Day Zero Project: update 16

Give up defining yourself - to yourself or to others. You won't die. You will come to life. And don't be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it's their problem. ~ Eckhart Tolle

The Day Zero Project.

101 tasks in 1001 days.

Update 16

Starts: June 19, 2013

Ends: March 16, 2016

Tasks achieved so far: 53/101


01. Graduate College []
02. Get a job (or a traineeship)
03. Learn to change a tire
04. Learn the alphabet in sign language Spanish
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 []
24. Think of the top 5 people who have positively influenced me and write each of them a letter
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 []

[Last month we had a super packed family weekend! Friday: visiting my Uncle, his wife, friends and my parents and grandma in Cologne. Saturday: driving to the Japan Day in Düsseldorf to celebrate my grandman's birthday with my uncles and aunt (on my father's side). Sunday: meeting up with my mum's family for a family picnic in the woods.]

Watermelon, strawberries, apples, carrots, bell pepper, cucumber, fruit bars and soy yoghurt - all organic, vegan & gluten-free!

Guess who ate the watermelon? (hint: me)

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) [98/143]

[read: Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne (actually really complex, adventurous and well written!), Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (i can see its worth as a socio-critical novel, but honestly, i thought this was quite boring), Alan and Naomi by Myron Levoy (a very beautiful book! i first thought it was going to be quite a simple children's story, but it turned out to be one of the most moving books i've read in a long time), The Simarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (very interesting - wrote a short review on that over here), and Tschick by Wolfgang Herrndorf (pronounced chick; the title of the English edition is "Why We Took The Car", it's about a boy who meats another boy, Tschick, and the two of them go on an adventurous roadtrip together - sorry for this poor summary, but it's a really funny book and i thoroughly enjoyed it!)]

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 already accomplished this task last year, but I just noticed that I could also use this opportunity to feature the birthday card that i made or rather drew for my boyfriend's sister a while ago! Yep, she likes Frozen ;) I have to say, i'm a bit proud of the silver glitter that i dusted on top of the card and also of the tiny floral 3-D sticker that i glued on at the end of Elsa's braid, haha!]

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

Not at the beach, but in the garden.

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 [

[As you might remember if you saw my City Capture: Rügen Island, i spent a weekend by the sea in May. After a long walk/hike along the (very rocky) coast of the Baltic Sea, we made rest at a sunny (and sandy!) beach and decided it was the perfect time and place to build a sandcastle! And so we did. Using my bare hands (and an empty lunchbox, haha!), i built this little castle of sand. I have no idea what a "proper" sandcastle is, but mine has four turrets, a keep, a drawbridge (more or less), an entrance gate, and a moat - so i'd say, it's a pretty proper sandcastle, right?]

[goes without saying, we also "decorated" our sandcastle with our two travel companions, the wolf in sheep's clothing and the little keychain kangaroo Hopsie, who also made an appearance in my latest Day Zero Project update as well as my City Capture: London post. Always trying to steal the spotlight ;)]
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

[Okay so this has nothing to do with anything, but i really wanted to document it somewhere on my blog, so yeah :) This was back in March, at the very beginning of spring, when we were sitting at the kitchen table in our flat and casually eating dinner, and then i just looked outside through our balcony window/door and saw this rainbow, just there, in front of our house! How cool is that? Beautiful nature.]

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 [4/12]

May 2015

June 2015

87. Make macarons []
88. Send a book or story to a publisher []

source: amazon

[i realised this only as somebody pointed out to me that i did actually send a short story to the - largest and most prestigious - German-language literature competition, and that i can tick this off the list now because my text - amongst 24 others out of a total of 1,777 submissions - was chosen to be published in this year's anthology of the "best stories from the MDR literature contest 2015". Pretty neat, right? Even though i didn't win one of the 3 literary prizes, i feel very honoured to be chosen for the publication! The cover looks a bit odd (and ugly), but the previous covers weren't any better, and it's the credit (and the fee ;) that counts, so i can't complain :)

For my German speaking readers: 
Ich hab's total verpeilt, dass ich das hier schon längst hätte abhaken können, weil ich im Januar eine Kurzgeschichte als Teilnahme am diesjährigen MDR geschickt habe. Der MDR-Literaturwettbewerb ist der renommierteste deutsche Literaturwettbewerb - ich hab zwar keinen der drei Literaturpreise gewonnen, aber mein Text wurde tatsächlich zu den "besten Geschichten aus dem MDR-Literaturwettbewerb 2015" gewählt und im Mai in der Anthologie veröffentlicht, was schon einiges heißt, da dort nur 25 Geschichten von 1.777 Einsendungen abgedruckt werden! Nicht schlecht, oder? :)

Auf Amazon gibt's das übrigens auf jeden Fall zu kaufen, und zwar hier

Das Cover finde ich relativ hässlich, aber wenn man sich die bisherigen Cover anschaut, sind die leider alle so. Komischer Geschmack, aber was soll's. Ich will mich nicht beschweren. Ist übrigens sogar eine Jubiläumsausgabe (20 Jahre). Perfektes timting!]

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...) []
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. [94/143]
101. Get rid of 101 things! []


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