2015 Goal Recap - The Dainty Squid

2015 Goal Recap

Saturday, January 02, 2016


Can you guys believe the year is already over? I swear each year goes faster than the last. Before I share my goals for the new year I thought it was only fair to look back over 2015's goals and talk a little bit about how I did. So here we go...

▴  Bike 1000 miles. I have been dreading writing this post because I didn't want to admit defeat on this goal. I did not hit the 1k goal I made. I could make one million excuses but instead I'll tell you that even though I didn't make it a massive priority in my life to hit that mileage goal, I'm proud of myself for getting back on my bike after the "accident" at the beginning of the year. 755.5 miles is better than nothing and it's more than last year so it's still a win in my eyes.

▴  Take a 50 mile bike ride. I definitely didn't do this one. I had pictured it as my friends and I basically just spending the whole day cruising around the city taking photos, enjoying all the tasty treats Cleveland has, and biking our butts off. We made kinda sorta plans a few times but they fell through every time. I think our longest was 23 miles which was still a blast.


▴   Shoot a series of photos. I mean, technically, my found on the beach photos are a series but it's not what I had in mind. I did not reach this goal because I didn't purposefully take a series of photos. Whoops.

▴   Take more daily life photos. Yes, and no. I've definitely been taking more but I'm still not shooting them as naturally as I'd like. Ideally, I'd love for it to become my first nature to do and I understand that will take time and practice. I am without a doubt better at it than I was at the beginning of the year so wahoooo!


▴   Take a roadtrip. Heck yes!!! Jeff and I took another road trip out west. We drove the Pacific Coast Highway, experienced extreme heat in Death Valley, finally visited Salvation Mountain, watched the most beautiful sunset in Morro Bay, played in tide pools, and stayed in the final Wigwam Village - that was all in one trip! We also visited West Virginia to go the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, fell in love with Toronto, saw Niagara Falls, and hung out underground in Rochester.


▴   Practice city photography. I think the answer to this one is the same as my "take more daily life photos" goal in that I definitely shot more city photos but it still doesn't come as naturally as I'd like. Practice, practice, practice!

▴   Blog more locally. Slowly but surely I'm doing this more often. Check out my Cleveland related posts here. I even shared a pretty awesome post with a list of all my favorite spots in the city, which you can read here. Also, this year I seemed to get an influx of emails from people thanking me for making Cleveland look which was super flattering and showed me that I must be doing at least a decent job at this goal.

▴   Photobooth a month. To be honest, I kind of forgot about this goal. Apparently having my goals on my bulletin board isn't as great of a reminder as I thought it was. I took a few photobooth pictures but nowhere near once a month. (I did end up with thirteen total for the year though!) I've also been frequenting the mall a lot less than normal which may have attributed to my forgetting. I did totally get another photobooth picture with the lead singer of my favorite band so that counts for something, eh?


   Learn bicycle maintenance. Yeeeah! I mean I'm no bike whiz kid but I know a whole lot more about bikes than I did last year. I was even able to put together my new bike by myself.

▴  Try twenty new foods. If there was one goal I absolutely killed this year, it was this one. The difference between my eating habits now and this time last year is like night and day! Honestly, if this wasn't one of my goals I would have a hard time believing it was so recent that I was the pickiest eater in the world. At some point during the year I just stopped photographing all the new things because it was getting out of hand. I will now try anything with minimal hesitation and hilariously enough, I basically love everything I try. Related posts : Goodbye, Picky Eater + Blue Apron review.


▴   Go gluten free. I wanted to try going gluten free to see if that was what was causing my chronic headaches. I never did go gluten free but I did pay a lot more attention to what I was eating and doing when these headaches were occurring. I realized that some of the time they could be attributed to dehydration or forgetting a meal which seems normal enough except for the fact that after eating and drinking they don't go away and usually continue to get worse until I eventually have to go to sleep. Other times I could tell it was because I put too much strain on my eyes. It seems like I have normal reasons to get headaches except my body reacts a lot more quickly and severely than other people's bodies do. On top of that then there were the ones that come out of the blue with no real reason, usually those were migraines that came with the bonus of nausea! I guess they're just something I need to learn to be prepared for and to better deal with.
 
▴  Continue to push myself out of my comfort zone. Yes. Yes. Yes. Looking back through old posts it's almost like they weren't written by the same person. I still have my quirks, I probably always will to some extent but y'all I'm killin' it!

Bonus goals! As in goals I made previous years, didn't complete but finally crossed off this year.
▴ Get passport. (2014) I had been putting getting my passport off since 2011 when I met Elycia, my Canadian BFF. I don't know why I drug my feet for so long. A nice chunk of change, and one ugly photo later I was able to show up to her house, and completely surprise her! I can't wait to get back to Canada now, and of course I look forward to seeing the rest of the world.


▴ Take a class. (2014) I took an aerial silks class at the beginning of the year. I had super high hopes, and while I loved the class, I didn't love the environment. I'm still super disappointed it didn't work out but I really would like to try a different class because I can totally see myself loving the silks.

2015 was kind of a wild ride. There were lots of ups, and downs. Lots of stress but lots of joy as well. I'm slightly bummed out I wasn't able to cross off all of my goals but I can't let that get me down because I am super happy with the progress I did make. Even if I never made it a priority to shoot a series of photos like I wanted to I did things that are way more of a big deal, like working at the flower shop. It sounds like such a silly little thing but a few years ago that would have been unthinkable to me since I was so incredibly shy. I can, without a shadow of a doubt, say that I grew this year and that's really all one can hope for!


Goodbye, 2015. Hello, 2016! Here's to making it the best year ever!
xoxo

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  1. You are the best. You inspire me so much. I just love your blog, your writing and your photos. I wish you the best year!

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    1. Aw, thank you so so so much! That is so sweet of you.

      Happy New Year to you too! :)

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  2. Yeah new foods! You can't live in Cleveland and eat only plain things. Glad you found so much you like!

    I love making new year goals. Mine are to send 300 pieces of mail, read 20 books (graphic novels don't count for my goal), get my passport renewed, take a solo vacation, and draw something every day.

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    1. Haha, right?! We get a new restaurant here like every other day.

      Those are great goals! Good luck crossing them off. I'm super pumped you have a mail goal this year too. I can't wait to send you postcards.

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  3. That's a long list of goals! Jeeeez! Pretty impressive you even did over 700 miles on your bike! Way to go! - Sam

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    1. It's only 12 goals? I made way more of this year. :P

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  4. Don't feel too bad about the goals you didn't meet. As long as you made improvements or tried, that's really what matters

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  5. Defeat on any goal is not a failure. Remember- shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss you'll land amongst the stars. Trying is still better than nothing :-)

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  6. I think you did a great job! And by the way - working at the flower shop is HUGE! I have an anxiety disorder and am wondering how I'll ever be able to work somewhere public. You are an inspiration! :)

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    1. Aw, thank you Ashley! I know it seriously sounds so dumb, and I feel ridiculous typing it - how something so simple like working with people can be so tough for someone with anxiety - but it always makes me feel so much better when someone else says they can relate. That makes sharing these weird little embarrassing things worth it. I hope that you're able to conquer your own mountains too! <3

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  7. Happy New Year! I don't comment often but I've read your blog for years and I love love love your photography and your unique perspective on things. It's awesome how much you've achieved this year, and it's been fun to read along! I'm totally excited to visit Cleveland if I'm ever in the US. I'm impressed at all your cycling - that's a lot of miles! Improving my photography is on my list of goals too. I hope your 2016 is just as good :)

    Jessthetics

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    1. Thank you so much, Jessica! Happy New Year. :D

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  8. I'm not a goal/list maker and I'm impressed by yours. I'm also impressed by how much you have grown! I had no idea you fight shyness. I do too. I'm 44 and it's fun to look back and see some growth.

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  9. Even if you didn't exactly achieve some of those goals the way you wanted to, it still sounds as though you got something out of them! And isn't that the whole point? ;)

    Re: Aerial silks... I tried my first silks class last year too! And I felt super vulnerable and uncomfortable and very much unlike how yoga usually makes me feel. I told myself I would go back and try again because you can't judge something right off the bat, but I haven't been back. It's a shame we live so far apart because that would have been a fun class to take (again) together!

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    1. Oh man! I would LOVE to take a silks class with you. I would have enjoyed it so much more if I had someone there with me that I knew.

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  10. I am glad you are eating more food! I am such a foodie, and I get pretty mad at picky eaters (though I understand when you start going into the health issues, allergies, anxiety, digestion issues, etc) probably because they don't eat MY food XD I just feel bad for people who are AFRAID of trying new foods, which I hear people use that word, afraid, a lot. I just can't imagine.

    I also wanted to point out your goal of going gluten-free and how you have headaches. I hope they get better, but I use to get migraines a lot. I found that they almost completely went away since I moved away from my old apartment. I am thinking mold and dust were the triggers. I only have had one migraine since, and I am 99% sure it was because my boss ended up spraying some fixative at my work, triggering the migraine. So maybe you might want to think about dusting more, testing for allergies, or getting an air filter?

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    1. That was definitely something I thought about! The number of headaches I'm getting has gone down a ton since I moved from the home I owned with my ex. I've been in two apartment since then and I get a lot less but still way more than the average person. They also happen a lot when I'm not at home so I'm trying to figure that one out. An allergy test might not be a bad idea!

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  11. That's awesome your were able to complete most of your goals! And I think all the mileage you've put on your bike is really impressive. I finally started riding again last year and am hoping to really get some miles in this year. I hope you can find an answer to your migraines. I know if I don't drink an insane amount of water every day, I will get them pretty easily.

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    1. I've really really ramped up my water intake since Christmas. (I got a Brita pitcher and it's actually made a huge difference in how much I drink! Wahoo!) I'm hoping that will help.

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  12. I'm trying to figure out my chronic headache situation, as well. I never really thought about gluten, and desperately hope that is not the case. I think I may just be overly sensitive to sound/light/smell, which is debilitating enough as it is. :/
    It's been really wonderful, as a fellow shy person, to see you really come out of your shell in the last year or so! I'm really looking forward to following along this year.

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