Editor’s Secrets: Setting My #3YearGoals

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If you told me three years ago I’d be where I am today professionally, I wouldn’t have been surprised. Why? Being a fashion and beauty editor, and building a business, is what I’ve always wanted to do and since a very young age I had a clear vision of how I would achieve it. I worked hard and networked, building roads that would eventually lead me to where I am right now. It was strategic and planned. Having a plan of action is a crucial part of hitting your goals. Once you do your research, lay your groundwork, getting there is a lot simpler than winging it. Now it’s time to set my goals for the next three years. Not just professionally, but personally as well. Read on to learn which goals I’m setting and how I’ll achieve them.

1. The abs of my dreams

This goal is likely on a lot of your lists, but it seems to always be the one I put as a last priority. If I have a packed day of meetings and errands, often I’ll skip the gym to get through my to do list. Instead I’d really like to put a priority on my fitness goals in the upcoming years. Looking at my parents and grandparents, their fantastic health has a lot to do with the fact that they were very active while they were young and that made it easy for them to continue to stay active. This year I turn 30, and part of me would really love to look in the mirror on my 30th birthday and say that I’m in the best shape of my life.

2. Stay home more

Just before the holidays I bought my own condo. It was a very emotional and proud moment for me. I’d been renting in the city for ten years and every time I thought about buying my own place I put it on hold, hoping that I’d meet someone special and we’d buy a home together. That type of thinking got me nowhere and wasted me a ton of money. As a woman, investing in real estate on your own, and having an asset that is yours and only yours, is smart and feels powerful. Now I’m thrilled to walk into my own place after a busy day knowing that all my hard work and pay is going right back into my investment. Here’s the problem. Since moving in, I’ve hardly had a moment to really spend at home. I’ve been travelling consistently and working late into the evenings. I never just sit at my dining table or kick back on the couch and binge watch TV. So, my goal for the next few years is to spend more time at home enjoying the fruits of my labour. And who knows, maybe I’ll make another investment soon!

Spending a Sunday at home

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3. Learn more

I’ve been debating going back to school to get my MBA for the past year. While I really want to do it, time is something I don’t have a lot of. But, I still want to continue to educate myself, whether it be in business, or take a coding class or learn a new language. Keeping my mind busy and adding to my skills is important to me. I always had a hard time concentrating in school, I wanted to rush everything and get out into the real world. Because I knew what I wanted it was hard for me to be patient. But, now that I’ve accomplished a lot of what I’d hoped to in my career, going back to school or taking some courses, so that I can set even bigger career goals, will help keep me motivated past this point.

4. Fall in love and start a family

Personal goals, like finding a husband and having children is a little harder to plan. You never know who you’ll meet or fall in love with. Now more than ever I’ve been more cautious about who I spend time with or open up to. When I was younger I gave my love away so easily. Now, it will take someone really special for me to offer them that part of me. One thing you can be in control of is when you want to become a parent. Because my career keeps me extremely busy (making it tough to date), now is not the right time to start a family, but it’s something I hope to have in the future. If pregnancy isn’t part of your plan, talk to your healthcare provider and visit the website birthcontrolforme.ca to learn more about different contraceptive options.

What are your #3YearGoals? Leave a comment below or send me a tweet and let me know how you are planning your future.

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