Thursday, March 15, 2012

Next 10 years

In just a blink of an eye, we are going to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary this coming October. We will have three kids.  More might be on its way.  I don't know.

We are considering homeschooling.  Spending a lot of time now deciding how to go about it.  We've researched various methods and found one that fits our lifestyle.  We are implementing a little at a time with our kids.  Our oldest is five, second is three and newest addition coming in April.

I'm currently finishing up my second masters, working my way at my job and spending an inordinate amount of time volunteering at church (two at the moment).

So what's the plan?

As I mentioned in my previous post, if you don't have a plan, you will float through life.  My 20's are gone.  My only regret is that I hadn't started earlier.  I loved that I quit my engineering job to travel China. I loved that I got my first masters. I loved that I got married.  I loved that we had kids. I loved that I am working at a place that allows me to work from home.  Everything I have done or am doing is moving in a general direction.  Hindsight is 20/20.

Short Term Goals:
-I am currently finishing up my second masters focused more in the Christian/non-profit industry.
-We hope to begin homeschooling
-Increase savings
-Begin small trips overseas including: Asia:China, Europe: Switzerland, Italy, others?
-Continue helping out at churches through bible study, teaching and other means
-Help in community development - mainly through financial and education means
- Help my wife to raise our kids, teaching them... playing soccer again...

Where do I want to be in 10 years?
- I will be married to my wife for nearly 17 years.  We've had lots of opportunities already to counsel teens and college students concerning dating and relationships.  I hope this will be a continued "ministry" we have together.  It's fun preparing/mentoring college students for their next steps in life.
- My kids will be 15, 13, and 10.  Starting high school and well in their teen years.  Hopefully we will have a good community where the kids are encouraged to learn and grow.  I want them to grow in knowledge (book smart), wisdom (street smart), relationships (EQ), communication (toast master?), language (multiple languages), sports/music other skills I hope my kids will excel at.
- Financial wise, I definitely hope to have at least $500k in the bank.  This will definitely be on the way to financial freedom and a slower lifestyle where we can focus on relationships and not so much on career.
- As for career, I hope to start/manage a non-profit of some sort.  With all my experience working in the church and other Christian non-profit, as well as the MAR, I hope to be involved in a specific ministry probably dealing with Christian/education/community development.  I need to learn leadership and management.
Anyways, seeing this helps me to focus my attentions to specific areas of life so as to not be distracted by other goals that seem good to me.

Year 5 Birthday

I was just going through some calculations.  Our girls are growing up fast.  We just had our b-day party yesterday.

We invited a load of people and if it was up to my wife, she'd have invited more.  But all in all, we did it on a Wednesday night where it was cheap-skate night.  We had a great time.  Cost were $2 for entrance and then $4+ for skate rentals.  Not bad considering how many people came.  PLUS the two exorbitant pizzas, we did move the party over to the Chik-Fil-A afterwards.  They let us eat our cake there and the food was more reasonably priced.

But my calculations:

I am 35 years old.  My kids are 5, 3, 0
In 5 years, we will be 40, E1 will be 10, E2 will be 8 and E3 will be 5.
In 10 years, we will be 45, E1 will be 15, E2 will be 13 and E3 will be 10.
In 15 years, we will be 50, E1 will be 20, E2 will be 18 and E3 will be 15.

It's only a blink of an eye.  What will you do in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?

Not just birthday parties, but career-wise, family-wise, health-wise, finance, where do you want to be?

Having a goal in mind helps you to plan step by step.  If you don't have a goal in mind, you'll just float through your next 5, 10, 15 years.  So what is it going to be?

I'll follow up with another post as to where we are headed.