I am currently one year and a couple months into my five year plan with the hopes of early retirement. My biggest goal has been to get my girls both graduated from high school and off to college. One down and one more to go!
After the young one is off to college I want to take a year to really evaluate my personal situation and see what it is exactly that I would like to do. I'd also like to enjoy a year of living alone in my lovely little home. It would be a first for me to live alone here and I would really like to experience that. I may continue to work that year or I may not. I'm not sure.
In the time that remains I would like to complete home renovations, inside and out as well as to add A LOT of money to my savings and retirement accounts. Finishing up my work on Laverne is on the list as well. I'd also like to fit in some travel, if possible. I doubt I'd have the time or budget for much, but it would be nice if I could fit that in.
The biggest problem I've had is knowing where I want to go next and while I have a bajillion ideas swirling around in my head nothing has felt right. I am hoping that in the next few years it will come to me. Until then I have nothing concrete in mind. The one thing that I did have in mind was that if I couldn't decide I could at the very least just stay put until it comes to me.
It is entirely possible that my five year plan will have to change. It also may not, but it is very likely it will have to. I need to prepare myself for that possibility. So for the moment my five year plan will stay in place, however I will be planning and doing my research to be prepared in case it does need to be changed.
Having plans and goals is mightily important. It gives me a sense of purpose and direction in my life and allows me to achieve more than I otherwise would. Flexibility is also a very important part of planning and having goals. Without the ability to flex and adapt to change we flounder.
I could be upset, fearful and angry over the idea of a big developer possibly coming in and taking over everything I've done here for the past twenty five years but I'm not going to do that. It would just make me miserable. Instead I am looking at this as a possibility to do something different.
Yes, this was completely and totally unexpected. Out of the blue someone knocked on my door and told me they would like me to leave. That is a tough one, but how I choose to handle that is completely up to me. I'm in control and whatever the outcome I do feel things will be just fine.