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(b) Reassess every six months for outdated/irrelevant goals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


My 101 Goals

18 01 2010

Here are the 101 goals that I have chosen to complete during the next 1001 days. Split into categories, I’ve tried to incorporate as many areas of my life as possible.

Each completed (or in-progress) goal will have its own accompanying blog entry, and shortly you’ll be able to click [more info] beside each goal to read why I chose it and how I will consider it complete.

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Only 73?

10 01 2010

Goal-setting, goal-setting….where does one start?

With the person that we are?

The person we want to be?

Goals that have purpose?

… Or those that have no purpose at all but to entertain and tittilate?

I wish that my 101 goals were written down, completed and ready for publishing. After spending the last week adding, subtracting and refining I’m on the resounding total of…. 73. I could not believe it – surely I’d have at least 90 by now? I counted again and again, but to no avail – there were definitely only 73 items on my list.

However, I’m two-thirds there and on the home stretch… I can do this, I know I can.

Most recent list item added: Leave a permanent mark somewhere in my local neighbourhood.


Geeking Out

5 01 2010

I’m a geek at heart, and I’m looking forward to getting to write more about my interests as time goes on here.

I’ve been setting some of my 101 goals about gaming – in particular how many games I want to complete (sometimes I have a shocking attention span and abandon a game at the 75% mark, which is interesting considering I finish every book I start – no matter how uninteresting/mediocre it may be). While I love me some RPGs (ie, the Final Fantasy series), simulation games and adventure puzzle games also fill my heart with glee! I also have a slight Sims 2 addiction, despite its successor being out (for the record I’ve played Sims 3 a bit, but haven’t quite gotten ‘into’ it).

Luckily I have a supportive husband in this regard, we share similar interests when it comes to computers (though he’d rather shoot zombies and attack under the apocalypse, than gently build cities and have characters live out peaceful lives!). I confided to him about Mission 101 and he’s very interested in the whole thing – how I’ll document it all, what ideas I have and want I want to achieve. Haven’t shown him my list yet though, as it’s still a work in progress.

But yes, what I came here to write was that I’m really a geek at heart. 😉


What do you want to see?

4 01 2010

Today I opened up this blog to the OpenDiary community, where I host my main one. Talk about nervewracking… there’s no going back now!

I’m up to 57 of 101 goals on my list, while I’m getting other ideas together do you have anything you’d like to see me achieve (ie, something to do with writing/creativity/home life). Since many of you reading this know me well, you might pick up on some themes I haven’t covered in my last post.

So go ahead, surprise me. 😉


P.S. – No, the actual list hasn’t been published yet, I was hoping to gather more ideas first. Have to keep some surprises too!

Working on My List

3 01 2010

So I’ve been working on my Mission 101 list today… and I’ve now reached a bit of a plateau.

The first forty or so list items were relatively easy with lots of little (and big!) projects and aims – but apart from that? It’s been very slow going. Obviously coming up with ideas is a huge task and worthy of its own dot point in the Big List. Prior to starting, my brain was bursting full of ideas, and I wonder if I’ve exhausted them already? Surely not, right?

Some of my chosen areas of improvement so far are: Photography, Culinary, Domestic, Geekdom, Marriage, Adventure, Creativity and Vanity (these will be likely to change before publishing the full list).

Hopefully with sleep tonight comes clarity in the form of dreams or snatches of new ideas. How embarrassing it’d be to not even get this new project off the ground!