2016 goals - The Dainty Squid

2016 goals

Monday, January 04, 2016


A few of my personal goals.
Use passport. Last year I finally got my passport after years and years of putting it off. This year I want to use that darn thing.

Travel by train. The idea of traveling by train has been something I just cannot stop thinking about. I swear it just keeps showing up everywhere I look. I'm not sure where I want to go or anything like that, I'd just like to take a scenic train ride at some point.

Use my body - run, bike, stretch! In 2016 I want to be more active. More bike rides, perhaps try running, work on my flexibility, take more long walks, etc. In general, I just want to move more! Exercise, no matter how much I hate it, makes me feel so good.

Unplug more. The pressure of having to be connected all the time is rough. I feel like the stress of it leads to me being way less productive. Like somehow I've convinced myself that it's better to sit at at my desk and stare at my computer than it is to take a break, do something relaxing, and come back to my work refreshed.

25 mile solo bike ride. Last year I set a goal to take a 50 mile bike ride. I did not achieve that goal. It's not because I'm physically unable but because I kept putting it off. I knew I wanted to do it with friends but we could never agree on a date that worked for everyone. I'm awful at biking by myself. I prefer to have a destination in mind which makes racking up miles kind of difficult. I think as of right now the longest ride I have gone on by myself was only 12 miles. I want to prove to myself I am capable of packing in the miles by myself.

Be brave, be alone. Living in the city, and commuting to downtown a few times a week has exposed me to some things I hadn't really dealt with before. Of course, I knew that street harassment happened but I had never experienced it so much until these last few months. I've had more than a handful of things happen that just left me feeling like it's not worth doing this or that if I can avoid being harassed. I didn't realize it would affect me like this but in all honesty, it's left me feeling very uneasy alone. I've been spending a lot more time at home instead of out and about because of it. 2016, I'm coming for you. I'm coming for you loud, and proud, and ready to take no shit from creepy dudes.

Explore Ohio. I've lived in Ohio my life, and while I love it here and it will probably always be "home", I've been feeling a little bit bored with my surroundings. I want to experience new things. I want to find new things to explore, and photograph in the area. I blogged a little bit more about this a few weeks back, you can read more here.

Send 150 pieces of mail. In 2014 I made a goal to send 125 postcards, and I accomplished this goal which felt awesome. Last year I was slacking and didn't send nearly that many. I miss sending mail out all the time. I wanna get back at it this year.

Make 8 GIFs. Making GIFs is one of my favorite little photo tricks. I just always forget to make them. Here's a goal to get back in the game.

2 new fabric collections. Self explanatory. I'm shooting for two new fabric collections for the shop this year.

At least one big purge. I love collecting things but you know what, I also really enjoy getting rid of stuff. I want to do another closet sale, and donate a bunch of home goods.

Take really stinkin' good care of my new car. I bought a new car at the very, very end of 2015. I am going to baby this thing. I will get regular oil changes, and keep her super clean. Mark my word.


A few of my business goals.
Schedule a week ahead, always. I'm normally pretty good at keeping the blog ahead of schedule. I fell behind a few times in 2015 where I had to do something last minute, and that is seriously so stressful. I want to get back to being one week ahead all the time.

Don't stress over emails. You guys, emails stress me out. I'm a pretty shy person so sometimes just figuring out a simple response is stupid overwhelming for me which of course, leads to me avoiding to my inbox, responding later than I'd like, or sometimes not responding at all. (Forgive me, please!) I don't want to do that anymore. I want to clear out my inbox on a more regular basis, respond quicker, and with way less stress over it.

Business cards. I've been talking about getting new business cards made for probably a year now. I should probably get on that, eh?

Eliminate distractions + set a more rigid schedule. I'm sure I'm not the only one that sometimes finds themselves checking facebook way too many times a day or scrolling endlessly through tumblr. In this new year I want to stop doing that, and make myself a schedule that I have to stick to.

Be more social. I'm really great at not commenting on my favorite blogs, and photos that I like on instagram. Mostly because I am shy but also partly because it's easier not to comment I guess. I'd like it to become first nature to just leave a comment, and socialize more.

Write more. Writing isn't my strong point, it never has been but I've found in a lot of my older posts that I didn't write enough and now I wish I did. I want to become a better story teller. My goal is to share more details with posts when needed so that it's not just up to the photos to tell the story.

More outfit photos. In 2015 I shared the smallest number of outfit posts since the beginning of TDS. I wanna get back at it. I miss taking outfit photos on a regular basis.

Whew! Lots of goals going into the new year. I'm feeling super positive right now. I know there are lots of new year's goals naysayers but I, personally, LOVE making goals, and the new year just makes an awesome time to reflect on what you could do to improve your life. What are some of your goals for the new year?
xoxo

 Psst. How awesome is my Do or Die note paper?! I love finding fun paper for my goal lists and this one seemed perfect!

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  1. Phew, lots of great goals! I loved reading through those. I instantly feel motivated when I see other's goals, and so today (Monday, Jan 4, aka "goal day" in blogging world) is like Christmas.

    I love that you send mail to people, btw. I think it's awesome.

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    1. Haha! Me too! I'm loving all the goal lists popping up today. :)

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  2. Can't wait to here about where you go to use your passport!

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    1. ...dude, me too! It's so exciting that this little piece of paper means you can go basically anywhere in the world. I can't wait to travel.

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  3. These are great goals! Gosh, I can't even remember when I started following your blog (it's been a few years), but you seem to grow so much each year. I'm looking forward to following your 2016 adventures :)

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  4. My goals for this year are: learn how to utilize flash better, try a new recipe every month, paint a painting, draw more, 365-project & emptied cosmetics of the month-posts, more outfit-posts, learn more french, travel more & read 1 book /month. Here's my list but it's in finnish if you wanna take a peek :-D http://emerentus.blogspot.fi/2016/01/tavoitteet-vuodelle-2016.html

    Your goals sound cool, the kinda things I could imagine myself doing aswell. Especially getting rid of useless stuff and streching more :-)

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    1. Those are awesome goals! I'd love to try a new recipe a month, seems like a nice push to actually get cookin' (which I totally need.) Good luck!
      :)

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  5. These are awesome goals! Unplugging more is a big one on my list too - and it's probably the hardest one. But I also think that unplugging more will give me more time to actually succeed at a lot of the other goals on my list. Good luck chipping away at these, and happy new year! :)

    Rachelle // caffeinatedlibrary.com

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    1. It really is crazy how hard it is to unplug!

      Happy New Year to you too! :)

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  6. Awesome goals. Regarding the street harassment, you might want to consider taking a self defense course. It is very empowering to have the skills and know that IF something did happen you will be able to handle it much better. I took a RAD (rape aggression defense) class in college and as a petite woman it was very exhilarating to learn easy moves that could get me out of a bind. Plus I got to beat up three cops during my final so that was fun as well :) it sucks to feel weak or scared, I wish the world wasn't that way, but in the meantime having some skills may help you out. Ok, ramble over!

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    1. That's a really, really good idea! I will definitely look into. Thank you so much!

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  7. I love reading about people's new year's goals! I really wanna try biking more too! Last time I rode a bike that wasn't stationary was two years ago lol. Do you bike in the city or on a trail? I tried city biking once and it was terrifying! I'm excited to read about these goals throughout the year! Here's to a good 2016!

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    1. I bike in the city. I wouldn't mind giving biking on a trail a try this year though. Sounds like it might be a little bit more relaxing than battling traffic. :P

      Good luck getting back on your bike this year.

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  8. Wow! These are some great goals and I can definitely identify with more than a few of them. I hope you are able to accomplish everything!

    Have you ever heard of bullet journaling? I've become obsessed with it ever since I found out about it and started one for the new year. I'm not a goals person AT ALL and I find that I don't end up doing anything I want/need to do because I don't write it down. The bullet journal seems to be a little more my style. It's great for writing down a few "to-dos" for the day and ticking them off is so satisfying!

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    1. No, but after a quick google search it sounds pretty interesting. I'm definitely going to look more into that. You always know about all the coolest stuff, Tara!

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    2. Hooray! Some people have the prettiest journals :swoon: I definitely recommend checking out Boho Berry's youtube for inspiration!

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  9. Great goals! Commenting on blogs and IG photos is so fun! I'm surprised you say you're bad at it. You comment on my photos all the time! I love chattering on the internet with people and when you do it a lot, you start to notice some of the same people who follow you commenting too and you realize you have a little "crew"! It's fun!

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  10. I set a goal for sending mail, too! It's been so great to already start connecting with friends, old and new via snail mail. :)

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    1. That's awesome! I just got your card today. I'll send ya back one with my next batch of mail.
      :)

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  11. These are fun and exciting goals!! Good luck with all of them. :)

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! Good luck with yours as well. :)

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  12. I love reading other people's goals, especially for the New Year. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Your goals are amazing, love them all, but I`m especially in on the travel one.

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    1. Thanks! Good luck with any goals you've made for the new year.
      :)

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  14. You should take that train trip to Philly ;) (just sayin')

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    1. Well, I have been feeling like Philly is calling my name lately...
      :)

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    2. DO IT. We have bike proms and amazing tacos everywhere you look.

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  15. My sister and I once took a train ride from East Texas to Missouri. It was so beautiful, and so much fun!

    The day after I commented on your "This Year I..." post in regards to your new car, I bought one :) I didn't take great care of my last one, and I definitely plan on babying this one haha!

    Good luck with all of your goals this year! I especially admire your attitude towards being alone in the city and not taking shit from creepy dudes.

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    1. That sounds awesome!!

      Wahoo! Congrats on the new car. Same here. I mean, I wasn't completely negligent to my last car but this one will be babied for sure. :P

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  16. Hi Kaylah,

    I'm the same as you when it comes to emails. I read them, sort of think to myself "I'll reply later" and then completely forget about them, so I would also like to work on that.

    About sending mail... I'm very interested in this... Will you be sending it to people you know or have you considered using some site like postcrossing? It could be fun!

    Good luck!

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one! Sometimes I even feel like I responded, like I think of the response in my head but never get around to typing it, then later on find out that I forgot to respond. Oh, emails...

      I was hoping to exchange mail with blog readers, and really anyone else interested. I've never really been a fan of postcrossing. It just seems like some weird, desperate thing. I don't know, it's hard to explain but I've never really liked the vibe I got from that site. I don't want to take the fun out of sending mail.


      Happy New Year! :)

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  17. Setting goals is so much fun! I am hoping to get my passport in the next few years, there are so many fun places to go. I can't wait to hear about all your worldly adventures! I also want to become better at commenting on things I like online. For some reason I get really self conscious when I try to comment on people's stuff, and then never end up saying anything. Good luck with all your new goals this year!

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    1. Same here! I'm definitely a comment over-thinker sometimes.

      Thanks, Sarah! Good luck with your goals as well.
      :)

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  18. I think you are a great storyteller. I like your goal of sending 150 pieces of mail. I have been reading many bloggers' goals and you are the first that I saw that had that one.

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  19. Hello!
    It's a pleasant surprise to find another Ohio native here. I love the idea of exploring the state more and I may have suggestions!

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  20. Hello!
    I want to travel more too, and I already have some trips planned :)
    I also have as a goal ride more bike, do more running and do more yoga at home. I fix on vintage bike (orbita alfa chopper) and I just can't wait do ride with her by the sea :)
    And also I wanted to write more letters, so I started a group of postcrossing, that each month we have a theme and I pair people to exchange mail. If you want to participate here's my mail thedailymiacis@gmail.com :) it would be a transatlantic postcrossing , since I'm from Portugal :D

    Kisses

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    1. That's awesome! Good luck crossing off all your goals! :)

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  21. Yay, goals! Two very good lists; I share some of these this year as well. Mainly though, I just wanted to say that you can always send me snail mail! ;) <3

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  22. Fantastic goals, ma'am. I've got some parallel goals in renewing my passport and writing snail mail (150 pieces is a mighty feat though and I bow to your future success!). I'd also love to go on more train rides. The mister and I love taking trains when we visit his folks in the UK but the most beautiful train ride in memory was between Seattle and Portland. Mt Rainier looms over a nice chunk of the trip and cranes swooped past the window as we passed Fox Island. Can't wait to read about your train travel! :)

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    1. Ooooh! A train ride between Portland and Seattle sounds like the most perfect train ride ever. I was hoping to possibly get out that way this year and if I do I will definitely look into that!

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  23. Writing more is one of my goals for the year, too! I live in Cleveland, as well, and just came across the fact that there are a few of storytelling events in the Cleveland area monthly. Told (http://www.toldstories.com/), Story Club Cleveland (http://www.storyclubcleveland.com/) and Keep Talking are the three I've come across. The Story Club Cleveland link has a Google Calendar with all the local story-telling events. While I don't see myself getting up in front of people and telling a story anytime soon, I have been using their story prompts to write. Maybe it could be inspiration for you, too?

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  24. Oh I haven't really set any goals for this year, but I think write more is going to be one of them. I've become absolutely rubbish at writing. Like not that I'm bad at writing, it's that I can't get the words out. I don't know what it is. Maybe I'll try just writing for ten minutes every now and then.

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