14 April 2013

101 in 1,001: The end

So, as I explained in my initial 101 in 1,001 post, I was a little daunted by the prospect of creating such a long list of goals in what initially seemed like such a short time period. But, I gave it a go.

I planned to document some of the bigger goal attempts. Unfortunately, it was right around the time I stopped blogging. But, I still kept the list in mind and filled it in when I could.

Having passed the end date, it is time to take stock.

I only managed to complete around 50% of the list but I'm still pretty happy. I completed some fairly big goals; to get my PhD, be published and get a job. The over-analyser in me could really go to town on the things I didn't manage to complete. But, you know what, I'm not going to.

For now, I'm not going to do another one as I'm unsure how much I really gained. So, you will see that tab disappear from the blog, to be replaced by Project365 and The Fast Diet. Maybe I should consider a 'Before 30' based list?

The final list.



START DATE: April 23, 2010
END DATE: January 18, 2013
ITEMS COMPLETE: 47.5/101

In Progress
Completed

PERSONAL (10/23)

001. Be asleep by 11pm every night for a week October 2012 with my new job
002. Be with or engaged to the man I want to spend the rest of my life with
003. Cut swearing out of my everyday vocabulary I've had some success with this. Still struggle with 'shit'.
004. Don't complain about anything for a week
005. Drink only water for one week Again, with my new job this has been very easy
006. Expand my vocabulary by 100 words (0/100) Turns out, this is difficult to monitor!
007. Find out my blood type : O-negative (thanks sis!)
008. Get a funky haircut
009. Give blood
010. Go vegetarian for a week
011. Have 10 dates with my SO
012. Identify 25 things I like about myself
  1. hair
  2. laugh
  3. 'can do' atttitude
  4. freckles
  5. feet
  6. sense of humour / sarcasm
  7. abs (sometimes!)
  8. cleanliness
  9. relationships with my family
  10. good listener
  11. nails
  12. nephew
  13. baking abilities
  14. ability to plan
  15. quiet nature
  16. caring
  17. friendliness
  18. stamina
  19. photography skills so far
  20. ability to concentrate
  21. how my nails grow
  22. artistic skills albeit limited
  23. patience
  24. sarcasm
  25. that I can touch-type
013. Identify 50 things that makes me happy
  1. my family
  2. my friends
  3. music
  4. cake
  5. blogging
  6. Inkscape
  7. LaTeX
  8. laughing
  9. having my feet stroked
  10. dancing
  11. ice-cream
  12. exercising
  13. baking
  14. having my hair played with
  15. fruit smoothies
  16. painting my nails
  17. physics
  18. shots
  19. stationery
  20. sunshine
  21. fresh fruit juice
  22. clubbing
  23. camping
  24. picnics
  25. Havana Club dark rum 
  26. matching underwear
  27. travelling
  28. food
  29. sushi
  30. sleeping
  31. electronic equipment
  32. photography
  33. editing
  34. writing
  35. reading
  36. meeting new people
  37. even numbers
  38. tidiness
  39. contagious smiles and laughs
  40. having freckles
  41. new haircuts
  42. rainbows
  43. seeing old friends
  44. making new friends
  45. having a crush
  46. Skyping
  47. swimming
  48. hot chocolate
  49. non-cheesey romantic comedies
  50. fruit
014. Kiss in the rain
015. Live by myself Does living with someone I didn't know before moving in with count? Yeahhhh!
016. Live in another country
017. Lose weight: I started doing Aerobics and Bums&Tums at the gym and managed to lose around a stone, down to 8 stone.
018. Make a new friend Made three very good ones, knows as The Clique; Andrew, Claire and Stephen
019. No alcohol for a month
020. Own a goldfish
021. Save £3,000 : (£4,000 / £3,000!)
022. Try teeth whitening
023. Write a letter to myself to open in 5 years

BLOGGING & WWW (4/7)

024. 24 hours without the internet Done. Went on a 4 day camping trip. :)
025. Buy my own domain name: But it's a secret (mainly because I haven't updated it yet!)
026. Encourage someone to start a blog: My brother started a blog about climbing but I'm not sure it was only me that he was convinced by, he did look at my blog for inspiration of what makes a good blog he said.
027. Guest post on another blog
028. Go to at least one bloggers meet upManchester Bloggers Night Out, April 24, 2010
029. Host a blog giveaway
030. Not log into Facebook for a whole week

ACADEMIC (4/4)

031. Become Dr Jen
032. Get a job
033. Have at least one publication to my name SPIE Conference Proceeding, August 27, 2010 [DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.862853]
034. Present my work at a conference : SPIE Conference Talk & Poster, August 1-5, 2010, San Diego

ACTIVITIES (25.5/56)

035. Bake cookies
036. Build a snowman
037. Buy a car
038. Buy a lottery ticket Sadly, I didn't win
039. Buy a plant and keep it alive
040. Buy something on Etsy
041. Complete a 1,000+ piece jigsaw puzzle
042. Dance without music on
043. Do 26 Things: 26 Things is a fun photographic game - where a list of 26 Things is posted at the start of a month, and the aim is to take 1 photograph for each item on the list. June 2012: This has possibly ceased in existence. If so, when the time comes, I will substitute with another photography challenge.
044. Donate to charity
045. Dress up for halloween : Schpooky!
046. Eat at a Greek restaurant [ Kosmos with R, April 23, 2010 ]
047. Eat cheese. Yuck! : I tried a slightly cheesy margarita pizza at Pizza Express, June 10, 2010
048. Eat no sweets (desserts, cakes, chocolate etc.) for a week
049. Get a massage
050. Get a pedicure
051. Get waxed
052. Go on a picnic
053. Go camping Went to the Borrowdale in the Lake District, UK, for 4 nights; camping, mountain climbing and rock climbing, June 2012 (Jubilee weekend)
054. Go fishing or crabbing
055. Go on a road trip
056. Go swimming at least 10 times (1/10)
057. Go to a Crumbs and Doilies Cupcakes market stall in London : Woo! Finally went on July 23, 2010 [photos @ Flickr]
058. Go to an Ann Summers' party
059. Have another go at ice skating
060. Have pictures taken in a photo booth
061. Host a dinner party: Come Dine With Me 'Geek Chic' Themed Evening August 2011
062. Join a book club
063. Learn 2 new card games (0/2)
064. Learn how to make homemade lemonade: Complete with a recipe for Homemade Lemonade
065. Learn the capitals and locations of all countries
066. Learn to drive
067. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
068. Make a birthday cake for someone: An Angry Birds themed cake for my brothers' 25th Birthday January 2012
069. Make ice cream from scratch
070. Paint/decorate a room with someone My lovely new Bristolian housemate and I painted the hallway. That was fun!
071. Read 20 books (4/20)
  • Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger, Aug 2010
  • The Earth Hums in B Flat, Mari Strachen, November 2011
  • The Return of Captain John Emmett, Elizabeth Speller, January 2012
  • The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, May 2012
  • IQ84 Books 1 and 2, September 2012
072. Read Harry Potter to see what all the fuss is about
073. Read 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'
074. See a movie in 3D : Toy Story 3, July 2010
075. Send a secret to PostSecret
076. Smile at everyone I see for an entire day
077. Sneak into a movie
078. Take a packed lunch to work everyday for a month (7/20)
079. Try shisha
080. Visit a sex shop
081. Visit AmericaSan Diego, August 2010
082. Visit Edinburgh
083. Visit Imperial War Museum (IWM)
084. Visit Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) May 2012
085. Visit Paris
086. Volunteer with a youth project : Girl Guide Leader, Feb 2009 - Sept 2010
087. Watch at least 50 movies
  1. Kick-Ass
  2. Iron Man 2
  3. Four Lions
  4. Sherlock Holmes
  5. Sex and the City 2
  6. L'ennemi public no1
  7. Toy Story 3
  8. The Assassins
  9. Tron
  10. Black Swan
  11. The Inbetweeners Movie
  12. Limitless
  13. Catfish
  14. Bridesmaids
  15. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  16. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1)
  17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Original)
  18. 13 Assassins
  19. Blitz
  20. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
  21. Frozen
  22. The Avengers
  23. Prometheus
  24. Colombiana
  25. The Dark Knight Rises 
  26. Django Unchained
  27. The Avengers
  28. The Five Year Engagement
  29. The Hobbit 
  30. Side Effects
  31. The Grey
  32. Safe House
  33. Cloud Atlas
  34. Silver Linings PlayBook
  35. This Is 40
  36. Lincoln
  37. Drive
  38. X-Men: First Class
  39. Thor
  40. Flight
  41. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 2)
  42. Captain America
  43. The Hangover: Part II
  44. The King's Speech
  45. Red
  46. The Way Back
  47. Dream House
  48. The Bourne Legacy
  49. Project Nim
  50. The Bridge
088. Watch a film at The Cornerhouse : Four Lions, May 11, 2010
089. Win a pub quiz A few times actually!
090. Win something £50 Vouchers

ARTS & CREATIVE (3.5/9)

091. Buy a guitar and learn how to play : Guitar purchased 5 October, 2009
092. Customise a piece of clothing
093. Go to a dance class I regularly go to Zumba
094. Keep tickets or events stubs and put them into a collage or scrapbook
095. Knit a scarf
096. Learn a foreign language: French
097. Learn to knit or crochet
098. Make 10 pieces of jewellery (1/10)
  • Blue angel wing earrings, April 2010
099. Watch an Opera

MISCELLANEOUS (0.5/2)

100. Make another 101 in 1,001 list
101. Save £1 for every completed item on this list. Donate £2 for every incomplete item

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