101 in 1001


A few years back I decided to venture into  the 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days Project. Read all about it here. Thanks to Silver on YDU for enlightening me on this fun project. I started on April 4th, 2008, and finished on December 31, 2010.  The total time for this mission was 1001 days (33 months).

Here is all I achieved during this project.

In Progress
Not yet started

1. Drink at least a liter of water every day for a month (then try to keep it up) (0/31)
2. Get a skin check to prevent skin cancer
3. Have a spa day with the works, not just one treatment
4. Get a massage with Andrew (4/17/08)
5. Create a 101 things that make me happy” list
6. Read 10 books (10/10)
7. Go on 5 long walks in the Sydney area (5/5)
8. Take a strip tease” fitness class at a gym
9. Go to a yoga class once a month
10. Lose 10 pounds (0/10)
11. Get 5 other people to create a list (if you guys create one because you read this, please let me know) (5/5)
12. Go without the internet for an entire weekend (doesn’t count if I’m out of town, I must be home)
13. Complete a list of 20 tasks I’ve already accomplished that I’m proud of (3/23/08)
14. Go without any alcohol for a month

Loved Ones:
15. Clean out my contacts and update with current addresses/numbers and birthdays
16. NEW- plan a fun day with my mom and sister
17. NEW- plan a fun day with my niece and nephew
18. Send Christmas cards each year (2/3)
19. Make a “Things we want to do/ buy together” list with Andrew
20. Get engaged (not really in my control, but I still hope it happens in the next 1001 days!) (8.7.09)
21. Buy 24 postcards and send one per month to a different person each time (0/24)
22. Complete the “All about Us” book with Andrew
23. Get in touch with someone I haven’t talked to in years (8/2008)
24. Start a tradition with Andrew

Go Green:
25. Plant a chili pepper plant (4/16/08)

26. Plant a bigger herb garden and keep it alive and free from bugs
27. Buy cloth grocery bags and decline plastic bags (1/11/09)

Social Deeds:
28. Donate blood
29. Find 3 charities that mean something to me and donate to them regularly (at least once/year) (11/08- PanCan, Movember, American Cancer Society) (12/09- Pan Can, American Cancer Society, Humane Society) (6/10- Caringbridge, Susan Komen, Jimmy Walk )
30. Give 2$ to these charities for every goal I don’t complete

31. Research presidential candidates and policies (10/08)
32. Vote in the 2008 election (10/27/08)
33. Research a really good cause/charity and educate others on this cause through my blog
34. Volunteer for Something

Fun Times:
35. Go on 3 picnics (3/3)

36. NEW- go on a girls weekend away

37. Do the Harbour Bridge climb or at least walk across the bridge (7/18/08)
38. Learn to SCUBA dive (get a license)
39. Host a game night for friends
40. Go kayaking
41. Organize a large picnic/bbq- just because
42. Watch the sunrise
43. Go wine tasting again

44. Go to at least one festival each year (2/3)- good food and wine- 2008, Aroma festival 2008, 2009.
45. Add 3 new board games to our collection (3/3)
46. Watch the fireworks over Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve (12/31/08)

Money & Stuff:
47. Own a property
48. Save at least $5000 (5,735/5,000)
49. Start a loose change bucket and save $500 in change
50. For each task I complete, put 5$ in a savings account and do something fun with it (230/505)

Travels & Adventures:
51. Create a master packing list that I can use on all future trips (4/6/08)
52. Hike to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail
53. Go on a cruise
54. Go somewhere in Asia
55. Visit my sister in Texas
56. Fly business class (11/08)
57. Go on 3 spontaneous day/weekend trips with Andrew (3/3) (Perth- 11/08) (snowboarding- 7/09), (gold coast- 6/10)
58. Get a globe or good Atlas and learn about new countries
59. Go home to CA at least 6 times (6/6)

Arts, Culture, Music:
60. Take a painting class
61. Paint something and sell it
62. Take a Spanish class (7/4/08)
63. Take at least 2 other evening courses just for fun (0/2)
64. Take photobooth pictures with Andrew
65. Create a black and white photo album
66. Make a mix-tape (CD) with some of my favorite songs and give to friends
67. Take a class/workshop with Andrew
68. NEW – See another big production play/musical in a theater
69. Clean out old stuff I don’t want from my Itunes (5/29/08)

70. Buy a fancy digital camera
71. Buy a new bed/furniture that doesn’t cause everything to smell old and musty
72. Buy a Wii (12/29/08)
73. Buy new pillows for the bed (4/23/08)
74. Buy a dehumidifier to help alleviate mold/allergy problems caused by the humidity here (4/6/08)

Food, Bev and Yummy Stuff:
75. Eat an entire shrimp/prawn
76. Create a signature cocktail (7/09- grapelberry fizz)
77. Bake and decorate fancy cupcakes
78. Be able to eat something cooked with beef
79. Create a cookbook with at least 20 personally created recipes

80. Write down my recipe for chili (4/8/08)
81. Learn how to make Swedish pancakes from my mom
82. Go 2 weeks without eating any cheese
83. Go 1 month without drinking soda
84. Make Sangria (1/31/09)
85. Buy a fondue set and use it (11/09)
86. Try 20 new restaurants and blog my reviews of them (20/20)
87. Buy a “how-to” cooking book and read it cover to cover
88. Start reading wine reviews/buy wine books and buy wines based on reviews, not price (at least sometimes)
89. Start a recipe book/box and copy all of mom’s recipes that I like

Other Items:
90. Become a resident in Australia (get a visa)(10/21/08)
91. Get my Aussie Driver’s license (9/09/09)
92. Drive by myself in the city and/or to and from the airport
93. Get renter’s insurance (8/09)
94. Go through all my old clothes and donate things I don’t wear (2/3/09)
95. Blog about each of my 101 tasks as I complete them
96. Create 3 new goals each in 2009/2010 (6/6)
97. NEW- Write wills/manage life insurance
98. Get rid of 50 things no longer used (other than clothes) (9/50)

99. Buy a filing system and organize all paperwork (10/16/08)
100. Create a special calendar to track all my tasks (3/19/08)

101. Decorate for Christmas all 3 years (2008-2010) (3/3)

And when I’m done – complete a new list of items


102. Acheive 65 hours of workouts on my WiiFit
103. Read 10 more books after I’m done with the first 10 (10/10)
104. Redecorate the bedroom (new bedding/art)


105. Plan 3 special dates for Andrew and I

106. Get all photos backed up on CDs and update albums

107. Host a small cocktail party

12 Responses to 101 in 1001

  1. Jenn March 11, 2008 at 6:43 am #

    This is such a great idea! I would love to try it but don’t know about time and all quite yet. I absolutely love it tho and hope you accomplish it all in 1001 days.

  2. Dana May 1, 2008 at 4:17 am #

    Sounds like a great idea! Im getting a little lonely here so maybe doing something like this would keep me occupied. I havent had a good look through your site yet so I dont know how long or where you’re living in OZ. I saw a link to your blog on a comment you left on the yanksdownunder forum. Im 24 and from CA and living in Newcastle NSW since 2005. Where in CA are you from? Is your move here permanent? I hadnt planned on living here for this long but met a boy. Anyway, I couldnt find a place to email you on here so hope it’s ok to write to you just on the board.

  3. Susan January 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    Re: #91

    Why can’t you get an NSW DL? I got one several years after I had been here. I was able to keep my WADL from the US and didn’t even have to take a written or driving test here, they just ‘converted it’ for something like $150 that lasts 5 yrs. It was way easier than I had anticipated.

  4. elsja January 28, 2009 at 3:22 am #

    Because they changed the rules to where you have to be a permanent resident OR be a temporary resident who has been in the country for 6 months. They actually can look at your passport to determine your last date of entry. I’m never in the country that long without leaving to go back home for a few weeks.

  5. Emma April 23, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    Hi Elsja,
    What a nice blog! I like your stories very much, so I try to follow them in the future))
    I am planning to do some tasks of your list as well, like no.7 or no 42. For the walks we use maps taken from the tourist centre at Rocks, they are very useful.
    anyway, good luck for your list!

    • elsja April 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Emma! My boyfriend’s dad has a book on all the cool walks in the Sydney area. I really should get it from him!!! Let me know if you accomplish the tasks 🙂

  6. Ruthann July 21, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    I just wanted to let you know I have FINALLY finished my 101 in 1001 list! Thanks for the inspiration.


  7. Kirsty September 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    I love the list! These things always get me motived. I like how you’ve divided it into sections. Good stuff and nice blog!

    • elsja September 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

      Thanks Kirsty!!

  8. Samantha MacInnis January 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    I love this list! I’m going to use it as a template to post a similar on to my Facebook page. I love the website too – your story is such a romantic one! Good luck to you and Andrew!


    • elsja January 11, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

      Thank you so much Samantha!

  9. Yucca September 12, 2010 at 5:14 am #

    What a awesome list. I am always on the look for top lists, and your list is great starting point. Lists are very great.
    cool post thanks, i?ve been wondering about this for a while.

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