Today I was looking through some old posts for my new Retro Returns feature and I found this little beauty that I wrote several year ago, and I thought it might be fun to revisit it with you and see how many (if any!) goals I have achieved in the last three years (especially now I'm less than 3 years away!)
Let's take a look...
2013 Carlyn said she would like to achieve the following things;
Me, myself and I
2. Find an exercise I love
4. Learn how to sew and do proper alterations by myself
8. Buy a property
10. Have a baby
11. Buy a new car
12. Own a
2016 Carlyn says: since writing this originally I've actually lived in two different houses. We are hoping to start saving for our house very soon now that I AM MARRIED (it was an amazing wedding by the way past Carlyn). It'll be another year or two before I can afford a new car, and I don't think I want a pug anymore but I'd still love to own a dog, although I'm not sure how important it is before I'm 30!
Work and education
14. Further my education (either masters, Phd or additional courses that will help with jobs)
17. To be free from frivolous debt (I.e. the debt I'm in now that doesn't involve my car!)
2016 Carlyn says: I graduated with hons last year (a 2:1 thank you very much) however I haven't been able to do my masters yet because I simply can't afford it. I do still want to carry on and do it at some point, although I'm not sure I'll manage it before I'm 30 now!
In terms of my job it's not necessarily full time and while not directly in Psychology it is very much related and I absolutely love it so two birds, one stone!
I've done pretty well with my debt in the last few years, I only have my overdraft and the car debt I was taking about will be paid off in the next year or two! Go me! I'm very proud of everything I've achieved so far, and I'm very proud of where I am now, though I wonder if that will stay the same over the next few years?!
Adventure - destinations
19. New York
22. Seattle (to finally meet my American family!)
2016 Carlyn says: well this one definitely give me food for thought! I'm not really surprised I haven't achieved any of these yet (I was skint student until last year and I'm afraid of flying!), but they really haven't changed much. I don't want to go to Paris anymore so I've knocked that off in favour of a recent aspiration I have achieved: Cyprus (I loved it!). I doubt we'll make it to ALL of these in the next few years but I guess you never know!
25. Write a novel (I've always wanted to! Crazy but I don't mind...)
I spent 4 years volunteering at the Blurt Foundation before starting working there, and I plan to take up some more charity work this year.
Also, I realise now my parents have ALWAYS been proud of me, so that was a cop out (though they were very, very proud at my graduation and wedding!) so I've added in something new! To be honest it's hardly likely I'm overcome anxiety altogether but I'd love to be managing it better.
I don't care too much about having a walk in wardrobe, or seeing Black Swan performed so I've decided to swap this out too.
I'd still love to write a book so I'm keeping it in, although I don't think it'll happen in the next 3 years!
That was a really fun exercise, I'm going to do this again in 2 years and see where I am! In total I have so far achieved 13 of my 30 goals in the last 3 years, so I'm almost halfway there!
Do you have any goals you'd like to meet? 20 before 20, 30 before 30, 40 before 40? Or am I missing something really fun and obvious?! Let me know below!