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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Rambling Five Years Down the Road

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So in the ramble meme, [profile] engarian asked for:

I'm curious about what you (and Bobby) see as your goals for the next few years of your life, looking ahead from the perspective of your youth. Do you (and Bobby) think you'll stand firm on those goals for yourself(ves) or do you see yourself(ves) being more malleable and able to move as circumstances arise?

This afternoon, I interviewed Bobby in the kitchen, who originally thought I was pretty weird when I asked him where he saw himself in five years and made him talk into a pretend microphone. But he caught on pretty quickly!

If I synthesize what he said and what I've been thinking about (knowing this post was coming up) ...

  1. We both hope our household will be more self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable. We both hope that we'll have solar on the house and to have expanded our small-ag operations: more vegetable and fruit production and more livestock (probably goats or maybe a cow for milk and cheese).

  2. In five years, I hope Bobby will be free to do what he wants, which includes quitting full-time work if that's what he wants to do. Although I noted the other day to [personal profile] hrymfaxe that the irony of moving here is that we did so, in part, so that we wouldn't be beholden to an employer or to full-time work, and then we both ended up with jobs we adore and can't imagine leaving. But I'd like for it to be an option for Bobby to work in snow sports as his primary job, or whatever he wants to do; he's also mentioned starting a nonprofit for outdoor education opportunities for kids and a bunch of other things. (Why does he get to quit work first? Because I like working more than he does, and he was the breadwinner while I was in grad school, so next time, it's his turn to pursue his dream and my turn to provide.)

  3. We both want our bills to be minimal to nonexistent, but that will be the case well before we reach the five-year mark, as soon as we sell the house in Maryland.

  4. He added that he'd like us to have started saving to possibly replace the trailer (which we'd sell) with a green-certified cabin. I love this idea in theory but also think I'll be too lazy to want to move all the stuff out of the trailer and then back into a house! But if we were to do this, we could do it over summer break and just camp and cook in our yard until the house was ready. It'd be possible, I'm just not sure I'm going to want to ever motivate myself to want to do it.

  5. For my own personal goals, I would like to be National Board-certified by that point and maybe to have done a second Master's in literacy (or maybe started a PhD?? *hides*) I hope I am still at my current school.

  6. I'm also hoping that the SWG is on a CMS for years by then, and I've finished all the areas of the site I want to work on and can focus on really building community on the site.

  7. I would like to have more time to write. And to have finished the feckin AMC prequel! And to basically be able to sit down regularly a few times a week at least to work on fiction or nonfiction/articles that I want to write.

As for our malleability ... we're pretty flexible always--after all, it was just a year ago when we decided on a whim that we should buy this house and I should apply for the job opening at my school--but I also feel like we've been working toward where we are for years now, and I don't see much deviation in our core values of environmental stewardship, self-sufficiency, and positive work within our community to lift up those whose voice often isn't heard because of poverty. And I think that what we hope to accomplish pretty logically derives from those values.

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • Those are marvelous goals. What a joy that you're both looking forward in the same directions.
  • Those are excellent goals, well within your reach and designed to really make both of you happy (as well as walking softly on the earth). Now for a recommendation. Print this out and put it somewhere where you will look at it in five years to see how well you've done. It can be a pleasant surprise to see how many goals have been achieved without conscious thinking, and can also help redirect if necessary.

    I very much appreciate yours and Bobby's time and thought for this. I love your goals!

    - Erulisse (one L)
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