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(b) Reassess every six months for outdated/irrelevant goals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!

Rebecca

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September Goal-Setting Goodness

9 09 2011

Since I’m trying to get back into the swing of this project regularly, it’s time to set a few goals for the remainder of this month. Here’s what I’ll be focusing on:

004. Frame and display one or more of my photographs at home [more info]
I bought some frames from IKEA recently for exactly this purpose, now to figure out what images to put in them…

031. Re-register for the Validation process [more info]
I really, really need to do this – my window of opportunity is closing fast. Difficult to focus on work when I’m trying to care for the baby.

048. Read 50 books (19/50) [more info]
049. Read 10 books that aren’t from the sci-fi or fantasy genres (6/10) [more info]
Two goals that are going relatively well! I tend to read for 30min a day while I’m feeding Rowan in the evenings, so it’s a matter of finishing the three books I’m currently reading (two of which are child-related, not science fiction :P).

071. Paint a feature wall [more info]
This will be revised to decorating a feature wall (using the frames from goal.004 above)

092. Share a month’s worth of reflections on life’s little things [more info]
See previous entry for more information about this, I’m not sure how I’ll post this. End of  the month? Weekly?

101(b) Reassess every six months for outdated/irrelevant goals (0/6)
I’ve kind of failed at this goal so far, we’re more than halfway in (almost a year to go!) and I haven’t revised the list once. I think it’s needed now though, I see at least five unattainable goals (ie, overseas travel) that I can’t see happening within the next twelve months, so I might revise these to something still challenging, yet soemthing I actually have a chance at completing.