Today I want to hear from you about your dreams and ambitions! Tell me how you envision yourself living five years from now. What do you want to accomplish in that time? What transitions will you go through?
In five years Kyle and I will be thirty-two! I see us on a beach near San Diego playing with our 1-2 small children. We both have PhDs; Kyle has finished one postdoc and has a research position in academia or private industry in San Diego and I have had at least one job that uses my education. I guess my image of us on the beach reflects a lifestyle of quality time together and appreciation of living in such a wonderful place. (When I asked Kyle what he wants in five years, he said all of these things plus he wants to have won a prestigious research award for young principal investigators!)
These are some other things that I might want to happen in the next five years:
- travel or live overseas (we have yet to leave North America!)
- buy a house in San Diego
- learn to live on one income (Kyle’s) (may be incompatible with previous point)
- live in one more city before we settle down
- buy one new-to-us car
- reach a satisfactory body composition goal and return to it post-pregnancies
- set up a flexible-time, location-independent job/source of income so that I can work from home/anywhere
We’re not concretely working toward any of these goals aside from achieving the PhDs and telling everyone that we plan to move to San Diego (does that count as networking?). Once Kyle secures a job we’ll have a better idea of what years 1-4 will look like and whether we’ll be able to start saving for a car or a house or a baby. I am continually tweaking my diet and exercise efforts to get closer to that goal weight/size/fitness. I think we have a chance of achieving our dream within five years and the only area I feel I should be working more on than I am is setting myself up for a post-PhD flexible job.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Are you on track to get there?