2011 was an interesting year for me: Not only did I start blogging as Book Club Babe, I discovered a nifty website called Day Zero Project. It’s a great online bucket list that motivates you to accomplish more in life. You can set goals and challenges for yourself, as well as be part of their community and share with others. (Trust me, this isn’t a sponsored post! I’m just a fan!)
Although you can create any kind of list, the original challenge is completing “101 Things in 1,001 Days.” Since I joined on Oct. 7, 2011, it just so happens that my end date was July 4th. How fitting that my achievements had to be finished by Independence Day!
So how did I do? Obviously, I’m not going to share all of my 101 things, but I wanted to highlight the ones that I’m most proud to complete. To keep my posts brief, I’ll be separating the list into three sections: Personal Development, Travel, and Trying New Things!
Part 1 is personal development, which to me means anything that moves the needle forward in my life. What could I do in regards to my education, finances, health, and hobbies that could bring about more success or fulfillment?
My biggest wins were receiving my Master’s degree, finding a full-time job in the Bay Area, moving into my own apartment, and paying off my student loans. Two years later, I’ve quickly developed my career in the tech industry and made lasting bonds with my colleagues.
I also took the plunge and got LASIK. As I’ve stated before, this has been one of the best decisions in my life so far, and I highly recommend the surgery to anyone interested.
My Book Club Babe wins included setting reading and blogging goals. Every year I set a reading quota: From 2011-2013, I read 60 books either in print or audio form, and I’m ahead of schedule to complete my quota in 2014. My favorite books during these 1,001 days that were ranked 5 out of 5 stars were:
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
- Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
- The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
I also have achieved over 45,000 blog views, which calculates to over 15,000 views per year. This, of course, is absolutely minuscule compared other book blogs, but I’m proud of my progress and plan on setting higher standards for myself in the future.
On top of reading and blogging, I had some writing wins by participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year and clocking in with 30,000 words. Considering I was only able to write 3 out of the 4 weeks, it wasn’t a bad try!
Other fun writing wins included identifying 100 things that make me happy, sending a letter to myself to open in ten years, and leaving an inspirational note inside a book for someone else to find.
Lastly, I wanted to have some personal independence wins by doing things by myself. I no longer use a lack of companion as an excuse to miss out on the things I enjoy. During the 1,001 days, I attended a concert (electronic band Blaqk Audio) and a movie (Studio Ghibli’s “From Up on Poppy Hill”) alone. And not only did I have fun, I was also encouraged to meet new people and live outside my comfort zone.
I covered quite a bit in this first section, but keep an eye out for the other two parts of my Day Zero Project where I discuss my travel adventures and the new things I tried!
In the meantime, feel free to join the social network and create your own bucket lists! What have you done recently for your personal development, and what would you like to do?