Hey there! Today I am excited to share with you that I recently got a new job. When I turned 30 last year I really started thinking about my 5, 10 and 15 year goals (personal and professional) and what I needed to do to achieve them.
Here are just a few random goals:
Live and work in London / abroad for a year.
When I was in high school I just knew that I was going to study abroad for a year in college, and I was pretty damn sure that I was going to do that in London. However, I met Adam just a couple of months into my freshman year and I couldn’t imagine spending a whole semester away from him so my study abroad plans got put to the side.
^ Adam’s in the white shirt, I’m in the pink top. This was right around the time we met, and it’s our first ever picture together.
I don’t regret the decision to stay and be with Adam one bit. There is no place in the world that I would want to be if Adam wasn’t with me. That being said, the desire to have the adventure of living abroad for a while still burns within me.
The good news is that Adam is totally down for spending a year abroad too! The company I’m going to work for has an office in London, and Adam’s company also has an office in London, so this new career move makes living in London for a year just a bit more of a possibility.
Retire When I’m in my 40s.
Okay, I know this is a bit of a stretch goal but Adam and I have been talking about and planning for this for years already. We want to retire when we’re still young enough to enjoy life.
We know that means becoming expats, and we’re still evaluating possible countries … with Thailand and Costa Rica being at the top of the list at the moment. There is still a ton of research and planning for us to do before any of this becomes a truly concrete possibility, but we definitely plan to make it happen.
Start a Nonprofit to Help Animals.
It’s probably no surprise to you that I love animals. I have an idea for a nonprofit that helps educate humans on how to better take care of their pets. Part of that would include financial assistance for food and vet care for low-income individuals/families who complete a training course on how to be good pet parents.
During my drive into Miami I go through a low-income neighborhood and I can’t tell you how many dogs and cats I see roaming the streets. And how many I’ve seen laying dead on the side of the streets too. It breaks my heart.
Run an Ultramarathon.
In case you think I abandoned this goal, I definitely haven’t! It’s still high on my list of priorities and I hope to accomplish it within the next five years. I’ve still got my eye on a 50K that’s held every year in Chicago.
Get Smarter About Investing.
I currently have a small portfolio that brings in a decent return but I honestly don’t know anything about it. I really don’t know the first thing about stocks or how to choose companies to invest in. This is something I really want to learn more about!
A New Chapter in my Career
Making the decision to put in my notice at my current job wasn’t easy. I literally love the people I work with and think the team is super strong. The company is in a growth phase and things are going really well.
On one hand leaving now seems like a silly thing to do, but on the other hand I have goals to achieve and I’m not getting any younger. I’m happy with where my career is right now as a 31 year old. However, if I want to retire in my 40s I don’t really have a lot of time to get my life together in a big way!
For anyone else thinking of a possible job change I would say: challenge yourself. It’s easy to get comfortable and stick around where you are if it feels good. However if you’ve got goals to achieve you have to challenge yourself in a way that will help you achieve them.
Live your best life!
I think it’s crazy that so many of us choose our majors/careers when we’re just 18 years old. If you could start over, would you choose the same career?
I wouldn’t. I would probably get a degree in nonprofit management OR I would continue on with school and get my PhD so I could research and teach.