30B30: Plan a future

This blog post is part of the 30 Before 30 tag, where I have 30 goals that I aim to complete before turning 30 on the 11th of March, 2017.

I thought it was certainly time to update my 30 Before 30 tag, with a specific update and tick off of the Plan a future item (sitting on #2). It’s kind of a big one, and I am glad that I can now be able to say; “Oh cool, I have a future, I have plans, things are going to be alright.” That’s not to say, that unexpected things can’t happen, plans can and often do change. I am content with the fact that at least for now, I have some direction!

My plan for the future

  • Study for degree in Communication Design
    For now I will be studying 1 unit a term (3 terms a year) and have 19 units to complete. Which means it will take over 6 years to complete. That is a long time and probably seems excessive just to complete a bachelors degree. The main reason that I am doing only 1 unit at a time, is so that I am able to cope with the pressure of study while negotiating it into my life and my sometimes noodly brain. If I reach a point where I can do more than 1 unit a term, awesome. However, I am fine with it taking a while longer and that is the main thing.
  • Continual mental health support
    Although I have yet to complete the item on my 30 Before 30 list Solid mental health plan, part of my future will involve having constant monitoring of my mental health, through visits to doctors, psychologists as well as maintaining medications and other healthy lifestyle choices. How my health is treated may change over time, the constant must be that I am always taking care of myself and aware of how I am coping.
  • Staying creative
    It is essential to who I am that I am doing creative work. I can’t imagine a future where I am not designing, drawing, sketching, photographing, writing or dreaming new worlds. So it is important that for the future, I continue to be creative. To share my creations in whatever medium I choose and enjoy being able to do so.
  • Working on projects
    I love creating websites and working on projects. Ever since 2003 I have always had some kind of additional project I have been working on. I like being able to explore creative ideas, and implement them into ways that other people have something useful (such as Giraffe Host and Blog Matter). Technology will surely change a lot in the coming years, and I hope that I will continue to maintain and build many new projects.
  • Business
    I have had a registered business (in Australia) since 2012 and have never been able to properly dedicate myself to it, or find the confidence to explore and expand on every avenue. At some point in the future, when I am ready and capable, I want to use all the knowledge I have gained through study and life experience to really try my hardest to make a business I can be really proud of.
  • After study
    After I have completed my studies in Communication Design, I see three options. A-) If I am interested in an associated field, to continue further study. B-) Work on my business. C-) Work for someone else, as long as it was an environment that I was comfortable with.

So there you have it. My plan for the future. Many things will surely change and if there is a significant event, I might just have to make a new plan. No drama.


Questions
1. What are your plans for the future?
2. Do you have people that support you with those plans?

About the author / Kya

I am Kya a twenty something who loves art, cute things, design, illustration, photography, reading, writing and creative adventures.

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29 Comments

  • Good luck with your studies and your goals, Kya! If you ever need help with any of it, don’t be afraid to ask for help! I’m awfully curious on what kind of business you own, but of course you don’t have to disclose it :)

    My plan for the future is to get a better and a full-time job. I’ve been applying to many positions, and I’m hoping one of them will work out for me. Thankfully, living with my parents help, and I hope to achieve those goals soon!

    • Kya

      Thank you! It is a design business, but I have not been very active with it for a while.

      I hope that you can achieve your goals too. <3

  • It’s nice hearing that you got plans for your future already. Goal setting can be really tricky specially because you know that your future is part of the deal. I wish you luck on your goal.

    My plan for my life is still pretty hazy but I am sure that I would finish my bachelor in engineering. I am looking for fellowships and scholarship for the meantime if I would push through in taking masteral. I look forward creating business ventures as well, but as to what areas, I’m not yet sure. I guess I have to think hard about my plans now.

    • Kya

      Good luck with the future. I hope that whatever road you go down, it has many positives. :D

      • Thank you. I hope for a better future.

        Hope you could also drop by my blog. :)

  • I too, relate to your second bullet point: Continual mental health support, because I too, need to continue that as well. I’m trying to fix the damage I did and try minimize anything further from happening. It isn’t easy but totally worth it. My goals are simply to take care of myself and get better. That’s really about it, but why? Because without my mental health I am nothing, not even school matters. Oh well. Good luck to the both of us in our goals!

    • Kya

      I hope you are able to do that and continue to heal. :)

    • Kya

      I wanted to try and give myself some direction and have a plan. Now I just have to make all the days count as well haha.

  • Good luck with your studies, Kya! :) And you should totally pursue your business, if it’s something that would ignite the passion out of you!

    • Kya

      Thank you! :D

  • Cat

    I think taking your time makes sense, and you should do what you’re most comfortable with :) Good luck on your degree!

    I also think that’s great that you have plans on how to take care of yourself, and that you hope to work hard on a business in the future. I’m currently registering a business with a couple coworkers, and I hope we can make it work in the long run.

    I’m the same about doing creative work! I always have to be doing a creative hobby, whether it’s drawing, design, sewing, cake decorating, or photography. I can’t imagine stopping that at any point either.

    Right now, I just want to continue my work as a software developer while also putting more focus on my photography :)

    • Kya

      Good luck with the business, that would be really exciting and I hope it works out well. It’s great you are putting more focus on the photography too, because you are very very talented! :D

  • Good luck with your goals!! I think it’s a great idea to write them out like this, makes me feel more manageable and attainable.

    My plans are moving forward with my life and away from where I currently call home. I should write out a plan like yours.

    • Kya

      It can be helpful to have a plan writing out, makes you feel like you have some direction and you know where you’re heading. The good thing is to also be open to the fact that’s is alright if you have to change your plans, because unexpected things can happen. :)

      You should write one if you’re interested. It doesn’t have to be something shared online, having it for yourself can be a great step. :D

  • Good luck and hope you’re able to progress with your business venture :)

    My plans are basically non existent, although I always think of future plan as being career related. If I think on more of a personal level it would be to pay off my mortgage within the next 10 years.

    • Kya

      There is nothing wrong with not having a plan either. Plus, I think (from what I can tell) you have/are achieving a lot of things that people strive for, such as a job and a home. Main thing is that you are happy or can find ways to happiness. <3

  • Good luck, Kya! I hope you enjoy your studies. :D

    Taking care of yourself is very important. I know physical health and fitness is a major talking point these days, but mental health is just as crucial and unfortunately, it’s something that’s still not as widely talked about. I hope you stay can stay healthy!

    Thank you for starting Cup and Blog Matter! I haven’t been on these past few days, but I always check in when I have the time. It’s great to just talk to people I know online. :D

    My plans for the future… hmm, at the moment it’s just getting my husband through med school while I continue to work. I’m pretty happy where I am career-wise, but I continue to study in my spare time so I can improve even more. Our main objective as a couple is to get him to residency and then maybe start planning for children. My current agency is happy let me work from home, so I hope that’s an option for me if I ever do have kids in the future.

    • Kya

      I wish you all the very best in your plans for the future. <3

  • Solid goals. I wish you all the luck!

    I have fairly simple goals to just better my usefulness in society. I suppose I’m something of a late bloomer, but I’d like to find a steady job that makes me happy, as well as continue enjoying my family and hobbies. I have a wonderful and supportive family, thankfully. :)

    • Kya

      That is great that you have a really supportive family. I hope that you are able to do everything you want too. :D

  • These are really solid goals! I think they’re all attainable too, which some people forget to think of when making goal lists. Also, I think it’s great you’re taking into consideration what will work for you when it comes to university. Even if it takes you longer to finish your degree, at least you’ll be less stressed. :)

    1. What are your plans for the future?
    Not 100% sure yet. I’m starting university in September and I’m going in as an English major. I may go into Law School after that, though. :)

    2. Do you have people that support you with those plans?
    I do, more or less. I don’t really talk about my plans with many people because I get very self-conscious. :/

    • Kya

      Best of luck with your studies it would be really cool to study English, and further study in Law! I can understand what you mean about trying to achieve things yourself. It’s still nice to know that you have some people supporting you! :)

  • Good luck on all your goals! I hpe you get to work towards them. It is also always good to remember that if any goal is making you stressed it might not be worth it.

    I actually wrote a post about my plans for the future on the blog. I want to finish my five years of university, get a good job, and some short time goals like staying happy and learning new things. I feel like my family and friends are supportive, but I also feel like I am the one doing all the work. They are my dreams, and I am a person who mostly likes to rely on myself to do everything. That way you know how things are getting along. hehe

    • Kya

      Good luck with your plans. :) I can understand what you mean, it’s good to be motivated for you!

  • Wow, 6 years for a Bachelors? That is a long time. But I really applaud your awareness of yourself that you need to take time with your studies. And anywhos, a major does not define who we are as people. -Fist bump- to my fellow communication major!

    And whaaa, you own a business? What’s your business about? It’s not Giraffe Host?

    And in response to your questions:

    1. What are your plans for the future?
    As I wrote about in my blog (http://annemarieladlad.info/wordpress/senior-secrets-my-post-grad-plans/), I’m going to spend a year doing service in Brooklyn as an admissions counselor in a high school. I’m stoked. After that, I’m not entirely sure, but I’ve been talking myself up to finding a job in San Francisco or the Bay Area and staying there for a few years.

    2. Do you have people that support you with those plans?
    My parents were very skeptical about my plans at first…and they still are. But they recognize that they can’t stop me so they’re supporting me in every way they know how. All of my friends really support and applaud this endeavor of mine. They know that I’ve been cooped up here in Seattle for too long and that I’m ready for some big move even if it’s terrifying. I’m thankful for the support, because I wouldn’t be able to make the transition without it.

    • Kya

      Six years is a long time, but I wanted to be realistic. Most universities do have 4 terms a year, but the one I am signed up with only has three, so that also makes it longer as well. Giraffe Host isn’t my business, it’s a hobby. My registered business is one with a focus on design for business, but I haven’t done a lot for it. xD

      I wish you all the best! :D

  • Ooohhh! Wishing you all the best with the plans! :D I especially agree with that bit on being creative. Good luck with the Communication Design degree too!

    1. What are your plans for the future?
    I just graduated college last week, so I HOPE to get a job soon. D: Maybe 2-4 months time? On the side, I hope to continue with freelance work and also my blogging hobby.

    2. Do you have people that support you with those plans?
    Yes! I’m blessed to have supportive parents. :3 They defend me when other people- such as my other relatives, aren’t open to the idea of pursuing a career in the art field.

  • I’m so excited and happy that you’re planning on going to college and actually giving it a try. Even if it is part-time. It’s better than nothing. Ya know? I was told to go part-time, but that will take longer. I’m looking at 6 years myself already. My boyfriend is looking at 5 years. So, no biggie. I know you will do great.

    Questions
    1. What are your plans for the future?
    A. To keep going to college. If for some reason my financial aid or pell grant has been stopped, I will still pay out of pocket. Just so I can get that education that I love. I also plan on traveling the world with my boyfriend.

    2. Do you have people that support you with those plans?
    A. I do! My mom and father are both supporting the idea that I’m going to college and doing great.

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