My Five Year Plan

It’s hard to tell, because the future is never set in stone, but I have a feeling that the next five years are going to be the best years of my life – or, at least, the start of something wonderful. Having spent my entire life shackled down in education, I’m curious to see what it has to offer me when I’m released into the wild… Don’t get me wrong, my education incredibly important to me but it’s not like I can venture off into my ideal career whilst I’m still studying at university! After graduation and once I fully grasp what I want to do, the rest of my life can really begin.

My Five Year Plan

So, what do I want to have achieved in five years time? A lot, actually, but I’m going to limit it to the biggies – otherwise, we could be here all day!

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Graduate:

This time next year I’ll be a Computer Science graduate with, unless I suddenly halve my ability, a first class degree! I’ve got a feeling my 4th and final year will be the best one yet but I’m looking forward to graduating nonetheless.

Settle on a Career Choice:

Although I love do software development, the office environment is just not for me (as this horrific year has helped point out). I can’t stand being stuck at a desk for 8 hours, surrounded by people I’m forced to spend the majority of my day with, even if I’m doing something completely fantastic. It’s unhealthy and restricting – frankly, I hate it. So, I need to decide what I’m going to do. Freelancing is always an option, but a difficult one. Then, there’s the conflict between my other interests – photography and writing. Ideally, my perfect life would have me working as a freelance programmer and a part-time studio/commercial/event photographer, who blogs on the evenings. That’s the dream.

Overcome a Handful of My Fears:

Yeah, I’m scared of pretty much everything. I’d absolutely love to be able to live my life like the majority of other people do. I was going to list which fears I’m most desperate to overcome but it’s difficult to explain – it’s more my fear of what could happen that makes day-to-day tasks a struggle, and that’s where I need to focus my energy.

Get Married:

Without a doubt, in the next five years, me and Matt will be married. If not in 2017, then definitely in 2018. I just can’t wait. We’ve already decided on every single detail and now it’s just a case of saving up the money. We had another wonderful idea today too, coincidentally, so I’m feeling very excited!

My Five Year Plan

Buy our First Home:

Settling down in our home town would definitely be the easiest and quickest option, but we’re not quite sure if that’s the way to go yet. We don’t know if we want to rent for a few more years – giving us the flexibility to move before making a decision – or if we want to move abroad – to avoid the future of Brexit. It’s a tough one, but it will certainly have to be decided within five years.

Have a Rainy Day Fund:

Building a life without savings is a bit risky but it’s sometimes the only option if money’s tight. Even if it’s tough, I’d love to have a rainy day fund within the next five years or so. Washing machine broke? Poorly kitties? Unexpected dental emergencies? No worries!

Visit Italy:

Me and Matt have dreamt about Italy throughout our entire relationship. It’s our ideal holiday destination but, because I don’t like flying and I’m scared of the current crisis situation that seems to be spreading all over Europe, for now I’ll be sticking to the UK. If the world doesn’t continue to go mad, and everything calms down a little, I’d love to think we’ll be hopping straight on a plane to our little slice of paradise.

Start Horse Riding Again:

Me and my mum used to go horse riding and it’s something that has stuck with me, right into adulthood. I still get butterflies thinking about riding – it’s magical. Horses are beautiful, powerful, majestic animals. A lot of little girls love horses, but I just never grew out of it. Recently, I was looking into taking adult lessons and even if I only get to ride a couple of times a month, that’s still life goals right there.

Complete the Race For Life:

I’ve had this on my ‘to-do’ list for a few years now (and it means a hell of a lot to me), but since getting it down into words for my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge, it’s been etched deeper into the forefront of my mind. To complete my challenge, I have to run the Race For Life in 2017 – I better get training!

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What’s on your five year plan?

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23 thoughts on “My Five Year Plan

  1. Those are all great goals Morgan, I hope you get them. You career choice sounds interesting I can tell you office work is not always great. I would be sad if you left the UK, but I get why… Brexit is going to be tough, more for those that voted us out weirdly enough.

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      • No, I haven’t. I had hoped to make it there this year for the Rome marathon, but I ended up having surgery and wasn’t able to run. But… I’m currently back in training so hopefully soon I’ll be ready to start planning again 🙂

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      • Wow, a marathon. That’s on my bucket list, but I can barely run for a bus without needed an hour sleep so I’m sure I’ll need to train A LOT.
        I hope you manage to get there eventually 😀 It sounds incredible!

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  2. We don’t have a set plan, largely because a lot of things are up in the air – for example, whether I go back to work now or next year (this fall or the following) will determine certain things… Also, whether my husband changes jobs now or later (he’s looking at both options)… We really want to travel to Canada and England in the next if not year then two… And depending on how this school year goes for my oldest, we may look at homeschooling or private school for him for the rest of secondary.

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    • Your plans seem very “this or that”, so at least you have a couple of paths to follow :). I think that’s definitely better than being completely unsure!
      Do you know where in England you’d like to visit? Me and Matt are actually thinking about moving to Canada.

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      • We’d be visiting in Nottinghamshire, and hoping to get to London and Edinburgh.

        Well, it all depended on job prospects I had a few months ago. It turns out none of those will be shaping up in my favor, so I have to come up with an alternate plan.

        It’s important to be flexible. Life does not always work out the way we want it to…

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    • Aw thank you :). Even if all of my plans change, I know I at least tried, which is all I want really. It’s nice having a little control! Do you have many long term goals?
      I’m sorry it took so long to reply – for some reason, your comment was in my spam :o.

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  3. I absolutely LOVED reading this post, especially as we have a lot of similar goals. I graduate next year and had a year abroad this year which has changed up my rough 5 year plan as I’ve realised I reeeeally don’t want a 9-5 desk job and the potential of living abroad is way more appealing. Also horse riding is one of my goals as it’s always been a favourite hobby of mine, though I’m planning on joing the riding or polo club at uni:). Really, really enjoyed this post and good luck for all your goals! I hope you achieve them all!

    Hannah xx
    http://www.hannahemilylane.com

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It was really nice getting these goals written down :).
      It’s mad how one thing like that (for you, your year abroad, for me, my internship) can change your plans completely.
      I wanted to join the riding club at uni but I was too embarrassed haha. I do regret it though!
      Thank you so much! xx

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  4. really (searingly sincerely) i hope you make a bunch of headway and crunch into and actually eat/taste/digest all or most your plans. i sus/ex/pectorate you awlreddee sus/ex/pect some of that will change — and since you have detailed such positive and quantifiable things, whatever changes do happen — will prawbubbubbly be of equivalent magnitude and “value”. thanx 4 sharing. and i hope you keep everyone posted ~

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