Each week I write down my goals for the week to keep myself accountable for achieving them. I create a vision board and write down my yearly goals for New Years' and birthdays, but I have not written a 5-year plan in so long.
The last time I created a 5-year plan, life threw a wrench in my plans, and none of it happened. I was so devastated that I fell into a depression and felt like a failure. From that experience, I learned to research the goals, understand the reason behind the goals, and create sub-goals to help achieve them.
For example, I told you in an IGTV that when I was in high school and college, I wanted to own a house by the time I was 25. I had not researched home ownership or that process. I had not created any sub-goals to help me achieve that. Additionally, the only reason I wanted a house was that I thought it was a measurement of success and happiness, but all I wanted to do was live alone (which I currently do).
Here are my 5 Long Term Goals:
1. Career – I would like to be a full time blogger and grow Simply Sha Sha to a platform that shares bloggers' content about health, food, parenting, etc. I hope to be making enough money from blogging to support myself. If I am still working in Corporate America, I would like to be working in marketing OR being a content/marketing consultant for small businesses.
I want never to feel like I am working or be happy working on things that matter to me.
2. Financial – I would like to be credit card and student loan debt free!! I want to clear that debt and increase my credit score.
I want to have more financial freedom and splurge a bit on my loved ones and ME!
3. Social - I want to be surrounded by love by my family, friends, and hopefully by my current boyfriend (future husband ?)
I want to look at my circle, my community, my village, and see nothing but supportive, loving, and well-meaning people.
5. Personal – A goal that I am focusing on super hard right is improving my relationship with my body and food. This is a long-overdue priority! I will talk about this more on IGTV this week. I want to continue therapy and improve my mindfulness and the way I talk to myself. I also want to keep managing my anxiety.
These are just a snapshot of my long-term goals. Some of the reasoning behind them and sub-goals are not shared but could be shared in a future blog post.
I wrote these goals down to share with you all but also for me! I often get so busy, stressed, and unmotivated that I forget why I am working so hard and what I am working toward (BIG PICTURE). Or I get distracted by someone else's success and start to wonder down their path when THAT PATH AINT FOR ME and should keep going down the path that God made for me.
There are many times we (or at least I) decided that we want to do something solely because someone else was doing it well. I have not considered the different skill set between that other person and myself. The same way I envied the skills of others, someone has envied the skills that I have. I am grateful for the expertise and abilities that I have.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.