5-Year Plan?

I know we're nearly two weeks in but I still can't believe it's May! I feel like I say this every month but time sure flies.

For some reason, the beginning of every month always has me thinking about life. Maybe it's because it always feels like time is flying and I'm constantly wondering "How is it [insert month] already?!" But alas, here we are and this month is no different, in that sense. Let's get to my dramatic life talk of the month, shall we?

When I sit in on interviews with job applicants, the question "Where do you see yourself in five years?" frequently comes up. I've recently been thinking about this A. LOT. It might have something to do with our recent vacation and just how amazing it was. It also might have a little to do with my parents' talk of retirement plans.

Lately, I've been wondering what life with my husband and child(ren) will look like in five years. What we'll be doing, where we'll be living, what our family will look like, and so on. I think about where I want to be in life and geographically. What I hope to be doing. How many children I hope we'll have. I start to make a plan in my head and then I stop. Don't get me wrong--thinking about the future is exciting. But it's equally scary.

So much is in our control. And yet, so much is not. Life is fluid. It changes every second. Do I want to live a life tied to strict goals or guidelines I set for five years into the future. Or do I want to live my life day-by-day and be present? Which is less stressful? But which is more responsible? Is making a plan even realistic? If I don't make a plan, will my goals come to fruition?

These are the struggles I have with making a five-year plan. 

Originally, I wanted to come up with a plan (1. Become a millionaire, etc.) and live my life accordingly, so that the goals would be achieved. Ultimately, though, I've decided to make a sort of-kind of plan. A general idea of what I want to do, where I want to be, what I want and hope for. But it is all made with the real understanding that things can change and so, it can all be altered. I might not want those same things a year from now...

What I will always, always want are:

Happiness, joy

Health/ a healthy lifestyle (that's more in my control)

Love and laughter 

So, whatever brings me the most of those -- that's the plan I'm sticking to most.


  1. Great post. This got me thinking about a five year plan! However I agree with you, as long as I have things that feed my soul and make genuinely happy, I'm okay with adapting and going with the flow ��

  2. This is such a great post. I think everyone should think about where they would like to be in 5 years. Of course, like you said it can change but having a general idea makes achieving those goals easier.