No. 186

Planning for an Uncertain Future

One of my closest friends (and business partner) recently shared her 5-year plan with me. It wasn’t anything wildly specific, but she did note her desire to move back to the East Coast, to spend a year living abroad, to support her husband as he grows his business.

She inspired me to create my own list. But when I sat down to write, I was stuck: how do I create any sort of plan when the future is so uncertain?

An example: One of the big items on my list is to own a home, which ideally would not be in New Jersey. Not that I don’t love where I grew up in many ways; it’s simply too expensive to own a home here, especially when I want acres of land. I have my sights set on Pennsylvania or North Carolina (or whatever other possibilities pop up). But in many ways, I’m currently tied to New Jersey at the moment: my mother’s health has been poor over the last year and she’s been in the hospital multiple times, and my brother just had a baby (they live in Hoboken).

In many ways, while I can create a rough vision for my future, I can’t be as specific or detailed as I would like to be. I can’t plan the exact timing or location.

All I can do is be clear on what I want and how I want to feel. I can know what’s on my checklist to help me ensure all my needs are met, and I can take little steps towards the vision I create.

Map one feel, one vision at a time and toss it to the sky…

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

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