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The Five-Year plan


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wow, I haven't done a five-year plan since high school :) This is a good exercise to do every now and then, for many reasons. I distinctly remember when I first started practicing law, I ignored almost everything except for work. One day I looked in the mirror and realized 5 years had gone by. I had gained more than 50 pounds and hated my job. I felt like a bunch of time had been wasted. NEVER AGAIN!!

In the next five years, I will turn 40. Seems hard to believe, but it is true. I always thought that I might go back to school at some point, because I really do enjoy it. It is not about getting another degree; I certainly don't need that piece of paper. But I do enjoy the discourse and exercising my brain. I'm not sure that school is really in my five-year plan, but I do want to remember that it is out there on the horizon.

With that out there, my goal over the next five years is to find a job that is both intellectually satisfying, but also not all-consuming. As I have been doing for the last three years, I am struggling to find the balance between being a wife, a mother, and a professional. As part of this plan, I want to put as much money as reasonably possible towards retirement, so that I can comfortably go back to school when the time is right.

Steps to take for this plan:

1. By the end of 2008, read "Things you can do with a Law Degree" and take a few self-assessment tests. I have been saying I was going to this for years, and now I just need to do it!

2. Start putting at least $500 a month away for retirement NOW.

3. Send out resumes.

4. Go to bar association lunches. Go to my first one by October 1, 2008.

One more thing in my five-year plan -- another baby. I'm not 100% sure that we want another one, but this must be decided within the next five years (We're not getting any younger!)

The steps for this plan are pretty simple:

1. Decide if we want another baby (duh). Have this discussion with dh by January of 2009.

2. GET TO GOAL WEIGHT -- by February 2009.

3. Set out a plan for the best time to get pregnant is within the next five years.

4. Get pregnant emoticon !
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SEYSARAH 8/12/2008 12:12PM

    Jenn I love your five year plan!!!!! If nothing else it makes you think about real possibilities. I absolutely know what you mean by going back to school.......I love that and plan to do that myself. I agree, it is not so much the pieces of paper as the intellectual discussion etc.

One thing you might want to consider just for the fun of it is Babyfit.com which is a sister site of Spark. In the event that a pregnancy is in your future a great place to be while trying to conceive, during pregnancy and directly afterwards is that site. I have met many women who have come into this site after being over at Babyfit. Great site, free and full of info. Lots of professional women trying to juggle everything in there and plenty of exchanges regarding that particular subject.

I think you would have fun networking at the Bar and the functions.......matter of fact between that and maybe the Chamber you just might come up with new and different ways to use your education and experience!!!!!!!

I know whatever your decisions and however you decide to implement them you have a wonderful future ahead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TRECECOOKS 7/25/2008 10:44AM

    Wow!1 You've clearly got that analytical mind thing goin'!!

Sounds like a sound plan. S.M.A.R.T. and all of that.



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