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101 goals in 1001 days

Today marks another milestone in my life. The next steps are up to me to make them work, and a friend sagely advised that I should have some sort of anchor that I can focus on during this period of time. She is not wrong. It could be easy for me to drift if I don’t have goals to aim for, discipline to keep.


This is where Day Zero Project comes in. I can’t remember how I came across this a while ago (maybe after I drew up my previous list of 50 goals in 5 years?), and it has always been at the back of my mind to revisit the idea. I finally did, and this new list of medium-term goals was born. I will not be tracking them on DZP website though; just here, on this website itself.

The end date of this challenge is an easy one to remember – it falls on my niece’s 4th birthday, and my youngest brother’s 32nd – 1 February 2016. And without further ado, here’s the list of what I hope to achieve in the coming 1,001 days. (It is a rather ambitious one, so wish me plenty of luck!)

001 | Create a portrait book of my family (together with family tree)
002 | Create a portrait book of my friends
003 | Create and maintain a complete address book
004 | Create a scrapbook of postcards I received/bought
005 | Create a scrapbook (or two) of my travel souvenirs
006 | Create a photo-book of my travels
007 | Create a photo-book of my life in France
008 | Write a book about living in France
009 | Write an anthology for my Frenchman
010 | Write an explorer’s adventure for my niece
011 | Write a fairy tale for my (soon-to-arrive) nephew
012 | Write a family recipe book
013 | Write at least 2 blog posts a week
014 | Learn to use a dSLR
015 | Learn to knit/crochet
016 | Learn to swim
017 | Learn to ski (or at least try it once)
018 | Learn to roller-blade
019 | Learn yoga
020 | Learn Krav Maga
021 | Learn wine appreciation
022 | Learn about Impressionism
023 | Learn how to break down a chicken
024 | Re-learn to drive
025 | Re-learn French grammars (which I’ve largely forgotten)
026 | Learn 1001 new words in French
027 | Learn basic Arabic
028 | Learn basic Russian
029 | Learn basic Italian
030 | Learn a programming language (Python?)
031 | Redesign my blog
032 | Digitise all paperwork and passport pages
033 | Organise digital photo archives
034 | Go completely offline on 5 non-consecutive fortnights
035 | Double my current income
036 | Eliminate my student loan
037 | Start an apartment fund
038 | Complete five 10K run
039 | Complete a 15K run
040 | Complete at half-marathon
041 | Participate in Paris Marathon 2015 or 2016
042 | Start a home library
043 | Pick a country for each alphabet and read a book by an author of that origin
044 | Read 10 classics English literary works
045 | Read 10 biographies
046 | Read 10 sci-fi/fantasy
047 | Read Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum
048 | Read an article in Malay language each week
049 | Watch all Pixar movies
050 | Watch only Castle and The Big Bang Theory (no new tv series)
051 | Watch 10 movies deemed favourites by my Frenchman
052 | See a musical
053 | See a ballet performance
054 | See 3 (new-to-me) operas
055 | Visit at least a museum each month
056 | Walk every Parisian street at least once (6,100 of them!)
057 | Taste 101 cheese
058 | Bake a Guinness cake
059 | Eat 10 things I’ve never tried before
060 | Organise a pastry-tasting party
061 | Organise a chocolate-tasting party
062 | Organise a themed-party (or picnic)
063 | Organise a board game evening
064 | De-clutter my wardrobe
065 | Attempt the 30×30 remix challenge
066 | Get an aqua massage
067 | Get a couples massage
068 | Take a photo with my Frenchman each week
069 | Submit photo to 3 photography competitions
070 | Have a photo/article published in a magazine
071 | Print an iconic photo for each place I’ve been to
072 | Travel to a new continent
073 | Travel to 10 new countries
074 | Travel to 10 (new-to-me) Unesco World Heritage sites
075 | Make a list of all Unesco World Heritage sites travelled so far
076 | Skydiving
077 | Zip-lining
078 | Hot-air ballooning
079 | Chase the aurora borealis
080 | Whale watching
081 | Go on a safari
082 | A complete beachside holiday
083 | Sunset in Oia, Santorini, Greece
084 | Hiking in the Alps, France
085 | Trekking the Cinque Terre, Italy
086 | Blooming tulips of Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands
087 | Monet’s House and Garden in Giverny, France
088 | Gaudi’s Barcelona, Spain
089 | Pamukkale aka Cotton Castle, Turkey
090 | Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan
091 | Tour Petra and the Wadi, Jordan
092 | Ride the Singapore Flyer (tallest Ferris wheel), Singapore
093 | Roller-coaster mania at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
094 | Participate in science outreach programme
095 | Obtain a DALF certification
096 | Complete a MOOC course
097 | Dine in a 1-star Michelin restaurant
098 | Dine in a 2-star Michelin restaurant
099 | Dine in a 3-star Michelin restaurant
100 | Set aside €5 for charity for every goal completed
101 | Set aside €10 for charity for every goal not completed

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8 scribbles & notes

  1. zarin says:

    Awesome list Lil. I don’t have a written list but I could see quite a lot of things I’d like to do. Not necessarily in 1001 days but some time in lifetime. Well depends what God has in store for me :)
    Good luck. That’s easily 1001 blog posts on top of your normal ones :)

    • Lil says:

      I sort of have a bucket list, but it’s never really written down. This one is helpful because it has a time limit, so I cannot just tell myself that I have more time to do them. I should just do it. Now. Whenever earliest possible. ;)

      I won’t be blogging about all 101 of them, in particular certain items of more personal nature, but a majority of them will be tracked through blog posts.

      Thanks, I’ll need all the encouragement possible!

  2. Chloé says:

    Interesting and ambitious goals! I notice a number of items for which I could help / participate ;) and a number which I am also aiming for (though yeah, no written list!) My most important goal for now: take at least 2 consecutive weeks of hols this summer :) Should I aim for that to be internet-free or not? Hmmm…
    Anyway, good luck indeed!

    • Lil says:

      Oh I am totally counting on you to help on some of them! ;)

      Hurrah for the intention to take a good fortnight break – you deserve them and it’ll really get you a good rest if you don’t fill the break with too much social stuff :p

      Good luck to us!

  3. med says:

    woooowwww….actually coming up with the 101 things on the list is already something heheheh

    all the best with it lil and u do like to keep yourself pretty busy kekeke ;)

    • Lil says:

      Hehehe, it did take some thinking, because I have other bucket list items that are not realistic for this timeline and therefore have omitted them. It is very ambitious, but hey, without setting some targets, what’s to push us forward?

  4. Anirudh says:

    Wow, very nice. I might just borrow the list, with a few alterations. :)

    And where did you get no. 20?! From me? I did mention it to you, didn’t I?

    • Lil says:

      Hehehe, work away. And no, you have not mention that to me before. I heard about it ages ago while living in Dublin, and recently a friend talked about attending the classes, so it’s still fresh in my mind then when I wrote this post ;)

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