A Look Forward

In my last post, I talked about my goals for 2020. This got me thinking about the future. Not a day, week or month in the future, but farther than that. What do I want my life to look like in five years? ten years? twenty years?

I remember thinking about my future a lot shortly after I graduated from college. It was scary. At that time, I had no idea what where my career path would take me, where I wanted to live or what was really important to me in life. Every other day I was considering a new career path or where I wanted to live. I kind of just let my life happen and went with the flow.

It is crazy for me to think that was five years ago and how far I have come in that time. I have now lived in three different states, had a few different jobs and have much different opinions about what defines success. It make sense to me, that as we grow and change our hopes and ambitions would also grow and change. The hopes and dreams I write down today may be entirely different than the ones I would write down in a year from now or two years from now. So here goes nothing I suppose.

Feel settled in our home. I know this may sound a bit odd, so let me explain a bit. A little under a year ago my husband and I bought our first home. We love out little house but have known since we bought the place that it would not be our forever home as it stands now. The house is only 1,200 square feet and only has one bathroom (with one sink)… So not exactly ideal for a family long term. Even if the house isn’t ideal, we live within ten minutes of anything we could need and our lot is pretty much amazing and allows for room to grow.

We have already started talk through what the expansion to our house would look like and how we would landscape our yard. Every time we talk about the possibilities I get so excited. While the possibility of having more than one bathroom is absolutely a plus, I am more eager to truly feel settled in our home. Because we know we will be doing a remodel/addition within the next few years, it is hard to justify many home improvement projects. Therefore, there are so many things we would love to do, but won’t for the time being. I am excited for a time when we feel truly settled.

Start a family. I have wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember. It is something I have looked forward to and hoped for. Now, I am nearing a time when that hope may become a reality. While we are not planning on any kiddos for another few years, starting a family is still something I hope for my future. I have no idea what our family will look like. Whether we will end up with one kid or three, all biological or some adopted. Only time will tell how this will manifest and I can’t wait to find out.

Become my own boss. I have struggle for a long time to figure out exactly what it is that I want to do. There are so many paths that I want to take, that it is hard for me to pick one and move forward with it fully. Not that long ago I began to think, what if I didn’t have to pick just one? What if I could find a way to explore them all? That is what I want to do. I want to become my own boss and fully explore these different areas of interest. I already have plans to explore a couple of those paths and am excited to share those plans with all of you shortly!

Be more philanthropic. Over the past couple of years, I have volunteered with the local chapter of my sorority. It is so rewarding to be able to mentor young leaders and watch them grow over the years. I love being able to give back to an organization that is so near and dear to my heart, but I want to do more. I want to find other outlets to volunteer for. My goal is to research and find causes that really mean something to me then find the best way to be involved.

So these are my hopes and dreams for the future. I am hoping by writing them done it can be the first step toward manifesting them into reality. Only time will tell if these things are realistic or things I will want in the long term, but for now they are my hopes for the future. What are some of your long term goals? Until next time, friends… CBL

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