- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2015
so FI and I are quite young and for the last few years have just been working our respective jobs, planning our weekends on a Friday and not really think too much further.
Something my my dad said to us recently about the enjoyment of life being about making accomplishments got is thinking.
we sat together in front of a backyard fire on Saturday night and spoke for hours about a 5-10 year plan. We discussed timelines of everything past the wedding, both our careers, children, property, investments -everything! And I don’t mean in a dreamy “one day” kind of way, but specific timelines, dollar figures etc. we wrote it all down, figured what little steps were needed on the way and promised to each other we’d do our best to fulfil these smaller goals which will enable our bigger goals.
I was reflecting today, and I feel strangely liberated. Work seems more interesting as I am suddenly working towards something. I look at my relationship in a new light, more of a partnership where we both get to fulfil our dreams and desires and neither will get ignored. we both already knew what we wanted – but breaking it down suddenly made it something to work for and even better something achievable.
This might sound like a silly thing, but it’s just something I have never thought of doing and I certainly didn’t think it would actually change my outlook on life.
Here is the shortened version of our 5-10yr plan:
-both of us have taken on the committement to work 2 jobs up to the wedding (We are already doing this) the extra money will mean by our wedding date, we can pay our share in cash and most of our major debt will be paid off.
-we return to one job each after our wedding to enjoy married bliss. We pay off the final debt (fairly modest credit cards)
-save up deposit for dream country property and buy.
– try for children, when I am a mother I stay at home for a few years, raising my babies and studying business at uni While they are at daycare/parents house (2 classes a week) FI keeps his current job and supports us and looks after babies when I need to study/do homework.
-I get qualified and return to the work force (I have a successful career in business but need further education to further it.)
-FI quits his job. He takes full time care of the property, adding cottages for our b&b. FI has done almost every trade required to build these with his own hands. He will also do metal work from home for cash, and look after the kids after school. He is more of a nurturer than I am, a tough childhood left me somewhat cold and we feel he’d do a better job of the hands on stuff – plus he can do far more in maintaining a farmlet
-we try to get our businesses off the ground. If they do moderately, I will continue my job. If they grow quite successful, I will quit my job to manage the accounting/bookings etc of the b&b while FI continues with selling his metal products.
it all is divided into smaller goals, and if one of them get delayed or not to plan then the big picture may need some tweaking but damn it feels good to feel like you are suddenly working towards something, and I encourage everyone to try it.
i would love to know who else has a solid 5-10 year plan and what it is? How detailed is it like do you micromanage it or just have a vague place you want to end up but aren’t sure how to get there? Have you achieved your 5 year plan?
Please share 🙂