Day Zero Project: update 17

"There will be dozens of people who will take your breath away, but the one who reminds you how to breathe is the one you should keep." ~ Unknown

The Day Zero Project.

101 tasks in 1001 days.

Update 17

Starts: June 19, 2013

Ends: March 16, 2016

Tasks achieved so far: 56/101


01. Graduate College []
02. Get a job (or a traineeship)
03. Learn to change a tire
04. Learn the alphabet in sign language Spanish []

[It's not like i'm fluid in Spanish now, but i did reach my A1 level after one semester of Spanish lessons :) Now i'm going to continue teaching myself Spanish until i reach A2 or perhaps even B1]

05. Get a frickin driver's licence


06. Buy a plant and try to keep it alive until the Day Zero Project is over
[green monster coming your way!]

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 []
[my tomato babies :) the blogpost on my entire planting project can be found over here!]

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 []
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) [103/143]

[read: Wolkenvolk: Seide und Schwert ("Silk & Sword") by Kai Meyer, Incendies (Scorched) by Wajdi Mouawad, The Dragon with Red Eyes by Astrid Lindgren with illustrations by Ilon Wikland, Wolkenvolk: Lanze und Licht ("Lance & Light") by Kai Meyer, Wolkenvolk: Drache und Diamant ("Dragon & Diamond") by Kai Meyer... only 40 to go! wohoo :D]

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

Woohoo! Ticking this off the list is so cool :) i went to the Reggae Jam Festival 2015 in July, and it was storm-swept but still fun and soo relaxed. I don't even listen to Reggae usually, but this was pretty cool. we already got our tickets for next year ;)

Here are some impressions from the festival this year:


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 [

[I danced in the rain. Literally. This very crappy and unflattering photo was taken at the Reggae Jam Festival in July, and in the background Mono & Nikitaman were playing while the sky was basically exploding with rain, thunder and lightning - it was awesome!!]

[here's another photo of the concert, where you can see the stage with Mono & Nikitaman, and the rain pouring down on a happy crowd :) photo by HORO]
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 [5/12]

July 2015

[Look, a squirrel!]

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...) []
93. Geez, watch Pulp Fiction already! []
94. Wear blood red lipstick (and feel like a lady) []

[Since the last wedding i went to i wore the same knee-high royal blue satin cocktail dress that i had already worn to prom, it was definitely time for a new investment - because where else are you going to look stunning if not on a wedding? (ideally your own though, baha!) 

This is what i wore to my cousin's wedding earlier this month, and i definitely felt like a lady in this maroon maxi dress with split at one leg and a bare strappy back :)

Also: ended up feeling up even more ladylike since i actually caught the bridal bouquet at my cousin's wedding last night :D no pressure here...]


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. [102/143]
101. Get rid of 101 things! []


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