2013 Goal Recap - The Dainty Squid

2013 Goal Recap

Monday, January 06, 2014

It's time to recap 2013's goals! I think I did pretty awesome...
2013's Goals.
 ◦ License - for real this year! I've had my license for seven months now. This was literally the best thing I did all year, such a huge accomplishment for me. I'm still SO stoked about it. It feels like I've already had it for years, it just feels natural.
Some related posts to this goal - My six month anniversary, my first car + a post on why I waited so long.

◦ Continue to purge possessions. Yep! I cannot even tell you how many car loads full of stuff I got rid of this year. My basement is finally cleared out except for a few things, and nearly everything I'd been saving because "I might need it someday" has been donated. I'm still working on it in regards to things I really like but don't necessarily need but I'm very happy with this progress. I feel so much less weighed down. 

◦ Read 30 books. Done and done! I read forty books this year. You can find all the related posts under the "books" tag.

◦ Photo an hour once a month. Yessir! As of December, I've been keeping up my photo an hour posts for 25 months straight. That's pretty neat if I do say so myself. 

◦ Save money monthly. Yep! I even opened a bank account. Haha, this is really making it sound like 2013 was the year I turned into an "adult" but before I bought my car I didn't really need one. I used paypal and my paypal debit card for everything.

◦ Do the splits / work on flexibility. Oiy! I failed this goal. I started the year strong and then somewhere along the way my motivation just fizzled out. I really wanted to work on flexibility so I'd eventually be able to be a super bendy circus babe. Hahaha. Not even kidding. I would literally run away with the circus in a heartbeat. Buuut I think I might do better in a classroom environment in regards to this type of goal. Maybe some silks or acro classes will be in my future. 

◦ Identify five new mushrooms. I identified ten new mushrooms while I camping in Cook Forest with my family over the summer. You can find that post here.
◦ See more live music! I accomplished this goal to the best of my ability. I saw my favorite band Man Man four times, Astronautalis twice, Why?, Murder by Death, along with all of their incredible opening bands (Xenia Rubinos!!!), and a whole bunch of other bands, who I could spend forever naming, at WMC Fest.

◦ Spend more time outside. I think so. Having my license allowed me to get out a lot more during the day. Not that I need my car to spend time outside but you know what I mean. I spent a great deal of time during the summer and fall at the beach and even more time exploring cemeteries. 

◦ Learn to crochet. I did not learn to crochet this year. I'm not bummed out about it either. While reviewing my goals sometime near the beginning of the year I realized it's not really something I'm all that interested in currently.

◦ Venture outside blue / purple hair.  I certainly did! I did pink/purple, a million different shades of green, I'm currently rocking red, and after my next root touch up I'll be orange.

◦ Shoot 30 rolls of film. I shot over 70 rolls some of which you can find under the "film" tag. Now to find a way to organize it all...
◦ Find a home for Lloyd. Lloyd found a permanent home with Marine and Shawn in July. I miss him dearly. There are times I'll see something out of the corner of my eye when I'm in the backyard and think "It's Lloyd!!!" but then I realize he lives seven whole hours away. I am so happy he found a home though, especially one with two wonderful parents. Lloyd looks so very happy and that makes me happy. 

◦ Continue to build an awesome bug collection. Questionable results with this goal. I did add a few really neat specimens to my collection, practiced on quite a few bugs and made some awesome framed bugs for friends and family. But somehow I pictured this goal's results being bigger and more grand.
  ◦ Start taking daily walks. I did not start taking daily walks. Let me share the original goal in full... "This probably sounds kind of silly but I have a secret, I feel stupid taking walks around my neighborhood. I'm so nervous that people are going to be "what is she doing?!" but I know it's not weird at all to take daily walks around the block. I see a few of my neighbors doing it every morning and I've never thought anything about it! 2013 starts a new phase for me where I stop worrying about ridiculous crap and just walk around the dang block!" I'm ending 2013 with not so many walks around the block under my belt but I am ending it not nervous about taking those walks, which I feel like was the real underlying goal.

I was able to cross most of them off and I'm not upset at all about the ones I didn't cross off. I'm so happy with what I accomplished this year. 2013 was one of my best years yet. I learned a lot about myself, a lot about what I like and what I don't like. I know every year I'll learn more about myself but I feel like 2013 was a really big one for me. I'm looking forward to seeing where 2014 will take me.

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25 thoughts

  1. Awesome you could tick most of your 2013's goals off your list.
    I think you've done great! And reading 40 books is an achievement like no other. xxx


  2. Those are some great goals, and I'm glad you got to see most of them through! 70 rolls of film, though, wow-wee!!! You definitely knocked that one out of the park!

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

  3. You did pretty well with all your goals Kaylah, well done! :)

  4. I loooooove your bug collection! I collect bugs that I find too, but never thought about pinning them up. Must certainly learn more about this now. This is amazingly cool!

    Congratz on your goals. I myself have a list of 50 things to do in 500 days, really wonder if I ever make them all, but it sure is fun!

  5. i woudl absolutely run away with the circus too! i took an aerial silks class last year which was absolutely amazing, currently obsessed!

  6. It is so awesome that you accomplished so many of your goals! You really knocked it out of the ballpark last year :) The last one (walking around the neighborhood) has been on my list for a while for the same reason and I'm still having a hard time with it but (I feel like I've left this same comment hundreds of times now) you've really inspired me with how you've gotten outside of your comfort zone of shyness & I have hope :)

  7. I am excited to see what you will post this next year! I love the photo an hour project.


  8. Congrats on completing almost all of your goal!! I am going to take my license this year, hopefully. For some reason I postponed it for a couple of year. Good luck in the new year!
    Andreea | http://catsfika.blogspot.ro/

  9. Sounds like you had a great year, I love the idea of recapping in a post like this. I think I'll do a goal re-cap next year!

  10. This post is super inspiring. I so admire you for getting out there and accomplishing such awesome things :)

  11. Well now you have the perfect excuse for a walk around the neighborhood... Klaus! No one likes walking more than doggies :)

  12. Good going. I know someone who ran away with the circus and her key skill is hooping which has lots of benefits and you can do it indoors or outdoors too with any colour hair you feel appropriate...

  13. I'm glad I'm not the only one with irrational nerves over walks! What if I see someone I know?! haha! I too hope to get driving this year, but whether it happens or not is another thing

  14. Congrats on doing so well on your 2013 goal list! I think it's awesome that you're considering taking silks/acro classes in place of your flexibility goal. I've thought about doing hoop or silks classes. There's a circus school about an hour from me, but the thought of taking any sort of group class terrifies me!

  15. Ah! My favorite of all these is the purging. I recently joined a "buy, sell, trade" group in my town and I've been able to sell and declutter so stinkin much. Makes me feel good that stuff I don't need I'm either getting paid for it or donating it to someone who really does need it.


  16. Congrats on accomplishing a lot of your 2013 goals! One of my resolutions this year is to get my license but I'm always either too lazy or scared to go out and practice but I will try my best because I really want to be able to drive myself anywhere.

  17. Haha I get weirded out by my neighbors seeing me too. In fact, if one of them is outside, then I refuse to go out there until they're gone! I need to get over that.. Or build a fence! ;) Being flexible was one of my goals last year too! Gave up after about a month, but I'm trying again this year. Congrats on accomplishing most of your goals and good luck with all of your future goals! :)

  18. Sometimes not meeting a goal is the best way to really evaluate what you want to do.
    Congrats on an awesome 2013.

  19. Awesome job keeping to your goals!
    Good luck in 2014(:

    -XO Abbigayle Rashae

  20. I love the idea/goal of purging possessions... every six months or so, I feel the need to just get rid of stuff and clear space... 500 sq ft apartment begs for more feng shui, haha :) which doesn't come easy to two people who lean towards packrat tendencies.

  21. Okay I'm seriously impressed with the amount of resolutions you managed to complete and am feeling a little inadequate! But well done :) it's brilliant. I love the framed butterflies you've included above - I'm a big fan of them myself!
    Bella x

  22. You are such an inspiration in every subjects. I love that you accomplish your goals and you don't just stop there you keep on exceeding your goals limit (which is amazing!). I think for me to be like this I would need to graduate from uni first lol. It's just time consuming :/ By the way I am so glad 2013 was your year, you really did do well <3

    Chamomile Dealer

  23. Taking walks around your neighborhood is incredibly rewarding. I felt the same way you do before I got my dog (who is utterly incapable of doing her business in the yard). I've lived a few places with her, including having just purchased a house last month, and walking the streets, for me, grounds me in my surroundings. There are so many little things you discover walking that you would never have otherwise. Your pup is such a great excuse for a walk, plus house watching is really fun too. I hope, if you enjoyed them, are able to take more!

  24. A lot of your goals are the same or similar to some I would like to accomplish in 2014. Here's hoping I can do even close to as well as you!

  25. i wish i could identify mushrooms, i know there are plenty of them in the forest waiting to be eaten but i'm a little bit afraid as soon as i am not able to identify any of them (except the red one with white dots). this could be my #1 goal of 2014.


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