What do I want to be when I grow up? : My 5 year plan!

I always thought that one day I would wake up and I would know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I’d find a job or a course that I’m in love with and I’d be able to make a decent wage doing it. I studied Business and Marketing in 6th form, which I unfortunately never completed. I’ve had roles in Management, Human Resources and Finance and, although I have loved all my jobs, I never loved them enough or had the opportunity to turn them into a lifelong career.

Earlier this year I found a Graphic Design course at the New College in Durham and I applied, was interviewed and accepted onto the Foundation Degree. At my interview we spoke about career options and what the 2 year course would involve, I came away disappointed. My children are still small and I didn’t know if I would be able to commit to the work experience.

So now I’m back to the big question of “What do I want to be when I grow up?” at the grand age of 34 years old, I’m torn between Business and Finance and IT (although this is just because I want to be Felicity Smoak.


I actually spent most of last night pondering this topic and eventually I decided to give in to sleep and to ask my dreams to guide me… seems my “guardian angel” is an arse.. I had dreams of working in the local coop all night, thanks twat!!

This morning I have had a whats app conversation with fellow blogger and soon to be mature student Emma over at The Stationery Geekette about how she chose her course that she starts in September and while having the conversation with her an email came through from a blogger, Emma who I used to know when I lived in Cyprus,  which had her update on her 5 year plan. Everything tied in and I decided to write this post and set my own 5 year plan seeing as we actually have one now!

These are the questions I asked myself (the first one is totally stolen from Emma’s blog, thanks chick):

Where were you 5 years ago?

I had a 2 month old baby and we were in the process of shutting down ur business in the UK and relocating to Cyprus, we wanted to be closer to both sets of parents and we wanted a better life for ourselves and our son.

Where will you be living in 5 years?

On a farm, in the North East of England. A small farm with enough land to have a couple of horses, some chickens and enough freedom for the kids to play outside from dawn to dusk without worry!

What Job will you be doing?

I hope that Ugly Bug Does is still running and going from strength to strength, I hope to still be blogging and Vlogging and to have a bigger audience on both. I’d like to be working full time in either business or finance, maybe even as a CFO! Trevor will have his own business fully set up and will hopefully be at the stage where he employs staff.

What 5 things are most important to you right now?

  • The health of myself and my family
  • That my children have a safe and happy childhood
  • That I am a positive influence
  • That we work together to set and accomplish life goals
  • The growth of my business

Top 5 Business goals:

  • Ugly Bug Does grows and the monthly kits sell out, I find UK sellers to contribute and make them more amazing every month.
  • To learn as much as I can about Adobe so that I can take designing to the next level and finally have punk unicorns on my planners
  • To be earning a full time income while working around my family.
  • For Ugly Bug Does to be a known and respected business in the planner community.
  • To be in a position where I can be a positive influence on new businesses and help them to start up and grow.

Top 5 Family goals:

  • To have happy and healthy children
  • For our family time to be quality time
  • To have 1 foreign holiday and 1 caravan holiday a year
  • To take more educational trips and days out
  • For my children to have lots of interests and hobbies and to have a passion for learning

Top 5 personal goals:

  • To be at a comfortable in my body, to not worry about whats on the scales but focus on health and fitness instead
  • To continue playing rugby and to continually better myself within the sport
  • To get back to being organised, I need to plan my time between work and family better, i need to stick to a schedule for cleaning and write daily To Do lists to stick to
  • To learn to “let things go” life is too short to sweat the small stuff
  • To be more confident in my abilities and decisions

So there it is, I’m excited at what the next 5 years brings but also sad that in 5 years time my children will be 10, 9 and 8 and will no longer be babies 😦


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