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Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Ipoh Old Town letter boxes, five year plans

Talkin' about five-year plans or the lack thereof. And mini twenty-something crises as usual.
Five years ago I was at University, hating a vast majority of the situation. When I’m not in hippy happy Mish mode, I’m an incessant worrier. My flatmates were chatting about ‘life after Uni’ a.k.a. the ultimate taboo, and jostling me about how I’d probably never get a job in the fashion industry, how I was wasting my time. And while I never spoke out against them, it stuck with me and I constantly fretted about what I was supposed to after University. It was terrifying.

I’ve never had a steadfast five-year plan. Y’know when we were all encouraged to write somethin’ down for career guidance tutors back in school and we all – own up, peeps – scribbled down random nonsense knowing that no-one would follow up. (And they didn’t, right?) I literally wrote down something about maybe studying English literature because I loved books. Deep down, I was about to contest with two Chinese parents to convince them that fashion journalism was more of a viable path than Law, Medicine or Accountancy. We’re stereotypes and I like it, ok?

I finally wrote my five-year plan in September 2014 after coming back from a holiday abroad. What was on it?
In five years time, I will have…
- Moved up at least one step in my career.
- Tried living in another country.
- Bought my first Chanel handbag.
- Started my second business.
- Own my own place.
I wrote that in five minutes.

After worrying incessantly about 'having a plan', trust me, when you know what you want, you know what you want.

In less than a month after that, I’d scribbled lines through two of those and now I’ve ticked off four of the five. It’s funny how the world works. One minute you’re pretending that you’re fine with the sedentary lifestyle you’ve ended up in, the next? You’re reaching out and achieving your mini goals without even noticing.

I guess I wanted to write this to remind you and myself that it doesn’t matter if everyone around you has a mastermind plan or opposing opinions to you. Life has an odd but beautiful way of throwing curveballs in disguise that’ll set you on the right path. My gut feeling of moving to Hong Kong being a terrifying but probably-maybe-potentially positive-in-disguise thing paid off. Every day I see the tiny beauty in the mundane and I learn new lessons about myself.

Where do you see yourself in five years? It’s okay to say nothing. (But I really hope it involves a cute pooch.)


  1. I think natural worries and goal driven people are always making Teeny tiny dreams to move ourselves closer to our goals even if we don't have them written down in 5 year plan format. For me 5 years seems so long and eek! Scary! However I've been making small moves that will ultimately get me where I want to be in 5 years I hope! (:

  2. Lovely post. I'm always worrying about the future but I think self doubt is a natural part of being human. It's great to see that you've achieved some of those little goals even if you didn't fully intend to!

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  3. It's amazing you've been able to tick those off your list, such a great achievement!
    The ones I made didn't seem to work out, by the time I was 25 I wanted a puppy, a mortgage and to be married (I didn't even have a boyfriend then ha!) I guess they're pretty much the same now, although I would love to move to Scotland (all the rain and cold weather!) rescue a little pup and maybe start a little business making things!

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  4. I love this post! In 5 years I'll hopefully be living somewhere else doing a job that I like. It's vague but it sounds good to me haha!

  5. What a lovely and inspiring post! I honestly have no idea what my 'plan' is, I just don't even know what I want at the moment but it's amazing how you have ticked off 4/5 already in less than a year xx

  6. danniella josephine28 June 2015 at 20:28

    What a lovely post :) you've definitely achieved a lot - you need to make some more plans :)

    Dannie x

  7. Definitely! 5 years seems so far away that often it's not really about making steady plans, eh? I tentatively noted mine down as vague ideas and somehow they all happened within a few days of each other. Life works in the oddest ways.

  8. Thank you Abbie!

    Certainly - self doubt comes with everything but it's almost a blessing in disguise and reminder that we do want something at the end, even if we're unsure what it is.

  9. Eeek, thanks Sophie! Ah but you're pretty much there now, right? I can certainly see you running a crafty little business ;) watch this space and all that eh.

  10. Thanks Annabelle! Come back to HK ;)

  11. Aw thank you so much Yasmina! Honestly, I didn't either. I just noted down five separate, fairly vague ideas and somehow managed to tick them off without actively thinking about it. Life has a crazy way of presenting things to you that you didn't even realise you 'wanted'. (:

  12. Thank you Dannie - what a lovely comment! I think my next plan is to volunteer at the Hong Kong Dog Rescue and Shelter this summer (:

  13. I couldn't agree with you more, it's such an inspiration! I am really thinking of doing it myself :) xx

  14. I am new to your blog but I just want to tell you how much I love it and your wise words! 5 year plan--I am not much of a planner but I like the idea of whipping something up in 5 minutes and see what I get! You are right--when you know what you want, you do just know!

  15. Oh thank you so much Lesli! What a lovely comment, I'm so pleased you like it.


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