2014 Goals Recap - The Dainty Squid

2014 Goals Recap

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Hard to believe 2014 is over. It was a wild ride but I somehow managed to stay on top of the majority of my goals which is just the cherry on top of my truly amazing year! Here's a recap...

◦ Take a roadtrip. Done. Multiple times. I traveled more in 2014 than I ever have in my whole life. I hit a total of fourteen states, not including my own! It really put a bug under my skin to travel more. I've actually cut down my spending on just about everything, and started putting away every spare penny for future travels. That goal was without a doubt an absolute success!

◦ 365 photo project. Done. It was 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. I shot over 75 rolls of film in 2014. I actually stopped keeping track after that so who knows how many I actually went through. Success!

◦ Continue to declutter. This is such a tough goal to put a definite pass or fail on. When I moved to Cleveland I left behind a TON of stuff and since then I've slowly but surely been trying to keep on thinning out my things. I think decluttering will always be something I want to do and be struggling to do. But hey, I ended the year with way less junk than I had at the beginning so I'm going to call this one a success.

◦ Make 15 GIFs. I made exactly fifteen, well I made a few more that never made the cut but 15 can be found on the blog. You can find them in these posts.

◦ Visit at least one new city. I visited a whole bunch of new cities this year including Cincinnati, Savannah, Nashville, Louisville, Rochester, and Charlotte. 

◦ 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've visited well over ten new cemeteries. A few that have been blogged about can be found here; Savannah cemeteries, Nashville cemeteries, Laurel Grove + Bonaventure cemeteriesSpring Grove cemetery, Woodland Cemetery, Monroe Street Cemetery, and Calvary + Elmwood.


◦ Read 35 books. Whoops! I only read twelve books in 2014. No big deal. You can see what I've read here.

◦ Find two new dinners I don't hate to make. I can now makes eggs in a basket, homemade pizza rolls, and it's nothing crazy but dude, I make a mean grilled cheese. I'm not talking your momma's Kraft singles on white bread either. Some people just aren't cookers, and I'm one of them but in 2014 I was able to find at least a few things I could whip up quickly. Not to mention, I ended the year with  a much more open mind about food. Formerly a SUPER picky eater, I found an insane amount of food that I absolutely love this year. My number one find? Orange chicken! Who in the heck let me go this long without knowing how amazing orange chicken was!?

◦ Photobooth a month. Done!

◦ Learn at least one new skill. I learned how to shoot my camera in manual this year. It's kind of crazy what a big difference it's made in my photos. Why did it take me so long to do this?! I also picked up embroidery. I still have lots to learn but I've got the basics down.

◦ Get passport. This is the one goal I absolutely failed. There's no sugar coating it.

◦ Take a class. I never did take the time to take a class. Honestly, I'm not 100% sure what I'd want to take a class on. I feel like maybe this goal was originally set to put myself in a situation where I'd likely meet new people, and I certainly did that. Maybe next year I'll find a class that piques my interest.

◦ Send 125 postcards. I sent over 150 postcards in 2014. 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. I'm incredibly proud of how far I've come. I'm in no way the same person I was this time last year.

◦ Hit 500 miles on my bike! Done! Then I made a stretch goal of 700, and killed that too. Not too shabby for someone who had never ridden in the city before, and hadn't been on a bike in years!

Take at least one series of photos. Done.

◦ Make my own chai tea concentrate. I did, and it was not a success. I was looking for something along the lines of Starbucks iced chai, or Dunkin Donuts iced chai, and the recipe I used left me with something way less than tasty.

So, I didn't cross them all off but 2014 was without a doubt an absolute success! How'd you do on your new years goals? On Monday I'll be sharing my goals for the new year.
xoxo

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  1. I am so jealous that you have a place to take photo booth photos regularly! The ONLY place I know of locally that has one is our big mall... it's close to me (about a 10-minute drive) but what the heck? Where all the photo booths at!?

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    1. Hey, I go to the mall just for the photobooths!

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  2. Wow, you accomplished a ton of your goals!! That's really cool and inspiring! I never really made that kind of goals...I always make the "boring" ones like, be healthy and drink more water haha

    Happy 2015!!

    xoRosie
    Rosie's Life

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    1. Thanks, Rosie! Nothing wrong with boring goals! :)

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  3. You did so well with your 2014 goals! Hope you have an equally productive and happy new year.

    I'm currently writing my goals and there's just so many things I want to achieve!

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    1. Thanks, Bee! Good luck with your 2015 goals. :)

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  4. Looks like you had a pretty sweet year! Hey, have you considered taking a class on developing your own film/prints? I'm a photography major and just finished my first black and white class and it was awesome. The process is a lot simpler than I thought it was, and totally doable at home! I was already in love with film (it's almost the only way I shoot), but being able to process my own negatives definitely strengthened that love, haha.

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    1. HEY. GOOD IDEA. Why didn't I think of that?!

      I actually have most of the supplies to develop my own film but have been kind of avoiding it for a looong time.

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  5. I think you did amazing. Sometimes I think I should make a more focused list of goals, especially when I see someone kill it, like you have. Awesome year, awesome post. :)

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  6. I'm impressed with your goal persistence. I love how specific they all are and the exactness you tried to maintain to keep them. YOU are a go getter! Very inspiring. Keep up your beautiful work, my friend.

    Happy New Year,

    Erika Wynn
    www.walkingwithteal.com

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    1. Thanks, Erika!

      Happy new year to you as well! :)

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  7. Way to go! I have loved reading all your traveling posts the most. Looks like so much fun!

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully there will be lots more of those this year!!

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  8. Wow! What a successful year! Congratulations on all that you've accomplished! I think the thing I can relate to the most (but am on the opposite end of the spectrum right now) is being less shy. Someday I'll reach my goal of being less shy and awkward, but the idea of putting myself out there seems so intimidating! I've loved reading all of your posts that include bits about stepping out of your comfort zone-it's definitely encouraging!

    P.S. Orange Chicken...yes!!!

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  9. You should check out Foamhenge in Natural Bridge, Virginia! They just recently sold the land it's on, so it might not be there in the next year :( They also have a cheesy 50s diner that's so over the top, some caverns to explore, and a zoo with tons animal statues. It seems right up your alley

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    1. Oooh! That does sound right up my alley! Thank you for the recommendation.

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  10. Wow, you rocked it this year! I've been setting monthly goals and that was my favorite thing about this year is seeing how many I finished. I averaged about 80%. Maybe I can hit even higher this year!

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    1. Heck yes! Good job + good luck doing even better this year! :)

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  11. You did a fantastic job of accomplishing your goals! :) Thank you for all of the bright colors and inspiration this year. Wishing you health and happiness in 2015.

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  12. 2014 was quite a year for you! I'm impressed that you hit almost all of your goals.

    You have inspired me to do a 365 Project this year. I take a lot of photos anyway, so why not?

    Thanks for all the great posts :)

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  13. Wow that sounds like a very successful year! You've done a lot, and ticked off most of your goals! Well done. Good luck for 2015 :)

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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  14. What a wonderful year for you! I loved watching!

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  15. Girl, Rishi tea - chai concentrate. You'll never love another!
    Also, may I suggest Gardein brand orange chic'n. No killing of the feathered friends and it's amazing! Sold at a billion places now, including Target. http://gardein.com/products/mandarin-orange-crispy-chickn/

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  16. Congratulations on achieving so many of your goals! I've been following your blog for years and I seriously admire the progress you've made on the confidence / shyness front - there's hope for me yet!! Happy New Year!

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  17. So awesome! I'm hoping to be slightly more creative than my usual self (ok, so I am not that creative at all) in 2015 by doing something DIY every month!

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  18. Waow! It's really amazing that you have check all these goals! It's not my case :(
    Happy New year to you! :3

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  19. Awesome year! I also love sending postcards. I send them with postcrossing.com which allows you to send and receive all over the world, really fun!

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  21. I love reading your yearly goal recaps. They are incredibly inspirational. I've been trying the 365 project and picking up new hobbies like pressing flowers :) thanks so much for all the great ideas you share. By the way I love the stationary you used in the 2012 goal post..would you mind telling me where it's from. I would love to get myself some! :)))

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  22. All of your photos and experiences are so cool and inspiring! I love your gifs! How do you make them?

    Xo,
    Sunny Rolfs
    thatsunnygirl.org

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  23. Hey, don't know how I found this page, probably through Twitter but I love the second picture, the sky really draws you into the depth of the photo. I'm intrigued by the postcard idea so I'll check out the post you linked. Amy

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