2015 New Years Goals - The Dainty Squid

2015 New Years Goals

Monday, January 05, 2015

I know a lot of people are new year resolution naysayers but I've always loved making goals for the new year. I like making lists, and even more than that I like crossing things off lists. Each year I share my goals on the blog in hopes to inspire others to set, and achieve goals, and because it keeps me accountable. Here's what I'm planning to do in 2015...
◦ Bike 1000 miles. In 2015 I want to bike 1000 miles total. Okay, honestly, I'd really love to smash 1000 miles but that is a lofty goal for someone who doesn't have a daily commute, and bikes purely for fun. So, 1k here I come!

◦ Take a 50 mile bike ride. The longest bike ride I've ever been on was thirty miles long, and it was a blast! This year I want to take at least one fifty mile bike ride.

◦  Shoot a series of photos. I added this goal to my list mid-year last year and did it but in 2015 I'd like to accomplish it with a bit more gusto!

◦  Take more daily life photos. I've come a really long way from the Kaylah that was afraid to take pictures in public but I'm still a bit hesitant to pull out my camera in group situations. My friends are all kind of intimidatingly talented behind the camera which leads to me not taking pictures when I might really want to. In 2015 I want get comfortable pulling my camera out to take candid photos that I know will mean a lot to me. I want photos when we go out for taco Tuesday, when we go on bikes rides, everything!

◦  Take a roadtrip. If there ever was a self explanatory goal, this was it. 2014 took me to many places I had never been before and put a bug under my skin to travel more. I'm not picky about where I end up, just so long as I get on the road this year!

◦  Practice city photography. I am, without a doubt, more comfortable shooting nature photos. Like I've mentioned a handful of times before, up until I moved to Cleveland cities in general were absolutely foreign to me. Now that thats all changed photographing the city is something I really would like to practice a lot more.

◦  Blog more locally. I think I've made it incredibly apparent, I love Cleveland. I want to show everyone why though. I want to convince you Cleveland is a place you need to visit at some point.

◦  Photobooth a month. Continuing this goal from 2014. Not sure if I'll do the sign with the month and year on it again since if I forgot it that meant I had to go back out, and I really don't go to the mall that often. But I did enjoy having an excuse to hop in the photobooth once a month, and if done over a really long period of time I think it will be awesome to look back on. So here's to twelve more months of me in a photobooth!

◦  Learn bicycle maintenance. I want to learn to properly care for my bike, and be confident that if anything were to happen while I was out on my own I could fix it instead of having to call for help.

◦  Try twenty new foods. Last year I squashed my "picky eater" title. I realized I wasn't really a picky eater, I was just someone who hadn't experienced a lot of different foods. I found a bunch of new things I didn't know were so tasty; orange chicken, sun dried tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, muenster cheese, pumpkin pie, turkey and probably a few more things I can't think of right this second. This year I want to try at least twenty new things and document them, even if it's just a quick iPhone picture.

◦  Go gluten free...for a trial period of time. For as long as I can remember I've had chronic headaches. I had a bunch of tests done maybe ten years ago to make sure nothing was seriously wrong with me but the one thing they never suggested was changing my diet. At my last optometrist appointment I told the doctor about my headaches, hoping glasses would help them. He suggested going gluten free. It's not something I want to do at all but if there is a possibility it will cut down on my headaches I'm will to give it a go. Anyone else get chronic headaches? Find anything that helps?

◦  Continue to push myself out of my comfort zone. 2014 was an insane year for personal growth for me. I absolutely still struggle with overcoming my shyness at times though. I will continue to grow in 2015 (and beyond!!!!)
This list seems kind of short so maybe in a few weeks or even sometime much later I'll add a few more things but right now these are the things that I'm wanting to accomplish. Here's to making 2015 an even better year than 2014. It's a tall order but I can do it!

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36 thoughts

  1. I always figure that if the goals are things that will truly make you a happier person -- either by succeeding or just by attempting them -- they're beyond worthwhile, even if they're not "big". But biking 1,000 miles definitely ain't small!

  2. I too absolutely love making lists! Best of luck with all your goals x


  3. I haven't gone gluten free, but I have cut out dairy milk and that instantly cleared up my skin, digestion and headaches. I'm also on a keto diet, which I suppose is sort of gluten free in that you cut out nearly all carbs.
    Even though I've been in Memphis for 3 years now, I feel like I haven't showcased the city much and it's a great city. I'm totally stealing this goal from you :P


  4. I've been eating gluten free for a while now and it's really helped! I've been diagnosed as having an intolerance so I don't know if it helps headaches but it is definitely worth a shot. (if a little difficult to do at times, if you go 100% gluten free)


  5. Cool goals!! Is it to late to get some goals myself? xD

    Rosie's Life

  6. I have always had real problems with hunger, feeling faint and crashing blood sugar levels. I got tested SO many times for diabetes, etc. I then cut gluten out of my diet and whilst I still obviously get hungry, I can manage my hunger and my blood sugar doesn't crash anymore. I hope cutting gluten out works for you too! It isn't as difficult as you think these days. I've got a few gluten free recipes on my blog, if that helps :)

    Happy New Year, thanks for inspiring me constantly!

  7. awesome goals! and I love that pen!! Good luck x

  8. I love hearing your goals for the new year! Best of luck with everything. My daughter went gluten free for a period of time due to stomach issues. She isn't totally gluten but is more a "clean eater" and says she feels better for it. Regarding the headache, the only advice I can offer is to stay well hydrated. Drink lots of water. It helped my sister. :)

  9. No passport in 2015? Travelling is amazing 😊

  10. That photo booth idea is darling! I'm a new year goal-setter, too! I find it much more gratifying to set goals rather than resolutions.

  11. Have you tried switching to products made with organic flour? I am currently pursuing a MSc in Food Production, and I've been reading a lot of research indicating that the problem for a lot of people may not be gluten, but the glyphosate-based pesticides they use on conventional wheat crops. I won't bore you with all the details (unless you're interested--I'd love to share!), but if you don't want to go gluten free, it might be worth trying the organic flours if you haven't yet. Just a thought. :)

  12. 20 new food? Make sure to taste Biryani (if you haven't already) it's one of the BEST dish of Pakistani cuisine! And good luck.

  13. Those are some great goals! I like the blog more locally one, I want to do the same thing and show #mygermany a bit more on my blog, after all it is a beautiful place we live in as well! Good luck with all your goals and Happy New Year.

  14. I also love to set myself goals! Though I'm not as good as you with crossing them out of my lists!
    Btw, I've had headaches for all my life, and when I went vegan, and stopped dairy products I noticed a huge change. I still have them sometimes, mainly because of my eyes but it's nothing compared to how it used to be!

  15. Again, I love your go-get-it-ness! You are, in fact, inspiring me to re-evaluate my goals. What a lovely year ahead of you Kaylah! Happy New Year.

    Erika Wynn

  16. I actually had chronic headaches x 3-4 times a week which would take hours to go away. They finally quit when I went dairy free...I still eat gluten :)

  17. I was also a chronic-headache sufferer, even as a little kid. I gave up gluten in 2011 and they finally went away. So weird! Giving up wheat is really hard at first, but for me it's been worth it to feel better. Best of luck! X

  18. Awesome list of goals Kaylah. You have definitely inspired me in all sorts of ways and maybe even led me to list goals for myself. I hope we can accomplish all of them or maybe even one. Either way I'll be happy :) I see you don't have books on the list.. I think this might be the first time this happened since I started reading your blog aha! Can't wait for your year in the outdoors, riding around the city! Happy new year!


  19. gluten free is a good idea, because even if you aren't celiac it can be a big source of inflammation in the body. i kinda hope that isn't it though because dang that would suck to have to give up!
    have you ever tried doing a magnesium supplement? I would suggest drinking calm, which is a powdered magnesium drink. it is a natural muscle relaxer and would help if they are tension headaches. i take it every night because i have neck pain and it REALLY helps. i buy the raspberry lemon one and make it with hot water and it feels like i'm drinking tea before bed. my husband does it after he goes on a long bike ride or does a race because it helps with all kind of muscle pain. good luck!

  20. I always love your lists, Kaylah! The photobooth one is something I've wanted to do for a long time but it scares me doing it on my own... Haha.

  21. Candid photos are my absolute favorite, I definitely want to take more of those this year too. I once thought about going gluten free, but I read someplace that it's not necessarily the gluten itself that causes problems (unless you have celiac disease) but all the little things that are usually found in products that happen to have gluten in them. Gluten is actually a protein! So I didn't cut out gluten, I just cut back on carby things like bread and pasta and I feel a whole lot better! I used to feel sick almost daily, but if I don't eat junk food and eat a ton of vegetables I feel great. I hope you can get your headaches sorted out and I hope you have an amazing year! I love your blog!

  22. I also get chronic headaches, and migraines also. Changing my diet helped cut out a lot of the headaches (particularly cutting out processed foods and preservatives.) What really helped me with migraines is taking an enzyme supplement L-Arginine. I work with a former neurosurgeon, and he told me that the leading theory on chronic headaches and migraines is when the blood vessels in the brain constrict and dilate in a short period of time, and L-Arginine helps keep them from rapidly constricting/dilating. It really did work wonders!

  23. Great goals, K! Looks good, and I love that pen!

    Uncustomary Art.

  24. These are fantastic goals! It's amazing the amount you've already biked. Best of luck on your extra miles of 2015! <3

  25. Great goals Kaylah! I'm so afraid of riding a bike, after falling off pretty bad when I was 15. But I'm 24 this year so maybe it's time for me to conquer my goals!

    My Dad is a coeliac, meaning that he cannot eat gluten, and although it's really challenging when we go out for meals, eating at home is ok for him. I imagine that the GF choices in the US are way ahead of the UK too so I'm sure it won't be too challenging :)

  26. great list! i suffer from chronic headaches as well, though mine is probably caused by a hellllll of a lot of stress and tension in the rest of my body, don't know if that could be the case for you?
    xo, cheyenne

  27. ...Kaylah SHY?

    I didn't see that coming. I did NOT see that coming.

    But yeah, girl! Go for it! Go for all of these, but you have a fabulous personality and I think it needs to show more publicy.

    So you say you're in love with Cleveland and before that you were a country girl. Why did you move to Cleveland? I'm wildly curious. :)

  28. I used to experience chronic headaches. I even suffered from migraines all too often. I started realizing that when I drank coffee, I never got one! So I tried drinking a cup (sometimes 2) a day and my headaches miraculously disappeared. I know that probably doesn't work for everyone. But a lot of migraine meds have caffeine in them...and it worked for me so I thought I'd pass that along! If you don't like the taste of coffee, maybe try Yerba mate (it has a lot of caffeine) or trying organic coffees and add a little flavored cream to it. Good luck!

  29. Long time creeper, first time poster.

    I have chronic headaches (/migraines) and am a cyclist as well (though more on the commuter side of that).

    For headaches I've had a lot of success with a 5-HTP supplement, though it's not for everyone so please do a little research and start slow! In the past I'd get 8+ headaches and approximately 2-5 migraines a month (FML). I've had tests, diet changes, and doctors claiming there's nothing wrong whatsoever as well, but read up on 5-HTP when looking up anxiety help and it's been great so far. There are *other* things that may have helped, but that's what has given me the biggest change so far. (Dosage might vary. I'm 6', 130lbs and was recommended up to 200mgs/day.)

    As for learning bike maintenance, well, that's the beauty of a fixie. I used to ride road but switched to fixed gear and it's been maintenance bliss. SO. MUCH. SIMPLER. (Though wheel truing is something I really, really need to sit down and perfect. When the day comes... but til them, it's a quick tune up and you're out the door.) Fixie foo for life, yo.

    Regarding biking 1k and 50mi, good luck! Remember the celebratory donuts. ;)

    Cheers to you and yours,

    Mabel from LA

  30. Great goals. Especially getting out of your comfort zone. That's something we all need to do.

  31. Looks like you have some great goals this year! New reader here :)


  32. Great goals for the year!!!
    I used to have chronic migraines... 3-6 a week. I cut out gluten and soy (and switched to a plant-based diet) and no longer have migraines!! If I eat gluten or soy now, though, I get almost an instant headache. An elimination diet might be the way to go to see if food is affecting your headaches!

  33. Great goals - I definitely want to blog more locally this year too!

    Good luck!

  34. I am gluten free (most of the time) and it find it be very helpful to how I feel. It is a lot easier to do, I think, than it used to be - there are so many foods that I enjoy that have GF options as well. But gluten is in itself a flammatory so that could easily be why you are getting headaches. Doesn't hurt to try, right? If you have any other questions feel free to email me!

  35. I've had chronic headaches and migraines for a long time. A doctor suggested I try to go gluten free and if anything, I felt worse. I found out I was allergic to soy and highly allergic to lupine, which is fed to a lot of animals and added to a lot of foods. Maybe you should get tested for different allergies just in case!

  36. I'm gluten, dairy, and caffeine free. I had wanted to try just going gluten free years ago, but i was intimidated! I read a lot of the health benefits, but couldn't imagine a diet without it. Being a huge bread fan (i'd bake loaves by hand! or invite friends over for fresh pizza).

    I got diagnosed with a chronic illness, and put on meds, but stuck with a lot of symptoms. Asked about gluten and my doctor thought it was unrelated. Basically cut out gluten and slowly a lot of nasty symptoms disappeared! Less headaches, more energy, depression drastically reduced, etc. I don't crave those foods anymore.

    Gluten free for over a year and dairy free for about 3 months. If you ever want to chat, i'm around. But i'll say, it's worth a try if you feel even a little better. Seriously, my energy was so depleted i could only stay awake a few hours at a time. When i went home to visit, i spent most of my time napping.


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