2012 Midyear Goal Updates - The Dainty Squid

2012 Midyear Goal Updates

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It's already over half way through the year which is absolutely crazy! At the very beginning of the year I posted some goals for the year (which you can find here) so I thought it would be appropriate to post a midyear update.
 ♥ Read 15 new books. I am well on my way to accomplishing this goal. I have a post coming very soon talking about the books I've read so far this year. 

Try 7 new recipes. I'd say I'm around halfway done with this goal, I just need to go back through all my photos and find pictures of the things I've baked so I can add them up. I'll certainly be doing a recap at the end of the year about all of the new recipes I tried. I've already found two that I just adore and continue to make regularly.

Get my drivers license...finally. Oh goodness, I'm so anxious about this goal. I haven't done much so far to put this goal into action other than talking it up to myself (which may just be half the battle). I still really want to get my license.

Go bowling more! Maaaan, we've only gone bowling once so far this year. I'd like to join a couples league. I'm just nervous about joining one, everyone else already knowing each other and feeling left out. This is obviously something I should get over, because I'm sure everyone else feels the same way when starting something new. Anyways - bowling! I need to go more.

Hang things in the bedroom. Haven't done this yet, but I'm actually thinking of repainting the bedroom before hanging things first. My decorating style has matured over the last three years, even if ever so slightly, and I've been feeling like the bright blue color isn't working so well anymore. Painting and decorating are more a fall/winter thing for me though so I have no plans of working on this in the next few months. It'll definitely get done before the end of the year.

Take a photo an hour once a month. Yeah buddy, I've been keeping up on this one! You can see all my photo an hour posts right here.

Make new friends. Eeep. I am not doing so hot at this. I actually even saw someone at the beach that I could have possibly made friends with buuut I chickened out and didn't talk to her. (she had a split-cam and looked interesting. I live in a fairly small town and rarely ever even see people who I feel like I could mesh well with so I feel like I really lost out. Fingers crossed I see her again.)  Perhaps this goal should more aptly be titled "Be less awkward around people".

Send more snail mail. I wouldn't say I'm doing much better at this goal than last year but I have been sending out quite a few post cards. I'd like to start up some sort of little pen pal thing - but without long letters, more just along the lines of post cards, birthday cards, etc.

Save a little month each month. Another goal I'm proud to have been keeping up on! I've got a nice little chunk of change that I'll be able to use for whatever I want. Although I'm thinking I should just keep saving, saving and saving. Since my brother and his family moved to Germany there has been talk of visiting them so I'll want to have the money for that!

Clean the basement. I haven't finished the basement up yet but I've certainly made a dent. I'm pretty stoked about how far it's come. I used neighborhood clean up day as a push to clean. We had a lot of furniture (tables, shelving, etc) that was just taking up room in the basement so we put it out and I was just tickled pink to watch my neighbors pick up literally everything and take it home instead of it going to the dump. (PS. Do you guys have this kind of neighborhood clean up? Where everyone puts out their trash, like tons of it, in their front yard and then the trash disposal company comes and picks it up? This is fairly new to me and I really enjoy watching everyone go nuts digging for treasure in each others trash and I of course, love to snoop as well. People are craaaazy, I have never seen truck beds crammed so full of random things!)

Camp more often.
I am sad to say I haven't been camping yet this year. But I suppose I shouldn't be too bummed because camping season just started in my opinion. I've got one trip planned (well, the date anyways, not the location just yet) and I hope to squeeze a few more in before winter.

Shoot more film (& learn to develop it)
I'm kicking butt at shooting more film. I'm so so excited to have really fallen in love with it again. I still haven't tried my hand at developing my own film though. I have all the supplies ready to go I just need to get myself all psyched up.

Take nieces and nephew on one on one date.
No excuses here, I still haven't done this. I need to brainstorm some cute ideas. Although I'm sure they'd be happy just to go to the playground or go mushroom hunting with us.

So, I feel pretty good about what I've crossed out so far. Rereading these and evaluating how I'm doing has helped me see which I need to continue to work on and helps me feel motivated to finish because of how awesome it feels to cross off the ones I have been doing.

How are you doing on your new year's goals?
xoxo

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  1. what a great idea! I should make a list too!
    ~ www.Tinacious.Me ~

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  2. Awww, making new friends can be so hard. Those cliche lines, such as "do you come here often" can be great ice breakers. Good luck!

    Kel x

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    1. I don't know if I could say that to someone without laughing really creepily. Haha.

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  3. A great deal of your goals should be on my list as well!!

    Are you talking about your driver's license? I didn't get mine until April 1, 2011...and I'm going to be 27 in a few weeks...lmao

    I need to make more friends, also...working 3rd shift though makes it difficult for me to find the time and energy to go out and meet people...but I'm beginning to think that's just an excuse I'm making for myself.

    I'm a relatively new reader of yours, so let me say I find your blog very inspirational and I absolutely love your hair!! ^_^

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  4. These are all such good goals! I felt like I should have done something similar for my year but alas, I just never made the time to do so. I guess late is better than never? I love your penpal idea! I'm a snail mail fanatic too :)

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    1. Absolutely, make a list now! There's no bad time to start one. :)

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  5. I like this post because it's realistic. You are working towards goals, forgot about some and accomplished many.
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  6. Definitely start developing your own film, I feel so at home in the darkroom, it's such a lovely place to be so I really really urge you to start :) xx

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  7. I desperately want to make new friends (and same here: be less awkward around people). My sister and boyfriend are my two friends and that's it...does that sound pathetic or what? haha. I've always always been terrible at making friends. I'm awkward and shy and I enjoy my me time a bit too much and it totally keeps me from growing lady balls and introducing myself to someone I think would be neat to hang out with. I really hope you see that girl again and make a new gal pal! Good luck!

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    1. That's not pathetic at all. It's hard to make friends as an adult!

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  8. u should do more photo an hour. I love reading this post so much.
    3lin

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  9. Great job so far on completing your goals. I didn't really make new years goals bcuz I make them and never complete them and it's hard with working a 9 to 5 job. I do have a couple unsaid goals, including blog more, craft more, and get a new snail mail pal which are all going pretty well!

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  10. Congrats on keeping up with so many of your goals! I am a new reader - just discovered your blog about a week ago. I love it and think you are adorable!! If we lived closer, I should love to be your new friend. :-) But I know the feeling you're talking about. I've always been on the shy side too. Have a happy day Kaylah! XO Helena

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  11. Once you're out of school its becomes 10 times harder to meet new people/make friends. I need to join some clubs or something. You should have started talking about her camera, to that girl. or ask what other cameras she has? Or as if she wants a picture taken? (Okay maybe that one would be a little weird)
    Funny thing is, is that I made the same kind of post last week about my goals too. Just haven't posted it.

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  12. Those are some great goals to have!

    I developed black and white film in high school, but it's hard to find supplies to start up your own darkroom now-a-days. Did you find your supplies on-line or locally? If you found them online, do you mind sharing a link?

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    1. I got everything on amazon! I just found a list online of what I would need and then ran over to amazon to find it.
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  13. i bet you'd be surprised at the amount of girls that probably look at YOU and think, "damn i wish i had the guts to go talk to her and make a new friend..."

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  14. I could help you out with your snail mail goal, message me your address??

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    1. Oh, fabulous! My address is:
      Kaylah Doolan
      PO Box 245
      Perry, OH 44081
      USA

      :)

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    2. Good idea on the PO box thing, I always wondered how bloggers did that, then I find out, and its almost ALWAYS the most commonsense things. I love your goal list! Making new friends is hard, I find the worst time talking to people, let alone finding someone that likes things that I do.

      -Meg

      guppyandwhaleshark.blogspot.com

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    3. Oh sweet! I wanna send something too!! :D

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  15. For me, I was TERRIFIED of getting my license. I got mine last year at the ripe old age of twenty, and now that I have it, I don't know what I was so scared of. It's so great to be able to get places on my own!

    A "little pen pal thing" would be so cool. I've wanted to get a penpal but am kind of intimidated by writing long letters, or what I should write.

    ButtonMunch.Blogspot.Com

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    1. I'm hoping it will be the same for me. On one hand I'm like - okay, you're totally going to think it was so silly to wait this long. it's no big deal at all. But on the other hand I'm worried that I'm never going to get used to it and it will always be super stressful.

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    2. Everyone says this, but I really mean it - If I can do it you can! Seriously, I am the biggest scaredie cat. Because I started school that was an hour away, I absolutely had to learn how to do it. I just made my appointment and up until that time got a few driving lessons from my stepdad. Having that appointment gave me a deadline, and that's what worked for me. Good luck!

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    3. I think the desire to drive and comfort with driving really depends on the person. My mom pretty much forced me to get my license at 16 as the oldest child in a single parent household. Now at 30, I voluntarily haven't owned or driven a car in nearly 4 years. I realize I might have to at some point in my life, but for now I'm happy to ride the bus, train, walk or bike most places and I try to be super flexible when I need help with rides from others. I get to explore way more and take photos! Despite having my license for 14 years at this point, I only drove with regularity for 4 of those years. I think it's good to have a license and have that skill, but that doesn't mean you MUST drive (and I've lived in Los Angeles for the last 12 years!)

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  16. Good luck with getting your license! I just finished taking driver's ed (last night, actually), because even though I'm old enough not to have to take it my parents wanted me to, and I'm really glad I did. I say, practice practice practice, because the more you drive the more comfortable you'll get. I was basically afraid of even sitting in the driver's seat when I started, but now even though I still don't like it, I'm comfortable enough that it's actually kind of boring. You'll definitely do just fine with it once you get started.

    I'm really interested in this film developing goal now, too. Just to see what it involves outside of a photography class, where everything is kind of set up for you already.

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  17. Now I want to make my own list! As much as I love listing things in my life, I never actually take the time to sit down and write out my goals. Thank you for this!

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  18. Some of my very best friends are people who upon first glance I didn't think I would get along with. They have different interests and different views of the world, but we are still friends. I know it's hard if you're shy. I can be shy too. Try just smiling and trying to be open to being approached.

    I am not doing well on New Year goals, but that's fine by me. I'm happy overall :)

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  19. You know, I live just down the road from you in Painesville. If you ever want to do something fun or have an adventure I'd love to meet you. I haven't lived here a super long time and I don't have too many friends {because I'm mega awkward}. :) Lemme know.

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  20. I love this goal list! We share some of the same goals, only I didn't make a list, I probably should. The main one I have is getting my license, I've started practicing driving but not on main roads, and the thought of getting behind the wheel with an instructor testing me, makes my stomach rumble. Eep...

    Oooooh snail mail buddy, totally want to do that one too!!!!

    xomando

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  21. I would love to learn to develop my own film. I don't really have the space to do so right now, living in an apartment. These are great goals. Good luck with the rest of the year!
    xx
    http://www.thrifted.ca

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  22. I loved reading over your goal list for some reason! Reminded me of all the things I wanted to accomplish before the end of June. It's funny that you added making new friends to your goals, it's so hard to make new friends once you become a young adult/adult! I have such the same problem!

    PS: I love that paper you wrote on!

    xo,
    Diana
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  23. Awww, your story of the potential friend on the beach makes me think of an experience I had. When I was visiting Sonoma county, I decided to wander from our hotel one evening and take some photos. I came across a little bridge with a nature path along a river that looked interesting. Along the river, I ran into another woman doing the same thing. We started chatting and she was so excited to find this place since she was local and had never seen it before. She seems really disappointed to find out that I was just visiting. I think until that point she thought she found a new photo & exploring buddy : /

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    1. Ohh, thant stinks! You should have traded addresses or something so you could keep in touch.

      That reminds me of this one time I met a friend while we were camping when I was much younger (young enough that making friends was still easy peasy). We traded addresses and planned to write each other but before we even got home from camping I had lost her address. I have pictures of her and still think about her from time to time and wonder if she remembers me.

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  24. Totally hear you on the friend thing, whats worse is when someone new tries to make friends with me and i get oddly shy about that for no reason at all! Whhaaaat! Watching the way kids makes friends makes me so jealous, they just toddle in there and start sharing toys, job done! You are not alone on finding this one really hard!! :)

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    1. I know, right?! Why can't it be that easy for adults!?

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  25. I didn't get my license until I was 27. I still don't drive much either so 5 years later I still consider myself a new driver.

    I miss having a pen pal. Now I just randomly send out care packages and cards to friends. I'd love to be your pen pal.

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  26. I can't wait to see what books you've been reading! I have the same exact new years goal!

    Driving scares the crap out of me too. Which is the reason I don't have a car. I failed my license test the first two times, for the same exact reason hahaha! you can do it though! It's nice to have some freedom.

    Make new friends is one of mine too. Ever since I moved to Washington from Minnesota a couple years ago I've had a hard time making new friends. Why are people so intimidating?!

    -madi

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  27. Be less awkward around people! Perfect goal for me.
    I don't blame you, I can't just approach strangers either, even if they look like the coolest chic ever. Good luck with this goal. I am trying to work on this too.

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  28. Good luck with your drivers test!! I'm sure you're gonna do fine. I got 15 points off my test and got stuck in a snow bank and they still gave me my licence!! =D

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  29. i got my license last year when i was 24. i live and grew up in NYC and never really felt like i needed one until i got a big dog that couldn't come anywhere with me without a car. the hardest part for me was just getting over the fear of driving in the city, but you're lucky, you won't have that problem. i ended up taking lessons at a local driving school which really built up my confidence and then didn't drive without someone in the passenger seat for the first month or two that i had my license.

    it was really worth it for me and it sounds like you really wanna do it, so go for it!

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  30. That is quite the ambitious goal list - sounds like you've made some good progress. As for your anecdote about the neighborhood cleanup... that reminds me of college. Anyone in need of free furniture would know to wait around until mid-June, when many students moved out. For a week or two, there would be piles of things everywhere on the sidewalks, but they were always snatched up quickly!

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    1. Oh yeah, I saw something like that in Cleveland by all the dorms once! There was so much furniture out!!

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  31. Getting a driver's license is also my goal. I'm glad I'm not the only one! But first, I shall learn how to drive! I don't have a car and don't really care for one since I usually ride on public transportation.

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  32. These are great goals, Kaylah! :) I totally need to go for the snail mail one as well! I've been missing sending and receiving little packages to/from all over the world, I love the excitment of preparing something for someone else and the one from getting something new! How cool is it, right? :)

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  33. I'm probably going to sound like a total psycho being a stranger and all but we could totally be penpals! I love writing letters and write to my friends all the time (even the ones I see often!) but almost no one ever writes back (except my grandad, he deserves credit for his faithful writing). I'll email you. Feel free to ignore me, but just in case you'd like to... :)

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    1. Strangers make the best penpals! :)
      I'll reply to your email later this week (aka tomorrow or something!)

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  34. I can totally relate to your be less awkward goal, I moved to the SF Bay area nearly two years ago and have really failed in the friend making department, I have had a really hard time finding people who want to go play in the forest rather than go clubbing and that really isn't my scene.

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    1. That's my issue as well. It's apparently super hard to find people in the same age category who have similar interests. The blog world makes it look like we nearly all have the same interests but in reality I have a hard time meeting people who aren't going to a party later that night, or would rather go out bowling than drinking.

      Sounds like we'd certainly get along!

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  35. Snail mail is awesome! I joined swap-bot.com a couple of weeks ago, you should check it out ! It's been fun getting postcards and packages from all over the place :)

    Driving is scary in the beginning. I won't lie. I had my permit for 2 years before I finally got my license and I only drove a few times during that time. (Really I only got my license because the county changed what school district I was in my senior year and it was either go to a new school or drive myself to my current one. I chose to drive myself there) BUT- what I'm trying to get at is once you start, you'll get used to it and you'll love it. I found there's a lot of freedom that comes with driving that it's worth the scary parts. Being able to drive yourself to the grocery store and not having to rely on someone to get you there is immensely satisfying! <3 K

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    1. That's exactly why I want it. It's not really a big deal to just wait for Kevin to get home from work to go grocery shopping but it would just feel so good to go by myself, and get it done!

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  36. Kaylah we should totally become pan pals, I love sending postcards & things abroad (even though I never know what to write on them)!

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    1. Yes! We should!
      My address is:
      Kaylah Doolan
      PO Box 245
      Perry, OH 44081
      USA

      :D

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  37. don't worry so much about the driving! as long as you are in the far right lane you can go as slow as you feel comfortable and people usually don't mind. figure out what will help you be zen but alert in the car (audiobooks or npr for me!). also, you can always make three right turns instead of one unprotected left. (i'm not sure if these are the things you worry about, but they were definitely some sources of anxiety for me.)

    B&W photography: if you're looking for more info, "mastering black and white photography" by bernhard j. suess was the required book for a class i took, and i thought it was great. it has tips about setting up a home darkroom, even if the only space you have is a bathroom, and it's modern enough to include information about digital cameras. i don't want to dissuade you from developing your own film, because i think it's a great experience and i'm glad i learned it, but at the end of the class i decided i would be happy with someone else developing the film for me, and then using that film to develop my own prints. that's the fun part. :) good luck!

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  38. This is such an interesting post! My 2012 goals are going well (I think) putting more into blogging, making more of an effort to keep in touch with people, and things like that! I passed my driving test (finally!) so good luck wit yours! Keep it up and keep us updated :) xx

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  39. I'd would LOVE to have a pen pal.

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    1. Hi Ashley! Looks like you're in luck, I'd like someone to send post cards too! ;)

      My address is:
      Kaylah Doolan
      PO Box 245
      Perry, OH 44081
      USA

      You can email me your address, or I can just wait and get it off a letter I get from you! :)

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  40. This is an awesome update! Good luck on finishing everything, but looks like you're well on your way to finishing it! I think this is an interesting idea and I need to do something like this myself. :)

    Also -- your handwriting is pretty!

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  41. That neighborhood clean up day sounds SO fun! Every year, my small neighborhood/town (it's technically a town but has become more of a suburb) does a spring clean up week. Everyone cleans and puts their stuff out and the trucks take it at the end of the week. I loooove driving around that time of year! It also makes peopple have more yard sales! I got got my favorite armchair (a 70's low armchair that is cream with a floral pattern) for $4. It's the best!

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  42. I've still yet to get my license as well. I keep putting it off...

    Snail mail is so much fun. I spend far too much money on stamps!

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  43. I love making lists and goals, and reading other peoples too. Good luck with it.
    We have neighbourhood clean up, and there are often people trolling the neighbourhood hunting for treasures. I can't help but feel disappointed when they don't pick up anything from our pile (hehehe) I guess sometimes our junk is just not good enough :)

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    1. Hahah. Then you need to move to our neighborhood. I swear these people will pick up anything. We had a bunch of moldy cabinet doors that were in the basement when we moved in and someone took them within' minutes of us putting them out.

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  44. i've only camped once this year so far (mosquito lake! check it out if you haven't been there already.)

    also, i don't think i've made new friends besides my roommates i've had. i think Kelly of imyourpresent was the only person i met online, we talked through livejournal and i had moved to CT and she said she lived there, so we met up and became friends, then i started working for her! trust me it was so AWKWARD. but talking online beforehand is a great icebreaker too!

    in public though, i try to start with a compliment and find something to talk about (for instance: wow awesome camera! i have it too! what kind of things do you like to shoot?)

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  45. Time is running away from me! I also want to get through my list of goals before the year is out. Maybe I'll add "shoot more film and learn to develop it" to my bucket list. Good luck with yours!

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  46. Way to go for making a goal list! I'm happy to hear that you're taking steps towards getting everything crossed off. You can do it!! This motivates me to make one too! And the photo-developing thing.. IT'S SO COOL! I took a photo class last summer, and it is SO amazing to see your picture emerge on the paper in the chemical back. Seriously one f my favorite classes! You'll love it! ;)

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  47. Soooo many things on this list are on mine, too. License, snail mail, making new friends, camping more often, spending more one-on-one time with my niece and nephews.

    I've made lists like this before, but I've never really kept up with them. I need to. Thanks for sharing.

    PS: I'd love to help out with your snail mail/pen pal goal, if you want! :)

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    1. Hi Sammie!
      Sweet, I'm totally down!

      My address is:
      Kaylah Doolan
      PO Box 245
      Perry, OH 44081
      USA

      You can email me your address, or I can just wait and get it off a letter I get from you! :)

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    2. Perfect! I'll email you in just a sec. :)

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  48. I am not new to your blog but I have never commented before. I wanted to encourage you to develop your own film as much as possible. It's so much fun knowing that you did it all. You shot the film, processed, developed and printed your little masterpiece. I have never developed my own color film which is something I would love to learn! Don't be afraid. You may make mistakes at first and that's all apart of the learning process.
    Also, I used to live in Kent, OH (we were nearly neighbors!) and I moved back to my home in neighboring Indiana because I found it too hard to make friends at college of all places. I regretted moving, because I gave up. Then I moved again even further away, to Colorado, and ballsed up and made friends I will have for the rest of life, even though certain circumstances made me move back home that time. Don't miss life because you're too nervous! You have a wonderful personality and are too unique to hide away!

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  49. We have spring and fall cleaning days in my town where half the town puts out their stuff one day and the other half the next. I love to spend those days cruising around town snooping on what everyone else puts out. =)

    When it comes to making new friends, the only advice I have is to just take a leap. I usually do, and sometimes (read, USUALLY) I make a huge idiot out of myself. but sometimes it works. And if you do creep them out, I guess it gives both of you an interesting story!

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  50. I didn't even try to make a list at the beginning of this year, knowing I would never be able to work it of. But yours is a real good inspiration, I have to write more letters again, too.
    And a bowling league, that sounds pretty cool. If you join you have to publish photos, how you combined those pretty shoes, I love that bicolor-look of them.

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  51. What a lovely list! I have a suggestion for the make new friends, and snail mail goals. Why not get a pen pal! Saves on the social awkwardness and you could be chatting to someone anywhere in the world. :)

    Maybe if I made a list like this I would get more things done.

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  52. I'm right there with you on the making new friends goal. My fiance and I just moved to a small town in WV where we no one, and the nearest friends are about 3 hours away. Not to mention we live on a mountain where there are only a couple other people live year round, and are all over the age of 70. Not that I wouldn't love becoming their friend, I just am sure intimidated by pretty much everyone let alone people so much older than me. Oh well maybe one day I will make some new friends out here.

    Best of luck to you and your friend making goals.

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  53. I'm also in the "making new friends" boat. I'm from a smaller city where its really hard to meet anyone who might have interests similar to yours. =( I think that's one reason why we all started blogging in the first place. haha.

    THAT being said, I've seen snail mail exchanges going around where you gather trinkets, maybe something from your shop, handmade items, stamps, stationary etc etc... and send them to everyone on the list. I am COMPLETELY DOWN for something like this.

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  54. I adore the idea of having pen pals. I live in Australia and it would feel so exotic to just branch out from my Southern continent!
    It's definitely an idea I can stand behind!

    Good luck with all of these! I'm sure they'll be lots of fun!

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  55. You have no idea who I am, but I have been reading your blog for a while now. It would seem to me that you would have an easy time making friends. You have such a wonderful personality that comes through in your writing. I absolutely love your blog, and if I were in your town I would befriend you in a heartbeat! Keep on being you and the friends will come!

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  56. I can't believe how quickly the year has gone either.
    You seem like you're doing pretty good on the goal front! I don't ever make myself goals, because I usually don't complete them and it gets depressing.

    http://the-makingofthings.blogspot.com.au/

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  57. Nieces date idea - I usually will do a little lunch date or we do our nails or do pedicures on each other, they love it! I thought these were right up your alley :)

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  58. Aah, gosh...if we lived in the same city, I would totally join a bowling league with you! That is almost always the activity of choice for my birthday celebrations, and I always want to go more often. I'll bet Cleveland has some sweet old-school bowling alleys too. Anyway, I love that this is on your list.

    Also, sending you a postcard this week. Pen pals are the best!

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  59. If you like to send and receive more snail mail, you should attend www.postcrossing.com. You can send people from around the world postcards and get cards back from other random people as well, it is so great to get cards from a lot of different countries! I am a big fan of it :)

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