Short-Term Bucket List: What I Hope to Accomplish in the Next 5 Years

I'm a very goal-oriented person. I like to have a plan, and I like to cross to-dos off my ever-evolving list. It makes me feel like I'm being productive in life, rather than just watching the days pass by. While I try not to get too caught up in the details of what I want to accomplish within the next few years, I do like to have a rough idea of what I'm setting out to do. If you're curious as to what my five-year plan is, keep on readin'.

Buy our first home

The biggest goal of mine and Tyler's is to buy a house in the next few years. After our wedding is over ( I can't believe it's only three weeks away! ), saving for a house will become our main financial priority.

I love our apartment, but I'm ready to have a home that's 100% ours. However, I don't want to rush the process of buying a house  w h a t s o e v e r.  Purchasing a home is a huge commitment, and I want to make sure we pick a house that makes the most sense for us, our lives, and how our lives will unfold in the following years. I hope it doesn't take a long time to find the right one, but I'm definitely willing to wait.

Take a trip overseas

I was lucky enough to visit France and Monaco as a high school student ( major shoutout to my family for making this happen ), and I've been dying to go back ever since. Of course I'd love to tour either of those countries again, but I'd also love to visit so many other international destinations. The list is looooong. So, in the next five years, I'd love to go on at least one trip overseas. Plus, Tyler has never been out of the country, so we have to cross that off his bucket list, too.

Be virtually debt-free

Excluding our future home mortgage, I would love to be completely debt-free in five years. I mean, who doesn't want that? I'm not going to delve into the details of our financial situation, but I feel confident that we will be able to pay off all outstanding debts in this time frame. Financial freedom, yes gawd. I am such an adult now, wow.

Find a job I love with pay I love

I love my job. I love my job SO much. However, I do not love my salary. At all. Here's the thing: I work in the marketing department at my local YMCA, and we do amazing work in the community. I get to walk into work every day knowing that I am making a tangible difference in the lives of people in my area. But, the Y is a non-profit, and that means that budgets are tight and funds are allocated toward our members and our services before our salaries. It's a wonderful feeling to know I'm putting myself behind the good of the community, but in the long-term, it just won't work for my desired lifestyle.

Look: I'm a boujee bitch, and I'll admit it. I love shopping, I love traveling, and I love eating out at bomb restaurants. I can't do all of those things on a regular basis with the salary I have now. Plus, in the next ten years, Tyler and I want to start a family, and I want to have our financial shit straight before bringing tiny little ( money draining ) humans into the world. So yeah, I need to find a better paying job. Hit me up if you know anyone hiring for digital marketing, social media, writing, or copyediting. I do pretty good work, and I can prove it. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.

Go on a Hawaiian honeymoon

I was also lucky enough to visit Hawaii while I was in college ( eternally grateful to the Nave family for bringing me along ), and just like Europe, I've been dying to go back ever since. Tyler and I are having a stay-cation style honeymoon directly after the wedding because we can't afford to take a big trip this year. We're hoping to go on a Hawaiian honeymoon sometime in 2020, so keep your fingers crossed for us! Also, if you've been to Hawaii, any recommendations or tips are welcome—I love getting an insider's advice.

Triple my digital audience

While I have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, I'm by far most active on Instagram and this blog, and that's specifically where I'd like to see the growth. I've been working on growing my audience on Instagram for about two years, and it's really challenging to do so authentically while maintaining a good engagement ratio—speaking from my own personal experience.

While I have doubled my audience in the past two years, I'm still no where near where I'd like to be. If I hit 5k in under five years, I'd be thrilled. I'd shit my pants if I ever hit 10k or more. I hope to be able to hit both of those markers, but the social landscape is so competitive! I currently have 1,600 followers on Instagram, so in five years, I'd love for that number to be between 4,000-5,000. I'm all about positive manifestation, so I just will myself to believe that I can do it!

Honestly, I could say so much more about trying to become a blogger/influencer and navigating that journey, so let me know if you'd be interested in a separate blog post on that in the comments below!

Maintain a workout routine of some sort

Maintaining a workout routine is really, really, really hard for me. I always fall out of the routine at some point, and getting back into it takes me literal months. Right now I'm kind of half-assing my routine, which also doesn't feel great. My thing is that I'm too tired to drag myself out of bed for a morning workout, and I like to get to work early so I can get off work early, so I'm working from seven-ish to four-ish, then I'm too tired after work to force myself to workout... You see my problem?

I was in a really good routine of making myself workout immediately after getting home from work, but I fell out of it about a month ago. Also, if you're thinking 'bitch, you literally work at a gym,' let me just say that the very last thing I want to do at the end of the day is stay at work longer. You know?

I'm currently doing three group exercise classes each week, but two of them aren't super challenging, so I feel like those don't really count. I'm planning on switching to a more challenging class next month to replace the dud class, but I'm disappointed that I fell out of my routine leading up to the wedding. I have to remind myself that I can get back into it at any time... It's just a motivation problem. Do you guys struggle with this too? I swear, every few months this happens to me! Vicious cycle and all that. Sigh. So yeah, it's a five year goal of mine to develop a constant, never ending workout routine that I love and look forward to so I don't fall out of it.

Keep the blog going

This is also something that I have a bad habit of falling off the wagon with! Those of you who have been following me for years will know that I had a fitness blog during my freshman year of college, then I started another more general lifestyle / beauty blog like this one toward the end of my college career, and I just never stuck with either.

Looking back, I think I was just uninspired by both of them because I didn't know what direction to take them in, and sometimes posting on the internet feels like shouting into a massive void. It's disappointing to spend hours working on one piece only to have it get nine views. HOWEVER. I am determined to stick with this blog because I feel like it's finally something that represents me accurately and because the only way it's going to grow is if I keep posting on it. If you're a real one, please hold me accountable for the next five years.

What are your five-year goals? Do we share some of the same goals, or are yours totally different? Let's chat in the comment section!


  1. I’m in the exact same position job wise as you! Manager of a charity shop and I love it practically my dream job but it’s so hard knowing that I’d never be on a lot of money and I wanted to start a family in the next 5-8 years!

    1. Hi Frankie! Sorry for the horribly late response; my life has been so crazy this month. It sounds like we're two peas in a pod! Do you think you'll stay at your job or consider finding a new one? Or would you stay at your full-time job but pick up a part-time job? It's such a hard decision.

  2. Great post, and great website. Thanks for the information! can cats eat bread