Monthly update no. 17 | Day Zero Project 🪐

– Day Zero Project update: progress of month no. 17 –

As I type this, I’m thinking “oh shit”. Because I’m already halfway through the project and there’s still so much left to do on my list of 101 goals. Of course the pandemic hasn’t helped with the more adventurous goals, but shouldn’t I have already completed more of the indoors goals? Perhaps I will not complete all the goals at the end of the project, perhaps I will. Either way, I’m happy about the ones that I’m completing and working on! Here’s my Day Zero Project monthly update, number 17.

17.   Find a job I like

Yes, yes, yes! This one is by far the most exciting goal of the month. At the beginning of February I started working as a freelance content creator. I’m writing content for a Dutch marketing agency and soon I will start to work on one or two other projects as well. Honestly, working freelance and being completely flexible with my time is what I’ve always wanted. For now, the biggest challenge as a starter is to make a decent income every month. I’m planning to write some content about freelancing in the future, so I will definitely keep you updated on how it is going.

27.   Read books for fun [8/20]

I’m back into reading and I’m so happy about it. I created a habit for myself to read a chapter (or some pages if the book doesn’t have chapters) every morning during my breakfast. Eating porridge, sipping decaf coffee and reading something. I finally finished reading Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami*. I already started reading this book during summer, also here in Galicia during a family visit. Back in the Netherlands I didn’t continue and now I’m back in Galicia, I finished the book. Full circle, right? I absolutely loved the book. I’m a huge Murakami fan and this story was just magical. 

Afterwards, I finally got to order some new books. I asked a friend for recommendations, ordered two books he suggested plus one that was already on my list. The first book he suggested was The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock*. The book takes place in Alaska in 1970 and tells the story of four teenagers growing up there. Their stories slowly start to intertwine, giving you some sort of impression of what it must’ve been like to grow up in Alaska. It was an easy read and I really enjoyed it.

28.   Add three songs to the 3/month-playlist every month [17/33]

I’ve listened a little more to music and a little less to podcasts in January, so I finally ‘discovered’ some new songs in my Discover Weekly. Spotify did a great job this time, because sometimes there literally isn’t a single song in the list that I like.

12.   Reach checkpoint 4 on Duolingo with all lessons 5/5
13.   Reach checkpoint 5 on Duolingo with all lessons level 5/5

I made Duolingo progress! I completed checkpoint 4 in January and now I’m in between 4 and 5. Supposedly, by the time you reach checkpoint 5 for Spanish on Duolingo, you have the same level as a college student who completed A1 and A2 classes. I think that’s really cool and I hope that maybe in or after summer it’s possible to take real life classes again. If I keep practicing I could start at a B1 or B2 level, which would be great. 

– Summary of the progress –
  • Days that passed: 521/1001 (oh my, we’re halfway…)
  • Goals achieved: 37/101 (oh my, not nearly halfway yet…)
  • Invested: €370
  • Goals in progress: 28/101
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