In Ten Years

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Catherine (Kate) Rudolph

What I Hope To Accomplish Ten Years from Now
In ten years, I hope to have made my dreams, my reality. I have always strived to achieve what I want most in life. As I get older, however, I realize what I want in life has changed greatly from year to year. What I wanted out of life at 15 had changed drastically by the time I turned 25. At 35, I scoffed at the unrealistic notions I had planned for myself as a teenager. Now, at the age of nearly 45, I have found myself reevaluating, once again, the goals and true purpose of my life. If I were to name the three driving forces of my future at this point in my life, they would concern my finances, my career and my family.

As a child, I grew up in a family that lived “paycheck to paycheck”. My wardrobe consisted of hand-me-downs from other families whose children with whom I went to school. More often than not, I went without things that were not a bare necessity. When I “grew up”, I decided my children would not live that way. Although my girls seemed never to mind, the older they got, the more I started to realize that they were growing-up under similar circumstances. Money was tight, so to speak, and their father and I were doing our best. Looking back, I am now determined to prioritize my finances to ensure that no matter what difficult times my daughters face, with my help if needed, their children will break the cycle we have been accustomed to for so long. I will have the beautiful home in the safe neighborhood; the season passes to all their extracurricular activities and the “soccer grandma-mobile”; not to mention the financial capabilities to spoil them rotten. I hope to be the financially stable mother and grandmother I have always dreamt of becoming.

Over the last few decades, I have held many jobs. I am lovingly known by my family and friends as a “Jill of All Trades”. Job after job, I still found myself longing for something more than what I had...
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