I have been blogging for 6 months now and I can say that it has changed my life for the better in so many ways. Having the opportunity to share my story and help others reach their goals is very fulfilling. One aspect I enjoy is meeting and talking with people from all over the world.
Last week I had a conversation with a reader and they asked me what my goals are for the upcoming years. I realized, I haven’t shared with you the goals I have for the next chapter of my life, hopefully this will motivate you in your journey. There is a level of transparency and realness to opening up to people about what your personal goals are, but here it goes.
In the next 12 months I have 2 goals:
Save $20k and take an Epic Road Trip.
To reach my savings goal of $20k in 12 months I am saving $1670 per month. I use a budget to track my weekly and monthly expenses to make sure that my goal and my plan matchup.
My “fun” goal is my Epic Road Trip :). This is something I am really excited about because Tuney (my dog) and I are going to be hitting the road and seeing some awesome places. Currently I am saving and organizing a plan for that trip. I will share more details in upcoming posts about this!
In the next 2-5 years I have 2 goals:
Get married and buy my first single family home with cash.
My goal to get married hinges on my girlfriend saying yes of course. 🙂 However, we have been dating for a while now, and I am confident that it is not a matter of if, but when at this point.
As far as the single family home with cash goes, I live right outside of Washington DC and if you know anything about this place things are not cheap. Median single family home prices are $400-600k. I am taking a different approach to this goal by investing and looking at ways to make my money grow for me faster than a savings plan. Stash is an app I have been using to learn more and invest in specific markets.
Always Remember - A goal without a plan is a wish.
I have been labeled a lot of things in my life, from a minimalist to a dreamer, and what they all leave out is a do-er. My girlfriend gets nervous when I say I am going to do something because she knows that however ridiculous it sounds I am going to try it.
Having a goal is the first step to attaining the life you want, however the key to the process is to come up with a plan to get there.
If you want to save money or pay off debt you need to set a goal with a time frame, and then use a budget to create the plan.
If you want to go on an epic road trip you have to come up with a time frame and a plan to make it realistic.
There are so many different goals you can have from starting a YouTube channel to starting a nonprofit. What it comes down to is how bad do you want it? If you want it then create a goal. If you create a goal then create a plan.
If you need help, I created this goal setting checklist to help you organize your thoughts and come up with some actionable (SMART) goals.