Off Topic Tuesday

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For June’s Off Topic Tuesday with our friend and fellow blogger, Kacy at The Fettered Matriarch, we’re talking about our ultimate dreams and goals for our lives.


Ashley

This topic is probably the most challenging one for me to put out into the world because it feels so personal to me. I don’t share the same goals of most people I know in the world and I don’t like to plan too far in advance because it makes me feel confined. I don’t desire a fancy career, lots of money, accolades or anything else the world deems successful. I only want to live a simple life, enjoying my family, friends, and nature. For as long as I can remember, my greatest desire was to be a mother and to take care of my family, and I wanted all of that accomplished by the time I was twenty-five. Amazingly that’s exactly God provided, though I realize now how unrealistic that goal seemed when I was young and naive. My desires are simplicity, living a life of love, helping others when I am able, and seeing the world God created.

I someday hope to escape the oftentimes mundane day-to-day life and see the world. I especially hope to be able to tour Europe eventually, finally visiting Sabrina on her turf, for a change. I’ve always been drawn to Europe more than any other place. My fascination began with Venice, Paris, and London and then expanded to other locations throughout Europe. There is so much more history in Europe than we are able to experience in the States, and I desperately want to immerse myself in it, in person. If the day comes I may just have a heart attack from the excitement of the experience.

Someday I would also love to own an RV or camper, sell my home and live life on the road doing whatever I choose when the mood strikes. My husband and I often talk about this way of life and share the same dream of sightseeing everything our country has to offer from small towns to big cities.

Recently I mentioned in a review for A Walk in the Woods, I someday aspire to walk the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. This is a fairly recent dream, only coming to fruition in my mind in the past five years. This is another dream my husband and I share and hope to accomplish together, possibly with our kids if they would be willing and are able to find the time in their own lives. Since we have young children, this is not a realistic goal for the time being, as it requires about six months of complete devotion to walking day in and day out.

While my goals mostly include traveling, my number one goal in life is to raise my children to love Jesus Christ. I owe every aspect of my life to Him and I deeply desire for my children to experience the love only He can provide, everything else is just cake. I can’t imagine Heaven without my entire family present.


Sabrina

Wow, so this one is a really tough one for me because I never really thought about my ultimate dreams and goals before. Or maybe I don’t have any? I was never the girl who wanted to pursue a bad-ass career in marketing, finance, or medicine. I was also never the girl who wanted to get married at 25, build a house at 27, and start having kids at 28. And that was OK for me because the only thing I wanted was to be happy. Happy with my life, my job, my friends, my hobbies etc. So I think being happy is my ultimate goal in life because what is life when you’re not happy?

Most of the things I did in the past were against a certain standard that society had created a long time ago. A certain way every person should go when on this earth. Well, I did follow those unwritten rules but at 21 I was done. I wasn’t happy with my apprenticeship and the town I lived in. By the time I successfully finished my apprenticeship (yes, I finished it because there’s nothing wrong with having a degree, even if you won’t pursue that career path in the future), I quit and moved abroad.

I break tradition, sometimes my tries are outside the line
We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes,
But I can’t live that way
– Natascha Bedingfield

I’m pretty sure that a lot of people thought I was crazy, maybe even stupid for quitting my safe and amazing job in my hometown (yeah, right…) to move across the pond to take care of some American kids. Honestly? It was the best decision of my life and I’ve never regretted taking that step in my life once. It was right and it felt good.
I started my studies only 2.5 weeks after moving back to Germany. And my school was not nearby, it was a 5 to 6 hours car drive from my hometown – perfect.

There were times during my studies in which I wasn’t sure if it was the right thing for me, the right career path. But having worked in my current job for almost eight weeks now I can say that I like it way more than I thought I would. I absolutely love my co-workers, I love the work atmosphere, I enjoy working on several projects at once, I love the city I work in – it’s perfect.

And then there is blogging. I never would have thought that being a book blogger is so much fun but it is! I can’t imagine my life without it anymore. Reading and blogging makes me happy and I am so thankful that I can share this part of my life with not only Ashley but also with you guys.

Wanting to be happy in life doesn’t sound like much if you think about it but it is my ultimate goal in life. Of course, there will be times in which I won’t be, but I hope I realize it early enough so I change the things that put me down.
I’m fairly certain that I have reached my ultimate goal already and I can only hope that my being happy will only expand in the next few months and years.



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  1. I loved reading both of your goals! I am just so happy to have people like you in my life. I love how all three of our ideas are different, yet kind of similar. Love and happiness and peace.

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  2. Wow. What a post. 🙂 I feel like I should address both of you regarding your life goals.
    Ashley- I understand your goals. Even as a happy atheist ( especially as a mom ) I can understand your goal in wanting to teach your children the importance and values in what you believe in. I do the same with my kids ( well, I don´t advise them to disbelieve. I encourage them to question everything at all times. ). I also think you and your husband have a wonderful goal. A REALISTIC goal. Goals are there to reach them. They don´t have time limits. Work slowly towards your 6 month Appalachian trail. Fingers crossed that you two will make it one day. ❤ As for Europe, girl….. get yo booty over here! Lol

    Sabrina- I think we have it fairly easy to set goals and actually reach them because… We have a million opportunities handed to us on a daily base that make reaching our goals a piece of cake. You are the perfect example for reaching for the stars and grabbing one. I believe, you, at your young age have reached many goals and for that alone… you can be extremely proud of. It doesn´t matter what you do, as long as you do it. And when all´s good you automatically feel the happiness.

    I know you haven´t asked but I´m going to throw my 2 tiny goals in just to show you how alike we are.

    Life goal #1: Teach the girls to be accepting, caring and viciously loving human beings. There is a lot of happiness in life when there´s love, acceptance and kindness.

    Life goal #2: Climbing Scotlands highest mountain with the husbutt. June 25th can´t roll on quick enough!

    Great post! Love you girls ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for your words and your support! You are so good to us. As a mother, I feel the exact same. Teaching our kids to give love and acceptance is above all. I hope someday we can make our AT goal a reality.

      As for your goal of hiking Scotlands highest mountain – please take TONS of pictures so I can live vicariously through you. haha!!! GOOD LUCK!!! ❤

      LOVE YOU!!! -Ashley

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