101 in 1001

The Challenge: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

This is my third 101 in 1001 list, and now that my life and goals are comparably stable to what they were the first two tries, I’m optimistic about the odds for list three! This challenge will run from May 7th, 2017 to February 2nd, 2020.

016/ 101 complete

…as of November 10th, 2018
Unstarted (65); In Progress (20); Complete (16)


001 Travel Outside of Canada
Hard to swing with a toddler and a newborn, but I’d still like to try.
002 Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Likely candidates: Rideau Canal, Historic District of Old Quebec, Statue of Liberty.
003 Visit Bruce Peninsula and Flowerpot Island
004 Visit the Canadian Children’s Museum (Gatineau, Quebec)
005 Hike in one of Ontario’s National Parks
006 Take a Trip to the East Coast


007 Expand our Family (Again)
Welcomed baby #2 on April 28th, 2018!
008 Take a Four-Generations Photo with One (Or Both) of the Great-Grandmas
Completed July 8th, 2018 – Photo of myself, the kids, my dad, and paternal grandma
009 Make a Family Tree for Olivia
Roughed out, need to fill in names and make a good copy.
010 Throw 30th birthday party for The Husband
Completed September 16th 2017.
011 Do Something Fun for My 30th Birthday
Completed October 27th 2018!
012 Add Both Kids to Life Insurance Policy
013 Read 1001 books to Olivia
Progress tracked at goodreads.


014 Go to a Board Game Café
015 Go to a Room Escape
Completed November 4th 2017.
016 Go to a Live Figure Skating Event
Completed November 9th 2018 – The Thank You Canada Tour!
017 Go Ziplining
018 Ride in a Cable Car/Gondola Lift
019 Organize a Murder Mystery Night
020 Paintball or Laser Tag
021 Go to a Drive-In Theatre
022 Go Rock-Climbing
023 Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Completed June 30th, 2018 – Took my sister’s paddleboard for a short tour.
024 Find and Log 25 New Geocaches (25+/25)
Completed September 2018
025 Ride the Roseneath Wooden Carousel
026 Go to the Top of the CN Tower
027 Go to a Convention
028 Go Rollerblading
029 Go to a Book Signing
030 Tube Down a Lazy River
031 Go Whale-Watching
032 Paint Night with Mom and Kelly


033 Book Long-Overdue Optometrist Appointment
Completed August 24, 2018. Turns out I need glasses, to no one’s surprise.
034 Memorial Tattoo
035 Weight Loss: Reach 160lbs
Completed May 2018.
036 Weight Loss: Reach 150lbs
037 Weight Loss: Reach 140lbs
038 Take Olivia to preschool activities/events 2x per month for 6 consecutive months
…and then some. Completed October 2018.
039 Start a Proper Skincare Routine and Maintain for 1 Month
Started end of July 2018; Completed September 2018
040 Try a New Sport
041 Fill a Gratitude/Happy Moments Journal


042 Fill a Bullet Journal
As of April 2nd 2018 I’m 127 pages (of 250) into my first Leuchtturm1917.
043 Complete a 30 Days Writing Prompt List
31 Days of Mental Wellness – 4/31 prompts completed.
044 Fill 642 Tiny Things to Write About Journal
045 Fill a Sketchbook
046 Gift Art to 5 People (0/5)
047 Alphabet Decorations for Olivia’s Room
048 Design a Themed Stationery Set (To-Do List, Notepad, Sticky Notes)
049 Design a Themed Bookmark Set
050 Design and Print a Sticker Set
051 Complete the 30 Days of Art Improvement Challenge
052 10 Crafts from my Pinterest Things to Make Board (0/10)
053 Exchange Art With a Friend
054 Make a Decoration/Craft for Each Major Holiday We Celebrate (5/11)

New Year
Valentine’s Day
Family Day
Mother’s Day (14/5/2018)
Father’s Day (17/6/2018)
Canada Day
Thanksgiving (12/10/2018)
Hallowe’en (29/10/2018)
Remembrance Day (08/11/2018)
055 Create themed family Halloween costumes
Completed October 31st 2017.


056 Inventory of Business Tools/Assets for Insurance
Completed February 2018.
057 Finish The Husband’s Business Website
058 Update and Organize Building Code Into Binders by Section
059 Start a Small Side Business
060 Create Portfolio Website for Root Domain


061 Pay Off Credit Card Balance
062 Pay Off Credit Line Balance
063 Open an RRSP
064 Complete a No-Spend Month
065 Leave a 100% tip
066 Sell Remaining Baby Carriers and Wraps
067 Sell Extra Figures
068 Sell Old Comics and Doujin
069 Upgrade to a Newer Tablet


070 Complete an Entire Shelf for Mel vs Shelf Feature (8/22)
Progress tracked on my current shelf page.
071 Clear My Steam Backlog (4/10)

Among the Sleep
Life Is Strange (14/8/17)
Portal (16/8/17)
Stardew Valley (9/8/17)
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead: Season 2
We Know the Devil (24/7/17)
The Wolf Among Us
072 Record a Let’s Play
073 Start Welcome to Night Vale Podcast
074 Read 20 Short Stories (3/20)

1. Maggie Stiefvater, “Opal”
2. Aimee Bender, “The Rememberer”
3. Kate Chopin, “Désirée’s Baby”
075 Watch Studio Ghibli’s Animated Feature Films (0/21)

1984 Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind
1986 Castle in the Sky
1988 Grave of the Fireflies
1988 My Neighbour Totoro
1989 Kiki’s Delivery Service
1991 Only Yesterday
1992 Porco Rosso
1994 Pom Poko
1995 Whisper of the Heart
1997 Princess Mononoke
1999 My Neighbours the Yamadas
2001 Spirited Away
2002 The Cat Returns
2004 Howl’s Moving Castle
2006 Tales from Earthsea
2008 Ponyo
2010 Arietty
2011 From Up On Poppy Hill
2013 The Wind Rises
2013 The Tales of Princess Kaguya
2014 When Marnie Was There
076 Watch a Classic Anime Series
077 A-to-Z Movie Challenge (17/26)

Armageddon (13/9/17)
Babadook, The (11/3/18)
Circle, The (3/12/17)
Dirty Grandpa (17/9/17)
Fist Fight (16/10/17)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (13/6/17)
Hidden Figures
In This Corner of the World
Jumanji (23/2/18)
Kidnap (5/12/17)
Lazarus Effect, The (27/7/17)
Naked (23/8/17)
Obesity Post-Mortem (20/7/18)
Pacific Rim Uprising (23/3/17)
Quiet Place, A (24/7/18)
Rings (9/10/17)
Split (30/8/17)
Theory of Everything, The (31/3/18)
Under the Shadow
Valley Uprising
Wonder Woman (20/6/17)
Your Name (Kimi no na Wa)
Zookeeper’s Wife, The


078 Finish Upstairs Bathroom Renovation
079 Organize Storage Room
Completed November 13th 2017.
080 Deep Clean All of the Windows in Our House
081 Back Up All Digital Files
082 Tear Down Old Shed in Front Yard
083 Start Our Own Chicken Coop
084 Organize and Back Up Digital Music Collection
085 Become a Humane Society Foster Home
086 Fundraise for a Cause
087 Start a Succulent Garden


088 …How to Change My Own Oil
089 …How to Make Homemade Maki Rolls
090 …How to Make 50 New (To Me) Recipes (23/50)
091 …Basic Brush-Pen Calligraphy
092 Complete an Online Course


093 Hatch a Luna Moth
094 Frame University Degree to Hang in Office
095 Verify Accounts on SIT
Completed July 5th 2017.
096 Have Wedding Dress Cleaned and Stored
097 Make a Proper Recipe Book
098 Write a will

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