Day Zero Project: update 08


The Day Zero Project.

101 tasks in 1001 days.

Update 08

Starts: June 19, 2013

Ends: March 16, 2016

Tasks achieved so far: 28/101


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
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 [♥]
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 []

[open 21st April 2024. wow, that sounds so futuristic! like a sci-fi movie. i wonder what the world will be like in ten years. probably not all that different, will it? anyways. in this three-page letter to myself i wrote down my current situation, the little issues i'm dealing with, the dreams and plans i have, and just some things that i'd like myself to never forget. i'm really curious to see how my life will have changed over the next decade, and whether i will still deal with similar issues and have similar dreams when i read that letter in ten years time. i just hope i don't lose it, lol!]

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 []
29. Cook a nice dinner for my parents []
30. Have a family picnic in the woods
31. Visit my childhood home []

[Back to the roots, literally. In March i finally got to set out to my childhood home (a.k.a the little village at the edge of a forest where i grew up amongst dogs and horses. Haha, i sound like a Disney movie!) and wander through the woods like i used to do back then. It felt like a trip to Wonderland, like a little adventure, especially since i almost fell into a river, lol.]

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 []
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) [53/143]
[oh my god, i read SO so much during my working experience at the editorial office! i spent around 2 hours on the train daily, having lots of time to catch up with my reading. Here's an overview of what i gobbled over the last two months: Wenn die Wölfe kommen by Alfred C. Baumberger ("When the wolves come"), A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters, I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters, Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien, Sarania by Simon Kledtke (an acquaintance of mine and his fantasy novel), Coraline by Neil Gaiman, This Body of Death by Elizabeth George, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Monk's-Hood by Ellis Peters, The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke, The New York Trilogy: Ghosts by Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy: The Locked Room by Paul Auster, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, Akira: Book II, Book III, Book IV, Book V and Book VI by Katsuhiro Otomo. Yep.]

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
[i guess this counts as "handmade", right? It's definitely selfmade, and i used my hands, so... let's just say this counts :) no? alright, alright, i'm not gonna tick it off yet! but soon... by the way, this card was made for someone's birthday.]

49. Cook 5 meals from 5 different cultures []
[And here we go: The very last of my five culinary travels... Russian Beet Soup (so called Borschtsch or Borscht). It's a traditional dish that i actually got to eat when i went to Russia a few years ago. My version is vegan, both cooked and raw. And super tasty!]

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) [

[six massive volumes are there to the 2000-plus-page graphic novel saga AKIRA, a whole twothousandonehundredandfourtysix frickin pages, and i am proud to say i read my way through all of that dystopian mess, brilliantly illustrated and written by Katsuhiro Otomo, and was rewarded with a breathtaking ending. This is truly a landmark in comic culture, or should i say: graphic novel culture. because it really is a novel in graphic form.]
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 []
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 pumpkin spice latte!) []
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 []

[uh yeh, look at these babies. Aren't they pretty? Considering it was my first attempt at making macarons, i mean. I'll definitely have to improve my macaron-skills, but still. Give it a try! It's much cheaper than buying them in stores.]

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. [46/143]
101. Get rid of 101 things! []

[aah it felt so good to go through my stuff and get rid of over a hundred things!! i'm not going to list all of them here, but it included shoes, clothes, jewellery, books, CDs, DVDs, haircare and skin products, old toys, kitchen supplies and even a rhinestone stud kit, haha! and no, i'm not just throwing everything away. some of it i am giving to charity, some of it i give away as little gifts, and the rest i will pack into a box and put it somewhere outside for passers-by that might be interested in some of the stuff. - the exemplary pictures above should give you an idea of the party i had goin' on there =)]


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