In December I really meant to go ice skating. I have this notion (having watching too many romantic comedies) that December will cast a magic spell, twinkling lights, carols and I will glide across the ice. The reality is that, I have the look of a new-born foal on ice. I can’t stand up on skates. At the end of November, I thought this will be the year and then failed to get around to it. New Year found me, not hosting my own party, but at someone else’s party (it was good). Neither of these things matter in the grand scheme of things, except they are on my Day Zero list at numbers 93 and 75. December passed and I’d failed to complete two tasks but hey – there is always next year. Except there isn’t.
Day Zero is a list of 101 things to be done in 1001 days. It began on 27th October 2011, which seemed like yesterday. It’s a while since I checked in and while I was convinced I had until July 2015. I don’t. My Day Zero ends in July 2014. December activities are blown.
Slowly, I’ve been ticking things off, the list lives in the back of my mind, just not the date. After a review, there are a few things outstanding. The Puffins at Skommer Island, currently they are away for the winter, coming back in March, leaving again July. There is a puffin window. The seals of Robin Hood’s Bay are now 275 miles away. The last time I was there in 2012, I didn’t see a single one. There is a bit of travelling that I need to do before July. Take the Eurostar, maybe with a tent as the plan is to camp in France. Add to that a holiday in Norfolk, a night’s stay in Whitstable and a weekend in Brighton.
My end date is 24th July, which means I might have to try to fit in Norfolk and France over Easter, taking into considering school holiday dates. I’m saying now, that’s unlikely. Let’s just say currently it’s not just time but finances that challenge this plan.
In 2011, I had all these ideas. I think I actually made more of a wish list. Without considering how do-able it was. Surely, I can fit Whipsnade Zoo and the Butterfly Park in?
Learning the Ukulele no longer appeals, or pony trekking. What was I thinking? Both officially dumped.
What I’ve learnt.
That there’s a difference between a wish list and plan.
Fitting everything probably takes more careful planning than anticipated.
Perhaps it’s worth thinking of Day Zero in terms of breaking it up into years and months. Maybe life sections; work/travel/home/personal/children. I think mine was more random.
People change, it’s ok to ditch things. Just because it’s on a list, who says I have to do it? (except ice skating, I still want to ice skate).
Day Zero tips gratefully received.
This is the final tally. I had until Thursday 24th July 2014 and in retrospect, I think I did OK.
1.Get a new job that suits me and my family
Decide where we want to live
Sell the house
Buy a new house
6.Sponsor a child
Send a handwritten letter
Make a will
Find a new hairdresser
Dye my hair a different colour
Teach Noo to ride a bike
12.Buy a bike for me
Cycle the Camel Trail
14.Gather and write family history
15.Spend more time with my parents
biscuit barrel and a tied cake plate
Buy a decent DSLR camera
Have a photography lesson
Document a month in photographs
20.Attend a creative writing workshop
21.Wear skirts every day for a month
Take up yoga again
Take Noo climbing
25.A night away with just Mr Noo
26.Stay in Whitstable
Attend Deer shed festival
Family holiday in Norfolk Planned for summer 2015
Spend day at Bewildered in Norfolk planned see above
Run: Sofa to 5K
31.Visit Whipsnade Zoo
32.Visit Butterfly World, Hertfordshire
33.Learn to play a Ukulele
35.See seals at Robin Hood Bay
37.Visit my lovely friend in Maidstone
Take Noo to the theatre
Make a presentation
40.Take the Eurostar
Grow my own vegetables tomatoes count
Attend the balloon festival in Bristol
Camp in the New Forest
45.Create photo albums
Watch Madmen box sets
Un-friend, un-friends on Facebook
49.Camp in France
Drink more water
Have a facial
54.Learn to play backgammon
Have friends round for lunch
Make a cheesecake
58.Organise a mums and kids camping weekend
Visit Hornimans Museum
Take a bus tour of London
64.Eat no chocolate or sweets for a week
65.Make a list of the 100 best experiences of my life
66.Send a secret to post secret
Create playlists on itunes
68.Visit relatives I rarely see
Use the free entry to Museum of Childhood
70.Frame more photos
71.Replace the sofa
72.Make cushions covers
75.Host New Years eve party
76.Host a cocktail evening
77.Get Noo a pet
Go to the cinema with Mr Noo
Go to the circus
80.Eat fruit for breakfast for a week
Make a curry (I keep pledging to do this)
Attend another bloggers conference
84.Take Noo on a canal boat
Answer 50 questions that will free your mind
Make 3 new friends
Bake a birthday cake for someone outside my immediate family
Barbeque on a beach
Spend a week without social media
90.Identify 100 things that make me happy
91.Plant a tree
92.Spend a weekend in Brighton
Ice skate in December
94.Go Pony trekking
Buy Noo a real musical instrument recorder unplayed.
96.Spend a night dancing
97.See the puffins on Skomer Island
98.7 random acts of kindness
99.Write a 10 year plan
Influence another person to do a day zero list
101.Commit to this blog for at least as long as it takes for me to do this.