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Tanya's 101 - The story behind her Day Zero Project.

1001 Things to do in 101 days, that always was my way of life. I dramatically failed of course, every single time. And not only because my lists obviously contained way to much stuff to do in too little time. But also because I told myself stuff like ‘eat only fruit the rest of your life’ or ‘perform 50 household tasks each day before you can relax’. Okay, this is a bit exaggerated, but you get the point, right? Surely, those things were destined to go wrong some time. And when they did, I didn’t see this as a logical consequence of my deadly impossible list. Instead, I thought of myself as a failure. And then, on top of it, I got chronically fatigued (gee, I wonder if my goal setting habit may have had something to do with that…). Now, succeeding in my goals got even harder, if not impossible.

So I stopped. I stopped setting goals. And I can tell you, that resulted in the most boring life ever! Why even get up in the morning, if you have nothing to pursue anyway? It now seems five years of my life just passed by me, without me even noticing. Don’t get me wrong, I did see things other than my bed. But that was the point mainly. I only saw things happening, instead of participating myself.

I decided it was time for a change. Sure, I’m tired all the time, but that doesn’t mean I can do nothing else but linger around, does it? I was destined to search for things I can do. I didn’t know how yet though. But then two major things crossed my path that pushed me just where I needed to go.

First, I got a job as a writer! This is the perfect job for me! I don’t have to move about at all and multitasking only exists in my vocabulary if I have to write about it. (I’m not lazy or anything, moving and multitasking just aren’t my strong points anymore after I got so fatigued. Just try yourself after a full night of partying to bake a multi-layered cake, while babysitting triplets while solving a Rubik’s Cube.) I can work using only my strong points now: my brain and my creativity. This writing inspired me enormously. Apparently I was capable of doing amazing things even though I’m chronically fatigued. So I wanted to do more!

And then this list came along on Yvette’s blog (which she unfortunately has deleted now): 101 things to do in 1001 days, aka the Day Zero Project. This was perfect! It’s just long enough to set some serious goals that take some time to accomplish, or that require a certain season, but just short enough to not postpone your goals until forever. After reading some more about it, I was determined to start this project. And because I want to make sure that I’m really going to pursue these goals, I decided to blog about them! And who knows, I might just inspire someone else to start their own list. So have fun if you decide to tag along on my journey the next 1001 days by reading my blog. I’m looking forward to share my experiences with you!

If you are curious about my 101 goals, then check my list!



  • Reply Regina February 21, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I love this! And you really did inspire me to create my own list…. to start March 1st! Thank you. It’s like you’re my spirit twin with the lists. My goal lists are so elaborate that IF I managed to complete all the items I would have a life that mirrored a super star! Alas… I’m just a work from home mom trying to blog. LOL. I’m definitely subscribing! I’m rooting for you!

    • Tanya de Kruijff
      Reply Tanya de Kruijff February 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Aww thank you! Those words mean a lot! I’m so happy to have inspired you. Will you also blog about your goals? Please let me know, I’d love to read about your journey as well!

  • Reply Judy Meibach June 4, 2017 at 3:17 am

    I would love to connect

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