101 Things in 1001 Days V2

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.  

My list, which isn’t exactly a bucket list – although there are some crossovers – contains a mix of:

  • Big stuff
  • Small stuff
  • Small stuff that will lead to big stuff
  • Completely unrealistic how fabulous would it be if it happened stuff

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 (the items in bold) – 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 scrambled 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. 

My last list commenced in August 2018 and was due to expire in May 2021, but I’ve decided to recast it for the following reasons:

  • 2020 is pretty much a write-off and
  • I’ve ticked off all my foodie items (you can find my most recent update here) and
  • I’ve changed my mind on a few other bits and pieces

On this list, 101.2, you’ll find some repeats from my first list (they’re the one’s in red) – I’m nothing if not optimistic – plus a lot of new stuff. Commencing August 1 this list has an expiry date of 29/4/23…which seems so far away!

I don’t expect that I’ll achieve everything on this list, or the next one, 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.

Health and Fitness 

1. Lose another 5 kgs

2. Lose another 5kgs 

3. Lose another 5kgs 

4. Walk the path from Pt Cartwright to Golden Beach in one go

5. Walk up Ballinger Rd Hill without stopping

6. Walk up Cogill Rd hill without stopping

7. Do the Kondalilla Falls Circuit

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

9. Walk 1000 miles. Done

10. Walk another 1000 miles

11. Visit the dentist

12. Have a mammogram

13. Visit a GP and get a health check done

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

15. Have an eye test 


16. Have a photoshoot for social media/branding purposes

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

18. 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…)

19. Be a guest on Desert Island Discs – which is probably about as realistic as the Midsomer Murders one.

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. Drive on the highway without having an anxiety thing. 

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

25. Put our 2015 UK photos into a digital photo book 

26. Put our 2019 UK photos into a digital photo book

Local Lovelies

27. Take a photo of the boathouses on the Maroochy River

28. Visit Lake Weyba

29. Take a ride on the Mary Valley Rattler

30. Visit Wildlife HQ

31. Ride a horse along the beach at Noosa

32. Take a Noosa Everglades cruise

33. Pick strawberries

34. Visit Hinterland Feijoas

35. Take a cruise on the Maroochy River

36. Visit a local farm door

37. Cuddle some camels

Bloggy Business

38. Revamp and review Sunshine Coast blog

39. Feature 2 local producers/growers on the Sunshine Coast blog

40. Review 10 cookbooks 

41. Review another 10 cookbooks 

42. Start a regular Desert Island style interview post with bloggers and authors who bake.

43. Come up with a catchy title for the above.

44. Set up a “lead magnet” for newsletters

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

46. Revamp and review Brookford Kitchen Diaries website

47. Revamp and review Clancy of the Campfire website

48. Relaunch author website

49. Post to author website at least once a month


48. Read 10 non-fiction titles

49. Read 10 memoirs

50. Read 100 books

Writerly Business

51. Launch Baby It’s You to print

52. Launch Big Girls Don’t Cry to print

53. Publish I Want You Back (Careful What You Wish For #1) 

54. Publish Careful What You Wish For (Careful What You Wish For #2)

55. Write It’s In The Stars (Careful What You Wish For #3) 

56. Publish It’s In The Stars (Careful What You Wish For #3) 

57. Release the Careful What You Wish For series as a box set 

58. Publish Escape to Curlew Cottage (Brookford Kitchen Diaries #1)

59. Write a Christmas novel

60. Write Brookford Kitchen Diaries #2

61. Publish Brookford Kitchen Diaries #2

62. Write The Lilac Queen (aka the French novel)

63. Publish The Lilac Queen

64. Write the first book in the Alice Delaney mysteries

65. Write the first book in the Beach Rd Café series

66. Write Clancy of the Campfire – the definitive camping cookbook 

67. Write Mad About The Mac – the definitive mac cheese cookbook

68. Write a family saga

69. Replace my day job income with income from writing 


70. Do a road trip to Cairns

71. See the Daintree Rainforest

72. Visit Cape Tribulation

73. Explore Stradbroke Island (Straddie)

74. Walk up Queenstown Hill

75. Swim with sea-turtles

76. Fly business class on a proper international flight ie more than 3 hours long

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

78. Visit Stewart Island

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

80. See bluebells in a bluebell wood. 

81. Take a cruise on a Cunard ship for Grant’s 60th in 2021 – one of the “Queens”

82. See the Northern lights

83. Do a road trip to the Barossa Valley

84. Do a road trip through Scotland

85. Visit John O’Groats

86. Visit The Isle of Skye

87. Stay in an eco lodge eg Thala Beach or Lady Elliott Island

88. Take a holiday on my own as a writing retreat

Foodie Stuff

89. Make 10 new meat-free dishes

90. Make 10 new soup recipes

91. Make 5 new cheese-cake recipes

92. Make 10 regional UK recipes

93. Make 5 new slices

94. Make 5 new traybakes

95. Make sourdough starter – and bake bread from it

96. Make 5 different breads

97. Make 5 new ice cream flavours

98. Make home-made dumplings 

99. Make home-made pasta 

100. Make another 10 new Nigella recipes

101. Cook (and blog) my way through Nigella’s back-list of cookbooks – The Nigella Diaries

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

14 thoughts

  1. I like your updated lists, Jo.
    I’d be happy to cook 10 new meat-free dishes for you (we eat meat-free most days), if you did some of your fabulous baking for me. Heck, it’d even through in 10 new soup recipes for you as a bonus! 😀

  2. What a coincidence Jo. I just finished my updated 101 Things list last night. I love your list., There are many things on your list that I’d love to have on my listed. I specially love the writers retreat. As I’m not a writer, for me it would be a ‘bloggers retreat’.

    1. Great minds at all that! I love having a mix of practical, achievable and aspirational. Any ticks are good ticks.

  3. I love that your list is evolving, Jo. I said this last time, but I want to do something similar…maybe 101 things to do before I retire. 😁

    1. There’s so many different ways you can tweak it Christie – I reckon I could have come up with 101 foodie thigs if I’d thought about it.

    1. Yeah, it’s an idea I’ve been playing with for a bit…just need to figure out the logistics, take a deep breath & go for it.

  4. Hahaha at 1-3 that might have to be mine! Number 10 is another good one, dream big is my motto or else what’s the point? FNQ is worth the long drive, the Daintree Rainforest is beautiful, hopefully the mosquito’s don’t love you as much as they did me!

    1. Sadly Mossman Gorge was closed (for Covid) when we were there a couple of weeks ago so didn’t get crossed off my last list. It’s always been a dream of mine to see the Daintree – ever since all the campaigning in the 80’s to get it listed as a world heritage site. I still remember those concerts. (Showing my age.)

      1. Yes, I remember reading about the group that stayed on living in the rainforest after the protests. There was also the issue of not wanting a sealed road as that would mean more tourism which the locals thought was not a great idea for the forest.

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