Do you ever find it helpful to write your goals down? I’ve been a bit of a Negative Nancy lately about my studies due to the intense strain and stress that writing a thesis will do to the average person. I’ve put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this thing and I’m not even 5% of the way done. I’ve always been obsessive about school. My mom tells this story about me being in Pre-K: Apparently I would come home, invent homework for myself, and then do it. I would give myself things to do like write the numbers 1-100. Then, I would hand it in to my Dad and be done for the day. What type of person does that at age 4? Oh yeah, me. Perhaps that explains why I hyperventilated today over this major proposal I am working on. Have I read enough? Do I know enough? Can I defend my work in front of the entire history factory? Can I just quit and spray paint things pink for a living? Why do I care so much when only about 5 people are going to read this thing? And, why am I writing this 100 page paper/book/thingy if only 5 people are going to read it?
My mom reminded me today that things worth doing are not easy. They take a lot of work. She told me when I’m done, I’m going to feel a sense of accomplishment. Still, when I am finished, the down economy awaits me again. I don’t know if anyone else out there has a Type A personality, but it’s hard for us folks to go with the flow, to remind ourselves that someone has a plan for us in this great thing we call life.
Yeah, worrying like this is not good for myself, my health, my marriage, and my sanity. Ironic, isn’t it, that my thesis is about an insane asylum? Ha, that is funny. Forgive me.
I make the point about writing goals down because so much of my Budget Blonde blog is about saving some moolah and living life on the cheap. But, there is another entire side of budgeting that I never really think about – budgeting my time. I needed to take a break so badly today that I actually cooked! Call an ambulance people – my husband has not eaten it yet. So, if y’all have read this blog for the past few months, you know something is going wrong here today when I actually set out to make a meal. Cross your fingers I make it to another day, because I ingested it as well!
Well here is a short and sweet list of things I want to do in the next 7 years before I hit 30:
1. Get my master’s degree (without getting a heart attack).
2. Pay off all of my school debt.
3. Find a job I like.
4. Keep said job.
5. Learn how to do more crafts (glass beads, jewelry, etching, more paint/furniture treatments, etc.)
6. Decide on a city to live in and stop being nomads.
7. Buy a cheap house and start fixing it up.
8. Have a bean if the time is right….
9. Save up and go on a few vacations.
10. Keep working on/enjoying/growing the blog 🙂
Anyone else feel like sharing their to do list for the next couple of years? Or, feel free to share the love and tell me it’s going to be a-ok! 😉 Hope y’all are enjoying the nice weather outside!