101 things – update

I have completed 19.5 things out of 101. That means I am 19.3% finished my list, not even 4 months in. However, I have completed easy stuff, and there is major stuff still to do, some of which won’t get done this year or even next, but hopefully the year after. I also have 12 things that are in progress. I thought I was behind on this, but I think I’m actually doing okay.

I have changed a few goals because the original ones were no longer relevant to my life.

Here is my update:

Health and Fitness:

  • drink 2 glass of water a day – I drink when I’m thirsty, which is all the time. I have my bad plastic water bottle that I carry about with me, but the water never stays in the bottle long enough for any plastic to leech. Or at least that’s what I tell myself.

Self Inprovement and Well-Being

  • apply for graduation – done. Will be convocating some time in June.
  • no internet for one week – I did this but I think it was cheating a little because our internet was down at the house. However, I didn’t go online anywhere else during that time, and the world didn’t end. I know – I was surprised too.
  • go into a store that intimidates me – I’m weird like that. I get intimidated by stores where I don’t know where everything is or what they sell. I find it hard to just browse through a new store and then leave without buying anything. I completed this one by going into the butcher where I now buy all my meat products, and I asked lots of questions about where and how the animals were raised and how to prepare the different kinds of meat and fish that they have.
  • in progress to read 50 books each year – I’m already at 33 for the year, and we’re not done April yet. I think I’m going to do okay in this category. It’s been nice to get back into reading, though. I missed books when I was in university.
  • in progress to spend more time with friends – this one is getting harder for me but I’m trying to reach out and do a few more social things.
  • in progress to buy tulips for myself – I love tulips but apparently, so does Andy. He likes to eat them, and then throw them up.


  • create a photobook for Europe 2007 – two of them! One for Prague and one for my travels afterwards. They are awesome and to me, waaaay better than photo albums.
  • in progress to complete Project 365 – I suck at taking a picture every day but I have taken some cool pictures and I will continue to do my best with this one.
  • in progress to take pictures of animals, especially Logan and Andy – I want to make a photobook of Logan but the site has been down for quite some time. Andy is sick of having the camera shoved in his face.


  • always use my travel mug – always
  • switch to non-toxic cleaners as my old ones run out – still having my love affair with Method.
  • in progress to plan my errands for the week to cut down on mileage – I could do better with this one but I do think about it a lot.

Giving back

  • continue charitable donations to WSPA – it comes off my credit card every month. I need to help the animals.


  • have $5000 in emergency fund – done.
  • find out my credit rating – done. And it’s high, baby!
  • change my banking institution to VanCity – I used to bank at the North Shore Credit Union and will probably maintain one account with them, but I admire VanCity’s commitment to the environment and I wanted to support that.


  • proper running shoes – done
  • new bed linen – done
  • wok – done
  • frying pan with lid – done
  • digital camera – done
  • external hard drive – done

Cooking and Food

  • only buy ethically raised and slaughtered meat – my problem has never been with the food chain; only with the way that we treat animals in our society. Now that I have found locally raised (as in within BC) free range organic meat, I am no longer buying meat from grocery stores.
  • in progress to eat more vegetarian meals – I need to learn to cook some yummy veggie dinners.
  • in progress to continue to eat my way through my cupboards – I had a lot of food on hand for one person so I am trying to eat everything I have before buying more (such as boxes of pasta)


  • sell the Poang chair and footrest – done
  • in progress to weed out bookcases and pass along books I no longer want – the unwanted pile has got a little bit bigger, and will possibly grow quite a bit as I get to my school books. I have kept everything so far (because with my degree we read a lot of novels) but I know there are books there that I will never read again.
  • in progress to take recycling out to the bins every time I walk to the car – when I do this, I have less junk in my house. But, I’m lazy.
  • in progress to unclutter my computer – bookmarks and blogs are done, photos and music is still to be done.


  • in progress to explore possible neighbourhoods to move to in 2009 – my plans are changing so where I thought I wanted to live, I may no longer want to live. That’s why it’s good to have a long timeline on this.
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3 Responses to 101 things – update

  1. Kate Dugas says:

    Hi Erin,
    Your list of goals is impressive and inspiring! I’d like to offer you a couple of things.
    One is an invitation to check out the community at ChangeEverything.ca – our online community for people to explore making changes like the ones you are making together and support each other in the process. I think you might really enjoy it.

    And the other thing is, I’d be happy to help connect you with a person at a branch near you to kickstart your transition to Vancity. Please let me know if you would find that helpful, or if you have any questions about ChangeEverything.ca

    Kate Dugas
    ChangeEverything.ca moderator

  2. erin says:

    This got stuck in my spam filter but I rescued it tonight. Interestingly enough, I heard about ChangeEverthing.ca just yesterday on the radio and I made a mental note to check it out. Tomorrow I will do so. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  3. birdpress says:

    Great list! I’m impressed with all you have completed already, as well as the way you try to live conscientiously.

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