Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Five Years From Now....

Day F: Five Years From Now....

Well, this is an ABC Blog Challenge that's worthy of a post all it's own. :) Actually, I hesitate anymore to share any predictions for the future, because if you know anything about our family story then you're already aware that absolutely nothing we plan turns out the way we expect it. Of course nothing ever really does, but I mean in big, big ways. Jobs, homes, babies, relationships...you name it, we've been thrown curve balls every single time.

When Eric and I were married at the ripe old ages of 23 and 21 we had our entire lives mapped out from the present to retirement and beyond. I once typed out my entire life plan, including all of my personal beliefs on child rearing. HA. Hahahahahaha.....

No, but for real I did that. For all of the newcomers on the block, let me just give you the short and sweet version that I've shared many times here before. If all of our planning had worked out:

*I would have one little baby in my arms right now (and it would be a boy, haha)
*We'd definitely be debt free (because I would have been working for longer with no kiddos)
*Eric and I would still be living in Missouri (because his job would require it)

And all of those things added together would have meant our life picture looked drastically different than it does today. With no debt (or baby bills - eek!), who knows, we may have been well on our way to home ownership by now. We probably wouldn't be driving hoopties around town. Eric and I would have been to Disney and back.

Instead, our lives took a major turn from the minute we stepped off of the plane from our honeymoon. Surprise! We had an Evelyn. And the rest is history. One little event changed everything. Well...guess I can't call that a little event. :) It wasn't part of the plan. As much as I like to think I have complete control over my own life...yep...sure don't. Which brings me back to the hesitation.

Because I really like my plans. I don't want to jinx my plans. And every time I write them out, soon after all heck breaks loose. (Usually translating into -but not limited to- stock market crashes, surprise relocating, or babies...like Gracie, for example.) So I'm taking a risk here, people. If an asteroid lands in Southern, IL tomorrow and wipes out all of your possessions, I apologize. It was me and my audacity to make a plan.

So let's just get on with it. Where am I in five years?
Five years from now I'll be 31 years old, which means I will be done having kids. Done-zo. Verdict is still out on how many little Robertses will be running around here when it's all said and done, but I'd prefer to spend my 30's raising my brood and not pregnant. (I'm probably going to have triplets now.)

We will definitely be debt free! Holy cow, I hope this happens sooner rather than later.

We will either be just moving into or getting ready to choose our very first home. I already have plans for the walls we don't even own yet. :)

I will have at least two kids in school full time, which means there will be much more time to write. In my wildest dreams, I'll be working on a novel by then. Pretty sure this was part of my plans for the LAST five years.

Having more free time means more of my personal time to donate. Oh, and I want to be a room mom in a really bad way.

I will be busy planning our second Disney vacation. Because we're going every two years. Eric doesn't know that yet, but I do, so it's all good.

In five years my marriage is even stronger than it is today.

In five years I will have learned some new things, whether it be in a book or a speech or through life experience. I wonder what it will be....

Will I be blogging in five years? I mean, what will the world look like in five years? Will there be something better than blogs? Who knows!

My biggest, HUGEST, plan (which is really a hope and a prayer) is that all of the members of our family are happy, healthy, and safe and sound. Without all of those things, I highly doubt much else will matter. It's another one of those variables that we simply don't have a lot of control over. Why is it the things we can't control are always the game-changers? They can take all of your plans and chuck them out the window in a second.

At the end of the day, my projection for the next five years is that life will be very similar to the way it is right now, just with more people to love and less bills to pay! I love this quote by Charles Jones:

"You will be the same person you are in five years as you are today except for the books you read and the people you meet."

Eric has been living by this idea since he first heard it at "Student Leadership University," which he attended for four years in High School. I have to say...it's so true. Nothing has affected our lives more than the books we have read (i.e. the things we have learned) and the people we have met and networked with - including our own children. So we'll keep on chugging along.  Living life the way we know how. And hopefully those plans that I have built up in my brain aren't TOO far from the truth. :)

Alright. Everybody still alive out there? No major catasrophies have taken out half of the country? 


Maybe for once I won't get bitten in the rear for thinking too much. Hope you guys are having a happy Tuesday! Peace. Out.


Eric Robert said...

I can't believe you wrote this. I literally have a Word document opened up with the "You will be the same person..." quote at the top right now. I wanted to get a quick start on your guest blogging request, and you just wrote my post. I was even going to title it something eerily similar...

Guess I'm off the hook now?

Adrien said...

Baha, NO! You're doing it. :D

Eric Robert said...

Fine, but I'm writing about politics. :D

Adrien said...

Haha, I've got something you can write about. Just you wait.

Heather said...

Looks like you're going to be a super happy girl in about 5 years! Hope everything works out the way you want it to!

Ashley Mitchell said...

That is a GREAT idea to live by. I'm writing this one down. :)


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