“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”
– Tom Landry
I’m coming up on the final few weeks of winter term, and I’m beginning to feel the stress of the end. Regardless, at this point in time I’m just glad that I have more essays to write than actual tests to take. I think the funniest thing is that I’m already beginning to receive emails from my professors for next term about their expectations, so it’s somewhat of an uneasy feeling since this term hasn’t even ended yet. The next few months will prove to be an interesting time.
Anyway, with some of my goals coming to end (due to my final term fast-approaching) I’ve already started to think about several short-term and long-term goals that I’d like to achieve for myself. If I’m able to land this job with the J.E.T. program, as well as graduate on time, I’d like to start thinking about some other things I’d like to achieve within the upcoming years. At this moment in time I’m already contemplating continuing my education so that I might be able to acquire my Master’s degree in TESL/TEFL (Teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Language). Of course, this all depends on whether I get accepted into J.E.T. and how the entire experience goes as an assistant teacher.
I’d like to see myself make a solid purchase and/or investment towards my future and although this idea isn’t entirely set in stone, I’d really like the idea of owning my own home within the upcoming years. I’m thinking about possibly looking for a Realtor during the summer of 2015 and begin looking for a house, then. Although it’s a “buyer’s market” now, I know that I won’t qualify for a VA home loan until that time. Regardless of all of these stipulations, I’ve already started looking at homes online in order to help me formulate my home wish list.
Above you’ll find a slide show of a house that I found online. Although it’s not my “ideal” home I like the idea of a house that’s a good investment that I can not-only put sweat-equity into, as well as, sell for more (later down the road), but I’d also like a home as a potential rental investment or a place I could sublet should I continue working abroad/overseas.
Should the idea of wanting to purchase a home no longer appeal to me down the road, I’d contemplate purchasing my next car. For those that are unaware, my first car was my “dream car” back in the day, and after vowing to own one someday – I was able to acquire it as my first car. As a personal preference, I don’t think I’d ever buy a brand new car. The value of a car drops (thousands of dollars) as soon as you drive it off of the lot, and I’d much-rather buy a used car with low mileage than pay thousands more for a brand new one.
Before I begin spending all of this ‘imaginary’ money, however, I’ve devised a plan that will let me save up for retirement, while also saving for future adventures. Granted, I need to secure a job and career in order to make all of these things happen, however, I’m confident in my abilities and my future. It’s all just a matter of time.