Go to “Making My Life Plan Week 1”
Yikes! Our weekend was so heavy-hitting due to my daughter’s birthday party, and the fact that my hubz had to work both Saturday + Sunday, along with the added treasure of me not working ahead like I’m supposed to, that I neglected to get anything posted. That’s a major fail on my part. But, I had so much fun that I’m finding it hard to feel guilty. I’m just going to NOT get upset about it. How do you like THOSE apples?
Saturday was meant to be the continuation of my new End-of-Year series. Here goes that for you. Ta-daaaaaaaaaaa!
Since I enjoy each of the following, I’m working on a Life Plan between now and the end of the year.
(c) Personal Challenges (even though I suck at them and seldom follow through).
There are six basic steps for writing a Life Plan:
Life Plan Week #1: Wants
Life Plan Week #2: Needs
Life Plan Week #3: Preparation
Life Plan Week #4: Goals
Life Plan Week #5: Plans
Life Plan Week #6: Accountability
But, before I move on to Week 2 and discuss my *NEEDS*, let’s recap my *WANTS* from Week 1.
Especially since I didn’t complete my list properly (derp). Don’t know what my problem is.
Wants / Hopes / Dreams:
— complete my novel which didn’t happen during NaNoWriMo
— publish my novel which can’t happen until I get my ass in gear writing
— lose weight (that’s the one I forgot to put on my list last week!)
— ride an elephant because YES
— increase income so I can:
…buy another car
…hire a housecleaner
…fix house shit
— become economically stable enough to eventually:
…visit Europe and make mad love across the Old World continent
…move to Canada because this country is full of meanie-pantses
…go back to college with my sweetheart
…open a book shop
Okay, so now we are clear that I am a Want-osauras Rex. The instructions weren’t explicit. Get off me.
Understand your needs.
Pinpoint your physical and material needs.
Consider your mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.
We need money.
Lots and lots of money. The majority of our wants — okay, *MY* wants — require tons of green stuff. I think we are all in agreement here, yes?
The rest is pretty easy and doesn’t take a genius or a checkbook.
We need good health.
—CHECK— None of us is in dire straights with regard to our physical existence. That’s a happy dance right there.
We need medical coverage.
—CHECK— Our insurance isn’t the greatest in the nation, but it covers doctor visits, check-ups, medications, and emergencies. I’m not complaining.
We need lodging and sustenance.
—CHECK— Our house is ugly and stupid, as well as yellow for Christ sakes, but it’s still standing. And we generally have food-ish supplies.
We need love.
—CHECK— Marital relations are healthy and stable; kids are happy and huggy; we love family nights; nobody exploded into rage during Thanksgiving get-togethers. We got this.
We need internet access.
—CHECK— This sounds spoiled and want-ish, I know, but hear me out. The girl needs internet access for school. The boy needs internet access for college. The hubz and I need it to check on our darlings’ online education things; to communicate with their teachers; to work on our bloggy-blog. This isn’t frivolous. We do without cell phones. We can’t do without internet access.
I’m having a hard time with the whole “emotional and spiritual needs” part of the equation. Maybe it’s because I try to be content regardless of our situation. I just find it difficult, though, to say I “need” to be able to read books on a regular basis to ensure my emotional and spiritual needs are being met. That sounds kind of spoiled-ish to me. I mean, who says they “need” books? Doesn’t that come across as rationalization for a very strong “WANT”? Regardless of whether it’s a “want” or a “need”, I have enough books (and enough library access and Kindle storage) to keep me fulfilled.
Besides books, what else fits this bill? We don’t attend church and aren’t particularly unhappy about it. My son sometimes attends with extended family or friends, as his mood and schedule allow. He claims his needs in this category are being met. My daughter isn’t really old enough to feel anything missing in this area. My hubz and I engage in deep, philosophical discussions on a regular basis and solve the world’s problems on our back deck, so I’d say we’re set.
Is it beyond crass to say that our needs all come down to money? That feels so wrong, even though it’s honest and true. Particularly during the holiday season, it seems very tacky to put into print that our needs are monetary-based. But you know what? I don’t lie on this bloggy-blog. So I’m going to leave this as it is.
If anyone can help me better frame this particular assignment I’d be ever so grateful for your input!