Tuesday, January 19, 2010

101 things in 1001 days

I have been catching up on my blog reading recently and several blog authors have mentioned the 101 things in 1001 days challenge. That has piqued my interest and I have decided to partake in this. I will report on progress from time to time so you can see how I am getting on with this.

So here goes :
1. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
2. Go vegetarian for one month
3. Walk the Milford Track
4. Spend a holiday exploring the top of the North Island (everywhere north of Auckland)
5. Visit the Coromandel
6. Visit Tauranga
7. Make a quilt
8. Go to 3 music concerts
9. Invest in a decent sound system
10. Downsize my house and my mortgage
11. Blog at least once a week
12. Have a massage once a month
13. Declutter my house
14. Clean out garage
15. Stick to my budget
16. Track all expenses
17. Try 50 new recipes
18. Listen to one new musician / band every month
19. Buy a piece of art
20. Find a great cupcake recipe
21. Replace my lounge suite
22. Make new cushions for the lounge
23. Increase mortgage payments
24. Go skiing
25. Compile my favourite recipes
26. Give blood regularly
27. Become a volunteer for the Samaritans
28. Go sky-diving
29. Only buys clothes / shoes for replacing existing items
30. Take 3 cooking classes
31. Complete Christmas shopping by October
32. Attend a yoga retreat
33. Eat less red meat
34. Eat more fish
35. Donate $10 to charity for each task I don't complete
36. Go camping
37. Go on an unplanned road trip for a weekend
38. Put together an emergency kit
39. Take a dance class
40. Do yoga three times a week for a month
41. Go to a live comedy show
42. Buy fresh flowers once a month
43. Make 25 different cocktails
44. Try out a new restaurant once every two months
45. Make a winter dress
46. Spend a rainy day with someone in bed
47. Sleep under the stars
48. Read a science fiction book
49. Prepare and have a romantic candlelit dinner at home
50. Read at least one non-fiction book a month
51. Complete a sudoku every day
52. Go to a wine and food festival
53. Go to 10 plays
54. Go white-water rafting
55. Menu plan every week
56. Reduce grocery spend to $70 / week
57. Review goals once a week
58. Make soap
59. Take a bubble bath every month
60. Build something out of wood
61. Buy a "round town" bike for running errands
62. Set up spare room as a real guest bedroom
63. Go on holiday to Japan
64. Donate 100,000 grains of rice on freerice.com
65. Create a cleaning schedule
66. Take a class and learn something new
67. Donate food to the local food bank once a month
68. Do a random act of kindness once a month
69. Knit something
70. Make a loan through Kiva
71. Go see a 3D movie
72. Keep in regular contact with my brother
73. Sew Christmas stockings
74. Go to an art gallery every month
75. Get involved with local Transition Towns group
76. Take a pole-dancing class
77. Assemble a first aid kit for the car
78. Have a productive vegetable garden year-round
79. Complete a scuba diving course
80. Learn to garden organically
81. Reduce food wastage
82. Visit my parents twice a year
83. Write an “if anything ever happens to me” letter
84. Clean out and organise my filing system
85. Check my car's oil and water every month
86. Change the oil and oil filter at least annually
87. Once a month meet a different friend for lunch
88. Clean out the dreaded box of cables
89. Swim in a lake, a river, the sea and a pool
90. Wear matching underwear at least once a week
91. Put $1o in a jar for each completed task
92. Try geocaching
93. Donate to one new charity each year (ongoing)
94. Take more photos
95. Take an art class
96. Visit a waterfall I haven't been to before
97. Write a positive thought down every day for a month
98. Kiss in the rain
99. Mid-winter swim
100. Write my name in the sand and take a photo of it
101. Bake bread once a month - new recipe each month

Phew, that was much more of a mission than I thought it was going to be. And now I have to start working on achieving tasks from the list. Gosh! I will print this off and make sure I review it often and start checking things off.


  1. Dear KC, I feel exhausted just from reading your list! I may be able to help with once a month bread making - my first two involve stirring rather than kneading. Though kneading bread dough is a splendiferous stress relief.

    An incredible list - just hoping the last 2 days vivid Sunshine here hasn't gone to your head!

    care and huggles,

    Michelle xxx
    (sound snoring from the Zebbycat)

  2. What a great list! I especially like that they weren't all tangible items; some involved attitude and love, not just funding. I sure hope you don't try all 25 cocktails at the same time, and I want to go on the yoga retreat with you!

  3. That looks like quite the list! I am not sure I am up to the challenge but there are several things on the list that are in my "to dos for 2010". I will be posting them soon. Have fun with crossing items off your list :-)

  4. Some of those sound a little fluffy but it all sounds fun, good luck!

  5. This blog post has had a pretty immediate effect on me. I reviewed it yesterday and then spent some time searching for cooking and art classes. I've sent off enrolment forms for three cooking classes (Thai, chocolate, finger food) as well as a beginner's drawing class. I am a complete novice when it comes to drawing so that one is going to be pretty interesting.

    Thanks for your comments.

  6. That is a wonderful bunch of 'to dos'!!


  7. Hmmm - seems like this list was fun in the making and looks like being fun in the *doing*. Some things are easy, some very interesting, some admirable - others I don't understand - what is geocaching? and what is Kiva?

    As you say "Phew" and "Gosh" ;)

    Luv, Oznan

  8. I'll help with 43, 7, 53 and 74 - but mostly 43 (and note many others can be combined with 43 as well).
    Great list!