2014 Goals RecapThursday, January 01, 2015
◦ 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 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 cemeteries, Spring 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.