Day Zero Project-101 Things in 1,001 Days: My 6 Month Update

Hey everyone! I have been anxiously waiting to share this post with you and I’m so excited that it’s FINALLY time! 6 months ago I started my Day Zero Project, or 101 things in 1,001 days. I had seen this on a few other blogs before and was intrigued, finally doing some research and deciding to start my own! To read more about Day Zero, head over here for their site.

Basically, I set a list of 101 things in 1,001 days. I spent a while creating this list (I think around 2 weeks) because I wanted it to be things that were realistic while still pushing my boundaries, my comfort zone, and/or my expectations. I believe that everything on this list is possible. Some of it may be very difficult to accomplish, but it is possible.

Once I started this project, I decided that I will update all of you every 6 months on my progress. We are finally at the first update! Things in regular bold are finished, things in bold italics are in progress and everything else still needs to be done. I didn’t make quite the progress I hoped to on some things, and more than I expected on others!

101 Things in 1,001 Days

Start Date: October 6, 2015

End Date: July 3, 2018

  1. Get $2000 in Emergency Savings
  2. Take a day trip to a state park I’ve never been to
  3. Complete Kayla Itsines BBG1 – Started 10/12/15 Finished 1/17/16 (Check out my progress though the guide on these posts: Month 1, Month 2, Complete!)WorkoutGear
  4. Complete Kayla Itsines BBG2
  5. Take a trip to another state (for at least 3 days)
  6. Attend a BBG Meet-up
  7. Start my business- In Progress. Launch expected in next 2 months!jewelry business card glass fusion
  8. Blog 5 days a week for a month
  9. Take a weekend trip with Mom
  10. Meditate daily for a month
  11. Complete a 365-day photo project
  12. Take a cooking class
  13. Take a metal-working class
  14. Upgrade my camera
  15. Take a photography class
  16. Run a 5K
  17. Attend a blogging conference or workshop
  18. Go to a jazz festival
  19. Make a piece of wood furniture
  20. Complete a pull-up
  21. Do 30 consecutive full push ups
  22. Learn to can vegetables
  23. See a ballet
  24. See an opera
  25. Write a recipe ebook -In progress Started 10/13/15
  26. Have a picnic
  27. Learn to sew
  28. Finish 5 crochet projects
  29. Go to an art museum
  30. Attend the local crochet & knitting group
  31. Learn Japanese to a conversational level
  32. Take a pottery class
  33. Go zip-lining
  34. Bake a birthday cake
  35. Get dressed up for a special dinner
  36. Go to the Omaha Zoo
  37. Get a massage
  38. Take a ballroom dancing class
  39. Go rock climbing
  40. Take a yoga class
  41. Create a gallery wall – Complete! Finished Early Dec 2015
  42. Read a book of poetry
  43. Wear a two-piece swimsuit
  44. Go to a drive-in movie
  45. Bake a pie from scratch
  46. Make a new friend
  47. Find and buy the perfect LBD
  48. Find and buy the perfect shoes to go with the LBD
  49. Complete a coloring book -In progress. Started early Jan 2016
  50. Learn basic HTML
  51. Wear a skirt or dress every day for a week
  52. Have fresh flowers in the house every week for a month
  53. Have a date night once a month for six months
  54. Learn how to make sushi
  55. Do something special for my 30th birthday
  56. Build a snowman
  57. Wear nothing black for one week
  58. Meet an online friend in person
  59. Save $10 for each task completed
  60. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
  61. “Re-learn” how to ride a bike
  62. See 2 stage productions
  63. Visit Hindu Temple and Cultural Center
  64. Pick 10 books by unknown (to me) authors and read them – In progress
    1. “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert
    2. “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown
    3. “Show Your Work!” by Austin Kleon
  65. Go to a personal clothing stylist
  66. Do a handstand
  67. Send in a card to PostSecret
  68. Do henna on someone else
  69. Refinish deck
  70. Build pergola
  71. Take parents out for a nice dinner
  72. Do yoga outside in a public place
  73. Go ice skating
  74. Go to a local town festival
  75. Plant and maintain a raised garden for one summer
  76. Plant a fall garden
  77. Visit two friends from college
  78. Make a meal entirely from the garden
  79. Learn to play the guitar
  80. Take another bellydance class
  81. Do an outdoor photo-a-month project: Ada Hayden -In progress Started 10/13/15

    One of my March photos for this project!
    One of my March photos for this project!
  82. Go to a poetry reading/event
  83. Write a letter to my college mentor
  84. Go on the Boone Scenic Valley Railroad
  85. Go minigolfing
  86. Make a healthy pizza from scratch
  87. Go canoeing or kayaking
  88. Find a daytime job
  89. Go to an arts festival
  90. Go to a crafts fair
  91. Attend a holiday service with my parents
  92. Attend a religious service of a religion I’m unfamiliar with
  93. Run a charity race
  94. Donate any clothes I don’t use anymore
  95. Go to a big fireworks show
  96. Declutter and organize basement
  97. Go to hot balloon festival
  98. Take a floral arrangement workshop
  99. Read 100 new-to-me books- In progress (Next update I will have a better way to list these!)
    1. “Icebound” by Dean Koontz
    2. “Dead and Alive” by Dean Koontz
    3. “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
    4. “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown
    5. “Show Your Work!” by Austin Kleon
    6. “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert
  100. Make treats for everyone at work for no reason
  101. Go to 2 cultural festivals

So that’s it! That is what I have gotten done or worked on in the last 6 months!

  • Complete: 2
  • In progress: 6

I have a few that are planned out or forming, but not officially started yet. I’m going to have to step up my actions if I want to get all of this list done! All 101 things in 1,001 days….wow that sounds like a lot! It definitely gives me something to work towards though!

Have you ever tried a 101 Things in 1,001 days project, or something similar? I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on it, so please leave a comment below!

Sara

5 Ways to Inspire Creativity When You Are Stuck

Creativity is fickle, isn’t it? Sometimes you can feel on top of the world…mind racing with so many ideas you can barely keep up with them! It’s a great feeling and, at least for me, can make me feel like I’m this super-creative person. I don’t need anything to inspire creativity! Just look at all the ideas I’m coming up with! Then comes the downfall. The times when you desperately want to create something, but nothing seems to work. If you start a project you can’t seem to figure out how to proceed. Nothing seems to flow, no matter what medium you use. For me, that is the worst feeling. I feel like I am not creative at all and maybe I should just give up. Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but you get what I’m saying.

Everyone’s creativity ebbs and flows. So what are some things you can do to inspire creativity when you are on the ebbing side of things?

  1. Break your routine – Most of us have our daily and weekly routines. They form without even really trying. Sometimes this can cause things to stagnate. So break that routine! Go someplace you don’t normally go, or at a time you aren’t normally out. One recent example of this for me is going to a coffee shop solely to work on my blog. I will sit down with my headphones and a cup of coffee and write. Another that has helped me before is going for a hike, or even walking through the Main Street district in my town.

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    While I love all of those options, and use them all, my favorite is a hike or even just a walk through Ledges. My favorite way to clear my head and work on new ideas!
  2. Step away from technology – This is one I have found to help me a lot. Yes, there are a lot of things out there in the technological world that can inspire creativity. I’m not discounting those. But sometimes we can get so sucked in to what others are creating and find it hard to create things ourselves!
  3. Go to a museum – Or an art show, or craft fair, or something. Try to find something that is not the same medium that you use. You will be amazed at how many things can be inspired by viewing what someone did in a completely different form! I can’t paint, at all. But there is something about paintings that can inspire so many things in me!

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    Even a Farmer’s Market can have some great inspiring things to look at!
  4. Just do it – Whatever it is you are trying to do, just start. Keep trying at it. Sometimes, all that is needed is just to get going and suddenly all the ideas are there. I have this happen with writing sometimes, and my jewelry a little more often. I will go down to my studio feeling like I have no ideas for a new pendant and just start looking at the colors of glass, playing with different pieces. After a little bit, the ideas usually start coming and next thing you know, I have eight new ready-to-fuse pendants! This doesn’t always work, but it can at times and is worth trying.
  5. Set the tone – Sometimes things can just get overwhelmed. One of the things I do on a regular basis that I have a hard time with is writing. Writing does not come naturally to me, though it has gotten a little easier with practice. But one thing I have found that has helped inspire creativity and get me in the right mindset is setting the tone. I have music that I use almost exclusively for writing. I try to always write at a table (usually my desk) with as few distractions as possible around me. It’s taken a while to set this in my mind, but now when I turn that music on it helps get me focused on writing. I am currently in the beginning stages of doing something similar for working in my studio.
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    What not to do! This is my messier-than-it-should be desk! Not conducive to creativity

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    This is much better. Clean, clear of extra things…simple!

So those are my top tips to inspire creativity! I know that being stuck can be frustrating and difficult, but just remember that it doesn’t last! You can find ways to get yourself back to creating! I hope this list will spark an idea or two on how you can do just that!

What do you do when you are stuck creatively? Do you have a tip that I didn’t think of? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!Sara

Sunday Meal Prep: April 3, 2016

Hey everyone! Are you as excited for April as I am!? We are FINALLY getting into the warmer seasons and I couldn’t be happier about it. And for the first meal prep of the month, we are starting out on a high note! I absolutely love the recipes I made this week! I am still on my new recipe kick, so these are all new recipes yet again. All in all, this week was pretty simple. I’ve noticed lately that we alternate weeks where I have more to cook or just the basics. Do you notice a schedule like that develops for your meal prep as well?

For a tasty meal prep, check out these recipes! Chicken Fajita Pasta, Drunken Noodles and Teriyaki Chicken, plus Mason Jar Salads!

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We still had some energy balls left in the fridge, so this week I all I had to prep for snacks was my grapes and cheese. After all this time, it’s still my favorite snack! Our salads remained the same, though I have been considering switching mine up lately. Not sure if/when I will, but a change might be coming soon!

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Now on to the exciting main dishes. This week was amazing. I cooked three main dishes: Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken, Saucy Italian Drunken Noodles, and Chicken Fajita Pasta. I’m going to come right out and admit it. I am a serious pasta lover. I love pasta, pretty much of all kinds and tastes. My comfort food is pasta, and I could probably happily eat it every day, though I shouldn’t. All that being said…These Drunken Noodles. I am IN LOVE with these noodles. It was a close call for favorites this week, as all the dishes were delicious. But in the end, for me, the Drunken Noodles won out! In contrast, Draz loved the Chicken Fajita Pasta, which was my close second 🙂 I think you will see both of these recipes again soon! Which, with my recent kick of “every week all new recipes” is saying something!

That’s it for meal prep for this week! I am really loving all the new sites and recipes I’m finding on Pinterest! What did you cook this week? Any new recipes? I love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

Sara

Want to get started meal prepping yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!

Need some extra inspiration? Check out last week’s meal prep for other recipes and ideas!

Friday Favorites: The Links I Love – April 1, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week! Mine was pretty great, with a lot of focus on creating some new jewelry and writing for the blog 🙂 Add in the warmer temperatures here in Iowa and I am one happy blogger! And to add to the happiness, here are the links I love this week! But first, my favorite picture from the week. I just can’t get enough of Crystal being cute 🙂

CrystalByDoor-cute dog-favorite

Life:

Unsurpassable Worth from A Pinch of Yum – STOP. READ THIS. I’m serious. It’s long, it’s heartbreaking, it’s heartwarming, and it needs to be read. If you only pick one thing to read off of this list, read this. This is a story from Lindsay about their time in the Philippines, a wonderful orphanage there and the good work they are doing, and a blast, 5-day fundraiser (starting March 30) to allow this orphanage to save more lives. And if you head over and check out the hero roster, you can find my hero listed there too!

Hello, We Are Happy from Sprinkle of Glitter – This has been a blog I have loved for a long time and she took a hiatus a while back. Now she’s back! I love how she talks about taking a break to focus on the important things in her life, how her life is now and, most importantly, that she is truly happy now.

How I Map Out a Successful Week from Cupcakes and Cashmere – As you know, I find planning to be really important! I love this look into how someone else plans out their week. I like keeping an eye out for little tips and tricks that I can use in my own planning, and this one definitely has a few!

Recipes:

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks from The Recipe Critic

Blogging:

Taking your blog to the next level: 100 resources for bloggers by Thirteen Thoughts – I usually don’t list a post that is mostly links to other posts, but I think this one has a bunch of great resources listed. If you are looking to revitalize or improve your current blog, or even start your first one, this has what you need! I will definitely be saving this to refer back to!

Why I Feel So Lost With Blogging Right Now from Dizzy Brunette3 – A real and honest look at how much of a struggle blogging can be sometimes. Great read.

Home and Decor:

Bedroom Refresh from House Tweaking – Love this! You all know I’ve been especially focused on bedroom stuff, as we are still remodeling the bedroom. This one has some great inspiration

My Renovation Mistakes from A Beautiful Mess – This was a fun read, plus gave me a few things to keep in mind for the future!

That’s it for the links I love this week! I know it wasn’t a huge list this week. I had a really busy week. I hope to have a few more links than this next time!

Did I miss your favorite link of the week? If so, I would love to hear about it, so leave a comment below!

Sara

Just in case you missed it, here are the Friday Favorites from last week!