I was reading a British magazine that was passed on to me, I rarely put much thought into articles written for fashion and gossip magazines, in fact I would never actually spend my own money on them... But this particular article really made me think.
A 5 year plan?
Focusing on what you like about your life, changing what you don't and preparing for your future.
What I'm proud of...
When I think back 5 years ago I feel accomplishment as well as failure. I went to college and because of that was able to get a good job with good benefits. But I should be a lot further by now. A lot further, meaning.... and this is the part I want to change... I should be teaching in England by now and living the life I've planned for my kids and I. It's just not easy studying, working and being a single mom. I can't afford to quit work and study full time, and I also can't afford to NOT go to school.
A 5 year plan made me realize I'm not getting younger, so I've decided to step it up, I will be studying full time this summer. No summer off in 2014.
My other short coming... I have a horrible habit of comfort eating. I very rarely drink and I have never smoked so to relax or sooth the stress away... I'm guilty of eating something sugary. I eat extremely healthy all day long then at the end of the day... KABLAM... and we all know that depending on the sugary treats chosen, they can be anywhere from 500 to 1,000 calories! So I have slowly peaked at my highest weight ever. It's to the point that it's interfering with my health... and I'm just plain uncomfortable.
Yesterday was the first day that I cut all refined sugars/carbs from my diet. My snacks were a sweet green pepper and another time a juicy orange. It's like I've become addicted to sugar and I need to detox. Refined carbs are also white rice and white flour. They are just (over all) so bad for the human body...
Tonight I'm trying a new soup "Chicken, brown rice and kale". It looks delicious... Lets see what the kids think!
All in all, I guess my 5 year plan just needed some tweeking, Just a little reminder and boost of what I'm planning, it's easy to get discouraged when saving and working for something that takes a long time to achieve. If I could get a job in the UK right now, I would and then I'd just finish my degree there, but it's not that easy I'm afraid. The British Government doesn't see too many good reasons to let Americans just up and move to the UK.
The only other thing that's on my list is of course taking my children to different parts of Europe, but that's something to think about once I am settled and in the UK.
Do you have a 5 year plan? Do you have a yearly Plan?
How do you see and prepare for your future?