I've been thinking a bit about the ups and downs of planning for the future. I'm talking about personal plans, the 5-year and 10-year kind.

The problem with making these sorts of plans is that you never know what's around the corner. Career, family circumstances, relationships, health, study, etc. - all of these things can jump up and throw your plans into disorder.

BUT - that's no reason not to plan. We all need something to look forward to, and aim towards. In my own past experience, writing down my future goals and ambitions has really helped me sort out my priorities and start taking action to move towards those goals.

Right now, Tim and I are busily working out our activities for the rest of the year (after we finish our employment contracts at the end of June). Because our plans have gone astray more often than not in recent times, we'll be building in some flexibility! :)