The 1 Year Plan

I’ve already shared about my 5 and 10 year plans. It has to start somewhere though. And that is with a 1 year plan. Since there are 3 months left in 2014, technically this will be a 15 month plan. That said, this is my list of objectives to accomplish by December 31, 2015. I’m starting the list with the academic ones- meaning the ones that will happen.

Things that will happen

  1. Improve my faith walk with Christ – back to church + Bible studies.
  2. Finish the course with Long Ridge Writers Group ( 4 lessons to go )
  3. Pay off another $ 2,000 from the debts ( includes #’s 4, 5, & 6 )
  4. Pay off the debt to HCC ( using rent rebate )
  5. Pay off the Visa Card ( happens in April )
  6. Pay off the MasterCard ( happens in August )

Things that to make happen

  1. Lose weight- drop below 200 lbs. – weight as of 10-08-2014 is 238.6 lbs.
  2. Continue working on Break-In novel
  3. Finish edits on RPG Archive Project: Some Things Never Die… Some Things Do
  4. Get back into Toastmasters and finish the Competent Speaker manual
  5. Stand my ground against those who would sabotage my plans and efforts
  6. Cut the bad rubbish from my life
  7. Finish the Stargate DVD Collection
  8. Purchase one new product from Melaleuca each month (new to me)

I’m thinking these projects should be enough for one year. Once these are finished I’ll take a look at what else is on my 10 year plan list and see what can be added- based on the time remaining in the year. Some projects are automatic and some will take longer or more time and attention. As with all plans there needs to be room for unplanned chaos and times when I just don’t feel like doing anything.

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The Next 5 Year Plan

With the impending approach of the 42nd annual marker of my birth, I thought I should do this. It’s time to update, okay it’s long past the time to update / renew my 5 and 10 year plans.

What I’ve accomplished in my last 10 years doesn’t seem like much in comparison to the time. When you consider the monetary aspect it makes a big difference. So, here we go.

I’ve accomplished: 21 credits towards my college degree; planned, plotted, developed, or written a number of papers, stories, essays, and articles. I have recorded the word count that puts me past 400,000 words. I also participated in this challenge called NaNoWriMo and swore that I will NEVER do it again!

I have managed to improve me health with supplements and visits to the DR and had necessary procedures. There is still a road to travel with my health but I will travel it.

With the monetary goals – since 2007 (when I began to take it seriously) I have paid off over $ 25,500 in personal debt.

One pivotal point is that my Dysthymia is finally under control.

I have invested in myself with 4 groups / clubs. The first is Long Ridge Writers Group- a correspondence program designed to help writers develop their skills for publication in magazines and periodicals. Another is Melaleuca- a company with awesome products and a home-based business opportunity. The third is The Cooking Club of America- a club that has an abundance of recipes, collections, events, and resources for every need in the kitchen. The last is Toastmasters International. I joined this at WITCC with the thought that it would help me overcome my anxieties of public speaking and socializing.

Finally, I found a church in my area where it just feels like home- Southern Hills Baptist Church.

I also managed to raise and spoil 3 healthy cats. Spoiled is the only way to have pets.

So, what’s next? Well, I need to FINISH what I’ve started. And that is the goal ‘across the boards’ for my next ‘5 year plan’.

Where do I see myself in 5 years on just these things? December 31, 2020.

I plan to break another 200,000 words. I don’t like to say “I’m going to finish this project or that one” – this just sets me up for failure- because things do happen that are beyond my control. Things like a virus hitting my computer in the middle of November after I’ve passed 24,000 words on my NaNoWriMo project.

That said, I do believe that there’s plenty of room and time to squeeze in 200,000 words between now and 2020.

In the short term, for the rest of 2014 and through 2015 a few things will be academic in happening. 2 credit cards will be paid off. A debt of $251 will also be paid, which will allow me to get back to classes in the fall. I have been attaining my goal of $ 2,000 / year (in some years I’ve surpassed $ 3,000 ) and I don’t see this changing in 2015.

I will get back on track in my writing projects. I’ve discovered a few tricks that work in drowning out the distractive / external noises. Thanks you Jen for the recording. I am also certain that I will be finished with Long Ridge inside 2015. At the moment I’m on lesson # 08 of 12.

With my health- I want to be down to a healthy weight. Let’s just say that the last time I weighed in- it was NOT GOOD. Ideally, I should be between 130 and 150. I believe that this can be achieved in one year.

The 5 year plan:

With my finances- at the rate I’ve been going, about $233 a month towards my debts, I could feasibly pay off another $14,000. I would like to pay off at least the small student loan that I have. As of today it’s around $ 1,600 @ $ 30 a month. This should just about hit the end of the 5 year plan.

On my academics, I would like to either complete or be close to completing my associates degree. Due to time constraints, a limited bus system and not having a car, I can only attend part time. So, averaging 6 credits a term, 3 terms a year = 18 credits per year. 64 credits for the degree – 21 earned= 43 credits to go. At 18 credits a year that’ll be 2 years and 1 term. I might go over 64 because there are courses I need and courses I want. Long Ridge does offer college credit for its program- I don’t know what the value is or if I’d qualify. If I do- it’ll be a BONUS!

With my health, I’m not going to stress myself if I don’t make my weight goal in 2015. There are plenty of years ahead of me. As I am now, I don’t feel old- but there is room for improvement. One thing’s for certain, I could do better in keeping up with my appointments. That would help.

The 10 year plan:

These are the long range plans- so I really just have a list. Nothing is actually planned out. There’s breaking 1,000,000 words, being published, finishing my associates degree, learning German, getting healthy / losing weight, and seeing a few local spots before I make that next big move. Yes, I want to move- to leave Sioux City Iowa before I’m 50.

EGADS!!!! That’s 8 YEARS AWAY!!!