This year I... - The Dainty Squid

This year I...

Monday, December 30, 2013

For the past few years I've been doing a "This year I..." post. (See 2010, 2011, 2012) I feel like I just finished writing last years but I guess it's time for this years already. I feel like 2013 was one of my best years yet. Without further ado, this year I...

 designed nail stickers for Scratch.
 tried out lots of new hair colors.
bought my very first car, and got my license.
amassed quite a collection of plants, all of which are thriving.
drove hours upon hours to visit silly roadside attractions.
was adopted by the cutest puppy.
took a taxidermy class taught by a great new friend.

spent loads of time at the beach.
got my braces off!
moved into a new office.
 shot tons of film.
helped my favorite stray find a furever home.
collected oodles of beach glass.

visited my first, and likely last, casino.
And oh so much more!
xoxo

PS. If you do a "This year I..." post, leave a link in the comments. I'd love to check it out. 

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  1. Thats so exciting that you bought your first car and got your license! This past summer I also bought my first car and (finally) got my license (after putting it off for so long). Now I love going to places by myself! Have a Happy New Year :)

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  2. The deer photograph makes me smile! x

    http://lornaswishingwell.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. It was such a great year for you! Best wishes in 2014!

    <3
    carelessly graceful

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  4. Thanks for inspiring me to write my own "this year I" post! I love love love your blog; thanks for all you do. :)
    link to my post: http://exploringwoods.blogspot.com/2013/12/this-year-i.html

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  5. I love how much enthusiasm you always have! It's so infectious and wonderful <3
    I made my own years recap post a few days ago, here's the link :) http://www.dear-sweetlings.com/2013/12/my-favorite-posts-from-2013.html

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  6. Haha, so exciting! You had a very great and colourful year. I especially love all your hair colours, the deer photos and the succulents.
    This year flew by very guickly! By the way, here's my post about 2013 if you are interested: http://pinterjuci.blogspot.hu/2013/12/2013.html

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  7. What a wonderful year you had ^_^ Here's to 2014 being all you hope for and more!

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  8. It looks like you had a very successful year! Way to go on all your accomplishments. :) I also got a new car - it definitely helps out when you love to travel, right?

    I totally did a year end recap. I'd think I'd be banned as a blogger if I didn't. lol http://anoldstoryblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/2013-year-end-recap.html

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  9. What a great year for you! So inspiring! Hope next year is as good as the last!

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing! Reading your blog is an absolute joy!
    All the best for the New Year!

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  11. I'd love to write a 'what I did this year post' but I can't even remember what I had for breakfast!

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  12. I love this!
    You've inspired me to do one as well:
    http://www.magiccatjenny.com/2013/12/this-year-i.html

    <3 Jenny

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  13. I know the feeling of finally getting your license! I got mine last year, and it was such a feeling of freedom to know that I could drive anywhere. Looks like you had a great year! :)

    I'm not sure how to do links in the comments (html hasn't worked before for some reason), but I did a 2013 post on my blog that you can access by clicking on my name!

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  14. Such lovely photos (especially that deer one!!). Looks like you had a lovely year :) :) Happy almost 2014!!

    xox Sammi
    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  15. 2013 looks like it was a very good year for you!
    It was good to read that Lloyd found a fur-ever home too! :-)

    I posted the first part of my 'look back on 2013' tonight;
    you can find it here http://i-am-adorkable.blogspot.co.uk/

    Have a happy new year!
    xo

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  16. great plants collection. also, i'll forever stay amazed by how pretty yours hair look!
    congrats (again) on getting driving licence and car :)
    take care and have a fab New Years Eve party :)
    Betty
    betty-art.blogspot.com

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  17. Amazing year! So happy we got to be a part of it. :)

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  18. Amazing pictures!!
    I loved the idea of this post and did the same in my blog.
    Happy new year!

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  19. I still get all fan-girl-y when I see you link to me. Hahaha. So happy we're friends!! Can't wait to knock some things off the Cleveland bucket list next year!

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  20. This is so inspiring. For someone who has just started on her blogging journey I can't wait to see what this year has in store for me and to put together a list of my own next year.

    C.
    www.honeymansions.blogspot.com

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  21. Love your year!

    http://www.paisleyjade.com/2013/12/the-year-that-was.html?m=1

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  22. i love these kinds of posts! and teeny baby klaus is killing me! what a great year you had! here is my post like this:
    http://raesock.blogspot.com/2013/12/2013-in-review.html
    it was a year of traveling and getting tattoos. i should do a separate post about my taxidermy this year! i got two foxes, a two headed duck, a monkey tail,and a squirrel this year! I'm thinking about taking that same class you did this year, she is coming to nashville in the spring!

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    1. I know! Where did my puppy go?!

      Two foxes? You lucky duck! A fox is definitely on my taxidermy wishlist.

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  23. What a cute read and what a great year you had. I lve your style in fashion and design. And amazing how you get away with all these hair colors! They all look cool on you!

    I dud a similar post: http://www.curlytraveller.com/2013/12/looking-back-at-2013.html

    Will sure come back to your blog in 2014.

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  24. Sounds like an amazing year! I never ever thought about collecting beach glass. What you have looks so beautiful!

    www.mariedarling.com

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  25. Adopting a pet is such a huge milestone - and so is getting your license! Congrats again! Big year for Kaylah! I blogged my year in review as well if you want to check it out! :)

    http://sunnysarahmae.blogspot.com/2013/12/2013-in-review.html

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  26. Your smile looks smashing! Also, your dog is such a sweetie! I'm glad you found each other. I haven't done a "this year" post, but I did recently do an update on the dog I adopted a little over 2 years ago. It's turned out to be one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. I'm a cat girl too, but I've discovered that dogs make SUCH good buddies in a way I never truly understood until I had my own.
    http://hollyrocksjewelry.blogspot.nl/2013/12/gypsy-update.html

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  27. Wow, you've found a lot of that ice-blue beach glass! I've picked up loads of green and brown out here in the Pacific (and one purple piece!!) but those pretty pale blues elude me.

    Also, I'm impressed that you were able to keep your "year" under twenty pictures: I narrowed it down to about fifty when I started writing mine and had such a hard time picking my favorites from there! http://sarrtrek.blogspot.com/2013/12/2013-in-pictures.html

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  28. Your green hair reminds me of Katy Perry! :) Have a wonderful 2014, Kaylah! :)

    -Maika
    http://adoseofvariety.blogspot.com

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  29. Oh, these are all so lovely!
    Your blog is just absolutely amazing(:

    Here's my list from 2013
    http://trueblueabbi.blogspot.com/2013/12/2013-year-of-change.html

    -XO Abbigayle Rashae
    -trueblueabbi.blogspot.com

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  30. You've had such a lovely year! Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration for me. I am new to blogging, but here is my "This Year I" entry. Thank you so much!

    http://snarkyandsassy.blogspot.com/2013/12/what-i-did-this-year.html

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  31. Looks like you had a pretty fantastic year. This was the year I was introduced to Dainty Squid! Feels like I went on a lot of these adventures with you. Here's to 2014! (And here's my 2013, if you want to take a look: http://wp.me/p3oGBe-d3)

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  32. Technically it's my first post but it's also a this year I post so it kinda counts... looking forward to the year ahead...

    http://hellobarefoot.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/2013-in-pictures-introduction-and.html

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  33. Happy New Year! I'm certain 2014 will be just as much fun for you, and by the way.... I think you look smashing in EVERY color of hair. It's so fun!

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  34. I had never done that before but you encouraged me to ;) So here it is http://dinafragola.blogspot.be/2013/12/in-2013.html

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  35. What a creative and fun year you had! Thanks for inspiring me! Happy New Year!!

    http://sometimesimakeart.blogspot.com/

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  36. great post and photos! I can't imagine how much bleach your scalp endured to get those colors so bright.. but they look good ;)

    here is mine!
    http://www.beansandink.com/2013/12/2013-the-recap/

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  37. That sounds like one fantastic year! I have been stopping by your blog every so often for a few years now, I think I first found you on flickr ages ago. Anyway, I finally got around to figuring out this blogging thing and I am excited to finally be subscribed to your blog! I love seeing the pictures of your cats, super cute house and neat plants. Happy new year!

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    1. Hah! So crazy.

      Happy new year to you as well! :)

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  38. I like the idea of this! I was planning on just writing about my 2013 year as a recap but this is brilliant yet simple

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  39. What a relaxing year, I did one too over on my blog: http://blog.citizenerasedphotography.com/2014/01/01/this-year-i/

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    1. I'd hardly call it a relaxing year, I kicked major butt this year to accomplish goals.

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  40. That was a great year for you! I posted mine here

    Jordyn

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  41. Looks like you had a great year! You can read mine here
    Jordyn

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  42. Beautiful post. IMO your hair is looking better than ever, and you've grown so much this year. :) You inspired me to follow suit and write my own "This year I..." post. Thank you for being a constant source of inspiration and positivity this year!

    - Sam
    My post: http://thelifeandtimesofsam.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/this-year-i/

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