Thursday, February 19, 2015

Day Zero Project - Month 7 Update

I want to get back into the habit of doing monthly progress reports on the Project, if for nothing else than it helps me stay motivated. Here's how things have been going so far, seven months into the project. You can see the full list here.

In Progress
#7 Visit a museum (3/10)
While I was in Washington, DC in January I was able to get a private tour of Ford's Theater, where President Lincoln was assassinated. It was amazing!

#11 Read every book on my bookshelves (9)
A friend asked me how many books I actually own, and I didn't know. So, while I was assembling a new bookshelf, I took the opportunity to dust, reorganize, and count my books. Grand total? 260 as of January 2015. Challenge: accepted.

And yes, I did organize my books using the Library of Congress catalog system. I managed to read two books since the holidays: Amy Poehler's Yes, Please and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian.

#70 Go to the theater
In January, some coworkers and I took in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's winter show, Twelfth Night. It was great!

Looking Forward
In the next month or so I'm looking forward to doing some more reading, going to a work conference in Chicago (and seeing college roommates!), and choosing a new goal or two to work on.

I need your help on one thing: Goal #33 was to buy something from SkyMall. Alas, the SkyMall is no more. Any suggestions on a replacement goal?

Stats (as of 2/19/15)
Completed - 3 (2.97%)
In Progress - 15 (14.85%)

Sunday, January 18, 2015


At the beginning of last year, I shared my approach to goal-setting and resolution-making. That is still how I basically go about the process every year. I have chosen to continue choosing one word for the year (more on that later) and I have only two resolutions this year.

First, put myself first. I don't mean be selfish, because that's the last thing I want to become. But I have a tendency to put friends, family, and work needs above my own and not value my own priorities. I can't live in generosity and compassion and "put others first" in a healthy way if I don't value my own needs. This resolution is a little out of character for me because it's not tied to anything specific or measurable. Instead, it's almost a continuation of my word for last year: mindful. I can feel when I'm not putting myself first, and in those moments when I get that intuition I need to stop and reevaluate. There's probably a way to approach the situation that better honors me AND whatever I'm being asked to do.

Second, I'm going to be really intentional with my Day Zero Project. I finally updated the page so that it reflects this newest challenge. I really want to complete at least one more goal this time than I ever have before, which means I can't ignore it until the last minute.

I'm off to a strong start though - I crossed one off the list this week! Some friends and I went to see the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's winter performance of Twelfth Night.

It was performed at Belmont University in a beautiful theater. That's always been one of my favorite of his plays, but I haven't seen it staged in over ten years. I went with a few coworkers and we stopped for happy hour at Blvd before the show (conveniently across the street). It was my first time eating there but definitely not my last. It was a lovely time with friends, and also helped me make progress toward a second goal. Fun AND efficient!

Goals Completed: #70 go to the theater
Goals In Progress: #61 visit 40 local restaurants

Do you have any resolutions or goals for the new year?

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