At some point in the early days of our marriage (it was 43 years this summer) my husband and I started writing down 5-year plans. We’d go out to dinner with the purpose of brainstorming and we’d have fun putting our heads together to envision our lives together. We’d write down stuff like buying a house, changing jobs, having another child, landscaping the yard, traveling, getting a dog, and the like. I loved that we did this and always took pride in our purposefulness and focus. Each year on our anniversary each we’d pull it out to see how we were doing and add new goals to the list. I get a little embarrassed when I think back on the material nature of our goals. At the time, though, they seemed so out of reach; putting them down in writing helped to make them more real and sparked conversations on how we might bring the goals to fruition.
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