Day Zero Project: update 12

“You never knew the last time you were seeing someone. You didn't know when the last argument happened, or the last time you had sex, or the last time you looked into their eyes and thanked God they were in your life. After they were gone? That was all you thought about. Day and night.” ~ J.R. Ward

The Day Zero Project.

101 tasks in 1001 days.

Update 12

Starts: June 19, 2013

Ends: March 16, 2016

Tasks achieved so far: 35/101


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
[update on the little green guy: unfortunately the main plant (to the left) did not survive my house moving BUT i was able to save one of her plantlets (to the right), which is still an actual part of the original plant that i am going to look after and keep alive no matter what :)]

07. Get my own apartment
08. Plant a windowsill herb garden
09. Redecorate and/or renovate my room []
[i moved!!]

10. Start a compost bin
11. Get a (white metal) bed []
[Not only did i get a new room (in a super awesome shared flat!), but also a brand new bed (for my birthday last month). At first i was going to get the Leirvik bed frame from IKEA, but then i saw this beauty and new this was the right one! It is a creamy white metal bed - the exact type is called a Fairyland bed (140x200cm), and the "vintage" vines really do remind me of a fairytale - that is less "princessy" than the Ikea one, but fits perfectly with my dainty-but-not-tacky Alice in Wonderland inspired interior. In a nutshell: I love it!]

12. Paint one wall or door an outrageous colour
[yes, the wall by my bed is painted in an "outrageous" colour, but it was not actually me who painted this wall blue. it was the previous tenant. so it doesn't count. dang it.]

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 []
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) [78/143]

[Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (a re-read), and Maze Runner by James Dashner, which i then watched in cinemas last night. the movie was better.]

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 [
77. Spend 24 hours in a 24-hour café
78. Carve a pumpkin (and make pumpkin soup pumpkin spice latte!) []
[i would just like to add that i also made (vegan) pumpkin soup, which was supposed to be the original task! do i get an extra point for this?... no?... hmph.]
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...) [3/3]
[On occasion of my 23th birthday last month (old lady over here!) i decided to make a French braid going over the top of my head and ending at the nape of my neck - i call it the Half-done Halo, and the whole thing was inspired by the braided updo Kristen Stewart wore at one of her screenings. My version is less messy, less thick and a little neater and tighter, but i still like the way it crowns my head like... well, kind of like a half-done halo braid :)

Also, i kind of created another sort of braided hairstyle, the Double Braid, which i'm going to count as the third and final style in my hairstyle series (the first one was the Bohemian Ponytail), alright? Alright. ]

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. [70/143]
101. Get rid of 101 things! []


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  1. Such an interesting project! Thank you for sharing at Celebrate It!

    1. i know, i love the Day Zero Project too! So much fun :)


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