Five(?) Year Plan

the rules of the internet tell me I need a photo, so this is from last month, taken on Robert’s dad’s boat. consider it symbolic or something.

Alternate title: Whoa, Dream Big! (name that movie)

Preemptive apology for how rambling this post is about to get.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what the next few years will hold for us, in terms of working on the house, and working in general. I think it started when I signed Robert up for his second-to-last semester of college courses. Maybe we will get into the why of things later, but Robert is, as he likes to say, on the ten year plan.

The idea of not having to plan projects, vacations, or family gatherings around Robert’s school schedule coupled with his recent frustration with his current job sent me into a tizzy of “but what will we do when we’re both college graduates?” The resounding answer from my gut was that I want to work for myself, or at the very least have a job with a more flexible schedule and the ability to work from home. (Robert on the other hand wants to be a Project Manager.)

When you add in the fact that we’re dangerously close to actually having walls in the guest bathroom, and maybe even laying the reclaimed wood we bought at ReStore two years ago I also had an “ohmygosh the house is going to be ‘finished’*, what are we going to blog about?” panic**. (Maybe I’ll blog about all the projects I never finished talking about, like the globe light and the pendant over the closet desk.)

All of that brings me to my Five(?) Year Plan, which I’ve broken down into two sections: House and Life.


  • Finish guest bathroom & refi the house – hopefully way, way sooner than 5 years!
  • Remove carpet & lay hardwood – also hopefully way, way sooner than 5 years!
  • Add a door & window(s) to laundry room
  • Add more windows or skylights to guest room
  • Add small, frosted window to guest room closet
  • Stucco the parts of house with T-111 siding
  • Put a new roof on the house
  • Enclose the porch into a sunroom
  • Build a half bathroom off the living room


  • Set up personal/portfolio website finally up! and only 4 years after graduation! (sarcasm)
  • Grow freelance business (graphic design and interior design)
  • Grow the blog?
  • Watch R graduate & walk at graduation
  • Take real estate classes
  • Buy a rental/investment property
  • Start a family

You may have noticed that the Life section includes what is basically three very different career paths for myself – graphic design, interior design, and real estate. I think that the real estate and interior design could sort of go hand-in-hand, and I’ve always been able to make time for freelance graphic design projects. That will probably change in the future (especially as we get closer to that last item on the Life list), but for now I’m going with it.

Over the next week or so I’m going to talk about how possibly growing the blog fits into all of this.


* I know houses are never really “finished”. By the time we get “done” we’re going to have to make changes to accommodate kids, or at the very least we’re going to hate all our paint colors.

** Don’t even get me started on the “We always said we’d start a family when Robert graduated, but I’m not ready. My eggs are going to dry up (if they’re even good to begin with) and we won’t be able to have biological kids. Our parents are going to hate me.” panic. Granted I’m pretty sure none of that will actually happen, and even if it did our parents wouldn’t hate us, right? (Mom?) I always said I was going to adopt kids anyhow… Especially after that whole where-babies-really-come-from discovery. We’ll see.

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7 Responses to Five(?) Year Plan

  1. Cait, you’re not alone in your 5(?) year plan! We’re currently starring down the barrel of the last 2years of our current 5year plan and are ready to re-evaluate where we’re going/what we’re doing.

    It’s a good thing to be able to look honestly at where you are in life and what you want in the future. It’s all part of that personal growth stuff professionals are always telling us is so handy hehe.

    Your career plans sound exciting! Be resilient (you know you are!) and hang in there for what You want, no one else is going to make it happen for you (you can do it!), but it will be so worth it when everything falls into place.

    As for the whole “start a family thing” all I can say is this: it’s never the right time for anyone ( even those who want children) and its totally normal to feel apprehensive about it. It’s not just a huge decision, it’s a life changing decision. It takes someone with an incredibly big heart to adopt, and there are tons of great kids out there in need of loving homes. Whatever you decide, good luck!

    • Cait says:

      Thank you so much for the comment, Martina!!

      The last 2-3 years have been hard, but I’m beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel and it makes me want to look ahead and try to plan better for the next 5 or so years. Or maybe it’s a quarter life crisis, I don’t know.

      The career plans are part of what keeps me going, especially when things are rough with house projects (that and #whistleranddonut conversations on Twitter). I’ve had some good feedback recently on freelance designs, and I’m hoping if I work on my personal site a bit more, and have business cards with the web address included that maybe it will bring in more clients. That, and the news later this week about growing the blog.

      I wish we had the down payment for a rental/investment property, as this would be the perfect time to get into that. I’d love to take advantage of the low interest rates for both our refi and a loan on an investment property. We’ll see where things take us.

      I like to think I am resilient, like you say. Currently I feel good about the status of our house projects, but when I’m panicking about the fact that we have three rooms torn up I try to take a step back and remind myself that it’s all going to be worth it. The idea that if I work hard enough everything will (hopefully) fall into place is pretty exhilarating.

      I know that it’s “never the right time”, but I always feel so alone in my apprehension for some reason. Sometimes Robert and I waiver on whether we want kids, but generally we always come back to wanting 1-2 kids. Fortunately we know people who have chosen all three paths – a handful of people (both in person and through the blog) who chose not to have kids and are very happy in their roles as aunts/uncles, those have decided to adopt, and those with biological kids. So that’s encouraging.

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  3. Gamble says:

    That whole “five year plan” deal has been on my mind a lot lately. Enjoyed this post!

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