Beginning February 1st, 2018, I began my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge. Today marks four months since officially starting, and four months since this blog went live! Yay!
The month of May was a quiet one for me, unlike April! There is a lot of progress and less completes.
I spent a lot of time enjoying the sunny and cool weather, making sure to go out every day and soak up the sun. My favourite season is Spring for this very reason, you can enjoy the outdoors without melting from high humidity. It’s a very comfortable time of year.
I also traveled to my hometown, Cornwall Ontario, to support my mother while she had a hysterectomy. You can read about that and my own experience having a similar surgery in my post titled “My Ovarian Cyst Story – And Why We Need To Talk About It“.
I’ve also been reflecting a lot on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list which I came up with four months ago. A lot has changed since then, most especially my career goals. With that in mind, I will be changing some of the goals to make them more achievable with my current aspirations (eg. get employment in the heritage sector is no longer important to me – sorry family!).
Lastly, I created a Start Here page for this website. So if this is the first time your visiting Caffeine and Conquer start there as it will tell you who I am, the philosophy of this website, how you can join the community and recommended posts to start with! I look forward to getting to know every one of you who stops by.
Continue reading to find out what I was able to cross off my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge list four months in!
101 Things in 1001 Days Progress Update
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Completed = 10/101
Eat Vegetarian For 1 Month
If you have been following me on Instagram then you know that I recently went back to a vegetarian lifestyle. I went vegetarian the first time while I was a university student but stopped after a year and a half after eating a hamburger to celebrate the end of exams (I know – not the smartest decision)! I’ve always wanted to return to the lifestyle because I find it a very positive way to live and its benefits for the environment, health, and animal welfare hard to argue against.
I’ve been vegetarian for more than a month now, the day I officially stopped consuming meat was April 7th!
If your vegetarian or vegan, I would like to get to know you. Leave a comment below or follow my Instagram page where I enjoy getting to know everyone who shares the same interests and values. Furthermore, I am also open to collaboration so get in touch!
Read 20 New Books (1/20)
I borrowed Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) from my local library last month. I couldn’t put it down, I was so motivated to be an early riser. Therefore, I highly recommend reading this book, because I believe a lot of other people have the same mindset in that we want to learn how to become morning people and conquer the day!
Write a Book Review for Each Book Read
Listen to 10 Personal Development TED Talks (6/10)
“Why Some of us don’t have one true calling” by Emilie Wapnick
After viewing a small clip of this TED Talk on Facebook, I decided to watch the full 12-minute video. I can identify with being a multipotentialite, and like finding out what introverted meant, it just makes me feel more comfortable in my own skin and celebrate my many interests.
RELATED: Introverted in an Extroverted World
Listen to 10 Personal Development Podcast Episodes (8/10)
As I mentioned in my 3-month update, I continued to listen to “Just Keep Blogging“, which offers encouragement and inspiration to bloggers to just keep going. The episodes I listened to in May are:
Episode 20: Marketing is NOT a Dirty Word
Episode 18: Own Your Expertise
Episode 17: Don’t Go Changing Your Blog
Episode 15: Why You Should Blog 12 Weeks at a Time
Episode 13: 8 Emotional Stages of Blogging
Try 30 New Recipes (10/30)
In May I tried 3 new recipes!
Sweet and Sticky Tomato and Onion Bake from Anna Jones’ cookbook A Modern Way to Eat. This recipe turned out amazing and as a result, I will be making it again and again. The only alteration to the recipe I would recommend is to put your beans and basil in for 7-10 minutes instead of 15 because the heat dried them out a bit too much. I enjoyed the roasted veggies with a side of naan bread.
Last month I taste tested Chickpea Salad by Spend with Pennies. This salad was a really good, healthy meal because it’s made with fresh ingredients, chickpeas, and homemade vinaigrette. I loved the little bits of avocado in it, which gave a different texture than the crunchy vegetables and added some creaminess.
Lastly, I tried another recipe from Anna Jones, from her cookbook A Modern Way to Cook. This time it was “Butternut and Cannellini Gratin”. It didn’t turn out as I would have hoped and I probably wouldn’t remake it, however, her cookbook deserves one more chance before deciding whether or not I like it.
Post Two Blog Posts a Month for a Year (8/24)
I wrote 12 blog posts in the month of May. If you missed any here they are again.
- 101 Things in 1001 Days (Three Month Update!)
- #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
- Celebrating Mother’s Day with Etsy!
- Practicing Gratitude for Happiness
- Why You Should Live Alone as a Single Woman
- Top Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks (According to Me)
- Inspirational Workspaces to Get You Motivated!
- Judgment – “Blogging isn’t a “Real Job”
- Introverted in an Extroverted World
- Lessons from my First 3 Months Blogging – Successes and Failures
- 11 Vegetarian/Vegan Alternatives with Recipe Recommendations
- My Ovarian Cyst Story – And Why We Need to Walk About It