After reading a fellow blogger’s post about their ‘Summer Bucket List’ I got to thinking. What am I missing out on because I haven’t sat down to really think out what I really want to get out of this week, this month, this year and this season in life? Now, don’t go running off because it sounds like homework time. I’m not going to make you write a paper about what you want to be or what you want to do. I do, however, think it is important to take some time to evaluate if you are getting the most out of your life.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about my dad. He passed away when I was 17. He worked so hard his entire life to provide a stable home for my brothers and sisters and to have an enjoyable retirement with my mom. All of his planning was appreciated, don’t get me wrong, but I get really sad when I think that he never really got to enjoy his retirement. Life is funny like that, you can plan and plan and then something comes out of left field and your plan goes flying out the window. Knowing that the our plans can only take us so far has really gotten me excited to start living for today.
It’s really hard, however, to figure out what you want out of life let alone figure out how to get it. So I’ve decided to break down my life goals/ambitions into school years and summers. So here are my goals and ambitions for this upcoming school year.
- Stop instinctively saying “no”. “No” is my go-to response lately with my four year old and I am going to try very hard to stop instantly saying it and taking time to think about what she is really asking me. I know that finger painting is a mess and only interests the girls for about .5 seconds, but there really isn’t a good reason for me to say “no” as much as I do.
- Make time for small trips. I know we aren’t going to live in Pennsylvania forever, so this is the perfect time to take advantage of the nearby attractions that we can drive to. I am planning a visit to Boston, New York, Sesame Place, Hershey Park and Niagara. Life is too short to not ride a candy bar rollercoaster and dance with Elmo.
- Save another 10k. It will be a stretch for us to do it, but we will feel so much closer to our goals with another 10k in savings.
- Make time to visit family and friends that are far away. We have so many loved ones in really cool places (Denver, So Cal, and Seattle). Family is so important so we need to really make the time to travel and see everyone. I’m sure we can find a way to budget these bigger trips and have an awesome time!
- Hand-make at least one gift for each child in the family for Christmas. I have plans for felt dolls for the girls and a felted animal zoo for the boys, I just need to get my rear in gear and get working on them!
- Take one big family vacation. We already spent 10 days at our family cabin this summer, but touristy family vacations are just so fun and memorable.
So those are my goals and ambitions for this next school year. Can you tell I have travel on my brain? I think it is so important to travel as a family and I would rather spend my money travelling and seeing things around the country and world than on fancy cars, new clothes and other things.
And don’t worry, I have a plan for a lot of these trips to be low cost and budget friendly. Stay tuned for more info on how I managed to score free airfare for 5 to San Diego, and other travel hacks I’ve discovered to make travelling possible on a budget.
So what are you plans for this upcoming school year. Are there things you want to accomplish?