Pursuit of Happiness.
1.) Get finances in order. My original goal was to have my student loan paid off by the end of this year, and to be a home owner by age 25. But as much as I’d like that pesky, interest-earning bastard to be gone and done with, seeing as though it has a lower interest rate, I should first work on paying off my credit card debt. I still want to be a homeowner by 25, but that will depend on issues beyond the financial aspect. Like where do I want to settle down and do I plan on being there for a significant amount of time and what’s my family situation looking like. Right now I need to find some successful (stress-free) side hustles to gain some extra income and start building a little cushion of savings for emergencies and random expenses. I also need to figure out a way to teach the hubby to be more financial responsible and a tad more frugal (as I am). Not having to stress about money would equal a nice amount of happiness.
2.) Restructure my career. Early on in my life I knew I was not meant for the 9 to 5. And fresh into my first “professional” job out of college, that sentiment rings true for me every day. I feel like for 8 hours (or more) everyday, my life is not my own and I BELONG to this job to do its every bidding. I feel like I secretly want to scream sometimes or rip out my eyeballs, and this is a job that I claim to “like.” I just was so meant to do my own thing on my own time, exercise my creative capacities. I’m an artist, goshdarnit. I just have to figure out now how exactly do artists get paid.
3.) Start a family. Yes, starting a family will be a lot of work and will probably sideswipe attempts at point (1) and point (2) but it’s the most important and crucial to my happiness I believe. No man is an island. Family has always meant the most to me, whether I’ve showed it or not. And I have an awesome, amazing family whom I love and treasure, but I would be remiss if I didn’t say I want to build a family of my own. I will always be my parents’ daughter and my siblings’ sister, but I yearn for more. I yearn to be a mother. I yearn to be a wife. My boyfriend and I have been having more conversations these days that include marriage and children. I’m just in anticipation for it to happen.