Day Zero Project: update 03

Ships in harbour are safe, but that's not what ships are built for. ~ John Shedd
The Day Zero Project.

101 tasks in 1001 days.

Update 03


Starts: June 19, 2013

Ends: March 16, 2016

Tasks achieved so far: 9/101


01. Graduate College
02. Get a job (or a traineeship)
03. Learn to change a tire
04. Learn the alphabet in sign language
05. Get a frickin driver's licence  


06. Buy a plant and try to keep it alive until the Day Zero Project is over 

[still growing and growing like crazy]

07. Get my own apartment
08. Plant a windowsill herb garden
09. Redecorate and/or renovate my room
10. Start a compost bin
11. Get a (white metal) bed
12. Paint one wall or door an outrageous colour
13. Plant tomatoes and or other fruit and vegetables

Health & Happiness

14. Donate blood (or hair) for a good cause (I'm anaemic)
15. Learn the basic Yoga positions
16. Quit coffee and sell my coffee machine []
17. Make raw vegan ice cream [♥]
[meet: the easiest, the best, the ultimate raw vegan Banana Soft Serve! ]

18. Quit facebook/the internet/my laptop for a week [♥]
19. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me
20. Make a list of 25 things I like about myself
21. Go barefoot for a whole day []
22. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
23. Write all my bad memories on paper, burn this paper afterwards
24. Think of the top 5 people who have positively influenced me and write each of them a letter [0/5]
25. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy

Family & Friends

26. Make a marzipan birthday cake for someone dear to me
27. Surprise my mum with flowers
28. Send christmas cards to friends and family [0/3]
29. Cook a nice dinner for my parents
30. Have a family picnic in the woods
31. Visit my childhood home
32. Contact my estranged granddad before he dies


33. Start a blog [♥]
34. Decorate a mug or bowl with a sharpie
35. Draw a self-portrait
36. Buy a disposable camera and take 1 picture every day for a month [21/30]
37. Start a sketchbook and fill it with drawings and quotes and own scribblings
38. Write my first screenplay
39. Illustrate a story I've written
40. Write and illustrate a graphic novel
41. Read 1 book every week (a.k.a 52 books in a year) [17/143]

[quite a wild mixup this time: Opening the Door of Your Heart, Ajahn Brahm, Gollum: A Behind the Scenes Guide of the Making of Gollum, Andy Serkis, The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide, Brian Sibley, The Art of the Lord of the Rings, Gary Russell, Woman with Birthmark, Hakan Nesser, The Inspector and Silence, Hakan Nesser - and yes, i really did read this much within the past four weeks. most recently i finished A Reasonable Madness by Fran Dorf and - it - is - so - good - ! bought it in a little dusty antiquarian bookshop, expecting it to be, well, a little "dusty". but nope, it's pretty brilliant.]

42. Participate in NaNoWriMo
43. Make British scones and clotted cream
44. Design an outfit
45. Make cookie monster cupcakes
46. Write a song (and sing it to somebody)
47. Write a poem
48. Make a handmade greeting card
[again, only halfway there. at least i did decorate this personalized birthday card. not exactly handmade, but i guess it's a start. one first step to glory, right?]

49. Cook 5 meals from 5 different cultures [1/5
[Nr 01 Greek Salad (Greece). check out the recipe here! nothing too fancy, but definitely a more exotic mediterranean flavour.]

50. DIY an outfit (t-shirt print?)  or sew my own piece of clothing (dress/top/jacket)
51. Make a comic strip
52. Draw a nice little background sketch for my blog wallpaper
53. DIY an Advent calender and give it to someone as a present
54. Construct a detailed zombie apocalypse plan
55. Make my own earrings
56. Make my own handbag (or notebook bag)
57. Write/Finish a novel


58. Go to a festival
59. Have a bonfire at the beach
60. Go strawberry picking [♥]
61. Read the Lord of the Rings (1087 pages) []
62. Read all of the Akira graphic novels (2146 pages)
63. Go swimming in the sea at night / go skinny dipping
64. Build a proper sandcastle
65. Build a decent snow(wo)man
66. Sleep under the stars
67. Make a chalk mural in the driveway
68. Dance in the rain
69. Get a tattoo
70. Do a vintage tea party
71. Bake and build a gingerbread house
72. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
73. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for whoever will find it []
the book i "released into the wild" was the German novel Das verborgene Wort by Ulla Hahn, which i sneakily left at a sheltered bus stop :) it's a coming-of-age novel that is kind of hard to read because of it's mostly written in broad dialect, but nevertheless it made quite an impression on me when i was about 14 or 15. so i decided to share this book with the world, and maybe someone else would feel the same about it.

As handwritten inscription i chose this inspiring quote by John Shedd: 
Ships in harbour are safe, 
but that's not what ships are built for.
Which pretty much sums up my life. Also, that quote reminded me of this one post-it note that i pinned against my wall. it says:
Get out of your comfort zone. If your work is too safe, it is too boring.
the latter one is not actually a quote. i wrote it myself to remind me of being a little more adventurous when working on a text of mine, and trusting in my own writing skills :)
[btw, i also stuck a note to the book, saying that whoever found it could keep it and read it if they liked. i just wish i knew whose hands it ended up in...]

74. Host a mystery dinner party
75. Plant a tree on Earth Day
76. Tie a note (or a secret) to a balloon and let it go
77. Spend 24 hours in a 24-hour café
78. Carve a pumpkin (and make pumpkin soup)
79. Make berry jam
80. Learn how to juggle (with three balls)
81. Open a cookbook to a random page and make whatever is on it
82. Wear a free-hugs sign or shirt for a day
83. Organize a clothing swap party
84. Bake a big-ass rainbow cake
85. Make fortune cookies
86. Take a photo of the same place every month for a year and turn that into a calendar [0/12]
87. Make macarons
88. Send a book or story to a publisher
89. Learn to write my name in Japanese
90. Dress up as Alice in Wonderland
91. Finally watch Schindler's List
92. Learn three new hairstyles (braids, updo...) [0/3]
93. Geez, watch Pulp Fiction already!
94. Wear blood red lipstick (and feel like a lady)


95. Get a tripod
96. Get a vacuum cleaner (Dyson)
97. Get a slim wallet
98. Visit Japan
99. Re-visit Thailand
100. Put 1 buck into a piggy bank every week until the end of Day Zero Project. With that money do something decadent. [14/143]
101. Get rid of 101 things!


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