Monday, 5 February 2018

My 5 Year Plans

It's quite normal for everyone to set themselves goals to work towards in the future. You always want to be moving forward, not standing still or moving backwards. It's also a common thing to be asked; "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" Recently I asked myself this question and admittedly there's quite a few things I want to have done or have accomplished by the year 2023. At the same time, I also looked back at where I was 5 years ago to see just how far I'd come. This time in 2013, I was newly married, recovering from a failed pregnancy whilst still trying to conceive our first child. Living in a mangy 1 bedroom first floor flat. No job or hobbies and completely deluded in thinking that creating a Minecraft YouTube series with my husband would make us mega rich. Needless to say I have come a long way in the last 5 years and I definitely feel I am in a better and happier place than I was back then. But still I ask what are my 5 year goals and this is what I came up with.

Marriage.

Whilst Jordan and I are only engaged, it feels like we're already married. Having said that though, I would still like to make it official within the next five years. I was thinking a Spring 2020 wedding but for now we've set a date for Summer 2021.


Buying a Home.

In all honestly, this probably the most daunting of goals. I don't know why but it feels like more of a commitment than getting married. But as I am the only child in my family that hasn't bought, or built. their first home yet, I think it's time Jordan and I left the rental scene and looked towards buying a family home for our children to grow up in.

Baby Number 3.

Speaking of children, I definitely want to have baby number 3 (possibly our last) within the next five years. I have always had my heart set on having four children however Jordan has only ever wanted two. We compromised on three but a little part of me holds onto hope to be be a family of six one day. I was thinking of trying for baby number three after we got married but wouldn't want to leave it too long. I think three years is the perfect age gap between siblings but waiting til after the wedding would leave a four year age gap like between Vala and Flynn. Regardless of the age gap, hopefully by 2023, we'll be a family of five instead of four.

Published Novel.

For a year now I have been "working" on my first novel. So far I've managed to get the first three chapters written. Well, the third chapter is still a work in progress. Hopefully within the next five years I'll actually mange to finish my novel, edit it and get it published. Whether that's self-published or published through a proper publishing company, I don't mind. It's a goal I want to accomplish and with the right support and motivation, I plan to.


Studying.

Every year I look at going back to university and getting a degree. I dropped out half way through my course back in Australia so I could move to the UK and I have always regretted not finishing. Of course back then I was studying and english studies and that's not what I am interested in studying any more. I'm looking for creative writing courses now, preferably through Open University so I can work it around being a full-time mum. Hopefully in the next couple of years I will return to studying and actually graduate this time.



I don't think I am being overly ambitious with my goals for the future. I know they're all going to take a lot of time, commitment and dedication to accomplish but I am up for the task. Getting married, having a baby and buying a house is going to make the next five years quite expensive so I need to get A LOT better at saving and tightening those purse strings. I really need to stop impulse shopping but hey, that's just one more challenge for me to nail. Ah well, here's to the next five years!

Until next time,
Alli xo

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