Project’s End: Celebrating Day 1001!

30 09 2012

101. Write a Mission 101 list and publish it to my blog 
(a) Write a blog entry on my progress at least once per month (33/33)
(b) Reassess every six months for outdated/irrelevant goals
(c) Complete at least 75% of the goals on my list by September 29th, 2012
(d) Celebrate Day 1001!

I did it!! *insert much farfare and rejoicing*

Yesterday marked Day 1001 of my Mission101, and the end of my project.

2.5 years ago, I opened this blog with the following statement:

Starting a new blog brings with it the kind of excitement and anticipation that opening a new book evokes… what will its pages hold, and how will the narrative journey unfold?

I plan on using these pages to list, record and document my Mission 101 – that is to celebrate small achievements by achieving 101 goals in 1001 days (or roughly, two and-a-half years from now). As I sometimes tend to spend more time focusing on the negative than positive energies in my life, this project will be a way of trying to restore the balance. It is said that it takes three weeks to form anything into a habit – hopefully within three years I can turn positivity into a lifelong one.

Though I didn’t specify it here at the time, another of my reasons for starting this project was focusing on little things in light of receiving news about my fertility (and the notion of perhaps not being able to have a child of our own). I didn’t want to overshadow this blog with woe-is-me musings, nor goal-setting about pregnancy, birth and parenting. I wanted to celebrate the small things in life, and that I have! Along the way here are some of the things I achieved:

  • Upgraded to my dream camera (Nikon D700)
  • Tried out 50 new recipes
  • Got a professional mssage
  • Completed a blog for the families of children I teach, spanning an entire school year
  • Watched a sunset from the highest naturally-formed point in Melbourne
  • Made 5 homemade birthday cards and a set of Christmas cards
  • Learnt to play a strategy boardgame
  • Planted a herb garden
  • Sent someone a care package; and
  • Left a permanent mark somewhere in my housing estate.

What a fun time this has been, and even more amazing to look back and see how much I have squeezed into the past 2.5 years. I’m currently sitting at 57/101 goals completed, but looking through my list I can see a few goals left undocumented… so I can imagine the final tally will be 60+ (short of my original goal of 75+, but not far short).

I will finish up writing about these goals and my final summaries on completed/uncompleted goals in the coming weeks, then I can officially call my Mission 101 project complete. 🙂

Thank you to everyone who has read, commented and cheered me on since 2010!


100. Prove to myself that I CAN be an early person

7 02 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? Show that I can be committed to being early or on-time regularly over the course of a year. I can do this, I know I can…

Why did I choose this goal? Oh boy… I saved the best until last. Time management is NOT my strength and I’m the friend that everyone expects to not show up to something on time. I hate having that label and would really like to change it. The question is, how can this be measured?

099. Submit all uncompleted tax returns

7 02 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I have submitted my outstanding tax returns.

Why did I choose this goal? Another uninteresting, yet important goal. I was audited in October 2009 for not submitting a tax return in 200 and 2001 (I worked a fast-food job), and somehow I have to acquire the data to fill in the returns. These were due back in November and the Tax Office hasn’t been on my back about it so i suspect that they owe me some money… time to get into gear and claim it back!

098. Assemble something completely on my own

7 02 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I have put something together by myself.

Why did I choose this goal? My husband sees himself as the handier of us (he has an engineering background), so I often miss out on getting to assemble things – new furniture, objects etc. My aim is to work on something to completion on my own. 🙂

097. Celebrate Christmas in a different way

7 02 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I have celebrated Christmas in an alternate way and blogged about it.

Why did I choose this goal? Christmas within my family has been celebrated the same way for most of my adult life, mainly because all of the children are grown and the next generation is still unborn. I aim to celebrate in a different way, whether that incorporates involving a new/varied custom, location or family members.

096. Finish an entire book of crossword puzzles

7 02 2010

When will I achieved this goal? When I have finished as much as I can of all puzzles within a crossword book.

Why did I choose this goal? I’ve often come so close, but have either given up or lost interest. I challenge myself to finish all crossword puzzles in a book (completing all clues may be unacheiveable, so let’s say as much as I can from each puzzle).

095. Hold a newborn baby

7 02 2010

When will I achieved this goal? When I have held a baby who is under a month old.

Why did I choose this goal? There’s something wonderful (and dare I say it, miraculous) about the journey of a little one’s life from conception through to birth. I have a love of children, but have a slight fear of holding a newborn – I think it’s because they are so tiny. Can I rectify this? I hope so!