(Closed) 5 year plans- whose got 'em?

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Post # 3
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I think it’s great that you have a 5 year plan, I’m especially jealous of Year 3 Laughing

I don’t make plans more than a few weeks in advance anymore. I used to have my life planned out (married by X age, kids by X age etc) and now I’m divorced with no kids. Once I started not making plans and just living my life is when everything finally fell in to place and I am now just happy!

I guess if I was to plan out a bit in the future I woud say:

Buy a bigger house together with my SO

Go on an International vacation (stealing your year 3)

Talk about having a kid (we already have, but maybe talk about it again)

Take a dance class, I would just really like to

Post # 4
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’ve never really thought about it that way or written it down, but my husband and I have sort of mapped our our current plan for the next few years. 


Darling Husband goes to night school for MBA

Darling Husband tries to take opportunities at work that might lead to promotion

I try to book at least 4 weddings, which should finance the remainder of the photography equipment I need to buy to use on a regular basis

Towards end of year invest in advertising for my photography business


Darling Husband continues to go to school, hopefully goes for promotion

I focus on marketing/advertising for photography business and try to book 10 weddings

Maybe international vacation?


Darling Husband graduates with MBA, either gets promotion or starts applying for new jobs

I try to book as many weddings as possible, start TTC early in year (hopefully deliver over winter)



I quit job to do photography full time if I’ve booked enough 2016 weddings to support this


Be awesome? I dunno we haven’t thought that far ahead. πŸ™‚

Post # 5
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Last year it looked like this:

Alright, here’s ours – lofty, as well:

Year 1: Buy a House,  Start Doctorate (Me)

Year 2: Save Money, Promotion (Him)

Year 3: Save Money, Probably deal with a deployment

Year 4: Consider Civilian Job Options (Him), Finish Doctorate (Me), Start TTC  (Possibly)

Year 5: Have Baby (Possibly), Promotion (Both of Us).

Read more: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/whats-your-5-year-plan#ixzz2NXSzNkMT

Check off the first year! Whoo hoo! Now:

Year 2: Save Money – Check! Promotion (Him) – Check! Deployment – Looming

Year 3: Finish Doctorate, Consider Civilian Job Options, Possibly TTC

Year 4: Who the hell knows?



Post # 6
1333 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Sell my home, move into his (done)

Finish basement renovation (to be completed Saturday!)

Become engaged

Take, at minimum, a 5-day vacation



Renovate kitchen/get new windows

Take, at minimum a 5-day vacation



Take, at minimum a 5-day vacation


Sell current home, and either build dream home or buy, but we must have at least 1 acre of land.

Hopefully have or soon have first child…

Take, at minimum, a 5-day vacation together (we have vowed that once a year for our lifetime, we will take time for ourselves every year!)

AND, that is all I have…our plans are not too too specific, but we have specific ‘big’ goals in mind too!

Post # 8
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Year One:

– Finish decorating interior of new home.

– Go on awesome outdoor vacations with new dog.

– Work towards a promotion

– Do solo photography trip somewhere fabulous for 30th birthday!

Year Two:

– Vacation on safari in Africa

– Get promotion

– Continue having awesome outdoor adventures with dog, haha.

Year three:

– Start trying for baby

– Possibly have baby if successful in TTC

Year four:

– Try to go on awesome international trip with baby

– Hopefully get another promotion

Year five:

– Still traveling, still parenting (still own home).

Post # 9
2961 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Nope. I am way too disorganized for such things and frankly having a five year plan would bug the crap out of me. Sure I have some long range goals, but it’s not like I have them written down or a timetable or anything. The past is gone, the future is uncertain so I try to focus on the NOW.

Post # 10
1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I do!!!! I dont think it is silly or a waste of time, but then again my dad encouraged me to start making them when I was ten and so far I have kept them pretty well, even though I must admit this one is a bit ambitious, hopefully I will find the time though! I wish I could think of saving for a house or buying a car but the future means moving between countries more than once probably

Year 1 (2013

Get engaged

Finish Kaplan, Pass Step 1 Board Exam 

Continue med school, try to be in top ten of class 

Save as much money as possible to put towards wedding (working on it, so hard!!!)

Volunteer at shelter/orphanage

Year 2 (2014) 

Help SO study for residency exams and chose where to go

Stay in top ten of class

Learn dad’s business over vacation

Volunteer at shelter/orphanage

Save money for wedding/new life

Year 3 (2015)

Start and finish my internship (last year of med school!!!) 

Learn sign language

Save money for wedding/new life

Year 4 (2016)

Get married!! (hopefully it will happen before this though)

Graduate from medschool

Take my residency exams and move to be with SO wherever he is doing his residency (hopefully it is Chile)

Start residency in OB/GYN

Year 5 (2017)

Enjoy the new stage in my life

Explore South America

Find a project to volunteer at!

Year 6-10

Continue residency and hopefully start and finish supspecialty!

Save money for down payment of house wherever it may be

Children maybe? 

Move back to Costa Rica

Try to start own clinic (or be a stay at home mom for a couple of years which I would love!!!) 

Post # 11
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

@Asia– I love your “see the light at the end of the tunnel” that’s a great way to think of it! I may make a “Light at the End of the Tunnel List” and have to start crossing things off of it!

I want to travel to Europe SO bad, luckily so does my guy so I think we will cross that one off eventually!


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