27 & The Next 5 Years

27 is an age I’ve patiently awaited. Unlike all my friends in high school who talked about getting married and having kids young, I was excited for a different kind of lifestyle. Sure, I wanted all those same things, but I’ve never been rushed on the “happily ever after.” I was looking forward to living my life – young, independent with the resources to support myself and enjoy life. And as I turned another year older, I am pleased to say that I’ve crossed many things off my “to-do-five-year-plan.”

I’ve never been the type to have a set idea on what my life was going to be like, or what kind of job I wanted. In my opinion, there was too much to do and to discover, how could I decide on just one thing before I really experienced life and discovered who I was as a person? Rather than focusing on a single end goal, I’ve always focused on a five-year plan – what can I manifest within this scope of time that can allow me to further understand my goals, passions and purposes.

So far, this way of pursuing my ambitions has surprisingly worked out for me. When I graduated from college, I knew I wanted to live in Los Angeles, work in a creative environment and eventually go for my Masters. All of that happened for me within the five years after I earned my bachelors. Sometimes, I can’t even believe I was able to achieve this vision I had for myself, but I know it was both flexibility and determination that got me here.

Now, as I’ve turned 27 and am approaching my graduation from my Master’s program, I feel it is due time to reevaluate my new five-year plan, and set my aspirations for where I want to go to next. Here are my top five manifestations.

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1. Get a salaried job in my career path 

As I approach my commencement, this has quickly become my number one priority. I’ve invested a significant amount of money on the hopes that my degree (Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship) will payoff with a great job. And while I am confident that this degree has armed me with a tremendous amount of knowledge and new skills, I am fearful that it may become little more than 2 lines on my resume.

Currently, I am fortunate to have a pretty cushy hourly job at an exciting new startup, but I have found it difficult to move up and have started to feel stuck. Stuck is not the way I want to spend my next five years. The great thing about social entrepreneurship is that there’s a lot of places I can work and I can even start my own venture (someday). But for now, next steps are making some moves to ensure I’m on a career path with some trajectory.

2. Increase my financial literacy

So far, I’m doing pretty good. My debt is minimal, I am pretty good at saving, and I check my credit quite often. But even as much as I try to understand the ins and outs of the financial world, I often become overwhelmed with all the complications and nuances I don’t understand.

I truly believe that financial literacy is a key aspect to having a successful adulthood. Understanding terms on loans and mortgages,  APR for credit cards, and even filing for taxes are all important things everyone should learn. Unfortunately, that is not something we emphasize in our society.

Over the next five years, I hope to significantly improve my financial literacy so that I can  ensure that I am able to make smart choices with my money.

3. Spend a significant amount of time abroad

Traveling has always been important to me, and I have been traveling since I was an infant. My junior year of undergrad brought me the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Brazil and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had. It allowed me to deeper understand my own culture and family history, but also increased my confidence, independence and challenged my world view. For those of you who have traveled know how magical it can be to explore somewhere new and learn more about yourself in the process.

Ever since I returned from my brief time abroad, I have longed to spend more time exploring the world beyond traveling. I considered moving abroad immediately after graduating college, but felt that moving to Los Angeles was more in line with what I wanted to do at the time. Now that I’ve lived here for 3 years, I’m ready to move on to the next step.

Within the next five years, I hope to be living abroad somewhere (hopefully Latin America), working with an organization that will allow me to put my knowledge and Master’s degree to use. Manifesting this with all my might to allow the universe to bring me some opportunities.

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4. Establish a creative hustle 

As I’ve gotten older, the more important developing my creativity has become to me. Today, establishing some kind of side/creative hustle is not simply a hobby, it’s become almost necessary to ensure financial success and freedom. As a student of Social Entrepreneurship, I have learned a lot of tips and tricks to effectively managing a businesses, and I’m hoping to use those skills to establish something of my own. One day.

But within these next five years, I’m hoping to truly establish my creative hustle that will allow me to be personally fulfilled, with hopefully adding some extra income in my pocket. I’ve hoped to turn my Blog into a revenue generating platform, and hopefully one day it will be. Or perhaps this project will look completely different. Either way, in 5 years, expect me to have a fully functioning creative hustle.

5. Further Committed to an Ethical/Waste-Free Lifestyle

About two years ago, I became enlightened to the world of sustainable & ethical fashion. Learning about the devastating conditions of factory fast-fashion workers inspired me to change my habits and inspire others to do the same. But committing to ethical & sustainable fashion is only one part of the problem, the overall consumption of single-use plastics is having a major effect on our plant and the animals that inhabit it.

Although I am already committed to an ethical/waste-free lifestyle as an ideal, the practice of doing so is much more complicated and difficult. Sometimes I forget my reusable cup or forget to ask waiters to not include straws or cutlery with my order. These things take time, it’s a habit that needs to be practiced in order to fully integrated into a lifestyle.

In the next five years, I hope to have a fully waste-free lifestyle, free of disposable, single use plastic.

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While I wrote this blog to help me conceptualize my five-year plan, I hope that this inspires you to take time to write down and manifest your own goals. Not only did writing these down force me to really think about what I wanted for the future, it is now a record to hold myself accountable. It was important to me that my goals were centered around personal developmental goals, beyond romantic and material, but your goals can include whatever is most important to you. Whatever your goals are, sit down with yourself, write them down and begin to put actions into your manifestations, you will be surprised with what you can accomplish.

Con Mucho Amor,

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Photography: Vanessa Acosta | @fromabolivian

Dress: The Reformation (Bought during seasonal sale)

Bodysuit: Boutique bought, but buy a similar, ethical one here at Naja

(I’ve been obsessed with layering this bodysuit)

Location: Arts District, Los Angeles

 

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