As my 24th birthday approaches I find myself reflecting on what I’ve accomplished so far and where I’m headed. In 2014 I graduated from UConn with a B.S. in Business Administration and some would say that I should be proud and I am, but I don’t use my degree at all.
Instead, after graduation I joined Teach For America to teach middle school science. I’m all about empowering Black youth but I can’t help but to feel like this is not my life’s calling. I can see myself teaching for the next few years, but then what?
A part of me would love to continue to do work in education, while another part of me would love to do something cool and creative. And a bigger part of me just wants to skip ahead and start a family, travel the world, and make money. But how do I get there?
Honestly I still don’t know. But I know that I can’t stress myself out trying to pick the right career path to perfectly plan out my future. I’ve had to learn the hard way that there are only a few things within my locus of control. With this new mindset I’ve decided to be in control of my happiness and success. And to do that I’ve created a list of goals that I wish to accomplish within the next seven years.
– buy a car
– maintain a healthy body weight
– grow my locs to my shoulders
– eat mostly vegetables
– start a blog
– get a certificate in a trade or skill
– find a church home
– practice positivity
– $15,000 saved in savings & investments
– begin laying the foundation of my own business
– zip lining
– visiting another country for 3 weeks to 2 months
– hiking somewhere famous
– camping with friends
– vacation with sisters and boyfriends 🙏
– visit Jamaica
– visit Greece
– visit Dominican Republic
– visit Virgin Islands
– long term relationship/engagement
– moving in together
– buying a home/building a tiny home
– agreeing to have kids
Truthfully not everything on my list is entirely within my locus of control. However, accomplishing these goals will allow me to finally feel successful. I know that there are a ton of goals on my list, and some may think it’s impossible to achieve ALL of them, but it gives me satisfaction to know what I want and to have the ability to cross things off when they’ve been accomplished.
And plus, seven years is a long time – anything is possible!