My Perfect Day (in 5 Years)

March 24, 2014

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Over the last few days, my boss, co-workers and I have had some great talks about what we want our futures to look like – both in our careers and personal lives. We’ve listed the places we all want to travel, where we want to live, whether or not we want to get married, have kids, etc. And when I saw E’s post, I started thinking about how I wanted to spend my days.

Have you ever thought about what you want your life to look like in 1, 3, 5 or 10 years? Beyond any goals or milestones you want to achieve, what do you want your daily life to look like?

For the most part, I’m already living my “perfect day” – minus having a dog or two to play with! But I mentioned last week that my career is my top priority right now, and that’s because I often think about what I want my future daily life to look like and I know my career will largely be what shapes it. So, here are my answers to the questions in E’s post, with a little insight on what my career goals are…

  1. What time do you wake up, and how are you feeling as you greet the day? I’m up at 6:30 a.m., and I’m excited to workout and then start the day.
  2. Where are you? If you’re at home, what does it look like? I’m living somewhere in B.C. If I’m still single, I own/live in a 2-bedroom condo. If I’m in a committed relationship, we’d hopefully own/live in a 3-bedroom house (or any size house… just not a condo).
  3. Who is with you? My future rescue dog(s) and future boyfriend/husband. (I guess in 5 years there could be kids too, eh? I will be 33-34… weird.)
  4. What kind of work are you doing? (If you have no idea what kind of work you’ll be doing or want to be doing, list the qualities you want to find in the work you do and the kind of work environment you want.) I’m an author, freelance writer and public speaker. I’m still passionate about personal finance and financial literacy for youth, but I’m also considering getting my Master’s, so I can teach at a local college or university.
  5. As you head out to face the day, how do you look? What are you wearing? I work from home, so I don’t need to dress up. But I shower after my workout and change into jeans/capris and a casual shirt (or a hoodie in the winter… because I can).
  6. How do you get to work? I walk from the kitchen (where I made coffee) to my desk.
  7. When you’re done with work, how will you spend you spare time and with whom? What activities do you enjoy? I’ll take the dog(s) for a hike or a walk by the water.
  8. What is your evening like? I’ll make dinner with my guy – either just for us, or for us + family/friends. Then we’ll either visit with those family/friends or just relax/unwind together. On a perfect night, we’d read books side-by-side and both feel comfortable in the silence.
  9. When you go to bed that night, how are you feeling after spending the day doing exactly what you love? I feel fortunate. It’s not luck that lead me to this perfect day – it was hard work, determination and the opportunities I accepted/declined along the way.
  10. What are you most grateful for and what are you looking forward to as you go to sleep? I’m grateful for the health of myself/family/friends/pets and for getting paid to do something I love. And because I’m open to change, I’m always looking forward to whatever opportunity is coming next (both personally and professionally).

What does your perfect day in 5 years look like?

  • Michelle March 24, 2014 at 4:56 am

    YAY for future rescue dogs! Your perfect day sounds similar to mine. I may totally steal this idea from you guys and answer them over at my page this week too.

    • Cait Flanders March 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Do it. :)

  • Rob March 24, 2014 at 6:38 am

    “What does your perfect day in 5 years look like?”

    Well Cait,
    to put it simply at this stage in my life (now retired after a long and full career) –
    staying healthy, wealthy and wise with my family and friends still around me and some goals still left to accomplish.

    • Cait Flanders March 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Sounds like a great position to be in, Rob!

  • Sara Hamil @ They Call it Gumption March 24, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I LOVE this post idea! I think I’m going to have to follow your lead with this one :D

    Also, your perfect set-up sounds pretty idyllic! You’ve got a good thing goin’ on, miss!

    • Cait Flanders March 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks, Sara! And do it. I’d love to read yours.

  • Morgaine March 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Ha, I’m the age you will be in 5 years! Because you paid off your debt and are saving way before I did, I don’t see why you can’t have everything you’re thinking of! You work hard, I know you can accomplish anything you put your mind to :)

    • Cait Flanders March 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks, Morgaine! What would be a part of your perfect day in another 5 years? :)

  • NZ Muse March 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I love that you did this!

    I seriously don’t know what my perfect day another 5 years from now would look like. It probably would be nice to work from home but depending how my next career moves go that may not really be a possibility. I also don’t know if kids, a house and pets will be in the picture by then … maybe?

    • Cait Flanders March 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Maybe! I’m sure one of the above is at least a possibility? :)

  • SammieK March 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I’m getting married in Nov (yay) and we want to work hard for a couple of years with two incomes before kids.

    So in five years we’d like to have bought a house in the town my brother and sister in law live (45 mins drive from downtown Melbourne and only an hour and a half the other way from both sets of parents) and be close to paying off the mortgage before we have kids :).

    • SammieK March 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      I kinda missed the point of a day lol – the day would consist of us both going to work, then cooking dinner together at night then reading or watching tv before bed.

      • Cait Flanders March 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm

        Love it all!

  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach March 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    This is a great exercise! We used to do that a lot in life coach training. And I think it can change a lot along the way…I know mine will regarding career.

    • Cait Flanders March 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      If I had done this 5 years ago, I never would’ve imagined my life would be what it is today… I should try to review this post in 5 years!

  • Girl Meets Debt March 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Awww Cait! This post is so sweet. I literally went awww to every answer you gave. I think I’m going to have to borrow this post idea for my answers! ;)

    • Cait Flanders March 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Do it!

  • Mackenzie March 24, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Love this post, Cait!! :)

    • Cait Flanders March 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks! :)

  • Amber March 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    This is a really cool post idea. I think my ideal day would be pretty similar. Yours just sounds so peaceful and relaxed. I would really love to have a job where I could work from home one day, but for right now my job is pretty darn awesome. I guess most days just feel so rushed and harried so I really need to look at how I can calm down my day to day and that would probably lead to my ideal day in five years. I just might have to do this post. I bet it was fun to write!

    • Cait Flanders March 26, 2014 at 8:45 am

      It was! I’d love to read yours, Amber.

  • Dayle March 26, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I love thinking about these kinds of things.

    5 years is a long time, so I wonder how accurate I will be!

    In 5 years I will be 35, I forsee I will have one baby by then, hopefully around the age of 2 years old, and maybe baby #2 very young or on the way. I will still be working hard in my career, still be interested in fitness/sports/running, and I think I will be learning how to balance it all. I will be a busy mom, but always improving at prioritizing, and having changed some of my focus from where it is right now. I’ll probably be living in Bowmanville, with the aforementioned baby or two, a dog, and the man who rocks my world. These things are (finally) starting to fall into place. Life will be REALLY good! I can’t wait! lol

    • Cait Flanders March 26, 2014 at 8:46 am

      Giiiiirl, you have things sorted out! PS I’m excited for coffee next week :)

  • Bridget March 26, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Totally might jack this… our ideal days look so different!

    • Cait Flanders March 26, 2014 at 8:25 am

      I want to read yours!

  • Tahnya Kristina March 29, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Oh this is a great post Cait. I love looking towards my future. I think working from home would be great for me too, but I also like going to the office. I just hate, I mean really hate, waking up at 7:30 am. It drives me crazy and I could live without the sound of my alarm clock. I would love to have a dog. I always had one growing up. I just have to convince my BF.

  • Kathleen April 4, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Nice to know that aside from the dude and the dog, your reality isn’t so far from your ideal. :) I think in 5 years I will no longer own a condo, nor will I buy a house. I’ll rent somewhere, maybe not even Portland, and maybe have a kid or two, maybe not… who knows? Can I come over for dinner in 5 years? :)