2017 goals

I am SO excited about the new year. I know the whole internet thinks it’s dumb but I love the idea of a fresh start. A reset button! A time to review how you’re doing and make changes if you deem them necessary. You should already know by now how much I love making lists and setting goals so let’s get this started already…

Read 20 books. I’ve had it for less than a month, yet I can see how big of an impact having a Kindle has made on my reading habits. I’ve already plowed through three books! In 2017 I want to get back to being that girl that reads all the time. PS. Don’t forget to keep checking my sidebar to see what I’m currently reading!

Spend less time aimlessly clicking. This goes along with reading in a sense. I am hoping by spending less time aimlessly clicking around the internet I will be more productive and therefore have more time to read, and spend with those I love. Last year I spent a lot of time thinking about electronics, social media, and where I’m spending my time. I realized that I waste WAY too much time on things that don’t actually matter. I want to be spending more time outside, more time with Klaus, and more time on my bike. Less time scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and random webpages.

Make the new apartment feel like home. Obviously one of my big goals for the new year is to get my new apartment decorated and looking just perfect. I’m very anxious to get started on this project. I will absolutely be sharing lots of updates and photos.

Continue saving! 2016 was a really awesome year for me in terms of saving money. I did a pretty awesome job, and owe it all to Digit. I plan on continuing to save so that I can accomplish this next goal…

2x roadtrips …but hopefully more. I’m hoping that with Jeff and I sharing the cost of bills and spending more time together we’ll be able to plan, and of course, take more trips this year. We’ve been tossing around a few fairly solid ideas lately so I’m excited. Can’t wait to see where this year takes us, and to see if we end up in the desert …again.

Help Klaus feel more comfortable with strangers. Klaus is an amazing dog. He doesn’t chew on anything he shouldn’t, he’s never done anything out of spite like some dogs do, and he’s never had any accidents except when he was super sick but I’ve fallen short as a dog mom. He is kind of awful around people he doesn’t know. I know that’s because I haven’t exposed him to enough people. I also worry that my anxiety rubs off on him, like he senses that I’m uncomfortable around people so he barks to protect us. I feel really guilty about it. Our new apartment is in one of the most dog friendly neighborhoods I’ve ever seen. There are so many places that allow dogs on their patios and I’m always SO jealous when I see people eating pizza with their pooch. I don’t know how realistic of a goal it is to want to take him out to dinner with us by the end of the year but I want to be making progress toward this. If anyone has any tips for turning your grumpy dog into one who at the very least just ignores strangers, let me know!

Be a better stranger. You guys, one of my all time favorite things is sharing a random connection with a stranger. Nothing makes me feel better than a genuine smile from someone I don’t know. I want to do my best to make the number of these interactions and smiles just go through the roof this year. Instead of whispering to Jeff how I like someone’s hair or just keeping it to myself I want to tell them. This goal also includes making eye contact with people, something I’m definitely guilty of avoiding especially with people who I think look interesting which makes no dang sense. I want to share the love, spread positive vibes, and give compliments out like candy in the new year.

Spend more time being creative. More photos. More sewing. More doodling. More painting. More found on the beach collections. More little art projects. Making things makes me happy, so why am I not spending more time doing it?!

Project 365. In 2016 I royally sucked at taking photos. Don’t get me wrong, I took a lot of photos I’m very happy with but my numbers were looooow. Since first picking up a camera a billion years ago I’m pretty sure 2016 had to have the lowest number of shots taken. That really bums me out. I’m hoping that taking on Project 365 again will motivate me to pick my camera when I might otherwise just brush it off. Back in 2014 I wrote the post Project 365 + why you should do one too! if you’re looking for a push to start!

Make 5 new coffee drinks. For Christmas I got a fancy schmancy coffee maker. By the end of the year I want to have tried making at least five different coffee drinks. I know the internet is full of over the top recipes, and in the short time I’ve been drinking coffee I’ve liked every single drink I’ve tried so I’m stoked about this goal. I would love to hear about your favorite fancy coffee drink at home recipes!

Find 35 geocaches. Despite a very strong start last year, I don’t think I found a single geocache the last three or four months of 2016. I enjoy geocaching tremendously so this is my little push to get back into it. 

This might be the shortest list of goals I’ve ever written. I’m sure I’ll add a few more along the way seeing as I already added some between the time I took these photos and hit publish on the post but this is definitely a good start. What are some of your goals for this year?


Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • I think you are right about your stress, but exposure is huge too. It's such a habit with our family to just let everyone touch, play and interact with our dogs when their little so the world is less scary. Free things i recommend, work on being strong for him on walk – depending on his bred he looks at you as either a equal or a parent and depends on your guidance of each situation and mix up where you walk him. "Make his world bigger" and give him a chance to understand his world more and world with difference walks, smells and people. $$$ recommendation – Petsmart socializing classes. We've done with for 2 smaller dogs and did our local shelter socializing and training for our mid size Kelpie. It's not cheap, over $100 i think, but it helps them and more then that it teaches you what you need to work on with him over the coming months/years. Hope that helps. I have a very hyper, but sweet 2 year old Kelpie that we are consistently working with, but at the same time letting her have her independence ("hippie talk" for I don't like training my dogs to the point of losing their personality haha)

  • one of my 2017 goals (as of this very moment rite hurrr) is to tell people how I feel — most importantly when it's positively positive feelings. so, Kaylah, or should I say Mrs. D. Squid(??what), I've read your blog for many years now — sadly not commenting nearly as much as I would/could/should've — and you've truly been (and truly are) one hell of an inspiration. so much so that I'll quite plausibly never forget you, or all the little things you've taught me. so.. there. now you know! stay dainty ♡ ♡ ♡ (let the record show that it took me 15 minutes to press 'publish', because social things make me feel hecka shookd hahaha)

    all the best,
    autisticannie @ wordpress/instagram

  • I feel the same way about my camera, too!! I was actually inspired to first do a 365 project in 2015 because of you, but then took a break for 2016. I've started a new 365 in 2017 to start feeling passionate about photography again! Also I'm an animal trainer and have worked with dogs in similar situations before so feel free to ask me any questions you have about Klaus!

  • I've found that one of the best environments for our dogs is the dog park. It's great because it's a lot of dogs and a lot of people. We have two dogs, one that's very social (with people and dogs, but especially people) and one that's super skittish. The first one we took to the dog park all the time when he was a puppy/young dog, and I really think that helped to socialize him. The other one, well, we kind of slacked off a bit and really haven't taken her much. But it's a great place to try because there's the social element, the space for the dog or you to step away from a dog/person that your dog isn't vibing with, and there are so many different types of dogs and people that your dog will be exposed to (people who will ignore, people who will be affectionate, people who will get down on the ground with him, etc.). For uneasy dogs, a good thing to do might be to really exercise them before taking them to the dog park, that way you bring their energy level down and they're a little more receptive. Also, having a buddy dog (a dog your dogs knows and trusts) with you that displays the behavior you want to see in your dog can certainly help…definitely does with ours, it pushes out skittish one out of her comfort-zone because she wants to follow the social one around and go where he goes. Hope that helps!

  • I hope you'll keep us updated on any progress with Klaus. I have also not exposed my dog to enough people and want to help her chill out this, so any thing helpful you discover would be awesome to hear about. Pretty sure, I'm gonna end up having to find the money for a professional trainer to help me…