My Non-Plan for the Next 4 Years

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Good morning! Happy Hump Day!

The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was check who won the election. It was close last night when I went to bed. I’m glad to see we have four more years with President Obama!

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Yesterday morning’s breakfast was a Sweet Breakfast Scramble, but instead of squash/pumpkin, I used chopped apple. To make it, I cut up half of an apple, microwaved it to soften it, and then cooked it into my Sweet Breakfast Scramble. It was a tasty change from my usual breakfast. I also added a big scoop of Teddie peanut butter to the mix.

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I drank my VSL#3 with breakfast and then poured myself a glass of Dandy Blend with organic half & half. Mmm”¦ so good! I really savored it, and it took me the entire morning to drink it.

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After breakfast, I threw on my sneakers to walk to the polling center to cast my vote. I didn’t have a workout on my schedule, so I figured a walk was a good way to add some physical activity to my day.

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When I arrived, there was a short wait to vote, but the line moved quickly, so I was in and out in about 10 minutes.

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On my walk home, I started thinking about what my life would be like the next time I voted in the Presidential election. Four years from now is 2016, so I’ll be 36 years old. I hope by then, Mal and I have started a family (or at least seriously started talking about it). I’d like to still be living in our same house (a Whole Foods is going in down the street, so we are never moving) and blogging at CNC and writing for Health. Other than that, I just want to be happy and healthy.

I thought I was kind of lame for not having more concrete plans for the next 4 years (I have plenty of short-term goals and things I’d like to achieve, but nothing big and long-term), so I asked Mal about his plans. He pretty much said the exact same thing as me with regard to family, living, and work situations, so I’m glad we’re on the same page, but he didn’t have any specific goals or plans for the future. I actually thought this was kind of weird because we’re both such planners and goal-orientated people, but I’m okay with having a non-plan for once in my life. The only goal we came up with for the next 4 years is live our lives and enjoy every moment.

Question of the Day

Do you have a 4-year (or 5-year) plan? If so, what is it? Do you think it’s okay to not have a long-term plan?



  1. That breakfast scramble looks good! I need to save that!! I think those are good goals for 4 years… I mean who really knows what 4 years will bring. In 4 years I’ll be married, so I hope we will have started a family. I also hope to run a marathon by then! 🙂

  2. Nope. No real plan for the next 4 or 5 years. But definitely hope to still be doing many of the same things as I am now – being a mom, personal training and blogging, running, and just loving life.

    I find plans often don’t go as expected so I have just been going with the flow more in recent years and it hasn’t led me wrong.

  3. Great day for Mass! Obama! Warren! Medical Marijuana! I couldn’t stay awake for the results so I was also thrilled this morning.

    Crazy to think about where I’ll be next election… I’ll be 32. Last time I voted my boyfriend and I lived in a sh*tty apartment… now we’re married and in a wonderful little house. 🙂 Maybe next election we’ll have a little family? Who knows!

  4. Not to get all political, but you’ll appreciate this, Tina: There are a ton of Dogs Against Romney “bumperstickers” online that are pretty funny. (Our greyhound is obviously a dog against Romney, lol.)

    Yikes, I don’t have a four- or five-year plan either! I’d like to have a full-time job that I enjoy, have a healthy lifestyle, and maintain my friendships. Nothing too specific, I guess, so I should start planning, lol.

  5. I always find long-term plans to be so difficult, and I too am a planner. I have plans and things I want to do with my life but I’m always reminded of that quote about “god laughs when we make plans” or whatever. Regardless of religious affiliation, I’ve found it to be so true when it comes to my life. I spent my whole life planning to manage bands; I did that for 5 years and now I’m pursuing a health and fitness related career. Who ever saw that coming?!

  6. I think having a plan is a nice idea but there’s a reason there’s the phrase “man plans, God laughs.” I’ve run across so many versions of 5 year plans in various places, I started keeping them so we can look back and laugh. (And they weren’t outrageous things either!) I try to roll with the punches a little more but it’s hard for a type A like me! 😉

  7. This post made me think. I think it’s good to have a plan. 4 years is just long enough to reach goals. On a side note I tried the breakfast scramble and mine was like mush and tasted yucky. I will have to try it again!

  8. It’s funny how I used to see 4 years as being such a long period of time. Now 4 years is going to be here before I know it. I’l be 30 in 4 years which sounds crazy but not really at the same time. I don’t really know where I’ll be then but I love not knowing either. Life is different for me each day and i’m truly blessed at the amazing ride!

  9. I’m usually such a planner, but as I near 30, I hear such scary whisperings (kids kids kids kids kids), and I’m not ready for it! In so many other aspects of my life, I can clearly see where I’m headed (fitness, career, blogging), but when it comes to my husband and I, I’m sort of terrified of the next few years. 🙂 I think I like the idea of just taking it one day at a time.

  10. I have a loose 4 year plan. I will DEFINITELY be done school and be starting my career as a paramedic. I plan to buy a house and everything else is up in the air. I’m a BIG planner but I find when I plan so far in advance, so many things can change and I get disappointed.

  11. 4-5 year plan: Finish school (with my MA degree), get married (or at least engaged to my current BF); own a pug (I’m as obsessed as you are – actually hoping we get one this spring!) and it’d be nice to have a down payment on a house. Also kids – maybe starting to think about them.

  12. exactly same – i’ll be 36 too we want to start a family eventually – we just don’t have the house thing down pat yet. We live in an apt on the UWS ACROSS the street from a Whole foods. We have discussed that where we do end up landing eventually there has to be a whole foods or a trader joes close by, i walk in there and i just get happy!

  13. I have no idea what the next four years will bring…and I am so excited by that. I tried to plan these last four years, and ended up getting married, working on a cruise ship, moving to Korea, going to Thailand and Cambodia, and now switched careers to a job I adore. None of which were what I thought was in the “PLAN”. If the next four are like these, I’ll truly be blessed. Onwards with the adventure of the JOURNEY and trying not to worry over the destination. “Life is what’s happening while you’re making other plans”-John Lennon.

  14. I’m a huge planner as well. But over the past few years, I’ve learned that instead of having a concrete plan, it’s better to know what direction you want to head in and go with the flow. I used to be such a future oriented person that I forgot the only now is here in the present. They were just words before, but I’m seeing what a difference it makes to things a day at a time. AND life’s just more fun that way!

  15. I’d like to be married in 4 years. 🙂

    I’m 31 now and so, like you, I’ll be in my mid 30s by the next election. I would like to be married and thinking about kids as well. We don’t have a whole foods opening up ANYWHERE soon (boo!) but since we just moved into the new house I can’t see relocating any time soon either.

    Need to look up that Dandy Blends stuff on amazon….

  16. Interesting to think about!

    Hopefully in 4 more years, I’ll be married to my current boyfriend, getting out the last of our shenanigans before we start discussing little ones (we have a plan to start thinking about them in 5 years) and still in a writing career. Having Italy, Greece and Germany marked on my passport would be pretty sweet too 🙂

  17. No comment on the election results… 😉

    As for my “plan”? We have our first baby due in April, so in the next 4-5 years I’d hope that we’d be pregnant with our second, living back in Arizona near family, my husband on a career path that he loves, and me either teaching or staying home with the kiddos and writing my blog. We shall see though! Often times, my “plans” end up turning out quite differently than I envisioned so you never know!

  18. Good post topic, and very fitting for today 😉 I like your “non-plan”. Sometimes I think it’s what we need in life, to not plan, to not have an exact set of goals but rather an idea of what we’d like to be doing. I think it means that your happy with your current life, which by the sounds and looks of it, you are… which is great! Keep on rocking what you love! LOL Pugs for Obama, adorable!!

  19. That is interested to think about!

    I’m 4 years I’d like to married or at least engaged to my boyfriend. I’m sure we’ll also be starting to look to move out of Boston and into a bigger house for future kiddos (ahh! REAL LIFE?!). I also hope to have run a marathon by then (or more).

  20. Hubs and I hope to have our house built and start a family in the next 4-5 years! It’s crazy to think that we are doing such “grown up” things! 🙂 Short term we just want to be happy and continue to be thankful for our health.

  21. Soooo happy to not have to look at Romney’s creep face for the next 4 years! Yay! It sounds like your long term plans are fantastic…if you are content with how life is, I say “more power to you”! My hub & I moved away from family for basically more $, and now that I’m preg. (just found out!!) we plan on moving back around them, but I have to finish med school (it would take me 2.5 more years not being preg…so, it’s now turning into a longer-term goal). So, valuing family more than $, our long term goal is to move to our family with our little 3-some:) By the way, I love seeing the fall weather where you live, thanks for the peeks!

  22. I’ve been married for 3 years and so far we’ve just been focusing on our every day life. We feel really settled now so we’re just not starting to talk about what’s next – hopefully within the next year we’ll have a new house with some land and we’ll probably be close to starting a family. It’s be exciting to think about lately =)

  23. Tina- I love all your breakfast ideas, its my favorite meal of the day! I had another question and I would like your thoughts on it 😉 I love greek yogurt, but what do you think about the light and fit greek or other brands that are ‘light’ that dont have a lot of sugar but are sweetened with splenda? Should those be avoided because of the artificial sweetners? Some of the regular greek yogurts like chobani etc just have around 20g of sugar. eek. But they are so good too! Thanks for responding to so many posts.

    1. I avoid artificial sweeteners as much as possible. Keep in mind some of the sugar in yogurt, especially plain, are naturally-occurring sugars.

      1. ok thanks tina- so true 🙂 I have to have vanilla or flavored though, unless i put a ton of fruit/granola or something in it 🙂

  24. Love the button – kinda reminds me of the 2008 election where they made doggie t-shirts that read “Bark Obama” and “McCanine.” But I gotta say I live in a household that’s divided between the Democats and Republicanines! 😛 (meow)
    I was thinking the exact same thing about the 2016 election last night, too – four years ago, I was a sophomore in college, and four years from now, If things keep going the way they are, I’ll…probably have a baby?! It’s almost scary to think about (me? a parent?!), but a family is ultimately what I want. I guess my four-year “plan” is more of what I envision will happen – being married to Josh, living in our house that we bought together, and maybe we will have our first child by then. But as Josh keeps reminding me, only time will tell, and sticking to a hard timeline will likely lead to disappointment.
    Have a great Wednesday! 🙂

  25. I think it’s great to have many smaller goals then huge long term goals. Especially since it can be easier to look at in the long run! Great plans!

  26. Tina! Half an apple? I gotta have the entire apple chopped up in my egg scramble. Plus tons and tons of cinnamon and huge scoop of almond butter!
    My favorite post workout meal for months! 🙂

  27. ‘live our lives and enjoy every moment’ – love it. What else?! haha. A good reminder to start my day with 🙂
    Also, I love the apple idea! Will be trying this week!

  28. not to be a downer but since i’m 42 (almost 43) with some experience at having kids “late” – (and peers in the same boat) get tested now to make sure that all your and Mal’s parts work and everything is healthy b/c once you try – it gets stressful fast! You’re healthy but by mid-late 30s, you’re definitely jsut looked at as a number (age) versus general health!! Good luck!!!

  29. Yes! My next four years will be crazy, but good. Start and finish my master’s degree, get full time job as a marriage and family therapist, and marry this wonderful boyfriend of mine! Oh and add pay off majority of student loans and start saving for a house.

  30. I think that sounds like a perfectly good non-plan to me! If you have a general idea of where you’re going, you don’t necessarily need strict steps to get there; you’ll just end up disappointed if you don’t make it. Plus, sounds like life is pretty good right now so there’s no reason to want life to be different a few years down the road 🙂

  31. If you are happy in your life, with your work, with your family, & health, why would you need to have a plan? I think it’s OK to not have a plan, to simply enjoy as it unfolds. To me a plan generally means a need for change, even if it something to enhance or add to your life. The best plan is to live each day to the best of your ability on that given day.

  32. It is absolutely okay to not have the next 4 or 5 years planned! Especially if you are happy, healthy, and satisfied with where you are in life right now. As for me, I know better than to plan for the future because I am in the military and cannot predict what will be handed to me. What I DO know is that in 4 years I will be done with my Family Medicine residency and (hopefully) will have started a family of my own 🙂

  33. First of all, I love your crazy, mix-up/mash-up recipes! They look so delicious! I will definitely be trying them very soon.

    I don’t necessarily have a 5 year plan, but I do have some short term plans for the future. Right now, I’m getting ready to come home from Afghanistan and am hoping to start getting into the blogging community. I read some of your posts on blogging and they were great! I want to gear my blog towards healthy baking and fitness, so I’ll definitely have some inspiration from you. Thanks so much 🙂

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