Planning for the Future

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the future. Both from a personal and professional perspective.

I can’t remember any single trigger or reason for this, but it’s taking up most of my time.

Before this, I’ve always been focused on the day-to-day activities.

How do I get these tasks done today?

(Or sometimes by the end of the week or month)

Rarely do I think about what will happen in 3-5 years’ time.

But now, that is all I can think about.

Maybe it’s because of my age? Maybe it’s about the fact that I’ll be migrating soon to the US to be with my wife. The fact remains is that now, I’m looking at the bigger picture and acting on it.

The mid- to long-term plans are no longer reviewed once-a-year. I’m acting on it.

Planning for survival

One of the things that I’ve been working on last few weeks is to build a go-bag or an emergency bag.

I’ve found this checklist that I’ve used as a guide to building the essentials here. I didn’t go mad and purchase everything there all at one. I did it incrementally. I also used the recommendations here on what food to stock during an emergency.

Now, the only thing I’m missing is the hand-cranked flashlight with a radio. I’m expecting this to arrive this week. I couldn’t seem to find a hand-cranked flashlight in the malls I’ve been to, so I opted to buy online.

I’ve also been sharing that with some friends and family. Lately, with all the disasters happening here and abroad, you can’t help but wonder when will this happen to me.

A few weeks ago, there was a forest fire near my wife’s place in the US. A few weeks ago, we had that category 5 typhoon. Then there’s the “big one” waiting to hit Metro Manila.

One of the rules of survival is you actually prepare for that event before it even happens.

I really don’t know what urged me to do this but it’s something I recommend you do as well. Go to this website, download the checklist as a guide and compete your own go-bag.

My dogs - Macchiato, Glitter, Truffle

[L-R] Macchiato, Glitter, Truffle

While I may have (almost) completed mine, I still have a lot to do. I have 3 dogs who I treat like my babies.

The next step is to build my pets’ go-bag.

Planning my career

It’s been two and a half months since I’ve been last employed. Since then, I have gone full-time into consulting.

I’ve taken on clients both here and abroad. And as any entrepreneur already know, it’s not easy.

There are good months. There are lean months. There are times when there’s too much work. And there are times when there’s none.

For some, I did an amazing work that they’re still with me. And for a few of them, I didn’t deliver as well as I could have.

But that’s part of the journey.

My journey.

Glitter overlooking Taal lake

There are so many things unknown. And that’s OK. It’s the reality of life. If we knew everything, then life would be so easy.

One thing I do know is that my journey doesn’t end here.

I’m in the middle of launching something awesome.

Something that resulted from me acting on what I see in 3-5 years. Something that takes away from the day-to-day.

I’m excited about this. And I hope you are too!

Ariel Lim

Management consultant / MBA / Inbound marketer who helps startups generate leads, create and execute strategies.