Several years ago my wife, Lyn, and I bought a small cottage on a lake knowing that one day we would be empty nesters and this is where we would live. We both love the water, from floating on tubes to enjoying the view from the deck with our morning coffee, so we bought the lake cottage and have spent the last several years working on it and making it our own.
Knowing that our only daughter, Kelsey, was going off to college this fall, we decided to sell our home of 8 years. It was bittersweet since that is the longest anyone of us has lived in one place, but it wasn’t the emotionally draining experience I thought it would be. What gave us a sense of peace during this move is that we had strategically planned for this phase of our lives many years ago.
I have always been a planner. I believe in writing down my goals and reflecting on them even if I don’t know how to achieve them at that moment. By writing them down, I am establishing their importance in my life and setting them into motion for future realization. There are many things in life that you and I can’t change or control, but there are some that we can. This move to the lake was one of those things. By being strategic and intentional about our plans, it took away the shock and surprise that comes from being unprepared for change.
This was a big year for me. I turned 50, moved my family into a different home and am sending my only child off to college across the country this week. The sense of calm I feel, in what can seem like a series of major life events, speaks to the power of being intentional about where you see yourself at each turn in the road.
My challenge to you is to think about the major milestones ahead of you in your journey through life and take the time to envision where you want to be at each point along the way. By writing down your goals, you too can set them into motion and be intentional about the direction of your life.