Day Zero Project Finale

"She believed she could, so she did". R.S. Grey, Scoring Wilder

I have not done all the tasks that i set myself at the beginning of Day Zero Project. However, i did 80 things that i wouldn't have done if it weren't for the Day Zero Project. How great is that?!

Set yourself goals, then aim at those goals. If you don't score, doesn't matter! Try again, or set different goal that matches you better. Also, have fun! I didn't go skinny dipping or grow tomatoes or go paragliding or plant a tree or go to a festival or make cookie monster cupcakes because i had to. I did it because i wanted to try something new, something exciting, something fun!

I will continue my Day Zero Project without any deadline until i have ticked off every single item on this list. So stay tuned... :) 

The Day Zero Project.

101 tasks in 1001 days.


Starts: June 19, 2013

Ends: March 16, 2016

Tasks achieved so far: 80/101


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 []

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 []

[it's not actually what i envisioned when i originally put this challenge on my list, but i happened to write my first screenplay for a short film (with English subtitles!) that i shot with a couple of my best friends. The guideline was: 99 hours of time to compose the script (on a certain subject), film, edit and hand in a 99 second film. Our short film turned out pretty cool, and the most important thing: we had a TON of fun making it!!]

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) [131/143]


1) “Akira: Book I”, Katsuhiro Otomo
2) “In Cold Blood”, Truman Capote
3) “Emily the Strange”, Cosmic Debris
4) “Kite Runner”, Khaled Hosseini
5) “Libra”, Don DeLillo
6) “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”, Carson McCullers
7) “The Hobbit”, J.R.R. Tolkien
8) “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”, J.R.R. Tolkien
9) “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”, J.R.R. Tolkien
10) “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”, J.R.R. Tolkien
11) “Die Kuh, die weinte”, Ajahn Brahm
12) “Der Herr der Ringe: Gollum - Auf die Leinwand gezaubert”, Andy Serkis
13) “Der Herr der Ringe: Das offizielle Filmbuch”, Brian Sibley
14) “The Art of the Lord of the Rings”, Gary Russell
15) “Woman with Birthmark”, Håkan Nesser
16) “The Inspector and Silence”, Håkan Nesser
17) “A Reasonable Madness”, Fran Dorf
18) “Das Blütenstaubzimmer”, Zoe Jenny
19) “Guess How Much I Love You”, Sam McBratney/Anita Jeram
20) “Mind’s Eye”, Håkan Nesser
21) “The G File”, Håkan Nesser
22) “Saving Fish From Drowning”, Amy Tan
23) “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, J.K. Rowling
24) “The Road”, Cormac McCarthy
25) “Snow Falling on Cedars”, David Guterson
26) “Asterios Polyp”, David Mazzucchelli
27) “Franny and Zooey”, J.D. Salinger
28) “Little King December”, Axel Hacke
29) “Nirgendwo Sonst”, Christiane Neudecker
30) “Morgen, Findus, wird’s was geben”, Sven Nordqvist
31) “Die Sturmjäger von Aradon: Feenlicht”, Jenny-Mai Nuyen
32) “Die Sturmjäger von Aradon: Magierlicht”, Jenny-Mai Nuyen
33) “Noir”, Jenny-Mai Nuyen
34) “New York Trilogy: City of Glass”, Paul Auster
35) “Wenn die Wölfe kommen”, Alfred C. Baumgärtner
36) “A Morbid Taste for Bones”, Ellis Peters
37) “I Am The Messenger”, Markus Zusak
38) “One Corpse Too Many”, Ellis Peters
39) “Roverandom”, J.R.R. Tolkien
40) “Sarania”, Simon Kledtke
41) “Coraline”, Neil Gaiman
42) “This Body of Death”, Elizabeth George
43) “The Secret Garden”, Frances Hodgson Burnett
44) “Monk’s-Hood”, Ellis Peters
45) “The Mussel Feast”, Birgit Vanderbeke
46) “New York Trilogy: Ghosts”, Paul Auster
47) “New York Trilogy: The Locked Room”, Paul Auster
48) “Inkheart”, Cornelia Funke
49) “Akira: Book II”, Katsuhiro Otomo
50) “Akira: Book III”, Katsuhiro Otomo
51) “Akira: Book IV”, Katsuhiro Otomo
52) “Akira: Book V”, Katsuhiro Otomo
53) “Akira: Book VI”, Katsuhiro Otomo
54) “Moon Palace”, Paul Auster
55) “George’s Secret Key to the Universe”, Lucy and Stephen Hawking
56) “The Artemis Fowl Files”, Eoin Colfer
57) “It’s a Battlefield”, Graham Greene
58) “The Future Is Now”, 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
59) “The Jungle Book”, Rudyard Kipling
60) “The Big Sleep”, Raymond Chandler
61) “The Clown”, Heinrich Böll
62) “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, Douglas Adams
63) “Fiesta”, Ernest Hemingway
64) “The Sanctuary Sparrow”, Ellis Peters
65) “An Excellent Mystery”, Ellis Peters
66) “Any Human Heart”, William Boyd
67) “Moab Is My Washpot”, Stephen Fry
68) “The Book Thief”, Markus Zusak
69) “The Pillars of the Earth”, Ken Follett
70) “The Papalagi”, Erich Scheurmann
71) “The Forgotten Garden”, Kate Morton
72) “Lord of the Flies”, William Golding
73) “Trying to Save Piggy Sneed”, John Irving
74) “Gone Girl”, Gillian Flynn
75) “The Wind in the Willows”, Kenneth Grahame
76) “Inkspell”, Cornelia Funke
78) “The Maze Runner”, James Dashner
79) “Antigone”, Sophocles
80) “Black Wedding Candles For Blessed Antigone”, Sylvain Bemba
81) “Vor dem Fest”, Saša Stanišić
82) “Persian Letters“, Montesquieu
83) “The Moor’s Last Sigh”, Salman Rushdie
84) “Die Känguru-Chroniken”, Marc-Uwe Kling
85) “Das Känguru-Manifest”, Marc-Uwe Kling
86) “Die Känguru-Offenbarung”, Marc-Uwe Kling
87) “Une tempête”, Amié Cesaire
88) “White Teeth”, Zadie Smith
89) “Dance of the Happy Shades”, Alice Munro
90) “Wo warst du, Adam?”, Heinrich Böll
91) “A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire” (part 1), George R. R. Martin
92) “The Old Man and the Sea”, Ernest Hemingway
93) “Ghana Must Go”, Taiye Selasi
94) “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, Jules Verne
95) “Fahrenheit 451”, Ray Bradbury
96) “Alan and Naomi”, Myron Levoy
97) “The Silmarillion”, J.R.R. Tolkien / Christopher Tolkien
98) “Why We Took The Car”, Wolfgang Herrndorf
99) “Wolkenvolk: Seide und Schwert”, Kai Meyer
100) “Incendies (Scorched)”, Wajdi Mouawad
101) “The Dragon with Red Eyes”, Astrid Lindgren
102) “Wolkenvolk: Lanze und Licht”, Kai Meyer
103) “Wolkenvolk: Drache und Diamant”, Kai Meyer
104) “Letters back to Ancient China”, Herbert Rosendorfer
105) “Wildwood”, Colin Meloy / Carson Ellis
106) “Moon Over Soho”, Ben Aaronovitch
107) “Whispers Under Ground”, Ben Aaronovitch
108) “Broken Homes”, Ben Aaronovitch
109) “The Papalagi”, Erich Scheurmann
110) “Under Wildwood”, Colin Meloy / Carson Ellis
111) “The Taste of Apple Seeds”, Katharina Hagena
112) “The Animal Farm”, George Orwell
113) “Eleanor & Park”, Rainbow Rowell
114) “1984”, George Orwell
115) “Fangirl”, Rainbow Rowell
116) “Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”, Robin Sloan
117) “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, Robert Louis Stevenson
118) “Die Teeprinzessin”, Hilke Rosenboom
119) “The Black Magician: The Magicians’ Guild”, Trudi Canavan
120) “The Black Magician: The Novice”, Trudi Canavan
121) “The Black Magician: The High Lord”, Trudi Canavan
122) “Die Totenbraut”, Nina Blazon
123) “Dragonsdawn”, Anne McCaffrey
124) “Eon”, Alison Goodman
125) “Inheritance”, Christopher Paolini
126) “Madicken”, Astrid Lindgren
127) “Life is a Caravanserai : Has Two Doors I Went in One I Came out the Other”, Emine Sevgi Özdamar
128) “Eona”, Alison Goodman
129) “Valérian and Laureline: Métro Châtelet, Direction Cassiopeia”, Pierre Christin/Jean-Claude Mézières
130) “Valérian and Laureline: The Wrath of Hypsis”, Pierre Christin/Jean-Claude Mézières
131) “Fearless”, Cornelia Funke
to be continued]

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 [] 
Greek Salad (+ raw vegan feta cheese)
French Ratatouille
Japanese Sushi
Swedish Honey Buns
Russian Beet Soup (+ raw vegan sour cream)

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!) []

Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Spice Latte
79. Make berry jam [♥] 

80. Learn how to juggle (with three balls) Go paragliding! []

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 []













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) []


95. Get a tripod
96. Get a vacuum cleaner (Dyson)
97. Get a slim wallet []
98. Visit Japan Africa []

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. []

[But what should i do with those 143 bucks?! Any ideas?]

101. Get rid of 101 things! []




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