Day Zero Project: update 11

You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts. You have to pay your electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that’s all. ~ Cheryl Strayed

The Day Zero Project.

101 tasks in 1001 days.

Update 11

Starts: June 19, 2013

Ends: March 16, 2016

Tasks achieved so far: 33/101


01. Graduate College
02. Get a job (or a traineeship)
[i just noticed: why did i not tick off this item as soon as i got my internship at the editorial office this spring?! well, i guess i will have to get another traineeship during my masters program anyway...]

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 [] 
23. Write all my bad memories on paper, burn this paper afterwards []
[This was something i was looking forward to and dreading at the same time. i knew it was going to be intense, and unpleasant, and also liberating. As i write this, i still smell of smoke (from my little bonfire), and i feel mostly relieved. It took me about an hour to sit down on the balcony and write down my worst memories - there were nine. I chose my old diary - yes, with horses - to fill the last empty pages with the very honest, absolutely uncensored documentation of these bad memories. i think i've never been AS honest about them. just because we tend to sugar-coat and whitewash everything a little bit. But this time i allowed myself to express what i REALLY felt about it (anger, sadness, helplessness, fear...) without trying to rationalize anything.
I then tore out the pages, ripped them in half and placed them into a heat-resistant ceramic saucer. Oh, i also added a bunch of notes from when i was struggling with a self-destructive condition a few years back - because those notes are no longer needed.
As seen above, i set everything on fire with a burning matchstick, and watched it turn into curly ash. (Don't worry, i was on our terrace and had a watering can next to the fire, so it was totally save) May these memories rest in peace now.]
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 []
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) [73/143]

[Oh my, i've read more than half of all 143 books already, and i think i'm 10 books or so ahead of schedule! Since the last update i read: Any Human Heart by William Boyd, Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry (an autobiography of his earlier years - though i think i like the German title better for once, which translates to "Columbus was an English man"), The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (finally. and it has become one of my all-time favourites at once - will be mentioned in my next favourites post!), The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, The Papalagi by Erich Scheurmann (there is so much truth to it!!), The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, Lord of the Flies by William Golding (which was pretty frickin amazing except for the very abrupt ending), and Trying to Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving (my first Irving... chrm).]

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 [] 
49. Cook 5 meals from 5 different cultures [] 
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 []
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 [
[First off: i realized i would be needing helium to let my balloon actually fly away. Duh. Luckily we bought some helium balloons for my uncle's wedding last weekend, so i snitched myself one of them, and tied my note to it! Maybe you'll recognize this motif to be inspired by my DIY card that i made in my previous Day Zero Project update. I thought it would fit in with the theme of the wedding balloons very well!]
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 []
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...) [1/3]
93. Geez, watch Pulp Fiction already! []
94. Wear blood red lipstick (and feel like a lady) []
[Again, my uncle's wedding came in handy, being the perfect opportunity to put on some red lips. To the wedding feast/party i wore a knee-high royal blue satin cocktail dress, a light black blazer jacket, black heels, silver jewel earrings and - of course - coral red lipstick! 
Though to be honest, i didn't feel super comfortable taking these photos because my face was very puffy from eating more sodium, fat and grain over the wedding days (there were 4 wedding days) and i gained quite a bit of water weight, but oh well, that's how it is sometimes... last weekend i felt more like a cream puff than like a lady, but by now - one week later - i feel much lighter and less bloated, so it's all good :)]


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. [64/143]
101. Get rid of 101 things! []


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