There is no plan?

I just realized I need a plan. It only took me 27 years, but I’ve finally been whacked over the head with the realization that I NEED A PLAN.

And not like a bank robber needs a plan. It’s more complicated than pulling a heist and burning the rubber off a Crown Vic get-away car.

To function at optimal capacity – and sometimes to function at all – I need a plan. That sounds silly for a girl who can decide to take a weekend road trip with no hotel reservations, maps or real destinations. But if I don’t have a plan, I can’t get myself to line out and go.

You know why I rocked an official time of two hours and eight minutes on my first half marathon? I had a plan. That training schedule was all I did for five months, but it got me where I wanted to go. I NEED a plan.

My weekends are filled with productivity, because I write to-do lists. I rarely cross everything off, but I put the kibosh on far more items than I would if I didn’t have the list. I even list fun things like “Watch 8 Seconds”. And then I add a trip to town for Kleenex since I cry every time. Like I don’t know how it ends, apparently.

But way more than a little complicated? Life doesn’t come with a plan. There is no sign-up line when you come into this world. No place to pick up a plan that says college at 18, marry perfect guy at 24, land dream job at 28, have two beautiful babies by 30, dispose of all Capri pants from previous decade at 32, own house by 35, be a ridiculously cute and happy family with no sitcom problems for all of eternity.

There is no plan. THERE IS NO PLAN?!

Well, shucks.


  1. Funny you mention this. The other day I was watching an episode of Oprah’s Master Class or Soul Series (can’t remember which) and Tony Robbins was on there. In the episode he talked about how successful people become successful and the two most important things that stuck with me were: 1. They had a plan and 2. They didn’t let fear hold them back from trying things. So of course, this episode got me looking at my own life and I realized I too HAVE NO PLAN! There are also many times I don’t try new things because I over think the outcome so much I become fearful of trying it. I want that to change now. I want to be as successful as I can be. I vowed to sit down this weekend and really write out a plan of where I want to be 5 years from now and how to get there. I also want to add all the things I was to scared to do/try to my Bucket List. It’s time I stop living in fear without a plan! 🙂

  2. Don’t feel bad, Erica, I function much better when I have a plan too! Drives the “married perfect guy at 24” crazy. Plans can change and most of the time I can handle that. But there needs to be a plan to start from.

    I have to agree with Ashley on her idea of trying new things and change. I can relate.

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