On October 6, 2010 I created a list of 101 things that I hoped to complete in 1001 days or three years. This is called the Day Zero Project, which I was turned onto by a fellow blogger/social media diva, Amanda Marsh (who I must say stuck to it a lot better than I did.) That was almost exactly two and a half years ago. It is now March 2013. I realize now that unless a miracle happens, some things are just impossible to complete by the due date. Let’s take a look at how I’ve accomplished.
- Learn basic Italian. Sto imparando l’italiano! Non lo parlo molto bene, ma posso leggiare e capitare i revisiti italiani un po’! Actually, I am traveling to Italy for ten days next month. Let’s see, perhaps I will actually be able to truthfully claim this one. I can read it and write a little…
- Learn to make soap
- Get involved in a political campaign
- Save for a down payment on a condominium or co-op. Almost there. I realized after thinking about this that I should not be in a rush. I actually set my goal to have a place by age thirty, which I will turn in exactly 4 weeks.
- Maintain a healthy romantic relationship that lasts over a year
- Lose 15 lbs. Yeah, ok! Well, I was a tad heavier than I’d originally thought, so I could say I lost 15 lbs. However, I still have about 15-20 lbs. to go to reach my ideal weight (what my Dr. says is healthy.) I’ll save the exact details. ; )
- Sing a Spanish Shakira song in front of a crowd
Stay in a resortI went to Catlonia Riviera Maya between Cancún and Tulum shortly after my birthday in 2011.Was the water turquoise? Yes. Was the food and drink included? Yup. Did it look like the pictures? Oh, yeah. But I discovered something unexpected: I hate resorts! I grew up very working-class/blue-collar and was never into frills. I got very bored and realized I had to walk a mile+ to the highway to leave the resort. I figured out how to use a collectivo (group fixed fare taxi) and travel like the locals. I went to Tulum and Playa del Carmen, big touristy places. But local taxi driver took me to a part of the beach in Tulum where few tourists were and I caught a bus for a two-hour ride to the colonial city of Valladolid. I also ventured out to Cozumel via ferry. Hostels and cheap hotels are it for me!
Buy a couchAh, but it’s from Target. See #51.
Buy a deskI didn’t have to buy it; somebody was giving it away in the basement of my building. Ditto for #48.
Acquire one week’s worth of formal business attireI am a frequent buyer at Express and have given Banana Republic and the Gap a whirl.
Buy the proverbial “little black dress”I bought one for my 29th birthday and wore it.
Charge at least one person in exchange for one of my skills or talentsI sold a few items on Zazzle, but I’m still not quite satisfied. Check out my store: http://www.zazzle.com/shannonlgilstad
- Throw a party
Buy an external hard drive Buy a “real” camera (not point and shoot)This is a very sad story (well, not really.) Shortly after declaring this one of my goals, I bought a Nikon D3100 DSLR. It was awkward at first, but I quickly made it work for me and got some great photos. My speciality, as you know, is flowers. You can see my creations on the design of this website. I shot lots of Bronx photos and brought it to Ireland with me. In August 2012 I left for a Panama/Colombia trip. I lived in Colombia, but I had never really seen Panama outside of the airport. I am a very whimsical traveler, but I wanted to visit Bocas del Toro, where a grad school buddy of mine is from. It was no lie: the starfish were really bigger than my head, the water was crystal clear, you could see crabs, clownfish, mangroves, and monkeys in the palm trees. I must have taken hundreds of pictures. Enter Isla Bastimentos and Wizard Beach. I was forewarned that there were robbers on the narrow, muddy trails that led to the beach. As a New Yorker, I like to think I am hypervigilant. There was only one bather. Even so, I found a tree, and hid my items, including my purse containing my iPhone, my camera, my glasses, and towel in it. After five minutes I realized the water was very rough and I could get very hurt as the current was strong. I went back to the tree. All that was left was my towel. I made a police reports and went to the Embassy, but all in vain. Now I am back to square one. I would have almost preferred that they stole the camera and left the memory chip, damn it!
- Obtain a job that I truly love
Make one close female friend
- Visit at least one new city in the United States
- Go to a concert
- Get a manicure
- Create a “book” with my songs, poems, and photos in it
- Obtain a credit score of 800+
Become friends with someone I dislike or don’t understand
- Have a group of friends
Learn how to cook five of my favorite dishesTostones, arepas, maduros, bistec, chicken parm, and more. I really got into cooking last year.
- Go fishing
- Don’t complain about anything for a week
- Make over $50,000/year
- Learn to play a song on the guitar or piano
- Make a list of my favorite songs
- Have a psychic reading
- Go apple picking
Eliminate all clothing that does not currently fit Drive a car on a highwayFDR on Christmas Eve 2011.
- Answer the “Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
Actively blog at least once a week for one month
- Go to the Caribbean
Renew my driver’s license
- See a financial counselor
- Go a month without buying anything that isn’t a necessity
Try 5 new cocktails Read a book every month
- Try ethnic foods from 5 different (new) countries
Start an IRA and/or 401(k)
- Fix my two front teeth
Buy a filing cabinet
- Get a job that utilizes my Master’s degree
- Get my credit limit extended
- Replace all my Target furniture with “real” furniture
Donate money to charity
- Learn how to salsa
Remove all my things from my Mom’s house
- Get a real Gucci bag
Go to Wave Hill Eat at City Island Go to Mexico
- Go to Guatemala
Go to the botanical gardensI’m a member of New York Botanical Garden going on two years now!
Hike on the Croton Aqueduct Trail
- Go to Boston
Clean out my closet Create a financial budget planLearnVe$t is the best tool ever!
- Write and compose songs
Go on an unplanned flightBogotá – Montería and Bocas del Toro – Panama City.
- Visit one new state
- Go vegetarian for two weeks
- Go to a harvest festival
- Visit five new neighborhoods in NYC
- Shop at a farmer’s market
Buy a homeless person a meal
- Give up candy and dessert for a week
- Go to a OB-GYN
Watch a sunset Buy new laptop Go to 10 restaurants I’ve never eaten in before
- Make a list of things that make me happy
- Listen to 10 albums by artists I’ve not listened to before
- Write on 10 creative writing prompts
- Have a picnic
- Create a list of recipes
- Do the bridge tour in NYC (Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridge)
Spend a day in Coney Island
- Write letters to people who changed my life
Do nice things for people without telling them
- Make a list of things I want to do before I die
- Watch five movies that I’ve always wanted to see
- Send something to PostSecret
- Go to the Jersey Shore
Do something for a person that has made a difference in my life Get involved in my communityI definitely am! Check out Bronx Movers and Shakers, my creation. S end in a photograph to a contest
- Go on an overnight trip with a friend
Go kayaking or canoeing
- Connect and meet with an old friend
- Have dinner at a fancy restaurant
- Surprise someone with flowers
- Take a cooking and baking class
Be 100% honest for a dayI did this in November 2010…and *honestly*? I don’t know if I would suggest this. Maybe it was not the brightest idea. It sounded good at the time…
Do my own taxesTwo years in a row, baby! Unless I become a millionaire, I acnnot ever see myself giving my hard earned money away to H & R Block again.
What would you add to your bucket list of things to accomplish in the next three years? 5 years? Ten years? Lifetime? Springpad and Pinterest are also good for creating bucket lists and vision boards.