Not your typical New Year's resolution

News Feb 06, 2012 by Joanna Lavoie East York Mirror

Riverside residents Laura Mendes and John Loerchner live by the edict go big or go home.

The couple, who met in 2004 while studying at the University of Toronto and since 2007 have co-directed/co-curated Labspace Studio, their own creative advertising agency and art house, has recently come up with a whimsical personal art project/challenge/experiment called 365 Things in 365 Days.

"We just had this crazy idea to try 365 new things. It was inspired by thinking about New Year's resolutions," said Mendes, adding in most cases resolutions tend to be negative or involve depriving one's self of something.

"We said, 'Forget about a New Year's resolutions. Let's make it a year-long thing'."

For three and a half weeks, Mendes, a trained dancer who also specializes in communications and marketing in the arts, and Loerchner, a professional designer and creative director, worked on compiling a list of things they wanted to accomplish in the year to come.

"We thought it would be easy, but it was a task in itself. It became a game for us. It helped us learn more about each other and our individual goals," Mendes said during a recent interview.

"It just evolved into a big, elaborate project. Our ideas tend to take on a life of their own."

As a result, they've come up with a 365-day challenge that is both positive and involves interesting experiences.

"There are some elaborate things, but some things are actually very simple. Basically it's about accomplishing goals we've always wanted to," she said.

"It is a lot of planning and a huge undertaking, but there's never a moment of boredom. We're in the beginning stages and we're both really excited."

Last week, the couple made hummus, went to the opera and took a trapeze class.

Since the challenge started, they've learned to ignite a match with their teeth, trimmed their nose hairs, done a cheese tasting, tied a Windsor knot, celebrated Chinese New Year, made a paper crane, prepared hot chocolate with real chocolate, handwritten a letter to mom, cooked green eggs and ham and watched Bonnie&Clyde (1967) among other things.

This month, Mendes and Loerchner will travel to Belize for a few weeks. They've also got plans to visit Peru and Tibet in 2012.

"We have several things planned to check off the list (while we're travelling)," she said.

"We know this year is going to be crazy for us, but what happens if the world ends in 2012?"

Throughout the challenge, Mendes and Loerchner will be blogging about their experiences at www.365thingsin365days.com

"I was a little apprehensive to air it out for all to see, but this was a way to be held accountable," she said.

"We had no idea how it was going to fly, but we've already got a lot of positive feedback. The response has been amazing."

Mendes said people have sent in messages of support, while others have been inspired to start up their own to-do challenges.

The official start date was Jan. 14, 2012.

The local couple's personal art project/challenge/experiment will conclude Jan. 13, 2013.

Not your typical New Year's resolution

East-end couple take on whimsical 365-day challenge

News Feb 06, 2012 by Joanna Lavoie East York Mirror

Riverside residents Laura Mendes and John Loerchner live by the edict go big or go home.

The couple, who met in 2004 while studying at the University of Toronto and since 2007 have co-directed/co-curated Labspace Studio, their own creative advertising agency and art house, has recently come up with a whimsical personal art project/challenge/experiment called 365 Things in 365 Days.

"We just had this crazy idea to try 365 new things. It was inspired by thinking about New Year's resolutions," said Mendes, adding in most cases resolutions tend to be negative or involve depriving one's self of something.

"We said, 'Forget about a New Year's resolutions. Let's make it a year-long thing'."

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For three and a half weeks, Mendes, a trained dancer who also specializes in communications and marketing in the arts, and Loerchner, a professional designer and creative director, worked on compiling a list of things they wanted to accomplish in the year to come.

"We thought it would be easy, but it was a task in itself. It became a game for us. It helped us learn more about each other and our individual goals," Mendes said during a recent interview.

"It just evolved into a big, elaborate project. Our ideas tend to take on a life of their own."

As a result, they've come up with a 365-day challenge that is both positive and involves interesting experiences.

"There are some elaborate things, but some things are actually very simple. Basically it's about accomplishing goals we've always wanted to," she said.

"It is a lot of planning and a huge undertaking, but there's never a moment of boredom. We're in the beginning stages and we're both really excited."

Last week, the couple made hummus, went to the opera and took a trapeze class.

Since the challenge started, they've learned to ignite a match with their teeth, trimmed their nose hairs, done a cheese tasting, tied a Windsor knot, celebrated Chinese New Year, made a paper crane, prepared hot chocolate with real chocolate, handwritten a letter to mom, cooked green eggs and ham and watched Bonnie&Clyde (1967) among other things.

This month, Mendes and Loerchner will travel to Belize for a few weeks. They've also got plans to visit Peru and Tibet in 2012.

"We have several things planned to check off the list (while we're travelling)," she said.

"We know this year is going to be crazy for us, but what happens if the world ends in 2012?"

Throughout the challenge, Mendes and Loerchner will be blogging about their experiences at www.365thingsin365days.com

"I was a little apprehensive to air it out for all to see, but this was a way to be held accountable," she said.

"We had no idea how it was going to fly, but we've already got a lot of positive feedback. The response has been amazing."

Mendes said people have sent in messages of support, while others have been inspired to start up their own to-do challenges.

The official start date was Jan. 14, 2012.

The local couple's personal art project/challenge/experiment will conclude Jan. 13, 2013.

Not your typical New Year's resolution

East-end couple take on whimsical 365-day challenge

News Feb 06, 2012 by Joanna Lavoie East York Mirror

Riverside residents Laura Mendes and John Loerchner live by the edict go big or go home.

The couple, who met in 2004 while studying at the University of Toronto and since 2007 have co-directed/co-curated Labspace Studio, their own creative advertising agency and art house, has recently come up with a whimsical personal art project/challenge/experiment called 365 Things in 365 Days.

"We just had this crazy idea to try 365 new things. It was inspired by thinking about New Year's resolutions," said Mendes, adding in most cases resolutions tend to be negative or involve depriving one's self of something.

"We said, 'Forget about a New Year's resolutions. Let's make it a year-long thing'."

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For three and a half weeks, Mendes, a trained dancer who also specializes in communications and marketing in the arts, and Loerchner, a professional designer and creative director, worked on compiling a list of things they wanted to accomplish in the year to come.

"We thought it would be easy, but it was a task in itself. It became a game for us. It helped us learn more about each other and our individual goals," Mendes said during a recent interview.

"It just evolved into a big, elaborate project. Our ideas tend to take on a life of their own."

As a result, they've come up with a 365-day challenge that is both positive and involves interesting experiences.

"There are some elaborate things, but some things are actually very simple. Basically it's about accomplishing goals we've always wanted to," she said.

"It is a lot of planning and a huge undertaking, but there's never a moment of boredom. We're in the beginning stages and we're both really excited."

Last week, the couple made hummus, went to the opera and took a trapeze class.

Since the challenge started, they've learned to ignite a match with their teeth, trimmed their nose hairs, done a cheese tasting, tied a Windsor knot, celebrated Chinese New Year, made a paper crane, prepared hot chocolate with real chocolate, handwritten a letter to mom, cooked green eggs and ham and watched Bonnie&Clyde (1967) among other things.

This month, Mendes and Loerchner will travel to Belize for a few weeks. They've also got plans to visit Peru and Tibet in 2012.

"We have several things planned to check off the list (while we're travelling)," she said.

"We know this year is going to be crazy for us, but what happens if the world ends in 2012?"

Throughout the challenge, Mendes and Loerchner will be blogging about their experiences at www.365thingsin365days.com

"I was a little apprehensive to air it out for all to see, but this was a way to be held accountable," she said.

"We had no idea how it was going to fly, but we've already got a lot of positive feedback. The response has been amazing."

Mendes said people have sent in messages of support, while others have been inspired to start up their own to-do challenges.

The official start date was Jan. 14, 2012.

The local couple's personal art project/challenge/experiment will conclude Jan. 13, 2013.