 Big Things Actually, I saw 10! including the Big Ugg Boots

72 hours in Newcastle - The Big Ugg Boots

    1. Go on a wine tour
    2. Swim in an infinity pool
    3. Visit a World Heritage Site A weekend in the Blue Mountains (July 2018)

48 hours in the Blue Mountains - Echo Point 3

  1. Take a train ride in another country Anaheim to San Diego (September 2017)
  2. Eat at a new restaurant in Disneyland Carthay Circle (September 2017)
  3. See a parade at Disneyland Mickey’s Soundsational Parade (September 2017)
  4. Go to New Zealand
  5. Get a stamp in my passport Hawaii (September 2018)
  6. See fireworks Australia Day (January 2017)
  7. Do a brewery tour SF on Tap (September 2017)

SF on Tap - Beer and tots


  1. Get a Sydney Swans season ticket
  2. Go fruit picking  Apple picking, Shields Orchard March 2019

Apple picking shields Bilpin

  1. Enjoy high tea at a Sydney venue The Langham (July 2017)
  2. Ride the scenic railway at Scenic World Twice! (July 2018 and March 2019)


  1. Visit a farmers market Kangaroo Valley (February 2018)
  2. Build a sandcastle
  3. Play barefoot bowls The Greens, North Sydney (April 2018)
  4. Go on a picnic (January 2017)
  5. Visit a museum/art gallery I haven’t been to before Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum (July 2018)

So there you have it – I may not have ticked off 101 things but I certainly had fun trying! What would be on your list of 101 things in 1001 days? Any ideas of what I can add to my next list?

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