Inspired by The Annoyed Thyroid, in August 2018 I posted a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.
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
Lose 5kgs. Achieved in September 2019.
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
Average 10,000 steps a day for 30 days. Done – 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
Go 30 days without spending money on books or music. Done – February and March 2019
Get our DNA analysed by Ancestry.com Done – September 2019
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
Put our Vietnam photos into a digital photo book. Done.
Make a This Is Your Life photo book for Dad’s 80th birthday. Done.
Blogs and Writing
32. Finish writing my France blogs.
33. Transfer all France posts across to And Anyways
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
Revamp cover for Baby, It’s You Done
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
Publish Happy Ever After. Done.
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
Set up kitchen diaries blog – Brookford Kitchen Diaries. Done. I’m still reviewing the future use of this
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
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
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
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)
Stay at the Eastern & Oriental in Penang Done
64. Walk up Queenstown Hill
Explore Agnes Waters and the Town of 1770 Done September 2019
Explore the Scenic Rim region of South East Queensland. Done. 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
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.)
Grow ginger Done
83. Make potato gnocchi that doesn’t bounce
Make focaccia. Done.
Cook steak to medium rare (hubby usually does this) Done
Make an omelette (he does this too) Done
Perfect the poached egg (he usually does this too). Done – thanks to Nigella.
Make decent scrambled eggs (and this – but I’m great at boiled and fried eggs) Done
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
Make mayonnaise by hand Done
Make hollandaise by hand Done
Make a puff pastry Done
Make honeycomb Done
Make decent soft bread rolls Done
Make lemon curd. Done.
Make flat bread Done
Make a Victoria sponge Done
Make a Tarte Tatin Done
100. Cook (and blog) my way through Nigella’s “How To Eat”. Underway – The Nigella Diaries
Inspire someone else to write down 101 things to do in 1001 days. Done