Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year: The Day Zero Project

I'm pretty certain that your bloglovin feeds and dashboards are full to brim-and bursting, with 2013 summaries, 'resolution' and 'new year goals' posts. As it happens, I am going to add to this already rather repetitive mix, but hopefully in a more intriguing style. Thus, I introduce you to the 'Day Zero project'. I've compiled a collage of my favourite photos from 2013. I guess this year, albeit a few ups and downs, has been brilliant. Thank you for supporting me along this little blogging journey, and I hope this is a new year post of many to come!

Due an extreme lack of motivation and an excess of procrastination I am forever putting off things I have always wanted to do. A little while ago I stumbled across the 'Day Zero' Project on the lovely Islay's Blog, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The idea of the project is to write out a list of 101 things, or 'tasks' that you have always wanted to complete, and then go on to complete them in 1001 days. I thought that this is a lovely idea as having a list to refer back to, as well as a set 'deadline' making a brilliant source of motivation. I have split my list into different categories, so I hope you enjoy following my quest of felicity (fancy pants phrase meaning a search for eternal happiness) which consists of completing all 101 of these individual quests!

Start Date: 1st January 2014
Finish date: 28th September 2016

The ones that I have completed, I have made pink
The ones that I am currently doing, I have made blue
The Ones that I have not completed I have made black

Things I have always wanted to do:
  1. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
  2. Own a vintage camera
  3. Finish a scrapbook
  4. Go to a concert with friends
  5. Take part in a secret santa 02/01/2014
  6. Visit Lush without buying anything 09/02/2014
  7. Have a movie-a-thon with friends
  8. Go for a long bike ride in the summer with friends
  9. Go Ice skating in Hyde Park at Christmas
  10. Go to the London Winter Wonderland
  11. Go to London with friends for the day - Blogger Meet 05/04/2014
  12. learn how to make fancy patterns in coffee
  13. Leave 10 cute and meaningful quotes in public toilets
  14. Send a letter in a bottle
  15. Keep my room tidy for a month (Mum will love this one)
  16. Plant a tree
  17. Make a time capsule
  18. Create a bucket list
  19. Write a letter to my favourite author
  20. Camp out with friends in the summer
  21. Meet Finn Harries
  22. Leave an inspirational note inside a library book for someone to find
  23. Become Pen Pals with somebody - Harriet 
  24. Have a photography lesson
  25. Document a month in photographs
  26. Climb Snowdon
  27. Have a facial
  28. Send an inspirational letter to a random address in the UK
  29. Plan an elaborate practical joke
  30. Write to a famous person
  31. Complete a spending ban with less than 3 'cheat' days!
  32. Inspire someone else to make a list
  33. Write down all of my purchases for an entire month
  34. Buy my first lottery ticket 
  35. Reach 1000 instagram followers
  36. Meet an online friend in person - 05/04/2014 -Covent Garden Blogger Meet!
  37. Save £500
  38. Open a cookbook onto a random page and cook whatever it opens onto
  39. Get a new hairstyle
  40. Go for an entire week without Facebook/Twitter/YouTube etc.

Health and Lifestyle

41. Go a week without using any products whatsoever on my face 24/03/14-31/03/14
42. Grow my hair to the bottom of my ribs
43. Do not straighten, blow dry or curl my hair for 1 month
44. Eat NO sweets, chocolate or biscuits for an entire month
45. Go for a run at least once a week for 2 months
46. Do not snack when I get home from school for a month

47. Use the stairs instead of escalators/lifts for three months
48. Eat NO bread for a whole week
49. Start a fitness DVD and do it for a month
50. Go organic with products!
51. Commit to cleaning my make brushes at least once a fortnight (all of those nasty germs should motivate me!)

Stuff I want to buy

52. Try the infamous Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish - March 2014
53. Invest in a proper skincare routine that works for me
54. Try a MAC lipstick
55. A DSLR Camera
56. A high end foundation that is perfect for my skin tone
57. A vintage 50's style Radio - January 2014
58. My favourite Books
59. A Scratch card
60. A custom domain - purchased on 1/01/14
61. A Naked palette!
62. A Canon Ae-1 vintage Camera
63. A Polaroid camera!

Places I want to go

64. London with friends (minus parents)
65. London Winter Wonderland
66. Go to a blogger / PR event 05/04/2014 in Covent Garden
66. On Holiday with my family
67. The seaside at Christmas
68. The scarily huge Primark on Oxford Street
69. Brick lane with friends
70. Camden Market with friends
71. Covent Garden with Friends - 05/04/2014 - Blogger Meet

Blogging Aims

Hit 500 Followers 6
73. Meet a famous blogger/youtuber
74. Go to a PR product launch event
75. Still have my little blog when this is finished!
76. Complete 100 blog posts
Go to a blog meet up
78. Attend a PR event
79. Make lots more blogging friends!
80. Improve my photography
81. Be more organised and commit to it!
82. Go to more interesting places and write about them!
83. Spend more time reading blogs
84. Create more content, on a more regular basis

85. Finish my GCSE's
86. Receive my GCSE results
87. Receive an A or above in my Maths GCSE
88. Receive an A in English
89. Receive an A in ICT
90. Get A's and above in all of my GCSE exams

91. Improve my self image92. Interact with people more!
93. Eat less, exercise more!
94. Work out what I want to do with my life and do it
95. Write a novel
96. Self publish a novel
97. Stop treating biscuits and cake as a healthy snack
98. (Cliché) Believe in myself (especially Maths)
99. Stop being so cynical and start being a 'half full glass;         person!
100. Be happy and content with where I am and what I have!
Inspire somebody else to complete this list 1/01/14

Have you started the Day Zero project? Are any of these 'personal goals' something that you would like to achieve too?

Click HERE to go to my official list if you are also taking part in the project and want to follow my journey!

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  1. This is such a cute post Lauryn, I don't think I have the commitment to do all of this but I think I'll do a little personal one or something! Love Eleanor xxx

    1. Thank you Eleanor! I think its a good way of completing some personal goals rather than a new years resolution list on a scrap of paper that I forget about in two seconds hahaha. Plus you lovely bloggers help keep me motivated which is amazing! I hope you make some resolutions/goals, and let me know if you do! Lots of love, Lauryn x

  2. I do a Day Zero Project too! :D you've got some great goals on yours, so good luck with all of them.

    X Rosanne

    1. What's your link? I would love to have a look and see what goals you're attempting to achieve! Thanks so much:-)

  3. This is awesome, not sure I could think up 101 things :( Can't wait to see how you get on, sounds really fun x

    1. It took a while to think of some things, haha! I can't wait to see how much I can achieve, glad to see you're joining me on this journey! I need all of the motivation I can get, haha. Lauryn x

  4. This is a great idea, good look with completing all of them! :) x

    1. Thanks Lauren! Have you thought about completing it ever?:)

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  7. Wow plenty to accomplish if you out your mind to it will happen. Happy New Year thank you for visiting my blog and following, following back by bloglovin. Keep in touch.

    1. Thank you Jackie! Your blog is great, especially loved the new year post and the outfit! Happy New Year to you too! Lauryn x

  8. This sounds amazing! Such a good idea! Good luck! x

    1. I'm looking forward to completing it all! Thanks Maeve!:)

  9. Good luck and have a happy 2014! :)

    I was wondering if you would like to swap blog buttons for the month of Jan?Starting Jan 1 I am swapping buttons with a few bloggers so we can all gain some exposure. If would like to then email me at

    Happy New Year! :)

    ~ Shivani (

    1. Thank you Shivani! I've sent you an email:) happy new year!

  10. I found this project on the Isaly's blog too, I'm just getting it all typed up so hopefully I can get it posted tomorrow!
    I'm excited to see what we both manage to cross off by Sept 28th 2016!

    Good Luck :)

    -Sarah xo

    1. Aw that's number 101 on my list - inspiring somebody else to create the list! Good luck with it and be sure to tweet/email or comment your link! Happy new year! Lauryn xxx

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    1. happy new year to you too, thank you!:-)

  12. I love your blog. Amazing posts. I would probably like to do tons of these too. Happy New Year ;)
    Zoha xx
    I would appreciate if you grab my button ;)

    1. Thank you so much Zoa! Why not start the project too?:) lauryn x

    2. I grabbed your button! Its really cute :)
      Zoha x

    3. Aw thank you Zoa, I've done the same!:-)

  13. This is such a good idea Lauryn! I really want to start but don't have the will power haha :-(

    1. That is my only concern! I'm scared I'll give up half way through! haha, thanks for the comment though:-)xxx

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    1. Thank you Bethan, happy new year to you too! I hope 2014 proves to be great for you!:-)xxx

  15. Really enjoyed reading this post. Most of the things you want to do, I want to do!

    Happy New Year!

    New fan, Daniela -

    1. I think its a life ambition to do some of these; luckily I have 1001 days to complete them all!

  16. Such a good idea, I might have to try this :)

    1. Please do! If you go ahead, then be sure to send me a link as I would love to have a read of your goals!

  17. You have definitely inspired me to try this out (: xo

    1. That's number 101 on the list complete! yay:-)

  18. Absolutely love this idea! I'm going to write a list up this evening so that my 1001 days ends on my 24th birthday! Can't wait to see how you get on :)

  19. Thank you Bethan, happy new year to you too! I hope 2014 proves to be great for you!:-)xxx

  20. I love the goals you set! ^^
    I'm doing this too and I've been loving it :D
    I even made a separate page on my blog to keep track :D

  21. This has completely inspired me to make a list like this, thank you, I loved reading it :) xxxx

  22. What a great project - and those are amazing goals! I'm going with the good ol' resolutions. Good luck with your project :)


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