Day 101 – January 2013 – 977 days left, 7% Complete

Well here we are, nearing the end of January and as I did not do a resolution but 101 instead, I can actually say I am keeping up my end of the bargain. So how has my 101 been going.  Well deciding my first 67 of 101 was not too bad, I like lists, and had a mental list of things that I wanted or planned to do, however, I never really got on with anything on this ‘mental’ list because my other lists always got in the way – as you can probably tell I am a list person. For the remaining 34 of 101 I looked at other 101 lists, on Day Zero and on Blog sites, and also made a list of ‘things’ I should be making an effort to do – mainly related to my 4 year old son. So pretty soon I had my list, and a print out in my hand. Actually having it in black and white and for myself and others to see has given me the motivation I needed to actually achieve some other things.


OK, so the challenge is to complete 101 preset tasks in 1001 days, and the criteria is “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).” So I sat down with my print out to ‘make a plan’ and that is when I realised that some of my tasks where not specific enough, some would cost me a small fortune, and some needed time frames added. So a few were amended, realistically I cannot afford to put £2 in a pot every time I complete a task, this month alone I have completed 9, so have reduced this to 50p, £4.50 is a lot more manageable than £18 and I will still have £500 when I finish my tasks. Setting a good time frame is a must too, I read somewhere that if you do something for 2 weeks it becomes a habit, and as I want some of these tasks to become habit they now have a two week time frame. (For my own personal interest I am going to do my best to cost up how much doing my 101 has taken).

So what have I completed:

Create a Day Zero Account – some would say that this should not be a task as you have to ‘do it’ to ‘do it’. That may be the case but I read about 101 on a blog and started making a list to see how difficult it would be to find 101 things and was dithering whether or not to sign up, putting it on my list reinforced for me that I was going to do this.
Cost: Time Free

Find 101 things to put on my list – again you have to ‘do it’ to ‘do it’ but finding 101 meaningful things to do is not actually that easy, I could only come up with 67 of my own, and then this was added to the list as it was a ‘task’ that required me to do some work.
Cost: Time and Brain Power Free

Make a Family Memory Jar – this is a relatively easy and fun thing to do, and I had thought about doing one before but never got round to it, so we now have a 2013 memory jar, with a few things in already, and I really hope I can keep this going every year now so that I can put them away as time capsules for my little boy.
Cost: Pennies as used stuff I already had lying around. Free

Memory Jar

Create a blog – you are reading it. I had wanted to blog for a while, as love reading other peoples, but not sure if I really had anything to share. In the past I had a couple of false starts creating blogs, I would create blog, publish one thing and then forget about it or have nothing to say. Now I have to find something to say as it also ties in with another of my tasks which is to publish 30 blog pieces.
Cost: Time (wordpress free blog) Free

Make a inspirational quote into a piece of home decor/art – have always wanted to do a funky ‘family rules’ for my kitchen and over the years had saved lots of images onto my hard drive of them, so I took all my favourite bits, put them into a word document, made it bright and funky and then printed it out. I had an old picture frame so I cleaned this up, used some spotty wrapping paper as backing and then cut out my rules and popped them in.
Cost: Pennies as used stuff I already had lying around. Free

Family Rules

See if I can sign up someone to day zero: I thought this would be quite hard, as it is quite a challenge to take on, but I posted on Facebook about mine and a friend saw the post, took a look at the day zero site and signed up.
Cost: Time Free

Learn how to Create an ebook: I love my kindle, and love all the free eBooks I have been given and was curious how to go about creating one, so set myself this as a challenge. It took a lot of research and reading, and hours to find the right (free) software, conversion tools etc but I could now confidently create an eBook that would work for kindle and other eReaders.
Cost: Lots of time Free

Coming soon to Kindle
eBook Cover


Buy Martha Stewarts Encylopedia of Crafts: Yep this is an odd one for a 101 list. This has been on my wish list for about 3 years now, but as I am not really a crafter and just wanted it for ideas and inspiration to make me into one, I rarely buy books anymore especially not coffee table ones so it was never at the top of my frivolous shopping list.  Am glad I have finally got around to getting it as it is a beautiful book with some lovely ideas and inspiration.
Cost: £12.99 £

Invite F and N to Dinner: I often feel that I don’t spend enough quality time with friends, and have been meaning to invite F and N over for a while but never got around to it – putting it on my list means not putting it off any longer and an invite has been issued.
Cost: nothing for the invite but dinner will be £££.

Well that’s 9/101 and £4.50 for a the Jar this month, add the £12.99 for the book and we have a respectable £17.49 spent this month.

At this point in time I have 18 tasks marked as ‘work in progress’, these are tasks that have definite dates, e.g. Valentines, or where the task is a monthly or ongoing thing – two new recipes a month, read a book a month, A-Z movies, A-Z music – and I look forward to sharing the what, whys and how’s with you as I complete them.

Activities done towards ‘Work in Progress’ tasks:

Movies – The Hobbit, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Book – Your Heart Belongs to Me, Dean Koonz

Savoury Recipe – Garlic Dauphoniose Potato


Library image, mine was browner on top

 Sweet Recipe – Jammy Coconut Tarts (Essentials Magazine Clipping)


Little Man Craft – Cloud Dough (Pinterest –



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Day Zero Challenge List …. 101 things in 1001 days

My Day Zero Challenge List


A few of my friends are doing this and have posted their lists, reading through them I thought what a great idea – I often think wouldn’t it be good to do this, that or the other and then either forget or don’t do anything about it … so it is now a challenge, and I love a challenge. I don’t have my full 101 list yet and hope I can come up with a few more before my time runs out. Anyway here is a little bit about Day Zero and my list so far.

Day Zero is the largest community of challenge based goal setters in the world.  Choose a challenge, such as our original 101 Things in 1001 Days, then build, track and conquer your list with the help of thousands of other participants.

My 101 Things in 1001 Days

Jan 01, 2013 – Sep 29, 2015

  1. Show C how to roller-skate
  2. Find 101 meaningful things to put on my Day Zero List
  3. Take photos of all C’s artwork from preschool and make a collage
  4. Laminate some ‘writing’ sheets for C, with the alphabet, numbers and his name
  5. Be kind to C in 10 new/different ways, create a list
  6. Create a Day Zero Account
  7. Make a family memory jar for 2013
  8. Skip for 10 minutes a day – and keep a log
  9. Learn to roller skate and get signed off for Roller Derby Basics
  10. Roller Derby – complete 25 laps in 5 minutes
  11. Roller Derby – score points as Jammer
  12. Have a girls night out at least once every quarter
  13. Have a birthday picnic at the park with extended family
  14. Dye my hair purple
  15. Read a book a month – minimum
  16. Finish compiling my Recipe Index Folder
  17. Attempt a new sweet recipe every month
  18. Attempt a new savoury recipe every month
  19. Create a Blog
  20. Do a Wing Walk
  21. Discover a new kid craft for C every month
  22. Decorate for Valentines Day
  23. Create a new blog document at least once a month
  24. Complete a minimum of two activities on my Pinterest ‘I want to Board’
  25. Sell all those things gathering dust that you had planned to sell
  26. Clear out the boxes of books and videos in the attic
  27. Create picture videos of Charlie for every year
  28. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet
  29. Continue laser tattoo removal
  30. Write a letter to myself to open on my birthday in 10 years
  31. Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home décor
  32. Complete a colouring book
  33. Camp in the Garden with C
  34. Learn 50 new things by clicking the random articles button on Wikipedia
  35. Go to the Theatre and watch a show
  36. Teach C the ‘Time Warp’
  37. Buy Hubby some flowers just because you love him
  38. Cook a candlelit dinner for hubby for no reason
  39. Make a map picture of our pre baby holiday destinations (Pinterest)
  40. Take Mother in Law out to lunch
  41. Update my website
  42. Create a bucket list
  43. Write C a wish for you letter
  44. See if I can get someone to sign up to Day Zero because of my blog
  45. Put £2 coin in a jar for every completed challenge on this list – and spend wisely
  46. Enter some competitions
  47. Use your Diary
  48. Learn Joomla
  49. Learn how to create an ebook
  50. Write and publish an ebook
  51. Listen to your favourite music everyday
  52. Leave feedback online for stuff you buy
  53. Read a newspaper at least once a week
  54. Clear up those magazines and create a cuttings folder for bits you want to keep
  55. Design a dream home just for fun
  56. Create a workout schedule and try to stick to it
  57. Move all those pictures on your hard drive onto CD or USB
  58. Go to Oxford and do the open top bus tour
  59. Invite an acquaintance in for coffee and get to know them better
  60. Take C on a public transport adventure using buses and trains
  61. Go to a museum
  62. Remember to take your vitamins – daily
  63. Create a daily to do list and do it
  64. Have a random day
  65. Make a birthday list and remember to send cards
  66. Send an anonymous gift to someone


Well here we are on the 1st January 2013 and I have come up with the remaining 35 of my 101 things to do … guess this means I complete goal #2

67 Tweet More
68 Donate nectar points to charity
69 Walk part of the Ridgeway
70 Learn to make an Origami animal
71 Customise 3 items of clothing
72 Find 50 recipes with apples and create book
73 Buy Martha Stewarts Encylopedia of Crafts
74 Buy Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock – Guitar Bundle (Wii)
75 Make a list of unusual Christmas Gift Websites
76 Read 5 books that will change your life as recommended in Essentials Magazine
77 Cook Valentine Cookies for family and friends
78 50 Questions that will free your mind
79 Listen to 26 bands I’ve never listened to, starting with each letter of the alphabet
80 Make a sock monkey
81 Plank for 1 minute
82 Try a Cocktail I have never had before
83 Go stand up paddle boarding
84 Go Pony Trekking in Wales
85 Instead of Birthday Gifts ask family to buy you a gift for World Vision
86 Go meat/fish free for a week
87 Invite F and N to dinner
88 Plant a tree
89 Create 20 my own Hint or Tips for Pinterest
90 Run PC Clean up Monthly
91 Memorise a Poem
92 Give away 20 books
93 Ask 10 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
94 Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days is over
95 Try on my wedding dress
96 Create something with C’s old wellies
97 Buy 10 CD’s
98 Give away 20 DVDs
99 Help Organise a Theme Night Fundraiser
100 Volunteer at Church
101 Volunteer to do something at C’s school


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