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Sounds a little daunting doesn’t it? Starting everything in your life, already imagining the end. It almost sounds a bit depressing. But why? I have to think it’s because it’s contrary to the “live in the moment” quotes flowing down our Pinterest feeds that we all keep seeing. But I’m a firm believer that envisioning the end doesn’t have to be sad.

A few weeks ago, AV and I met up with a family friend to discuss wealth management. He is someone I trust with my whole being, as well as my bank account. He happens to own and operate a wealth management company. We have been trying to figure out what we need to do with our finances now that I am out of school and finally making money. #CanIGetanAMEN


Beyond just talking about finances, we discussed an array of topics related to our future. He had some ‘out-there’ suggestions and opinions…but most entrepreneurs do. That is after all, what makes an entrepreneur an entrepreneur. But mainly he had some great advice on how to help us get to where we want to be come retirement time.

In the midst of talking about career vision, financial and personal growth, one thing he said really resounded with me.

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“Start everything with the end in mind”

It hit me because this is exactly how I think. I’m a planner. I get bombarded with inspirational quotes to live in the moment and be spontaneous from almost everywhere I look these days. Really though, from social media to on my fridge at my work. And while they are fine and dandy for somethings, they are not the MO in which I operate a lot of things in my life.

I should mention that I do push myself to “live in the moment” and be spontaneous for some personal things, as it does not come easy or natural to me. I also see the benefit in “living for today.” But when it comes to career and financial advice, I couldn’t agree more with having a vision for the end. After all, living for today from a financial perspective is not ideal should tomorrow actually come around.

Having a vision is imperative to getting where you want to be. It goes back to the old adage that you can’t get to where you’re going if you don’t know where that is.

For me? Where I want to be is a successful career woman, a mother, a homeowner to name a few. I also want to retire comfortably at an age where I can still do all the things I want to do in retirement. This is just my vision. But what the vision is one might be different than someone else. Having a vision as to where your life is going is a part of becoming successful. Of course, you don’t need a plan if you have luck. But I love this quote….

I’m a big believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.“- Thomas Jefferson

It’s not about planning every last detail of your life to ensure “the end” is exactly as planned. But rather, having a vision as to where your path may lead. Dreaming and goal setting are half the fun. Preparing for the end doesn’t have to be a dreadful task. It couldn’t be easier now more than ever with Pinterest. Seriously, that site was made for a dreamer, a planner, and a girl with “vision.”

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So…What do you envision your career path, financial future, or relationships to be? Where are you going?