{ Day Zero Project }

The Challenge:

Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple challenges such as New Year's resolutions or a 'Bucket List'. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

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Note: If anyone wants to help me do any of these tasks, shoot me an email or get a hold of me somehow, I'd love to have company :)

The Facts: 
Start Date: November 6, 2011 [age: 21]
End Date: August 3, 2014       [age: 24]

Key: Completed   In Progress
  1. Write 3 letters to myself:one to be opened: when the 1001 days are over, on my wedding day, and 10 years from now 

  2. Sleep in a hammock

  3. Learn to golf (July '12) Read about it here

  4. Read Hinds Feet in High Places

  5. Adopt a dog

  6. Make it to a gymnastics meet

  7. Ride a crawler or a high crop (they both would be fun)

  8. Learn chess (again) (3/8/12)

  9. Have a me & Corey day

  10. Build a blanket fort and sleep in it

  11. Learn how to use Photoshop

  12. Find a pen pal

  13. Carve pumpkins with friends

  14. Travel outside of the US (3/4/12)

  15. Make Mom's raspberry jam

  16. Do a pull up

  17. Go on a zip-lining course (June '12) Read about it here

  18. Get my passport(2/4/12)

  19. Find a local bookstore/coffee shop/nook near home to spend time at

  20. Drink milk straight from a cow

  21. Learn to sew  Read about it here

  22. Take a photo of the same place every month for year and then turn it into a calendar for the next year

  23. Learn to drive stick

  24. Travel with Mom and Grandma (3/4/12)

  25. Befriend an Amish Family

  26. Sew my t-shirt quilt from high school

  27. Finish the Old Testament

  28. Learn to drive a tractor (not a garden tractor)

  29. Upload all my pictures to Shutterfly

  30. Pick a bouquet of wild flowers

  31. Finish redoing my bedroom

  32. Go spelunking

  33. Graduate from college (5/5/12) Read about it here

  34. Take pictures with my dad on campus (5/5/12) Read about it here

  35. Skydive-again

  36. Go to an airshow (9/1/12) Read about it here

  37. Finish my crocheted rug

  38. Get someone to sing to my cousin on her birthday

  39. Fast

  40. Watch something my brother made

  41. Visit my brother [wherever he may be]

  42. Make a duvet cover

  43. Learn Guitar  (Spring '12) Read about it here

  44. Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet

  45. Shoot a gun (1/2/12)

  46. Sponsor a family at Christmas

  47. Create a photobook for my years at BG

  48. Have a real mud fight [the kind where it's not even worth trying to clean the clothes afterwards]

  49. Golf with Dad (July '12) Read about it here

  50. Actually rock climb (no more 'rock walls')

  51. Make my blog unique(11/7/11)

  52. Go canoeing (June '12) Read about it here

  53. Make peanut brittle

  54. Learn how to sodder

  55. Celebrate graduation with Brandy (June '12)

  56. Visit Jasmine

  57. Go to a concert at a county fair

  58. Build a sandcastle

  59. Cut my wardrobe in half (at least)

  60. Ice skate on a frozen pond

  61. Read the entire Bible

  62. Give 5 "Just Because" gifts

  63. Make my own wine

  64. Change the oil in my car [not by taking it somewhere]

  65. Sled ride on a cafeteria tray down BG's one hill [and not hurt a rib like my dad]

  66. Learn to drive a four wheeler (May '12) Read about it here

  67. Play Mozart duet with another bassoonist

  68. Learn how to can veggies

  69. Read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

  70. Learn to cook tofu

  71. Take pictures with the Thinker at BG

  72. Pick apples from an apple orchard

  73. Grow some sort of tea leaves and drink my own tea

  74. Swim under a waterfall

  75. Canter bareback

  76. Eat at a wild game dinner

  77. Write a letter to the people who most influenced me when I graduate college

  78. Go hunting

  79. Watch a drive in movie at the Lynn's [with lots of bug spray]

  80. Get a pedicure (Spring '12) Read about it here

  81. Tie a secret to a balloon and let it go

  82. Para sail over the ocean

  83. Watch 10 of the movies David thinks I should watch

  84. Learn a skill only Grandpa Charlie can teach me

  85. Camp with friends and study the Word for the weekend

  86. Take a pottery class

  87. Redo my closet

  88. Sponsor a child

  89. Help deliver a calf

  90. Go on a train ride

  91. Start or join a Bible study for people my age (not at college)

  92. Learn a skill only Grandma Carole can teach me

  93. Knit a big blanket

  94. Do a photo shoot with a friend

  95. Catch a fish, prepare it, then eat it

  96. Go on a road trip

  97. Swim in the ocean (3/4/12) Read about it here

  98. Watch a meteor shower (Aug '12) Read about it here

  99. Go tubing

  100. Get a job(11/23/11)

  101. Visit Ashley, Laura, and Lauren in their hometowns


  1. ooooh I can be your pen pal! Please please please. I've been trying to find a pen pal. seems like you'd be perfect!!!

    email me: mslilygaray@gmail.com

    and I can help you do a duet cover:D

  2. oh and since you want to cut your wardrobe in half.... I can take the clothes you do not want...hahahaha. or you can send the clothes to my mom's thrift store that helps orphans in need: thethriftconnection.com

  3. Wow that is a great list. Good luck in accomplishing everything. I set up an Adventure list, and it feels nice accomplishing things. Only one down so far so but we'll get there. I love some of yours, I hope you don't mind if I borrow some. :) I'm following your progress too :)

    I also wanted to thank you for following me. :) Have you seen my new place yet?! It's so pretty if I do say so myself :) Hope you'll follow me there.



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