2016 midyear goal update - The Dainty Squid

2016 midyear goal update

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

We're just over half way through 2016, which is completely insane. I swear, each year flies by faster than the last. At the beginning of each year I make a bunch of goals that I share here on the blog. Find the original post of 2016's goals here. I find that talking about these goals holds me accountable for them, encourages me to accomplish them, and sometimes inspires other to make goals as well so it's a win/win for everyone! 

Six months in the perfect time to sit down and evaluate how you're doing on the goals you set. There's still enough time to set new goals before the year ends, tweak ones that maybe aren't so relevant anymore, and plot out how to accomplish the others. So, here's how I'm doing...

A few of my personal goals.

Use passport. Haven't used it yet this year but I still have time. I, of course, want to go visit my best friend and her beautiful newborn! Don't know when I'll make it happen but I will use my passport this year.

Travel by train. I take the train downtown whenever I don't feel like walking and last week, I rode the Cuyahoga Valley scenic railroad. Is that what I meant by this goal? Nope. Actually traveling by train might need to be put off until next year depending on just how busy the summer is but we'll see. It's definitely still something I'm interested in!

Use my body - run, bike, stretch! YES. Thanks to Fitbit, I give this goal an A+. I honestly feel healthier than I ever have.

Unplug more. Yes... and no. I think this is something that will always be a bit of a struggle for me considering the fact that being connected is essentially my job. I have been more aware though and not feeling so guilty about just stepping away from the computer and my phone. There has to be a balance. I'm gonna find it!

25 mile solo bike ride. Haven't done it yet, still in the plans though!

Be brave, be alone. Yes! This goal was about not letting street harassment, anxiety, and a whole mix of other ugly things make me not want to spend time alone in the city. While I've had a few not so awesome encounters I haven't let them stop me.

Explore Ohio. Yeah, I feel pretty good about this goal so far. I've taken a handful of drives just to check out some fun new (to me) things this state has to offer. I also think that walking around more has really helped me to appreciate everything. It's pretty wild how much more you see by foot. Since I've started walking downtown once a week or so I've found so many neat little things that give me serious heart eyes for Cleveland.

Make 8 GIFs. Three so far this year. You can use the "gifs" tag to find them!

2 new fabric collections. I have yet to sit down and really plan this one. I'm not confident that it's a priority at this time though. I think changing this goal to "One new product" would be better suited for what I have in mind.

At least one big purge. Not yet but I do have a stack of clothes ready for a closet sale so that's a start!

Take really stinkin' good care of my new car. Maybe not "really stinkin' good" but I've been taking care of her with regular oil changes and I never leave trash in my car anymore. She could definitely use a bath and a good vacuuming though!

Save money. YES. I've been doing pretty good on this goal. I'm trying very hard to limit my purchases and put the rest away for traveling. I also recently signed up for Digit after a friend recommended it and I'm obsessed! You connect Digit to your bank account, it checks your spending habits and if you can afford it, takes a little bit out of your account to save. It's an effortless way to save. It's safe, it's free, and it's easy. I haven't been using it all that long but if things keep going the way they are now I will most likely be updating you in a few months with a review!

Send 150 pieces of mail. Smashed this goal within two months or so of the new year. I'm definitely a little bit (okay, a lot) behind on responding to stuff right now since it's been so nice outside but I'm really happy with how this goal has been going so far! I'll pick back up when it cools off.

Cook a real meal at least once a week. I am doooooing it! I mean I'm sure there's been a week or two here and there that I've missed but for the most part I am doing so much more cooking. I absolutely love it. I really am happiest when I have a clean house and something on the stove. I'm definitely still learning but feeling more and more confident with the finished product after every meal. As always, I'd love to hear about your favorite recipes! Things you cook a few times a month that are fairly simple but super tasty?

No dishes in the sink at the end of the night. Have I done this every single night? Nope. It's just not a priority when Jeff is over... but those dishes usually get washed while my coffee brews in the morning so I'm still going to call this goal a success so far. Like I said above, I really am happiest when my house is clean.

A few of my business goals.

Schedule a week ahead, always. Ha! Hah! Haaaah! Nooope. I used to be so good at this... but that was like three years ago. A lot has changed since then, including the types of things I blog about. I also think that scheduling a week ahead of time messed me up because I would work really hard to get a week's worth of work done, then feel overly accomplished and not work very hard the following days which meant the next week I would be scrambling.

Revising this goal to simply be "stop waiting until the last minute to realize you don't have something queued, ya jerk" is probably a better idea.

Don't stress over emails. I wouldn't say that I don't stress over email anymore, and I'm definitely guilty of letting some sit in my inbox way too long before responding but in general, I feel like I've improved. The biggest help has been to stop checking my email a million times a day. I try to check it around three times a day and knock out emails as soon as I see them instead of reading and forgetting which was inevitable when I checked my email constantly.

Business cards. Haven't even thought of it... Whoops!

Eliminate distractions + set a more rigid schedule. This is still something I struggle with. There are times when no matter how hard I try to sit at my computer and type something my brain just isn't cooperating. I find myself staring at plants or baby talking Klaus. I have found that I work REALLY well at coffee shops so maybe having a scheduled day or two a week at a coffee shop is exactly what I need to do to be super productive.

Be more social. I'm trying! Everyday I try to reach a set number of comments to leave depending on how much time I have. It's so easy to just double tap a photo on instagram but comments really do mean so much more. Working hard in 2016 to spread the love!

More outfit photos. Started off slowly on this goal but I'm pleased with how many I've shot these last few weeks. Just have to keep up that pace! Check them out here.

2016's goals seem to be going pretty well so far, right? I'm feeling good about it. It's been an awesome year so far. Here's to making the second half of it even better!

How are you doing on your goals?

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22 thoughts

  1. Omg ! I loved it. My goals are very similar. Especially the saving money one. This was such a lovely post x


  2. Looks like a lot of progress! I totally struggle with things like "dishes in the sink every night" so that would be a good goal for me to aspire to.

    As far as cooking, I love quick easy (vegetarian) meals for weeknights. Recently I've been obsessed with broccoli toast and these spicy cauliflower and chickpea pitas that are super simple. I mostly go for soups in the winter because they are leftovers I actually like. I should do a roundup of my favorites.

    For business cards, check out instagram style ones through social print studio! I have regular business cards for work but wanted semi-professional ones with social media and the link for conferences and mine came out perfect and weren't too expensive. You can print an instagram photo on one side and your contact info on the other. The quality of the cards is nice, too. Since they are square, I feel like they are noticeable, too.

    Molly, Librarian Style

    1. Oh geez, I googled broccoli toast (because just plain broccoli on toast sounded kind of gross) and daaaang! Some of those results look AMAZING. I will definitely have to try that out. Thank you!!! :)

  3. if you haven't already added one to your kitchen i recommend a crockpot! I make 1-2 pots a week with our crockpot and i LOVE IT! I'm a dieting vegan, so i've found tons of cheap, easy and healthy options, staples in our house are: chili, minestrone soup, potato & corn chowder, stuffed green peppers and curry! I can make use like 6 meals for like $12, i love it cause now my extra money can go towards more entertaining indulgences :)

    1. I got one for Christmas. I LOVE it. I usually just use it to make chili though. I need to expand my crockpot usage!

  4. one of my favorite things to make in the summer is this potato corn chowder:

    it is SO GOOD. I don't ever do the garnish. but the first time i made it, we had it for dinner, then dinner the next night, then I made it AGAIN because we liked it so much.

    1. Awesome! I'll have to try that. I love when something is so good that you just have to make it twice in a row. Thanks, Rae! :)

  5. I think I'm going to follow you on your goal to be more social.
    I am guilty of never leaving comments on anything anywhere anymore despite reading silently. It's bad, I should stop doing it.

    Good luck to you!

    1. Hey, look at you! Leaving a comment! ;)

      Seriously though, it's just too easy not to comment on things! Receiving a comment is so encouraging though. I want to do better job of letting people know they're appreciated. :)

  6. Have you tried pesto?
    Makes cooking easy when lazy ;)
    Just stir into plain pasta or combine with some kind of protein to make a luxury variety.

    1. Nope, I have no idea why not. I love pesto on sandwiches, and I bet it would just be amaaaazing on grilled cheese (which I eat a ton of!)

      Thank you!!!

  7. Hey...About your "Postacard goal"...Have you receive my Tooth card (look here:http://baldesoursonnes.canalblog.com/archives/2016/03/30/33589999.html)?

    1. Yes! I did! Thank you so so so much. I'll get back to you as soon as I have some time to sit down and respond. Summer is just so busy.

  8. That goal about being brave and being alone really resonates. My boyfriend travels for his job (a lot), and I tend to be a SUPER homebody while he's away. I end up missing out on some things, but gosh... I really just kind of hate people sometimes. Street harassment experiences have definitely made my usually perfectly manageable social anxiety much worse, but I'm trying to be a bit braver, too.

    1. It's hard but so worth it! Good luck! <333

  9. It's inspiring to read about goals being accomplished! A lot of mine are pretty similar - I just recently got a bicycle & I'm hoping to rack up some miles. Do you have a favorite app for tracking bike rides?

    As for recipes, some of my faves are: sushi bowls (mine is a little more basic than this: http://pinchofyum.com/dynamite-plant-power-sushi-bowls), balsamic roasted brussells sprouts (I usually add some sliced almonds or somethin: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/brussels-sprouts-with-balsamic-and-cranberries-recipe.html) & otherwise I'll make some sorta pasta dish, curry, or rice & beans/tacos.


    1. I use MapMyRide to keep track of miles! I really like it. Just make sure to turn off WiFi before riding or it might goof up and not count your miles!

      Awesome, thank you so much for the links! I love love love brussels sprouts so I'll definitely have to try that one.

  10. Hah, no dishes in the sink at the end of the day. I swear that has been on my goals list for years now. And also no dirty clothes on the floor/chair. That is one I constantly struggling with.

    I took my first train journey a few months ago and it was pretty fun! We traveled to Washington DC and it was about and 8 hour ride so that was a kind of long time to be trapped in a small space with lots of strangers. I definitely recommend headphones! But it was so fun to just look out the window and see the pretty landscapes. Oh and bring your own snacks because you'll end up paying like 7 bucks for a cold bagel if you order train food..

    Oh man I have been super slacking with my scheduled blog posts too lately. I remember back when I was on top of things I would have a whole month's worth scheduled!

    1. Long crowded ride with strangers is kind why it's not a suuuper duper huge priority right now. I love the idea of taking the train, and know there it would be such an awesome way to see some new things but I'm definitely nervous about being in such close quarters. I guess it would be no different than flying in that sense though, right? (And I REALLY love flying!)

  11. I totally hear you on the coffee shop productivity. I've made it a new goal to work in one once a week and I get SO MUCH MORE done it's crazy.

  12. I try to cook as much as I can too, even with my itty bitty apartment kitchen! This is my favorite meal I've come up with so far - pesto Caprese Pasta with proscuitto, mozzarella, and tomatoes! http://www.chaotickitchenette.com/home/caprese-pasta


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