2014 goal midyear update! - The Dainty Squid

2014 goal midyear update!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The year is already half over, which is insane to me! It feels like it just began. This year has crazy, in the absolute best way. It's been a year of change because of this I thought it might be beneficial to go back and reevaluate the goals I made for myself at the beginning of the year.

◦ Take a roadtrip. Done. TWICE! In February I went to Savannah, GA and in early June I went out West. Definitely able to cross this goal off already. I never imagined my roadtrips would have turned out like they did. When I made the goal I pictured myself heading out alone, perhaps using the excuse I was going to see a band but instead I've been able to take two different trips with friends. Both were incredible bonding experiences that were easily two of the best weeks of my life.

◦ 365 photo project. I've been keeping up with this project! I haven't missed a day yet. I'm pleased with how it's turning out too. It's been fairly easy for me to keep up, so much so that I've been thinking about just continuing it indefinitely. You can see all related posts here.

◦ Shoot 52 rolls of film. So far this year I've shot over 64 rolls of film already!

◦ Continue to declutter. When I moved, I left a ton behind. Although these last few weeks I've definitely been feeling like I want to do a real thorough clean out of my apartment. I think this a goal that will never actually be crossed off for too long. I'm continually going back in forth between loving clutter, and wanting to be a minimalist.

◦ Make 15 GIFs. I've made 6 gifs so far this year. You can find them in these posts.

◦ Photobooth a month. So far so good!

◦ Visit at least one new city. I've visited a whole bunch of new cities already this year including Cincinnati, Savannah, Nashville, Louisville, and quite a few other places. Honestly, more important to me than that is that I've moved to Cleveland, a city I've always lived close-ish to my entire life but never really knew. It's been amazing to explore and learn about my new city. My whole life I wanted to move to the city, any city really. I will forever be a country girl who loves to play in the mud, hike in the woods, and enjoys nature, but I feel like I belong in the city. I'm thriving.

◦ Visit 10 roadside attractions. Yeah, cross this one off too! A few of my favorites? South of the Border, giant elephants, a great Great Dane, a massive cuckoo clock, tipis and the oodles of dinosaurs I saw out west.

◦ Visit 10 new cemeteries. I'm sure I've visited over ten but I haven't been keeping track very well. A few that have been blogged about can be found here; Savannah cemeteries, Nashville cemeteries, Laurel Grove + Bonaventure cemeteries, and Spring Grove cemetery.

◦ Read 35 books. I'm struggling with this goal. So far this year I've only read eight books. Since moving I'm having a really hard time making time to read. Hopefully winter give me some time but while it's nice out I'd honestly rather be out on my bike, or exploring my new city, or picking up beach glass. If I make it to 15 books I'll be happy! You can see what I've read here.

◦ Find two new dinners I don't hate to make.  I know how to make eggs in a basket now. I mean, that's a start, right? Haha.

◦ Learn at least one new skill. It's not 100% what I had in mind but I am learning how to shoot my camera on manual which is something I should have learned a long time ago so I'm pretty darn happy about that. Definitely still getting the hang of it, slowly but surely!

◦ Get passport. Not yet, but I will! I need to go visit my favorite Canadians!

◦ Take a class. Another not yet, but it's still something I plan on doing.

◦ Send 125 postcards. I've sent 137 postcards so far this year. I'm trying to keep up the momentum and not quit just because I've reached my goal. If you want to trade postcards, check out this post!

◦ Continue to push myself out of my comfort zone. I'd say so! I did the biggest thing I can think of in terms of pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I left a situation I was unhappy in and ventured out on my own. It was the absolute best decision. I still have work to do on myself, I always will, but I'm 1000 times less shy, and way more confident in situations I know would have stressed me out previously.

Not too shabby, aye? I've more than happy with what I've accomplished so far this year!  I have thought of a few more goals I'd like to reach before the end of the year though...
◦ Hit 500 miles on my bike! I'm at 171.7 miles currently so I have a little bit of work to put in.
Take at least one series of photos. I'm always thinking of photo series' I want to shoot. Time to finally do one!
◦ Make my own chai tea concentrate. Someone got me hooked on iced chai. I have already spent so much buying the mix at the store, making my own would be ideal.

How are you doing on your goals for the year?
xoxo

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  1. You have achieved loads of these - I haven't done much of what I planned so far. I recently did a post about swapping postcards too! I really love sending handwritten mail as it just seems so much more special. :)
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Definitely! Getting mail is the best.

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  2. I love reading through your goal posts and to see how far you've come! It looks like you've basically been killing it this year already, haha! Also, after reading through this, I'm definitely gonna send you a post card soon! :)

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  3. I've followed you for 2 years and you've made such a transformation! You are one of my top favorite bloggers to follow. I look forward to your post EVERY day! Keep it up! I live vicariously through you ;)

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  4. That elephant kind of scared me, but it was funny. Ahah
    http://thisisjorie.blogspot.com

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  5. Congrats! These sound like fun, rewarding goals. I should try a few sometime!

    Miranda
    Little Gold Pocket Watch

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  6. Congrats on achieving so many goals in just six months! I am also learning to shoot on manual (I think I mentioned that to you already in another comment...) and I am having SO much fun with it!

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    1. Thank you Laura!

      Me too, I definitely feel more confident with my camera now that I'm getting to know it better!

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  7. If anyone needed inspiration to get out there and enjoy their life, they need only read this blog.

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    1. Oh my goodness!! What a sweet thing to say!! :)

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  8. Dang. I love this list. It almost makes me want to make a list myself except that I want to wait until the beginning of the year. Wait to go on keeping up with most of them!

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  9. I need to update my passport this year. Better get that done! Thanks for the reminder.

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  10. I've been meaning to send you a Mainzer post card (famous for his cats!), but was worried once you moved that I'd end up sending it to the wrong PO Box! Is the PO Box in your "Letter Writing Day" post the updated one, or your old one? (just to be sure it gets to you~)

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  11. Ahh! I accidentally deleted about six other REALLY sweet comments. So if you don't see your comment posted - thank you!! (and I apologize for the slip of my finger at 4am. Ughh!)

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    1. What are you doing up at 4 am!?! Haha!

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    2. Breakfast with my grandpa! :)

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  12. I see the postcard you sent me--the one of the chocolate castle! :)

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  13. I used to be able to find an absolutely delicious chai powder at TJ Maxx, of all places. I wish I had thought to write down the name of it, because I haven't seen it since! And I'm glad (well, maybe that's not the word...) that I'm not the only one falling off the reading-bandwagon this year... it was so much easier to get through books quickly when I had lunch breaks. Now I just read before falling asleep... and inevitably end up falling asleep two pages in. I really should make more time for it during the day! And speaking of mail, I hope my 'package' arrived in one piece!

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    1. Hmm! I'll definitely have to keep my eyes peeled at TJ Maxx then!

      And yes, I got your package. HOLY COW. Thank you!!! :D

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  14. love the idea of making goals for the year, should definitely do this next year! well done on your achievements so far, the road trips sound fun! :)
    charl x www.aplaceonthebookshelf.blogspot.com

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  15. Well done on all your goals so far! Definitely doing better than I am haha!
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

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    1. Thanks, Lauren!
      Hey, it's not too late to get started on your goals. :)

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  16. I've been reading your blog from the start (I remember buying from your Etsy shop way back when!) and your posts recently have been so excited and positive, just wanted to say I'm really happy for you dude! Keep killing it out there in the world :) xx you rule!

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    1. Oh my gosh, thank you so much! This comment totally just made my day!!! :D

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  17. I love to review my goals at midyear, such a great idea to look back and celebrate all of your accomplishments! And to review what I need to still work on. I’ve signed up to exchange postcards, hope I’m one of the lucky recipients ;-)

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  18. Wow, you're killing it! How great. I especially love that you've been sending so much mail!

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  19. Love these goals! For the 35 books: do you do audio books? I used to devour books all of the time when I was a kid. Sooo many trips to the library. Then I grew up and never found the time. And then, my boyfriend started listening to audio books around the house on his Audible account. I discovered that you can share an account on multiple devices, so we share the account now. I always thought I'd find audio books annoying, and sometimes they are, but I really like that it gives you a chance to multitask. Doing the dishes is way less painful when you're listening to a good book. Plus, anything by Neil Gaiman is better on audio book (he reads his own). =)

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    1. No, I've actually never listened to an audio book. I feel like I might zone out and not listen. I should really give it a try though!

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    2. I do catch myself zoning out at times, but it's easy just to rewind a bit. I also just discovered that you can borrow audio books from the library via Overdrive (you can get the app on your phone and play the audio book from there), so you can get some audio books for free! :)

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  20. So, yeah, I totally missed this post somehow. Your favourite Canadians need you to visit!!!
    Also, I second the audio book thing. I recently listened to one and it was pretty great. Really weird at first and it felt soooo slow but I ended up really liking it!

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