Life List

This challenge is called the Day Zero Project: Plan. Create. Motivate. Achieve. The idea is to make a list of 101 things you have never done and complete them all before 1,001 days is up.

The Day Zero Project, or what I refer to as a “Life List,” is a more practical take on the classic bucket list. Let’s be realistic, some of us (::cough:: me) can barely keep a New Year’s resolution. A Life list is a more compelling challenge to take on all the little- and occasional big things- that make life so amazing… pressure free! Learn about yourself through adventure and accomplishment.

Take your time, but not too much time, to explore the things you have put off for far too long.

I have until July 25, 2017 to complete my second Life List!

Not completed

In progress



1. Get published

2. Donate blood

3. Visiting Burlington, Vermont

4. Leave an inspirational note in a book for someone to find

5. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years

6. Go to church

7. Run a half marathon

8. Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet

9. Photograph a landscape from the same location, capturing all four seasons

10. Get a real job

11. Don’t complain about anything for a week

12. Lose 20 pounds

13. Start an Etsy shop

14. Get an “A” in a class

15. Get an apartment

16. See a Phish concert in Miami

17. Go to a movie alone

18. Pay off my credit card debt

19. Graduate college

20. Influence 3 people to make a Life List

21. Get my mother and father “thinking of you” cards randomly

22. Learn to speak Spanish fluently

23. Learn the alphabet in sign language

24. Grow something from a seed

25. Print out photos from my computer

26. Learn every world capital

27. Find out my blood type

28. Go vegetarian for a month

29. Host a dinner party

30. Grow my hair long

31. Visit San Fransisco

31. Make a snowman

32. Visit Machu Picchu

33. Ride a horse

34. Attend a midnight premiere of a movie

35. Build an iPhone app

36. Research the history of my hometown

37. Learn to write my name in Japanese

38. Learn to say “I love you” in 10 different languages

39. Send flowers to my grandmothers

40. Create a $500 dollar emergency fund

41. Have a graduation party

42. Make a birthday cake/cupcakes for someone

43. See 10 classic movies I’ve never seen

44. Go ice-skating

45. Buy a new car

46. Ask 10 friends/sarah On The Go! friends to suggest a book and read them all

47. Make something from wood

48. See a Marilyn Monroe movie

49. Design and name a cocktail

50. Take a photo of myself every first of the month

51. Make homemade pesto

52. Write a poem that describes a beautiful memory

53. Swim with dolphins

54. Donate books to school

55. Volunteer at a local animal shelter

56. Volunteer at a hospice

57. Make a custom recipe book

58. Create a coffee table book starring my dog Emma

59. Learn how to use all the functions on my Nikon

60. Quit using “like” as a verbal filler

61. Spend a day without technology

62. Memorize the “to be or not to be” soliloquy from Hamlet

63. Be able to name all of the bones in my body

64. Cook 5 meals from 5 different countries

65. Research my family tree

66. Build a sandcastle

67. Adopt a pet

68. Learn Sudoku

69. Make organic strawberry jam

70. Eat lobster in Maine

71. Bake a Rubik’s Cube cake

72. Catch a snowflake on my tongue

73. Knit a blanket

74. Build a sundial

75. Spend the New Year in a different state

76. Start a fire with sticks and rocks

77. Finish my children’s book

78. Learn to locate all 50 states on a map

79. Plant a tree

80. Go white water rafting

81. Ride a segway

82. Visit Niagra Falls

83. Go to a psychic

84. Learn to drive stick shift

85. Make a gingerbread house

86. Meet someone famous

87. Go to a toga party

88. Take a painting class

89. Sew/create a dress

90. Attend Burning Man

91. Stay in a cabin in the woods

92. Attend a yoga class

93. Completely quit smoking

94. Fix/cover-up some tattoos

95. Learn a song on the piano

96. Organize my memory box

97. Visit my childhood home

98. Get a facial

99. Go to New York City once a month

100. Put $10 away for every goal completed.

101. Make another Life List the day this one ends


105 thoughts on “Life List

  1. I love this idea! My boyfriend and I made a first draft of our bucket lists, but we haven’t really done anything serious with them. We need to get moving! Thanks for the inspiration :)


  2. This is a great idea. Staying in a hostel is a great experience too, if you are in the right one. I have stayed in hostels in Hawaii and Dublin. Amazing experiences. I hope you are a Yankees fan, going to the Bronx for Yankees vs Sox. And Coney Island… THE BEST! :)

  3. Thank you for subscribing to my blog! I love this blog. Did I mention that I love this blog ? You’ve inspired me to do this with my man. We’ll pick some things to do individually but include some traveling, cooking, extracurricular things together. LOVE IT! :) Thank you.


  4. I love this! I love this not only because this is a fantastic idea and you have inspired a handful + people to do the same (including myself). But, you have also (at least judging by your list and assuming the good in the others) that you have and will make the world a better place. Thank you! Also,, if you wouldn’t mind if I credited your name when I create my own list, I would appreciate it.

  5. hey sounds fun!
    I am sure “#85. Go to the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Vermont” will be awesome! HAHA

    thanks for swinging by my post >> 4 ways to complete your 2012 travel bucket list

  6. WOW, what a fabulous blog you have Sarah, you have certainly inspired me to keep going with mine, which I would like to thank you for being a follower – very much appreciated & of course I shall be following you to. Your 101 list is outstanding, I enjoyed reading it so much that I actually felt like I became a part of your world. I shall endeavour to begin my 101 list.
    You are a cool chick :)

    Have a great week

  7. Thank you for following my blog, I hope that you will fulfill your wish to kiss your boyfriend in front of the Eiffel Tower. I’m looking forward to doing that with my husband in September! Several years ago I made a rather long and extensive bucket list but I much prefer zooming in on this list and deciding which ones are going to be completed in 1001 days. I think that kind of focus improves our chance of actually doing them! However, one that I had written on my bucket list should be happening this fall in Paris since I had written down I just want to sit outside at a Cafe and watch the people go buy as I drink my tea. Drinking tea may be the hardest part since the French far prefer coffee and I don’t!

  8. Hi Sarah,
    Thank you for following lovelivingincolorado. I was reading your list and I definitely agree with must see San Francisco and the Grand Canyon. Originally from the west coast nothing compares to S.F. or the Grand Canyon. Your posts are enjoyable to read and I really appreciate your following on all things Colorado!

  9. :D It seems like a cool idea, though I only went through your hobby list for the moment.. what I don’t get is your goal 13 and 20… I am sure you don’t need them :)

  10. I love 35 & 36…great list, except I’d vote for not worrying about losing 25 lbs & instead focus on eating well and moving your body and raising your heart rate daily with something you love. Dancing perhaps or kayaking that beautiful sea.

  11. An ambitious list indeed, with little things mixed with big — much like life itself. I wish you the best on this and encourage you to keep going especially when things start to seem impossible. And grant yourself the freedom to change and adapt the list as you yourself do.

    Thank you for visiting, and following, the Norwegian Artist.

  12. I LOVE this page. I have a list of goals, always have but never thought of putting it in this format. Thank you for the idea, I will be “borrowing” it and some of the ideas from it.

  13. We love your list! We share so many goals (Brew your own beer? absolutely!), and we’ve done a few of the things on your list (we regularly spend weekends without technology and it’s bliss. Do it!). Some of these are so amibitious (Floss every night for a month? I’m all for dental hygeine, but who has the time?). We’re looking forward to seeing more goals completed!

  14. I’ve got 1 book for your 20 and it’s an amazing inspiration for the creative mind. It’s called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

    Thanks for following my blog:) I had never heard of this challenge but it’s definitely worth looking into!

  15. Hey, thanks for following my Dream BIGGER blog! In keeping with your Life List, you might be interested in another blog I write – Fab Fifty-Five ( I set it up last November when I turned 55 and wanted to find ways to celebrate getting older (and better!) So I have a Fun List that includes 55 things I want to do this year. I’ve crossed quite a few off, lots of adventures still to come. It’s great connecting with another adventurous kindred spirit :)

  16. I did the whole bucket list thing before, but it was a long time ago when I lacked a serious side so there were few things I would actually class as an achievement. Reading this has inspired me to give it another shot, so thank you

  17. Hey Sarah, thanks for following my virgin blog. Lve this page nd I admire your courage to share it with the world! If you’re keen on visiting Asia, do drop by Singapore. Don’t worry, it’s very clean here. Though it’s expensive as compared to other Asian countries, you’ll love my country. I’ll show you around ;)

  18. Nice list! Hopefully we will see you blogging about more of them soon…as for me…hopefully i’ll get around to writing my entry on laser hair removal! My recommendation- do it now! x

  19. You are one motivated person. Go Sarah! Thanks for following blog. I’m going to be checking in on yours as well. You’ve got me thinking.

  20. I’m so late to the game, but I came across this list of yours and… you inspired me to create my own. It’s hard coming up with 101 things but I’m doing it! Check out and thanks!

  21. I soo love this ! I wonder how many I’ll be able to complete if and when i make such a list. But I so love this ! :D

  22. Love your life list and thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great time in TN at Bonnaroo! Lollapalooza in Chicago is another great music festival (:

  23. Love this idea – a great challenge to all of us who are actively seeking. And thanks for following my blog! Looking forward to reading more of yours.

  24. Such an awesome idea! I think that I need to do one of these for sure. If nothing else it will push me to try some new things and expand my mind. Thanks for the inspiration.

  25. We are musical soulmates! I love almost all of the bands you listed! I’d kill to see Arctic Monkeys

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  27. Hey Sarah, just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration on creating my own Day Zero Project list. You can check it out if you want over at Unboxed Life. If I hadn’t seen your work here I might never have put mine together, so thank you so much. Take care.

  28. Wonderful list! Best of luck with crossing off each item and thanks stopping by and following my blog, I look forward to reading yours :)

  29. When my daughter, Tallulah, was in 4th grade (3 years ago), I found this list neatly written down on her desk. I kept it, even sent it to my book editor as a potential idea for a Middle Grade series. In any case, your dream list reminded me of hers… (I am particularly fond of “recycle and compost”!)


    1. We never say impossible.
    2. We never lie, or else if you do you’re out of the club.
    3. We always write with a pen – that’s what mistakes are for.
    4. We have a dedicated heart so that means you love good friends.
    5. You really can’t be bratty or you’re out of the club.
    6. We take pictures with each other and of each other.
    7. We write things that happen to us everyday.
    8. We will recycle and compost.
    9. We have to share!

  30. Love the 101 in 1001 days – once I get a bit better at keeping up with my blog (which was a bucket list item) I will try it out myself. Thanks for being my first ‘non family’ follower. I hope my packing tips arrived intime for your trip to Aruba :) Hope it was great –

    Good luck with your list – there are many items on it that i have had the great opportunity to have already experienced – so you have some awesome times coming your way. Enjoy them all!

  31. Great list! I hope you have fun working through it. I’m inspired to try a few of these myself – it’s always good to see a list where the activities are rewarding in themselves, not just things to tick off. As a movie fan, I really ought to give the ‘Oscar winners’ challenge a go. Thank you for liking and following my blog.

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