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.
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
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
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
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
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
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! 😀
You can be my meat-free inspo!
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’.
Great minds at all that! I love having a mix of practical, achievable and aspirational. Any ticks are good ticks.
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. 😁
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.
Fabulous list Jo and I must say I particularly like no. 42!
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.
I’ll join you!
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!
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.)
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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