The fifteen year plan

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I was recently commissioned by Sunlife to talk about where I imagine my life to be in a number of years time. Do you ever imagine / plan where you’ll be in five, ten, fifteen years time? When I was (much) younger, I thought I had everything sussed. I had a plan mapped out in my head about how my life would pan out by the time I turned 30 years old. I had plans on where I was going to live, what I would be doing as a career, if I would be married (or not) and if we had any children. Needless to say, my plan for my 30th year was completely off track and my body’s inability to conceive played a major part.

Fast forward to 2019 and we have two young sons; Olly aged 6 and Freddie, aged 1 who are the light of my life. I’m currently working from home as a blogger and freelance social media manager whilst looking after our youngest. I’ve been married to my husband Shilts for over 11 years and we live in a small terraced house in the West Midlands.

Over the next fifteen years, our lives are going to change drastically. Freddie will go through his early years into pre-school, he’ll be off to primary school and meet new friends. He’ll leave me at home and hopefully he’ll love his school days. Olly will go through primary school and he’ll start and finish secondary school, sitting exams to potentially secure a job or a place at university. Thinking ahead to the next fifteen years is rather daunting.

At home, we’ll have to consider moving house. We only have a two bedroom house and our boys are currently sharing a bedroom. It’s inevitable that they’ll want their own space and their own bedroom to have friends round and to have some privacy. I would love a larger kitchen with an open plan dining room so that we can cook meals for friends and have a social home where friends can make themselves comfy and the kitchen is the hub of the home.

However to do all this, we’ll need to plan ahead and save. We’ll need a decent deposit to move house and it’s inevitable that our children will need financial support as they grow older. We’d like to support our children if they decide to go to university as having been ourselves, we want them to go without having to worry about the money. Alternatively, getting on the property ladder is also costly and something we’d like to help our boys out with.

Thinking ahead, we’ll need to consider ourselves and our life after 50. We’ll both be much older, hopefully in good health and doing well in our chosen careers. My husband would like to be a Doctor of Education (he’s an academic working in a University) and I would like to be doing a job that is well established but allows me to work around being there for my children. Having heard from Olly (our six year old) earlier, he’s apparently never leaving home so there may well be two children living at home not just the one.

I’m hopeful there will be holidays abroad with adventures to see parts of the world we have yet to explore, New Zealand and Australia being on my bucket list whilst my husband is keen to explore parts of Canada and America. Plus plenty of short breaks around the UK with family and friends to walk on the beach, enjoy flavoursome meals and drink to good times.

My fifteen year plan might not work out how my 30th year plan did but it’s good to dream, to have a goal in mind and to plan ahead. What’s on your fifteen year plan? Do you plan ahead or do you live for today?

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  • Reply Plutonium Sox 16/04/2019 at 2:32 pm

    Gosh, it’s odd to think about how life will be in 15 years time isn’t it? I hope you make it to New Zealand, it’s one of my favourite places in the world and I hope to go back and visit family there over the next few years too. My children will both be adults in 15 years, and it doesn’t seem that long really does it? Weird!

  • Reply Newcastle FamilyLife 18/04/2019 at 2:04 pm

    I often wonder what I will be doing in years to come, in fifteen years I will have a 31, 20 and 19 year old so I could well be a grandma, scary! x

    • Reply Emma Shilton 20/04/2019 at 11:04 pm

      It’s a little bit frightening to think ahead isn’t it?

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