Today is officially 1001 days since the 1st of January 2009, and the start of my 101 in 1001 list.
While I didn’t even finish writing the list in all that time it’s been interesting over the last couple of years to see what has remained relative to my interests, and to be reminded about how much my life has changed.
I never got that new lounge suite, or tickets to Germany. Life took a different direction and I went to Asia instead. I stopped caring about $2000 couches and learned to live with less.
I stopped counting all the new music I’d listened to and recipes I’d tried. Living with Brendan, Kate, and Jason exposed me to lots of new music and food.
I got a nicer camera and started to learn how to use it, moved houses a couple of times, got tattooed, finished a relationship that wasn’t working any more, fell in love again, quit my office job, and grew my jewellery business. It’s been a big couple of years.
A few things are obvious from the list: I need to read more actual books and be healthier. I didn’t quite make my goal of a week without sugary treats, I’m half way through a week now though. A few days too late.
This year I’m planning a list that I can complete in 365 days, between birthdays. A shorter time frame means I’m far more likely to keep the goals in mind and put in a little effort to get them done. Excited.
That’s how long till my first 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge ends.
If I’m completely honest with myself I haven’t taken this challenge seriously enough. For one, I haven’t even finished my list, and then there’s the matter of just being too lazy to DO the things I have written on the list. A combination of laze and ‘oh there’s still so much time to do everything’ has led to my inevitable failure. I don’t think I’ll do the 101 again, but instead will take on a different challenge. Probably from my birthday as it’s right after the 101 end date.
I have done a few things though it’s not completely dire. And I’ll try a bit harder to get a close to completion as possible.
Here’s what I’ve been doing the past couple of months:
- Tried and failed to blog for a whole month. I’ve just found a new 30 day challenge though, so I’ll give it another shot.
- Bought a DSLR
- Did a cartwheel (while drunk on New Years Eve)
- Got my weight back down to match how I started the year (and then put half of it back on over New Years)
- Made a trifle (for our flat xmas dinner)
- Watched new movies, made new food, and listened to new music
- Wore togs without board shorts in public. I haven’t quite had the confidence for the bikini yet.
- Swam in the sea
- Saw Harry Potter at midnight
As of now my list still only has 73 things on it. Some of those will be achieved in my travels through Asia, but I still need more. What do you recommend?
It’s not over till it’s over. And my 1001 days don’t end till the 29th of September 2011.
It’s still not looking good for Germany though.
While I’d love to go there, and to the arctic more than anything, I’m unwilling to travel alone. So I compromised and booked tickets to Asia instead. It’s where Brend was planning to go to, it’s where he can afford, and it’s somewhere he hasn’t been before. That makes it sound a little like it’s all give and no take, but it’s really not like that.
There’s no doubt I’ll get to Europe sometime in the next few years. In the mean time I’ll become invincible by diving in the deep end of travel – budget backpacking through developing and third world countries. And I’ll continue dreaming of polar bears and narwhals and the Northern Lights.
I still haven’t managed to finish writing the 101 in 1001 list. But I know for sure there are going to be many more goals to add to the list in the months to come.
Things have been kicking off for me in a big way the last few weeks. I decided to leave my job, started getting orders for my jewellery through Etsy, and have had a few late nights emailing customers trying to be the best darn customer service/company representative I can be.
I’ve beaten my “make and sell 10 items of jewellery” task well and truly already. I aimed a bit low on that one. I’m thinking the next goal should be to sell 1000 pieces in the next 2 years! :S Gotta aim high!
Since the February update I’ve:
- created a new blog header
- gained a few more subscribers
- added the completion of the ProBlogger 31DBBB to the list and started it
- gotten into the habit of making my lunch instead of buying it. It’s saved me heaps of money!
- quit my job!!!!
- purchased two new pairs of glasses
- watched some more movies in the IMDB top 500
It’s very exciting time right now!
With one month down on the path to completing 101 goals in 1001 days, I’ve been making some good progress towards the bigger goals. Most namely earning money from blogging, getting more blog subscribers, creating and selling jewellery and quitting my current job.
I’ve come to realise that I’m even lazier than I suspected. I’m doing lots of making, thinking, reading, and writing; but virtually no cooking, washing, putting away, or vacuuming. Thems the breaks when you work 40 hours in an office and then spend at least another 30 planning on ways to become independent of a boss.
Goals achieved this month
- Put a battery in the smoke alarm
- Get a copy of Wreck This Journal
- Change my hairstyle
Goals started this month
- Write the list
- Design a new blog header
- Complete Project 365
- Learn to use Photoshop
- Have 200 subscribers to cupcakesandmace.com
- Be on time to work (not 5 minutes late) 300 times
- Read 50 of the books on the Rory Gilmore Book List at listsofbests.com
- Listen to songs by 101 artists I’ve never listened to before
I need to get the list finished first and foremost so if you have any suggestions on what to add to it let me know!
stalkers readers may have noticed that I have already posted my unfinished list of 101 things I want to complete in 1001 days. I found the Day Zero website at the end of last year and it helped me decide that 2009 is the year I take things into my own hands. Failing a total reinvention and a brand new job where I am creative, having fun, and hopefully working for myself (or at least someone I like), at least I’ll have some fun.
It’s been great to see how many people are taking this challenge on board, seeing everyone’s lists have definitely helped me come up with stuff for my own. So if you haven’t already left me the link to your list please do so in the comments for everyone to see.
Although the list is incomplete I’m feeling ok about that. I’m sure there will be stuff I’ll want to add in a years time!
You can find the list by choosing it on the drop down menu at the top of the screen titled Ms Constantine.