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Been meaning to write this one up for a while now.
Have you noticed how darn freakin’ hard it can be to keep your eyes on your goals when they’re not immediately in front of you? When there are no set dates or schedules? Even worse, when you’re working like a demon to get to even the first marker and more obstacles appear? Yeah, me too. That’s pretty much been 2011 for me.
It can be handy to write up your plans and have them all in one place. So this post is exactly that – a manifesto of my Excellently Awesome Future Life Plans.
All in public and centralised, and a touchstone for me to revisit whenever I forget what I’m working towards. Also, it’s a bit like putting an advance order in to the Universe.
So here it is…*
Get a well-paying permanent or longer-term contract job (6-12 months) to keep me financially afloat. Be employed before, during and after the end of my current contract (end-November ’11). Take my birthday holiday trip in December. Have a blast, meet new people and RELAX. Work on reducing my physical possessions – sell stuff or give it away. Hold a garage sale?
Successfully wean myself off thyroid medication, with the assistance of kinesiology, diet, de-stressing, yoga and other exercise.
- Get a clean bill of health for my thyroid once I’m off medication.
- Write a complete first draft of the children’s book that’s banging around my brain. (It currently sends me messages like: WRITE ME, BIATCH).
- Find someone to illustrate my children’s book and collaborate on the work.
- Reverse my thyroid-induced weight gain. – HAPPENING!
Pay off all of my debts completely. Start saving a whole bunch of money for my Big Overseas Adventure!
- Gain my English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching certificate.
- Keep reducing amount of physical possessions to those things that are necessary for functional and/or emotional/spiritual/sanity purposes.
Get travel shots.
- Find a publisher who wants to publish my book and pay me money for it!
- Once I’ve saved up a whole bunch of money for my Big Overseas Adventure, buy an around the world plane ticket. Get necessary visas and insurance. UPDATE 17/3/2013: For now, I’m not taking a ’round the world trip, just a two month sabbatical to India (currently in progress!)
Quit my job. WOOP! WOOP!
- This one is sad. 😦 Find an excellent new home for Miss Cleo the cat. My beautiful girl. UPDATE 17/3/2013: Since I’m not going overseas indefinitely, I just have a house/cat sitter instead!
- Sell all possessions I don’t want to keep. Box up what’s left to put in storage.
Make all necessary plans and farewells. Then GET ON PLANE!! First stop: India, for panca karma, studying at KYM and Satyananda Ashram. Wander about. See things. Be in the world.
- Second stop: find wherever my Guru is in the world and spend some time with him, still studying yoga (referring to the complete idea of yoga here – philosophy, meditation, asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha).
- Third stop: spend some time in retreat.
- Other stops: maybe visit friends in the UK and US. Do some volunteer work in Haiti. Wander about. See things. Be in the world.
- Maintain and increase my good health, thyroid or otherwise.
Even longer term…
Now I’m getting into very speculative territory. But here’s a lifestyle that could make me happy:
- Settle down somewhere in Asia. Maybe Thailand or somewhere nearby. Somewhere beautiful.
- Get a job teaching yoga, perhaps at some swanky retreat centre.
- Perhaps get another job teaching ESL.
- Write more children’s books and/or other types of books.
- Maybe also do some freelance writing for various websites.
- Combine all of the above with doing service work of some kind, preferably working with children or women at risk. People who need love.
- Maybe other things. Probably LOTS of other things. But the point is to be doing work that I love and that makes me happy.
- Maintain and increase my good health, thyroid or otherwise.
- Live a life I can’t even imagine right now. A really, really GREAT one.
Somewhere in this process…
I dare to dream that this future also includes personal, romantic love. As in a partner. It’s been a long time, but I think I’m finally ready to open my heart again. For someone who gets me, and vice versa. Someone who has a good heart and thrives on the kind of life I’ve described above, just as much as I do. Someone who isn’t afraid of change, growth and learning new things. Someone who knows who they are and isn’t afraid to challenge themselves or me. Who is passionate and knows how to make me laugh. Side note: someone who is preferably taller than my 5’10½” because I dig a tall guy.
So there we have it. My Public Declaration of Excellently Awesome Future Life Plans.
For a long time, I didn’t have any plans or dreams. I didn’t make any and couldn’t even imagine a time in my life where I’d be happy and doing what I wanted to be doing. Things are different now. I’m on my way, y’all!**
Of course, the Universe will have a say in how things pan out. But assuming the Universe agrees, this is what I’ll be doing.
* This post will get updated as things change!
** Being on my way doesn’t mean I assume everything is gonna go off without a hitch or be problem-free. That’d be foolish-thinking. But I’m down with a somewhat bumpy journey, as long as I can still achieve my goals.
most excellent plans! and I know you’re gonna do it….
It gives me so much strength and inspiration to read this. Reading through people’s life wish lists always fuels my own energy. May all your wishes come true, and may the journey that connects the dots be utterly fascinating…
Rachel @ Suburban Yogini said:
Yay yay yay! I know you’ll do it too. Maybe not in the way you imagine right now but you will!
For example I think you will come to the UK and stay with me and fall in love with Cambridge and meet the love of your life and stay here forever and be the resident yoga teacher in my clinic (where you will be forced to participate in the paper diary system!!) :p
Please come to the UK though x
He’d have to be one helluva guy to make me put up with English weather 😉
Although working with you would be FUN, but no way would I submit to a paper-based diary system. If you get your clinic up and running, you’ll see how impracticle that is!
I am really enjoying reading your life journey…..thank you so very much for sharing
bindi warrior princess said:
wow! that’s beyond a full plate. my brain can’t function like that at all. i wish you all the best 🙂
LOVE LOVE!!! what an inspiring and Strong post. Fabulous!
(however, I agree with you that finding a new home for Cleo is sad…but I’m sure for all the loving and right reason).
Hmmm- this is a great idea. I love the short, medium and long (and longer) term organization. Brilliant idea really.
Also- YES on writing a children’s book!!!! THIS i cannot wait to read about 😀 (cuz now it’s in writing- that means you’re gonna “get’er done” like we say)
The only reason I’d be giving up Miss Cleo is because I’m going overseas for an indefinite period of time – could be a year or longer. I don’t have anyone who would take her on for the time I’m away and I also couldn’t be sure I’m coming back. So… as much as I love her, I’d have to find her a new home with someone who loves her just as much. It’s the one thing that makes my heart hurt in all of this future planning!
The book IS coming. It has to so that my head doesn’t explode 😉
Flying Yogini said:
I am sooo into this post! I love future casting because once it’s written down you can go back and remind yourself what you want. Go get it!
Please keep us updated on what you can check off this list. By the way I am so glad you decided to take the trip for your birthday!
Way to go! Was cheering for you all the way through this. So courageous and powerful to post it publicly. Fantastic stuff!
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Wow!, that was brave of you! wish you well on all of them!
By the way, you don’t need a publisher anymore. you can just go with createspace.com and do it for little money…
May all your deepest desires come true!
By the way, I also believe in making lists, in intending… then releasing
Loved the post
love your site and find truth in all that you say. would like to ‘follow’ you. am i the only one who thinks that sounds creepy? anyhoo!
do you do facebook?
I don’t Facebook, no. But thank you for the compliments. 🙂
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