Everyone should have a plan for where there life is going. It really goes without saying, but sadly too often people don't know. You should have short, medium, and long term goals. Each of these goals you should be on the path to achieving. It's not a goal if you're not in motion toward it; that's a dream. So, the following are a few of my goals. Obviously everyone's goals will be different, but take from them what you can.
Short term goals:
At the moment I have a good paying job and stability. Wonderful. I'd like to continue that in the future. Maybe not the same job or the same location, who knows what'll happen, but certainly the same career path. Sometime in the next five years I would like to be a GM again, but in the meantime I am enjoying not having total responsibility for a restaurant. Again, it may be in the same area, maybe back east, definitely not further west in this state, maybe somewhere else. Who knows? At the immediate moment I like where I am and the people I'm working with. I know this business well enough though to know that this will change at some point and I may then move on.
In the next five years I'd like to find a husband. Granted we may not be married in the next five years, maybe, but not necessarily, but I'd like to find him at least and work towards building a life together. If I do find love, it may speed up the time frame for me leaving my current job location, if he's not in the immediate area. This is unfortunately a near certainty as judging by the guys in the area... ehhh... I'll pass. It's still better than the last place I lived, but guys around here are much more short term oriented. They're finishing up school and moving home or to find that job they want or whatever. Too many just aren't going to stick around and at the same time don't look to get into serious relationships because they know they're not sticking around for good. I'm different than most of the guys I know in that regard. I can find a good job anywhere. I have less confidence in finding good love. If I do find it, I'm going to stick with it. Relationships are hard work, and I'm more than willing to put in my share. To me, finding that amazing guy to spend my life with is my number one goal, and all others are flexible around it. I know for some people, career is the most important, or money, for instance. That's not how I operate. Love comes first and means the most to me.
Medium Term Goals:
In the next ten years I'd like to own the place I live (ok maybe a mortgage, but that's fine). Renting is basically giving your money away. I'd like to own a place with my (future) husband and I'd like to work with him to make it our unique, amazing place. I don't really care where it is, so long as it's safe and a good place to raise a family and maybe a few animals.
At this time I'll continue to pursue my career of course. But I'd also like to continue writing. I'd like to get something published. A novel most likely. I don't expect to make tons of money, but that's not why I want to do it.
In the next ten years, my (future) husband and I would want to start a family together. I'd love to have a few kids, I'm not really particular on the number of kids, but I'd very much like to be a dad someday and I'd like to share that happiness with my husband. We would work out how we would take care of them. Perhaps I would stay home while they were young, I'd be very happy to do so. Perhaps he would, if he preferred. But, as I said, I'd be more than happy to if he was following his dream career. My career makes me money, but kids would be more important to me.
Long Term Goals:
I want to travel and see new places with my (future) husband. I'd like our kids to grow up and have a good lives. I'd like for a place to call my own, enough money to retire comfortably someday, and I'd like my happily ever after with my husband. I want to live and see and experience as many things as I can and I want to share them with one special person until the day I die.