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I wrote a post a while back about the butterfly effect and how sometimes small life events can have significant causal effects on so many aspects of our life. The main objective was certainly not to dwell on the past but to reflect on those possible “what ifs” of life and how they have lead us to where we are today. It is one of my favorite stop and make you think pieces.
I was going through a box the other day (yes I am still in boxes from my move), I came across a paper I had to write for part of my portfolio for my undergraduate Nursing degree. It was a “Where I Would Be in 10 Years” assignment. I stopped. Wait. I graduated Nursing school in 2006, we are almost there. Everything I had predicted was true, minus the fact I wasn’t accepting my Doctoral degree and curing childhood obesity. I do have my Master’s done and making strides towards the cause! I am a professor at the local college, just not the Dean like I had predicted….lofty thinking who can take over a college at 31? In any event, it was such an eye opening experience reading that “time capsule” piece if you will.
So when I was asked by Clinique to write a letter to my future self, it couldn’t have been better timing. Clinique’s newest campaign is #FaceForward. It is all about making a promise to the future. Putting it out there. Setting those life goals and going after them. I thought 5 years would be a good timeframe to be giving advice to this theoretical self of mine.
Where Do I Think I Will Be or Doing In 5 Years?
I most likely will still be living in Florida. Let’s be honest, I have lived all up and down the East Coast and FL now feels like home. I am proud of my Boston roots and upbringing but I do not miss those Winters!
Possibly a little person on the horizon? Mark and I do want children. He is older than me and wants them like yesterday. I still enjoy my sleep and a glass of wine but I’m open to whatever life hands me. In 5 years I have a feeling that will be fulfilled, God willing. I know getting pregnant does not happen over night for most so I am going with the flow and not trying to worry too much about it now.
Will be on my way to getting that Doctorate. If I want to continue teaching at the University as a faculty member there are only so many times I can run to the bathroom or take an important call when the Dean starts asking me when I am getting my application together for the Doctoral program. There just aren’t enough hours in the day! Which leads me to…..
Going to part time so I can pursue this blog more full time. I have so many ideas and visions for this blog of mine. Even at this given time I have 25 unfinished posts sitting in my draft folder. How to grow your blog, tons of design tutorials, fashion spreads that look like they should be in a magazine, recipes, etc etc. What is preventing me from getting them all finished is two things. One, I’m completely Type A and OCD. So if it isn’t perfect, complete and makes sense to where the flow of the blog is for that week, then it doesn’t see the light of day. Two, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. I have been trying to catch up on the weekends but like hey, isn’t that when you are supposed to relax and have fun?
My full time job has been a little trying lately especially with the direction that healthcare is taking. Less reimbursement from insurance companies, which means you have to see that many more patients in a day and use resources that take more time (aka electronic charting…..the bane of my existence). Everyone is stretched so thin and so much of it falls on me. It is hard to critically think all day, leave and teach a barre class, grade papers and then have enough creative energy for the blog. So my goals over the next few years is to be able to cut down on those hours so I can shift my creative energy here. Fingers crossed.
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As I sit down to write this, I am realizing my main goals are what they have been for the past 10 years. My career. You know I don’t go there that often but I do feel like there is an overall plan for all of us. The more we try to push and influence that plan……something happens that lets us know we have a say but there is a bigger picture. I have a feeling that life is going to change and evolve over the next few years and it may be something like starting a family that shifts my goals away from the go go go, bigger, better and more. To the shift of focusing on something and somebody else. Slowing down, cutting back and reevaluating. You can only be so overly scheduled for so long till the seams come apart.
So for right now, I am going to continue trying to do it all and be it all. I am having a blast and loving the ride. I can’t wait to look back in 5 years and read this post and see if my “predictions” were as spot on as they were almost 10 years ago!
What are your thoughts? Do you sometimes think about where you will be in the next few years? Do you have any major life changes on the horizon that have been on your mind? Tell me where you think you will be in 5 years! The @Clinique #FaceForward campaign couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m putting my goals out there and not it’s time to make strides towards them. I hope to be still growing all these beautiful friends and connections over that time for sure! xoxoxoxo