101 Things in 1001 Days – The Update

Inspired by The Annoyed Thyroid, in August 2018 I posted a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.

The Challenge

For those who missed it, the challenge was to come up with 101 things that I want to achieve in the next 1001 days. So that you don’t need a calculator, that equates to about 2.75 years – which takes me through until May 2021. 

This isn’t a bucket list per se, and it contains a mix of:

  • Big stuff
  • Small stuff
  • Small stuff that will lead to big stuff
  • Dreams from the bucket list

The list replaced New Year resolutions for me this year – and will do so again in 2020.

The hardest part of this challenge was coming up with 101 things – and keeping it (reasonably) realistic. To do that I chunked it down into categories and, where appropriate, broke large long-term goals into smaller milestones that can be ticked off along the way.

Why 1001 days?

The theory is that for people like me with long-term dreams and a short-term focus, this sort of time period gives you a better chance of achieving the big stuff – it covers seasonal considerations and provides ample time for bookings, training etc, but also allows for lots of smaller wins along the way. Sometimes it’s those small wins that keep you going – you have no idea how stoked I was when I nailed the perfect poached egg!

Another advantage of having some smaller items that might otherwise be overlooked? It’s a real boost to your confidence when you look back and see how much you’ve achieved.

The fine print

Because this is my list and therefore my rules, I reserve the right to change my mind. In full disclosure, I’ve made a decision to push back from astrology writing for the time being so have dropped these items from the list and replaced them with goals more conducive to my main focus of making a living from my writing.

Further to that – I don’t expect that I’ll achieve everything on this list, and nor will I beat myself up if that’s the case. There’s no harm in carrying items across to my next 101 things list. This is not a “must do” list or even a “should do” list. It’s more of a “how cool will it be if I have a go?” list.

Anyways, we’re now almost halfway through the 1001 days so in the interests of accountability, here’s an update. My primary long-term goals are in bold.

Health and Fitness

1. Lose 5kgs. Achieved in September 2019.

2. Lose another 5kgs Achieved at the end of November 2019

3. Lose another 5kgs

4. Lose another 5 kgs

5. Lose another 5 kgs

6. Take a feldenkrais class – it’s about reconnecting mind and body through movement and will, apparently, help my ankle.

7. Take a yoga or pilates class

8. Walk the path from Pt Cartwright to Golden Beach. I’ve done 3 segments of this walk now: From Point Cartwright to Kawana, Kawana to Currimundi, and from Currimundi to Moffat Beach. I’ll tackle the whole thing next winter.

9. Walk up the Ballinger Rd hill without stopping. I’m scoring this a 7/10 – I’ve made it to the top, but not without stopping. Will tackle this one again when the weather cools.

10. Do the Kondalilla Falls Circuit

11. Do the Noosa National Park Walk along the coast to Sunshine Beach

12. Average 10,000 steps a day for 30 daysDone – back in September 2018. Since July 2019 I’ve averaged almost 12,000 steps a day.

13. Get into a meditation habit – 15 minutes a day for 30 days.

14. Visit the dentist

15. Visit a GP and get a health check done

16. Convince my husband to visit a GP and get a health check done


17. Have a photoshoot – not a glamour one, but more of a headshot one, outside, casual with decent hair and maybe even make-up

18. Buy a pair of jeans that not only fit but are actually comfortable.

19. Be an extra on Midsomer Murders (I think I’d make a fabulous dog walker in Badger’s Drift, but I’m not at all fussy…)

20. Write the family history – on the Hamilton and Lyons side. Mum has done so much research that needs to be written up

21. Research the family history on my husband’s side

22. Update my will

23. Learn how to take decent food pictures and learn how to style brown food. Not sure how to measure this, but I’ve absolutely improved. 

24. Drive on the highway without having an anxiety thing. I have ventured onto the motorway, but the Bruce Highway still makes me quite anxious

25. Go 30 days without spending money on books or musicDone – February and March 2019

26. Get our DNA analysed by Ancestry.com Done – September 2019

27. Read 10 non-fiction books As of November 2019, I’ve read 12.

28. Put our France 2018 photos into a digital photo book

29. Put our 2015 UK photos into a digital photo book 50% done

30. Put our Vietnam photos into a digital photo bookDone.

31. Make a This Is Your Life photo book for Dad’s 80th birthdayDone.

Blogs and Writing

32. Finish writing my France blogs.

33. Transfer all France posts across to And Anyways

34. Revamp my blog Done. And Anyways had a facelift in 2019

35. Revamp my author website to be a “landing page” for my books

36. Send out a monthly newsletter – every month for at least 6 months

37. Revamp cover for Baby, It’s You Done

38. Revamp cover for Big Girls Don’t Cry Done

39. Launch Baby, It’s You to print

40. Launch Big Girls Don’t Cry to print

41. Publish Happy Ever AfterDone.

42. Publish I Want You Back (Careful What You Wish For #1) Scheduled for publication February 2020

43. Finish the Tiff Book (Careful What You Wish For #2). Rewrite complete. It will go off for copy edit in December.

44. Publish the Tiff book This is scheduled for publication in April 2020

45. Finish the Alice book (Careful What You Wish For #3) First draft is complete

46. Publish the Alice book I’m scheduling this for publication in August 2020

47. Release the Careful What You Wish For series as a box set I’m targeting December 2020 for this

48. Write a Christmas novel

49. Publish ebook of recipes used in Wish You Were Here and Happy Ever After and use as a lead magnet for the newsletter

50. Set up kitchen diaries blog – Brookford Kitchen DiariesDone. I’m still reviewing the future use of this

51. Set up Clancy’s Campfire website.  Done, but this project is on the back-burner

52. Publish Clancy of the Campfire – the definitive camping cookbook This project is on the back burner

53. Write The Lilac Queen

54. Write the first book in the Alice Delaney mysteries

55. Write the first book in the Curlew Cottage series Escape to Curlew Cottage has been written – still to go through rewrite and copy edit.

56. Mad About The Mac – the definitive mac cheese cookbook

57. Enter a RWA writing competition. Done – Happy Ever After came 2nd in Romantic Book of the Year

58. Learn about Amazon and Facebook advertising

59. Replace my day job income with income from writing 


60. Sleep in a tent. Done. Ok, it was a posh tent, but a tent it was. Ketchup’s Bank Glamping.

61. Do a road trip to Cairns

62. Explore Stradbroke Island (Straddie)

63. Stay at the Eastern & Oriental in Penang Done

64. Walk up Queenstown Hill

65. Explore Agnes Waters and the Town of 1770 Done September 2019

66. Explore the Scenic Rim region of South East QueenslandDone. October 2018 – Camping at Ketchup’s Bank Glamping.

67. Swim with sea-turtles

68. Snorkel in the Barrier Reef

69. Ride a horse along the beach at Noosa

70. Take a Noosa Everglades cruise

71. Fly business class

72. Eat at one of the world’s top 100 restaurants

73. Eat at a restaurant in the Michelin Guide Done – Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore May 2019

74. Have Christmas in the UK

75. Attend a Christmas midnight mass in a village church in the UK

76. Have afternoon tea somewhere posh

77. Do a long-distance walk in the UK – eg The Cotswolds Way, The Ridgeway, Hadrian’s Wall

78. See bluebells in a bluebell wood. 

79. Take a cruise to the Baltics for hubby’s 60th in 2021

80. Visit St Petersburg

81. See the Edinburgh Tattoo in Edinburgh. (As a side note, I have seen this in Sydney and given that we have no inclination to travel to Scotland during the summer and the Tattoo is held in August, there are logistical issues with this one.)

Foodie Stuff

82. Grow ginger Done

83. Make potato gnocchi that doesn’t bounce

84. Make focacciaDone.

85. Cook steak to medium rare (hubby usually does this) Done

86. Make an omelette (he does this too) Done

87. Perfect the poached egg (he usually does this too). Done – thanks to Nigella.

88. Make decent scrambled eggs (and this – but I’m great at boiled and fried eggs) Done

89. Make a piccalilli. Done.

90. Try 10 new meat-free dishes I have no idea how I’m going with this – I haven’t been keeping count

91. Make mayonnaise by hand Done

92. Make hollandaise by hand Done

93. Make a puff pastry Done

94. Make honeycomb Done

95. Make decent soft bread rolls Done

96. Make lemon curdDone.

97. Make flat bread Done

98. Make a Victoria sponge Done

99. Make a Tarte Tatin Done

100. Cook (and blog) my way through Nigella’s “How To Eat”. Underway – The Nigella Diaries


101. Inspire someone else to write down 101 things to do in 1001 daysDone

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

28 thoughts

    1. It’s pretty cool, isn’t it? Saves on the pesky new year’s resolutions. And I do get a little kick at seeing things get crossed off…

  1. Congratulations on your successes here, Jo.
    I haven’t written a list of 101 things to do, so I thought I would borrow yours. (Forgery is flattery!) In the last 1001 days, I have accomplished 19 items on your list (21 if I really modify 2 more of them). Mind you, I kept my bar low so my completion (especially in the cooking department) would not come anywhere near yours!

    1. Forgery absolutely is flattery so go right ahead! It’s hilarious how I’m smashing my cooking ones & dragging my heels on some other things…

    1. Thanks Natalie, some things are quite routine and some take a little more work, but the feeling of achievement is the same for each.

  2. Very impressive Jo – I always admire people who have lists of things they want to achieve and then get on with doing them. I would be lucky to come up with half a dozen things – instead I wait til something lodges itself in my brain and then try to ignore it, and then give in and get on with it (Tai Chi, exercise class, etc) Congrats on hitting the 10kg excess baggage loss too – I’m still stuck around 5/6kgs.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

  3. Jo you’ve achieved so much. When you published this list, you inspired me to make my own list. Thanks for the reminder that I need to revisit the list. #MLSTL

  4. Hi Jo, when you see all of these things in writing…little stuff and the bigger stuff…it really brings into focus how much we actually accomplish in a period of time. I think it’s awesome! #MLSTL

  5. I love being able to check things off as well. And I like how you broke down big things into manageable steps that can be checked off.

    I’ve been thinking of creating a new list of “things to accomplish” – maybe 10 for the upcoming decade… or 20 (not so big things) for 2020. I feel a need to refocus since I’m at my 5-year retired mark!

    A different take on 101. I keep track of new things I engage in … it’s more a running list. I targeted 101 for the year and am up to 125, with a month to go! I’m thinking a blog on that needs to be forthcoming. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. This makes me so happy and not just because inspiring someone to make a list was something you helped me cross of my mine! You have achieved so much and you’re not even half way there. That’s what I love about these lists, so fun and so achievable. It really motivates me to try new things/smash goals without all the pressure I feel with NY resolutions and the like. High five to you!

    1. I totally agree with you. It takes so much pressure off & I love how there’s some small, some not so small, some pie in the sky type of things.

  7. What a great idea, Jo! I am pleased to read that you are giving yourself flexibility to change the list as you go. I enjoyed reading your list and seeing the pics of things accomplished. Enjoy and good luck! #MLSTL

    1. Thanks Christie. I’m finding it so much more freeing than the usual resolutiony things are – and, as you say, I’m flexible. Plus, I’m allowing myself to have things on there that I know I’ll be unlikely to achieve (unless you know someone who cn get me onto Midsomer Murders, that is…)

  8. Did you mention how many you’ve done halfway through? I suspect you’ll do a bunch of those at once so guess it’s not something you can monitor like that!

    You’ve done such a good job on these. Perhaps I need something like this. I need to lose the 8-10+kg I’ve put on since I stopped working late last year. Cos I already had some to lose then. And I know it’s not something that should obsess me, but I did bloody have weightloss surgery so….

    I love that your health-related goals also focus around fitness. Walking regularly is something I need to focus on #movingforward.

    1. My weight loss is all tied into movement ie the hiking trip we want to do so it made sense to break those down into chunks. It’s a tough habit to get into & an easy one to break.

  9. Wow! You’ve accomplished a lot and have a lot of time to accomplish the rest. You are well on your way! These goals sound very well thought out and maybe I need something like this to keep me motivated! It’s always health related for me, but I like the idea of encompassing many aspects of my life to focus on. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I deliberately broke things down to make the massive goals more achievable & to keep motivation going. I’m loving it as a continuous improvement sort of thing.

  10. Interesting concept, Joanne. I like how your rule is that that there are no rules. You can amend your list. Good luck on jeans that are truly comfortable. I have yet to find a pair, so please share. I am routing for you for #59. You take amazing food photos! I can (almost) smell the fresh, soft bread.🙂

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