Sunday, August 30, 2015

This is Ground Zero

I'm Jen. I'm in my mid-twenties. I'm working towards a better life.

The twenty year plan began as a goal to accumulate enough monetary wealth that I would only work if I enjoyed it, rather than out of financial necessity. That journey started a year ago, but since then, the vision of who I want to be, how I want to live, and what I want to do has expanded.

I call this ground zero because I found myself angry during my last birthday. Angry for days. I'd dabbled in frugality, couponing, minimalism...and I had a lot of fun. I was and am on track to reach my financial ambitions. But the problems that had pushed me towards loftier financial goals were unchanged. I'm dissatisfied with my life and where it's going, and I'm dissatisfied with who I am.

I want to be healthier. I want to be more aware of the people and the world around me. I want to feel like I belong. I want to take risks and have adventures. I want to be free. I want to be challenged.

And, too often, I feel overwhelmed, alone, and trapped. Despite the support system around me. Despite how my life may look on paper. Despite how blessed I've been.

So this is the twenty year plan, 2.0. To be happier, healthier, kinder, and wealthier with every passing day.