Update on My Day Zero Project List

by Chrystal Johnson on October 26, 2011

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I can’t believe it has been about 10 months since I took a look at my Day Zero Project List!

Here are the items I have completed since then:

Spend a weekend alone, away from my family

In August, I was lucky enough to get to attend BlogHer. It was my first weekend away from my family, and only the second time I had ever left Kaylee overnight, and I was gone for 3 nights! It was a really great time, but I was glad to get home to my babies.

Attend a blog conference

See above. BlogHer was great, but next year I’d love to be able to attend another blogging conference for comparison.

Get a freelance writing job from someone I haven’t worked with before

A couple months ago, I got a job from a new client who I was referred to by an existing client. I love word of mouth!

Plant a garden

We planted a garden this year. But with the crazy weather – it snowed 3 weeks into June, then again in late September – our garden didn’t really come to fruition the way we’d hoped. We’ll be doing things differently the next time around.

Go to Disneyland with my family

We took Zoë to Disneyland for her birthday in May. It was a blast, and I can’t wait to go again.

Create an emergency preparedness kit

This is something we have been proactively working on, and I think we’ve made great progress.

Perform a totally random act of kindness

There is a mentally ill woman in our community who is often at the park. I’ll spare you the whole story, but she needed money to go see her sick mother, and I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to help her. I think I lot of people had told her no so I was happy to help

Have a picnic in the park

Since I typically don’t work on Mondays, I have been trying to make a point to do something with the girls on Mondays. We have been going to a Mommy and Me class, and we even got to have a picnic in the park one day. They had a lot of fun.

Bake with the girls at least 5 times

I have baked with them at least 5 times by now. We’ve made cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies, brownies and more.

Donate hair to Locks of Love

My hair finally got long enough to cut off and donate to Locks of Love! Yay. Now I’m debating whether to grow it out to donate again. It felt like it took forever to grow long enough, and it’s just so much easier having shorter hair!

Get a dining room table and eat dinner at it every night

We finally got a dining room table. We have been eating at it a lot more often (although I’m not sure we’ll ever eat at it every night).

Bake a gluten free cake from scratch

I made a coconut cake from a recipe on Nourished Kitchen. It came out okay, but I think next time I need to try a different frosting (I didn’t use hers as I didn’t have all the ingredients).

Start using my ShopToEarth website

I basically am deciding to scratch this one off of my list since I went with a different home business, which has been very successful for me so far.

Here are the remaining items on my list:

Gosh, looking at this list, I feel like I’ve barely made a dent. I guess I better get going!

  1. Take a photography class
  2. Institute date night once a month
  3. Take a weekend trip without the kids
  4. Go on a cruise
  5. Take a yoga class
  6. Spend a day at the spa
  7. Go on a hike
  8. Make a snowman
  9. Teach the girls to make snow angels
  10. Go fishing
  11. Get the girls to sleep in their own bed
  12. Take the girls to a concert
  13. Check a book out from the library
  14. Take the girls to story time at the library
  15. Make friends with 2 moms in my new town
  16. Talk to a stranger
  17. Host a wine tasting party
  18. Lose 15 pounds
  19. Buy a sewing machine and use it
  20. Participate in Operation Beautiful
  21. Get an article published online
  22. Get 5000 followers on Twitter
  23. Sell 5 photographs to a stock photo site like iStockPhoto
  24. Travel to a state I haven’t been to
  25. Put together our wedding album
  26. Update the girls’ baby books and albums
  27. Buy a canvas and paint a piece of art
  28. Learn to crochet and make a blanket or something
  29. Go on a road trip without a preset destination
  30. Make a gingerbread house
  31. Read 10 new books
  32. Make a Thai curry from scratch
  33. Go to a vineyard
  34. Get my online photos in order
  35. Don’t login to facebook for a week
  36. Go indoor rock climbing
  37. Visit an aquarium
  38. Volunteer at least twice
  39. Motivate someone to make a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days
  40. See a film in 3D
  41. Visit Napa Valley
  42. Have professional family photos taken
  43. Take a cooking class for a different type of cuisine
  44. Say yes to everything for a day
  45. Make a list of 100 things that make me smile or laugh
  46. Spend a whole weekend without using the computer
  47. Do a cleanse
  48. Visit the San Diego Wild Animal Park
  49. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
  50. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen—one starting with each letter of the alphabet
  51. Run a 5K
  52. Attend a film festival
  53. Join a book club
  54. Buy myself flowers, just because
  55. Update our will
  56. Plant a tree
  57. Go on a zipline tour
  58. Take a snowboarding lesson
  59. Visit 5 museums
  60. Get a Macbook Pro
  61. Write a new blog post every day for a month
  62. Cook every recipe from one cookbook
  63. Take a self defense course
  64. Photograph a landscape from the same location, capturing all four seasons
  65. Have the girls pick out gifts for children in need for Christmas
  66. Make baby clothes quilts for the girls
  67. Fly a kite
  68. Try 3 types of fruit I’ve never had
  69. Go on a girl’s night out at least twice
  70. Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
  71. Go to a Sunday Champagne Brunch with just Brian and I
  72. Get published in a magazine or newspaper
  73. Go one week with no TV/movies
  74. Go see a play
  75. Go to an observatory
  76. Watch a movie in the park
  77. Enter a contest of some sort (cooking, writing, photography, etc.)
  78. Go to an event, festival or convention that I think is weird
  79. Write down everything that happened on 10/10/10, 11/11/11 and 12/12/12
  80. Make a new 101 in 1001 list when this one comes to a close

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 michele October 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Going to Disney with the kids, especially the young kids for the first time is special. The look on their faces cannot be duplicated.

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